In Tidbits we cover games that are difficult to cover in our regular review template. In this Tidbits we review Meet me at NooN, Logica Emotica and Taqoban.
Meet me at NooN | 70% – This Belgian-made puzzle game is sure to rack your brain. It’s a step-based puzzle game where you control two spirits representing Day & Night and have to make it to the exit and pick up stars along the way. It starts off easy enough, but in no time you’ll be begging for assistance as the solutions often require some out-of-the-box thinking. I like puzzle games as much as the next person, but these puzzles truly stomped me and I felt like an idiot for not being able to solve them. You can easily undo a move, so you never lose time having to reset the entire puzzle, but I still would have really appreciated a hints feature. Aesthetically the game looks nice and it also has a soothing soundtrack. Whether or not you’ll like this, is entirely dependent on your own smarts. If you’re smarter than me: chances are you’ll love it.
Written by: Robby
Reviewed on: PC
Logica Emotica | 75% – Another Belgian-made puzzler and while this is also out on Steam, its main focus is undoubtedly the mobile release as that’s where developer Bart Bonte has made his biggest claim to fame. Logica Emotica is the perfect title to play some quick levels while you’re waiting in a line or want to solve some quick puzzles on the train to work. The concept is simple: slide an emoji and solve the puzzle, each one requiring a different kind of solution, but it will never take long to understand what’s being asked of you. Using Emoji as royalty-free assets is also a stroke of brilliance + people instantly recognize them. All in all a solid puzzle game that will keep you occupied for a little while. It also helps that the mobile version is free (or you can pay to remove ads) and that the Steam version is dirt-cheap, at less than $3.
Written by: Robby
Reviewed on: PC
Taqoban | 70% – Taqoban is a pretty straightforward puzzle game developed by ABX Games Studio and published by Ratalaika Games where you have to get one or more boxes to a place with a matching symbol with that box, and you have to move parts of the scenery to be able to do so, that’s what makes the game different. There are 32 single-player levels divided into 4 difficulties, and let me tell you that some of those levels are very difficult, meaning guides could be necessary to finish them. There are also 12 co-op levels that I couldn’t play because I didn’t have anyone I could play them with. it took me less than 50 minutes to complete half of the available single-player levels, but I did follow a guide for one of them to get an achievement. Most achievements are easy to get, I estimate that if you follow a guide from the very beginning you could get them all in about 30 minutes, I got them in less than 50 minutes only using a guide for 2 of them. Finally, Taqoban does have both a simple soundtrack and graphics and both of them fit it pretty well, not feeling out of place at any point. If you’re an achievement hunter, Taqoban is a must-play, otherwise, I’d say that if you have kids or you’re a puzzle games fan this would be a good pick.
Written by: Colombo
Reviewed on: Xbox Series X
Robby lives and breathes video games. When he’s not playing them, he’s talking about them on social media or convincing other people to pick up a controller themselves. He’s online so often, he could practically list the internet as his legal domicile. Belgian games-industry know-it-all.