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NightSky Review

The App Store is filled with hundreds or even thousands of platformers, and it’s hard for any one game to get attention. That’s the problem NightSky faces: it doesn’t have a gimmick or a big-name license, so how is it going to stand out?

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Block Fortress Review

Sometimes it feels like app developers are checking off the boxes and trying to cram in as many popular features in games as they can. Retro look? Check. Minecraft? The kids love it. Tower defense? How can you go wrong? And hey, why don’t we throw in some first-person shooter action while we’re at it? (more…)

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Backflip Madness Review

Backflip Madness warns players that it features stunts performed by professionals that should not be tried at home. The message is tongue-in-cheek, but it’s a warning the game itself should have followed. (more…)

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Cyto Review

If there’s a DSM-IV of video game character mental disorders, then half of it must be taken up with amnesia. Game designers love amnesia, because it provides an easy excuse to explain things that a character should already know. There’s no evidence that players love amnesia as much as game designers do, but it’s an innocuous cliche and games like Cyto can rise above it. (more…)

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DrawQuest Review

Two years ago, “gamification” was a hot buzzword in the corporate world. Executives and consultants cheerfully asserted that dull and demeaning tasks would be transformed by adding points and level-ups. They were wrong, and you don’t hear much about gamification any more, but every so often you see game-like features creeping into applications that have nothing to do with games. Case in point, DrawQuest. (more…)

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Dungelot Review

Dungeon crawling ain’t what it used to be, laddie! I did all the great dungeons in my day. I sacked Telengard, defeated Morgoth, even retrieved the Amulet of Yendor! Dungeons were tough back then, so what’s this I hear about Dungelot making them easy? (more…)

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SlotZ Racer 2 HD Review

Slot racing is a piece of Americana, a hobby that calls forth memories of elaborate tracks sprawled across wood-paneled basement rec rooms. The shiny cars, the crackling sparks of electricity under them, and those spectacular moments of spinning end over end off the track are hard to recreate in a computer game, but SlotZ Racer 2 HD pulls it off. (more…)

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Wave Trip Review

In real life, most astronauts are practical-minded pilots, engineers, and scientists. Fortunately, that’s not true in video games, where an astronaut can be a geometric shape floating through alien landscapes to dreamy music. That’s the case in Wave Trip, a game for those who always wanted Defender to be a little more psychedelic.

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Momonga Pinball Adventures Review

Pinball games look like they should work well on mobile devices. The screen proportions are similar to pinball tables, and tapping flipper buttons translates well into touch controls. In practice, though, the scale is so different that pinball on a phone just doesn’t feel like a mechanical pinball machine. It’s a problem that Momonga Pinball Adventures tries hard to overcome, mostly by being strong in other areas. (more…)

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Wake the Cat Review

If you’ve been owned by a cat, then you know that the feline master race prizes sleep. Playing with string is also dear to the furry overlords’ hearts, though, and Wake the Cat may be the definitive portrayal of the epic struggle within this Maslow-vian hierarchy of needs. That, or it’s just a cute puzzle game about a kitten. (more…)

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Joe Danger Review

Joe Danger made a splash on the Playstation network a few years ago, selling at least 100,000 copies and earning itself a sequel in 2012. Hello Games has now brought the character and his friends to iOS, using the strengths of the touchscreen to create a different but equally engaging game. (more…)

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Arcane Legends Review

Spacetime Studios has been creating a comfortable empire for itself with its ‘Legends’ series of massively multiplayer online roleplaying games (MMORPGs). They’ve done fantasy, science fiction, and horror games, only to return to fantasy with their recent release, Arcane Legends. But is the new game treading over old ground? (more…)

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Scribble Hero Review

Where would the video game world be if there were no princesses to rescue? The plot has proved amazingly durable, and Scribble Hero is the latest version of it in a long line going back to Donkey Kong. (more…)

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You Don’t Know Jack Review

If you’ve ever thought that Alex Trebek needed more snark, then Jellyvision Games has the trivia game show for you. You Don’t Know Jack is back, and it turns out tablet devices are a superb platform to play it on. (more…)

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SnowJinks Review

Still think the holidays are a time of peace on Earth and goodwill to men? SnowJinks, from the makers of Epoch will show you what Christmas is really about: taking on the neighborhood in a no-holds-barred snowball fight. (more…)

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Zombie Terminator Review

You can’t swing a spiked baseball bat without hitting a zombie game in the App Store, which means that zombie games have to be special to stand out. Unfortunately, ‘Zombie Terminator’ is a slow shambler among the undead horde. (more…)

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Dream of Pixels Review

Tetris is nearly 30 years old, and there have been many twists on the formula of falling blocks, disappearing lines, and cursing your inevitable defeat. Every so often, though, somebody comes up with a new variation. With Dream of Pixels, developer Dawn of Play has discovered that Tetris is just as addictive when you play it in reverse. (more…)

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The Walking Dead: Assault Review

If you’ve been looking for a polished game that lets you kill hundreds of zombies, look no further. The Walking Dead: Assault has you surrounded. (more…)

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Bloons TD 5 Review

Monkeys, balloons, and sharp objects — what could go wrong? In Bloons TD 5, not much. This tower defense game isn’t innovative, but it does everything right. (more…)

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Flow Free: Bridges Review

The pipe puzzle is a fortress of order in a chaotic universe. Galaxies may be exploding, cats and dogs may be living together, but you can always find reassurance in a simple grid and a few dots to connect. (more…)

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Masters of Mystery: Blood of Betrayal HD Review

Two dead bodies have been found in a luxurious New York apartment. That means it’s time for detective Carrie Chase to contemplate the lure of corruption, man’s inhumanity to man, and where the level designer hid that stupid matchbook. (more…)

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