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9-Year-Old Designer Helps PopCap Create Allied Star Police

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 3 months ago
9-Year-Old Designer Helps PopCap Create Allied Star Police

If you weren't already aware, Electronic Arts acquired Seattle-based casual games phenom PopCap ten days ago for a cool $650 million. For that considerable outlay, the publishing giant behind NBA Jam and Dead Space picked up some of the most addictive iPhone IP around, including Plants vs Zombies, Peggle, and Bejeweled 2 + Blitz. In addition, EA will, naturally, inherit PopCap's recently formed spin-off label 4th & Battery, which is charged with producing edgier, stranger, more experimental games. Unpleasant Horse was the first creation from the 4th & Battery laboratory: unfortunately for the studio, it proved too hot for Apple to handle, and was promptly rejected. Next up from t…


Teaser Trailer Revealed For Square Enix's JRPG Chaos Rings II

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 3 months ago
Teaser Trailer Revealed For Square Enix's JRPG Chaos Rings II

We don't need to stress the inherent quality of Square Enix's JRPG franchise Chaos Rings again, do we? Ok, maybe we do then. Well, the original - Chaos Rings - was selected as the game of 2010 by AppSpy. 'Nuff said about that. Meanwhile, Its prequel - Chaos Rings Omega - finished 2nd in our rundown of the best games of May 2011. So far, so impressive. In the run-up to Chaos Rings Omega's launch, we reported on an advert placed in Japanese game magazine Famitsu by Squeenix, which suggested a direct sequel to Chaos Rings (I) was in the works. Lo and behold, the role-playing game specialists have only gone and unsheathed a few screenies and a trailer for Chaos Rings II, thus confirming wha…


Async Corp. Review

Review Powerhead Games By Dave Flodine, 3 years, 3 months ago
Async Corp. Review

Puzzle games can fall into the trap of slapping a new coat of paint on an old concept and trying to pass it off as something new. What they should be doing is taking that concept, creating a unique world around it and then giving the player choice as to what type of puzzle game with these mechanics they wish to play. This is what Async Corp achieves. You are a new employee at Async Corp and your job is to make packets. How are packets made you ask? By swapping colored tiles from two s…

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Z The Game Review

Review Kavcom Limited By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 3 months ago
Z The Game Review

If you grew up in the 90s and didn't know about games like Chaos Engine or Speedball, I'd say you're poorer for the lack of experience, but then again even fewer people I know seem to remember (at least seriously remember) playing Z by The Bitmap Brothers. While not a seminal release in the RTS genre, it took a different approach by focusing on the minutiae of controlling units while forming tactical strategies to outplay your AI (or real life) opponents. Kavcom Limited have brought th…

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Snot-Based Arcade Puzzler Gesundheit! Sneezing Onto iPhone Soon

News By Matthew Gilman, 3 years, 3 months ago
Snot-Based Arcade Puzzler Gesundheit! Sneezing Onto iPhone Soon

The developers of the excellent Road Blaster and the 5-star UFO on Tape, Revolutionary Concepts, have been working on their latest puzzler since 2007. Gesundheit! will - bless them - finally be spraying its sneeze juices all over the iPhone in the next few weeks. Gesundheit! puts players in the skin of a cute little pig with terrible allergies. When his whole village is kidnapped by bacon-loving monsters, our heroic swine has to journey through 40 levels of hand-drawn puzzles to save them. Once Gesundheit! passes through Apple's rigorous approval system, it will initially cost 99c on iPhone, before rising to $1.99 at some point in the future. Tissues at the ready: here's the vid.…


Tiny Tower Update Accidentally Adds More Bugs

News By Ryan McGowan, 3 years, 3 months ago
Tiny Tower Update Accidentally Adds More Bugs

If you enjoyed Tiny Tower as much as we did back when our man reviewed it, naturally you'd expect to be pleased by news of an update...especially one that adds some fresh swag. That's how we felt at first, too, but sadly life just isn't that simple. NimbleBit, Tiny Tower's developers, have accidentally infested the game they were trying to patch with some horrid bugs. So, what was the update actually supposed to bring to the Tiny Tower table? Five new businesses, a brand-new VIP, frequent autosaving, sound issue fixes, and the ability to quickly scroll to the top of your tower are the main additions and tweaks to this free building-management game. A pretty beefy update, in other words,…


Bean's Quest Review

Review Kumobius By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 3 months ago
Bean's Quest Review

Despite so many attempts, the platformer (at least in its most basic form) has only felt successful on iOS devices in a few select cases. What was once a genre you couldn't escape has become almost a risk to try and pull off for mobile devices. In order to get around some of the touch screen's quirks, Bean's Quest by Kumobius strips platforming down to its basic elements by taking control out of the players hands by making jumping completely automatic. This isn't to say your character…

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Torture Bunny Review

Review Clickgamer.com By Dave Flodine, 3 years, 3 months ago
Torture Bunny Review

This review begins with a disclaimer. If a game where you use various instruments to torture a helpless rabbit for a high score sounds awful to you, you may want to stop right here. For those of you interested or amused by this concept, Torture Bunny by Clickgamer may satisfy those dark urges within. Torture Bunny is a ragdoll physics game with a hint of strategy thrown in. There is a bunny in a cage hanging high above the ground. When you press go, he is released, and plummets to his…

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Reckless Getaway Review

Review Polarbit By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 3 months ago
Reckless Getaway Review

While I can't speak for everyone, there's nothing quite like a great car chase scene in a film. Aside from the child-like glee that comes from watching the action and destruction inherent in these scenes, there's another exciting level of knowing you're watching man and machine working in a perfect ballet for the camera. Reckless Getaway by Polarbit and Pixelbite (the developers behind Reckless Racing) have put aside any sense of reality in an attempt to create a madcap, slapstick poin…

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Cut The Rope ‘Toy Box’ Update Coming Soon To iPhone

News By Matthew Gilman, 3 years, 3 months ago
Cut The Rope ‘Toy Box’ Update Coming Soon To iPhone

Fans of ZeptoLab’s Cut the Rope can officially rejoice. There are plush toys AND a new ‘Toy Box’ update on the way, with loads of features to sink your sweet teeth into. First off, you'll get 25 fresh levels to gobble up, along with a shiny new gameplay mechanic that involves bouncing the donuts around the screen and between the candy-loving monster Om Nom's lips. Players will be also able to uncover hidden pictures, drawn by the famished fella himself. The developers have shown their humanitarian side, too, by debuting a Star Key, which will enable Cut the Rope newbies to unlock all the boxes without breaking a sweat...or an iPhone. Cut the Rope found a place in our he…


Awesome Saucer Beams Down To App Store

News By Ryan McGowan, 3 years, 3 months ago
Awesome Saucer Beams Down To App Store

Piloting a flying saucer into space and blowing up some alien ships is one of life's most exclusive pleasures. Sadly, we can't all be Will Smith, but Awesome Saucer on iPhone might just be the next best thing. This spaced-based dogfighter promises "unlimited levels", original music, unlockable weapons, and intuitive controls - including an inverted controls setting if you're so inclined. The 3D graphics look pretty good, too, as missile trails and spaceship engines fill the screen with neon flair. And although you can't upload any computer viruses to an alien mothership, Chromium Torpedos and Graviton Missiles mean you probably won't need to anyway. Awesome Saucer is out now on the App…


Zzed: match 3 cosmic shooter Review

Review Nevosoft LLC By Dave Flodine, 3 years, 3 months ago
Zzed: match 3 cosmic shooter Review

Zzed: Match 3 Cosmic Shooter is a match three shooter game. It is also a mouthful, so for the purposes of this review it will be henceforth be referred to as Zzed. You know the type by now. Clumps of colored balls are moving towards you, so to protect yourself and complete each level you have to shoot colored balls at the clump, so that three or more of the same color match up and detonate. Zzed adds some interesting features to the gameplay and also includes a story told in comic book…

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QuBIT Review

QuBIT Review

As much as reviewers like to espouse the virtues of video games and (with their critics hat on) even point out why something works, there are games that come by now and then that seem to almost defy deeper analysis. QuBIT by Secret Sauce is, quite simply, a fun game to play and despite only having one mode of play it's an easy game to keep coming back to. The basic premise of QuBIT is to collect as much 'Obscurium' from the planet surface as possible, unfortunately you have a limited…

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Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Will Magically Appear On iPhone In November

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 3 months ago
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Will Magically Appear On iPhone In November

So, after seven novels, eight movies, 14 years, and $15 billion in merchandising sales, Harry Potter has finally hung up his wizard's wand. Or has he...? Nope, he hasn't. The bespectacled one will be returning to your (touch)screens in November 2011 for the follow-up to the 5* Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4. Craftily entitled Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Traveller's Tales's iPhone game will reference the fantastical goings-on at Hogwarts from The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, and The Deathly Hallows volumes. Lego Harry Potter: Year 5-7 will, therefore, take us on the journey to the climactic showdown between Harry and Lord Voldemort, where, of course - Spoiler Alert! Spoile…


Block-Based Puzzler Qvoid Hits App Store On 21st July

News By Richard Brown, 3 years, 3 months ago
Block-Based Puzzler Qvoid Hits App Store On 21st July

Ever heard of Gavina Games? Probably not - they haven't released anything yet. But this Spain-based team are just about ready to lay down some Qvoid on your iOS device. What's Qvoid, huh? Well, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that it looks like a pretty good puzzler. You roll a white cube along a surface of multi-coloured cubes, picking up each cube's colour and mixing it with the rest as you try and turn the whole surface black. The bad news? Teleporters, moving platforms, stubborn color blocks, and collapsing blocks mean that the 96 levels aren't going to be easy. It'll hit an App Store near you on 21st July. Not long now, folks.…