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Card Wars – Adventure Time Review

Card Wars is “kinda stupid” and “for nerds who do not know how life is outside of the nerd universe”– at least, to hear Jake and Finn tell it. But in reality, it– or at least, this video game adaptation of the game featured in the Adventure Time episode of the same name– is kind of awesome, and not as super-complicated as to require two hours to explain. (more…)

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Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar Review

The Ultima series is practically legendary among video games, introducing the world to the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game when World of Warcraft was but a faint glimmer in Blizzard’s eye, with the original game in the franchise dating all the way back to 1981. Now, for the first time ever, Electronic Arts and Mythic Entertainment have brought Richard “Lord British” Garriott’s world of fantasy to iOS– and for free, no less! (more…)

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Perfection Review

Perfection is a puzzle game that can be easily summed up as simple, but not simply summed up as easy. The idea is that you are given a randomly-generated mass, and an overlaying shape that you’re meant to “carve” that mass into, as closely as you can and with as few turns as possible. It sounds simple, but the visual overlay of your objective is not placed 1:1 with where the finished carving would be. As a result, a bit of guesswork and estimation is required in order to achieve “perfection,” or at the very least “success.” (more…)

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Gloomy Hollow Review

Gloomy Hollow is a dungeon crawler-style action role playing game, similar in some respects to titles like Diablo III. It features a visual style, theme, and aesthetic that would probably appeal to fans of Nightmare Before Christmas and Beetlejuice without aping either one. (more…)

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World War Z Review

As you might guess from the title, World War Z is based on the movie of the same name. At this point, however, we’ve yet to see the movie for ourselves, so we can’t really tell you how well it captures the experience depicted on the silver screen. That said, the game is a sort-of-but-not-really first person shooter, as you’ll be seeing everything through the eyes of our protagonist, for better and for worse. If you get motion-sick easily, this game may not be for you. (more…)

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Zombie Fish Tank Review

Ah, poor fish– this one in particular. At first, the hero of Zombie Fish Tank gets to be with his love before she’s unceremoniously taken from him. Then he’s captured, experimented upon, and eventually brought back to life as a zombie. And after all that? He winds up in this game. (more…)

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Hyper Breaker Turbo Review

Breakout is one of the all-time greats in gaming: It’s simple to get into, and it provides a nice mix of skill and chance, allowing virtually anyone to clear its boards, yet remain engaging and challenging. Hyper Breaker Turbo is a game that takes the basic foundation set by Breakout and attempts to evolve it, though whether this version works or not is up for debate. (more…)

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Fangz Review

Fangz has a lot going for it. It’s a side-scrolling beat-‘em-up/shoot-‘em-up starring a man of Peter Griffin-esque proportions and wit who runs around a ruined neighborhood, smashing and shooting vampires of all shapes and sizes. (more…)

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Transformers Legends Review

Transformers Legends is unlike anything we’ve ever played before. From what we can tell, there doesn’t seem to be any particular rhyme or reason to why the card battles work the way they do. You’ll win and lose without having any good idea as to just why–and yet it manages to be fun enough that you might not even care. (more…)

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Mighty Dungeons Review

When it comes to the likes of table-top role playing games, players often fall into one of two camps. The first often tends to savor every aspect of it: the ability to explore and interact with the various facets of the world, to act out their character’s every carefully-measured nuance, and choose the most appropriate course of action for each situation. Others just like to watch the world burn, so long as they achieve their goals. (more…)

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Nitro Review

“Nitro” seems like a fitting name for the latest game to come from Z2Live– it’s not especially imaginative, but fairly solid. The game puts you behind the wheel of your choice of three vehicles that look as though they were fashioned after penny racers, smart cars, or something in-between. It has a style that is slightly cute without being cutesy. Once you get some practice and initial upgrading done, it’s off to the races. (more…)

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Garfield’s Trivia Party Review

“Oh no… Odie spilled coffee on the newspaper again. Can you figure out what’s missing from the comic strips?” Cynics and Garfield critics will no doubt be filling in their own punchlines for that question, which sets up the premise of the game: With part of each strip obscured by coffee, you have to correctly choose one of four answers to score coins. (more…)

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Nimble Quest Review

Snake is a video game nearly as old as the pastime itself. The objective is simple: Control the eponymous snake as it moves around the playing field, grabbing numbers to increase your length while taking care not to run into the walls or your ever-growing tail, lest you come to a Tron-styled end. (more…)

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Sonic Dash Review

When it’s time to put the world’s fastest-running hedgehog in a new game that’s exclusive to iOS, what kind of game do you put him in? That’s right, a jumping game! And once you’ve done that to great critical acclaim, you can then put him into an endless runner, apparently. (more…)

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Toy Story: Smash It! Review

While Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and the rest of the Toy Story crew are well-known for their fantastic big-screen adventures out in the world beyond the walls of their home, another aspect we catch glimpses of throughout the films are the adventures they have playing together as actual toys. It is this sort of downtime that forms the foundation of Toy Story: Smash It!, a block-physics puzzle game with a hint of Angry Birds or Boom Blox incorporated into it. (more…)

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Major Magnet Review

“Magnets… how do they work?” That’s a question you may be left to ask yourself in Major Magnet, one of the latest puzzle platformers to grace the iOS platform. The premise is fairly simple, as the eponymous Major makes his way towards the villain’s lair after losing his cape, which apparently allows him to fly. Lucky for him, he still has his trusty magnet, which he uses to spin and bounce around the game’s six worlds in pursuit of his goal. (more…)

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Cordy 2 Review

For some, platformers are the bane of the App Store, as so many fail to make the transition to the touchscreen very well for one reason or another. Even genre stalwarts such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man have made for iffy conversions on iOS at times. Fortunately, for the most part, Cordy 2 gets it right. (more…)

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NFL Quarterback 13 Review

NFL Quarterback 13 doesn’t require any in-depth knowledge of football to be enjoyed– which is good, because this writer has only a passing familiarity with the sport. However, the game still has some quirky issues that make the experience flawed simply as a game, regardless of the game’s theme. (more…)

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Ghostbusters Review

The last time we found ourselves carrying an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on our back– in Ghostbusters: Paranormal Blast– the experience wasn’t all that we hoped it would be. Simply put, busting didn’t make us feel good, which naturally made us wary: Would another Ghostbusters title in the App Store so soon after the last be worth checking out? (more…)

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Garfield’s Escape Review

Garfield’s Escape is a game that practically writes itself: It takes a plot that would have worked with either the old or the new cartoon shows and wraps it around a running/ jumping game. Throw in some cutscenes and unlockables with authentic original art from Paws, Inc., and there is plenty to appeal here to Garfield fans or even just children. Unfortunately, the game itself just doesn’t come together very well, and players young and old are likely to feel disappointed in spite of the game’s greater potential. (more…)

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AR Defender 2 Review

As the title suggests, AR Defender 2 is basically a tower-defense game with a twist: Using the camera of your iDevice, you can bring the action of the game into your surroundings. However, this doesn’t do much to affect the gameplay, and while a neat flourish to set it apart from other games of the genre, the need to print out or create your own AR tag can make the feature a bit of a hassle. (more…)

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Endless Road Review

Why run when you can drive? That seems to be the premise behind Endless Road, and endless runner that plucks you off your feet and instead puts you behind the wheel of a car. You race down a road without end to avoid the oncoming wave of destruction which threatens to suck up everything behind you. (more…)

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Spooky Xmas Review

Zombies. It had to be zombies. At first glance, Spooky Xmas looks like your run-of-the-mill tower defense game. You actively defend your samurai character’s dojo from an oncoming horde of the undead who are decidedly filled with holiday cheer. As zombie-related titles go, having them dressed in ugly Christmas sweaters and attacking you from reindeer-drawn sleighs is probably one of the highlights of the entire zombies-in-games tropes. (more…)

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Mensa Academy Review

One of the last things we ever expected to see come from RPG maven Square Enix was a brain-teasing/ training game, yet here we are with the release of Mensa Academy on iOS. And in case you were expecting to have to calculate the trajectory of a dragon’s flame divided by the strength of your Materia to save the world, it’s nothing at all like that– the Square Enix connection pretty much begins and ends with their logo and the release of a quality (though not perfect) product. (more…)

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Wreck-It Ralph Review

Wreck-It Ralph is a movie about a video game character who, among other things, travels across different video games. As such, it only makes sense then that a video game version of Wreck-It Ralph do something similar, and that’s what Disney has delivered. (more…)

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Twist Pilot Review

Twist Pilot is a unique take on puzzle gaming. You take control of a propeller named Phil, who has apparently listened to a little too much of The Byrds, as he is constantly turn, turn, turning. And it is that constant rotation which provides the challenge of navigating the myriad mazes which comprise the game. (more…)

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He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe Review

‘He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe.’ Pause and think about that title for a moment. If you were expecting a hardcore, serious epic to appease the adult Masters of the Universe fan within you, then you should probably stop right there and reconsider any notion of purchasing this game. On the other hand, if you’re a fan of He-Man and his friends, and you have a sense of humor, and you don’t take the whole thing too seriously, then there is a pretty fun game waiting here for you. (more…)

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    Twist Pilot is a unique take on puzzle gaming. You take control of a propeller named Phil, who has apparently listened to a little too much of The Byrds, as he is constantly turn, turn, turning. And it is that constant rotation which provides the challenge of navigating the myriad mazes which comprise the game. (more…)

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    Kumo Lumo Review

    Kumo Lumo is a strange, unique style of game with a distinctly Japanese feel to it– the same sort of bizarre creativity which gave us so many classics such as Pac-Man or Katamari Damacy. This makes it all the more surprising to learn that the game is actually not the product of Japanese developers, but rather those from the United Kingdom. (more…)

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    Pocket Climber Review

    When it comes to parkour in video games, the more emphasized aspects of the activity are the running and jumping. But as you might guess from the title, Pocket Climber focuses more on the climbing. In a way, the game follows the basic ‘endless runner’ formula, except that instead of running, you’re climbing up a building. In that regard, it almost feels a little more like a webless recreation of Spider-Man or the Human Fly than actual Parkour. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing; it’s just different. (more…)

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    Cartoon Wars: Blade Review

    Cartoon Wars: Blade is the latest in the Cartoon Wars series, but takes a bit of a departure from previous titles. Whereas Cartoon Wars and Cartoon Wars 2: Heroes were based more on real-time strategy and defense, Blade hews a little closer to the spin-off title, Cartoon Wars: Gunner, which placed players on a 3/4 perspective field and had them run back and forth, shooting anything that hopped onto the screen. (more…)

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    Blade Guardian Review

    Oh Mistwalker, we had such high hopes for you. After all, you were founded by Hironobu Sakaguchi, who created the legendary Final Fantasy series and more recently brought The Last Story to life on the Wii. And while Party Wave was an iffy first step into the arena of mobile gaming, it was one we were willing to forgive due to its self-indulgent nature as a tribute to a high school dream. But now, with Blade Guardian, your second release for the iPhone? Well, this is where we begin to grow concerned. (more…)

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    Dead Stop Review

    Dead Stop is a tower defense game with a delightful twist: Imagine if Doc Brown from the Back to the Future movies was faced with defending himself against an army of zombies, and designed all sorts of crazy-but-cool, high-tech contraptions in order to do it. (more…)