Posts byAndrew Podolsky

    Changing of the Guard at Slide To Play

    Slide To Play launched in September 2008 amid the excitement of a smartphone revolution. The site’s founders — Steve, Adam, Jeremy, and Conor — wanted to build a reliable review network for a new type of video game. It’s the kind that could be downloaded and played anywhere, moving games out of the arcades and living rooms and into the wider world.

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      Tips and Tricks Guide for Warhammer 40,000: Carnage

      If your Ultramarine or Blood Angel has been struggling with the monsters in Warhammer 40,000: Carnage, here’s a set of tips and tricks provided by the game’s director, Kayla Kinnuen at Roadhouse Interactive. You can read our full review here, and starting next Monday, Carnage will be available in 30 new countries and five new languages.  (more…)

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      SXPD Review

      In the future, America’s roadways are policed by a squad of tough, all-female motorcycle cops called the SXPD. Is this title shorthand for the Sexy Police Department? While these high-speed, machine-gunning women have a lot of attitude, they also act like they’re starring in an unrestrained adolescent fantasy. (more…)

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      Metal Slug Defense Review

      The Metal Slug games from SNK Playmore are pixelated perfection if you enjoy run-and-gun arcade games. With their fluid animation, expressive characters, and intense action, each classic Metal Slug game is more exciting than the last. We’ve previously reviewed Metal Slug 1, 2, and 3 on iOS, and now a new adaptation called Metal Slug Defense mixes elements from all three in a creative format optimized for mobile devices.

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      Godzilla – Smash3 Review

      In the new Godzilla movie, Godzilla is a savior of humanity more than an unstoppable monster. Godzilla – Smash3 is a movie tie-in game that uses tile-matching puzzle mechanics to activate the creature’s deadly attacks, and in a change from the movie, these attacks are mostly directed at tanks and planes and rarely towards other giant monsters.  (more…)

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      WreckMan: Rise of a Hero Review

      Ever since Miley Cyrus released her famous music video, wrecking balls have never been more popular. The time seems right for a free-to-play action game that uses your iOS device’s touch and tilt functions, along with a swinging physics engine and a psychotic talking rabbit, to cause absurd levels of destruction.  (more…)

        Trilobyte Games Currently Crowdfunding Another Sequel to The 7th Guest

        For gamers of a certain age, CD-Rom games like Myst and The 7th Guest were revolutionary. Instead of loading up your PC game with a half-dozen floppy disks, you only needed one shiny disc containing hours of full-motion video and dozens of pre-rendered backgrounds. Following up on their announcement in March, Trilobyte has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the necessary funds for a new 7th Guest game.  (more…)

          Activision Announces Tony Hawk’s Shred Session for iOS and Android

          In the world of virtual skateboarding, there’s no name with as much street cred as Tony Hawk. Arguably the best extreme sports game ever made, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 already came to iOS in 2010. It was a full PlayStation game, but with clunky virtual controls placed right on top of the touchscreen. Now, Activision has announced that a mobile-focused Tony Hawk game will be launching on mobile smartphones and tablets this summer. (more…)

            Game of the Month, April 2014: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

            It’s been another excellent month for iOS gaming, with A+ games like the novel reinvention of the console series Hitman Go and the Escher-esque puzzle game Monument Valley. But really, one title stands out as the genre-defining game of the month: Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.  (more…)

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            Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Review

            Does any company have a better grasp on what makes a game triple-A than Blizzard? The company responsible for Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo, three genre-defining blockbuster franchises, has decided to step into the collectible card game genre with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Although this is Blizzard’s first attempt at an online card game, it shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s packed with detail and play-tested to perfection.  (more…)

              Can an iOS App Really Improve Your Vision?

              Retro graphics are a popular trend in games these days, but what if those blurry, pixelated graphics are actually supposed to look sharp? If you find your vision fading after a lifetime of playing video games, it might be time to visit an optometrist and consider some new glasses. A cheaper (though less reliable) alternative is to download a new iOS app called Ultimeyes, which claims to help improve your vision.  (more…)

                New Screenshots and Trailer For Gameloft’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2

                There have been several high-quality Spider-Man games released on the App Store over the years, from the 3D beat ‘em up Spider-Man: Total Mayhem to the arcade fighting port Marvel vs Capcom 2. So far, the most technically impressive was 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, an open-world crime-fighting game where you could scale huge buildings and freely take missions. With the movie sequel about to hit, an accompanying game is headed to the App Store as well. (more…)

                  Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Hands-On Preview

                  Blizzard’s free-to-play card battling game Hearthstone is due out soon on iOS, and some players have already snagged an early copy through international App Stores. To prepare you for this highly-anticipated game, we’ll walk you through the first hour of gameplay, which barely scratches the surface of Hearthstone’s combat and characters. (more…)

                    RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile Launches Today

                    If you’ve ever wanted to design your own amusement parks, complete with stomach-churning rides and outrageous ticket prices, RollerCoaster Tycoon is the series for you. Today, Atari launched a mobile version of RollerCoaster Tycoon 4, which seems to rely heavily on in-app purchases even though you have to pay $2.99 for admission.  (more…)

                      Glu Announces Freemium James Bond Mobile Game for Summer 2015

                      Glu Mobile, the developers of dozens of successful freemium series like Gun Bros, Frontline Commando, and Deer Hunter, recently announced that they’re working on a new game starring super spy James Bond, available in 2015. According to a press release, “the game is inspired by the franchise’s rich history, themes, characters, and narratives,” which indicates to us that it’s not based on just one film or actor.  (more…)

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                      Sometimes You Die Review

                      While there have been plenty of abstract mobile games that use basic shapes as characters, few of them challenge your notions of games themselves. Sometimes You Die offers a creative take on simple platforming, with a cerebral twist that makes it above average. (more…)

                        Exclusive Interviews: The Cast of Family Guy Talks About The Quest For Stuff

                        We told you that last week’s Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff launch party was about as Hollywood as they get. Developer TinyCo and Fox Digital Entertainment rolled out the red carpet for several big-name voice actors from the show, including Patrick Warburton (Joe Swanson), Alex Borstein (Lois Griffin), Phil LaMarr (Ollie Williams), and Gary Cole (Principal Shepherd). We had a chance to interview each of them about their favorite mobile games, Family Guy moments, and other characters they made famous.  (more…)

                          Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff Hands-On Preview

                          At a star-studded Hollywood premier that was far more extravagant than a typical mobile game launch party, Fox Digital Entertainment and TinyCo revealed their latest game, Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff. We had a chance to go hands-on with it to find out if it’s an improvement over the last two games based on the popular animated series.  (more…)

                            Movie Review: Muppets Most Wanted

                            This is a review of the film Muppets Most Wanted. To play with the Muppets on iOS, check out the free download My Muppets Show

                            The Muppets are a talented troupe of performers with a long history, and like any long-running band, they periodically require a jolt of enthusiasm to renew interest in the franchise.  (more…)

                              The Collectables Hands-On Preview

                              Crytek is best known for their gorgeous CryEngine graphics engine, which has powered all of the Crysis games on PC and consoles. Now they’re bringing a modified version of their signature technology to mobile devices in The Collectables, a free-to-play game published by DeNA.

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                                Play GTA V On The Big Screen For Charity

                                Hey Austin gamers! Want to play GTA V on a movie screen, while raising money for charity? This weekend, Do-Gooder Gamers are hosting a big event at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, and you can buy tickets here. If you can’t make the event, you can still tune in on their Twitch channel for a live-stream. (more…)

                                  International Mobile Gaming Awards Now Accepting Entries

                                  The IMGAs, which are entering their 10th year, are now accepting entries from mobile game developers and players alike. To submit an entry for this year’s awards, visit the official website and click on “submit your game” at the top. Previous winners have received thousands of dollars in multimedia advertising from the IMGA’s sponsors.

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                                  RoboCop Review

                                  RoboCop is a fusion of man and machine, a being caught between technology and his humanity. We feel trapped in the same way when a particularly addictive app prevents us from putting down our iPad. Glu’s new free-to-download shooter RoboCop is an endless series of intense shootouts that will fuse your device to your hands.  (more…)

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                                  Infinity Blade III Review

                                  There’s a good reason why new Infinity Blade games always take center stage at Apple’s hardware unveilings. With each new installment, the series pushes the limits of what can be achieved visually on mobile devices. Infinity Blade III offers the incredible visuals that players are expecting, but it also feels like it’s reviving the same old mechanics, with only slight improvements.

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                                  Anchorman 2: Scotchy Scotch Toss Review

                                  Movie tie-in games are universally regarded with suspicion. Often, their development isn’t motivated by the need for creative expression, but rather a cynical opportunity to piggyback on a Hollywood marketing campaign. There are exceptions, like Despicable Me: Minion Rush, a fun licensed game that has racked up an incredible number of downloads. But Anchorman 2: Scotchy Scotch Toss is a paltry app that is much less fun than the film that inspired it. (more…)

                                    Movie Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

                                    When talking to fans of the original film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, I hear a lot of: “I love that movie, but I didn’t think it was as great the first time I saw it.” It’s been eight years since we first met Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy, and he’s still every bit as obnoxiously vain. It’s a lot of fun to watch him and his supporting cast of creeps tear up the sequel, but Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is another movie that might benefit from a bit of distance.   (more…)

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                                    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Review

                                    It’s a testament to the rapid rise of mobile gaming that last decade’s console blockbusters can now run entirely on your smartphone or tablet computer. In 2004, there was no bigger game than Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, an open-world crime saga that propelled a young gangster around a satirical replica of California. While the mobile platform has its unique limitations, San Andreas is still a masterpiece of modern gaming. (more…)

                                      Cut The Rope 2 Hands-On Preview

                                      If you were following us on Twitter last night, you would have seen a series of tweets from an extravagant party in San Francisco thrown by ZeptoLab, the creators of the Cut The Rope series. Between the giant outdoor projectors, costumed detectives, and up-close magic shows, we heard a very important announcement: Cut The Rope 2 will be available on the App Store in two weeks, and we had an early opportunity to try it out. (more…)

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                                      Assassin’s Creed Pirates Review

                                      Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft’s historical stabbing simulator, has a bit of a checkered past on iOS. Whenever the series tries to replicate the console games’ on-foot stalking and stealthy kills, it usually doesn’t translate well. Moving all the action to the deck of a pirate ship makes Assassin’s Creed Pirates a swifter, more mobile-friendly game.

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                                        The Room 2 Hands-On Preview

                                        Last year’s The Room from Fireproof Games was a smash success, generating over a million paid downloads and earning the honor of Apple’s iPad Game of the Year. It’s an intricate puzzle game, featuring a realistically rendered safe with dozens of clockwork latches and hidden compartments. Next week, Fireproof Games will release The Room 2, and we can tell they’ve taken this compelling concept even further. (more…)

                                          Powerocks Magicstick USB Charger Review

                                          If you’ve ever traveled during the holidays, you know that it’s become next to impossible to secure a wall outlet at any major airport. There’s nothing worse than having an iOS device loaded with games, music, and videos, only to see your battery level quickly plummeting. The Powerocks Magicstick is only one option for a portable USB charger, but the fun colors and compact size make it a good choice.  (more…)

                                            Assassin’s Creed: Pirates Hands-On Preview

                                            With Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag available now on consoles, iOS gamers might be feeling a little left out. Fortunately, Ubisoft is releasing a mobile-specific pirate game set in the world of Assassin’s Creed on December 5, so you’ll be able to set sail with a crew of salty dogs from just about anywhere. We had a chance to go hands-on with an early build, so read on for our impressions.

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                                              Play Nameless: The Hackers RPG Right Here For Free

                                              With so many iOS games available for download, developers are doing everything they can to lower the barrier of entry for people to try their games. That includes putting free games on the web using Flash, like Kingdom Rush: Frontiers, but we think there’s an even better way. App.io, a company that provides HTML 5 web demos of iOS apps, wants to give you a chance to play Nameless: The Hackers, without using Flash or having to download an app.

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                                                MOGA Ace Power iOS 7 Controller Review

                                                Last week, the first generation of iOS 7 controllers were officially revealed to the world and immediately became available for purchase. First we went hands-on with the Logitech PowerShell, and now we’ve had a chance to extensively test the MOGA Ace Power controller. While the Ace Power has more buttons and joysticks than Logitech’s controller, the flimsy plastic feel, limited battery, and spotty support on the App Store make us question whether it’s really the future of iOS gaming.  (more…)

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                                                Tilt To Live 2: Redonkulous Review

                                                The original Tilt To Live was an abstract and creative take on top-down shooters, where your single arrow had to avoid increasingly aggressive red dots. By triggering onscreen explosions and other power-ups, you had a fighting chance at survival. Tilt To Live 2: Redonuklous is not as absurd as the title suggests– it’s more of the same quirky action, with only minor improvements. (more…)

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                                                Oceanhorn Review

                                                Nintendo deserves all the credit for inventing and refining the Zelda series over the decades, but some iOS developers have taken those original ideas even further. Action-adventure iOS games like Horn, Lili, and Bastion (originally on XBox Live Arcade) have a lot in common with the Zelda games, but Oceanhorn is the most sincere imitation yet, and it’s a perfect fit for the platform. (more…)

                                                  The Gate Hands-On Preview

                                                  After game developer American McGee corrupted Alice in Wonderland with a gothic-horror makeover, we couldn’t wait to see what twisted designs his mobile studio Spicy Horse would come up with on iOS. Discussing an upcoming collaboration with DeNA, McGee offered us a hands-on preview of The Gate, described as “Pokemon in Hell” with several familiar free-to-play elements. (more…)

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                                                  Rayman Fiesta Run Review

                                                  The perfect mobile game shouldn’t try to replicate a console or PC experience. There are exceptions, like the amazingly deep XCOM: Enemy Uknown and Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, but the most successful iOS games are easy to pick up and play, with bright and appealing graphics, and a huge amount of content and depth. Rayman Fiesta Run matches all of these criteria, making it another Must Have platformer. (more…)