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Rayman Fiesta Run Review

Review Ubisoft By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Rayman Fiesta Run Review

Rayman Jungle Run is a hard act to follow. With its dazzling visuals, tight-as-a-drum controls, and endlessly inventive levels, it set the standard for auto-runners on iOS. For the inevitable sequel, Rayman Fiesta Run, Ubisoft has pulled Rayman out of the trees and into the kitchen - or should that be 'la cocina'. You see, this sequel is all about food - specifically, Mexican food. Every aspect of every level has a distinctly Latin flavour. You'll smash pinatas and swing from da…

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Naught 2 Review

Review Blue Shadow Games S.L. By James Gilmour, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Naught 2 Review

Naught was one of the better silhouette platformer-puzzlers to appear on the App Store in 2011. In it, you took control of a bipedal cat, whom you had to slide around cavernous levels by tilting your iPhone or iPad. It was tricky, but once you get a handle on the angles it was a pretty good time. Now, the spelunking feline has returned in a new game featuring spruced up animations, faster levels, and some seriously testing bosses. Most of these changes make Naught 2 a prettier, more e…

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BIT.TRIP RUN! Review

Review Gaijin Games By Dave Flodine, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
BIT.TRIP RUN! Review

Earlier this year, Gaijin Games released Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien on PC and consoles. Now, the team has ported the game to iOS, and slimmed-down the title to the slightly more manageable Bit.Trip Run! Fans of the game might be worried that this mobile version has lost more than just its unweildy title. However, we can report that the entire game has been adapted faithfully to the touch screen, albeit with a few tweaks here and there. That said, it's no…

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The Occupant Review

Review David Turkiewicz By Dave Flodine, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
The Occupant Review

The Occupant is the latest in a line of Slenderman-inspired survival-horror games. For some inexplicable reason, you find yourself trapped in an abandoned hotel with a creature known as the Occupant. Each stage has you fulfilling a series of tasks before you can move onto the next floor. As you complete these task, the creature is silently stalking the hallways in search of you. Let's make one thing perfectly clear; it's not the jump scares that make The Occupant creepy - rather, it's…

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Anomaly 2 Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By James Gilmour, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Anomaly 2 Review

When Anomaly Warzone Earth rolled onto the App Store two years ago, it made a big impact. Not only did it popularise the now well-established tower offense genre, it proved you could port high-quality PC releases to the App Store without compromising too much functionality. Anomaly 2, the first true sequel after the Anomaly Korea expansion, brings back the futuristic sci-fi warfare that made the original game so popular, and adds just enough bells and whistles to warrant you giving th…

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Mega Dead Pixel Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Dave Flodine, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Mega Dead Pixel Review

So there's this happy little pixel falling through space. If it paints enough shapes or collects enough pixels, it will one day become the mega pixel, a wondrous being of liberation and. It's a fun existance while it last, but the ending of our story is always the same: the pixel crumbles back to its original form, and eventually is snuffed out of existence. A moment of silence, please. Mega Dead Pixel is an endless runner - or an endless faller, if you prefer. You move a descending p…

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Papa Sangre II Review

Review Playground Publishing B.V. By James Gilmour, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Papa Sangre II Review

Papa Sangre II is a game you play in the dark, on your own, and preferably with eyes closed. Rather than showing you horrific images of monsters and bloodied bodies, this unusual survival horror game pulls you into its surreal world filled of forgotten memories and brain-sucking insects using the power of sound alone. Guided by a the disembodied voice of Sean Bean, you must explore the afterlife in the hope of finding a way back to the land of the living. You're dead, by the way. Sorr…

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Crowman & Wolfboy Review

Review Wither Studios, LLC By James Gilmour, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Crowman & Wolfboy Review

Crowman & Wolfboy, the latest silhouette-styled auto-runner to appear on the App Store, is all about teamwork. Rather than guiding a single character through the game's bleak, apocalyptic landscape, you take control of two simultaneously. The eponymous pair of beastmen jog through each perilous platform-filled level in tandem, with both creatures bringing their own special skill to the table. The crow can help the jump higher by grabbing the wolfman's shoulders and using his wing t…

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Fright Heights Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By James Gilmour, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Fright Heights Review

Games which revolve around hotel management usually involve trying to fill up your holiday inn by attracting as many guests as possible. Chillingo's spooky scare-'em-up Fright Heights, on the other hand, is all about scaring guests away. It's essentially a block puzzler in which you arrange guests and ghosts throughout the hotel to clear out floors and empty the building. Each floor has a fear rating which must be hit in order wipe it from the screen. To cajole your guests into paroxi…

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Hazel Dazzle iPad Review

Review Wake Studios By James Gilmour, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Hazel Dazzle iPad Review

Hazel is a budding archaeologist who is trying to stop an evil doctor from using the ruins of an ancient race for his own nefarious purposes. The game she inhabits, Hazel Dazzle, is an action adventure that borrows from the spinning, spherical levels of Super Mario Galaxy, and combines them with more traditional dungeon-crawling sections. Unfortunately, though this marriage of gameplay styles can work, Hazel Dazzle is a shallow experience which is afflicted by some irritating tech…

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Infinity Danger Review

Review Milkstone Studios SL By James Gilmour, 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Infinity Danger Review

When you first pick up Infinity Danger, you might find yourself wondering where the rest of the game went. Imagine a bullet-hell shooter in which all the levels have been stripped away. So, instead of fighting waves of enemies to get to an end boss, you engage in one timed boss battle after another. Now imagine you're fighting same boss every time, chipping away at layer upon layer of modular evolution to reveal the heart of the ship, and blast it smithereens once more. After your fi…

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Echo Prime Review

Review Robot Entertainment By James Gilmour, 5 months, 4 weeks ago
Echo Prime Review

Having touched a nerve last year with its turn-based strategy hit Hero Academy, Robot Entertainment has returned to the iOS battleground with a new game in tow. Obviously keen to try their hand at a combat system with more immediacy than Hero Academy's asynchronous duels, the team has knocked up a a sci-fi-flavoured action-RPG. Here, the combat is real time, and your enemies' feet aren't rooted to tiles on the floor. You take control of a space-marine type who has been charged with ba…

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ARC Squadron: Redux Review

Review Psyonix By Dave Flodine, 6 months ago
ARC Squadron: Redux Review

Last year, developer Psyonix released Arc Squadron, a well-reviewed space shooter with great controls and a load of content. Now almost a year later, the dev has restructured the game, introduced a few balancing tweaks, and made the whole experience free-to-play. This is Arc Squadron: Redux. As your ship (and the galaxy) is under attack by the mysterious and violent Guardians, humanity needs all the help it can get. You take control of a lowly janitor who finds himself in the cockpit…

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DEAD TRIGGER 2 Review

DEAD TRIGGER 2 Review

In a world filled with derivative grey zombie shooters, how do you make yours stand out from the shambling crowd. In the case of Madfinger's 2012 hit Dead Trigger, the answer was simple: make it look fantastic. However, though it was definitely one of the prettiest games on the App Store, it was let down by repetitive gameplay, dull enemies, and freemium grind fatigue. With Dead Trigger 2, Madfinger has attempted to inject some variety into the series, adding new zombie types, more va…

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LEVEL 22 Review

Review Noego By Dave Flodine, 6 months ago
LEVEL 22 Review

You have to feel for poor old Gary. After a night out on the town, he discovers that not only has he overslept, but that if he's caught arriving late, today might be the end of his career. The goal of Level 22, then, is simple: travel to the twenty-second level of the company building without being spotted by anyone. It's a task that would test the skills of Solid Snake himself. We'll have to make do with Gary, though. Given the stealth genre is usually obsessed with spies and ninjas,…

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