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Catapult King Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 1 month ago
Catapult King Review

[This title was featured as the Mini-Review for the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 15th of June, 2012] In our time we've seen a lot of box-smashing, enemy crushing, physics-flingers come and go - some have succeeded, at least temporarily, while many others fall under the weight of trying to be another Angry Birds. Catapult King by Wicked Witch takes the gameplay to the third dimension, something that's relatively rare as it is, but also manages to pair it with incredibly fine-tuned contr…

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Expand it! Review

Review FDG Entertainment By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 1 month ago
Expand it! Review

Expand It is a real eye-opener. Apparently not only were there dinosaurs that resembled what we today call rudimentary shapes, but one of the favorite past-times of these prehistoric abominations was to absorb rainbow streams to obtain a euphoric state of being. It wasn't the ice age, volcanoes, or a meteor that defeated the dinosaurs, it was simply hallucinogens. The goal of each level is pretty simple. At least one of the dinosaurs has to stay in the warm glow of the rainbow sparkle…

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Little Things® Forever Review

Review KLICKTOCK By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 1 month ago
Little Things® Forever Review

Some may remember KLICKTOCK for their recent and delightfully addictive time-waster 'ZONR', but those who own an iPad may remember them nest for something else entirely, 'Little Things'. Now after almost two years the sequel has finally arrived and adds polishes an already fun concept, albeit without adding to the game's basic formula. 'Blasphemy!' I hear you cry, but spare a thought for the iPhone gamer who has only been able to watch while iPad owners have enjoyed one of the best ey…

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Pastry Panic Review

Review Kevin Drew By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 2 months ago
Pastry Panic Review

[Pastry Panic was featured as the Mini-Review for the Friday Wrap-Up on the 25th of May, 2012.] Short, sweet and addictive - these are all words you could use to describe various kinds of pastries. These adjectives are similarly applicable to Underground Pixel's cute time-waster Pastry Panic. Featuring two gameplay modes, 'Mad Dash' and 'Toungue Tied', your main objective is to eat and thereby prevent various metal objects from passing across the screen on conveyor belts. In the first…

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Rocket Fox Review

Review NAMCO BANDAI Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 2 months ago
Rocket Fox Review

Sometimes a game can fail to come together, even if most of its individual parts aren't particularly lacking in polish, due to one critical feature failing to deliver. Despite the cute premise, presentation and fun gameplay ideas in Rocket Fox by Namco Bandai, the controls fall horribly short of what the game deserves. As the cute foxy protagonist 'Guy' you must set alight all of the rocket-flowers by bouncing on them. Each flower has a different effect, ranging from bouncing you high…

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Pinch Peeps Review

Review Everplay By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 2 months ago
Pinch Peeps Review

Simple can often mean better, especially with the iPhone's unique strengths when it comes to control schemes. Pinch Peeps is not what we would call a puzzle game, but more a hand-eye coordination tool for younger gamers, where the goal is to use your thumb and finger to pair up cute and colorful creatures for your place on the high score leaderboards. There are two game modes available; timed, and endless. In timed mode the goal is to create as many pairs as fast as possible to stay t…

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Ski Safari Review

Review Defiant Development By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 2 months ago
Ski Safari Review

If there's one memory that Ski Safari conjurers up, it's falling over in compromising positions. That was always the most perplexing part of learning to ski; having your legs sticking out in angles you thought an impossibility. Aside from the unintentional yoga, this game has you fleeing from an avalanche and interacting with all manner of birds and even a yeti (cause what self respecting ski game doesn't include a yeti). The yeti however is not meant to be feared and avoided like oth…

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My Little Hero Review

Review NCSOFT By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 2 months ago
My Little Hero Review

I freely admit that as a child I had a stuffed toy that I brought to bed and while I knew he couldn't talk or interact with me, I liked to pretend he could at least understand me. The idea of loosing him would have been horrible, probably more so if it was the fabled Boogeyman that did it, so its no surprise to see the diminutive hero of My Little Hero braving the wilds to get him back. The game is simple to pick up and play, sporting a basic virtual stick and button setup to move aro…

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Saving Private Sheep 2 Review

Review Bulkypix By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 2 months ago
Saving Private Sheep 2 Review

Wolves eat sheep. Everybody knows this, but did you know that a well placed porcupine will cause a wolf to cough that sheep right back up no worse for wear? A sheepish general observed by luck this phenomenon and now armed with this knowledge, a platoon of sheep soldiers, slingshots, and a load of porcupines dedicated to the cause, it's time to wage war on the wolves and rescue as many wooly brethren as possible. In the vein of Angry Birds and the countless other games in the physics…

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Cubis Creatures Review

Review FreshGames, LLC By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 2 months ago
Cubis Creatures Review

While playing a trick on your furry friends, a spell was cast that put them all to sleep. How in the world can you wake someone up under a magic sleep spell (aside from smooching of course)? Well one way might be to complete level upon level of colored block busting action. And where does this block puzzler take place you ask? Why inside of the open mouths of our hapless sleeping victims of course. Sanitary Cubis Creatures is a variation on the match three block puzzle phenomenon. Tow…

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Shaun the Sheep - Fleece Lightning Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 3 months ago
Shaun the Sheep - Fleece Lightning Review

[This title was the Mini-review for the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 20th of April, 2012] Shaun is back once again, but this time he doesn't have is fellow wooly-friends in-tow. In fact he's going solo, sprinting at top speed to out-run the pigs to win the 'Fleece Lightning' competition. Each of the game's 80 levels will only take a few seconds to complete, but getting to the end isn't easy thanks to a host of hazards, not to mention the pigs themselves. Thankfully the controls are mor…

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Coign of Vantage Review

Review bobblebrook By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 3 months ago
Coign of Vantage Review

For those of you not in the know, a voxel is essentially a pixel in the third dimension, so instead of images made up of single colored squares, you know have images made up of single colored cubes. Coign of Vantage has strewn these voxels around and through the power or rotation, it's your job as the player to find the correct vantage point and put the image back together. There are two game modes; normal, and 'ten on time'. In normal mode you start with forty five seconds on the clo…

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On The Wind Review

Review Don't Step On The Cracks By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 3 months ago
On The Wind Review

As summer nods off into winter, the trees lose their leaves in autumn. This is a cycle of nature, but sometimes adhering to the natural order doesn't make for a good videogame, so On the Wind mixes things up a little bit. In this spin on the endless runner genre you need to take a group of leaves through as many seasonal changes as you can, controlling the omnipotent wind that will either carry these tree remnants through the challenges they face, or leave them to bloom into flowers up…

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Kitten Sanctuary Review

Review Clockwork Pixels By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 3 months ago
Kitten Sanctuary Review

The match three genre reached critical mass some time ago and now to keep the format relevant we see the basic mechanics mixed with other genres in order to create new and engaging games. While definitely for the younger players, Kitten Sanctuary succeeds at this by combining the swapping of tiles with virtual pets, and a whole host of them to boot. Aliens have come to Earth and they've catnapped a bunch of kittens on this tropical island. Each level consists of clearing a red area on…

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Fibble Review

Review Crytek GmbH By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 3 months ago
Fibble Review

Crytek, better known for developing 3D game engines that push computers to their limits, have finally dipped their toes in to the casual gaming scene with Fibble. I say casual because it has all the hallmarks of a relaxing puzzle title, from it's excessively 'cute' presentation; simple drag and tap control scheme; and relatively limited amount of content... however it's anything but a simple game. You play as Fibble - a rubbery, bouncy alien attempting to find his crew and repair his…

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