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Football Manager Handheld™ 2011 (US and Japan) Review

Review SEGA By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
Football Manager Handheld™ 2011 (US and Japan) Review

There have been very few games I have actively sought not to play, but I'm almost loathe to admit that Football Manager by SEGA is one of them. I should perhaps caveat that this isn't because I dislike these intensely statistic based games; no, I just know how badly enthralled I am by them - once you're down the rabbit hole you can kiss just about everything else you had on your schedule goodbye. 'Handheld(TM) 2011' is the latest installment in the franchise and the second release for…

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Super Stickman Golf Review

Review Noodlecake Studios Inc By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
Super Stickman Golf Review

UPDATE: A recent update has added more courses and achievements, but more importantly players can now duke it out in a 2-4 player multiplayer mode on local or online networks (matchmaking performed through Game Center). What was already an amazingly addictive title has squeezed out a little extra fun and is worth grabbing more than ever before. First there was Stick Golf and the verdict was good. Now, there's Super Stick Golf and Noodlecake Games don't just deserve a hearty golf-clap,…

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Backbreaker 2: Vengeance Review

Review NaturalMotion By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
Backbreaker 2: Vengeance Review

Over a year ago, brutal tackles and deft maneuvers punctuated Backbreaker Football from NaturalMotion and after all of this time players can now pick up the sequel to try their hands not only at dodging their enemies in new ways, but to also turn the tables and tackle some runners in the Vengeance mode. More depth has been added to the classic Tackle Alley mode of Backbreaker as players unlock and utilize new maneuvers to either jump or truck opponents instead of merely dodging your w…

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Flick Golf! Review

Review Full Fat By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
Flick Golf! Review

So sure, you've flicked footballs and you've pelted 'Speak & Spell's at a rampaging grandma zombie, but now Full Fat allow you to live out your fantasy as a pro-golfer in Flick Golf! Well OK, it's not like you'll be entering in to the PGA tournament in this title, but Flick Golf! turns something as relaxing as hitting a few golf balls down at the driving range in to something challenging and fun. Like a lot of flick-converted sport titles, your aim is to get the ball to reach a de…

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UFC® Undisputed™ Review

Review THQ Inc. By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
UFC® Undisputed™ Review

For those who don't follow MMA and in particular UFC, watching matches can be an eyebrow raising experience as you witness a mixed bag of tense standoffs and lengthy grapples that seemingly go nowhere. The reality is far more intense than a first glance would assume as the fighters battle wits and strength in a form that's merely not as visually exciting as a punch, but it's still there. For those wondering, I'm waxing lyrical on the sport as UFC® Undisputed™ 2010 by THQ tri…

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Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit Review

Review Electronic Arts By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 5 months ago
Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit Review

I know you can't see my face at the moment, but if you could you'd notice the burning hunger in my eyes, the small beads of sweat at the edges of my brow and possibly the gnawing of my lip as I attempt to concentrate while I write. I really want to get back to playing Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit. After a few breaths and a drink of water I've calmed down and I realize that it's a shame the game only features tilt controls, however barring my own stupidity the game never really fa…

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Baseball Superstars® 2011 Pro Review

Review GAMEVIL USA, Inc. By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 5 months ago
Baseball Superstars® 2011 Pro Review

Sometimes it can be lonely at the top, but the Baseball Superstars® series from GAMEVIL has earned its position of dominance thanks to its in-depth and detailed baseball gameplay that remains lighthearted despite the intense management required to succeed. Their third outing (BS2011) is no less of a beast in terms of content, but additional refinements to the gameplay show that GAMEVIL aren't interested in resting on their laurels. The controls for BS2011 haven't seen much of a ch…

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Beast Boxing 3D - Monster Fighting Action! Review

Review Goodhustle Studios, Inc. By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 5 months ago
Beast Boxing 3D - Monster Fighting Action! Review

Where games like Super KO Boxing went for a classic Punch-Out! style for their arcade boxing gameplay, Beast Boxing 3D by Goodhustle Studios tries to up the ante by sticking with touch controls and a 3D design that's clever and gorgeous to watch in action. Jumping in to Beast Boxing couldn't be more intuitive and players have access to three basic punch types thanks to tapping and swiping the screen. Quick jabs only require a tap, but hooks and uppercuts are triggered by swiping acros…

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Rugby Nations 2010 Review

Rugby Nations 2010 Review

Some sports just don't seem to quite make the transition to video games well and while Rugby Nations 2010 by Distinctive Developments tries hard to capture the non-stop action of Rugby, the flow of the game feels jilted and it's hard to feel like you're completely in control. Rugby is a hectic game at the best of times and it can be hard to keep track of what is happening to each player at every moment, but the game makes up for this by giving players a handy indicator to show whether…

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MMA by EA SPORTS™ Review

Review Electronic Arts By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 6 months ago
MMA by EA SPORTS™ Review

Games that feature genuine fighting aren't easy to emulate thanks to the incredible amount of variety skill that goes in to these bouts. MMA by EA Sports is perhaps one of the best, if not the only game that tries to capture mixed martial arts in a way that feels authentic while still controlling comfortably for iDevices. To pull this off, players will need to master a handful of controls that, depending on the style of fighter you're using, will initiate one of a handful of attacks.…

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Bonecruncher Soccer Review

Bonecruncher Soccer Review

Comparing Bonecruncher Soccer by Distinctive Developments to its inspiration Backbreaker Football is not unlike that of comparing Veggie Samurai to Fruit Ninja. When playing Bonecruncher you can't help but feel that you've been here before and while there are some changes it all feels skin-deep. However, you can't hold a good idea down and comparisons aside Bonecruncher is a challenging game to master and unlike American football where brutal tackles are a norm, having your legs swept…

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Billabong Surf Trip Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 6 months ago
Billabong Surf Trip Review

For some, the sun, the beach and surfing are practically a way of life; something I'm quite acquainted with living a mere handful of blocks from the home of the international clothing company 'Billabong'. Billabong Surf Trip by Chillingo tries to realistically capture the thrill and challenge of riding a wave while performing tricks to score points as you make your way on a world-wide tour of some of the best beaches you could visit. To do this you'll need to master Surf Trip's rather…

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Real Soccer 2011 Review

Review Gameloft By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 6 months ago
Real Soccer 2011 Review

Real Soccer (or Football for those of us in normal countries) 2011 is this years update to Gameloft's sports franchise and much like the other Real 2011 titles this one attempts to take full advantage of the new graphical capabilities on offer in new iDevices. But we'll get to the graphics in a bit as first and foremost the game needs to be playable before graphics concern us. In particular this title has opted for some interesting changes in the control scheme and players will need t…

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FIFA 11 by EA SPORTS™ Review

Review Electronic Arts By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 6 months ago
FIFA 11 by EA SPORTS™ Review

Today is a day held sacred by many gamers around the world for today is the day that the new FIFA title from EA Sports hits shelves (virtual or otherwise) and flies directly in to the nearest console or electronic device near them. Yes, FIFA 11 has hit the App Store. Wrapping your head around the game's controls is going to be the first big hurdle for anyone jumping in to FIFA 11 as the days of simple pass, kick and tackle are quickly being replaced by advanced maneuvers that give you…

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Shadow Runner Review

Review Wode Mobile By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 6 months ago
Shadow Runner Review

If N+ and Braid made babies and one of them was an arcade game, it might look and play a little like Shadow Runner by Wode Mobile. All you have to do is make it to the exit, but there's a catch - copies of yourself are constantly spawning and should you touch one before the exit opens it's game over. Shadow Runner pulls this off with absolutely minimalistic controls, with buttons to move left and right and a jump. Players can wall jump and flip over obstacles if they wish and a small…

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