There’s innovation, travel, and a generous dollop of Spielberg homage in this week’s round-up.
Sixit is a fascinating little metroidvania puzzler powered by a killer concept, Santorini is a slick and relaxing resort management sim, and Dinosaur Park – Primeval Zoo would be called “Jurassic Park the Game” if there were no such thing as intellectual property laws.
It hasn’t been a vintage week, but all of these games – including Merge Villa and Summoners War: Lost Centuria – are charming in their own way. And they’re all free.
Everything about Sixit is distinctive other than its main character, which is a nondescript generic “mammal” called Pep. After arriving in a new village, Pep is immediately thrown into a battle with a sentient storm, and he only gets six moves per attempt. Pep banks his items and puzzle solutions, though, making Sixit a kind of puzzley metroidvania.
Paleontology and park management have been curious bedfellows ever since Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg conspired to bring Jurassic Park to the world’s attention, and Dinosaur Park – Primeval Zoo is the latest example of the genre. It sees you running a dinosaur zoo and safari park, ably assisted by a crude knock-off of Richard Attenborough.
If you’re a fan of Summoners War: Sky Arena then boy has Com2uS got a treat for you. Summoners War: Lost Centuria is another serving of high-end, impeccably polished strategy-RPG goodness. It sees you collecting and upgrading various monsters from the Summoners War franchise and equipping them with a variety of runes and Skill Stones. Then you fight.
You know the drill: drag things together to merge them into better things, over and over again, until your screen is jam-packed with the absolute best things. In the case of Merge Villa, you’re doing this in order to restore your grandparents’ villa to its former glory following a tsunami. Don’t expect miracles, but Merge Villa is a pleasant enough time-killer.
Chances are, you’ll struggle to get to the sun-drenched island destination of Santorini for a holiday this year, but you can go there virtually thanks to Santorini, a new resort management simulation game from Nanoo Company. This free-to-play idle game has an aesthetically pleasing pastel-hued palette and gently engrossing gameplay.