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Bad Hotel Review

Bad Hotel Review

It takes a certain kind of mad clarity to sit there and take the genre of 'Tower Defense' as literally as Bad Hotel does. Conceptually Lucky Frame's game is the same as it ever was - drop blocks as defenses against an onslaught of creatures bent on destroying your base, but this time around you're actually building the eponymous hotel, adding rooms to accommodate tourists and shoot down sentient clouds. I may have lost you on that last point. See, your task is simple - build a profita…

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Synesthetic Review

Review Alex Dantis By Dave Flodine, 2 years ago
Synesthetic Review

Since music can muster such a visceral reaction in us of like and dislike, when a game comes along that allows us to interact with music, it is usually received favorably. If it's a game like Guitar Hero which has a set track list, the game can be lauded or decried based on if the list resonates with fans of those songs, but games like Audiosurf and Synesthetic, which allow the player to use their own music collection favor much better, also because these games are tied to playable ver…

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Dance Fever Review

Review Digital Kickers By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 1 month ago
Dance Fever Review

Rhythm games have always been at a disadvantage on the iPhone. While home consoles allow a player to live out their rock and roll fantasies with Rock Band, or dance up a storm with DDR, the swipe and tap inputs of the mobile device just can't compete with these unique control methods. That's not to say rhythm games haven't been enjoyable on the iPhone (or other handheld devices), it's just that you really need to design a simple and elegant system to allow the player to interact with t…

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Mad Acorn Review

Review APD Inc. By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 2 months ago
Mad Acorn Review

[Mad Acorn was featured as the Mini-review for the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 22nd of June, 2012] Despite my personal belief that Mad Acorn by APD deserves a much larger review, I can't begin to express just how unexpectedly perfect this title ended up feeling upon first playing it, so it's probably best I keep things short. The game, which is ostensibly a rhythm title, is the first in the developer's new TapTap Comix project, providing interactive artistic collaborations. Combining…

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Circadia Review

Review Simple Machine, LLC By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 5 months ago
Circadia Review

When Circadia loads up and you find yourself staring at the title screen waiting for something to happen, tap on the colored dot. That small interaction is all you need to know for this minimalistic puzzler. OK, well it's not everything you need to know, but let's call it at least two thirds. Tapping a colored dot will send out a ripple of color and sound. When that ripple hits the white dot, the next stage unveils itself. That's just the beginning however. Soon enough two colored dot…

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Beat Hazard Ultra Review

Review Cold Beam Games Ltd By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 5 months ago
Beat Hazard Ultra Review

Games that revolve their play and mechanics around music are something special. What's even more special are those games that allow you to use your own music library as not only this ensures you have levels based around music you enjoy listening to, but it creates almost limitless content. Beat Hazard has been around on Steam for a while, turning any song in your library into an adrenaline pumping twin stick shooter. Now for a lot of people the visual assault of this game made it unpla…

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BlockHopper Review

Review Green Pixel By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 6 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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Beat Sneak Bandit Review

Review Simogo By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 6 months ago
Beat Sneak Bandit Review

Simogo are quickly establishing themselves as the quirky, but undoubtedly rock-solid sort of developer you can trust to bring quality gaming to the App Store. Beat Sneak Bandit is the latest release from the Swedish developers and is easily their greatest triumph as it elegantly blends addictive gameplay with audio/visual elements to create a jaw-dropping puzzle experience. All the clocks in the world have been stolen, but the Beat Sneak Bandit has a good idea where they've all been t…

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Russian Dancing Men Review

Review SmashMouth Games Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 9 months ago
Russian Dancing Men Review

In 1999 Japanese developer and musician Masay Matsuura, along with his company NanaOn-Sha, released Vib-Ribbon upon the world. While not garnering nearly the same attention as previous releases PaRappa the Rapper and UmJammer Lammy, it carved a niche for itself thanks to its unique approach to rhythm gaming - giving players obstacles timed to music to navigate via a semi-intuitive control scheme. Its lukewarm reception was followed up with relative silence in the rhythm game sphere as…

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Tune Rider Review

Review H2indie LLC By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 11 months ago
Tune Rider Review

Like many people, music forms a large part of my life; something my eclectic collection of music ranging from 80s New Wave to modern Gangster Rap can attest to. As such I love it when a game lets me turn my music in to something visceral (such as in AudioSurf), which is why I had to give Tune Rider by H2indie a try. There aren't any real grandiose promises made by the developer outside of being able to ride along with your music. This honesty has in retrospect worked in the game's fav…

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Groove Coaster Review

Groove Coaster Review

The release of Space Invaders Infinity Gene by TAITO was a pleasant surprise a couple years ago, thanks mostly to its focus on 'evolution' - that is to say, the way in which the game modified based on how you played and the decisions made within the game itself. Much like Infinity Gene was a refreshing shift from the usual shoot'em-ups, Groove Coaster is a refreshing shift from the usual rhythm games. With that said, it's far from unfamiliar. The usual concept of tapping away to an el…

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Current Review

Review TinkerHouse Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 2 months ago
Current Review

We've all played one game or another within the 'three-match' genre, be it something as iconic as Bejewelled or a little more abstract like Puzzle Bobble and their popularity resulted in the App Store (over)reacting accordingly. Over time the flood of copy-cats reached an equilibrium, leaving only the giants of the App Store as they stood on the backs of those who perished. The unique way in which these games explored a simple concept helped to contribute to their survival and Current…

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Pizarro Review

Review Corrino Software By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 5 months ago
Pizarro Review

While you may not have heard about Jezzball, it's likely that if you've owned a desktop PC during the mid to late 90s that you've encountered this simple game in one form or another. Based, in part, on the Arcade classic Qix, it has seen several iterations on the App Store already however Pizarro by Corrino Software has to be the classiest version to date. The basic gameplay revolves around touching the screen to inflate circles and players will need to cover at least 80% of the scree…

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Wave - Against every BEAT! Review

Review Colorbox By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 5 months ago
Wave - Against every BEAT! Review

Bullet-hell type shoot'em-ups have certainly had their dash on the App Store and much like any fad its appeal, even to genre fans, starts to fade even despite the attractive, eye-popping visuals and challenging, fast-paced gameplay. Undaunted by this, developer Colobox has released its own beat/rhythm based bullet hell title 'Wave - Against every BEAT!', but sadly its unique ideas fail to excite despite cranking every aspect of the game up to eleven. Waves upon waves of neon-shaped en…

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Papa Sangre Review

Review Somethin' Else By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 7 months ago
Papa Sangre Review

UPDATE: By popular request we have created a demonstration video of the 3D audio effect on our YouTube channel. You can view it by following the link on the YouTube page for our review or directly at - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9IN0A4GZrE When people ask me, 'Hey, can you recommend something a bit different for my iPhone?' I'll simply tell them to get Papa Sangre, because when it comes to 'unique' it's hard to say that any other App quite matches this one. Almost unlike anything…

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