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Wayward Souls Review

Wayward Souls is the game that Mage Gauntlet was supposed to be, and I mean that quite literally. When Rocketcat Games was making Mage Gauntlet, they wanted to have all of the things that Wayward Souls eventually ended up having, like randomized levels and multiple character classes. Eventually they realized that they were never going to be able to get that game done in time, and so Mage Gauntlet was born.  (more…)

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LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters Review

The LEGO franchise of video games has produced some rather memorable entertainment for us iOS gamers. Whether it’s Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, DC Superheroes or Star Wars, Warner Bros. has mixed those various franchises with LEGOS to give us some truly exciting and unique gaming experiences. (more…)

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Baldur’s Gate II iPad Review

Like I alluded to in my preview of the game, playing Baldur’s Gate II was one of the defining moments for me as a gamer. It holds a special place in my gaming heart, and you’d be hard pressed to find an “all-time best of” list that doesn’t include this amazing game. Unfortunately, times they have a changed. RPGs have evolved and the way we play games has changed, so a straight port of this computer classic just doesn’t work for the iPad. (more…)

    Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition Hands-On Preview

    Playing Baldur’s Gate II when it came out in the early 2000’s was something of a formative gaming experience for me. While I absolutely loved the first one, and played countless games before it, it wasn’t until part two that I came to realize just how immersive and engrossing playing videogames could be. So I was a bit heartbroken when, because of befuddling legal vagaries, it looked like Baldur’s Gate II might not ever grace our little screens. (more…)

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    The Shadow Sun Review

    The Shadow Sun is a game that I honestly thought we would never see. Announced three years ago, the game was promised to be something that would give us an Elder Scrolls-like experience for iOS from developers who had worked on games like Baldur’s Gate and NeverWinter Nights. With a gameplay promise like that and from people with those kinds of resumes, expectations ran high for RPG fans. (more…)

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    Epoch 2 Review

    When the first Epoch came out a couple of years ago, it was further evidence that AAA production values could be coupled with the unique opportunities of a touchscreen environment to provide an exciting gameplay experience for iOS. Its elegant and uncluttered control scheme, gorgeous graphics, and cool cover-based gameplay gave us a fierce little game that showed just what our iPads and phones were capable of if someone were willing to put in the work. (more…)

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    Icycle: On Thin Ice Review

    Are you familiar with the works of a man named Saul Bass? During the ’70s and ’80s he was one of the most iconic graphic-designers/artists the nation had ever seen. His surreal and spacey style graced movie posters, corporate logos, and even movies themselves which included the title sequence for Hitchcock’s Psycho. He has been imitated, revered, and homaged endlessly over the years (check out the title sequence for the Spielberg movie Catch me if You Can for an idea) and it’s not hyperbole to say that he’s one of the most influential artists of the modern era. (more…)

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    Sorcery 2! Review

    In some games, the story is the backdrop, a means to get you from one action setpiece to another. In other games, the story is so deeply integrated into the action that it’s hard to imagine one without the other. In Sorcery 2, the latest choose-your-own-adventure storybook game from Steve Jackson, the story is the whole point of the game. (more…)

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    Transport Tycoon Review

    Videogame content can cover a wide range of extremes. Whether it’s extreme depictions of violence, humor, or difficulty levels, if you’re a lover of the intense, then odds are you can find a game that fits your style. Transport Tycoon is a game that travels in a different kind of extreme, and that’s an extreme level of resource management. If dealing with menus within menus within menus, a distressing amount of unmarked icons cluttering your screen and an absolutely ludicrous level of detail to govern sounds like a fun night at home, then Transport Tycoon is the game for you. (more…)

      Under the Radar: October 4, 2013

      So many games come out for iOS on a regular basis that it can be difficult to keep track of them all, let alone review them. In this edition of Under the Radar, I highlight a handful of games from this summer that I enjoyed immensely. Whether it’s because of ingenuity in gameplay, or a great mix of old-school and new, these are games, in no particular order, that captured my attention over the last few months. (more…)

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      Six O’Clock High Review

      Dogfighting is a form of fierce aerial combat that’s been around almost since the invention of the airplane itself. It featured intense aerial melees between dogged opponents performing death-defying, close quarters maneuvers in their vicious attempts to knock the other out of the sky. The style of fighting gained considerable notoriety during World War I and even produced a bonafide celebrity of sorts in the Red Baron. Now, from ColePowered Games, comes Six O’Clock High, an energetic and fast-paced game that seeks to recreate at least some of those oft romanticized days of yore. (more…)

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      Breach & Clear Review

      iOS, and especially the iPad, have been a real boon for the strategy game genre. Games like Great Big War Game, Ravenmark, and most recently the amazing PC ports of Frozen Synapse and XCOM have shown that not only can this platform do strategy, but it can do it fantastically well. Breach & Clear, a new game from Gun and a former creator of the Call of Duty games, promises to up the ante. Claiming that they want to change the way people think about mobile games, the developers want to bring AAA production values and creativity to hopefully force us to reevaluate how we interact with our touchscreen gaming devices. (more…)

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      Motocross Elite Review

      When I was just a wee lad, during the summers, my dad and I would go to a massive BMX dirt-bike obstacle course and watch the absolute insanity of these daredevils running over giant piles of dirt, popping wheelies, flying through the air, performing crazy aerial stunts and generally doing things on bikes that usually required onsite EMTs. Now all these years later comes Motocross Elite, a game that seeks to recreate the feeling of those muddy, acrobatic daredevils. And it does a fairly good job of doing just that. (more…)

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      Star Wars Force Collection Revew

      The year 1995 was good for collectible card gaming fans. Magic: The Gathering was still going strong, but a new game came out that year: the Star Wars collectible card game. Almost overnight, thousands of players were able to battle their friends with Light or Dark side decks, using different iterations of their favorite characters and playing in countless locations from the movies. It was some of the most fun I’ve ever had and helped to create friendships that lasted for years. (more…)

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      Asphalt 8: Airborne Review

      It’s another year, another summer, and just like a summer blockbuster movie, it’s time for another entry in Gameloft’s venerable racing series, Asphalt. It’s easy to get cynical as this would be the eighth game in the series, and after part seven I was starting to think that this franchise was getting a little too long in the tooth. Thankfully Gameloft seems to have realized that as well and has added enough new and fun elements to justify keeping the series going. (more…)

        Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition Arriving on iOS

        When Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition was pulled from the App Store a few months ago, we all thought the worst for the franchise. Would mobile users ever see updates to fix the glaring problems of the initial release? Would Baldur’s Gate 2 ever see the light of day?

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        Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition is Back on the App Store

        A couple of months ago the amazing iOS port of the classic PC game Baldur’s Gate, was unceremoniously removed from the App Store. It was a dark day indeed for fans of the game, as it left plans of a port of Baldur’s Gate 2 and the new Baldur’s Gate 3 up in the air. (more…)

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        Mikey Hooks Review

        There’s something to be said about having a passion. Whether you’re passionate about movies, biking, reading or whatever, doing things you’re passionate about can really make life worth living. So when two friendly rivals on the Touch Arcade forums decided to get together and make last year’s awesome Mikey Shorts, you could clearly tell that they were passionate about the game they were making. (more…)

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        Bloodmasque Review

        When you think of Square Enix, the developer of games like Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider and Chaos Rings, the last thing you would ever think of coming from them is an Infinity Blade-style game where you can take a picture of yourself, stick your face on a character and fight vampires in the streets of Paris. But these are the days we live in, and Bloodmasque is the game we’re playing. It’s an interesting mash-up of ideas that more or less comes together in a fun and unique game. (more…)

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        Sky Gamblers: Cold War Review

        Have you ever played one of those games that has you thinking about it even when you’re not playing it? You know, it’s the kind of game where you’re already planning your next move after you quit to menu, brush your teeth and go to sleep. The most recent game that has me doing this is the latest entry in the Sky Gamblers series, Cold War. While I was at work I would think about flying my Black-Bird to spy on the commies in the single-player campaign, or daydream about battling in heated dogfights against other real-world players in the amazing multiplayer. Yeah, Sky Gamblers: Cold War is the kind of game that leaves an impression. (more…)

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        Sprinkle Islands Review

        Two years is a long, long time in the iOS universe. An eternity even. When the first Sprinkle game came out almost two years ago, it was a bit of a revelation. A creative, ambitious water-based physics puzzler, Sprinkle was a shining gem in an already crowded genre. However, in the intervening years, countless other physics puzzlers have been released, and Sprinkle even got upstaged by Disney with it’s water based game, Where’s My Water. So now we’ve got the sequel, Sprinkle Islands, and the big question is: Did the developer make the two year wait worth it? (more…)

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