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Draw Slasher: Dark Ninja vs Pirate Monkey Zombies Review

Review Mass Creation Sp. z o. o. By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 12 months ago
Draw Slasher: Dark Ninja vs Pirate Monkey Zombies Review

Draw Slasher by Mass Creation is the kind of action game that has its roots in free online flash games and attempts to bridge the gap by bringing a fast paced and visually rich experience to the iPhone. There's no denying that this is an amazingly well polished visual game, but the gameplay doesn't manage to match this level, leaving you wanting more. Movement of your ninja is controlled by two methods that are interchangeable as you play either by tapping or using arrow buttons in th…

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Galcon Labs Review

Galcon Labs Review

Real-time Risk type games have become a bit of a hot design choice of late, but most end up feeling like a rehash of all the others while maybe only bringing one new mechanic to the table. Galcon Labs by galcon.com unashamedly keeps the basic gameplay in tact and instead brings multiple game modes to trump others in the genre. You control your virtual armies through touch controls that are easy to master. You can select or deselect planets you control and then assign them a target to…

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Pocket Farm Review

Pocket Farm Review

Pocket Farm by Egerter Software is part strategy, part time management, part arcade puzzle and all around not quite the best effort for a company that has prided itself on several "firsts" for the iPhone. Few of the game aspects hold up on their own and despite the combination of them, the game feels fairly flat. fter selecting your choice of farmer, you can start your new farm simply by selecting an available square and using the all-purpose "action" button to purchase new items, wor…

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Super KO Boxing 2 Review

Super KO Boxing 2 Review

Super KO Boxing 2 (SKOB2) is the sequel to Glu's mobile phone fighting series and the first of the series to hit the iPhone. It's a modern interpretation of Punch Out from the NES parceled with stunning hand drawn characters and tongue-in-cheek irreverence. This is no simple button masher and definitely something for serious gamers to check out. SKOB2 mimics the classic control setup from its predecessors, using virtual pads to control dodge and block with the left thumb and your punc…

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Backbreaker Football Review

Backbreaker Football Review

Visceral thumps, jukes, spins and show-boating. That's what Backbreaker Football by NaturalMotion is all about. Each tackle you take will make you wince and each triumphant touchdown will have you laughing at your opponents. For a game that takes a single aspect of a national sport like NFL, it manages to be - dare I say it - addictive for everyone to play. Backbreaker has turned running the ball for a touchdown into an arcade sport and the controls couldn't be simpler. Around the low…

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Bowman Defense Review

Bowman Defense Review

Bowman Defense by Triniti Interactive is yet another addition to the ranks of the archery-style arcade games littering the iPhone and like so many other successful games it has risen to prominence thanks to the liberal use of "creative license" and a fairly generic style of gameplay. The copy-cat nature of so many games on the iPhone is usually best represented by the lack of experimentation in the controls where the expectation is "if you've learned how to play game X then you'll hav…

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FarmLand Review

Review iMouse By Andrew Nesvadba, 5 years ago
FarmLand Review

It's hard to stand out amongst the crowd of time management games on the iPhone, so combining popular gameplay with a relatively new setting is a great way to do this. FarmLand by iMouse isn't the best time management game available, but its unique mixture of puzzles make each level interesting to play. Like most standard games in the genre, your main course of action during a level is to click objects to continue the chain of action on screen. Your goal is to take the plots of land o…

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Wriggle Review

Wriggle Review

They're ugly, they're slimy, they're multi-colored, but the worms in Wriggle by Conlan Rios need to be set free! Wriggle is a slick puzzle game that will challenge your ability to think around corners (literally) while remaining friendly enough for new-comers to stumble their way through. The worms of Wriggle are moved by dragging their heads or tails through the available spaces, hopefully dragging the correct worm to the exit. This is easier said than done as each level is a maze of…

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LUMINES™ - Touch Fusion Review

LUMINES™ - Touch Fusion Review

From its humble and somewhat exciting beginnings on the PSP, Lumines has now found a home on the iPhone. Interestingly, although major publisher Gameloft are producing ports of this rhythm-puzzle game to other mobile devices, the original developer Q Entertainment has taken charge of the iPhone port. Gameplay is similar to a Tetris-style block-matching game with points being scored after a bar sweeps across the screen at a specific rhythm clearing away matching blocks. Combos are scor…

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Skee-Ball Review

Skee-Ball Review

Just about everyone has tried Skee-Ball growing up or on holidays visiting the local arcade, or even during a county show. For those who haven't tried it before Skee-Ball by Freeverse should be an immediate purchase, because this is as close as it gets to the real thing and everyone should experience this simple joy at some point in their life. Two control schemes are available to roll your ball up the ramp and into the scoring holes. You can either flick the ramp with your finger or…

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Chroma Circuit Review

Chroma Circuit Review

Some games are never truly "finished"; some games suffer from finishing touches never being applied; Chroma Circuit is a puzzle game for the iPhone from Bowler Hat Games that should have spent more time in development, because what's left is certainly half-completed and feels more like a test version of a grander idea. Chroma Circuit (as the name uncannily implies) relies on you creating a path of matching colors using the rotating blocks arranged in each level. Or more precisely, ens…

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Brain Challenge 2: Think Again! Review

Review Gameloft By Andrew Nesvadba, 5 years ago
Brain Challenge 2: Think Again! Review

After a quirky little game on the Nintendo DS challenged people to train their brains, a slew of games from developers tried to cash in on this "mini-game" craze. Brain Challenge 2: Think Again! (BC2) by Gameloft is yet another in the brain training genre, but thankfully it's also probably one of the best currently available. The mini-games are controlled by touching to confirm your selection from a range of possible answers. The buttons can be fairly small on some of the games, so la…

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Meteor Blitz Review

Meteor Blitz Review

It's nice to see a successful iPhone game at least nod to its predecessors. Alley Labs is bold enough to produce a clone of the successful Stardust series for the iPhone and even acknowledge this on their app store page, but it's undeniable that they've made Meteor Blitz a great game for the iPhone. Blitz is an evolution the classic Asteroid arcade game using dual virtual-analogue sticks to control your movement and direction of firing. The aim is to clear the screen of as many enemie…

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geoDefense Swarm Review

geoDefense Swarm Review

Much like its predecessor, geoDefense Swarm by Critical Thought Games is not an easy game to master, but manages to remain a fun and visually exciting game that deserves its place amongst the best in the considerably well filled tower defense genre. The addition of open field tower defense gameplay required some changes from the original geoDefense and what was once a fairly free-form placement of towers is now locked in to a hexagonal grid. Placement is fairly easy with a cross-hair…

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grabl Review

grabl Review

What would happen if you took a popular word based board game, paired it with an arcade style and a time limit to keep you on your mental toes? Ok to be honest that does cover most of the word-based games on the iPhone, but grabl by Rocketmaker Productions is all about making the largest word web your mind can conjure and showing it off to your friends. A lot of the standard board game controls are used here; pinch controls the board zoom, single touch swipes let you move the play fie…

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