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IX-Runner Review

Review Next Floor Corp By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 7 months ago
IX-Runner Review

The runner is an interesting sub-genre of the platformer, and what makes it unique is often its simplicity. Running and jumping along an endless road avoiding obstacles and enemies, aching for that high score. You could make the argument that it's stripping the platformer down to its purest elements. Then you have the runners that aren't endless, that add a little more complexity but try and keep the same pure style of gameplay. IX-Runner is one of these. Let's see if it can have its c…

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Online Pictionary App Charadium Goes Free This Weekend

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 7 months ago
Online Pictionary App Charadium Goes Free This Weekend

Award-winning multiplayer Pictionary app Charadium will be available from the App Store for free this weekend. It's usually priced at $1.99. Making it a freebie is developer On5's way of celebrating the game's recent victory at the International Mobile Gaming Awards, where Charadium walked away with the prize for Best Mobile Social Game. Charadium tasks players with drawing a given word. Other players then have to make guesses based on your cack-handed scrawls. It's great fun whether you're playing online or trying a turn-based game with friends and family - which is probably why it got that abovementioned award. Keep an eye on the App Store this weekend for the chance to pick up Charadi…


Pebble Universe Review

Review Itatake.com By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 7 months ago
Pebble Universe Review

Despite its appearance to the contrary, Itatake and Hello There's cute puzzler 'Pebble Universe' is not so much a 'physics' title, so much as it is a test of your skill at precision timing. The adorable pebbles are being consumed by evil clouds of soot, but in a show of bravery some pebbles are willing to sacrifice their shells in order to defeat them. They do this by smashing in to each other, creating a shower of tiny rocks that can demolish the one-eyed baddies. Better still, get&n…

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Gridrunner Review

Review Llamasoft By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 7 months ago
Gridrunner Review

Once again I brace myself for entering in to the hyper-stylized world that Llamasoft inhabits in order to get to grips with their latest release, Gridrunner. Don't be fooled though, this isn't the first time developer Jeff Minter has tinkered with his C64 and VIC-20 title (PC gamers may remember the insane remake from a few years ago), but in what seems like a surprising display of conservative design, the iOS release shares a lot of similarities with the original title. This is great…

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Free Mass Effect 3 Companion App Out Now For iPhone

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 7 months ago
Free Mass Effect 3 Companion App Out Now For iPhone

Last week saw the release of Mass Effect 3 - the cataclysmic concluding chapter of BioWare's sci-fi trilogy. If you're looking for a little boost to your Galactic Readiness rating, or just can't get enough of the Mass Effect universe, then the Mass Effect 3 Datapad is the app for you. It's available now on the App Store, and it won't cost you a penny. This companion application gives you access to the Mass Effect codex database, so you can review information from all three games in the trilogy. News bulletins from the Alliance News Network are another source of in-app info on the progress of the galactic war effort. You'll also receive updates and in-app messages from Mass Effect 3 char…


Coco Loco™ Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 7 months ago
Coco Loco™ Review

Coco Loco is not what you would call a mellow game. Instead it's what you might call a mallow game. Some of your gooey marshmallow cohorts have been taken prisoner by the primitive chocolate guardians, and what follows is an adventure over many candied lands to rescue them and deliver a unique brand of delicious vengeance. This is a physics flinger as popularized by the now infamous Angry Birds, but before you switch off your interest, you should hear what Coco Loco has to offer, as i…

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Lightopus Review

Review Bulkypix By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 7 months ago
Lightopus Review

Games that are set under the sea usually have a relaxing tone attached to them. There's just something about gliding below the ocean blue. The Little Mermaid must have been onto something. In Lightopus, not only are you gliding around in a visual aquatic wonderland, but there's a more pressing purpose to propel you to action. Your babies, and your entire species is under attack! Each level has you floating around what can only be described as a small pocket of ocean. You are confined…

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Eerie Adventure Dark Meadow Going Free On iPhone Later This Week

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 7 months ago
Eerie Adventure Dark Meadow Going Free On iPhone Later This Week

Spooky adventure game Dark Meadow will become a free app later this week. The game currently costs $5.99. This dark fairy tale from Phosphor Games Studios has you exploring an abandoned hospital, unsure of how you got there and unable to leave. To make matters worse, the facility's decrepit halls are stalked by terrifying monsters - the minions of a beautiful witch, apparently. Your one ally - a strange old man - says that your only way out is to kill the witch. But, can he be trusted? We loved Dark Meadow's creepy atmosphere and high production values, which keep you playing even when the monster-fighting starts to get dull. It's a slightly flawed gem, then, to which we awarded 4/5 in o…


TwinGo! Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 7 months ago
TwinGo! Review

Sometimes two people are inseparable. You've seen it in real life when your friends fall in love and suddenly your friend becomes merged with their partner creating some strange sort of amorphous twin. As a videogame mechanic however it can be quite creative and provide a nice base for plenty of perplexing puzzle gameplay. This is what Twingo has to offer. It's you goal to use the power of swiping to guide Fuyu and Natsu to their respective colored pads at the end of each level. The c…

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Storm Strikers Review

Review Sunny Tam By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 7 months ago
Storm Strikers Review

One should probably not play Storm Strikers by Sunny Tam early in the morning - then again I'm not at my greatest before I've had an unhealthy amount of coffee, so take this warning at face value. When you load this game up the face-meltingly challenging shooter experience should be no surprise at all (this is the developer behind Danmaku Unlimited after all), but persistence and skill is duly rewarded, firmly placing the game in the realms of the 'hardcore' gaming enthusiest. Much li…

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Brandnew Boy Review

Review Oozoo Inc. By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 7 months ago
Brandnew Boy Review

When Rocksteady mentioned that the combat for Batman Arkham had its roots in rhythm gaming, I believed them - its fluid sense of combat that rewards well-timed parries, item deployments and straight-up beat-downs has a visceral feel to it that quickly becomes addictive. Best of all it lends itself to rather simplistic controls, which is all the better for Brandnew Boy by Oozoo as it builds upon the concept with a single-touch system. Cue a memory-wiped protagonist, super-powers, a who…

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Musical Shooter Beat Hazard Ultra Currently Free On the App Store

News By James Nouch, 2 years, 7 months ago
Musical Shooter Beat Hazard Ultra Currently Free On the App Store

Musical twin-stick shooter Beat Hazard Ultra is currently available to download for free from the App Store. This pyrotechnic shooter is driven by your own music library, and allows you to blast bad guys to the beat of your favourite MP3s. The frantic high score arcade gameplay comes straight from the PC version of Beat Hazard, but the game has found a natural home on music-filled iPhones since its App Store debut last month. We were wowed by Beat Hazard Ultra's aural and visual spectacle - so much so that we awarded the game a 5/5 in our review. Shooter fans and music lovers alike will want to grab Beat Hazard Ultra at this low, low, low, low, low price point while they can, for this is…


Friday News Wrap-Up 9 March 2012

News By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 7 months ago
Friday News Wrap-Up 9 March 2012

It seems like only four days ago I was covering the news of the week in the iOS world - ahhh how time flys! Silliness aside, this does spread things a little thin and in place of any missing news I've extended our mini-review this week a little bit to compensate - it's not much, but definitely deserving of the attention.This is the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 9th of March, 2012. Crytek Going MobileDeveloper Crytek has long been rumored to be bringing a version of their high-tech 3D CryEngine to the mobile platform, but they've been more tight-lipped about their intentions on bringing something playable to the table... that is until now. Unveiled at GDC, the developer is bringing o…


Monster Flip Review

Review PikPok By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 7 months ago
Monster Flip Review

[Monster Flip is the Mini-Review for the Friday Wrap-Up for the 9th of March, 2012] When it comes to presentation, developer PikPok doesn't mess about - 'vibrant', 'colorful' and 'exciting' are generally always applicable to their work, with some efforts (such as their work on Monsters Ate My Condo) taking things to a whole new extreme level. Despite its clean appearance, Monster Flip is no less energetic, especially once you get in to the roll of things and kick off a huge combo, com…

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Fairway Solitaire by Big Fish Review

Review Big Fish Games, Inc By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 7 months ago
Fairway Solitaire by Big Fish Review

When starting up a game called Fairway Solitaire, the name suggests a lot. “OK”, you think. “Somehow they've combined solitaire with golf. This should be interesting”. Then you're hit with a cheerfully animated introduction about the age old war between golf and gophers before being thrown into a puzzle game with not only intriguing mechanics, but plenty of personality. Not every course in this game (and there are many on offer) is eighteen holes, but the basic…

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