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MacGuffin’s Curse Review

MacGuffin’s Curse is a werewolf-themed puzzle/adventure game from Australian developer Brawsome, and it’s got an awful lot going for it. The game’s main story will take you quite a few hours to complete, and there are good reasons to spend even more time with it afterwards. For $1.99, it packs a great punch, in no small part because of its high production values. (more…)

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Kitten Sanctuary Review

Trigger-happy shooter addicts may not get much out of Kitten Sanctuary, but its unflinching cuteness and relative simplicity make it a perfect match for the less bloodthirsty gaming crowd. It’s part Match-3 and part virtual zoo, and both components are handled skillfully and tastefully. (more…)

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Beatstream Review

Beatstream is the latest in a long line of games that allow players to plug their own music into the software and generate gameplay from a designated track. Unfortunately– as is often the case with these kinds of games– it does little to advance itself beyond mere novelty. (more…)

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Battleloot Adventure Review

Battleloot Adventure may be a comically generic title, but the product it represents is a solid mobile RPG with decent personality. It doesn’t have the depth you might find in something more complex, but it does just enough to rise above being a stale JRPG, which the App Store already has plenty of. (more…)

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Spice Bandits Review

Making a free-to-play game with microtransaction hooks isn’t new, but paying a buck or two for in-game currency is most commonly done in service of growing your virtual farm or aquarium faster. Either that, or you’re paying for cosmetic upgrades to your avatar. These practices can be a little silly and aren’t necessarily accompanied by deep gameplay, but at least they’re fairly transparent. (more…)

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Retro Racing Review

Retro Racing’s title doesn’t leave much to the imagination. If you’re familiar with the kinds of driving games that were prevalent in the 1980s, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect with this new iOS game. (more…)

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The Lost City Review

You’d think there would be more point-and-click adventure games for touchscreen devices, but right now, it’s still a pleasant surprise when an App Store developer comes along with a new entry in the genre. The Lost City is a point-and-click adventure game in the tradition of games like Myst, and while it’s light on the surprise half of ‘pleasant surprise,’ it’s a reasonably enjoyable way to spend some time with your iPhone. (more…)

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Paper Monsters Review

Making a good platformer for the iPhone can be a challenge, which is part of the reason we’ve seen the auto-runner genre explode in popularity. The simpler control scheme lends itself well to a touchscreen, whereas more traditional platforming can be pretty unwieldy. However, once in a while a platformer comes along that works well in more than just one dimension of gameplay. For the most part, Paper Monsters is an example of said quality. (more…)

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RayForce Review

There’s a fair number of arcade shooters on the App Store, from original creations to ports and re-imaginings of classic games, like Space Invaders Infinity Gene by Taito. Taito is now publishing an iOS port of RayForce, a 1993 arcade shoot-‘em-up. They’re currently asking for 12 of your hard-earned dollars to experience this old arcade game. That’s a hefty amount to ask for any app, so RayForce should be pretty impressive to justify spending that much. (more…)

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Minecraft – Pocket Edition To Be Updated Next Month

When Minecraft: Pocket Edition hit the App Store, we were pretty disappointed. It felt unfinished and under-featured, but fortunately the folks at Mojang feel the same way. We’ll be seeing some big changes to the app sometime in February. Mojang’s Daniel Kaplan wrote in a blog today that the next Minecraft: Pocket Edition update will include ‘animals and new blocks,’ as well as lay the ‘foundation for survival [mode].’ (more…)

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Pugs Luv Beats Review

The iTunes page for Pugs Luv Beats dares you to ‘name one other game which lets you dress up pugs in hats to make music.’ We certainly can’t think of any, and Pugs Luv Beats is unquestionably a unique piece of software. However, it’s not easy to call it a good game. (more…)

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Sparkle 2: Evo Review

If we were to call Sparkle 2: Evo a strange and beautiful game, we’d only feel mistaken on one point: that it’s a game. Your goals are so simple and unimpeded that it’s almost more appropriate to call it a toy with gentle suggestions about what you should do during your time in it. (more…)

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Don’t Run With A Plasma Sword Review

Given both the quality and quantity of auto-runner games on the App Store, you really have to come up with something impressive to be successful nowadays. Not only are there a lot of titles to compete with, but the good ones could literally leave people satisfied to never look for another game again, given their infinite replayability. Unfortunately, Don’t Run With a Plasma Sword doesn’t come up with enough reasons for us to prefer it over any other game like it. (more…)

    Friday Slide: Whose Side Are You On, Anyway?

    A typical single-player, story-driven game is a very strange kind of media. No other narrative form actively tries to prevent you from advancing its story: not film, not theatre, and not literature. This leads to what I like to call the ‘dirty DVD’ model of game narrative, which is simply to say that these games’ stories are no more interactive or enjoyable than a dirty DVD is. You do what’s required to keep the story going (cleaning the DVD, solving a puzzle, jumping across a gap), but the actions you take and the story that’s told don’t seem to have much to do with one another. So my question is this: whose side are the game designers on, anyway? (more…)

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    Bizarre Game Desert Bus Released for Charity

    An odd game called Desert Bus has just been released on the App Store. The game was originally part of an unreleased minigame collection for Sega CD called Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors. As it stands in the history of video games, Desert Bus could be accurately be described as one of the most bizarre– and also boring– games of all time. You can buy it here for $0.99. (more…)

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    Poker Pals Review

    Poker apps have had considerable success on the iPhone, but America’s favorite card game was designed for real gambling, and there’s really no getting around that. Because of that, poker apps on the App Store have generally felt like an uneasy compromise between what poker really is and what is allowed on Apple’s mobile platform. Fortunately, Chillingo and Aspyr have brought us an inventive way to tap into the appeal of poker without simply creating a weak facsimile of it. (more…)

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    Penny Parlor Review

    Before Space Invaders ate up all of the world’s change, penny arcades were already populated with pinball machines and other mechanical games. Now a selection of the latter are available on your iOS device in one package named Penny Parlor. The app is a welcome change of pace from the typical flavor of physics-based games on the App Store, and a fun distraction overall. (more…)

      Frozen Synapse Announced for iPad

      The English developer Mode 7 has announced that their popular online game Frozen Synapse will be available on iPad ‘in the first half of next year’. The game is sort of a turn-based action-strategy game, if you can imagine such a thing. You and your opponent both tell your glowing minions where to go and how to act while the game is paused, and once you’ve both locked in your instructions, the little guys move and shoot their way around the level (which is randomly generated in multiplayer– very cool). (more…)

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      Street Fighter II Collection Review

      Surely most people can agree that Street Fighter II and its many variants are excellent games. Important ones, even. Few games have influenced an entire genre as strongly, and its place in history as one of the greatest multiplayer games of all time can’t be denied. However, Street Fighter II being a seminal classic probably isn’t enough of a reason to spend $3.99 on this collection. (more…)

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      jAggy Race Review

      jAggy Race (their capitalization, not ours) isn’t the game we were expecting it to be. It’s probably not the game that most other people would expect either, if you’re judging it by its appearance. Given the game’s title and apparent racing mechanics, you would assume that it was indeed a racing game. However, it has more in common with a platformer or maybe even a physics-based puzzle game. (more…)

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      Warm Gun Review

      Here at Slide to Play, we have a policy of playing a game to completion before rendering judgment. Sometimes playing through every second of possible content isn’t practical, but we don’t want to publish a review without seeing all a game has to offer. However, we’ve played very little of Warm Gun, but that’s not for lack of trying. How Warm Gun got the go-ahead to be on the App Store in its current state is beyond us, as simply getting the game up and running was a more rewarding endeavor than anything we’ve been able to appreciate in this Unreal-powered shooter. (more…)

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      Katamari Amore Review

      How long has it been since your last Royal Rainbow? If you don’t already know what that means, don’t worry. However, if your answer is an emphatic ‘too long!’, then Katamari Amore is just what the King of All Cosmos ordered. (more…)

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      Cowboy Guns Review

      Cowboy Guns is frustrating because of what it could have been. When you first start playing this western-themed dual-stick shooter, you’ll be charmed by the blocky 3D characters, and it’s easy to jump on board for whatever the game wants to throw your way. Unfortunately, this appeal is eventually overwhelmed by the gameplay and story, which aren’t nearly as enjoyable as the game’s look. (more…)

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      Monsters Ate My Condo Review

      What’s your favorite flavor of crazy? If the answer to that question is ‘loud and colorful,’ then Adult Swim really has a treat for you on the App Store. The delightfully manic Monsters Ate My Condo is the publisher’s newest iOS title, and you may want to sit down to prepare for this frenetic gaming experience. (more…)

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      Fruit Roll Review

      The iOS platform is no stranger to games in which you automatically move from left to right, and Fruit Roll is another entry in what has become one of the most popular genres on the App Store: the autorunner. It’d actually be more appropriate to call Fruit Roll an autoroller, as this game doesn’t have legs, literally or figuratively. (more…)

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      Flapcraft Review

      Flapcraft is a new entry in the popular genre of flying games on the App Store. It’s not an awful game, but it didn’t quite grab us the same way that other games of its type have. (more…)

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      Rogue Sky Review

      Rogue Sky would still be a noteworthy game even if it wasn’t made by just one person. Jakko van Hunen is responsible for everything except the music of this game. This fact is very impressive, as are the game’s visuals, but the real question is whether or not it’s fun to play. (more…)

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      Desert Quest Review

      It’s easy to be interested in Desert Quest when looking at screenshots of it. We can’t deny that it has a unique art direction, but this is a game that is at its best in the form of a still image. The game doesn’t move well, it has an uninspired narrative, and it’s a total chore to play. (more…)

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      iBlast Moki 2 Review

      The award-winning iBlast Moki left quite an impression when it came out in 2009. It was one of the best physics puzzlers at the time, and it still holds up today. This week we’re treated to the release of its sequel, which certainly has some high expectations attached to it. Does it stand up to the original? We definitely think so. (more…)

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      Pickpawcket Review

      Anybody moderately literate in art history should have a good time playing through Pickpawcket. The game’s delightful send-ups of the most iconic paintings of the last few centuries are easily the greatest reward the game has to offer. The gameplay itself isn’t tedious or broken, but it’s definitely not the highlight of this title. (more…)

        The 5 Best Poker Games for iPhone

        Since the Department of Justice cracked down on Internet poker earlier this year, American players have been left with fewer ways to get their poker fix. Some have gone to casinos, but many now enjoy the game on their iOS device. With gambling legislation as it is, you’re limited to play-money betting, which naturally makes bluffing less important and wins less exciting. But even with that caveat and the monumental challenge of programming convincing poker AI, these apps can still be a fun way to pass the time. Read on for our five favorite poker games for iPhone. (more…)

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        Kickin Momma HD Review

        Playing through HotHead’s Kickin Momma HD without being reminded of Peggle borders on the impossible. There are enough differences between the two that it wouldn’t be fair to call HotHead’s title a clone of the PopCap classic, but they’re too similar to totally avoid comparisons. (more…)

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        Cowboys & Aliens – Silver City Defense Review

        Cowboys and Aliens – Silver City Defense is a game that lacks both a cowboy’s quiet charm and an alien’s advanced technology. It doesn’t do much to promote the Cowboys and Aliens movie that’s in theaters, and it’s not enjoyable on its own, either. You’d think a premise as simple as Cowboys and Aliens would be perfect video game material, but this game struggles to be anything more than tedious. (more…)

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        Temple Trouble Review

        Temple Trouble has you assume control of a treasure hunter named Captain LeFop. There isn’t much of a story to speak of, but the premise is engaging enough to propel the action. At the beginning of each of the game’s dozens of levels, LeFop finds himself in a room with but one exit, which is typically closed. By flipping switches, pushing blocks and otherwise manipulating the environment, you’ll navigate the perilous paths to open the door and make it one step closer to freedom. (more…)

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        Quiz Climber Review

        Quiz Climber’s pricing model makes you feel like a customer first and a player second, if you even feel like a player at all. Shallowly adopting some of the hottest trends in game development, it ends up looking more like an exercise in social gaming and microtransactions than a proper game. (more…)

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        CurveBot Evolved Review

        Qix may not be the most popular gaming franchise in the world, but that hasn’t stopped it from being a huge influence on dozens of products in the last few years. A lot of current-generation gaming platforms have seen remakes, sequels, or tributes to the 1981 arcade release, and CurveBot is one of the more original games to have been influenced by Taito’s classic title. (more…)

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        RC Plane 2 Review

        RC Plane 2 lets you control a remote-controlled plane on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. If you’re already excited about the idea, this may be worth your money. Otherwise, this is a title you’ll probably want to pass on. RC Plane 2 looks sharp and features solid flight sim mechanics, but it just doesn’t have enough going for it to allow us to give it a strong recommendation. (more…)

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        Cavorite Review

        Upon seeing the screenshots and title of Cavorite, we were eagerly anticipating the opportunity to make an awful pun about how it’s our ‘cavorite’ (see: favorite) puzzle-platformer on the App Store. Sadly, we were all robbed of such comedy gold given the quality of the game. (more…)

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        Zzed Review

        ZZed definitely owes a lot to one of PopCap’s many hits, Zuma. The game’s developers even acknowledge this debt with a cute bit of dialogue in the game’s narrative. However, this tiny chunk of comedy isn’t the sole highlight of ZZed. It’s a thoroughly entertaining game, both in its gameplay and its charming presentation. (more…)