Cryptic Kingdoms is a casual point-and-click adventure game similar to The Haunt, Forever Lost, or the often cited Myst series. Featuring a semi-surreal Earth-like world packed with locked devices, mysterious locations, and a striking lack of living creatures, you'll explore scene after scene as you attempt to make sense of the puzzles and mystical contraptions.
Simply tap the touch screen when you want to take a closer look at something, pick up an item, or use an object from your inventory. Traveling is accomplished in much the same way, though a convenient "back" button serves as a movement tool in most locations. Puzzles are of the "figure out what's missing, find it, use it, get a clue for another puzzle" variety. Nothing too intricate, which makes Cryptic Kingdoms an almost relaxing point and click romp.
There's a growing selection of adventure games on mobile devices, and Cryptic Kingdoms steps in to some high expectations. It succeeds in most areas and falls just a bit short in a few others, but the net result is definitely a positive one. No haunted houses, insane puppeteers, or spooky children, which is a nice change of pace. The visuals are a bit dated and the loading screens are a little annoying, but otherwise, Cryptic Kingdoms presents a solid set of puzzles and an intriguing world to immerse yourself in!
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on an iPad. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.