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Epic Astro Story Review

Review Kairosoft Co.,Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 8 months ago
Epic Astro Story Review

Over time, that spark; that special something; that novelty, if you will, of a Kairosoft 'sim' game started to wear off, even despite refinement of the genre from its rough beginnings on the iOS with Game Dev Story. Seeing the same elements again and again brought an ugly sense of deja vu, but Epic Astro Story breaks the cycle, daring to re-purpose ideas we've seen before to create something novel once again. At first the player is greeted, almost like an old friend, to the familiar l…

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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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Pinball Arcade Review

Review FarSight Studios By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 10 months ago
Pinball Arcade Review

Anyone who has frequented an arcade has most likely had an encounter with a pinball machine. Part videogame with its animated scoreboard and goals, part mechanical contraption with its flippers, bumpers, ramps, and mischievous metal ball flailing around the table. They're a unique annal in the history of the arcade that at least in western countries has become a relic of the past. Enter Farsight Studios with Pinball arcade, recreating some of the most famous and popular pinball tables…

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Ragdoll Blaster 3 Review

Review Backflip Studios By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 10 months ago
Ragdoll Blaster 3 Review

If you can't beat'em, join'em - it seems to be a rallying cry for many titles of late and so it's no surprise to see Ragdoll Blaster 3, the latest release in Backflip Studios' flagship games, joining the 'cute and cuddly' revolution. We won't blame them though because the upside is the addition of four new 'ragdolls', each with their own unique skills to add to the game's already fun physics gameplay. One thing the shift from a stylized design to a friendlier 'cute' motif has changed…

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Pocket League Story Review

Review Kairosoft Co.,Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 11 months ago
Pocket League Story Review

Here we are again - a new month rolls by and iOS gamers have themselves a new Kairosoft game to obssess over. This time around the management game specialist has taken aim at the world of sports, following up on their excellent racer Grand Prix Story with a football based title, Pocket League Story. Those interested in the world of football will immediately point out that such a title is neither new, nor exactly lacking in variety, with fans being able to play games that either focus…

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Venture Towns Review

Review Kairosoft Co.,Ltd By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 12 months ago
Venture Towns Review

When playing a Kairosoft game, it's easy to see the influence of the sim games that have come before, especially Will Wright's Simcity. Venture Towns feels very close to Simcity, just with more of a personal focus... and don't get us wrong, this isn't a bad thing at all. Instead of just building a city, you're behind the reins of a mega-conglomerate, creating a community for its employees to work, live, and prosper. Through building vacant lots, shops, amusements, and offices to find…

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Zen Pinball Review

Zen Pinball Review

I'm seriously having flashbacks here - as a child of the 80s and a self-admitted video game nerd, the local video arcades were a veritable haven for me. While pinball games were never my forte, there was a distinct magical allure that came from the newer generation of fancy and complex titles that tried to capture the essence of a franchise, typified by the introduction of Midway's classic Addams Family pinball table. These memories are distinct and powerful, which is why I was surpris…

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Major Mayhem Review

Review [adult swim] By Dave Flodine, 3 years ago
Major Mayhem Review

Ninjas are attacking and they've taken your girlfriend somehow. That's the premise of Adult Swim's latest foray into mobile gaming. As Major Mayhem, you need to travel deep into the heart of enemy territory and slaughter hundreds of ninjas mercilessly to make the world safer... and for booty. The game has sort of a Time Crisis / Operation Wolf vibe to it. You run from cover to cover and you pop out to mow down ninjas. Your gun is fired by tapping the screen where you want to shoot, an…

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Snoopy’s Street Fair Review

Snoopy’s Street Fair Review

I have to confess that I've somewhat wilfully ignored much of what is on TV for the last decade, that is to say, I own a TV, but much of what I watch is thanks to DVDs or the snippets I inevitably see now and then. As such I've lost touch on a pivotal annual classic that is the inevitable re-run of the Peanuts shows and movies. I go in to this review with the assumption that you have grown up with or know about this cartoon world to some degree. Beeline Interactive arguably succeeded…

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Minecraft – Pocket Edition Review

Review Mojang By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 1 month ago
Minecraft – Pocket Edition Review

Like so many others I have spent my time with and enjoyed playing Minecraft on my PC. While there are debates about whether it is a 'game' in the strictest of terms, there's no denying the sense of satisfaction that comes from setting a goal and working your way towards it. However, Minecraft - Pocket Edition... ... well there's no other way to say it other than "it's simply the free java browser version for your iOS device of choice," and this alone wouldn't be so bad, but it's also…

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Junk Jack Review

Review Pixbits SRL By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 1 month ago
Junk Jack Review

There's a sort of epiphany, a miniature moment of enlightenment if you will, that comes from a lifetime of playing video games. It can come even earlier than this, but you start to see the vast reams of games you've played as a rainbow of genres, each one blurring seamlessly in to the next with some becoming the strongest example of a specific moment. If you've not played the free-form exploration title Minecraft you've done yourself a disservice; while I personally dipped in and out…

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Oh! Edo Towns Review

Review Kairosoft Co.,Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 1 month ago
Oh! Edo Towns Review

I guess this was sort of inevitable - no I don't mean Kairosoft releasing a new game, but rather a game from Kairosoft that touches (if only tangentially) on actual city management games like Sim City. Any real similarity between the classic Sim game and Oh! Edo Towns is only minor, so what does the latest game from the Japanese powerhouse developer have to offer? If you've delved in to their previous games of Hot Springs Story and High School Story you'll get a good sense of deja vu…

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Battle Group Review

Review Bane Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 2 months ago
Battle Group Review

I'd like to think that we've all seen Missile Command before; its iconic gameplay revolving around spitting out explosive charges to consume incoming projectiles has even been the subject of TV shows like Chuck. More to the point, remakes have never been in short supply, but few attempt to truly innovate like Battle Group by Bane Games. Much like the game that inspired it, you'll initially tap the screen to launch explosive charges that slowly move away from your ship to defend it fro…

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NBA 2K12 for iPhone Review

Review 2K Sports By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 2 months ago
NBA 2K12 for iPhone Review

Barring the relatively recent addition of NBA JAM to iOS' roster of games, Basketball has been somewhat poorly represented on the App Store. Given that its only real competition is purely arcade-fodder, NBA 2K12 for iPhone by Take-Two and 2K Games doesn't need to do much to stand out and impress, but it has none-the-less managed to be more than a cash-in on this void. As to be expected players can jump in and control any one of the 30 NBA teams on offer with their current roster and s…

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FIFA SOCCER 12 by EA SPORTS Review

Review Electronic Arts By Dave Flodine, 3 years, 2 months ago
FIFA SOCCER 12 by EA SPORTS Review

It's that time of year again when all the new annual iterations of EA Sports' line up get released, and us reviewers are stuck with the task of not only treating these titles as their own game, but simultaneously comparing them to every previous yearly release and seeing how they stack up. So how does FIFA 12 stack up in the world of electronic soccer simulation? Let us delve in and find out. First off, for those who bemoaned FIFA 11 for neglecting a comprehensive football manager mod…

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