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Mega Mall Story Review

Mega Mall Story Review

I hope you have plenty of time to lose because developer Kairosoft is back with another sim game to eat up the hours. In Mega Mall Story, your goal is to take the small building you've been given and turn it into a 5-star ranked mall within the span of fifteen years. Sound like an arduous task? Perhaps, but with the help of your faithful secretary and some wise investment, a great mall is certainly within reach. For as complex a game as Mega Mall Story is, it sports a mostly intuitive…

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FINAL FANTASY TACTICS: THE WAR OF THE LIONS Review

FINAL FANTASY TACTICS: THE WAR OF THE LIONS Review

Although many consumers may not realize it, the existence of Final Fantasy Tactics on the App Store brings a whole host of interesting and complex questions related mostly to what we as gamers expect of our time with iOS devices. Premium AAA titles aren't in a huge supply, partially due to the market still finding its feet with regards to what does and doesn't work and how much to charge (or how to split up the charges), so when a game like Tactics is released it grabs everyone's atten…

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Jack of All Tribes Deluxe Review

Jack of All Tribes Deluxe Review

Trying to untangle the weaved mess that is the birth and growth of certain sub-genres of games can be a daunting task, especially when popular casual titles take to mixing RTS, Strategy and Puzzle elements (along with a dash of luck) in order to create their addicting gameplay. Things get even more complicated when you begin to ponder a game like Jack of All Tribes by G5 Entertainment and Divo Games as it could easily be considered a casual RTS in the style of games like The Settlers,…

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Pocket Academy Review

Review Kairosoft Co.,Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 1 month ago
Pocket Academy Review

Ask and ye shall receive - it wasn’t all that long ago that Japanese iOS gamers had their hands on the latest release from Kairosoft, Pocket Academy, but now English speaking audiences can try their hands at running a high-school. Much like the other titles in the ‘Story’ series your job is to manage a company (or in this case an institution) in order to keep it growing and providing the best services in the country. First things first though; ‘Game Dev’…

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Tiny Tower Review

Review NimbleBit LLC By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 2 months ago
Tiny Tower Review

If we were to think of all the freemium farming/city creation titles as a sort of time-restricted version of Sim City, then Tiny Tower by NimbleBit is a scaled down and time-restricted version of Sim Tower. Some may balk at the comparison to what is considered a classic, but if anyone is going to pull this off it's the company that brought us Pocket Frogs. Tiny Tower places you in the middle of a vicious cycle of trying to attract 'Bitizens' to live in your tower in order to employ th…

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dream:scape Review

Review Speedbump By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 2 months ago
dream:scape Review

The adventure genre in its most pure form has had its highs and lows, however an individual game's success isn't always based on the strength of its narrative. This is in part due to the way individuals approach gaming in general, be it through a narrative filter or one of the gameplay itself (for more on this search for Narratology vs Ludology). For those asking why I've delved in to gaming philosophy, I present dream:scape by Speedbump - a short, but gripping little narrative that ta…

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Air Force vs Luftwaffe Review

Review Bitmen Studios By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 3 months ago
Air Force vs Luftwaffe Review

Although we've been here before, side-scrolling dogfighting sims aren't exactly floating around in a huge supply and while games like MiniSquadron ruled the roost in the past, Air Force vs Luftwaffe by Bitmen Studios tries to help the genre grow-up. Injecting a bit of realism in to the proceedings helps immensely as each plane smoothly tumbles and turns its way around the screen, responding to the tilt and touch controls crisply. Acceleration is also affected by gravity, causing plane…

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First Touch Soccer Review

Review Exient IP Limited By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 3 months ago
First Touch Soccer Review

If there's one thing you can count on in the video game world, it's a football game. That isn't to say they're all great, but at times they can feel like the three-match or twin-stick shooter of the sporting genre (with its twin rival being the arcade racer). Thankfully developers like Exient have taken the challenge of creating a football title seriously and much like X2 Soccer, First Touch Soccer seeks to take the game even further on the touch-based platform. The biggest change has…

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Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 12 Review

Review Electronic Arts By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 12 Review

With the usual smattering of casual golfing titles often taking the forefront on the App Store, it's nice to see a serious golf simulation title now and then and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12 certainly goes out of its way to please in this regard. Featuring smooth, realistic graphics; a tight control system with a few neat changes; and gameplay modes that vary from the ultra-casual to completely serious, it's almost the complete package for fans of golfing titles. Those familiar with recent…

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Snowboard Hero Review

Review FISHLABS By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
Snowboard Hero Review

Has snowboarding ever not been a fairly cool sport to enjoy? For one, you're essentially surfing on snow, but with the added bonus of being able to grind rails and perform crazy stunts much like a skateboarder. It's hard to be unimpressed by the antics of truly talented snowboarders and the sport has found itself the subject of many arcade sports titles including the latest title from FISHLABS, Snowboard Hero. After choosing from one of the four currently available characters, players…

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Hot Springs Story Review

Review Kairosoft Co.,Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 6 months ago
Hot Springs Story Review

Spare me a moment and consider one of the few, but very real concerns of reviewing video games. Last year I had to fortune (or is that misfortune?) of spending a lot of time with Game Dev Story (GDS) by Kairosoft, but it's addictive gameplay almost ruined a week's worth of scheduled work. Now I'm playing their follow-up, Hot Springs Story (HSS) and much like the virtual game developers of their previous title, these very real developers have not simply leveled up, they've found the rea…

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Bad Air Day Review

Review GameHouse By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 6 months ago
Bad Air Day Review

Much like their principle subject, fart-related games are a lingering, distasteful blemish on the App Store, yet it seems their continued success is assured as many people (especially younger audiences) are suckers for a bit of potty-humor. Bad Air Day by GameHouse tries to figuratively clear the air, restoring a bit of demure elegance to what is still a bit of a faux pas. Artie, the main character, is an elevator operator at a swanky hotel, however he has also made the deadly mistake…

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Carnivores: Ice Age Pro Review

Review Tatem Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 6 months ago
Carnivores: Ice Age Pro Review

If you're not contented by hunting ancient beasts like dinosaurs, perhaps you'll be more interested in taking on early mammals in Tatem Games and Action Forms' latest release, Carnivores: Ice Age. While the formula hasn't changed drastically from the original Dinosaur Hunter, attempting to take on predator legends like the Saber-tooth Tiger has an appeal that's matched only by the skill with which you'll need to track and take them down. With the game set in a first-person perspective…

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DeathFall Review

Review Riverman Media LLC By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 7 months ago
DeathFall Review

If you haven't heard the term 'ear worm' before, let me explain: Have you ever had a moment when you realize you have a small loop of a song stuck in your head and it's almost impossible to get your brain to skip over it? That's an 'ear worm'. DeathFall by Jurgis Games is the gaming equivalent of an 'ear worm' and while there could be something grand beyond the walls of this game, you feel like you're stuck in some never ending loop that never attempts to break free. The journey you t…

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Garage Inc. Review

Garage Inc. Review

Sure you may have powdered a few noses, treated a few people to spas and served them tasty food in the past, but have you pulled up your sleeves to repair some vintage vehicles? Garage Inc. by Breakthrough Entertainment is a management style title with a classic twist and you'll have to work heard to break out of your debt with the local mobsters. After taking a loan from his cousin, Angelo Marito opens up a garage in Chicago and shortly thereafter is told about where that money came…

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