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Home » Articles and Reviews by 'Dave Flodine'

Sparkle the Game Review

Review 10tons Ltd By Dave Flodine, 4 years, 7 months ago
Sparkle the Game Review

The match three marble popper is a genre with a lot of entries and not much innovation. Sparkle, the latest marble popper entry isn't exactly innovative either, but it blends a couple different ideas together and presents them very well. You travel through Cranberry Woods clearing strings of marbles, exploring the woods, and earning amulets which grant you powers. Control is all tap based. You tap on the screen where you want the marble to shoot and if you pop a marble into two or mor…

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Tilt to Live Review

Review One Man Left By Dave Flodine, 4 years, 7 months ago
Tilt to Live Review

What happens when you take a tilting game like Starball and mix it with the powerups and enemy mayhem of the shmup genre? You get Tilt to Live, that's what! The screen is open to you. Tilt your ship to avoid the red balls while acquiring powerups to destory them, because if one hits you, it's game over. How long can you last? The tilt controls are phenomenal, and with a game like this, you'd hope they would be. The game starts you off with three powerups, an explosion, homing missles,…

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Rayman 2: The Great Escape Review

Review Gameloft By Dave Flodine, 4 years, 7 months ago
Rayman 2: The Great Escape Review

Back when every developer and their dog was making 3D platformers, one of the standouts was the Rayman series by Ubisoft, with its ghost limbed protagonist and colourful world. The sequel made its way into 3D and has now been ported to the iphone. The Glade of Dreams has been taken over by robot pirates from outer space! They have imprisoned most of the locals. Rayman must collect the thousand Lums and reunite four magical masks to awaken the world spirit to get rid of the pirates. Co…

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Ragdoll Blaster 2 Review

Review Backflip Studios By Dave Flodine, 4 years, 7 months ago
Ragdoll Blaster 2 Review

Ragdoll Blaster was a really fun game by Backflip Studios. Trying to shoot ragdolls out of cannons into a target in as few shots as possible made for some clever level design and addictive gameplay. Well, the sequel is upon us, and the goal is the same. The question is have they expanded upon the idea enough to warrant an entirely new game? Control is just like the first. Touch the screen to shoot the cannon. The power of the shot is determined by how close or far away from the cannon…

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Compression Review

Compression Review

Have you ever played a game of Dr. Mario and felt like the walls are closing in? That must have been the consensus over at Little White Bear studios when they made Compression. Blocks of certain colours drop, and you need to line up three in a row to destroy all the hollow blocks in the level. Every three block drops however one of the walls will close in, giving you less room to work with. Control is very basic. Drag the blocks to move them across the screen, and tap to flip them. As…

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BOOM SHAKE Review

Review dooub inc. By Dave Flodine, 4 years, 8 months ago
BOOM SHAKE Review

How many times have you played a rhythm game and thought to yourself, "Man, I wish I was able to play my favourite songs"? Boom Shake by apalms has come to the rescue. On the outside it might look like a Tap Tap Revenge clone using a turntable, but its the ability to create and share level tracks for any piece of music you have on your phone that makes this title stand out. There are five moves when playing a song in Boom Shake. Swipe left or right, turn left or right, or snapping the…

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Space Box Review

Review Tom Graczyk By Dave Flodine, 4 years, 8 months ago
Space Box Review

What images are conjured up when you hear the name Space box? If you thought of a cardboard box with eyes jumping from platform to platform in the cold depths of space, you are correct. The goal of the game is to get the box to the final platform of each level, preferably in the least moves possible. If there are numbers left on the move counter when you finish the level, you gain extra lives. To move the box, tap it, and drag your finger to set the direction and force of the box's ju…


Astro Ranch Review

Review Tag Games Limited By Dave Flodine, 4 years, 8 months ago
Astro Ranch Review

Space farming! Oh no, we're not talking about mining asteroids, or growing some kind of moon cheese, but a farming simulator... in space! Astro Ranch has your farmer crashlanding on an alien planet, who then has to harvest crops and lifestock to earn enough money to repair their shuttle and send them home. Everything is done by the touch of a finger. Walking, selecting farming implements, buying new seeds, and equipment, and even talking to the locals. When you start off, you don't ha…

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FINAL FANTASY II Review

Review SQUARE ENIX INC By Dave Flodine, 4 years, 8 months ago
FINAL FANTASY II Review

Along with Final Fantasy, Square also put up the sequel Final Fantasy II on the appstore. Like the first, this is a port of the Dawn of Souls remake for the GBA and PSP. The original game was released on the Famicom in 1988 and never made its way over to US shores. Instead of picking classes this time around, you play as three war orphans who are almost killed by the forces of the empire of Palamecia. Control like the first game is mostly touch based, with movement handled by a virtua…

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Dizzypad - Frog Jump Fun Review

Review NimbleBit LLC By Dave Flodine, 4 years, 8 months ago
Dizzypad - Frog Jump Fun Review

Nimblebit seems to specialize in games of a simple premise that are hard to put down. Their latest effort Dizzypad is no different. You play a frog, and as a frog, obviously you are hopping from lily pad to lily pad. The problem arises when those lily pads won't stop spinning. How far can you get before the water claims you? When your frog faces the next lily pad, tap the screen to jump, and that's it! Lilys will turn in different directions, and skipping a lily pad on your hop will g…

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FINAL FANTASY Review

Review SQUARE ENIX INC By Dave Flodine, 4 years, 8 months ago
FINAL FANTASY Review

Final Fantasy brings back a lot of memories. Originally released in 1987, it was one of the first console RPGs to gain popularity due to its battle mechanics, giant explorable world and intriguing story. The game was remade in 2004 for the Nintendo DS, ported to the PSP in 2007, and now that same port is on the iphone in 2010. The world has descended into chaos and a prophecy speaks of the warriors of light that will carry the world crystals and restore them to their former glory. The…

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Colorbind Review

Review Nonverbal By Dave Flodine, 4 years, 8 months ago
Colorbind Review

Puzzle games are one of the most successful genres on the app store. Many of them are unique and well made, and that's good, cause it takes an interesting idea to stand out from the crowd. Colorbind is an interesting idea where you have to fold strips of paper to cover all the dots of the same colour on the screen. Control is taken care by the touch and drag of your finger. You guide the paper along the screen, changing direction to fold it ninety degrees. To undo the paper trail, sim…

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Zombie Cannon Carnage Review

Review Freeverse, Inc. By Dave Flodine, 4 years, 8 months ago
Zombie Cannon Carnage Review

Zombies from outer space have crash landed on Earth! Luckily they want to go home and have built a giant cannon to launch them back into space. This ridiculous premise of Zombie Cannon Carnage is the narrative drape over a game where you shoot a zombie out of a cannon with the intent to cause the most damage possible. To aim the cannon drag your finger along the screen, and press the button to fire. While in the air, you can tilt your iphone for direction, use a jetpack for extra thru…

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Stinger Table Hockey Review

Review Blaine Hodge By Dave Flodine, 4 years, 8 months ago
Stinger Table Hockey Review

Hockey is an interesting sport. It would probably make a good iphone game. Table Hockey though? That came out of left field. That's right. Stinger Table Hockey is a hockey game where you slide you players around on their lines of movement while twisting them to flick the puck towards the opposing goal. Control can take some time getting used to. Tapping a player and then dragging your finger up and down moves them along their path while dragging side to side turns them clockwise or an…

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Fly Kiwi, Fly! Review

Review Hungry Game By Dave Flodine, 4 years, 8 months ago
Fly Kiwi, Fly! Review

Don't you feel sorry for flightless birds? It's like nature played a cruel trick on them. Well one Kiwi is not going to take this laying down! In Fly Kiwi Fly, you play a Kiwi, who is inspired by a space shuttle launch to fly around the world. Using aids like kites, tramplines, and hang gliders, help your Kiwi make his dreams of flight come true. When your Kiwi reaches the end of the cliff, tap the button to leap off. Once in the air, tap to engage your flight device. After that it's…

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