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Fish Out Of Water! Review

Fish Out Of Water! Review

The success of Jetpack Joyride has given Halfbrick Studios a kind of blueprint for future releases to follow. Fish Out Of Water! is the latest from the Aussie studio, however you'll be trading in your skilled trigger finger for something a little more relaxed. The aim of the game is to score as high as possible from a panel of crabs. Each one will assign you an individual score (ala gymnastics) and your final is the average of them all - just watch out for the final crab as he'll mark…

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Pug Run Review

Pug Run Review

[This game was featured as the Mini-Review for the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 22nd of March, 2013] I love pugs. There's nothing strange about that; many people love pugs and I happen to wear it on my sleeve. Their derpy eyes, their inability to breathe properly, their innate clumsy nature... what's not to love? So I empathize with the boy in Pug Run who is denied owning a puppy, and in his frustration he draws comic after comic of him and his dream 'best friend'. That's where you com…

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Collapsticks Review

Review Rumilus Design By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 1 month ago
Collapsticks Review

You know those puzzles where you have a bunch of matchsticks arranged in a particular pattern, then by simply moving one or more you can create something entirely different? Yeah, Collapsticks isn't anything like that (sorry about the swerve), but it's still a puzzler with fairly cut and dry solutions. This last part is something to note given that the game uses a fairly realistic physics engine to handle collisions. However, with the board being preset with all the pieces in place, t…

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Sushi Mushi Review

Review Aspyr Media, Inc. By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 1 month ago
Sushi Mushi Review

Some game names are just fun to say, whether you put on a silly accent or not. Sushi Mushi is such a game. Of course a fun name doesn't necessarily translate into a fun to play game, but that's of course why we have this review. So what is Sushi Mushi? It's a match-3 game that works on two levels, where you roll as much sushi as possible to feed your gluttonous yet cute little monster, who rises through the ranks of sushi roller until you get to the prestigious black belt. Oh, and it's…

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Puzzle Restorer Review

Review Gavina Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
Puzzle Restorer Review

I've never been shy about telling people about one of my favorite iOS series', PathPix. It's something I enjoy on a purely personal level as it not only feels rewarding thanks to the images you create, but there's a zen-like flow to the puzzling. Puzzle Restorer by Gavina Games falls in the same category of pixel-filling, area-painting puzzlers, but with a fresh twist... you already know what you need to make. Players are handed a grid that they can swipe and create paths on - by star…

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Cowbell Hero Review

Review Digital Hero Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
Cowbell Hero Review

Digital Hero Games can't seem to let go of the Saturday Night Live sketch involving Will Ferrel and Christopher Walken. You know the one I'm talking about, it even has its own Wikipedia entry and haunts the actors to this day. Of course I'm talking about 'More Cowbell' and Cowbell Hero is a singular-minded Guitar Hero clone that (if nothing else) features some rockin' tunes, so I say why not? We'll not concern you with the story, though it does go to great lengths to justify its prota…

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Wake the Cat Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 2 months ago
Wake the Cat Review

See the cat. See the cat dream of yarn. Let's make the cat's dreams come true! See the yarn? Roll the yarn. Roll the yarn towards the cat. Don't let those hyper-dimensional portal slippers or gravitational fields get in the way. Let's make the cat's dreams come true! If our intro hasn't given it away, Wake the Cat is both a simple concept and a perplexing one. Each level consists of a small overhead view of a portion of the house, and of course the object is to roll the yarn towards t…

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Karateka Review

Review Karateka LLC By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 3 months ago
Karateka Review

Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and accept that even heroes can make mistakes. Some would argue that Jordan Mechner has made several in his time, but the remake of Karateka (his break-out title from 1984) is definitely amongst them. Where the original was a relatively simple affair of fighting opponent after opponent using a joystick and two (or one) button setup. The game was praised for its fluid combat and clever use of tension to motivate players to save Mariko - it was…

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Cross The Line Review

Review DIGITAL THINGS SL By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 3 months ago
Cross The Line Review

It's been a while since we've seen the old doodle art aesthetic, although to be fair to Cross the Line, it's less 'doodle art' and more emulating a chalkboard, so maybe we should all ignore this sentence and continue fresh. CTL is a physics flinger in which the goal is to, you guessed it, cross the line. There's a circle, and a tiny line. You need to get the circle to cross that line through the use of momentum, and whatever crazy additions the game decides to throw at you. Oh, there's…

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Bunny Cannon Review

Review Not Doppler By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 3 months ago
Bunny Cannon Review

Having to explain the facts of life to a child cannot be an easy task, especially when your species is the metaphorical benchmark for mating. It's probably not a good idea to let a young bunny's imagination go off on its own with conflicting reports either, because Bunny Cannon is what happens. The goal of each level is to get the required amount of girl and boy bunnies in their respective bassinets. This is accomplished by shooting a bunny cannon at any of the girl or boy bunnies jus…

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Pudding Monsters Review

Review ZeptoLab UK Limited By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 4 months ago
Pudding Monsters Review

After the incredible success of Cut the Rope, developer Zeptolab undoubtedly spent more than a moment wondering just how they'd follow it up. As it turns out, they've branched out in a new direction - albeit one still featuring sugary treats and three-star rated puzzlers - and players will have to flick and stick blobs of pudding together to create the ultimate Pudding Monster. In each stage the player is given a handful of puddings they can flick around the screen. As with similarly…

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Herd Herd Herd™ Deluxe Review

Review 2K By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 4 months ago
Herd Herd Herd™ Deluxe Review

Herd Herd Herd Deluxe is one of those games that aims to bridge the gap between young gamers and adults alike thanks to its smooth difficulty curve that plateaus at a high level. No punches are pulled, so you'll need to get your tap and drag on to help save the somewhat docile farm animals in your care. As mentioned, things ramp up quite slowly, and indeed it may feel like the game never really takes off as it drills new skills in to you with each stage, only to provide one or two gen…

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Negative Nimbus Review

Review CloudKid By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 5 months ago
Negative Nimbus Review

Negative Nimbus gives you a unique way to approach thinking about rain clouds. They can't help blanketing the land and its denizens below with a thick pelt of water, and even though they may try their hardest to stop raining on everyone's parade, their strength can only take so much strain. The problem is that this lack of self control spreads negativity, and its no wonder this nimbus is so darn miserable. Tapping on the screen as your sad little rain cloud floats along will cause str…

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iCube Review

Review UNNYHOG Entertainment By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 5 months ago
iCube Review

Have you ever spent time in a games shop or visited a bar or diner where they have those puzzles made of wood, metal, or plastic laying around? Maybe you need to disconnect the rings from each either, maybe you need to get an object around the grooves to the other side, or maybe like in the game iCube, you need to rotate a ball around a maze to its final destination. The funny thing is the controls of iCube sort of give the same tactile pleasure of play that holding one of these puzzl…

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MONOPOLY Millionaire Review

Review Electronic Arts By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 5 months ago
MONOPOLY Millionaire Review

There's a lot to be said for the mobile versions of Monopoly that EA have released over the years. In my experience, no game is responsible for causing more arguments amongst friends (maybe Mario Kart), so it's nice to be able to enjoy such a well designed take on capitalism playing against computer controlled opponents. For those of you who don't have a problem playing with friends, there's always that option too, and plenty of tweaks to create the type of game you want to play. So t…

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