In this brave new world of interactive entertainment, it can sometimes be tricky to tell whether you’re playing or being played. It’s just as well then, that there are releases like F-Sim | Space Shuttle 2, Dungeon & Puzzles, and Tesla Force, to restore some faith in humanity.
What constitutes a game? A decade ago answers might have included challenges of dexterity, tactics or team play. These days it’s harder to pin down, with titles like Metal Slug: Commander, last month’s NieR Reincarnation, and the upcoming Everdale removing any test of player skill in favour of handing out upgrades that demand only your time and attention.
Along with monsters, there are new weapons, spiked traps to avoid, pieces of furniture that catch you but then let you continue in the same direction, and a steady introduction of new mechanics as you progress.
In this Sokoban-style puzzle game you swipe to send your mini knight as far as he can go in any direction, then swipe again to attack monsters in range. Kill all the mobs and you’re ready to exit the room, but you’ll need to make sure you’re lined up for the door.
Thank god there’s also an undo button and you can attempt multiple levels at any given time, making it harder to get stuck. Options which along with satisfying graphics and sound effects, and the increasing inventiveness of its challenges, make this a cracking little puzzler.