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Whale Trail Review

Review ustwo™ By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 10 months ago
Whale Trail Review

While I'd love to think I'm not the bitter old-soul that my friends sometimes consider me to be, I can't help but feel a bit sympathetic as I load up a game like Whale Trail by ustwo and grin like the Cheshire Cat for what seems like hours and think 'Oh... this is what smiling feels like?'. OK, OK, I'm not THAT grumpy, but the point remains that there's something positive to be said for a game that had me babbling like an incoherently excited 3 year old within minutes of having loaded…

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Mage Gauntlet Review

Review Rocketcat Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 10 months ago
Mage Gauntlet Review

When you've built up a reputation for being one of the best at creating a certain kind of game, it would seem like madness to completely throw it out the window and start on something entirely new. So, when rumors surfaced of Rocketcat Games starting work on an Action-RPG it was almost hard to believe. Despite their previous history of ninja-rope swinging time-trial games, Mage Gauntlet made its debut on the App Store. The game is, first and foremost, very self-aware of its nature and…

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TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON Review

Review Electronic Arts By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 1 month ago
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON Review

To paraphrase a movie reviewer I respect, if you’re willing to accept a film just because it’s not as terrible as the last one, then you’ve let your standards seriously slide. Sadly, what is true for the film of Transformers: Dark of the Moon also seems to carry through to the App Store game and while Electronic Arts has done a better than average job in the conversion, it fails to hold up thanks to its repetitive gameplay. Repetition is something you’d almost…

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Ionocraft Racing Review

Review PAN Vision AB By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 1 month ago
Ionocraft Racing Review

What has no wheels, is powered by steam and goes really really fast? Actually I'm probably certain there's a legitimate answer to this, but the answer I'm looking for is an Ionocraft. In this time-trial racer from PAN Vision you'll race against the clock (and yourself) in an attempt to outfit and customize your vehicle to your liking. One shouldn't underestimate the importance of customization either as the placement of things like thrusters, stabilizers and steering jets can greatly…

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Snuggle Truck Review

Review Owlchemy Labs By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 3 months ago
Snuggle Truck Review

Snuggle Truck by Owlchemy Labs is the kind of game you want to hold up as a golden standard of why games need their gameplay to stand on their own merit before finalizing the particulars of the presentation. What started out as a tongue-in-cheek title about border-running has transformed in to a fluffy animal smuggling title, but in either case the game is outrageously fun, amusing to play and supremely difficult to put down. Ultimately your aim is to get your truck and any animals th…

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Air Penguin Review

Review GAMEVIL USA, Inc. By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
Air Penguin Review

Imagine you're a penguin collecting food for your friend's and family when, 'WHAMO!', a wild Global Warming appears and uses Sunny Day to melt your home in to tiny chunks of ice. Annoying as that may be, everyone you know is now stranded on the quickly forming islands of ice and it's up to you in Air Penguin by GAMEVIL to rescue them. The ultimate aim of each chapter may be to rescue an individual penguin, however on each stage your goal is simply to survive your trip to each flag. Yo…

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Mr.Ninja Review

Review PONOS By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 4 months ago
Mr.Ninja Review

The 'Mr.' series from PONOS has already become synonymous with fun, quality time-wasters that always end up being far more addictive than a first glance would assume. Mr. Ninja is no exception and time will simply drip away as you attempt to beat your high-score 'because like, I shouldn't have died there, I know I can do better, I'll just play one more round... no seriously, just one more'. It should be said that Mr. Ninja could easily become the target of the angry mobs who come out…

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Bizenghast: Wicked Labyrinth Review

Review Tokyopop By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 5 months ago
Bizenghast: Wicked Labyrinth Review

Although not strictly a Manga, Bizenghast, an ongoing Gothic inspired comic by M. Alice LeGrow (otherwise known as Marty) is none-the-less associated with many of its trappings including cosplay. Wicked Labyrinth by Tokyopop seeks to expand the series in to the gaming frontier, but where the comic cleverly deals with the main character Dinah's need to free trapped ghosts every night, the game takes a less subtle approach. Each level places Dinah in a 'maze' complete with traps that ne…

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Papa Sangre Review

Review Somethin' Else By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 7 months ago
Papa Sangre Review

UPDATE: By popular request we have created a demonstration video of the 3D audio effect on our YouTube channel. You can view it by following the link on the YouTube page for our review or directly at - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9IN0A4GZrE When people ask me, 'Hey, can you recommend something a bit different for my iPhone?' I'll simply tell them to get Papa Sangre, because when it comes to 'unique' it's hard to say that any other App quite matches this one. Almost unlike anything…

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Shrapnel Review

Review Moyo Studios LLC By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 9 months ago
Shrapnel Review

Using a twin-stick shooter as the basis for an adventure game is a concept that makes perfect sense as it resonates with similar top-down action-RPGs that pit players against oodles of enemies. Shrapnel by Moyo Studios and Radical Interactive places you in the boots of Sam as she fights in a revolution against Earth's domineering military alliance. If you've played similar titles like Minigore you'll already be familiar with the simple control system and players need only move with on…

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SKIP SD Review

Review Life-Giving By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 9 months ago
SKIP SD Review

SKIP SD by Life-Giving studios places you behind the controls of an elite fighter in the Special 'Kaizen' Infiltration Platoon (SKIP for short) as you attempt to complete your mission in the post-World War 3 Earth of 2087. Or so I've had to garner from the App Store description as the game unceremoniously flings you in to a tunnel with little more than the title of the area you're in. This may be a small oversight, but it's something of a running theme with SKIP SD as you're left wond…


NightWalker Review

Review MW Entertainment By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 10 months ago
NightWalker Review

NightWalker by Merry Weird is, by no small measure, not your average runner. Given the somewhat continual slew of re-imagined games for the genre, playing something this unique definitely gets points for being a breath of fresh air. However, don't expect the usual simple challenge of merely avoiding obstacles as you'll need to control not one, but two characters at the same time. This in itself presents some rather odd challenges from a gameplay perspective as it's quite easy to make…

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A Fighter Defender Review

Review MystoneGame Inc By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 11 months ago
A Fighter Defender Review

A Fighter Defender by MystoneGame proposes a small change to the tower defense (TD) genre. Just a small one. How about having no towers? See, not much of a change! Each map is designed not unlike regular TD maps, with winding paths and a few long stretches that would stretch the resources of someone trying to place towers effectively. However you're not placing towers, you're flying a plane and this comes with the rather strong advantage of exploiting the terrain to pick off units qui…

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Chopper 2 Review

Chopper 2 Review

Way back in the 'way back when' the Apple II was host to a neat side-scrolling action title called Choplifter. Over two years ago, this genre saw a revival on the App Store thanks to the Chopper series and now, after a long wait, fans of the original can get their hands on this juicy and surprisingly featured sequel for their iDevice of choice. The basic controls are incredibly simple and intuitive to learn, requiring tilt-based movement to direct your helicopter with precision around…

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Dogfight 1951 Review

Dogfight 1951 Review

For a long time, developers just couldn't get enough of the World War 1 and 2 eras, but now that many of them have decided to explore the modern era it's almost refreshing to jump back to something more 'classic'. '1951 - World War One' by Treehouse is based in an alternate history setting, with the first World Wars never occurring and after a technological collapse the world has gone to war in the early 50's. Gameplay couldn't be simpler as you start a career as one of three currentl…

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