Posts byChris Aylott

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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…)