Posts byGrant Holzhauer


Order & Chaos Online Review

The greatest thing about massively multiplayer online games like World of Warcraft is that they never end. Disregarding the fact that developers often continue to add new content over the months and years, expanding level caps and introducing new races and classes to try, the fact that they are online– and thus communal– means you can continue to have new experiences until they shut off the servers. Before Order & Chaos Online, though, you had to be chained to a computer to play. Say goodbye to the rest of your life. (more…)


Blast Zone Mega Review

Sometimes you just need to blow off steam. It’s times like this that you might feel like donning your super villain hat, hopping into your stealth bomber, and laying waste to the world’s major cities. Doing so in real life usually has some pretty severe repercussions, things like death, destruction of property, and people’s general disapproval. Unless, of course, there’s an app for that. Looks like you’re in luck. (more…)

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Mega Mall Story Review

Kairosoft is quickly becoming the Pixar of App Store game developers: Every new release is a hit that seems to be better than the last. Mega Mall Story is in many ways their most robust entry yet, giving you more options and control than ever, upping the frenzy factor but without completely overloading the player. But does managing a mall translate to fun? (more…)


Deadlock: Online iPad Review

Most deathmatch-style shooters take place from a first-person perspective. Those that vary from the norm often employ an over-the-shoulder point of view. Crescent Moon Games is trying something a bit new with Deadlock, and while it takes awhile to get adjusted, there’s hours of frantic fragging in store for you. (more…)


Ticket to Ride iPad Review

Ticket to Ride is much more than a catchy Beatles tune. Though the Beatles popularized the phrase, Alan R. Moon’s German-style board game of the same name took it in a whole new direction in 2004. And just as the Beatles finally came to Apple’s iTunes, this fantastic game has also pulled into the App Store. (more…)

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Avadon: The Black Fortress HD iPad Review

Role-playing games generally fall into one of two camps. There’s the open-ended, real-time Western-style, and the linear, turn-based Eastern-style. Both can be fairly predictable, barring a few changes to the characters, story, or environments. They usually come from big publishing houses, too. Avadon defies all these modern conventions and attempts to be a hybrid breed, which is especially sweet coming from an independent developer. (more…)


Prison Mayhem HD iPad Review

Diner Dash is for pansies. At least, that’s what 99Games, the developer behind Prison Mayhem HD, wants you to believe. They’ve taken the basic time management formula that made that beloved series so successful and applied it to the ruthless life of prison. And for the most part, it’s a winning formula. (more…)


Dragon’s Lair 2: Time Warp Review

When the original Dragon’s Lair hit the iPhone, it was an epic event. Although that game has been released on a smorgasbord of platforms over the years, this was the first time that it had been released in all its original glory in a portable format. The only thing that could possibly top it is its over-the-top sequel. Can Dirk the Daring do it again? (more…)

    Video: AirPlay Mirroring Enables iPad Games On TV

    iOS 5 won’t reinvent the wheel, but it does address a host of concerns and future-proofs Apple’s mobile devices, especially the iPad. Although Nintendo’s Wii U stole the show at this year’s E3, that same day, Apple unveiled AirPlay Mirroring, a new feature that basically does the same thing as the Wii U’s controller– only you won’t have to wait until 2012 for it. And now you can see it in action. (more…)


    Monster Hunter Dynamic Hunting Review

    Monster Hunter is one of Capcom’s most popular franchises, so we’re more than happy to see the publisher bring the series to iOS. Capcom has taken other renowned series, like Resident Evil and Dead Rising, and created all new experiences better suited for the touch screen generation. Dynamic Hunting attempts to do the same, and while it’s good while it lasts, it’s over before you know it. (more…)

    Alice Comes to iOS

    Well, at least in storybook form. In anticipation of the highly anticipated sequel to American McGee’s Alice, called Alice: Madness Returns, EA has partnered with PadWorx to create a storybook app that fills in the gaps between the two games’ stories. (more…)

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      Order & Chaos Online: First Impressions

      WoW. That simple exclamation took on a new meaning with the advent of World of Warcraft, the single most popular MMORPG in history. With Order & Chaos Online, Gameloft may have ripped off every element from that titan of a game, but they did it on iOS. And it works. For that reason alone, we are already walking away with one word escaping our lips: wow. (more…)


      Winemaker Extraordinaire HD iPad Review

      You don’t come across a game like Winemaker Extraordinaire HD very often. Then again, why would you? It’s part tycoon game, part minigame compilation, and part adventure game, all revolving around the creation of fine wines. That’s a niche market if we’ve ever seen one. (more…)


      iDOS Review

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      That’s the first thing I typed once I had iDOS all set up the way I wanted. And the results were beautiful. Regardless of your knowledge of DOS, if you have an affection for old games that may never see the light of day on iOS, you need to get this app pronto. Go download it and then finish reading this review. It’s that good. (more…)

        Mac App Store Is Live

        Early this morning, well before the anticipated launch time of 12PM EST, Apple opened its new Mac App Store to the masses. Check after the break to find out what you can expect. (more…)

          Padvance Report: SiteRider XL, CNN, and Flipboard

          The onslaught of game releases continued last week, many for the iPad. Nevertheless, there were plenty of other new apps and app updates that kept us busy. We take a look back at the highlights. (more…)


          Monkey Island Tales 1 HD iPad Review

          Every time Telltale releases a new game on the iPad, it feels something like an experiment. A little Sam & Max here, a little Wallace & Gromit there. These games are part of a series, but they have each only received a single iPad episode. Tales of Monkey Island is yet another series based on a classic franchise brought back from the dead, but is it good enough to warrant a second episode down the line? (more…)

            Padvance Report: Google Books, A Christmas Carol, and OnLive

            Software releases usually slow down as the holiday season approaches, but the App Store is breaking from tradition. On top of a slew of excellent game releases last week, there were also some notable non-gaming apps that are equally worthy of your time and attention. We take a look back at some of the highlights. (more…)

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              Padvance Report: Project, Browsers, and djay

              The iPad is really hitting its stride now that iOS 4.2 is out. It’s been opening up new avenues for development, and we’re already seeing the benefits in some great new apps. Check out the biggest stories from Padvance last week to stay abreast of all the news! (more…)

                Padvance Report: Tryptophan Edition

                The Thanksgiving holiday is over, and everyone is still recovering from the massive quantities of turkey consumed (and still being consumed) because of the festivities. So, just in case you’ve been enjoying an extended nap, here’s what been might have missed at Padvance last week. (more…)

                  Padvance Report: Windowshop, LIFE, and PBS

                  It’s been a busy time for iPad developers, as everyone is scrambling to be ready for the big iOS 4.2 drop any day now. Still, that hasn’t kept great iPad apps from making their way into the App Store in the past few weeks. We take a look at some of the most notable ones in this week’s recap. (more…)

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