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Knightmare Tower Review

Knightmare Tower is a deliciously addictive casual game that’s difficult to put down. That’s important to remember, since you’ll probably find yourself coming back time and time again. The story of a knight who must attempt to escape a tower continually filling with lava might sound painfully uninteresting at first, but give it some time and you’ll discover a challenging and rewarding adventure perfect for enjoying in short bursts. (more…)

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Ravenmark: Mercenaries Review

Witching Hour Studios is no stranger to strategy games, and their previous Ravenmark entry, Scourge of Estellion, is proof of their pedigree. The free-to-play Ravenmark: Mercenaries is an excellent follow-up to the original game, acting as a triumphant return to the land of Eclisse. Though it can take some time to learn, it’s a full-featured strategy adventure that you should take some time out to experiment with, especially if you’re a fan of the genre as a whole. (more…)

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Samurai Shodown II Review

When arcades ruled empty mall space, 2D fighters were all the rage. It made sense then that plenty were made and intended for use on home systems to emulate the flashy arcade experience. While some were wildly popular, others tended to fade into relative obscurity. Samurai Shodown II is one of those, an SNK Neo Geo fighter coated in a syrupy smattering of nostalgia. It serves up a hefty helping of of 2D beat-‘em-up love, but its iOS resurrection just ends up feeling like a frustrating, barebones port. (more…)

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Magic 2014 iPad Review

Nothing is as evergreen as Magic: The Gathering. Even if your first brush with the grandfather of all trading card games was years ago in your friend’s basement, you can still jump right in again and get up to speed quickly. You’ll have missed a wealth of new cards and expansions, but the core ideas remain the same. Magic 2014 is a fantastic entry in the long-running video game adaptation series of the game, and it even comes with a meaty demo to hook in new players. (more…)

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Lords of Chaos Review

Lords of Chaos is a cult favorite from the early ’90s that predated X-COM and a blitz of other turn-based tactical RPGs. It’s actually the sequel to Chaos, following a wizard who can cast powerful spells and creatures to do his bidding. Originally released on both 8-bit and 16-bit platforms, it’s now seen a high-definition rebirth via iPhone and iPad. There’s nothing truly HD about it other than the fact that it’s constrained to a small square in the middle of the screen, and it certainly hasn’t aged well — but if you’re hankering for hardcore tactical RPG action, you’ll find something to love here. (more…)

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Men’s Room Mayhem Review

The name “Men’s Room Mayhem” sounds pretty dirty. And it is. It’s exactly what you’re thinking, dirty men’s restroom and all. You’ll direct urinating restroom patrons to the right urinal, sort them into stalls, and ensure the floors stay pristine. On top of it all, you’re in charge of their hygiene habits. It sounds extremely crude, but it’s actually an adorable exercise in wave-based puzzling that you wouldn’t expect. (more…)

    Off Topic: Our Ten Favorite Educational Apps

    We all love games, but life’s about more than entertainment. Luckily for us, the App Store is stocked with thousands of educational apps, puttingĀ all kinds of knowledge at our fingertips. Plenty of games, dictionaries, math tests, and amalgamations of these are up for grabs to act as aids for teachers, parents, students, or anyone who wants to expand their knowledge. We’ve rounded up an eclectic mix of useful educational apps anyone can enjoy. The power of learning compels you! (more…)

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    Running With Friends Review

    The “With Friends” series is appealing in many ways. It acts as a simple conduit through which a group of gamers can play bite-sized multiplayer sessions without complicated setup or hoops to jump through. It’s also an inexpensive collection of multiplayer-centric titles that you can switch between easily rather than having to fork over a ton of cash each time. (more…)

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    Random Heroes 2 Review

    Random Heroes made its statement on the App Store not too long ago, and it immediately grabbed our attention with its retro graphics, gloriously violent shuffles, and love for side-scrolling platform shooters. Random Heroes 2 feels very much like a continuation of the same game, and while to some that may be a bad thing, we can’t get enough. (more…)

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    Gemini Rue Review

    Gemini Rue is a curious adventure game that actually made its debut back on PC. It’s an exciting dystopian vision of the future that wouldn’t feel out of place in the world of Blade Runner or any futuristic tale. The story of former assassin Azriel Odin is a gripping one that plays out in a manner that goads you to keep playing long after setting it down, just to see how things end up. And it’s as satisfying as ever. (more…)

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    Stargate SG-1: Unleashed Ep 1 Review

    Stargate, much to all its enduring fans’ surprise, has somehow found its way to the iPad as an episodic adventure game. The long-running series, having spawned a massive fanbase and several spinoffs, peaked with Stargate SG-1, and now you an enjoy the same brand of sci-fi at home on your favorite gaming tablet. Stargate SG-1: Unleashed Episode 1 is a mixture of several different games, pieced together with cutscenes and characters voiced by their television counterparts. Unfortunately, it’s a clunky amalgamation of several genres that isn’t quite sure what it wants to accomplish. (more…)

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    Clowns in the Face Review

    Clowns are often responsible for providing the public with nightmares. Something about those bizarre grins, those colorful hairstyles — it’s unsettling. Now just think about clowns hopped up on energy drinks. Those are quite possibly the scariest of them all. So what do you do when you’ve got these freaky clowns running around everywhere? You pelt them with projectiles. At least, that’s the case with Clowns in the Face, a silly little app that finds you abusing these pesky clowns with tennis balls as a former pro tennis player who’s had just about enough. Can you blame him? (more…)

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    Order & Chaos Duels Review

    The App Store is the perfect place for introducing new card games into the trading card game arena, which is no surprise given the versatility of the devices the games will be played on. Touch screen devices are ideal for swiping, dragging, and dropping cards, and players are familiar with the microtransaction model they use. Gameloft adds another potential success to the fold with Order & Chaos Duels, an intriguing high fantasy TCG that brings very familiar games like Magic: The Gathering to mind. (more…)

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    Vector for iPhone Review

    Silhouetted heroes specializing in parkour? Sounds vaguely familiar. If you’re not on the up and up when it comes to the sport (free-running, if you choose), a fantastic game released a few years ago known as Mirror’s Edge explored it quite competently in a refreshing futuristic adventure. Facebook dev Nekki (known for runaway hit Shadow Fight) takes fluid movement, engaging action, and simplistic graphics and weaves a symphony of parkour and addictive endless running that makes for a fantastic on-the-go game. (more…)

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    Spunk and Moxie Review

    Sometimes all you need to make a great platformer is a little bit of rage. Or a lot of it, in the case of Spunk and Moxie. Like all the endlessly frustrating games before it, Spunk and Moxie is an excellent combination of runner and platform delight but that doesn’t keep it from demanding perfection. Players will need plenty of the titular spunk and “moxie” to achieve greatness in this cute little game– and boatloads of patience, too. (more…)

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    Rock Runners Review

    Chillingo is no stranger to publishing addictive and memorable games, and their latest is no different. Rock Runners channels an interesting vibe in the realm of endless runners, and it’s an addictive (and often tricky) exercise in collecting all the crystals you possibly can. This may sound rather mundane, but wait until you sit down with it for a few minutes– you won’t be able to put it down. (more…)

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    Beastie Bay Review

    Kairosoft is no stranger to addictive simulations, and they’ve captivated audiences with adorable adventures like Game Dev Story or Mega Mall Story, proving that sometimes even the most simple of interfaces can make for a fantastic game. Beastie Bay, the ambitious dev’s latest title, is a decidedly different beast– a few of them, actually, and it’s an exciting sim bursting with personality. (more…)

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    Wide Sky Review

    Most hedgehogs aren’t related to video games, not in any way, shape, or form. In fact, Sonic‘s one of the only hedgehogs out there who is, and he’s having a pretty rough time of things these days. But there’s a new hedgehog in town — the star of Wide Sky, which, essentially is about training the spiny little guys. They’re in dire need of some reining in, so that’s where you come in. (more…)

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    Zenonia 5 Review

    Zenonia has been a flagship RPG for mobile players for quite some time now, serving up console-sized narratives and gameplay for on-the-go budgets and mindsets. It’s hard to believe, but the series has hit its fifth installment, and it shows no sign of losing steam yet. It’s not perfect, but for a sprawling adventure (the price is certainly right) the Zenonia series is certainly one of the must-have classic RPGs for iOS. The fifth game doesn’t break the mold, but it’s still a meaty entry to an established commercial success you’d do well to check out. (more…)

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    Shadow Warrior Review

    Growing up a PC gamer in the heyday of Duke Nukem 3D and a host of other classics was like living in a utopia– you had so many wild and varied options, most of which experimented with different types of humor and narratives to keep audiences engaged. Rise of the Triad was one, and Duke Nukem 3D was rooted in the more humorous end of things, but what came next was both quirky and offensive to some– Shadow Warrior, the follow-up by 3D Realms to Duke Nukem 3D. It’s been quite some time since the game has been in the public eye, but now it’s been given the iOS treatment. If nothing else, it brings back the campy old-school shooter attitude. (more…)

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    Swashbuckler Review

    Julius, the popular Paul Frank sock monkey icon, now has his own endless runner that takes him across several islands to rescue his buddy Birdie. How does he do so? In a variety of different ways. Julius is forced to contend with several hazards during his run, but this bright and cheery endless runner doesn’t break any new ground. It’s a mishmash of familiar concepts, and we’ve seen those concepts done better elsewhere. (more…)

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