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Le Vamp Review

Review High Voltage Software By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 9 months ago
Le Vamp Review

Oh the woes of being a vampire child. You want to go outside and play... but you're a vampire! In Le Vamp, it's up to you as the player to protect the titular tike as he frolics through the forest, and by frolic, I mean evading capture by an angry mob of villagers, staying nourished on delicious blood pigs, avoiding the sunlight, and not getting hamstrung by all the other nasty things that lurk with-in. It's a harder job than it sounds. Every obstacle has a gesture assigned to it. Fli…

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Collapsticks Review

Review Rumilus Design By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 9 months 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, 9 months 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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Super Stickman Golf 2 Review

Review Noodlecake Studios Inc By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 9 months ago
Super Stickman Golf 2 Review

When we first encountered Super Stickman Golf by Noodlecake Studios it was hard to keep our joy contained. At its core the game was a by-the-numbers 2D golfing title, however the clever addition of power-ups that required skill to obtain, and added even more depth and gameplay options once obtained made it a solid gold title. Super Stickman Golf 2 has a huge legacy to live up to, and while the core once again remains the same, it's the small details that continue to keep the series run…

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Fury of the Gods Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 9 months ago
Fury of the Gods Review

Smashing small, angry humans in to a fine red paste (or an even finer black powder) with the powers of a god is something we've had fun with before in games like Babel Rising. So it only makes sense that Spectral Games would seek to exploit the mythos rich Greek pantheon for their take on the almost literal 'tower defense' genre in Fury of the Gods. You're given control of one of three different gods (Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades) and tasked with protecting their temple from the angry hu…

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Melodive Review

Review johan gjestland By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 9 months ago
Melodive Review

As the medium matures, discussions about what constitutes a game or not are getting more prominent, as the traditional tropes of win states, lose states, and game mechanics get overshadowed or left behind by narrative and audio/visual experiences. This new balancing of how some games are put together, and what they elicit from their players will continue as more and more games like Melodive are released. There is a high score game hidden in what this title offers, but the mechanics and…

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Grow Dammit! iPad Review

Review Poio By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 9 months ago
Grow Dammit! iPad Review

Editor's Note: We apologize for any confusion - Grow Dammit! has been given a rating of 3/5 on our system (3.4 actual) and did not intend for a '0/5' to be showing. Once again, the title is very competent and we can only hope it gets the attention it deserves! I find it surprising that despite there being almost a three year period since Helsing's Fire was released on the App Store, few (if any) developers have tried to replicate its light and shadow puzzle mechanics. Penumbear manage…

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Knitted Deer Review

Review Crescent Moon Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 9 months ago
Knitted Deer Review

Knitted Deer was the mini-review for the Friday News Wrap-Up for March 8th, 2013. Being visually distinct is not the same as having a good game idea - while you may stand out from the crowd in a literal sense, without the gameplay to back it up you're just a pretty, but shallow time waster. Knitted Deer by Mandragora fits in to this category, and though its ideas are sound, in execution the player is left feeling frustrated time and time again. Ostensibly the game emulates the earlie…

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Sonic Dash Review

Review SEGA By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 9 months ago
Sonic Dash Review

I mean, we knew this was always going to have to be a thing, right? This is Sonic the Hedgehog after all, and the blue-hued hero is no stranger to the old vertical running, sporting variations on the theme in many of his 3D titles. And so, Hardlight and SEGA have brought us Sonic Dash, a Temple Run-esque runner that boils down the franchise in to something short, occasionally fun, and easy to pick up and play. At first it's easy to dismiss Sonic Dash as 'yet another clone', but beneat…

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Tiliard Review

Review 2 Key Players By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 9 months ago
Tiliard Review

Tiliard is the fusion of tiles and billiards. How does that work you ask? Am I going to be using a pool cue to smash ceramics across a table? Well as interesting as that sounds, no... but Tiliard is plenty interesting in its own right. It's a turn based puzzle game where you need to sink all the tiled balls in the pockets of the table in as few moves as possible. Sound easy? Well there's some extra mechanics that haven't been explained yet. First and foremost, you know how in pool, ev…

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1001 Attempts Review

Review Everplay By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 9 months ago
1001 Attempts Review

I know what you're all thinking, and no, I don't have an answer to what happens when you've hit one thousand and one attempts at 1001 Attempts. Even with the amount of restarts, our time spent with the game was nowhere near that amount. It probably is only an answer for the most dedicated players... or more likely, perhaps it's just a catchy name for a 'how long can you last?' style arcade game. You control a little purple... thing, and your goal is to avoid death while trapped in thi…

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Penumbear Review

Review Bulkypix By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 9 months ago
Penumbear Review

Penumbear by Taco Graveyard and Bulkypix doesn't pull any punches. All too often the App Store finds itself burdened with titles that evoke the likeness of games we know and love, but so few go as far as to understand what made them great and come up with something entirely new in the process. With nothing more than the ability to run back and forth, jump, and activate various switches in the world, you'll need to solve a complex series of stages that beg you to scratch a little deepe…

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Purple Cape Review

Review Josh Presseisen By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 9 months ago
Purple Cape Review

There's something almost sacred about the platformer. There's a formula in place that seems almost immutable: The character runs around the screen (automatically in the case of some) and the player can jump (all the better to reach new areas and avoid or crush enemies). Purple Cape by Lastmoon Games and Forest Moon Games throws out such old-fashioned ideas and tries something entirely new - you don't move at all unless you're jumping. In a way this is the kind of concept that only wor…

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Real Racing 3 (Worldwide Release) Review

Review Electronic Arts By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 9 months ago
Real Racing 3 (Worldwide Release) Review

Editor's Note: As of the 28th of February the game is live across the world. Updates to the game have resolved minor bugs, however most importantly at the time of this writing 'repairs' no longer take time to complete. You'll still be considerably out of pocket, but it will put you back on the road sooner after taking unavoidable damage (such as from a TSM-controlled AI driver). Despite this the core problem afflicting RR3's playability remains in-tact; the game is devoid of meaningful…

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Sporos Review

Review AppXplore Sdn Bhd By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 9 months ago
Sporos Review

Infection as a puzzle mechanic; that's what I think of when I play Sporos. This isn't a new concept mind you. Last year's Tentacle Wars comes to mind, but there's something about covering cells using the microscopic entity known as the sporos that I find equally parts engaging and creepy. To extend that factor, this game both contains a laboratory for essential infection and experimental. Now that game never actually states what the sporos is or what you're doing, so I'll stick with my…

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