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Bioshock Review

Review 2K By James Gilmour, 4 days, 3 hours ago
Bioshock Review

BioShock is great. Deservedly held up as a premiere example of digital world building and interactive storytelling, it's a game which drags you through your TV and submerges you in a nightmarish world of neon and noir. Andrew Ryan's failed utopia, populated with genetically modified maniacs and lumbering, drill-armed childminders, is one of the most atmospheric, immersive, and effectively-realised video game settings ever conceived. The gameplay elegantly fuses traditional gunplay w…

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Kritika: Chaos Unleashed Review

Review GAMEVIL Inc. By Alex Beech, 1 month ago
Kritika: Chaos Unleashed Review

It doesn’t matter which of Kritika: Chaos Unleashed's colourful fighters you choose to play as. Whether you're an angry armoured warrior of powerful she-vixen, this action RPG's fluid, fast-paced combat is accessible from the word go This is largely thanks to virtual-stick and button controls that quickly become second nature. Despite only having limited offensive options when you begin, you'll soon find yourself chaining together 200-hit combos while you pirouette thr…

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Modern Combat 5: Blackout Review

Review Gameloft By James Gilmour, 1 month, 1 week ago
Modern Combat 5: Blackout Review

Modern Combat 5: Blackout is an orgy of simulated violence - short bursts of brutal, amoral slaying set to a soundtrack of bombastic Zimmer-esque strings and the metallic trill of shell casings on concrete. Like it's predecessor Zero Hour, it throws set piece after set piece at you, switching between urban shootouts, gunship massacres, sniper challenges, and aquatic escapes with the excitement of an impatient child opening Christmas presents. The controls are the familiar mixed bag o…

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MONSTER HUNTER FREEDOM UNITE for iOS Review

Review CAPCOM By Alex Beech, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
MONSTER HUNTER FREEDOM UNITE for iOS Review

When starting Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS, it helps to know what you're getting into. It promises you the chance to bring down monstrous creatures in a fantasy equivalent of big game hunting, but it makes you work for every moment of enjoyment. Before heading into the field you have to familiarise yourself with the basics. As a port of a PSP title, there are a lot of controls crammed onto your touchscreen. The result is confusing mash of context dependent virtual st…

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Storm Casters Review

Review Get Set Games By Alex Beech, 2 months ago
Storm Casters Review

You're lost and alone in a forest. Your village has been destroyed. A wizard appears before you. Granting you magic powers to claim your revenge, the robed figure then points you in the direction of the village-ravaging monster's lair, the aptly named Skull Keep. Within the keep, you are thrown directly into Storm Casters's no nonsense dungeon crawling. A responsive virtual stick guides your hero, with a fire button letting you cast spells at the nearest available target. This si…

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World of Tanks Blitz Review

Review Wargaming.net By Alex Beech, 2 months ago
World of Tanks Blitz Review

At its most reductive, World of Tank Blitz is a modern interpretation of the Atari classic Combat. But this mobile instalment the of tank-based arena warfare behemoth bring flair - and considerate monetisation - to the formula. A quick tutorial teaches you nuances of manoeuvring your metal death-machine using the virtual stick, buttons, and various drop down menus. It is a familiar system, but one made unique thanks to your tanks methodical pace and cumbersome turning circle. Th…

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Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville Review

Review Cartoon Network By Alex Beech, 2 months, 1 week ago
Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville Review

From the moment Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville starts it shows a clear love of its source material. The first choice the game has you make is between two different visual and audio treatments for the girls: one that matches the original series, and one for their new CGI interpretation. While this has no impact on gameplay, it shows a respect for the fans, letting them enjoy their favorite version of the heroes. The action begins when the evil monkey Mojo Jojo lures the…

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LEGO ® Marvel ™ Super Heroes: Universe in Peril Review

Review Warner Bros. By Alex Beech, 2 months, 1 week ago
LEGO ® Marvel ™ Super Heroes: Universe in Peril Review

Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril struggles from the outset. A very loose port of a 3DS and Vita game, that is itself a translation of a home console experience, the whole thing feels like a compromise. The only part of the game that seems complete is the cutscenes. These comic interludes do a great job framing the action, with sharp writing that will appeal to kids and adults alike. Unfortunately, the quality of these only serves to highlight the sacrifices elsewhere in the…

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Godfire™ Review

Review Vivid Games S.A. By Alex Beech, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Godfire™ Review

From its mythical Greek storyline to its combat, everything about Godfire mimics God of War. But while it may be shameless in its imitation, that doesn’t stop its being fun. You play as Prometheus, the Titan who gave fire to man. The opening scene depicts just this, though in an oddly dramatic style, with you smashing the flame from Zeus armour while battling on top of a flying chariot. The craft then crashes down into the underworld and Zeus sets out to reclaim the fire, leavin…

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Tiny Prehistoric Adventure Review

Review Alexandre Minard By Alex Beech, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Tiny Prehistoric Adventure Review

Tiny Prehistoric Adventure is an elegant mix of point-and-click adventure and puzzle game. Sending you back to the jurassic period, you play the part of a miniature time traveller who is stranded after his era hopping machine breaks. Before beginning each area you are treated to a vivid comic panel showing the dangers you are about to face. These are in perfect keeping with the game’s bright 2D art, and do a good job setting the tone. Streamlined point-and-click controls have y…

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(R)evolve Review

Review Team17 Software Ltd By Alex Beech, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
(R)evolve Review

We are not huge fans of silly formatting in game titles. However, even we have to concede that (R)evolve is an apt name for a game that has you revolving a tiny planet to give the creatures living on its surface a chance to evolve before they are struck by asteroids. You begin with a single plant on the surface of a tiny globe spinning in space. Holding the right of the screen spins the planet clockwise, while doing the same anywhere on the left will see it move in an anti-clockwise d…

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VVVVVV Review

Review Terry Cavanagh By Alex Beech, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
VVVVVV Review

Originally released back in 2010, Terry Cavanagh's VVVVVV has been a long time coming to iOS. A lot of this time has been spent making sure the touch controls live up to original's button-based system. It's a huge consideration for this precision platformer as any issues would ruin the experience. So, it is with some excitement that we can say that Cavanagh has pulled it off. The story begins with your character Capt. Viridian telling his crew to abandon ship as the vessel is sucked i…

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Final Flight of the Perseus Review

Review Third Party Ninjas LLC By Alex Beech, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Final Flight of the Perseus Review

Final Flight of the Perseus is a free shmup that continues the legacy of arcade classics like Galaga. Controlling the inevitably doomed starship Perseus, you must battle waves of attacking enemy aliens until your reactions fail you, and you explode into spacedust. Direct controls help you to navigate the single-screen war zones in seconds. Your crude, pixelated ship fires endlessly upwards as you drag it around the screen, dodging the equally ugly alien aggressors. Unfortunately, the…

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Sky Force 2014 Review

Review Infinite Dreams Inc. By Alex Beech, 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Sky Force 2014 Review

The original Sky Force came out on mobile devices in 2004. It was a great looking mobile game for its day, and fantastic shooter to boot. Now, a decade later, Sky Force 2014 is looking to do the same again with the benefit of modern tech. Sky Force 2014 retains the tight shmup combat and  vertically scrolling levels of the original. As before, you must attack approaching targets, while trying to avoid the halestorm of bullets the game throws at you. A responsive one-to-one contr…

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Rival Knights Review

Review Gameloft By Alex Beech, 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Rival Knights Review

There aren't many medieval sport simulators on App Store. Enter Rival Knights, a game which casts you as a lowly knight who must battle his way through the noble jousting leagues to earn riches and status. Matches begin with you stirring your steed into action. Once charging down the lane, you must build up speed. Spurring on your horse is achieved by the act of stopping a marker on target as it scrolls back and forth along a meter. The final stage of combat has you drop you…

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