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Kid Vector Review

Short of grabbing a couple of paddles and playing a game of Pong, you don’t get much more ‘retro’ than a vector game. Tempest, Space Fury, Armor Attack…those are the things that little boys’ dreams were made of. Now Uncade has come along and has given us Kid Vector, a tough as nails platformer that takes the vector game, gives it a sweet 2.5D modern sheen, and gives our inner-child the chance to squeal with delight while we die horrible, horrible deaths. (more…)

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Mr. Dreamer Review

Little monsters really seem to have a sweet tooth. God only knows how many sugary snacks we’ve fed to Cut the Rope‘s Om Nom over the past two years. Now comes Poncho, a creature that looks like a blue eraser in a suit, who daydreams about worlds filled with candy while he’s sleeping on the job at the Broccoli Company. Mr. Dreamer, from Strapped to a Meteor Games, is a high energy sugar-rush. (more…)

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Agent Dash Review

Remember a little while ago when the makers of Temple Run teamed up with Pixar to make Temple Run Brave? Now imagine that Pixar themselves had gone ahead and made their own endless running game, and it might look a little something like Agent Dash from Full Fat games. It’s a game that’s chock full of humor and style, with artwork that looks like it came straight from an animated film, but Agent Dash has very little to offer in actual substance. So actually, it kind of feels like something that would come from Dreamworks, and not Pixar. (more…)

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Sly Fox Review

If cartoons have taught us nothing else, it’s that foxes love chickens. Those devious mammals are always trying to find new ways to steal away some tasty avian dinner. The black fox from the new game Sly Fox seems to have found a rather clever way to get to his chow: He’s attached a propeller from a crashed airplane onto his tail to fly around and grab those chickens. (more…)

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ORC: Vengeance Review

You may have recently heard of a little game series called Diablo by a little company called Blizzard. Throughout the years, Diablo has been the benchmark for fast-paced dungeon-crawling, monster-hacking, and looting. There have been numerous attempts to capture that special something that made Diablo so good. Until recently, the most successful attempt for iOS has been Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter series. But now, courtesy of Big Cave Games via Chillingo, there’s a new contender for king of the dungeon: Rok, the hero of ORC: Vengeance. (more…)

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Cthulhu Saves the World Review

Fantasy games have a long history of making fun of themselves. Whether it’s older games like The Bard’s Tale or last year’s Mage Gauntlet and Dragon Fantasy, the sword and sorcery world has always enjoyed tearing down and deconstructing the very tropes that the genre is known for. Cthulhu Saves the World is yet another entry into the self-parodying fantasy genre, and it does so with a rather unique take on the typical RPG storyline and more tongue-in-cheek humor than you can shake a slimy, disgusting tentacle at. (more…)

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Great Big War Game Review

We’ve seen a decent number of cartoonish-looking strategy and war games recently. In just the past month or so, we’ve been treated to the bobble-headed and slightly demented Tiny Troopers and the cute and lovable Outwitters. These are games that let us outsmart our opponents while making us giggle a little bit at the same time. Great Big War Game from Rubicon, a sequel to last year’s Great Little War Game, is another addition to that genre, and it’s the real deal. (more…)

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Gets to the Exit Review

We like a good challenge. We love it when a game tests our mettle, our skills, our resolve. With some games, getting through a puzzle, accomplishing all our goals, beating that enemy or getting through that level can make us feel like champs. And then sometimes a game will come along where getting through a level with even the a modicum of success can feel like barely walking away from a flaming car wreck. Gets to the Exit, a new ‘Lemmings’ type game by roll7, falls into the latter category and it’s a doozy. (more…)

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CSR Racing Review

Every year Apple likes to use games in its keynote speeches to help highlight some new piece of technology or software. In the past they’ve used games like Infinity Blade and Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy. At the WWDC this year, they showcased CSR Racing, a game by Natural Motion, the developers behind the Backbreaker series, and it’s fairly obvious as to why they did this: the graphics in CSR are stunning. Some of the best we’ve ever seen in an iOS game. Unfortunately, when you strip away the pretty paint job, what you’re left with is a rusty and annoying in-app purchase (IAP) system that takes away a lot of the fun. (more…)

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Banzai Blade Review

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the makers of Temple Run must be feeling pretty good about themselves right about now. It seems like every week there’s a new game coming out that seeks to capture that Temple Run magic. Banzai Blade by the Cartoon Network is a new contender in this arena, and it succeeds somewhat by mashing up a few different types of gameplay to mix things up a bit. (more…)

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Magic 2013 iPad Review

Oh Magic: The Gathering. Thanks to you, we were accused of gambling during lunch in high school. Thanks to you, we were once accosted by a religious nut who claimed we were practicing witchcraft. And thanks to you, we spent many a Friday night partaking in ‘Magic Fridays’ playing cards instead of hanging out with girls. Ah yes, the memories. Thankfully, Wizards of the Coast, the makers of Magic, have decided to tempt us once again with an amazing version of the hyper-addictive card game for the iPad. Just when we thought we were out, they pulled us back in. (more…)

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Dungeon Village Review

With Epic Astro Story it seemed like Kairosoft, makers of a series of horribly addictive simulation games, had finally gotten the point. It seemed like they realized that they had to innovate and change things up or they were in real risk of becoming irrelevant. Thankfully, with their newest game Dungeon Village, they didn’t forget that very important lesson. While it doesn’t innovate as much as Epic Astro Story, it’s unique and fun enough to be considered a real gem of a game. (more…)

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Alexandria Bloodshow Review

Recently, Sega has been doing a bang-up job bringing out some of the most interesting historical strategy/simulation games on the market. Samurai Bloodshow and Total War Battles sent players deep into Japan’s past as you took control of an army to fend off attacking enemy forces. Now with Alexandria Bloodshow, a spiritual sequel to Samurai Bloodshow, Sega wants to take us into ancient Egypt and Greece as the two giants battle each other for supremacy. Unfortunately, If you’ve played Samurai Bloodshow, then you won’t find a whole lot to surprise you, as the mechanics and the game itself are virtually the same. (more…)

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realMyst Review

Do the words ‘piano puzzle’ mean anything to you? Do they conjure up nights with you and a friend huddled around your Mac LC, listening intently to the dulcet tones coming from your computer speakers while you try to move on-screen sliders up and down to match the sounds coming from an on-screen piano? Do they invoke feelings of wanting to throw your computer out your dorm room window in frustration while your friend tries to placate you with pizza-rolls? If so, then you know the game we’re talking about. For everyone else, welcome to Myst, or in this case, realMyst. (more…)

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Gene Effect Review

Mankind is discovering some seriously strange stuff in space these days. From the strange flora and fauna in Waking Mars to the weird aliens living a space-dinosaur’s UFO in Mystery of the Japanese Werewolf, there’s some odd and scary things out there. Now you can discover ancient alien ruins and otherworldly technology in Gene Effect, the excellent new game from Lightstorm 3D. (more…)

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Reiner Knizia’s City of Secrets Pipes Review

Reiner Knizia is back at it again, teaming with iOS creators Aidem Media and updating one of his board games, Pipes, to fit into to the City of Secrets universe, like he did previously with Skyline. This is again being done to celebrate the upcoming game City of Secrets 2. This time, however, the results aren’t as good as Skyline, and we’re left with a fairly frustrating and mediocre puzzler. (more…)

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Airport Scanner Review

Adorable is hardly a word we would use to describe the fine folks of the TSA and airport security in general. Intrusive and slow, yes. But adorable? Probably never, and it’s a real testament to the ingenuity of the Kedlin Company and their new game, Airport Scanner, that adorable and fun are now words we can use to describe airport security. At least, the security in this game. (more…)

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Inotia 4: Assassin of Berkel Review

It’s 2012, and that must mean we get another installment in the somewhat popular KRPG series, Inotia from Com2uS. Part 4 of this seemingly interchangeable series of games offers nothing new, except for the opportunity to spend lots of your real-world money. Are you excited? (more…)

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Imperium Galactica 2 iPad Review

You know a game has a certain special something when you’ve been playing it until 5 a.m. and the only thing you’ve had to eat in hours is the bag of Skittles sitting conveniently within arm’s reach. The only things reminding you you’ve been playing too long is the low-battery warning on the iPad, and the fact that the sun is starting to rise. Imperium Galactica 2, an updated port of the classic strategy PC game from Digital Reality, is one such game. (more…)

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Snow Bros Review

Nostalgia can be a tricky thing. Sometimes you’ll find something from long ago that gives you all kinds of warm and fuzzy feelings, while other times you’ll kick yourself for buying that Transformers animated movie because your 10-year-old brain told you it was awesome. We’re hoping that nostalgia doesn’t cause anyone to overlook the problems with this massively flawed port of Snow Bros, a ‘classic’ arcade game from the ’90s that just doesn’t hold up. (more…)

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Battle Academy iPad Review

It’s World War II. You’re an Allied commander trapped behind enemy lines in the harsh African desert. Your troops are eating sand as the enemy infantry have them pinned down from a bunker high atop a hill. The German artillery has decimated your tanks, and your reserves are still too far away to be of any help. Morale is low, white flags are being readied, and there’s serious talk of surrender. What do you do, soldier? What. Do. You. Do? (more…)

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