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Home » Apps with tag 'simulation'

True Skate Review

Review True Axis By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 6 months ago
True Skate Review

Tony Hawk Pro Skating allowed me to vicariously live out my enjoyment of skateboarding without the need to go outside and get hot and sweaty during the Summer months. However, Tony Hawk and its ilk had no problem with throwing reality out the window. This may make for a good game, but there's nothing wrong with wanting to flex your skills by trying your hand at something challenging; something realistic. True Skate by True Axis adds itself to the relatively short list of games that se…

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VS. Racing 2 Review

Review Northcube AB By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 7 months ago
VS. Racing 2 Review

While other top-down racers are content to keep pushing the visual boundaries of the iOS platform, VS. Racing 2 sticks with the tried-and-true 2D sprite system (albeit with some 3D elements adding depth), and even more surprisingly, controls that require - at most - two fingers. The overall effect is that of the game feeling very tightly designed - it efficiently throws you amongst a variety of AI opponents on winding and twisting tracks where you vie for pole-position to earn as much…

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Splice : Tree of Life iPad Review

Review Cipher Prime Studios By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 7 months ago
Splice : Tree of Life iPad Review

Much like Mother Nature, Splice : Tree of Life is unforgiving in its relentless brutality. You’re popped in to a universe almost without any concept of what you’re meant to do and while you can find some help, it won’t do you any good until you can understand it. Cipher Prime Studios capture this vicious elegance in their cell-splicing puzzler and you’ll need to ponder and experiment to make any headway. First and foremost, Splice is a beautifully presented gam…

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Pocket Planes Review

Review NimbleBit LLC By Andrew Nesvadba, 1 year, 10 months ago
Pocket Planes Review

There's something already naturally addictive about simulation titles no matter the level of complexity involved in them. From the largest cities to the lowliest of farms - if it requires efficient development, people will find themselves coming back for more. The freemium model has exploited this human weakness, but not all games are created equal and NimbleBit are back on the scene with their latest title, Pocket Planes. Initially, players are handed the reins of a small, but well e…

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Golf Squared Review

Review Dynamo Games By Dave Flodine, 1 year, 11 months ago
Golf Squared Review

There are two types of golf games on the iPhone, and it's not as simple as breaking them up into simulation and arcade virtual golf experiences. Most golf games are in 3D, and colorful characters and crazy power-ups aside, they represent a somewhat accurate portrayal of playing the sport. Another type of game has arisen on mobile devices however, and Golf Squared is the latest of these 2D side-scrolling golf experiences, which eschew the finer details of the game for odd level design a…

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iDamaged Review

Review Nils Widmer By Andrew Nesvadba, 2 years, 3 months ago
iDamaged Review

There are titles that are near and dear to my heart thanks to the role they played while growing up in shaping my love of playing video games. Psygnosis' release of the unique and very brutal shooter 'Walker' is amongst these, thanks in part to its clever control scheme, detailed pixel-art and sharp audio design. iDamaged takes a stab at recreating this classic for the modern iOS gamer, but aside from the visual overhaul it's a long way off the mark. One change fans of Walker may be a…

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RPM: Gymkhana Racing Review

Review Bulkypix By Dave Flodine, 2 years, 4 months ago
RPM: Gymkhana Racing Review

When it comes to sports and racing games, players usually fall into two camps. Do you prefer a simulation game style, or an arcade one? RPM falls in the latter category as it is focused primarily on drifting, and accomplishing many varied and strange tasks while drifting. The game is controlled from an overhead 3rd person view. Hitting the accelerator will propel your car forward but since the slightest shift in turn will begin the drifting that is at the center of the game, you need…

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Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 12 Review

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 12 Review

With the usual smattering of casual golfing titles often taking the forefront on the App Store, it's nice to see a serious golf simulation title now and then and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12 certainly goes out of its way to please in this regard. Featuring smooth, realistic graphics; a tight control system with a few neat changes; and gameplay modes that vary from the ultra-casual to completely serious, it's almost the complete package for fans of golfing titles. Those familiar with recent…

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Game Dev Story Review

Review Kairosoft Co.,Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 6 months ago
Game Dev Story Review

Perhaps it's something about working as a reviewer or perhaps it's just being a huge fan of gaming in general, but Game Dev Story by Kairosoft has me hook, line and sinker. That's right, my name is Andrew and I'm addicted to Game Dev Story. The first thing to point out about GDS is that it clearly seems to have been developed for mobile phones in general and not iDevices specifically. The game is for the most part driven by menus and selectable options, though this is streamlined a li…

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Billabong Surf Trip Review

Review Chillingo Ltd By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 6 months ago
Billabong Surf Trip Review

For some, the sun, the beach and surfing are practically a way of life; something I'm quite acquainted with living a mere handful of blocks from the home of the international clothing company 'Billabong'. Billabong Surf Trip by Chillingo tries to realistically capture the thrill and challenge of riding a wave while performing tricks to score points as you make your way on a world-wide tour of some of the best beaches you could visit. To do this you'll need to master Surf Trip's rather…

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Gardening Mama (US) Review

Review TAITO Corporation By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 6 months ago
Gardening Mama (US) Review

Sure, Cooking Mama is a whiz in the kitchen and can whip you up a meal of almost any kind in short order, but how does she spend her down-time? Well, it turns out that Mama is a gardening fanatic and in Gardening Mama you'll help her to dig, water and propagate plants of many different sorts while earning new outfits for her to wear around the house. For those familiar with the Cooking Mama franchise this title isn't going to be too surprising; however if you're new to the Mama series…

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Magnetic Shaving Derby Review

Review Nyarlu Labs By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 9 months ago
Magnetic Shaving Derby Review

After checking out the screenshots for Magnetic Shaving Derby (MSD) you'd be forgiven for steering clear, opting not to jump in to what clearly looks like a crazy title. Nyarlu Labs have succeeded in distilling iconic and random concepts in to a title that's easy to play and fun to experience. Players can choose between touch or tilt controls for their magnet, however thanks to the way the physics simulation works neither one is truly superior to the other. Dragging your magnet around…

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Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter Pro Review

Review Tatem Games By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 10 months ago
Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter Pro Review

The scope and size of 'Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter' is almost difficult to truly take in on your first attempt to play this sci-fi hunting simulator by Tatem Games. This isn't an action-filled FPS and you'll need patience, skill and the steel will of a hunter to truly appreciate this mammoth title. The game's basic controls are relatively standard for an FPS, however instead of the usual health-gauge, ammo indicator or rack of guns the interface is streamlined to provide you with all…

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X2 Football 10/11 Review

Review Exient IP Limited By Andrew Nesvadba, 3 years, 11 months ago
X2 Football 10/11 Review

Where other Soccer games on the iPhone tend towards an arcade experience to their gameplay, X2 Soccer 2010 builds on the success of the first title in its series and solidifies X2 Games as having one the best simulated experiences for Soccer on the App Store. One of the biggest advantages of X2 Soccer is its realistic controls that naturally move your players in a smoothly in a 360 circle and its slightly slower pace to help control your gameplay. Like most soccer titles, the co…

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Warpgate Review

Warpgate Review

Warpgate by Freeverse has already had some time to warm up with its HD release on the iPad earlier this month, but how does it hold up for the iPhone? Following in the footsteps of games like Freelancer, Warpgate is a space trading and combat simulation that's perfectly suited for iDevices. What makes the genre so appealing is its blend of open-world mechanics with quest based objectives to convey an underlying storyline. Being action oriented, combat often represents the most complex…

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