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Jack Lumber Review

Review Owlchemy Labs By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 7 months ago
Jack Lumber Review

What's the right course of action when a rampaging forest of murderous trees crush your dear sweet granny? Vengeance of course! You are Jack Lumber, an appropriate name for your profession, and thanks to your superhuman lumberjack abilities, those trees will be shaking in their roots. Jack Lumber plays like fruit ninja with bullet time. Chunks of wood are hurled into the air (most likely due to your indiscriminate hacking), and then once the screen is touched, time slows down, and you…

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Commando Jack Review

Review Colossal Games By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 8 months ago
Commando Jack Review

It seems that the tower defense genre has been sort of played out for the last couple of years. Oh yes new games come out that add something interesting to the formula, and games come out that remind us why the genre became so popular to begin with, but it's only in the last year or so we've seen an evolutionary shift in tower defense, and what's more is that this shift is so simple, it's amazing not many developers thought of it before. I am of course talking about allowing the player…

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Shellrazer Review

Review Slick Entertainment Inc. By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 8 months ago
Shellrazer Review

Shellrazer is a classic tale. Boy turtle loves girl turtle. To get to girl turtle, boy turtle has to trek through goblin infested lands. To aid this endeavor, boy turtle is equipped with a gunner, and on his journey stacks on additional help providing offense, defense, and a multitude of upgrades. At least that's what we got out of the few comic book panels that led us into this game of wanton goblin massacre. The game begins with a machine gunner who has two control options, using ei…

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Tentacle Wars Review

Review FDG Entertainment By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 8 months ago
Tentacle Wars Review

Tentacle Wars isn't just content about giving us a fresh take on the real time strategy genre by taking place at the microscopic level, battling against invading cells. No, you also happen to be waging this war inside the body of an alien organism that takes its inspiration from the fever dreams of H.R. Giger. Based on the popular flash game, this mobile version brings a back and forth game of cellular conquest straight to your iPhone and iPad, where positioning and reinforcement are k…

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Mad Cows Review

Review Everplay By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 8 months ago
Mad Cows Review

So we've had Angry Birds, now we have Mad Cows. What's next? Perturbed Kangaroos? Confused Marmosets? Well let's stop giving designers ideas and delve into a pretty blatant Angry Birds clone. Oh yes there are some differences, including the addition of a multiplayer component, but this is the type of game you've seen and played many times before. You have six animals to choose from. Each have their own levels, and each have a special ability. It's interesting because instead of having…

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Spy vs Spy Review

Spy vs Spy Review

Spy vs Spy is the kind of retro game that was always bound to have a sequel on the iOS platform in one form or another. First Star Software's 1984 classic formula has already been aped on the App Store, but thanks to Robots and Pencils, the original game in all its glory (as well as all new levels) are now available for the iPhone and iPad alike. You, as well as your rival spy, have entered an embassy and your goal is to escape with all of the items in the level, hindering or temporar…

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Puzzle birds Review

Review Smart Studio By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 9 months ago
Puzzle birds Review

In the wake of the success of a game like Angry Birds, there will be two camps of imitators when it comes to game releases. One camp will take the game mechanics and add their own twist on it, and followers of the app store knows that when a game hits it big, we see plenty of these for years to come. The second camp takes the presentation or general theme of a game and uses the similarity to its advantage. That's what Puzzle Birds does. It calls you over and says, “Psst, hey budd…

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Fieldrunners 2 Review

Review Subatomic Studios, LLC By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 9 months ago
Fieldrunners 2 Review

When Fieldrunners by Subatomic Studios first launched, AppSpy wasn't even up and running. However, it was one of the very first to be reviewed and with good reason - Fieldrunners came to define the tower defense genre for touch devices, combining an open-layout system and grueling challenges that required players to design their mazes carefully to survive as long as possible. Almost four years in the making, the sequel finally hits, but with plenty of regular updates to the original a…

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Jar on a Bar Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 9 months ago
Jar on a Bar Review

It's sometimes really interesting what constitutes a genre on the app store. For instance, the physics puzzle genre has bloomed over the last couple years, and as such now has its own sub-genres, one of which Jar on a Bar is a part of. Let's call it the physics removal sub-genre. Like Finger Physics, the player has to remove objects from the screen in order to allow an item (in this case a fish stuck in its bowl) to safely descend to the welcoming ground below (so that the fish can hop…

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Outwitters Review

Review One Man Left By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 9 months ago
Outwitters Review

It's been a while since we've seen a release from One Man Left Studios. Years ago they released the fantastic Tilt to Live, and aside from updating that game with new modes and features, nothing else has surfaced... until now that is. Outwitters is a turn based strategy game that pits you against the rest of the internet in either 1v1 or 2v2 match-ups. You can play league games which pit you against players of the same skill level as you rank up; you can play against random opponents;…

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Corn Quest Review

Review NAMCO BANDAI Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 9 months ago
Corn Quest Review

When a genre is firmly established, two things generally happen - you end up with your niche fans who almost exclusively live and breathe said games, and you start to push out a lot of regular folk who are sick of seeing the same thing over and over again. Still, the tower defense gameplay has remained a popular one despite its almost rigorous formula. Even still, it's nice to be reminded that there are still fresh ideas to be explored and Corn Quest by Namco manages to nicely use the…

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Magic 2013 iPad Review

Review Wizards of the Coast By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 9 months ago
Magic 2013 iPad Review

I feel I would have to officially hand in my 'nerd card' if I ever lost the urge to want to play a casual game of Magic: The Gathering with my friends. Sure, some people are going to invest themselves more in the collectable card game than others, but all it takes is a pre-made deck and players looking to have fun and you'll find that the evening gleefully melts away. Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 by Stainless Games is the first installment of Wizards of the Coast's popular CCG to m…

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Zombie Quest - Mastermind the hexes! Review

Review Pavel Tarabrin By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 10 months ago
Zombie Quest - Mastermind the hexes! Review

We've seen a lot of games involving zombies in our tenure as reviewers, and most of them are pretty much the same. After all, the zombie is a great opponent in an action game. They're slow, there's a lot of them, and most importantly, they're not human. It's been a while since there's been a unique take on zombies in the app store, but Zombie Quest – Mastermind the Hexes most definitely fits that description. More a monster game than a zombie game, but what we have here is a stra…

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Babel Rising 3D Review

Review Ubisoft By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 10 months ago
Babel Rising 3D Review

Consider this reviewer slightly impressed, if only because a relatively unknown, but otherwise unique and fun title has not only received a sequel, but a considerably significant one under a major publisher. Babel Rising 3D by Ubisoft and Mando Productions places you in the morbidly entertaining position of a vengeful god, punishing the humans who would, in their vanity, seek to reach heaven through their blasphemous tower - it's dark, it's funny, and you will fail. Constantly. That l…

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Defender Chronicles II: Heroes of Athelia Review

Review Gimka Entertainment, Inc. By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 11 months ago
Defender Chronicles II: Heroes of Athelia Review

The first Defender Chronicles was rated quite highly by us here at AppSpy, and with good reason. When Tower Defense games were all the rage on the iPhone, it approached the genre with its own spin on things, which included vertical combat, designated build areas, upgradable heroes, and a whole host of additional game modes. This meant fans had enough content to keep them happy for a very long time. Years later now, the sequel is upon us. With a fresh coat of paint and more hero customi…

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