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Minigore Review

Minigore Review

Minigore is a very well polished twin stick shooter for the iPhone. You play as John Gore who is trapped in a forest. From out of the bushes appear hostile little black furry critters, and it's your job to fend them off for as long as you can. At the bottom of the screen are two sticks. The left stick moves John around while the right fires his gun in any direction you point it. The controls aren't as accurate as they probably should be but they do their job. As you mow down the critt…

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Moto X Mayhem Review

Review Occamy Games By Dave Flodine, 5 years ago
Moto X Mayhem Review

Moto X Mayhem is a survival racing game where you have to guide your motorbike across a hazardous landscape, reaching the finish line in the quickest time possible. The challenge comes in that even the slightest shift in weight when riding, flying through the air, or landing can result in a deadly spill. The motorbike is controlled via the touch screen and tilting. The right side of the screen can be pressed for acceleration, the left for brake. Shifting your weight is done by tilting…

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Ranch Rush Review

Ranch Rush Review

Ranch Rush is another time management game hitting the iPhone. You play Sara, who decides to start up a farmer's market to make enough supplemental income for her flower business to ward off land developers. In the eight weeks of gametime, you have to fill orders daily by growing vegetables, tending to animals and doing it all as fast as possible. Like most games in the genre, everything is done with the press of a finger, and commands can be queued in succession. During each day, you…

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WORMS Review

WORMS Review

Worms has been around since the mid nineties. In that time it's spawned numerous sequels and been ported to every platform imaginable. Now it's on the iPhone. The goal is the same as its always been. Use your team of amusing little worms and their ridiculous arsenal of weaponry to take out the other amusing teams of worms. So how does the formula fare here? The controls are numerous, and there are almost too many to remember. Walking, jumping and aiming seems simple enough, but any we…

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Bejeweled 2 + Blitz Review

Review PopCap By Dave Flodine, 5 years ago
Bejeweled 2 + Blitz Review

Bejeweled is known as one of the most addictive games on the Internet. Bejewled 2 is pretty much the same game with a couple new gameplay modes, and it's been ported to the iPhone. In each level there is a screen full of gems. By swapping the placement of two gems, you create chains of three or more of the same type, which disappear, give you points, and cause new gems to fall into the game field. Control is simple. Want to swap two gems? Simply use your finger to swap their placement…

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TETRIS® Review

TETRIS® Review

Is there a gamer alive who hasn't played Tetris? It's been ported to every system imaginable, and now with touch controls, EA have brought it to the iPhone. The goal is the same as always. One of seven shaped blocks will fall. You need to rotate and place them so that a line is created, and then erased. The more lines erased, the faster the game gets. If the blocks reach the top, game over. At first glance, the touch controls seemed like a bad idea. Wouldn't tilting the iPhone be bett…

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Assassin's Creed™ - Altaïr's Chronicles Review

Review Gameloft By Dave Flodine, 5 years ago
Assassin's Creed™ - Altaïr's Chronicles Review

Assassin's Creed was a huge title in 2007 on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Now Gameloft have created a port of the game for the iPhone. The premise is similar. As the assassin Altair, you are eluding guards on the rooftops of the middle east, assassinating targets on your way to acquire an item of great import. How does it compare to its console counterparts? The controls are well mapped but end up being a problem. To move Altair, there is an analog stick on the touch screen. There are a…

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Sally's Salon Luxury Edition Review

Review GameHouse By Dave Flodine, 5 years ago
Sally's Salon Luxury Edition Review

Sally is fresh out of university and wants to open her own salon. In Sally's Salon, you help Sally through each day of her business as she juggles the many wants of her customers. Based on how fast she serves them, and how well they tip, Sally can upgrade her salon and hire new employees, constantly expanding her business. Everything in the salon is done with the touch of a finger. If an area of the salon is free, tapping a customer will send them over. Tapping them will have Sally se…

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Peggle Review

Review PopCap By Dave Flodine, 5 years ago
Peggle Review

Peggle has made its way to the iPhone. Acquiring fame on the PC and Xbox 360, this addictive pachinko based action puzzler has now been fitted with touch controls. As the player, you need to clear orange pegs out from amongst a field of blue pegs with a pinball cannon. Rack up enough points with one ball, or manage to fall in the bucket at the end at you gain an extra ball to clear the level. The game has been reworked with a giant wheel on the side of the screen used to aim the pinba…

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3D Rollercoaster Rush Review

Review RockYou, Inc. By Dave Flodine, 5 years, 1 month ago
3D Rollercoaster Rush Review

Bends, turns, loop-de-loops, trying your hardest not to fly off the track. These thrills form the basis of 3D Rollercoaster Rush. There's a rollercoaster and a car full of people. Get through the track as fast as possible while keeping as many passengers alive as you can. If you've played Rollercoaster Rush, it's basically the same game with better graphics and streamlined controls. The controls are simple and easy to use. Tilt the screen right to go faster, tilt the screen left to sl…

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Harbour Master Review

Review Imangi Studios, LLC By Dave Flodine, 5 years, 1 month ago
Harbour Master Review

Based on the simple and popular game design of Flight Control, Harbour Master is taking the formula and adding a couple new ideas to the gameplay. As the harbour master you have to direct ships into your ports, wait for their cargo to unload and then direct them away,.Any collisions, and it's game over. The controls are simple. Drag a line to direct a ship, that's it. Sometimes you have to redirect ship paths to prevent a collision, but it's all part of the gameplay. Every piece of ca…

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Ragdoll Blaster - A Physics Puzzler Review

Review Backflip Studios By Dave Flodine, 5 years, 1 month ago
Ragdoll Blaster - A Physics Puzzler Review

Puzzle games are always fun for a diversion, but add physics, and it becomes hard to put down. In Ragdoll Blaster, you control a cannon that fires ragdoll puppets. The goal of each level is to hit a bullseye using as few ragdolls as possible. By changing trajectory and the strength of your shot, obstacles can be shot over, and objects can be interacted with in order to reach your goal. The cannon is controlled via the touch screen. By dragging and tapping, the targeting reticle is mov…

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StickWars Review

Review John E. Hartzog By Dave Flodine, 5 years, 1 month ago
StickWars Review

It's always good to see independent developers creating games for the iPhone. StickWars is the effort of John E Hartzog and is a tower defense game involving stick figures. You have a wall which you can repair and fortify with more health. Little stick figures with weapons keep sieging this wall, and it's your job to dispose of them. Control works very well. To remove the stick figures, you simply use your finger to flick them up into the air, allowing gravity to take its course on th…

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The Sims 3 Review

Review Electronic Arts By Dave Flodine, 5 years, 1 month ago
The Sims 3 Review

Many fans of The Sims have been eagerly awaiting the third installment of this popular series, and in case you don't have it on another platform, it's available on the iPhone. You create an avatar who you lead through life as they get jobs, make friends, engage in romance, and become more successful. Everything is handled by the touch of a finger. Want a sim to move somewhere? Tap the screen. Want the sim to talk to someone or get a snack from the fridge? Tap the person or fridge. You…

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Sheep Launcher Plus! Review

Review Kronos Games By Dave Flodine, 5 years, 1 month ago
Sheep Launcher Plus! Review

Who hasn't wanted to launch a sheep into the air? Well Sheep Launcher Plus makes that wish come true. After the initial launch, it's your job to keep that sheep flying towards the stars for as long as you can. Keep the sheep afloat happens by continually tapping it. As it flies through the air, the sheep collects stars that add to your score, and there a few powerups as well. These range from pillows that give you a free fall, to helium that blows your sheep up like a balloon, making…

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