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Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer Review

Review Playdek By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer Review

On the one hand, the recent influx (if you can call it that) of Collectable Card Games (CCGs) and their related game-types is a boon to fans of card based gaming and those after something to play and pass around with friends. On the other hand (and this is more of a personal note) playing these sorts of games can become a bit of an obsession. Who better than tournament champions from Magic The Gathering to understand my woe and to help design Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer by Pl…

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The Heist Review

Review tap tap tap By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 5 months ago
The Heist Review

The App Store is no stranger to puzzle collections; it's an easy way to output content without a lot of effort. So when you come across a game like The Heist by tap tap tap, it's difficult to remain cynical as you realize you've jumped down the rabbit hole and you're enjoying every minute of its maddening puzzles. What makes this game so intriguing is how quickly it manages to invest players in something as obtuse as solving puzzles to crack open a safe. You're given little motivation…

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Wizards War Review

Review malvicio.com By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 7 months ago
Wizards War Review

It's not easy for a lot of independent developer to come up with the next big 'it' game for the App Store, but dedication, skill and passion is almost always evident regardless of the final outcome. Wizards War by solo developer Pedro Morales is a neat, simple up-to-four-player board game that pits wizards and their summoned minions against each other in a duel to the death. The first and most important thing to remember is that your wizard is the only thing keeping you, as a player,…

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Twinflix 2 FREE Review

Review Franco Mellerio By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 8 months ago
Twinflix 2 FREE Review

Twinflix: The Falling Blocks Puzzle by Franco Mellerio is exactly what you think it is (another Tetris-like), but instead of focusing on replicating the single-player experience you'll find yourself constantly competing against opponents, be it an AI or another player around the world. Given the twin-display of the game, you'll be locked in to a portrait layout with the controls arranged in the center along your next block display. Instead of a single rotate button, two directional bu…

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Mahjongg Dimensions Review

Review Backflip Studios By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 9 months ago
Mahjongg Dimensions Review

Mahjong, or more specifically 'Mahjong solitaire' has been a computer game staple for a long time now though it has remained relatively unchanged throughout its history, developing a few minor variations involving the pattern that's used. Some may already be familiar with Mahjongg Dimensions (sic) and its attempt at breaking out of the usual '2D' layout thanks to Facebook, but Backflip Studios has brought the game to the App Store, giving you a chance to play this classic game with a t…

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Fruit Frenzy Review

Review White Bat Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 9 months ago
Fruit Frenzy Review

Is it just me, or has it been a while since three-match games have been on your personal radar? Apart from the occasional game throwing it in as an additional gameplay feature it seems to have lost a lot of steam. Fruit Frenzy by White Bat Games doesn't seek to reignite the old gem-fueled flames, opting instead to take a puzzle-oriented approach to the gameplay that's as fresh as the fruit you use to make matches. Instead of swapping icons directly, players need to manage shift the fr…

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Wizard Hex Review

Review Trouble Brothers, LLC By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 10 months ago
Wizard Hex Review

One of the better advantages of touch-device gaming is the simplicity of setting up and playing board-games with friends, sans-dice/pieces and cards that only act as clutter. Wizard Hex by Trouble Brothers is a new board-game concept that uses some familiar concepts along with entirely unique ones to keep the gameplay fresh, whether you're playing against AI opponents or against your friends. As the name implies, the game is played out on a hexagonal grid (which is itself set inside a…

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Jenga Review

Review NaturalMotion By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 11 months ago
Jenga Review

I just have to ask this... I mean, how bored was the person who came up with Jenga? Don't get me wrong, I've had some fun times with friends playing the game, but at what point did someone craft 54 wooden blocks, stack them up and say 'Yup, that's a game!'? At any rate, you can dispense with the messy, noisy and tedious creation of the Jenga tower thanks to NaturalMotion's modern 3D update to this party-game favorite. One of the tricks of Jenga is knowing just which block to go for an…

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SideFlip Review

Review iVoltage By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 12 months ago
SideFlip Review

I've said it before and I guess it bears repeating, but I'm a bit weird when it comes to games I consider relaxing; SideFlip's challenging logic puzzle gameplay is the kind of game I could easily flip open and enjoy without hesitation. This is in part thanks to the insanely simple system of using a basic swipe/drawing system to solve the puzzles. Your aim is to cause the board's tiles to match either horizontally or vertically (depending on the puzzle) by drawing a path over the tiles…

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Reversing Review

Review PONOS By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years ago
Reversing Review

With games like Mr.AahH!!, Mr.Space!! and PUZZLE COSMOS under the belt, developer PONOS has earned the right to be given a chance when approaching its somewhat eclectic game ideas. So it's somewhat unfortunate to see something as safe as PONOS REVERSi, but in the least it's not lacking for polish and features the same clean designs of their other releases. There's just not much to say about the actual gameplay as it's merely a straight translation of Reversi (otherwise known by the tr…

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Portaball Review

Portaball Review

There's no doubt that I've probably missed other attempts at re-conceptualizing Valve's seminal FPS puzzler Portal in to a top down puzzler, but Portaball by Bartosz Ciechanowski is one of the first I've come across and as mind-benders go it doesn't hold back on the challenge. You'll be slowly introduced to new objects over 50 currently available levels that will change the behavior of a frictionless ball as it bounces around the puzzle environment. Certain specific walls can have one…

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All-in-1 Logic GameBox Review

Review AppZap By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 1 month ago
All-in-1 Logic GameBox Review

Balk if you must at the title, but All-in-1 Logic GameBox by AppZap is exactly what it says on the box - a collection of logic-style puzzles. A LOT of puzzles. And for some this may just be enough to make this cheap App a worthwhile investment, but for those after more than just an electronic puzzle-book there are really only two or three apps of of the currently seven available that go beyond the hum-drum basics. 'Liquid Measure' requires players to fill various sized containers by c…

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Neuroshima Hex Review

Review Big Daddy's Creations By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 2 months ago
Neuroshima Hex Review

I'm not in to the table-top RPG scene, though several of my friends do tell me that Neuroshima is an interesting game to say the least. Interesting enough to be adapted in to a board-game with an eventual translation in to English and players can forgo physical pieces thanks to its release on to the App Store, giving you the ability to jump in to this title anywhere you like. As the title suggests, the game is played out on a hexagonal board, with pieces being placed in order to gain…

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Kingsburg Serving the Crown Review

Review iNigma By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 2 months ago
Kingsburg Serving the Crown Review

Kingsburg (yes that's Kingsburg, not Kinsburg like on the App Store) is a moderately popular board game that was released back in 2007 and after an interesting - and immensely game changing - expansion in 2009, it is interesting to see this dice-based strategic game finally available for iDevices thanks to iNigma. Despite being dice-based, Kingsburg is a surprisingly complicated title to dive in to, so don't expect your first game to be anything but a complete wash for the sake of lea…

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Slideshot 2 Review

Review mschomerus By Andrew Nesvadba, 4 years, 2 months ago
Slideshot 2 Review

Slideshot 2 by mschomerus is a puzzle title that is simple in theory, but incredibly challenging in practice. Then again, maybe that's what's so appealing about this dastardly puzzler. Each level presents players with a handful of tubes that can be slid around the screen either only up and down or left and right. The aim is to create a sequence of tubes that will allow a ball to travel in and out of the screen while passing through every one. This results in one of two problems for th…

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