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Sphoxie Review

Review Olivier Archer By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 4 months ago
Sphoxie Review

While the iPhone has created a resurgence of 2D platforming titles, the 3D platformer has been kind of neglected. Perhaps it's because the added challenge of creating a camera and a three dimensional space worth exploring is a daunting task, but regardless, it makes it so that when a 3D platformer is released, it's almost a novelty. Sphoxie is such a platformer. You play the titular named character who is a sort of blue sphere who gets sucked into a portal and trapped in a hostile worl…

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Freeze! Review

Review Andreas von Lepel By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 4 months ago
Freeze! Review

There haven't been too many, but there's something enjoyable about games that stick you in small curved level, and ask you to use the iPhone's tilt controls and the power of physics to get the character you control to safety. Freeze is the latest of these, and it comes to us wrapped in a 50s monster movie shell. It certainly adds an amount of mood and character to the game, but the big question is of course, how does it play? The answer to that questions is. “adequately”.…

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The Bowling Dead Review

The Bowling Dead Review

[This title is featured as the Mini-Review for the Friday News Wrap-Up for the 30th of November, 2012] It's a thin premise, but The Bowling Dead by Slant Six Games and Activision places you in the unusual position of a zombie apocalypse survivor who discovers a bowling ball that seems to be the only thing that can stop them. Obviously the first part isn't new, but the second part results in a strangely addictive title. It's a sort of mash up between Full Fat's Zombie Flick and a basi…

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Angry Birds Star Wars Review

Angry Birds Star Wars Review

I rarely say this, but every now and then a developer actually 'gets it'. 'Gets what' you say? They get tie-in products, which is all the more strange for Angry Birds Star Wars not only being a mash-up of two very popular franchises, but the game isn't even new - it's an add on. Yet still, here I sit playing the game, gaze firmly fixed on my targets as I attempt to solve yet another tricky puzzle.Over the years this sort of puzzle design is what Angry Birds has come to specialize in an…

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Beatdown! Review

Review Ravenous Games Inc. By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 5 months ago
Beatdown! Review

As a studio Ravenous Games seems to hold to the 'less is more' philosophy when it comes to their games. At times this can work against a title, but in the case of the white-knuckle brawler Beatdown! the stripped-back style keeps the action flowing and before you know it you've finished the bite-sized game with a sigh of relief. Taking its cues from games of old such as River City Ransom, Double Dragon, and yes the ever-loved Streets of Rage, your task is one of dishing out pain wrappe…

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Sleepwalker's Journey Review

Review 11 bit studios s.a. By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 5 months ago
Sleepwalker's Journey Review

Puzzle platformers can be tricky beasts - so many fall in to the trap of designing stages that progress in challenge too slowly or worse still, spike in difficulty, causing you to throw down your iDevice in frustration. Sleepwalker's Journey by 11 bit studios ramps up its challenge quite quickly, but it's such a smooth ride up that you'll be flicking, swiping and tapping furiously before you know it. Poor Moonboy has a bit of a problem - he's at risk of being woken up, and you have no…

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Meganoid 2 Review

Review Pascal Bestebroer By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 5 months ago
Meganoid 2 Review

Much like the original Meganoid, its sequel keeps things fast, furious and simple. Did I say simple? What I meant to say is 'it's brutal', but you'll not be able to blame the game (at least not directly) for any mistakes you make as the controls are dead easy to learn (left, right, jump, and double jump). Orange Pixel have nailed their virtual controls, which is an absolute godsend. The reason it's so helpful is because everything else about the game is entirely unforgiving. Stages a…

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Super Tiny Leap Review

Review Game Atelier By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 5 months ago
Super Tiny Leap Review

One thing that's been great about the success of the App Store has been all the simple yet addictive high score arcade titles that developers have been experimenting with. For a gamer in his 30s like myself, it reflects a simpler time when these games ruled the arcades, and had players vying for position on those hallowed leaderboards. Super Tiny Leap takes this idea, an old school aesthetic, and turns it towards the vertical climbing genre that Doodle Jump popularized all those years…

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Heads Up! Hot Dogs Review

Review [adult swim] By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 5 months ago
Heads Up! Hot Dogs Review

So what if I told you that on the App Store there was a game, that you can play on your Apple phone or tablet device that consisted of balancing hot dogs onto the heads of complete strangers out in the street? No, your ears did not deceive you, nor did your heart, for what I speak of is true! Heads Up! Hot Dogs is the one and only hot dog balancing arcade experience possibly in the whole of video game existence, and with such a concept, is it any surprise to hear that the publishers at…

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Totem Runner Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 5 months ago
Totem Runner Review

Credit where due, Totem Runner by Yagoda Productions and Chillingo isn't just a beautiful game, it's a beautiful concept too. Despite joining the throng of auto-runners already available, the primarily passive play style, combined with tightly designed stages, make it a refreshing casual distraction. We're jumping ahead though, so lets get back to basics. You play as a mystic (with distinctly Mayan overtones) who is braving the darkness sweeping the world. By harnessing the power of l…

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Atari Outlaw™ Review

Review Atari By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 5 months ago
Atari Outlaw™ Review

Atari sure now how to hold on to an idea. Outlaw has been kicking around since 1976 and while the original was more of a reaction tester, the iOS update has kept things simple by returning to the classic gallery shooter genre. Enemies slide on in to position, either from the side or from behind some cover, and slowly take aim before firing volleys of shots at you until you either keel over or shoot them down. As fast as your six-shooter may be you'll need to move up to higher caliber…

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Green Rage Review

Review Paralline By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 5 months ago
Green Rage Review

Green Rage by Paralline exists in that horrible stasis of gaming where poor gameplay mixes with brilliant presentation. All you're tasked with is to guide an alien, beset at all sides by dangers as he searches for his lost companions, but these challenges will prove overwhelming time and time again. This is thanks, in no small part, to the controls feeling entirely insufficient for the task at hand. A virtual stick allows you to move (very slowly) throughout the stage, while three but…

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Need for Speed™ Most Wanted Review

Review Electronic Arts By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 5 months ago
Need for Speed™ Most Wanted Review

If Electronic Arts is demonstrating anything with Need for Speed Most Wanted for the iOS platform, it's an interest in stripping back their racers to the core experience. For some this may be an absolute boon - mobile platforms are often used in short bursts, so things like a story and too many fiddly customizations are simply a distraction compared to the main feast of burning rubber down city and country roads alike. Unfortunately Most Wanted goes even further than that and instead…

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MonoLoco Review

Review GoldMine Studio By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 5 months ago
MonoLoco Review

Monoloco has a pretty funny premise presented through its intro movie if nothing else. So in the zoo, there is this super intelligent simian kept behind glass. For some reason he is extremely annoyed at all the passers by who are nose deep in their mobile phones. Perhaps they should be paying attention to him. He breaks free, and what follows in an endless runner with an attack button, where you have to flee the zoo as well as kick as many people as possible so they will drop their pho…

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Nutty Fluffies Rollercoaster Review

Review Ubisoft By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 5 months ago
Nutty Fluffies Rollercoaster Review

There's something about the iOS platform and roller-coasters that just seems to 'work'. Be it tilting to keep passengers inside or flicking to avoid animals on a rampage, there's an almost innate reaction to the peril suffered by those locked on the rails that makes you want to save them. RedLynx goes one further and packs their coasters with cute stuffed animals, though it's hard to say whether the squeaking passengers help or hinder in this regard. Still, this isn't the company's fi…

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