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Penumbear Review

When we first heard about Penumbear, a game featuring an adorable teddy-bear wearing an ascot, the last thing we expected to think was “Wow, this may be one of the toughest games we’ve played since League of Evil.” But here we are days later pondering a twisted, dark, supremely challenging existential adventure through a castle– where the main character is a teddy-bear. (more…)

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Cognition Episode 1 Review

Adventure gaming fans sometimes have to put up with a lot. Whether it’s getting stuck in a room and tapping on everything in an attempt to get out, or trying every bizarre combination of objects our brains can come up with in order to solve a puzzle, we sometimes have to use a shotgun approach to our gaming techniques to get anywhere. That’s why a game like Cognition Episode 1 is such a refreshing experience. It’s a thrilling, engrossing adventure game where the solutions usually make sense and you’re rarely left with that “What just happened?” feeling. It also has a unique twist that makes it fun. (more…)

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QuestLord Review

Role-playing games come in all stripes. You’ve got your Japanese RPGS like Final Fantasy, your Western RPGS like Baldur’s Gate and even your Korean RPGS like Zenonia. They all have different aspects to them that appeal to different types of gamers. And there’s a fourth type that really doesn’t fit into any of those RPG boxes: the dungeon crawler. (more…)

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Cypress Inheritance Review

In Cypress Inheritance you play as Lorna, a young woman with a crazy uncle Alfred who has just died. But Alfred isn’t just any crazy old uncle. Alfred was apparently an odd scientist who dabbled in Artificial Intelligence and liked to use it to guard his priceless art collection. Lucky Lorna inherited her peculiar uncles vast fortune after he passed, but there’s a catch: she has to fend off the female robot A.I. Vonya in one of Alfred’s mansions. And Vonya is determined to make getting that inheritance as difficult as she possibly can. Typical A.I. (more…)

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Infestor Review

Infestor is a game that continues the iOS tradition of taking online flash type games and bringing them to your pocket. It also continues Ravenous Games’ tradition of making delightul and fun bite-sized games that you can play and put down after a few minutes. Infestor is a cute little game, with a strong concept that makes for a fun diversion. (more…)

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Penny Arcade’s On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 Review

If you play videogames, then odds are you know about Penny Arcade, at least in some fashion. Whether it’s their industry skewering comic-strip, involvement in PAX, or no holds barred website, love ‘em or hate ‘em, Penny Arcade is an institution in the industry. A little while ago they decided to put their money where their mouth is and actually make some games themselves. (more…)

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Cracking Sands Review

Polarbit is a company that has become synonymous with racing games. From Reckless Getaway to the Reckless Racing series, Polarbit has shown that it has an understanding of how iPhone racing should work. When word came of Cracking Sands, we were anticipating another great, polished racing game set in a Mad Max-style world. Unfortunately, when we actually sat down and played the game we were faced with baffling design decisions that led to a disappointing and disheartening experience that left us feeling let down. (more…)

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Tennis in the Face Review

If you’ve ever played tennis, then you’ve undoubtedly encountered someone who could use a little, ummm, encouragement to make you see things your way: refs, obnoxious bystanders, other players. For fallen tennis hero Pete Pagassi, it’s the makers, purveyors and consumers of Explodz energy drink. Like many poor souls before him, he just kept chasing that caffeinated dragon and his sports career suffered a B-12 fueled flameout. (more…)

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Death Golf Review

Mashing up gaming genres can be a tricky tightrope to try and walk. If successful, you have the potential to create something new and unique that can transcend the trappings of a specific type of game and create a whole new, hopefully awesome,  experience. On the flipside, however, if the experiment doesn’t work then you can create something that’s a major mess. Death Golf, the new game from Ayopa Games, proves that old Jurassic Park adage: just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. (more…)

    Opinion: The Best Games We Didn’t Review Last Year

    February will mark a year of me writing for Slide To Play. During that time, I’ve had a blast reviewing games. While we can’t review everything, if I could jump in the Wayback Machine, there are a few great games that came out in 2012 that I would have loved to have taken a crack at. Here’s my personal list of the best games that didn’t get reviewed.

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    Power Rangers Legends Review

    So we’ve apparently reached a point where we can consider the “Infinity Blade style” a thing now. For better or worse the game has changed the face of iOS gaming and there’s going to be a lot of imitators. Some, like Avengers Initiative or Dark Meadow, have been fairly successful. And on the other end of the spectrum we have games like Power Rangers: Legends, which is a shallow, boring experience. (more…)

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    Middle Manager of Justice Review

    Starting a new business is never easy. There are just so many things to juggle: bills to pay, vendors to deal with, staff to manage and giant robots to fend off. Well that last part maybe not so much, but for the Middle Manager of Justice, sending off his contract superheroes to battle strange villains and keep the streets safe is just as important as filing those 1099 forms. (more…)

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    Meganoid 2 Review

    Meganoid 2 is one of those games that you already know if you’re going to like before you even install it. When the game’s official website says that it’s going throw all kinds of things your way, possibly in an unfair way, just to see if you can survive, then the game shouldn’t be a surprise for you. And if that sounds like something you want to put yourself through, then you’re going to be in for one heck of a wild ride and one of the best platforming experiences for iOS. (more…)

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    Spellwood – Word Adventure Game Review

    Scrabble and word-type games are getting to be almost as ubiquitous as zombie games. Every other week it seems like some new game is asking us to use our brains, so it’s kinda hard for a new one to stand out from the crowd. Luckily Sega has brought out Spellwood and it adds a really unique twist to the tried and true Scrabble/Words with Friends formula. (more…)

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    Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Review

    For gamers of a certain age, Baldur’s Gate was a watershed moment. Before then many had tried and, for the most part, failed to bring Dungeons & Dragons to the videogame world. Then along came Bioware in 1998 and it all just seemed to come together. With an amazingly complex story, a monumental amount of content, and a system that managed to bring D&D rules seamlessly to the gaming world, Baldur’s Gate was a triumph. It’s a testament to the legacy of the game and its characters that the phrase ‘space hamster’ means as much today as they did 14 years ago. (more…)

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    Flea Symphony Review

    Flea Symphony is part of a recent wave of music based games that have making their way onto the App Store. It comes from developers Odd Gentleman, makers of the Xbox Live indie darling, The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom. Now they’ve given us Flea Symphony, an interesting little curio that shows a lot of promise. (more…)

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    Doomsday Preppers Review

    Doomsday Preppers is one of those infamous reality TV shows that follows the lives of a series of unhinged individuals who, ironically enough, have a tenuous grasp on reality. This show’s ‘stars’ are all people who think that the end is indeed nigh, and highlights their attempts to prepare for the end. G5 Games has made a freemium title for iOS that serves as a tie-in to the series and, oh irony of ironies, is a game that has a tenuous grasp on actually being a game. (more…)

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    Arc Squadron Review

    It’s always kind of thrilling to see a company knock it out of the park with their debut title on a platform. Psyonix Games– contributors to console title like Homefront and Bulletstorm– have released Arc Squadron, a gorgeous and intense new game for iOS that is exactly the kind of game that you would expect from a company that’s helped shape exciting and beautiful games in the past. (more…)

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    Beatdown Review

    At one point or another, we’ve probably all had fantasies of quitting or being fired from our jobs in epically explosive fashion. While most of us– at least we hope most of us– have never actually done this, going out in Office Space style seems to be an enduring American fantasy. Now Ravenous Games has brought out a game called Beatdown! that allows us to live out those fantasies, at least in videogame form. (more…)

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    Plunder! Review

    Pirate games on iOS are on the road to becoming as ubiquitous as zombie games. They’ve still got a long way to go, but these days it seems like every other week there’s some variation of sailing the high seas as a pillaging scalawag. Now Big Fish Games is bringing back one of the originals. Plunder came out about two years ago and then was curiously removed. It seems to have found its sea-legs again with slightly streamlined gameplay, a ‘story’ and updated graphics and sound. Unfortunately it also tugged along the same laborious gameplay from years ago. It’s been described as Bomberman meets the ocean. But at least Bomberman was fun.

    Plunder is a simple game in concept, so simple that it could just as well be a Flash game. You’re presented with a single, grid-based screen. Your goal is to get your pirate ship from one side of the screen to the other. Levels are randomly generated, and between you and your goal are a whole mess of mines and cannons that you need to detonate to clear a path to the other side. When a cannon is activated, either by the player tapping it or by having a cannon-ball shot into it, it fires its ball, hopefully into another cannon or obstacle, and then disappears.

    A beautiful day for a naval battle.

    The mines come in a few different varieties that shoot cannon-balls in a bunch of different directions. When a mine is red, that means that it can be exploded. Gray cannons need to be hit once with a ball before they can turn red, and black cannons need to be hit twice. Other obstacles are in your way as well. There are other ships that will fire on you, or treasure ships that drop gold and loot. Icebergs, fogbanks, shipwrecks and whirlpools are other annoyances that will prevent your pirate persona from escaping the justice of the Navy that is nipping at your heels. Take too long to complete a level and your ship gets captured and the game is over.

    As you make your way through the game you’ll can upgrade your ship with items like cannons, fire-proof sails, and ice-breakers. You will also get rewarded with additional ships to join your fleet, and you can even buy bigger and badder ships down the line. You may also find power-ups that can give you a temporary advantage. Can’t get around a cannon? Use one of the arrow power-ups to move either your ship or the cannon out of the way.

    Up in smoke.

    There are seven worlds in total, and in each world you control a different pirate who needs to recapture lost treasure. And progressing through the game is where Plunder takes a dive off of the plank. Progress is made so slowly that it can take you hours upon hours just to make it through a single world. You have to collect 13 different pieces of treasure in each world, and since the levels are randomly generated, the rate you collect treasure is random as well. We played nearly 20 levels in the second world before we even got our first piece of treasure, and that was after playing for an hour and a half. The gold you collect to buy upgrades also comes at a snail’s pace, and the upgrades are expensive. The money problem is only compounded when you have more than one ship and you want to try and keep them all safe.

    When Plunder came out initially it was a freemium game, and its origins remain obvious. Unless you want to spend real-world money on top of what you spend to unlock the full game, then you’re going to spend a lot of time grinding to get gold and treasure. The inventive gameplay is initially addictive and fun, but it soon gets anchored down by ceaseless repetition. The cute graphics, great voice-acting and awesome sound-effects can’t save what is otherwise a real chore to play through.

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    iBomber Attack Review

    A long time ago in a childhood far, far away, we used to play an NES game called Jackal. It was an intense top-down, vehicle based shooter that took you through war-torn lands and enemy strongholds in order to rescue prisoners and defeat the faceless villains. Now comes iBomber Attack from Cobra Mobile and Chillingo, and while it is a continuation of iBomber series for iOS, it’s also a continuation of the happy clappy feelings we got while playing games like Jackal back in the day. (more…)

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