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Sea Stars Review

Review Hothead Games Inc. By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 4 months ago
Sea Stars Review

If you were to believe a certain catchy Disney song from the early 90s, you would think that things are much better under the sea. After a few minutes playing Sea Stars, you'd definitely be giving the argument some thought. There's something about the colors, the gliding mechanics and the collectables and upgrades that make this game just a joy to play. Control as well as the style of game is similar to Tiny Wings. Pressing down on the screen gives you weight, plunging you to the bott…

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Manny Pacquiao: Pound for Pound Review

Review Abu Dhabi Media Company By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 4 months ago
Manny Pacquiao: Pound for Pound Review

Manny Pacquaio is an international boxing superstar, with some naming him the best in the world. It would only make sense then that he should appear in video games, but Pound for Pound is indeed an odd use of him. Taking the guise of an action based revenge film, this game has the titular Manny battling henchmen and street fighters in order to rescue his childhood friend who has been kidnapped. Upon starting, the game throws you right into the action. Each fight has a similar strategy…

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Saving Yello Review

Review dreamfab By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 4 months ago
Saving Yello Review

It must be hard to think of intriguing scenarios to justify the stretching physics puzzle gameplay that has become so popular in the last year or so. Yello is sitting in his bowl (he's a fish by the way) when a sinister hand removes him from his home. The rest of the the game is returning to your fishbowl via some rather incredible jumps, all the while grabbing points for raining down destruction on all the toys and structures that stand in your way. To make Yello jump, simply pull ba…

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Kairosoft's Hot Springs Story and Pocket Academy Now $1.99

News By Anthony Usher, 2 years, 4 months ago
Kairosoft's Hot Springs Story and Pocket Academy Now $1.99

If you're a frequent user of the App Store, you'll have noticed that it only takes a sniff of a special occasion for iPhone publishers to start slashing prices. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching in the US, Japanese developers Kairosoft have decided to offer both Hot Springs Story and Pocket Academy at the discounted price of $1.99. The latter of these titles tasks you with taking over a floundering school and turning it around by constructing new classrooms, forming extracurricular clubs, and attracting eager students to your revamped institute. Hot Springs Story, on the other hand, charges you with creating a relaxing spa, where teachers can come and unwind after a long day teach…


Bag It! Review

Review Hidden Variable Studios By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 4 months ago
Bag It! Review

I consider my time spent in retail as a sort of front-loaded penance for the rest of my life - anyone who has had to grind away time dealing with humanity on a piecemeal basis will appreciate how it either makes or breaks you, turning you in to a social wizard or a raving lunatic ready to set people on fire. These days self-checkout machines are passing the frustration back to the customer as they attempt to quickly scan and safely pack away their groceries before being yelled at from…

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Gamebook Adventures 7: Temple of the Spider God Review

Review Tin Man Games By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 4 months ago
Gamebook Adventures 7: Temple of the Spider God Review

Most of us who grew up in the 1980s remember the 'Choose your own Adventure' books, but how many remember the 'Fighting Fantasy' series? It was a style of choose your own adventure that involved using dice to roll up a character with stats, and then during the game, dice rolls were required for skill checks and combat. Success or failure would change the outcome of the story, and the outcome more often than not was death. Temple of the Spider God is a tale that takes this style of gam…

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XIII - Lost Identity Review

Review Microids By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 4 months ago
XIII - Lost Identity Review

If you're not familiar with the comic series XIII, it's an intriguing story (not dissimilar to that of The Bourne Identity) and has been kicking around since the early 80s. The Franco-Belgian classic has been given a video game conversion already, but now iOS gamers can get a taste of this spy/conspiracy story for themselves with XIII - Lost Identity. Publisher Microids already has a history on the App Store, so it's no surprise to see the game taking on aspects of their earlier work…

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Angry Birds Rio Gets 15 New Levels In Smugglers' Plane Update

News By Anthony Usher, 2 years, 4 months ago
Angry Birds Rio Gets 15 New Levels In Smugglers' Plane Update

Throughout the course of Rovio's Angry Birds Rio, we've followed the franchise's famous birds through jungles, across beaches, and over airfields. Thanks to another update to this bestselling game, the fiery's fowls' journey has been extended by another 15 levels. This new epsiode - which is entitled Smugglers' Plane - also features a fresh selection of golden fruit to seek out and collect. And if you're at all familiar with the physics-based title, you'll know that these are rarely found in plain sight. You can, of course, still use the Mighty Eagle to easily blast through any levels that prove to be a tad tricky, providing you've splashed out on the 99c in-app purchase. You can grab R…


Bullet Time HD Review

Review Kiloo By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 4 months ago
Bullet Time HD Review

Free games tend to fall in to one of two categories if you excuse the usual subset of 'trial' games from the mix: They're either incredibly polished and ready to bite down on your wallet at every opportunity they gets, or they're a cheap attempt at harvesting ad revenue with simple and overplayed clones. Now that I've made my overly simplistic generalization for the day I can only point a finger in disgust at Bullet Time HD for one major reason: It has contributed to ruining gamer's e…

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INC Review

Review Pascal Bestebroer By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 4 months ago
INC Review

The story behind Inc is something about corporate bosses transferring their souls into robots and you needing to rescue a doctor. It didn't seem to matter once play started up and your character is jumping through pixelated vistas tagging beacons and obtaining stars on levels for a job well done. Inc uses on screen buttons. There is a left and right arrow to move, and a jump and attack button. Each level requires you to activate three beacons and make it to the end. If you beat the ti…

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Extraction: Project Outbreak Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 4 months ago
Extraction: Project Outbreak Review

One thing that never fails to amaze me about having so many developers trying their hand at breaking in to the iOS market is seeing the creativity that comes from adversity. One of the defining features of the platform is its touch screen, but it can be as much a curse as a boon. Twin-stick shooters have reached an almost amicable middle-ground of 'it works, but isn't perfect' situation, but developer ShortRound have broken out of the box with their latest work for publisher Chillingo…

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Friday News Wrap-Up 18 November 2011

News By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 4 months ago
Friday News Wrap-Up 18 November 2011

Additional Links:War on Terror Teaser - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRRG5SgsCkgBeat Sneak Bandit Teaser - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hORt7ZgQqMSimogo - http://simogo.com/Game Book Adventures - http://gamebookadventures.com/Pah! - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pah!/id423321842?mt=8Blueprint 3D Review - http://www.appspy.com/blueprint-3d-review…


Update To Physics-Based Puzzler daWindci Floats Onto App Store

News By Richard Brown, 2 years, 5 months ago
Update To Physics-Based Puzzler daWindci Floats Onto App Store

For the second time in three months, one of the great masters of the High Renaissance Leonardo da Vinci is about to receive a mention on these pages. They - whoever they may be - don't call AppSpy the 'most culturally enlightened iPhone site on the planet' for nothing, you know. With a clear nod to the esteemed Italian polymath, developers Reality Twist have designed a masterfully meditative physics-based puzzler for Apple's mobile by the name of daWindci. In essence, you must pilot a hot air balloon via the iPhone's multi-touch display through 45 separate levels, searching for valuable items and circumventing electric fields along your expeditions. Those already seduced by the combinati…


Poker Pals Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 5 months ago
Poker Pals Review

Poker has taken the world by storm for quite a few years or so and there are plenty excellent poker titles available for your iPhone. Words With Friends took Scrabble and made it into a very popular online game. Aspyr Media has decided to combine the two and this is how we have Poker Pals. Yes, this is a turn based poker game played on a board. You play your hand, and then your opponent can use the hand you placed to create their own hand. Once the board starts filling, points can be…

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