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It’s no mystery why Android puzzle game Azada is so good

by Ian Black

I love a mystery, and you will too after checking out atmospheric puzzler Azada. Fans of the classic PC-based game Myst will enjoy solving the challenges and discovering the secrets behind this plot.

Let's set the scene. You’re asked by a mysterious character, named Titus, to help him escape from his prison. Titus was magically trapped in a library-like room by his great uncle. An enchanted book will free Titus, but only if you can “unlock” each page by solving its puzzle.

The fun, of course, comes from noodling on the puzzles. There are 20 different types from matching games to the elaborate Myst-like rooms where you must find and use objects within it to solve the puzzle and move onward. In one room, for example, you’ll see objects strewn across a large wooden desk. You must find a match, matchbook and a key and use them in combination to complete the page.

My only complaint involves playing on the small screen of a smartphone. My screen was a little too small to manipulate the rooms and select objects by touch. I think it would have been easier playing on a tablet.

Otherwise, Azada delivers a great homage to the popular PC-based mystery games of the last century. If you’re tired of first-person shooters, a game like this is a nice break. The free version gets you started, but if you want the complete game, you’ll have to buy it via an in-app purchase.