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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'Andrew Nesvadba'

OMG Pirates! Review

Review Mika Mobile, Inc. By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 3 months ago
OMG Pirates! Review

From the developer that brought you mass zombie slaughter in Zombieville USA comes the next beat'em up action adventure from Mika Mobile, OMG Pirates. Slaughtering pirates en masse couldn't be more fun, but that doesn't mean it'll be easy. The controls are a simple affair, which not only gives Pirates an old school feel, but makes the game easier to deal with on the iPhone. You move your nimble ninja with a virtual analogue stick and jump, counter, combo and flip out with the aid of t…

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Ladybug Dreams Review

Review Killer Robots By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 3 months ago
Ladybug Dreams Review

Some of the best games in the 90s on consoles were generally fairly simple arcade-style games, opting to challenge players to learn a game on their terms and mastering it (at least until you put down the controller in frustration). Ladybug Dreams by Killer Robots brings back the style of design that forces you to wrangle with the game before it gets fun. Your ladybug (named Chu) is placed in a Pac-man-esque set of mazes and is forced to collect all the aphids lying around. Controlling…

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Zen Bound™ Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 4 months ago
Zen Bound™ Review

While the idea of rope bondage may invoke either images of tying down furniture in the back of a trailer; luggage on a roof; a boat to a moor; or even something more bedroom orientated, Zen Bound attempts to be a game that's more of an experience than something competitive. Contemplation and calm calculation are unsurprisingly key requirements to grasping and enjoying this beautiful app. Multiple gestures are combined with the accelerometer in order to twist and tie up a series of obj…

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Sway Review

Review Illusion Labs By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 4 months ago
Sway Review

It has to be said, but the main character in Sway by Illusion Labs looks like something directly out of a nightmare. However, this smiling reptilian will lazily swing her way through each level of this physics sim in an attempt to rescue her friends. As you'd imagine, swinging is the main mechanic here and the controls are quite simple in their design. The left and right halves of the screen control the left and right arms of your chosen character (of which there are up to 10 to unloc…

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N.O.V.A. - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance Review

Review Gameloft By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 4 months ago
N.O.V.A. - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance Review

Halo as a franchise was the start of a console revolution for the first person shooter. It combined well designed controls with a highly anticipated adventure story and amazing multiplayer paving the way for future FPSs. NOVA (Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance) may not be as epochal, but it has refined the genre for the iPhone in a way that can't be ignored. Veterans of FPSs will quickly adapt to the controls that are purpose built and well considered for touch screens. Of the three contro…

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Galaxy Control Review

Review TopLineSoft Systems By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 4 months ago
Galaxy Control Review

Flight Control had you landing planes safely, DrawRace had you competing for first place and now Galaxy Control by TopLineSoft Systems follows the line-drawing arcade style to slowly drift spacecraft to their home planets. Drawing lines from each spacecraft to their home planet is no easy task as you attempt to avoid other planets, other crafts and the occasional drifting asteroid. This is further complicated by the fact that multiple spacecrafts will appear at the same time leading t…

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DaVinci's Secret Machines Review

Review Aboveground Systems LLC By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 4 months ago
DaVinci's Secret Machines Review

Davinci's Secret Machines by Aboveground Systems is another take on the physics sim puzzle set of games already in abundance on the App Store. It's a fairly simple offering for the genre, but one that still challenges players to think laterally to solve the myriad of puzzles on offer. Puzzles in physics simulators tend to be challenging thanks to the way complex machines end up becoming chaotic and prone to wild results from tiny changes. Davinci's Secrets is no big improvement here a…

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Virtual Villagers 3: The Secret City Review

Review Last Day of Work By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 4 months ago
Virtual Villagers 3: The Secret City Review

Virtual Villagers 3 by Last Day of Work is the latest installment of the series that combines puzzles with a fascinating voyeuristic style of gameplay that takes The Sims and gives it a Survivor TV series spin. A lot has gone in to transferring this game to the iPhone from the PC and Mac, but something was lost in translation during the process. The main set of controls only require you to drag and drop villagers between destinations, however this can be quite difficult as the menus,…

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Angry Birds Review

Review Rovio Entertainment Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 4 months ago
Angry Birds Review

Angry Birds is the kind of physics sim come castle demolisher that follows on from games like Crush the Castle. Clickgamer.com may not have evolved the game too much, but smashing the defenses of your sworn enemy can be fun even if things do require a bit too much trial and error. Birds are launched at your foes via a slingshot you control simply through drag gestures. You can scroll the screen via dragging, but this is most useful after your first shot to follow the line of trajector…

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GHOSTS'N GOBLINS GOLD KNIGHTS Review

Review CAPCOM By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 4 months ago
GHOSTS'N GOBLINS GOLD KNIGHTS Review

It's fairly common for older "classic" games to get a port on the iPhone, whether it be as an emulated copy, a stylized clone, or a complete overhaul. Ghosts'n Goblins Gold Knights by CAPCOM attempts to bring the classic arcade game to the iPhone while mashing modern styles together. Once you're in the game you'll find yourself presented with the familiar platform controls of a virtual d-pad on the left and attack/jump buttons on the right. They do take up a considerable amount of scr…

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James Cameron's Avatar Review

Review Gameloft By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 4 months ago
James Cameron's Avatar Review

It's not surprising that a developer like Gameloft were brought in to bring to life James Cameron's Avatar for the iPhone. For a film that's already critically acclaimed, it was really only a matter of time for game tie-ins to appear. Gameloft takes care to approach this as something worth playing first and it shows in every aspect of the game itself. Avatar is an action platformer that practically smashes others in the genre. You take control through the use of virtual analogue stick…

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Chuzzle Review

Review PopCap By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 4 months ago
Chuzzle Review

Would you dare to accept the challenge to end the explosively short lives of furballs in the never ending quest to use their eyes for magical elixirs? Chuzzle by PopCap Games is the latest PC-to-iPhone convert of one of their more colorful and fast paced match-three style games and begs the question "Just what are Chuzzles anyway?". Combos are made by dragging rows or columns around in order to align the colored furballs for their explosive final acts. This can be further complicated…

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Rise Of Lost Empires Review

Review Gameloft By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 4 months ago
Rise Of Lost Empires Review

Rise Of Lost Empires by Gameloft is an amazingly fun fantasy inspired real time strategy game that features 20 campaigns with a fairly interesting - if not entirely inspired - story to drag you along that's supported by a brilliant adaption of the normal strategy controls for the iPhone. One of the great features includes the way in which normal soldiers are automatically "grouped" with your heroes when they're selected together with a two-finger box selection. This makes movement and…

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Red Conquest! (Episodes 1 & 2!) Review

Review Cat in a Box Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 4 months ago
Red Conquest! (Episodes 1 & 2!) Review

Cat in a Box Games is the other name for iPhone game creator John Kooistra and Red Conquest! is the latest installment in a series of games involving the continuing war of Red and Blue. Where previous installments covered arcade shooters from different angles, Red Conquest is a pure real time strategy (RTS) and a treat to play. There's a fairly steep learning curve for most casual players in most RTSs and the somewhat complex set of controls for Red Conquest keep that curve relatively…

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Jet Car Stunts Review

Review True Axis By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 4 months ago
Jet Car Stunts Review

From the land down under comes a time-trial racing game that doesn't just say "How fast can you go?", but "Can you do it without dying a hundred times?". Jet Car Stunts by True Axis combines time-trial racing with insane stunts that will have you laughing in surprise as you triumphantly pull off maneuvers that are difficult, but rewarding to master. Touch controls and tilting combine to smoothly steer your rocket powered vehicle around each of the 36 tracks currently available. By def…

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