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Darkside Review

The App Store seems to produce more twin-stick shooters than any other genre, likely due in part to the spectacular way in which iPhones and iPads lend themselves to the control schemes and setup. So it’s not a surprise to see Darkside, a free-to-play shooter reminiscent of games like Super Stardust HD for the PlayStation 3. Darkside offers solid graphical appeal as well as a “freemium” level that feels less obtrusive than most other releases on the market. It may be a much prettier version of the game we’ve been playing for years, but it sure feels good. (more…)

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Chasing Yello Review

Dreamfab’s follow-up to Saving Yello, a decidedly sinister puzzler in which a poor little goldfish is endlessly set on fire, blown up, and left out in the air to suffocate by his 7-year-old owner Mathilda, is Chasing Yello. Saving Yello saw players catapulting the poor goldfish back into his bowl to ensure he splashed cleanly back into his humble little fishbowl. And now that Yello is alive and well, he’s on the run from Mathilda once again. Seriously, why hasn’t someone taken this poor little guy away from her and locked her up somewhere? (more…)

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Band Together iPad Review

There’s something to be said about games that allow us to rise to the status of gods amongst lesser creatures–Lemmings, for example, or the inventive Xbox Live Arcade game From Dust. The responsibility attached to ensuring the creatures you nurture is weighty, but also fleeting. At any moment you may decide to turn on your followers and burn them where they stand, like a vengeful giant with ants and a magnifying glass. Or you may decide to dote on them and ensure their many needs are met. In the case of iPad puzzler Band Together, you encounter a bit of both extremes. (more…)

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Ichi Review

Ichi brings a couple of things to mind: the Japanese word for the number one, and the adorable simplicity that drives the Ichi app. It doesn’t look like much, but it’s an intriguing little puzzler that relies on simple taps and holds to corral bouncing balls and lines in a grid paper-like arena. (more…)

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Project 83113 Review

Don’t be fooled by adorable diminutive kittens. More often than not, they will fool you. Take Project 83113, for example. At a glance, it conjures platforming you think you’ve seen thousands of times over. Belle, the adorable mascot featured in this gun-happy platformer, feels right at home within this world of action and danger, and so did we. If you’re thinking you’re in for some completely banal exercises in game design 101, you’ve got it all wrong. (more…)

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    Nick Jr Draw & Play Review

    Tablets and other electronic devices are quickly becoming the entertainment of choice for parents with young children. Thus, a massive influx of child-friendly apps are required to ensure there’s quality software to run on those pieces of equipment. For many parents the creative software of choice seems to be any type of suite that allows their child to draw and paint to their heart’s content without all the mess that comes from real markers, pens, and crayons. (more…)

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    Kingdom Story XD Review

    Developer Noumena is perhaps best known for their success with strategy app Warring States. Their latest effort, Kingdom Story XD, is a decidedly more stylized effort — a multiplayer-centric world-building playground with the allure of gems and other niceties for players to quickly erect a kingdom worth going to battle for. (more…)

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    Alive4ever Mini Review

    Killing zombies: If you’re a gamer, you’ve probably honed this skill all your life. Feel free to consider yourself an expert on the subject. Alive4ever Mini is the latest attempt at making that oft-cheapening experience feel brand new again. And while it doesn’t exactly succeed, it does serve up some serviceable dual-stick shooter fun. Meridian Digital’s third entry into the series doesn’t innovate, but it stays solid. (more…)

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    Monster of Puppets Review

    Puppets are on the loose, and it’s up to a lowly amusement park janitor to keep them at bay. Isn’t that always the way? NuOxygen’s tap-and-slash adventure Monster of Puppets (a clever play on words, if we may say so) follows janitor Charlie on his journey to keep the puppets in each booth at the amusement park from wreaking havoc upon the unsuspecting public– all because a wayward UFO decided it wanted to make a quick landing. It’s clear the game was meant to give Fruit Ninja a run for its money– but does it ever get off the ground? (more…)

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    Ka-Bloom Review

    Ka-Bloom is a stylish, attractive puzzler by BBC Worldwide. It’s a brightly-colored, slick app that one certainly wouldn’t assume is being given away for free, and actually does a great job of setting itself apart from the pack. (more…)

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    Pandemic 2.5 Review

    Before it hit mobile devices, Dark Realm Studios’ Pandemic 2 was a complex flash game that pit players against the world as deadly viruses, evolving so quickly that even the most brilliant scientists find themselves outmatched. Pandemic 2.5, a considerable update from the infection sim’s beginnings, is an interesting specimen, but unfortunately it doesn’t engage enough to hold new players’ attention. (more…)

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    Sugar High Review

    They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s true, iOS darling Tiny Wings should be absolutely flushed right now, as the new kid on the block Sugar High desperately wants to be that game when it grows up. But we hope it stays exactly the way it is: familiar, accessible, and twice as adorable. (more…)

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    Rogue Ninja Review

    Dungeon crawlers can be an absolute blast. In the case of Pokémon’s Mystery Dungeon spinoffs and other recent endeavors, they can also present quite the challenge, even when released in one of the cutest packages possible. Rogue Ninja, an 8-bit RPG that takes a few pages out of the random dungeon trope, is an adorable but austere romp through the world of ninjas to track down the Shinobi’s Secret Scroll (or to save a princess, depending on your course throughout the game.) It’s a great addition to any roguelike fan’s library with much to offer in a small, portable package. (more…)

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    Sky Gnomes Review

    Garden gnomes have long been the bane of many children’s existence– wait, who are we kidding? They’re terrifying no matter how old you are. Their dead-eyed stare, their gnarled features, the way they seem to watch you no matter what you’re doing… they’re just creepy. That’s why we approached Sky Gnomes with trepidation, but in the process discovered a novel twist on the mobile racing genre. (more…)

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    Clippox Exodus Review

    Gametopia Games is a studio based out of Spain that has spent two years developing Clippox Exodus, a 2D platformer with a healthy dose of puzzle elements and alluring, hand-drawn artwork. And while it’s not perfect, it’s an impressive example of what an independent studio with talent, heart, and ambition can put together. (more…)

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    Sminis Review

    Zombies may be huge right now, but let’s not forget about their metal brethren, robots. The game Sminis is packed with a gaggle of tiny, adorable robots with a mind of their own. After a particularly nasty accident in an industrial lab, Sminis, the creation of yet another mad scientist, are on the loose. (more…)

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    Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North Review

    Kingdoms of Camelot, originally a Facebook game, is a strategy affair that’s quite addictive in nature. While it isn’t particularly welcoming to new players, it’s an engrossing and surprisingly deep exercise in what social gaming can accomplish. It’s only natural that an iOS iteration should follow, then, and Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North is the logical next step for this fledgling franchise, which borrows most (if not all) of its ideas from the infamous browser game Evony. If you’ve entertained any sort of game in the genre, you should have a working knowledge of what’s up for grabs here in Camelot. (more…)

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    Tobe & Friends Hookshot Escape Review

    When it comes to iOS titles, there’s something to be said about simple, addictive premises. Something you spend minutes learning how to do and then hours perfecting is mystifying. Tobe & Friends Hookshot Escape is great at offering just that. It’s a quickfire high-score game that reaches out and puts the player in a vice grip, all the while shouting “Play me! Keep playing!” (more…)

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    Fancy Pants Review

    If the name “Fancy Pants” sounds familiar, you’re not alone. It references a wildly popular Flash game that’s leapt onto an iOS device near you. Fancy Pants is a capable, fluid, and humorous platformer that does the “doodle” art style proud. (more…)

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    Sticky Sheep Review

    Sticky Sheep is an intuitive puzzler that attempts to answer the age-old question: What happens when you combine pool, sheep, and canines? Chillingo’s physics-based puzzler deftly demonstrates how this combination of animals and a familiar pastime can actually work, and does quite a commendable job. (more…)

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    Little Acorns Review

    Mr. Nibbles and his squirrel family have been gathering nuts to last through the winter, but their efforts are continually foiled by spiders, bumblebees, and other hazards in the forest they call home. Chillingo’s latest platformer Little Acorns is a family-friendly adventure that’s accessible to both hardcore and casual players. Unfortunately, it goes a little nuts when it comes to touch-controlled platforming. (more…)

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