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Topia World Builder Review

Review Crescent Moon Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 6 months ago
Topia World Builder Review

[This title was featured as the Mini Review for the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 12th of October, 2012] This isn't so much a game as it is an open-ended toy of sorts. Topia World Builder is a risky release from Crescent Moon Games and Solid 60, but there's method behind the madness. With news of the game appearing around the same time as From Dust on the XBLA, it touted some impressive features, many of which have been realized in this current version. Although mostly a free-play tit…

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Snail Bob Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 6 months ago
Snail Bob Review

Some would argue that the iOS platform is always going to be a casual one - of course there's the occasional 'hardcore' release, but with so much money to be made off those who just want a quick, but fun distraction, it's easy to see why deep and challenging titles aren't more common. Snail Bob is yet another 3-star physics puzzler, joining the already large fray, but it goes for that third, even more elusive market, the young-gamer. Snail Bob just wants to get home, but on the way he…

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Lanterns Review

Review Big Time Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 6 months ago
Lanterns Review

[Lanterns was featured as the Mini-review for the 5th of October, 2012 Friday News Wrap-Up] The Lantern Festival that ends most Chinese New Year celebrations is a beautiful thing to observe and take part in. There’s something calming about seeing hundreds of softly-lit colored orbs tethered on or strung-up between buildings, or better yet, floating free in the sky. Lanterns by Big Time Games recreates the zen-like relaxation of the festival by using the already familiar match-3…

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Save The Puppies PREMIUM Review

Review HandyGames By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Save The Puppies PREMIUM Review

Sometimes you just have to solve your own problems. If a dogcatcher is going to capture all the puppies in your area, instead of trying to deal with the issue on human terms, you should just  rescue the puppies yourself (as they have been dropped all over town in their cages). How might a lowly sausage dog complete such an undertaking? By eating sausages to grow to a sufficient enough length to solve puzzles of course! Save the Puppies uses an on-screen d-pad on the bottom left o…

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The Last Express Review

Review DotEmu By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 6 months ago
The Last Express Review

In the world of Adventure titles, The Last Express is a sort of right-of-passage, especially as it puts a spin on the usual tropes of the genre by packing them in to a mystery-thriller that plays out in real-time. It should be no surprise that such a concept sprang from the mind of Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner, and despite its relative age it remains a shining example of how deeply gameplay and storytelling can be intertwined. You play as Robert Cath, a young doctor thrown…

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Electric Tentacle Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Electric Tentacle Review

Sometimes you feel ridiculous repeating the premises of some iPhone titles, but at least a lot of them seem to make sense, at least in their own strange universe. With Electric Tentacle, even its universe is an oddity. Animals shrunk to microscopic size, using electricity to travel through the highways and bi-ways of where ever you've been stuck, trying to escape the evil nanomachines. Keep in mind that this is a high score game based around seeing how far you can get before you head t…

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Cosmic Bump Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Cosmic Bump Review

We do get some odd aliens that crash land on our planet. In Cosmic Bump, these cute little critters need to collect fuel cells to get back into space, and their collection method is a strange one. One might even say inefficient. First they launch themselves into the air where they've set up all manner of pinball-esque contraptions to throw their bodies around until they've reached quota. Failure doesn't only mean being stranded, it also results in a sickening splat upon the hard paveme…

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Space Holiday Review

Review Powerful Robot By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 6 months ago
Space Holiday Review

Everyone deserves a holiday, and hey, if the holiday is in space and you're in no danger of explosive decompression, all the better! Space Holiday is a simple little puzzle game in which you have to chart a course around the level's stars excluding all those nasty asteroids that might impede your travel as a portal opens off to a new constellation. The crux of this puzzle experience is in connecting all the stars via a line, with no asteroids being in the middle of the shape that's cr…

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HUEBRIX Review

HUEBRIX Review

Upon loading up Huebrix, I was instantly reminded of one of the great underrated puzzle games of the App Store, Pathpix. In both games you have to drag a color over a predetermined number of squares on a grid to fill in the entirety of the level. While in Pathpix, this presented you with a completed image and a clever quote, Huebrix rewards you by having your color trails turn into sentient worm creatures that slither off the screen, escaping your perception. Of course that's not the o…

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One Tap Hero™ Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 7 months ago
One Tap Hero™ Review

Does an evil wizard need a reason to turn your girlfriend into a teddy bear that can only be saved by collecting the power of the stars? Not if he's truly evil, and not just faking it. This premise sets up a bite sized platformer that is as delightful to control as it is to play. This is One Tap Hero. There have been quite a few platformers out there that have used the control strengths of the iPhone to great effect through taps and swipes as opposed to on screen buttons that only fee…

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Jelly Cannon Reloaded Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 7 months ago
Jelly Cannon Reloaded Review

Jelly is one the world's more interesting substances. Not quite a liquid, not quite a solid, definitely not a gas; it wobbles too and fro, and in most of its forms, is pretty darn delicious. One of its many uses is apparently to shoot it out of a cannon, to push remnants of the shattered sunjelly together (which are mostly hanging out around Rube Goldberg-ian physics devices). If you've played a physics flinger, this game operates on the same principle, it's just that you tap to shoot…

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KooZac™ Review

Review SQUARE ENIX INC By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 7 months ago
KooZac™ Review

[KooZac was featured as the Mini-Review for the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 24th of August, 2012] Square Enix have certainly been trying a new approach when it comes to the iOS platform - while their premium RPGs are certainly worthwhile, their casual titles often leave out something in their final release. Or rather something is left in that should be left out - a hand in your pocket. KooZac is a brain-tickling arcade puzzler that challenges players to throw down numbered blocks in…

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Jump For Fish Review

Review Yogurt Entertainment By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 8 months ago
Jump For Fish Review

Context is important. Without a good reason for playing the game either given to us by the developers or one we make ourselves, why should we be interested? That's not to say that narrative trumps mechanics, definitely not, but even the best made games without a goal or reason to play them end up just being soulless exercises. Jump for Fish was created to celebrate the birth of the developer's son, and its context for play reflects that. You are a father otter that has to go out to wor…

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Chimpact Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 8 months ago
Chimpact Review

OK. We all know that monkeys love bananas. Did you also know they apparently share our trait for greed when it comes to diamonds? The higher you go in the treetops, the more of these shiny gems are ripe for the taking. That's Chimpact in a nut shell... or should we say banana skin? There are canopies in the canopy the can be flung with your finger to slingshot the simian through each level. Each stage has a linear path with a couple hidden areas ripe with bananas or gems. If you follo…

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SolaRola Review

Review SQUARE ENIX INC By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 8 months ago
SolaRola Review

I know what you're thinking. It's a game where you roll around. That much you have spot on. However, contrary to what may be going through your head, you are not rolling around a jazz musician or a creature powered by sunlight. No, this is the story of Wiz and Waz, intrepid space explorers who find themselves crashed on an alien world, and have to find the necessary parts to get home, and then  continue their jobs of exploration, collection, and eventually saving the galaxy. Now…

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