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METAL SLUG DEFENSE Review

Review SNK PLAYMORE By Alex Beech, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
METAL SLUG DEFENSE Review

When we think Metal Slug, our minds turn to classic arcade side-scroller action. What we don’t think of is the tower defense genre. However, that is precisely the catagory which SNK Playmore's new free-to-play title Metal Slug Defense falls into. That's not to say that there isn't some crossover between the classic games and this new enterprise. Creating a 2D side-scrolling tower defense title has allowed the developer to lift art straight from previous Metal Slug games. Th…

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AngerForce - Strikers Review

Review Screambox By Alex Beech, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
AngerForce - Strikers Review

If you have ever played a shmup then AngerForce - Strikers will hold few surprises. It's a familiar story: a series of vertically-scrolling levels which have you tracing your craft's path a halestorm of bullets, trying to destroy any enemies in your way. AngerForce you offers three characters to choose from, each with their own special attacks. Which you select will be dependent on your play style, with characters like the robot offering powerful laser attacks that do huge d…

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Instantion Review

Review Travis Fincaryk By Alex Beech, 3 months ago
Instantion Review

Like many of the best teachers, Instantion doesn't tell you the answers. From the very beginning, the 2.5D action puzzler is quite happy to leave you struggling with challenges, in the expectation that you'll eventually suss them out for yourself. This fits neatly with the game's virtual wire-frame world, which gives you the sense you're running simulated experiments under laboratory conditions. You have to hop your avatar over obstacles, and activate doors and bridges to get to…

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Robots Love Ice Cream™ Review

Review Ayopa Games LLC By Alex Beech, 3 months, 1 week ago
Robots Love Ice Cream™ Review

Any dimension where ice cream can be used to save humanity is okay by us. Robots Love Ice Cream inhabits just such a dimension. With robots trying to steal vital dessert supplies, you must cruise the galaxy in your weaponized ice-cream truck, blasting mechanical agressors out of the sky. Each invading robot looks like it has been taken straight out of a toy box. Their distinct appearances make each one easily identifiable, even during hectic moments. This ensures that you can ins…

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Trials Frontier Review

Review Ubisoft By Alex Beech, 3 months, 1 week ago
Trials Frontier Review

Trials Frontier wastes no time getting you into the action. There’s no title screen as you load the app - instead, the game begins with an onscreen prompt showing you how to start your engine. Before we'd even seen the title card, we were scudding along the 2.5D path towards an explosive finale. The game's first three tracks lay out all the controls. Your right thumb controls acceleration, while your left thumb manipulates your rider’s center of gravity, letting you j…

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FLASHOUT 2 Review

Review Jujubee By Alex Beech, 3 months, 3 weeks ago
FLASHOUT 2 Review

If you are going to copy something, copy the best. We have to assume that is what Jujubee was thinking when it developed Flashout 2. Generously, you could think of it as an homage to Sony’s WipEout series, but it sticks so closely to the source material - right down to the graphic design - that it simply feels like a pale imitation. Races take place on metallic tracks that loop high above futuristic cityscapes. Though each track is littered with boosts, weapons, and jumps, they…

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TriBlaster Review

Review Bulkypix By Alex Beech, 3 months, 4 weeks ago
TriBlaster Review

If you've ever seen the 1981 arcade game Tempest in action, then TriBlaster’s influences will be immediately apparent. The new tube shooter utilises the same visual style and gameplay mechanics as the Atari classic, but it does so with enough flair to make it feel fresh. TriBlaster's early stages look like you are standing at the blocks of a neon-soaked 100m race track. As you progress though the levels, the shape of these stages begins to warp and twist to awesome effect,…

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Star Horizon Review

Review Tabasco Interactive By Alex Beech, 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Star Horizon Review

There is something oddly retro about Star Horizon. It harkens back to a past era of arcade gaming - a fast-paced on-the-rails action shooter revamped for 2014. For whatever reason, it seems everyone in the universe wants to kill John, the hero of the tale, and his friendly AI, Ellie. Frozen in space after a battle between Rebels and the Federation, he is a man out of time, swept along by events he doesn't understand. You are able to make choices for John throughout the story which cha…

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Deadlings Review

Deadlings Review

Zombies have a rough time in video games. They spend most of their afterlives getting mauled, shot, impaled, and dismembered. However, in comic-styled platformer Deadlings, the aim is to actually keep the walking dead walking, as you try to guide a troop of brain eaters through  lethal laboratory mazes. Each of the 2D mazes are filled with doors, spikes, saws, and other obstacles. There's a blueprint view of the current area which you can call up at any time to help you plan…

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Wave Wave Review

Review Tom Janson By Alex Beech, 4 months ago
Wave Wave Review

Wave Wave is a twitch arcade game which reverberates with the echoes of other mobile hits. Its mazes, which take the form corridors with triangular obstacles jutting from the floor and ceiling, are reminiscent of those found in Flappy Bird. However, its geometric presentation, lo-fi audio, and timed gameplay owe a huge debt to Super Hexagon. In Wave Wave, you must guide your triangular avatar past angular stalagmites and stalactites. You tap to screen to make your tiny avatar ris…

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Smash Hit Review

Review Mediocre AB By Alex Beech, 4 months, 1 week ago
Smash Hit Review

If we had to invent a genre label for Smash Hit, we'd have to go with endless-shatterer. It's a fitting title for a game which involves flying unendingly forward through a world of glass, using marbles to shatter any obstacles in your path. This is harder than it sounds, however. Colliding with any object in the world sees you dropping ten of your marbles. Once they are all gone, it's game over. Thus selective and judicious hurling is what is required to successfully navigate fr…

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God of Light Review

Review Playmous By Alex Beech, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
God of Light Review

In some ways Playmous's new game, God of Light, reminds us of the album art for Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon - it focuses on a beam of light, and it has a sweet soundtrack. Taking control of a glowing ball called Shiny, you have to bounce a ray of light off various reflective flowers to reach the Source of Life. Things aren't quite that straightforward, however. You see, you begin all of God of Light's mazes in darkness.  Tapping on Shiny allows you to easily rotate the si…

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Dual Survivor Review

Review Rising Step By Alex Beech, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Dual Survivor Review

Playing Dual Survivor is the gaming equivalent of being punched in the stomach by someone who claims to be your friend. And, like the assualted party in that metaphor, it will leave you wondering if you somehow deserved it. But, even as your find yourself asking the question, you will realise that it's really the game which is to blame. This oddly schizophrenic sensation is deliberate. The game demands an equal split of your mental energies. You have to navigate two seperate…

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R-TYPE II Review

Review DotEmu By Alex Beech, 5 months ago
R-TYPE II Review

These days, the notion of guiding a spaceship from left to right in the hope of stopping an alien invasion is rather quaint. In the days of R-Type, however, this flavour of sci-fi blaster was still considered cutting-edge. Irem's side-scrolling shooter series introduced massive power-ups and screen-filling bosses to a generation of gamers. As a result, seeing these games faithfully reproduced in the palm of our hands creates a strange nostalgia. As far as content and visuals are…

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Pyro Jump Review

Review Pinpin Team By Alex Beech, 5 months, 1 week ago
Pyro Jump Review

It's hard not to be instantly attracted to Pyro Jump's premise. The story of a small flame that has fallen in love with an origami princess is an unusual romantic tale, one that can only end in tragedy. But, while Pinpin Team's pinpoint-platformer is endearing, it struggles to live up to its promise. You control all of Pyro Jump's action with a single tap. Touching the screen launches the little flame into the air, propelling him outwards from his current position. Holding the screen…

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