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GemCraft Review

With so many tower defense games out there, new ones really need some sort of unique twist to set them apart. GemCraft, based on a free Flash game, doesn’t really do that. The one thing that it does new is the titular gem crafting, but it’s a feature that doesn’t really improve the genre much. It actually feels like a step backwards. So in spite of the fact that GemCraft features a whole lot of content, only die-hard TD fans need apply. (more…)

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City of Secrets Review

The iPhone and iPad are ideal platforms for classic point-and-click adventure games, so it’s a wonder we don’t see more of them. Though it’s a brand new game, City of Secrets is a classic adventure experience in almost every way. It also features a stellar presentation with crisp visuals and fully-voiced dialog, but it’s let down quite a bit when it comes to the writing and characters. (more…)

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Get Outta My Galaxy Review

At first glance, Get Outta My Galaxy looks like little more than an iOS clone of Super Mario Galaxy. Both games take place in a gorgeous space-themed universe filled with small, spherical stages. But that’s about all they have in common. GOMG isn’t a platformer game at all; in fact you can’t even jump. It’s a little strange, and the difficulty can be uneven at times, but GOMG is a fun experience that’s like little else in the App Store. (more…)

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Tapper World Tour Review

Tapper World Tour is nostalgia overload. It takes a classic arcade game, blends it with art from legendary animator Don Bluth, and turns it into an experience that fits incredibly well on the iPhone. The touch controls feel natural, and the structure is perfect for pick-up-and-play sessions. Tapper World Tour may not do anything drastically new, but it is a lot of fun. (more…)

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Land-a Panda Review

Titles don’t get much more literal than Land-a Panda. It’s a game about guiding a tiny little panda to safety using an increasingly complex series of cannons. It falls very much into the Angry Birds mold of iOS puzzle games in terms of both structure and style, but the core gameplay is pretty unique and (more importantly) incredibly fun. (more…)

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Speedball 2: Evolution Review

Speedball 2: Evolution is what would happen if you mashed together hockey and soccer, but let players use their hands to control the ball. And also, if the sport was an incredibly violent futuristic arena game. A remake of an Amiga game released more than two decades ago (and since ported to numerous other platforms), Speedball 2 definitely feels like a game from the ’90s. But it’s also incredibly fun. (more…)

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Shadow Era Review

Just like board games, collectible card games are a perfect fit for a platform like the iPhone. The touchscreen makes for intuitive controls, you have a built-in rule book, and there’s no worrying about losing cards or lugging around hefty decks. But unlike board games, CCGs aren’t particularly well represented on the App Store. That is, until now. (more…)

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Spires Review

How do you make a tower defense game stand out? This over-saturated genre has seen just about every variation imaginable, but that hasn’t stopped the developers at Prophetic Sky from testing the waters with Spires. This game attempts to differentiate itself with an epic fantasy narrative. But with unremarkable gameplay, dull writing, and an absurdly short campaign, it does little to make the case for story-driven tower defense games. (more…)

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Mad Skills Motocross Review

Mad Skills Motocross suffers from that terrible, but not uncommon, affliction known as ‘horribly generic name disease.’ And it’s a shame, because while it looks and sounds like little more than a run of the mill off road bike racer, it’s much more than that. It’s one of those rare games that’s oh so easy to pick up and play, but incredibly difficult to master. (more…)

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Devil Hunter X Review

Devil Hunter X is an action platformer, but sadly, both the action and the platforming are absolutely awful, leaving the game with few redeeming qualities. Fiddly controls, shallow combat, and dialog that sounds as if it’s the result of a Google translation gone awry make this game nearly impossible to recommend. (more…)

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Shadow Guardian Review

Gameloft isn’t shy about its inspirations, and Shadow Guardian is no different. This is Uncharted for the iPhone. At least, in a technical sense. The game features a great mix of combat and puzzle solving, with plenty of interesting areas to explore. But it’s lacking heart. Because, unlike Uncharted, Shadow Guardian doesn’t feature a story or characters that you’ll really end up caring about. So while it’s technically a great game, filled with lots of exciting moments, it definitely feels like something is missing. (more…)

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Dungeon Hunter 2 Review

The first Dungeon Hunter managed to scratch a very particular itch, giving players a deep, Diablo-inspired, loot-heavy action-RPG that they could carry around in their pockets. The sequel is no different: It provides the same addictive gameplay coupled with stunning production values, and throws in a few new features as well. The world is larger, there are more character customization options, and you can even play the campaign co-op. Dungeon Hunter 2 is what a sequel should be: bigger and better. (more…)

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Front Runner Review

From a pet simulator to a micro-game collection and now a shoot ‘˜em up, Tactile Entertainment definitely doesn’t shy away from trying new genres. And while Front Runner doesn’t do a whole lot new in the crowded shmup space, it’s solidly crafted and absolutely charming. (more…)

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Heroes Lore III Review

Like any good RPG, Heroes Lore III provides an epic, lengthy adventure filled with clashing factions and plenty of plot twists. With dozens of hours worth of gameplay and an online multiplayer mode, Heroes Lore is one long game. However, with shallow combat, a forgettable story, and some annoying tech and control issues, it’s definitely lacking when it comes to quality. (more…)

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FMX Riders Review

There’s no shortage of racing games in the App Store, so it takes something really special to stand out. And while FMX Riders is a fun, arcade-style off-road racer, a number of issues hold it back from being that something special. It’s still enjoyable, but a combination of technical faults and a severe lack of options make this a game that’s difficult to recommend. (more…)

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SteamBirds Review

In an alternate reality, steam power has changed the face of aeronautics. And, of course, being humans, we eventually use this technology to take combat to the skies. SteamBirds, a port of Andy Moore’s excellent Flash game of the same name, puts you in control of these planes as you engage in turn-based, strategic aerial combat. (more…)