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Illusia 2 Review

Illusia 2 is, as the title implies, the sequel to the 2010 action-RPG title Illusia from Gamevil. And, as is the case with many sequels, your desire to play this one may largely hinge on just how hungry for more the first one left you. (more…)

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CreaVures Review

If you’re looking for a beautiful platformer for the iPhone, then look no further: CreaVures is as lovely as they come, particularly if you have a certain affinity for the night. The game is set against the darkness of a nocturnal forest, with only dim sources of light to help guide you along your journey. (more…)

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Burnout Crash Review

For those less familiar, Burnout is a fairly long-running series (about two console generations so far, now in its 11th year) of driving games by developers Criterion and publisher Electronic Arts. Unlike most driving and racing games, however, the goal of Burnout is a bit different. Rather than simply speeding towards the finish line, you also want to wreck as many cars as you can. (more…)

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Gnu Revenge Review

As the title implies, Gnu Revenge is a tale of vengeance wrapped up in a rather simple game that has some clever ideas. At the outset, we find out that all of the gnus have been captured by a wily space crocodile who looks a lot like a space T-Rex. However, not quite all of the gnus have been taken away; a sole gnu remains as their last hope… and he has a jetpack, to boot! And so it falls to him to rescue his kind by blasting off into outer space and smashing some space crocodiles. (more…)

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Monster Tamer Review

When Capcom created the Monster Hunter series, they managed to capture lightning in a bottle, and the series has gone on to achieve massive popularity… in Japan, at least. Regardless of where the phenomenon is centered, however, it would seem inevitable that other people would try to capture a piece of that action in some form. (more…)

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Harry the Fairy Review

Harry the Fairy has a problem– it seems that all of his fairy friends have been trapped in cages spread throughout a number of underground caverns. In order to free them, he must navigate the tunnels with your help, gathering stars all the while. (more…)

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Chaos Rings II Review

While Chaos Rings II is unmistakably a sequel to the games to bear the name prior, it is in such a way as other role-playing game sequels– such as Final Fantasy– before it. That is, it takes a lot of familiar elements from its forebears, but applies them to a new situation and characters while adding some new wrinkles of its own to the formula. (more…)

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Chaos Rings II First Impressions

Chaos Rings II is an extraordinarily long game, and an expensive one, too. While we work through the full game for our review, we wanted to give you our impressions of the first few hours. Read on to find out if this Square Enix RPG is worth buying at full price, and check back soon for our full review. (more…)

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Adventure Bar Story Review

One might say that the Japanese Role Playing Game scene is in a bit of a rut. You know the drill: Youth with bizarre fashion choices who is missing ___ must set out on a quest and ally themselves with other powerful figures to fend off an impending disaster of some sort. Sure, there are some variations here and there, but many fall into the same sort of sweeping epic that tends to hit a lot of familiar notes. (more…)

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Prince of Persia Classic Review

If one were to take a look at the icon for Prince of Persia Classic in the App Store, they could be easily forgiven for thinking that it is a port of the 2003 console game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. However, this is not the case; the name alludes to the fact that this is actually a remake of the original Prince of Persia from 1989. (more…)

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Midway Arcade Review

Once upon a time, before Xbox LIVE and iPhone, even before SEGA Genesis and Game Boy, arcades were where gamers would gather to play, compete, and check out the hottest new releases. And in the early days of the business, standing alongside such names as Nintendo, Capcom, SEGA, and Konami was an American company called Midway. Or rather, Bally/Midway, as the company was known at the time. (more…)

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WrestleFest Premium Review

WWF WrestleFest is a fondly-remembered arcade game developed by Technos Japan, and released in 1991. Players could take control of such legendary figures from the world of sports-entertainment as Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior, Sergeant Slaughter, and ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase, among others, as they took on all comers in the over-the-top-rope Royal Rumble, or paired up to conquer the unstoppable Legion of Doom for the World Tag Team Championships. (more…)

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Beat Hazard Ultra Review

First of all, if you have problems with bright flashing lights, strobe effects, or are simply vulnerable to photosensitive seizures, skip this game and don’t look back, because this is definitely not the game for you. With that aside, Beat Hazard Ultra is a fast arcade-style shooter that is just (potentially) full of energy, and we loved almost every second of it. On the surface, it’s fairly standard– if you’ve played Geometry Wars, then you’re already familiar with how this works on a basic level. (more…)

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Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land Review

Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land is a turn-based strategy role-playing game based on the 1926 short story “Call of Cthulhu” by writer H.P. Lovecraft, as well as the table-top RPG which also bears the name. It takes place during the first World War, and pits your team of soldiers and investigators against the forces of the ancient titular enemy. Your team’s task? To maintain sanity and save humankind. (more…)

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Tank Hero Review

When browsing the App Store, we’ll often come across games (good or bad) that borrow their concepts from somewhere else. It’s harder to find games that do this and still manage to refine and evolve the concept into something more than a mere knock-off or rehash. Tank Hero is such a game, and part of what makes it stand out is its source material. And contrary to what images the title may conjure in your head, it has nothing to do with Guitar Hero. (more…)

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Brisksaber Review

Brisksaber– or perhaps more accurately “Star Wars: Brisksaber,” were one to go by the title screen logo– is a free iPhone game released by Mekanism as part of a cross-promotional campaign between Lipton Brisk iced tea and Lucasfilm to promote the upcoming 3D release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. (more…)

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Hatchi Review

Before Nintendogs and other pet-raising simulators became a smash hit, and before Digimon reached the phase where fans would argue whether or not it was a rip-off of Pokemon, there were games like Hatchi: a simple, digital/virtual pet that occupied small keychains and electronic toys bearing black-and-white dot-matrix screens. You would basically hatch and raise your pet by doing everything one might do to a real pet: naming it, feeding it, playing with it, etc. (more…)

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Monkey Quest: Thunderbow Review

“Oh look, it’s Angry Birds again.”

That would be a perfectly justifiable reaction to seeing the mechanics of Monkey Quest: Thunderbow, the latest creation to come out of Nickelodeon and Viacom International. However, to write it off as such might be just a little hasty, given what this version brings to the table. (more…)

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Streetbike: Full Blast Review

Chillingo, like many publishers, has its share of games that are good, and those that are not so good. And unfortunately, Streetbike: Full Blast falls into the latter category. (more…)

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Tongue Tied Review

Tongue Tied has a very cartoon-like aesthetic, in both graphics and sound, which makes it feel like an old cartoon short. The stars of this “gametoon,” if you will, are a pair of dogs named Mick and Ralph, two lovable canines who have a very unique dynamic. The two plod along through each stage together, and surmount obstacles through the use of their tongues… which are inexplicably tied together. (more…)

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Power Rangers Samurai Steel Review

In case you haven’t been keeping track over the years, Power Rangers Samurai is the 19th iteration of the long-running live-action martial arts/sci-fi/fantasy franchise. Power Rangers Samurai Steel is the second game based on the series to come to the iPhone, after Power Rangers Samurai Smash. But Steel is different from its predecessor in nearly every conceivable way, while still being a Power Rangers Samurai game, and it’s all the better for it. (more…)

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