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Gunner Z Review

Review BitMonster, Inc. By James Gilmour, 9 months, 1 week ago
Gunner Z Review

You might be surprised to learn that the nastiest thing about BitMonster's zombie shooter Gunner Z isn't the zombies. Having apparently poured all of their warmth and creativity into last year's charming RPG adventure Lili, the ex-Epic staffers decided to muddy up the App Store waters with yet another undead-themed blaster. However, in their quest for the mighty dollar, the team has concocted a freemium framework which does its level best to impede your progress and hamper your enjoym…

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HOOKBALL Review

Review Miguel Ramos By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 1 week ago
HOOKBALL Review

We finally know the reason behind the destruction of the Mayan civilisation: They were playing Hookball. What is Hookball, you ask? Well, it's a game where too much is going on at once, and death is literally only seconds away. Despite the insanity of the sport, it's quite an addictive experience, but one which requires a large amount of dedication to master. The Mayan calendar in the middle of the stage acts as the game timer. Through the collection of gears, you add time to the cloc…

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F1™ Challenge Review

F1™ Challenge Review

Formula 1 is all about precision. Brake too late going into corner or accelerate too quickly coming out of one, and your championship hopes can be drowned in a pool of your opponent's victory champagne. Perhaps that's why The Codemaster's latest take on F1, a top-down arcade-style racer, feels a little strange. It presents you with a format usually reserved for skid-tastic, tyre-squealing follies like Micro Machines, and then asks you to control some of the fastest racing cars on the…

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Duet Game Review

Review Kumobius By James Gilmour, 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Duet Game Review

Things have been getting terribly twisty in the world of iOS gaming lately. Duet, the twitch-based game of rotation and avoidance, is the latest in the recent spat of lo-fi spinathons. Like Pivvot and Super Hexagon before it, Duet takes a simple concept, dresses it up in basic block colours, and then begins to mercilessly test your reflexes without giving a second thought to your sanity or self worth. You take charge of two coloured orbs which are linked by a circle. It's your job to…

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Project '88 Review

Review Pekka Vilpponen By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Project '88 Review

Project '88 is apparently inspired by the intros and demos of old Amiga games. It does have a certain 'screen saver' quality to it that is hypnotic, if a little nauseating if you just focus on the pulsating background. This is a game of high scores and long journeys. Your goal is to stay on the track long enough to fill up your experience bar, and constantly try to travel further. Once you hit level ten you earn an achievement (and achieving this for all three modes will unlock the el…

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T.E.C 3001 Review

Review Bulkypix By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 3 weeks ago
T.E.C 3001 Review

No one can accuse T.E.C. 3001 of being ugly. As your robot runs through a virtual reality world collecting batteries for the benefit of humanity, the two-tone colour pallettes can't help but bring to mind nostalgic memories of '80s video games and Tron. Pretty visuals aside, though, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this is another run of the mill endless runner. In fact, though it does have endless mode, the heart of the game is its varied campaign challenges. There's your standar…

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Boson X Review

Review Ian MacLarty By Dave Flodine, 9 months, 3 weeks ago
Boson X Review

You might have heard that the scientists of CERN are busy smashing atoms together at unbelievable speeds in order to witness what happens upon collision. But the scientist in Boson X takes the dedication to his craft one step further by placing himself directly into the machine. While the game is an endless runner in the style of Temple Run, the developer seems to have drawn some inspiration from Super Hexagon. The influence to Terry Cavanagh's geometric puzzler is evident in everyt…

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Orborun Review

Review Bulkypix By Dave Flodine, 10 months ago
Orborun Review

If I was describe Orborun using one of those 'it's x meets y' comparisons, I'd say Orborun is Super Monkey Ball meets Tron. By that I mean that you guide a spinning ball though a futuristic neon blue environment, not that you control a banana-crazed Jeff Bridges. In fact, your rotund robotic pal is trying to reach the end of each stage by rolling along tubular platforms, trying to collect as many points as possible without falling into the abyss below. Each stage starts with a choice…

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Angry Birds Star Wars II Review

Review Rovio Entertainment Ltd By James Gilmour, 10 months, 1 week ago
Angry Birds Star Wars II Review

You like Star Wars, right? Well, you did before they did those three rubbish films. Maybe the new one will be good. I hear the Star Trek bloke's doing it. He knows about... stars... And Angry Birds! You like Angry Birds, right? With the flinging and the smashing and that pause before the level ends when you're waiting for everything to stop moving. Yes, you guessed it: The birds are back and the force is with them once again. Angry Birds Star Wars II delivers another instalment of b…

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Giant Boulder of Death Review

Review [adult swim] By Dave Flodine, 10 months, 1 week ago
Giant Boulder of Death Review

You might ask, “What motivation for destruction could a giant boulder possibly have to go on a gravity-powered killing spree?" That's a fair question, one that Adult Swim's Giant Boulder of Death attempts to answer. You see, a pompous general has turned your loved one into a statue of himself. So, in a fit of rage, our rocky hero decide to roll down a hill crushing everything in his path. The game follows the endless-runner formula of play, upgrade, and then play some more.…

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Gleamer Review

Review Emmet Morris By Dave Flodine, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Gleamer Review

Gleamer is a platformer which combines simple shapes, basic controls, and a pulsing electronica soundtrack. The goal is to collect all five stars as quickly as possible, allowing you to move on another of the game's 50 stages. It all sounds rather standard doesn't it? However, it's amazing how one little mechanic can make all the difference. Your cube moves automatically, and reverses direction when it hits the outer edge of the level. Every time it does this you gain speed. The stag…

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Mikey Hooks Review

Review BeaverTap Games, LLC By James Gilmour, 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Mikey Hooks Review

Speed-run platformer Mikey Shorts, which appeared on the App Store last year, did a great job of demonstrating how precision platforming can be successfully achieved on a touchscreen. For the sequel, Mikey Hooks, Beavertap Games has upped the number of onscreen hazards, and given Mikey the ability to swing across chasms like a big-headed Tarzan. Things are a little more dangerous for Mikey this time out. Though the familiar flat-topped robo enemies return, they are now decked out…

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Link The Slug Review

Review Bulkypix By Dave Flodine, 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Link The Slug Review

The slugs in Link the Slug are the result of an experiment gone horribly wrong. And, as science is blame for these colourful abominations, it's science's job to clean up the mess. To do this, you need to use the power of electricity. Tap two slugs of the same colour and a bolt of electricity will zap between them, eradicating the slugs from existence. Each stage is complete when all slugs have been zapped from the screen. The trick is to clear the screen in such a way that your electr…

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The Impossible Line Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Dave Flodine, 10 months, 3 weeks ago
The Impossible Line Review

The Impossible Line features a concept that we've seen before on iOS. The aim of the game is to draw a line from point to point, avoiding all the hazards in-between. The catch is that once you start drawing said line, the obstacles disappear, leaving you to rely on your memory. For this incarnation of the concept, a radar has been added, as well as a few power-ups. But as is the case with many free to play games these days, The Impossible Line is rendered almost impossible to enj…

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Asphalt 8: Airborne Review

Review Gameloft By James Gilmour, 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Asphalt 8: Airborne Review

Ashpalt 8: Airborne plays like a greatest hits compilation of arcade racers. Perhaps you enjoyed the powerslide from Outrun and Ridge Racer? Or the nitro boosts and takedown challenges from Burnout? Well, you'll find them all in Asphalt 8. The good news is that rather than Gameloft simply ripping off aspects of other games and mashing them randomly together, the dev has managed create a polished, adrenaline-infused racer which is way more fun than it has any right to be. One thing's…

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