We’ve seen all manner of match-three puzzle/role-playing hybrids over the years, thanks to the inventive Puzzle Quest, but Ironcast ($15) strikes a different kind of balance. It’s a Bejeweled-like puzzler still, sure, but it’s paired with a Steampunk-inspired scenario in which you battle tank-like robots—and if you lose, you’re done for good.
Indeed, it has a bit of roguelike, FTL-esque permadeath in the mix, so one wrong move can be very painful indeed. But you maintain some progress with each new game, so there’s incentive to keep pushing ahead. The alternate-history Victorian London aesthetic looks fantastic, and the ample machine customization outside of the puzzle gameplay seems plenty engaging.