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Skullduggery! Review

Review ClutchPlay Games By James Gilmour, 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Skullduggery! Review

In this zombie obsessed culture of ours you'll find hundreds of games built around protecting your brain from becoming a deadite's breakfast. Skullduggery! flips the script on this trend. Here, your brain is not a helpless yet delicious blob of matter tucked away inside your bonce. Instead, it's an elastic and dynamic system of propulsion and attack, one which you will learn to manipulate until you can navigate mazes and shatter skeletons into bony bits. Check out Mark Brown's review…

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Anomaly Defenders Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By James Gilmour, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Anomaly Defenders Review

The Anomaly series made a name for itself by reversing the standard tower defence formula, and putting you in charge of the advancing force you usually find yourself repelling. However, for Anomaly Defenders, the final entry in the series, the studio has reversed its own genre reversal, ending its tower offence saga with a normal tower defence game. Has the move unlocked a new dimension to the sci-fi combat favourite, or is Anomaly Defenders one reversal too many? Pocket Gamer's Harr…

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Kapsula Review

Review Nicolas Saraintaris By James Gilmour, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Kapsula Review

What do you get when you combine a futuristic arcade racer with a match-three puzzler? The answer is Kapsula, a peculiar mash-up of genres and ideas from developer Beavl Games. In addition to making you navigate your vehicle around a minimalistic sci-fi cityscape, the game also encourages you to merge with other vehicles by crashing into them. You can then create chains of colour which must be wiped out for points. Pocket Gamer review Harry Slater was a bit bemused by the game, as y…

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Goat Simulator Review

Review Coffee Stain Studios By James Gilmour, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Goat Simulator Review

Goat Simulator is a difficult game to review. On the one hand, it's a transparently broken game riddled with bugs, glitches, frame-rate issues, and optimisation problems. On the other hands, however, the whole game is a very conscious joke - one designed to poke fun at the subjective dullness of games like Truck Simulator and Train Simulator. As a result, it can be argued that the game is deliberately broken, and therefore cite its technical weaknessess as part of the joke. Harry Sl…

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FOTONICA Review

Review Santa Ragione s.r.l. By James Gilmour, 1 month, 1 week ago
FOTONICA Review

Fotonica is an endless-runner. There, I said it. But it's also much, much more than that. It's an ode to '80s vector art. It's a mobile Mirror's Edge. It's an artsy speed sim set to by a throbbing, experimental soundscape. And, though not without issues, it's also a lot of fun, as Pocket Gamer's Craig Grannell found during his review. Watch the video above to hear the full review. Read the review transcript over on Pocket Gamer.…

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Five Nights at Freddy's Review

Review Scott Cawthon By James Gilmour, 1 month, 1 week ago
Five Nights at Freddy's Review

Five Nights at Freddy's is a weird game.  Cast as a night watchman, your job is to man the security desk at a children's restaurant. During the day, kids come to eat and be entertainent by the eatery's collection of animatronic animals, who laugh and dance and play with the squealing brats until closing time. At night, however, these souless automatons stalk the corridors of the building, looking for humans to stuff into bear suits.  It's your job to keep the building safe…

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CounterSpy™ Review

Review PlayStation Mobile Inc. By James Gilmour, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
CounterSpy™ Review

Whether you're crawing around under a cardbox box in Metal Gear Solid, or straddling a hallway while an unsuspecting guard strolls beneath your crotch in Splinter Cell, there's nothing quite like a good stealth game. Counterspy is a cartoon love letter to espionage thrillers and cold war unease. This side-scrolling roguelike casts you as a secret agent trying to infiltrate a military base and prevent the imminent launch of a Soviet nuke. As Pocket Gamer's Giles Armstrong found, the i…

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Gemini Strike Review

Review Armor Games Inc By James Gilmour, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Gemini Strike Review

While developer Cave has got the vertically-scrolling shooter market pretty much sewn up, games like Dodonpachi come with a fairly stiff price tag. Enter Gemini Stike, an arcade-inspired blaster with lots of lasers, big bosses, but zero barrier to entry. But can a free-to-play shmup really hold its own against the premium powerhouses already available on iOS? Jon Munday from Pocket Gamer thinks shooter fans may find room in their heart for Gemini Stike's old-skool charms, albeit with…

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Battle Riders Review

Review Valentin Ciampuru By James Gilmour, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Battle Riders Review

Racing sims can be a bit clinical. You'll often get endless menus filled with gear ratio sliders and engine tuning options, when all you really want to do is slam your figurative foot to the floor and burn some rubber. Battle Riders is an antidote to the serious-headed racers of the world, so much so that the Deathrace 3000-inspired vehicles you drive also have massive guns slapped on the side of them.  Question is, does it deliver the high octane, armour plated goods? Watch the…

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Duke Dashington Review

Review Jussi Simpanen By James Gilmour, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Duke Dashington Review

What do you get when you splice Tomb Raider's spike-infested temples with 8-bit platforming sensibilities, then throw in a protagonist who takes styling tips from Wario? The answer is Duke Dashington, a swipe-based retro platformer which offers healthy doses of challenge in micro portions. As Pocket Gamer's Harry Slater discovered, getting out of a collapsing pyramid in ten seconds flat can be a tricky business.  Thankfully, the struggle is generally a rewarding one. Watch the…

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Bioshock Review

Review 2K By James Gilmour, 2 months 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, 3 months 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, 3 months, 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, 3 months, 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, 4 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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