Posts byConor Egan

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Battle of Gundabad Review

Many games in the App Store fall into one of two categories: those that have a really great idea, and those that copy a really great idea. Battle of Gundabad falls solidly into the second category. It is a re-skinning of the wildly popular deck-building card game named Dominion. In the absence of an official iOS port of the game, Battle of Gundabad has stepped in to fill the void and manages to capture a lot of its appeal despite some missing some features we’d like to see in a comprehensive version of the game. (more…)

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Sentinel 3: Homeworld Review

Sentinel 2: Earth Defense set a high water mark for what was possible in an iPhone tower defense game. It took a basic formula, added great graphics, and mixed in a few novel and substantive tweaks to set it apart from other games in the genre. The third iteration in the franchise, Sentinel 3: Homeworld, continues to build upon that base and adds even more innovations. Rather than reinventing the series, it seems to be happy trying to perfect it and is successful in doing so. (more…)

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Solomon’s Boneyard Review

Solomon’s Boneyard is a prequel to the very entertaining dungeon crawler Solomon’s Keep. In it, Solomon Dark, the titular villain, is just beginning to dabble in the dark arts, and you must venture into a graveyard and battle waves of enemies to flush him out. Unlike the original, this is a high-score survival game, so the goal is to last as long as possible. This new direction works for the most part, but at the cost of some of the original’s elegance and charm. (more…)

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Roll Through the Ages Review

Roll Through the Ages is the latest game to make its way to the iPhone after cutting its teeth as a popular board game. In it, you build a civilization by rolling dice, allocating resources and building monuments and developments. Unlike other complicated civilization building games, Roll Through the Ages plays very quickly, making it ideal for a quick game on the go. Even though we’d like to see a few more features make their way into the package, the combination of luck and strategy offers a lot to both veteran players and new players alike. (more…)

    Slide To Play Q and A: Solomon’s Keep

    Solomon’s Keep, a twin-stick dungeon crawler, pleasantly surprised us with its addictive and streamlined take on a classic genre. We got in touch with John Raptis, the creator of the game and head of his own independent game publisher, Raptisoft. We asked him about being a small developer, the making of Solomon’s Keep, and got few hints about what might be in store for his next game. (more…)

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    Solomon’s Keep Review

    Solomon’s Keep epitomizes the adage “less is more.” Some iPhone games try very hard to emulate their big brothers on the PC or videogame consoles. While the iPhone is certainly capable of supporting very complex games, sometimes it’s the more streamlined “pick up and play” games that end up wasting most of our time. Solomon’s Keep unashamedly strips away the complexity of a dungeon crawler until it almost feels like an arcade game, but still maintains enough RPG credibility to justify replaying it over and over. (more…)

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    Sword and Poker Review

    Developing a game that mixes elements from a variety of genres is an attractive idea. Rather than having to squeeze innovation from within a specific genre, a developer can instead take tried-and-true mechanics from disparate games and mash them together into an experience that feels new and exciting. The developers of Sword and Poker managed to combine a poker-based puzzle game and a dungeon crawler with a sprinkling of RPG elements into a cohesive and fiercely addictive game that delivers more than the sum of its parts. (more…)

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    Cheap Shot: Hippo High Dive

    At Slide To Play, we like to be as informed as possible when we write our reviews. To this end we did a little Googling on the illustrious sport of Hippo High Diving. As it turns out, it is not actually a real sport at all! In fact, all we found was a YouTube clip of King Hippo diving down a shark infested waterfall. Unfortunately, the iPhone game Hippo High Dive does not quite live up to the excitement of that clip, and will probably entertain you for about as long. (more…)

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    Cell War Review

    Next time you are stuck on the couch with a seasonal cold or a bout of H1N1 wouldn’t it be nice to be able to jump into a ship and fly around your body, blasting all those viruses to bits? Well, that’s the premise of TipCat Mobile’s horizontally-scrolling shooter, Cell War. (more…)

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    Ego City Invasion Review

    If we had to fight back a horde of zombies, we think we’d bring a tank. In fact, we would bring a tank that could fly. Obviously, someone out there shares our great taste in combat vehicles. In Ego City Invasion, you have to use such a device to defend your fort against wave after wave of filthy undead invaders. This makes for some fun gameplay that is unfortunately stretched thin by a lack of variety. (more…)

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    Zombie Pizza Review

    Zombies have lurched their way past pirates, robots, and ninjas as the meme du jour in our culture today. Something about their undead wanderings both attract and repulse us. Some think that they represent our fight to rise above our most primal instincts. The hungry patrons in Zombie Pizza show us that we can’t shake at least one basic instinct: a love of pizza. (more…)

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    Captain Galactic: Super Space Hero Review

    In the pantheon of awesome business cards it would be hard to top this one: Captain Galactic, “Super Space Hero”. You could flash it around when you were not busy knocking out aliens and saving innocent civilians. In this game you will get to knock out plenty of aliens and save plenty of civilians. Unfortunately, this turns out to be a lot more monotonous and frustrating than it sounds. (more…)

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    Cheap Shot: Fight Control

    The hyper addictive game Flight Control has spawned a series of imitators. In addition to being a flight controller, you can take a turn being a harbor master or glob love doctor. That’s all fine and good, but what about all of us little kids who wanted to grow up to be a bum fight promoter? Thankfully developer syncRage has answered our prayers with the tongue-in-cheek path-drawing game Fight Control. (more…)

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    Darkest Fear Review

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one. You get a frantic call from your wife to come to the hospital. When you arrive you find the place in shambles, populated by unspeakable terrors and babbling lunatics. The patients have turned into terrible monsters who fear only the light. Time to load up your shotgun, right? Not so fast. Unlike your typical survival horror game, you’ll have to use your wits rather than your brawn if you plan to survive. (more…)

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    Cheap Shot: Aqua Globs

    They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. If that’s true, then Flight Control is the belle of the ball. First came the excellent adaptation Harbor Master, which exchanged landing planes for parking boats. Now we have Aqua Globs, a game where you must help wandering globs find their soulmates. (more…)

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    Cheap Shot: Pigeon Poo

    We read somewhere that “A brand name is more than a word. It is the beginning of a conversation”. As we sat downloading the game Pigeon Poo, we wondered why we were having this conversation in the first place. As it turns out, there’s not even that much pooping in Pigeon Poo. (more…)

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    Sentinel 2: Earth Defense Review

    Competition is as stiff as ever to get noticed on the App Store. Nowhere is this more true than among the sea of tower defense variants available. Many of these titles have added a novel take to the basic formula, or gussied them up with flashy animation. Very few titles have managed to deliver across the board, but Sentinel 2 is one of those few. (more…)

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    Warpack: Grunts Review

    Warpack: Grunts is a top-down shooter that takes place in a “generic South American jungle”. It has a cartoon-like look and feel reminiscent of the tower defense game Fieldrunners. It will feel immediately familiar to anyone who played the Cannon Fodder series of games on the PC. Though it manages to dazzle with its intricate visuals, it handicaps itself a bit with some control and design decisions that detract from how fun the game should be. (more…)

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      Friday Slide: The iPhone Gamer’s Bill Of Rights

      As the App Store approaches its first birthday, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on some common missteps that we have seen over and over as we have been reviewing the first salvo of games for the iPhone. Developers, lend us your ears! (more…)

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      Galaga Remix Review

      Namco has been quite active in porting its library of arcade classics to the iPhone, but past titles such as Pole Position Remix and Time Crisis have been largely disappointing. Galaga Remix succeeds thanks to updates that make better use of the iPhone’s graphics horsepower. (more…)

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      Flight Control Review

      Similar to time management staples like Diner Dash, Flight Control takes a tedious profession like Air Traffic Controller and molds it into a light-hearted and engaging experience. The game’s core mechanic is already a lot of fun, and with a bit more content, we think that it could really take off. (more…)

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