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Monster Takedown Review

Review Gameshrub By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 8 months ago
Monster Takedown Review

Monster Takedown is a little confusing. The game starts with you picking from a list of humorous giant monsters. The monster of your choice in then plonked down in the middle of a hysterical metropolis and as the player you need to do all you can to protect the army from taking it down. The thing is you're protecting the monster, not trying to destroy it, and on top of that, it isn't really doing anything. It's just sitting there looking bewildered. Hey, those smoking skyscrapers might…

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8bit Ninja Review

Review Dogbyte Games Kft. By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 8 months ago
8bit Ninja Review

In the world of iPhone games, it has come to be known that the true arch enemy of the ninja is indeed fruit. After a couple successful years of slicing through their juicy nemesis with wanton abandon, a massive counter-offensive has been launched and now one poor little eight bit ninja is fleeing for his life trying not to be trampled by gigantic bouncing watermelons and coconuts Trapped in your dojo, you move the ninja left and right using the arrows at the bottom of the screen. Avoi…

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Saturday Morning RPG Review

Review Joystick Labs, LLC By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 8 months ago
Saturday Morning RPG Review

It's easy to feel conflicted about Saturday Morning RPG by Joystick Labs and Mighty Rabbit Studios - in particular, it wears its inspirations on its sleeve and proudly waves a joyous flag in support of all things classically cartoonish from the 80s. While you don't need a first-hand crash-course in pop-culture to enjoy its offerings, without them it's that much harder to ignore its flaws. However, lets start out with the good: the first chapter is entirely free to play - you're at no…

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Rinth Island Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 8 months ago
Rinth Island Review

When discussing a puzzle game, there's something we often forget to mention - almost a caveat of sorts. While some people happily avoid the genre entirely, those that do enjoy the odd brain-twister can be fickle and no matter the praise a game receives, it will forever remain unappealing to them. Rinth Island by Buzz Monkey and Chillingo is not immune from such fickleness, but while it's possible to find some aspects of the game unappealing, it provides such a huge amount of varied con…

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Cordy Sky Review

Review SilverTree Media By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 8 months ago
Cordy Sky Review

There was a time when endless vertical jumpers roamed the App Store like an apex predator, devouring the spare change of those who came near them. It certainly helped that titles like Doodle Jump provided regular content updates, mixing things up and providing an ever-more-complex challenge in the process. Now it's much harder for a game in the genre to stand out, but Cordy Sky by SilverTree Media has gone for a triple-threat whammy of making their game look gorgeous; providing simple,…

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Rune Raiders Review

Review Retro64 By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 8 months ago
Rune Raiders Review

The title of Rune Raiders is misleading. You're not raiding runes. You're not even raiding ruins. This is a dungeon crawler... well kinda. Think of a grid based table top game like Hero Quest, and then put that into videogame form, except there are no dice roles, you control the entire party, and some of the banter between your group members is quite humorous. The comparison to table top dungeon crawlers was made due to your party members and all the enemies being represented by what…

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Bitter Sam Review

Review Moon Active By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 8 months ago
Bitter Sam Review

Bitter Sam by Moon Active seems to be desperate to defy conventions - its main character seems manically depressed, there's no three-star system in sight, and the almost morbid way in which you can fail a level is a shock the first few times it occurs. And yet, despite this, Bitter Sam is unabashedly cute, funny and fun. Sam's life apparently wasn't doing so well even before a scientist captured and decided to drop him down a deep hole. He'll need to avoid spiked platforms, spinning b…

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Hunger Games: Girl on Fire Review

Review Lions Gate Films Inc. By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 9 months ago
Hunger Games: Girl on Fire Review

[This mini-review was featured in our Friday News Wrap-Up for the 23rd of March, 2012] As mentioned when we originally announced the Hunger Games game for iOS, I have to admit my complete ignorance of the teen novel and its recent movie adaption. Still, a fun game is a fun game and when so many well-known game developers come together to collaborate the end result is bound to be polished if nothing else. Quite simply, the game is an endless runner featuring Katniss as she explores the…

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MotoHeroz Review

Review Ubisoft By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 9 months ago
MotoHeroz Review

Much like CAVE and their predictable, but almost always excellent bullet-hell shooters, RedLynx can be counted upon to add to their collection of time-trial titles. Fresh off the heels of their update to the Draw Race series, MotoHeroz is a side-on time-trial racer, but it's not entirely new for the company as it repackages a stripped down version of the Nintendo Wii title of the same name for the iOS platform. 'Stripped down' has such a nasty sound to it though and all you're likely…

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Flight Control Rocket Review

Review Electronic Arts By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 9 months ago
Flight Control Rocket Review

Despite its oddly phrased name, it's hard not to think of Firemint's classic line-drawing title when you hear about their latest game, Flight Control Rocket. This is clearly no mistake as the game is best described as Flight Control with rockets, but the change of venue and theme has opened up new possibilities for greater levels of challenge. Initially, this variety is the game's greatest selling point. Players are initially introduced to a basic form of the line-drawing gameplay. Po…

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Fairway Solitaire by Big Fish Review

Review Big Fish Games, Inc By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 9 months ago
Fairway Solitaire by Big Fish Review

When starting up a game called Fairway Solitaire, the name suggests a lot. “OK”, you think. “Somehow they've combined solitaire with golf. This should be interesting”. Then you're hit with a cheerfully animated introduction about the age old war between golf and gophers before being thrown into a puzzle game with not only intriguing mechanics, but plenty of personality. Not every course in this game (and there are many on offer) is eighteen holes, but the basic…

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Zombie Panic in Wonderland Plus Review

Review Akaoni Studio By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 9 months ago
Zombie Panic in Wonderland Plus Review

While I'm inclined to enjoy the odd round of Cabal, Blood Bros. or Wild Guns, the genre of running and gunning on a single screen never really appealed - this was mostly a fault of the controls as there was no real intuitive way to pair moving your character and aiming and shooting in a seamless way. Zombie Panic in Wonderland by Akaoni Studios took a fresh stab at things on the Wii, but now the 'new and improved' Plus version is available for iOS gamers to check out. And the immediat…

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BlockHopper Review

Review Green Pixel By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 9 months ago
BlockHopper Review

Puzzle platformers take many shapes but it's nice to see one that advocates creating your own pathways. The goal is out of reach, and for some reason our little protagonist Bit needs to find his way there. What is one to do? Luckily the omnipotent player has the ability to travel into block mode, pop down some platformers ripe for the jumping to allow Bit to travel on his merry way. OK, so the player isn't completely omnipotent. Each level you have a handful of blocks of different var…

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Towers N' Trolls Review

Review Ember Entertainment By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 10 months ago
Towers N' Trolls Review

While playing Towers N' Trolls by Ember Entertainment, I caught myself thinking, 'Nice! A tower defense game that goes back to the basics!'. Unfortunately, not long after that, I was still thinking the same thing, but this time it had a slightly more sarcastic edge to it. This may sound mean-spirited, but let me explain... What you get in Towers N' Trolls is a tower defense title that acts as almost a text-book definition of how to execute a game in the genre. You have your basic towe…

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On the Hop Review

Review Cassiop Games By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 10 months ago
On the Hop Review

Part of what makes a good platformer is simplicity in control. On the iPhone this can lead to a disadvantage as you're missing the tactile feedback of a d-pad, analogue stick or buttons, and most platformers try to replicate these control schemes with the touch screen. The best examples of the genre on the platform are those that try and work around this limitation, using the advantages and simplicity of touch controls to create a memorable platforming experience. On the Hop succeeds i…

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