puzzle dungeon

Puzzle Dungeon, a retro style indie game for iPhone

puzzle dungeonThe retro style indie game Puzzle Dungeon was developed by Robert Lane from the UK and was launched on the iPhone on October the 10th 2013.  This game has just come at the right time, we are hooked on these types of puzzle games and we love a blast from the past, ahhh nostalgia!

Robert says he loves nostalgia and would like smart phones to bring back the old days with video games. It seems that this is now happening as games like this are becoming more popular with young and old and I love it!

How to play Puzzle Dungeon

The aim of Puzzle Dungeon is to get this seriously cute little character with blue hair to push wooden crates on to a target area (which has been an orange squares so far) in the least number of steps possible, and similar to many other games you can compete with your friends for the fewest number moves (pushes).

It’s really strange to play this 16 bit type game by touching the screen, you really feel like you have travelled back in time and must have a keyboard or later a controller.  So, how do you play Puzzle Dungeon? … The tutorial button doesn’t actually work as there isn’t a tutorial.  No, this is not part of the puzzle and will be fixed in an update due very soon.  Simply, all you do is swipe your finger across the screen in the direction that you want … what’s his name? I guess it’s me but let’s call him Bert… Bert to go and that is one step, moves are called steps, and it’s your job to get Bert to do the least number of steps possible.  At first, movement feels a bit clunky – and I realised that its actually not, its very smooth but steps are short which makes it feel abrupt.

If you make some mistakes and realise this, you can just restart the level by clicking the back button, and press play again.


Levels in Puzzle Dungeon

Right now there are 60 levels in puzzle dungeon and if that doesn’t sound enough – 10 Community levels are going to be added via a competition, (more about that later). And then they’re going to be a further 60 free levels coming in December, which I think some might have a Christmas theme.   I like this use of the word free here, I’m not sure if this means there will be levels you can buy, or will that be the community levels, maybe.



If you are a member of the game centre as soon as you install this game and open it, it will open in game centre, which has all of your friends and their scores. If you check the leaderboard on the front page of this game then you will see your friend’s scores on the left and the top scores on the right.  Woohoo I am 4th on level 6 !

You can also challenge your friends here to beat your scores.

Competition Community Created Levels

There is a community competition for people to design their own levels, its free to enter and all you have to do is send in  your drawing of your level by the 31st of October The best 10 entries will be chosen, created and will appear in the game.

It would be fantastic for anyone that reads this to help and share the word – press the share buttons here – tell your friends, of course get the game – its as cheap as chips and more fun  These guys and gals that make these games are game designers, not PR people, what does it take for us to help a little, a bit of time, that’s it. They can’t afford to buy Fairy Dust to create a buzz about their games however inexpensive and excellent it is at this stage, next time maybe.


Puzzle dungeon is £0.69 or $0.99 on iTunes = Puzzle Dungeon By Robert Lane

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.






Addicting Indie Adventure Game – Spud’s Quest

SPUDSQUESTLOGOSpud’s Quest is a fabulous indie adventure game created by Chris Davis from Derby UK, that takes you back in time as it was inspired by classics such as the Dizzy series, Zelda and Metroid.

Talk about nostalgia, yes – I’m emotional!

Chris has been interested in making games since he got hold of the ZX Sprectrum age 12, since then has taught himself to sprite and code games.

Spud’s Quest was successfully funded 120% on back in November 2012 on  Kickstarter with its 475 backers raising £6000

I first noticed this game from chat floating around on Twitter – It seems that Chris, who is on @SpudsQuest has done a wonderful job raising awareness on this Game.  Somewhere I saw someone ask him, how many on the Dev team – “Just me,” he answered.

I love Platform Puzzle Games, and the name “Spud’s Quest” intrigued me,  so I had to check it out more –  I saw that @beetlebear of @indiegamehq was reviewing it on Twitch.tv and giving away keys – so I popped over to have a look, I was impressed!   Its not often that you see a game like this that is so charming , with a story so fascinating you just have to carry on. The graphics are fantastic, the music just fits so perfectly with very smooth gameplay – just awesome, I couldn’t wait to have a go, so  I went straight over and downloaded the demo. (link below)


Spud’s Quest – Story

Spud, (who is a small, round and blue) and his friend the frog, who of course is prince charming go on a journey through many lands, dungeons and levels to uncover four ancient stones to free prince charming of his curse.

Spud’s Quest – Adventure

On your journey to save the prince you find and collect items that you will need to advance to the next part, such as a key to open a door.  One annoying thing – I mean challenging part is that you can only hold 4 items, well you are very small and round. So, you need to remember where items are, so that if you need to you can come back later to collect them.    Talk to all of the characters in the game and they will often give you clues or tasks to complete and you will get a reward, to unlock another piece of the puzzle.

There are little blue diamonds throughout the game, as on the image – this is where you save you game, remember to save as often as possible, as its frustrating having to redo a large section of the game, as always.

The controls you can change to whatever you like but the standard settings are..

  • Arrow UP – Jump
  • Arrow Left – Go Left
  • Arrow Right – Go Right
  • Space Bar – Action/Inventory
  • Z – Fire/Shoot
  • C – Switch between Spud and Frog
  • X – Jump
  • Esc – Quit Game


Spuds Quest – Updates

Spuds Quest is in Beta and Chris is continually updating the game, just today he added 25 accolades (achievements) and said he will probably be adding more.  Things just got even better !

I can’t  think of anything that I would like to change about this game – Full screen? Got – Hints, done.

Spuds Quest is currently waiting to get on to Steam, you can help with this by voting for its Greenlight – it costs you nothing, please help Spud’s Quest go Green

You will be charmed, taken back in time and addicted to this game within minutes – check out the DEMO and tell me you weren’t.

The full game costs just £4.99 (on the same link as the demo) which is absolutely worth it – I’ve been playing for ages and am only 4% done!  Okay so maybe I’m slow due to testing reasons! 🙂

Support indie games, lets spread the word. #spudsquest