Fresh iPhone Games for Mar. 9: The Labyrinth, Trigonon, Helsing’s Fire update

Mar 9, 2011
Games

Need a tilt-based marble-through-a-maze fix? Check out The Labyrinth, an updated take on the old wooden board-game thing. We’ve got a slew of puzzlers, actually — after The Labyrinth, there’s Trigonon, a puzzle game about using physics and geometry to get a ball to a hole, kind of like mini-golf. There’s also a big content […]

Need a tilt-based marble-through-a-maze fix? Check out The Labyrinth, an updated take on the old wooden board-game thing. We’ve got a slew of puzzlers, actually — after The Labyrinth, there’s Trigonon, a puzzle game about using physics and geometry to get a ball to a hole, kind of like mini-golf. There’s also a big content update to Helsing’s Fire, a puzzle game about light and shadow (and monster-killing). Check out all three below.

The Labyrinth (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

You might have played the old board game Labyrinth, in which you manipulate nobs on a box in order to tilt the game board and drive a marble through a maze, but likely you never played it like The Labyrinth. This technological take on the old wooden children’s game has 50 great-looking levels for the iPhone and iPad, but the goal is still the same — guide the marble to the end of the maze without it falling in a hole along the way.

As you might have guessed, you’ll play The Labyrinth by tilting your device to work through each of its short but challenging levels. The faster you complete the puzzle, the bigger your score reward will be — which is good for earning a spot on the leaderboards and a few achievements, courtesy of Game Center.

Trigonon (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Trigonon has an interesting premise. The puzzle game is about moving “thoughts” to different places through 40 different puzzles. That’s right — you’re solving puzzles inside your own brain. Thoughts are represented by steel balls that bounce around each level, and in order to catch them, you need to use barriers and timing to catch the thoughts as quickly as possible.

The 40 different physics puzzler levels span three environments in Trigonon. The puzzles often have more than one solution, so you can find your own best way to try to earn gold stars by solving them as quickly as possible.

Helsing’s Fire update (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Dracula, the Prince of Darkness, is once again mobilizing his evil forces against the human world. Enter Dr. Helsing, the man who can stop him, and you, the puzzle-solving player who can help. Each of the 120 levels of Helsing’s Fire has a distinct puzzle for you to solve based on light and shadow — light cast from Helsing’s torch can kill monsters, but you’ll have to position it on each level so that obstacles and shadows don’t allow monsters to remain protected.

Helsing is already a fun puzzler with a great art style and graphics; a content update that dropped Tuesday includes an entirely new campaign of puzzles to work through, complete with a new villainess. Helsing’s puzzles also are randomly generated, so you’ll never play through the game the same way twice.

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