Review: Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzle Collection
At a Glance
|This game is recommended!
While there are many great games out there, this is one manages to be good fun and stay fairly true to Christian moral values.
If you're looking to add a new game to your collection, consider this one!
|ESRB Rating:||NR - Not Rated|
|Genre:||Puzzle / Logic Games|
|Review Published On:||October 21st, 2020|
You can save* any game in progress using the Save option in the File menu. This records the current game in a file of your choice, so pick a filename that's easy to remember.
The only possible issue I can see with this collection is that the "Undead" puzzle uses vampires, ghosts, and zombies as game pieces. This puzzle is all about where the monsters are located in a grid, so there's nothing to really worry about aside from the presence of monsters themselves.
Many of the puzzles in this collection are simple implementations of very well known logic puzzles*, like Black Box, Minesweeper, Peg Solitaire, Netwalk, and Sudoku. There's a healthy number of unusual and unique puzzles here too, like Dominosu, Galaxy, Undead, and Untangle. Basically, if you like brain teasers, you can't go wrong with this set.
Now, one of the big "problems" with this collection is that none of the games are particularly fancy. The graphics are simple, often being just a few lines and geometric shapes. Many puzzles don't even have colored images. The truth is, none of them really need fancy graphics or sound effects. This is also what the majority of games used to look like back in the early days of Windows, so in a way, this design style gives every game in this collection a certain nostalgic charm. It might be too rough around the edges for some, but it's more than enough for me.
If you want some neat little brain teasers to toy with in your spare time, give this collection a look -- there's bound to be something that tickles your fancy among the puzzles here.
Points of Interest
Concerns and Issues
For the curious, this puzzle is about how many monsters can be seen from a specific location at the edge of a grid. The grid is filled with a given number of ghosts, vampires, and zombies, as well as mirrors that are facing one of two directions.
Your task is to figure out where the monsters are located in the grid based on how many of them are visible from the edges. Ghosts can only be seen in mirrors, vampires can only be seen directly, and zombies are always visible. Thus, if you had two ghosts, a vampire and a zombie in a row without mirrors, you'd only see two monsters (the vampire and the zombie) since the ghosts can only be seen in a mirror's reflection. Check the screenshots above for an example of this game.