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Threes! Review

Strange as it sounds, one of the most important numbers in Threes is a seven. This is one of the first games to embrace the clean, simple look of iOS 7. It’s elegant, but does the game live up to the look? (more…)

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Front Wars Review

Advance Wars hit the Game Boy Advance over a decade ago, but the many clones on the App Store testify to its enduring popularity. The clones usually offer a twist or two on the original’s formula, and Front Wars has staked out its territory with a World War II theme. But is the Greatest Generation enough to make the game stand out for the Nintendo Generation? (more…)

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Across Age 2 Review

Maurice Chevalier sang “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” and while the sentiment sounds a little bit creepy today, we don’t know what Japanese-style roleplaying games would do without them. That’s certainly true of Across Age 2, a “Retro Action RPG” that would be lost without its women of an ambiguous age. (more…)

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Amateur Surgeon 3 Review

Everybody’s worried about high medical costs, but it takes a social giant like Adult Swim to do something about it. The latest game from the publishers of Robot Unicorn Attack, Velocirapture, and– surprisingly enough– Amateur Surgeon 2 proves that you can slash your hospital bills by putting your life in the hands of novice doctors armed with pizza cutters. (more…)

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Pivvot Review

Designing a minimalist game is a lot like wearing a Speedo: you’d better be confident in what you’re showing off. If Pivvot is any indicator, then designer Whitaker Trebella has confidence to spare. (more…)

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Tiny Thief Review

There’s a new study out from Flurry Analytics that highlights the increasing dominance of free and free-to-play apps in the iOS environment. Free-to-play isn’t a bad thing; it’s an approach that lets developers put out a lot of game and players to pay what they want for it. But Tiny Thief makes a powerful argument for little games that offer a lot of value for the money. (more…)

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Bounty Hunter: Black Dawn Review

There’s a refreshing simplicity to being a bounty hunter. Forget motivations or backstory; in Bounty Hunter: Black Dawn you shoot dudes for money and that’s all you need to know. (more…)

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Sugar Rush Review

Candy Crush has become one of the most profitable games in the world, and it’s no surprise that game publishers are looking for ways to cash in on its success. It should also be no surprise that a game named “Sugar Rush” is one of those me-too apps trying to catch the eyes of the Candy Crush audience. (more…)

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Rivals for Catan Review

Translating board games to computer games is a risky job. On the one hand, the game you’re making is already proven to be fun. On the other, sometimes you need a shoehorn to make it fit into the restricted environment of processor and screen. Sometimes you triumph and get a Carcassonne or a Ticket to Ride, but more often you get a mixed bag like Rivals of Catan. (more…)

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Agricola Review

Ah, the Middle Ages. A time for knights and ladies, lances and castles… turnips and mutton? Yes, it’s high time we had a game about how the other 90% lived. If you’ve always wanted to play a struggling peasant family living on the edge of starvation, then Agricola is the game for you. (more…)

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Runaway: A Road Adventure Review

Brian Basco is a young physicist facing all the usual graduate student problems: a mysterious crucifix, murderous mob bosses, and a beautiful woman who’s desperate for his help. All of which means that Runaway: A Road Adventure is a great advertisement for STEM education. (more…)

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Apoc Wars Review

Don’t look now, but the world just ended again. Tattered gangs roam the desert, and the right of way goes to whomever has the biggest guns. This is the world of the Apoc Wars, and it’s pretty much exactly what you would expect. (more…)

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Combo Crew Review

Fighting games have a problem on iOS devices: those darn virtual buttons. These games get a lot of their fun from the kinetic experience of slamming the controls around, and tapping a screen just doesn’t cut it. Fortunately, the developers of Combo Crew have a solution that is almost as satisfying as the arcade fighting experience. (more…)

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Dash & Bash Review

Rubber duck races are a staple of charity fundraisers, with big regattas like the Charleston Duck Race unleashing thousands of bath toys upon unsuspecting rivers every year. Dash & Bash isn’t nearly as grand as that, but this duck racing game has something the real events have never seen: Evil beavers. (more…)

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Say The Same Thing Review

Lately there has been a rash of celebrity-connected party games in the App Store. Ellen Degeneres is pushing Heads Up, Zynga wants us to believe Carly Rae Jepson is a big fan of Draw Something 2, and the band OK Go is headlining Say the Same Thing. Who knew that celebrities were such experts at game design? (more…)

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Heads Up! Review

You can play an iPhone in its vertical orientation. You can play it in its horizontal orientation. But there are darn few games that take advantage of the iPhone’s little-known third gaming orientation: stuck to your forehead. Heads Up! is one of those games. (more…)

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Crabitron Review

Crabs have a bad rap. Angry people are described as crabby. Roger Corman made a marginally scary movie about them.  They’re associated with uncomfortable parasites. In fact, the only time people seem to love crabs is when they’re boiled, cracked open with hammers, and eaten with butter and a little lemon juice. Mmm, delicious. But never mind that. What we’re saying is that it’s time for the crabs to strike back, and Crabitron is the game that finally gives them their due.
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Kick the Buddy: No Mercy Review

There is a famous moment in Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land where Michael Valentine Smith, the man from Mars, is watching three monkeys in a zoo. The first monkey bullies the second monkey, who savagely beats the third–and Smith laughs, because he finally understands the human condition. (more…)

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Talisman Prologue HD Review

Adapting a good board game into an iOS game is hard enough. So what’s a developer to do with Talisman, which might best be described as Chutes and Ladders for fantasy nerds? (more…)

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Stay Alight Review

Minimalism is a good thing in iOS gaming. After all, simple plots and easy-to-understand games have earned millions in the App Store, especially in the physics puzzler genre. On the other hand, Stay Alight may have taken minimalism a little too far. (more…)

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Magicka Review

You’d think that amazing elemental powers would earn you some respect. You’d think the ability to explode your enemies would cause some fear! No such luck. In the world of Magicka, wizards cast mighty spells but still take plenty of sass. (more…)

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