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Optical Inquisitor 17+ Review

Review Crescent Moon Games By James Gilmour, 7 years, 5 months ago
Optical Inquisitor 17+ Review

If you're a fan of picking off crudely-drawn targets a long distances, then you may have played stickman sniper game Clear Vision. We're guessing the creator of Optical Inquisitor has, as the it borrows the look, concept, and violent death scenarios from the 2012 shooter. In fairness, it's not a lack of originality which makes Optical Inquisitor a dodgy game. After all, Clear Vision itself was paying tribute to a long line of ultraviolent flash games. No, what makes Optical Inqui…

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FIST OF AWESOME Review

Review I FIGHT BEARS LTD By James Gilmour, 7 years, 6 months ago
FIST OF AWESOME Review

Ever had one of those days where your hand suddenly grows to twice its usual size, develops the power of speech, and goads you into fist-fighting an army of bears? Well, unsuspecting lumberjack Tim Burr (I see what you did there) is having one of those days. Luckily, the star of nostalgia- powered pixel-art beat-'em-up First of Awesome is taking this development on the chin, still managing to crack wise while he punches the suddenly enormous bear population of earth into submission.…

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Rollabear Review

Review Matmi By James Gilmour, 7 years, 6 months ago
Rollabear Review

What is it about the iOS platform that makes developers want to fire animals from slingshots? Nope, we're not talking about those Angry Birds again. This time, we talking about bears. Bears being fired at little men dressed up as bunnies. And the men dressed as bunnies are actually bowling pins. And the bear has a fish which can turn back time. Still with me? Nevermind - let me explain. You've heard of crazy gold, right? Well, Rollabear is essentially crazy bowling. You launch your c…

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Duet Game Review

Review Kumobius By James Gilmour, 7 years, 6 months ago
Duet Game Review

Things have been getting terribly twisty in the world of iOS gaming lately. Duet, the twitch-based game of rotation and avoidance, is the latest in the recent spat of lo-fi spinathons. Like Pivvot and Super Hexagon before it, Duet takes a simple concept, dresses it up in basic block colours, and then begins to mercilessly test your reflexes without giving a second thought to your sanity or self worth. You take charge of two coloured orbs which are linked by a circle. It's your job to…

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Boson X Review

Review Ian MacLarty By Dave Flodine, 7 years, 6 months ago
Boson X Review

You might have heard that the scientists of CERN are busy smashing atoms together at unbelievable speeds in order to witness what happens upon collision. But the scientist in Boson X takes the dedication to his craft one step further by placing himself directly into the machine. While the game is an endless runner in the style of Temple Run, the developer seems to have drawn some inspiration from Super Hexagon. The influence to Terry Cavanagh's geometric puzzler is evident in everyt…

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Angry Birds Star Wars II Review

Review Rovio Entertainment Oyj By James Gilmour, 7 years, 7 months ago
Angry Birds Star Wars II Review

You like Star Wars, right? Well, you did before they did those three rubbish films. Maybe the new one will be good. I hear the Star Trek bloke's doing it. He knows about... stars... And Angry Birds! You like Angry Birds, right? With the flinging and the smashing and that pause before the level ends when you're waiting for everything to stop moving. Yes, you guessed it: The birds are back and the force is with them once again. Angry Birds Star Wars II delivers another instalment of b…

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Giant Boulder of Death Review

Review [adult swim] By Dave Flodine, 7 years, 7 months ago
Giant Boulder of Death Review

You might ask, “What motivation for destruction could a giant boulder possibly have to go on a gravity-powered killing spree?" That's a fair question, one that Adult Swim's Giant Boulder of Death attempts to answer. You see, a pompous general has turned your loved one into a statue of himself. So, in a fit of rage, our rocky hero decide to roll down a hill crushing everything in his path. The game follows the endless-runner formula of play, upgrade, and then play some more.…

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Gleamer Review

Review Emmet Morris By Dave Flodine, 7 years, 7 months ago
Gleamer Review

Gleamer is a platformer which combines simple shapes, basic controls, and a pulsing electronica soundtrack. The goal is to collect all five stars as quickly as possible, allowing you to move on another of the game's 50 stages. It all sounds rather standard doesn't it? However, it's amazing how one little mechanic can make all the difference. Your cube moves automatically, and reverses direction when it hits the outer edge of the level. Every time it does this you gain speed. The stag…

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Mikey Hooks Review

Review BeaverTap Games, LLC By James Gilmour, 7 years, 7 months ago
Mikey Hooks Review

Speed-run platformer Mikey Shorts, which appeared on the App Store last year, did a great job of demonstrating how precision platforming can be successfully achieved on a touchscreen. For the sequel, Mikey Hooks, Beavertap Games has upped the number of onscreen hazards, and given Mikey the ability to swing across chasms like a big-headed Tarzan. Things are a little more dangerous for Mikey this time out. Though the familiar flat-topped robo enemies return, they are now decked out…

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Pivvot Review

Review Fixpoint Productions Ltd. By Dave Flodine, 7 years, 8 months ago
Pivvot Review

Pivvot is described by its creators as a game of “strategic avoidance”. Though guiding your small orb around obstacles relies on your ability to dodge effectively, the game is more about quick reflexes and adaptability than strategy. There are two game modes available from the outset: Voyage, and Endless. Voyage is a finite experience in which must weave your way through a series of obstacles. Tapping the sides of the screen rotates your orb clockwise and counter-clockwise…

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Knightmare Tower Review

Review Juicy Beast Studio LTD. By Dave Flodine, 7 years, 8 months ago
Knightmare Tower Review

All too often in iOS games, progression feels like a chore. Knightmare Tower reminds us that you can have a quick-play experience with an upgrade tree that's not only enjoyable, but lets you advance by diving sword-first onto the heads of spiky blobs and dragons. You contriol a rocket propelled knight who must ascend a tower to rescue a series of captured princesses because videogames. Unfortunately, the tower to which these lovely ladies have been taken is as tall as it is perilous.…

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A Ride Into The Mountains Review

Review Lee-Kuo Chen By Dave Flodine, 7 years, 8 months ago
A Ride Into The Mountains Review

His family trusted with watching over an ancient relic, Zu notices a meteor smashing into the nearby mountain. He grabs his bow, mounts his trusty steed and goes to investigate. A Ride into the Mountains is essentially a side-scroller. You control Zu's horse by tilting your iPhone or iPad left, right, up, and down. To ready your bow, you swipe back on the screen with one finger. The strength and direction of your shot depends on how far you've dragged your finger back, and which direc…

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R.TYPE Review

Review DotEmu By Dave Flodine, 7 years, 8 months ago
R.TYPE Review

R-Type, the side-scrolling classic shoot em up from 1987, was ported over to the App Store a couple years ago. However, it was removed earlier this year due to licensing issues. While the legalities were being ironed out, the developers thought it would be a good idea to make a few adjustments. Now that it's returned to the App Store, it's time to see what's changed. If you're new to the blaster, here are the basics. You take control of a spaceship, which you must guide through a seri…

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Sine Mora Review

Review HandyGames By James Gilmour, 7 years, 9 months ago
Sine Mora Review

Sine Mora is a game about time. In this beautiful bullet-hell blaster - just like in real life - it's a commodity you never seem to have enough of. As you guide your futuristic aircraft through the near constant barrage of neon bullet-sprays, you'll find yourself glancing not at an energy bar, but at a timer. Every time you get shot in Sine Mora, valuable seconds are deducted from the clock. Let the timer reach zero, and it's game over. The only way to win time back is by destroying e…

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Sprinkle Islands Review

Review Mediocre AB By Dave Flodine, 7 years, 9 months ago
Sprinkle Islands Review

What is it about the world of Sprinkle Islands that causes flaming garbage to plummet down on top of the landscape? It happened in the first game, and now in this sequel to the waterbased physics-puzzler, the combustible garbage has ruined the tropics. As a result, your little blue firefighter has to hose down the burning environment to keep this vacation hotspot pristine. Obviously it's a little more nuanced than that. Not only do you have to accurately redirect your water cannon, bu…

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