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Hang-glide with skill in colorful arcade game Ava Airborne, out now on iOS

News By Christian Valentin, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Hang-glide with skill in colorful arcade game Ava Airborne, out now on iOS

Laser Dog has been releasing clever arcade games on the App Store since their 2013 debut Puk, and the hang-gliding Ava Airborne looks like a welcome addition to their library with its release on iOS. As the titular Ava, you ride the winds through a hazarous sky, weaving through hoops, around killer ballons and floating barriers, deadly windmills and lasers, among other obstacles. SImple controls allow you to loop and dive with ease, gaining altutude to rise above traps or diving to gain speed; as you master the controls, you're able to collect more point ballons and unlock special contraption customizations, ranging from bottle rockets to biplane wings, while friendly companions offer a a…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Toast Time

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Toast Time

Beneath Toast Time’s absurd premise of toast-shooting warrior against time-stealing inter-dimensional enemies lies a hectic arcade game with controls and action designed to suit mobile perfectly. Reminiscent of Super Crate Box, Toast Time’s action revolves around a pool of different weapon types, tight arenas, and projectile-changing crates to grab. One touch controls combat and movent, as each shot fired propels in the opposite direction; these simple mechanics allow for varied scenarios as walls, platforms, and special items like jump pads get added to the arenas and forcing you to make more precise shots. You could fire randomly, but for the best scores, you’ll need t…

Quirky javelin-flinging action game Lichtspeer is now available on the App Store

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Quirky javelin-flinging action game Lichtspeer is now available on the App Store

A single javelin may not seem like enough to hold back an army of towering giants, sharply-dressed zombies, and glasses-wearing walruses, but that javelin probably isn’t the Lichtspeer. Armed with the powerful laser spear, this new iOS arcade-action game pits you against waves of weird foes and much more. Across this odd sci-fi fantasy landscape and over 60 stages, you fight at the behest of the Licht gods, talking aim with your titular weapon against varied encroaching monsters. With familiar slingshot controls, your graceful throws pierce eyes and heads and other weak points, requiring precision and timing to defeat deadlier enemies and looming bosses. A single enemy reaching you…

Alto’s Odyssey brings desert boarding to the App Store next week

News By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 1 week ago
Alto’s Odyssey brings desert boarding to the App Store next week

 The autorunner has been one of the prolific genres on mobile, seeing all manner of 3D and side-scrolling variants. But Alto’s Adventure was perhaps one of the most unique, with its gorgeous wintry visuals and the trick-chaining flow of its gameplay. Now Alto’s Odyssey is headed to iOS on the 22nd, swapping the snowy vistas for dunes, sandstorms, and desert cliffs.  At its core, Alto’s Odyssey promises the same smooth and familiar boarding action of its predecesso, challenging you to time backflips for speed boosts and grinding on cables and rails to collect elusive coins. However, this time, you’re boarding through the dunes, canyons, and temples of a my…

Thumper: Pocket Edition unleashes its unique brand of rhythm violence upon the App Store

News By Christian Valentin, 3 months ago
Thumper: Pocket Edition unleashes its unique brand of rhythm violence upon the App Store

iOS is no stranger to music games, from Cytus to Dropchord, but Thumper is unlike any of them. A weird, unrelenting, and lightning-fast entry to the genre, the game has made its way to mobile, currently available on the App Store.  From the first section of its nine levels to its last hellish stage, Thumper: Pocket Edition hurls you into a kaleidoscopic tempest, your chrome beetle racing along twisting tracks and claustrophobic tunnels as eldritch beings of light and metal twist and unfurl within the void. Imagine those classic inputs of a Guitar Hero or Rock Band - tap and hold to the beat at the right time - and you can grasp Thumper: thump down on markers, turn and grind against t…

Major Magnet: Arcade is coming to the App Store next week

News By Alex Beech, 3 years, 10 months ago
Major Magnet: Arcade is coming to the App Store next week

Pagoda West Games has announced that its new game Major Magnet: Arcade will be coming to the App Store next week. When the original Major Magnet was released last year we found ourselves attracted to its orbiting 2D gameplay. It involves swinging and flinging the titular Major around the screen using the power of magnetism. What made the it even more special was the its vivid 16-bit visuals and chirpy chiptune music, both of which reminded us of some of Sonic the Hedgehog’s best levels. The Major’s return looks to be more of an evolution than a revolution, however. As the trailer shows, the magnetic mechanics have returned. These let you sling the hero through each stag…

Final Flight of the Perseus Review

Review Third Party Ninjas LLC By Alex Beech, 3 years, 10 months ago
Final Flight of the Perseus Review

Final Flight of the Perseus is a free shmup that continues the legacy of arcade classics like Galaga. Controlling the inevitably doomed starship Perseus, you must battle waves of attacking enemy aliens until your reactions fail you, and you explode into spacedust. Direct controls help you to navigate the single-screen war zones in seconds. Your crude, pixelated ship fires endlessly upwards as you drag it around the screen, dodging the equally ugly alien aggressors. Unfortunately, the…

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Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

Review GIGATAUR CORPORATION By Alex Beech, 3 years, 11 months ago
Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

While clearly released to serve as a tie-in to the impending movie, Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past is styled after the original comic series. As per the books, the assassination of a senator sets into motion events that bring about a dystopian future ruled over by massive robot Sentinels. You take control of Wolverine first. , who must schnickt his way through thug, goons, mutants, and mechanoids alike. As with classic 2D side-scrollers like Shinobi, you'll be leaping between…

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Dragon Coins Review

Review SEGA By Alex Beech, 3 years, 11 months ago
Dragon Coins Review

Upon hearing that Dragon Coins was free-to-play game with a Pokemon-style focus on monster collection, we were tempted to run screaming from our phones with our hands clasped tightly around our wallets. After digging a little deeper, however, we discovered a tactical RPG with coin-dozer combat that offers more than enough of its touch-based fun for free. Dragon Coins combat will be instantly familiar if you have ever visited a seaside arcade. A field of coins meets you as you sta…

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JoyJoy Review

Review Radiangames By Alex Beech, 3 years, 11 months ago
JoyJoy Review

There is nothing new about JoyJoy’s premise. At heart it is a classic twin stick shooter formed from the same mold as Smash TV and Geometry Wars. What developer Radiangames has attemted to bring to this tried and tested formula is an attractive visual style, and versatile weapons system. You must guide your ship around an arena populated by ever increasing waves of enemies. Collecting them from fallen foes, you can hold a total of six ammunition types. These include spread…

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Dexterity testing downhill skier Dudeski is now free on the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 3 years, 11 months ago
Dexterity testing downhill skier Dudeski is now free on the App Store

Back in March we were enjoying the Winter Paralympics on the TV, and downhill skier Dudeski on our iPhones. While the real games are over, Dudeski's arcade styling can still be enjoyed - and for free, no less. Making your way to the bottom of the game’s pixilated Lord Shred mountain is not just a simple matter of weaving through the course’s slalom gates. Each of the mountain’s four stages are filled with different obstacles, from fallen tree’s to Yetis, all of which will end your run is not avoided. It is only by skillfully dodging all of these hazards that you'll make it to the finish line. If that wasn’t enough, there is also an avalanche chasing yo…

Sega’s Dragon Coins mixes monster training with penny shove combat

News By Alex Beech, 3 years, 11 months ago
Sega’s Dragon Coins mixes monster training with penny shove combat

Sega’s new free-to-play game Dragon Coins takes the monster training mechanics from Pokemon, and adds combat based on coin-dozer arcade machines. Its an odd combination, but play a little and it starts to make sense. You take a team of five monsters into battle, each of whom sits under one of the five lanes down which coins can be nudged. Dropping coins in the top of the coin dozer pushes the existing penny pile forward, causing some to fall into the monster channels, and the monster to attack. Much like the arcade machines Dragon Coins mimics, this leads to an addictive mix of tactics and luck during battles. Collecting different coloured coins has different effects. For example,…

Warhammer 40,000: Carnage Review

Review 50cc Games Ltd By Alex Beech, 3 years, 11 months ago
Warhammer 40,000: Carnage Review

Within the 40K universe, Space Marines are walking tanks. If you are being invaded by hundreds of Orks, all you need is one of the Emperor’s finest to hold back the storm. This is exactly the feeling Warhammer 40,000: Carnage attempts to deliver. Rather than commanding a squad. you take control of a single Ultramarine ploughing through waves of Orks. Armed with only a bolt pistol and a combat knife you set out to find Captain Tychaeus, a space marine champion that has falle…

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AngerForce - Strikers Review

Review Screambox By Alex Beech, 3 years, 11 months ago
AngerForce - Strikers Review

If you have ever played a shmup then AngerForce - Strikers will hold few surprises. It's a familiar story: a series of vertically-scrolling levels which have you tracing your craft's path a halestorm of bullets, trying to destroy any enemies in your way. AngerForce you offers three characters to choose from, each with their own special attacks. Which you select will be dependent on your play style, with characters like the robot offering powerful laser attacks that do huge d…

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Third Eye Crime: Act 1 Review

Review Gameblyr, LLC By Alex Beech, 3 years, 12 months ago
Third Eye Crime: Act 1 Review

Stealth games always run the risk of leaving you inactive. By necessity, they demand you pay attention to the world around you, learning patterns and waiting for your moment to skulk unseen through the shadows. Unfortunately, this means that rather than playing, much of your time is spent simply watching. Developer Moonshot Games clearly understood this problem, and has tried to address it with Third Eye Crime: Act 1. You take control of Rothko, a master thief. Set in noir ‘50s…

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