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Frozen Synapse iPad Review

Review Mode 7 By Dave Flodine, 11 months, 1 week ago
Frozen Synapse iPad Review

What is a gamer ideally looking for when they're in the market for a strategy game? Are they looking for a lengthy campaign complete with engaging narrative? Are they looking for a robust multiplayer experience with plenty of depth and complexity, or are they just looking for something that's, quote, a little different? Well you're in luck 'fictional gamer created for the sake of this review', because Frozen Synapse has got all those bases covered. Well perhaps not the engaging narrati…


Leviathan: Warships iPad Review

Review Paradox Interactive By Dave Flodine, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Leviathan: Warships iPad Review

Did anyone ever play any of the Combat Mission games? This question is being asked because if you have, you will immediately understand how the gameplay of Leviathan Warships by Paradox Interactive functions. While most strategy titles are put into sub-genres by whether their battles play out in real time or turn by turn, Leviathan Warships combines these by separating the turn based and real time play styles into a planning and execution phase. Unlike Combat Mission, the gameplay here…

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Star Command Review

Review Star Command, LLC By Dave Flodine, 11 months, 3 weeks ago
Star Command Review

Star Command has been on the radar for a few years now, being the result of two kickstarter campaigns (one before Double Fine made crowd-sourcing mainstream), and a lot of ambitious ideas. The game that has been released is a small section of the developers' original vision, and what was supposed to be a grand entry into the mobile 4x genre plays like an interesting take on games like Faster Than Light. Even though we're dealing with a smaller scope here, there's still a great experien…

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NVS Wargame - Ninja vs Samurai iPad Review

NVS Wargame - Ninja vs Samurai iPad Review

As brilliant as a concept may be, if the player can't access your game it's going to fall flat. NVS Wargame - Ninja vs Samurai is an online only strategy title that suffers from many quirks, but most crippling of all is the instability of the servers you're forced to play on. It's an odd decision on the part of the developer, especially as players can enjoy the single-player campaign without engaging in the multiplayer, however by pairing the two together (units and experience unlock…

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Strategy & Tactics: World War II iPad Review

Strategy & Tactics: World War II iPad Review

Gamers who typically enjoy strategy titles invariably also enjoy the challenge that comes from seeing a mountain-sized burden of knowledge and conquering it to become masters of their virtual domain. Strategy & Tactics: World War II was once tied to the Hearts of Iron franchise - a series some strategy fans should recognize - and while the mobile title reduces the complexity significantly, it's no less opaque in its mechanics. In other words, be prepared to fail, and fail often as…

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Master of Alchemy - Vengeance Front Review

Master of Alchemy - Vengeance Front Review

Isn't it interesting what sort of ideas can be turned into tropes in a specific genre? By now everyone has played some version of that puzzle mechanic where you guide the path of a laser with angled mirrors. Likewise, most of you have probably played the game where you have to guide the droplets into a vat through the use of angled barriers. Master of Alchemy: Vengeance Front is a new version of that, complete with steampunky contraptions and reverse gravity. Each level starts with a…

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Abalone® Review

Review Bulkypix By Dave Flodine, 1 year ago
Abalone® Review

We've spoken about the renaissance of board games on the iOS before, but one great thing about it aside from fans of these games having digital and portable copies of their favorite titles, is for gamers to experience games in this category that they have never come across. This is the case with us here at AppSpy and Abalone. On the surface it looks like a version of Chinese Checkers but once the rules of the game are explained you'll find one of those games that is simple to learn, bu…

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Block Fortress Review

Review Foursaken Media By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 1 month ago
Block Fortress Review

[Editor's Note: I've been playing the game quite seriously since recording the footage and I must say my personal experience mirrors much of what has been said below; the game has a wealth of depth, but scratching more than the surface can be very, very difficult. If the game looks appealing (as it did to me), search out some guides and you'll be lost for hours!] Games like Block Fortress can be quite a challenge to review. Not only does the game have a imposing learning curve to unde…

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Fury of the Gods Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 1 month 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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Battle Line™ Review

Review GAMEVIL USA, Inc. By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 2 months ago
Battle Line™ Review

Sometimes I wonder if the releases coming from Gamevil suffer a soft of cultural disconnect that I just don't understand as a reviewer. Many of their releases revolve around grind-heavy mechanics with little behind the actual gameplay, while the almighty In-App Purchase paywall locks away everything you need to help you progress smoothly through the game. And despite this, these games are quite popular with a vocal fanbase; from Zenonia to Baseball Stars, and now to Battle Line. This…

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Tiny Solar Review

Review 6Nice Studio By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
Tiny Solar Review

Editor's Note: It behooves us to acknowledge the source material for this game and the blatancy with which it attempts to not only copy the mechanics, but also the utter failure of its execution. For more information, check out 'Solar 2' here. Sometimes a game piques my interest, if for no other reason than it fascinates me. Tiny Solar by 6Nice Studio was one such game - whirling stars, planets, and asteroids had me wondering just what was going on; especially when the planets started…

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Heroes and Castles Review

Review Foursaken Media By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 2 months ago
Heroes and Castles Review

The castle defense genre along with its sister, the tower defense genre was one of the first big run-away hits on the iOS, thanks to the popularity of games like Knights on-rush. Heroes and Castles is cut from the same cloth, but like a lot of popular PC defense titles released in the last couple years, it has understood that gameplay can be a lot more exciting if the player is getting down and dirty alongside all its units and towers. That is the crux of the gameplay here as you pick…

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Penny Arcade The Game: Gamers vs. Evil Review

Review Playdek, Inc. By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 4 months ago
Penny Arcade The Game: Gamers vs. Evil Review

When you think 'Penny Arcade', you'll more than likely think about the online comic started by 'Gabe and Tycho'. The brand has almost become an institution that defines gaming for the world - irreverent, opinionated, but always willing to share a fun time with all who seek it. Based on the 2011 deck-building card game of the same name, 'Penny Arcade The Game: Gamers vs. Evil' brings together familiar elements of popular titles like Ascension and Dominion while also adding in a unique…

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Anomaly Korea Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 4 months ago
Anomaly Korea Review

Although it's dubbed as the sequel to last year's smash-hit Anomaly Warzone Earth, 'Korea' is more of an expansion as it tacks on a handful of new features, along with a handful of stages to enjoy them in. Don't let that discourage you though - if anything it refreshes the franchise and pairs well with the detailed visual overhaul also included in this release. The name of the game is 'tower defense', but instead of defending yourself from waves of enemies with towers, you're defendin…

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Fluxx Review

Review Playdek, Inc. By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 4 months ago
Fluxx Review

To understand Fluxx by Playdek and Looney Labs you have to understand 'madness' itself. If you reach back to the days of your youth, there are undoubtedly examples of play time with friends where 'playing' was all that mattered - rules existed in a basic sense, but they were ever-changing and evolving, almost at random. Fluxx embodies this free-spirited insanity to create a card game that is never the same game each time you play it; in fact it's entirely different from round to round,…

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