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…)


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…)


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…)

    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…)

        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…)


        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…)


          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…)

              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…)


                  Galaxy on Fire 2 Review

                  Transported through time. Lost in space. Space pirates. We’ve seen it all before in countless sci-fi movies and video games, but never before in such detail on the iPhone or iPod Touch. While many developers have attempted to nail the sci-fi genre, few have been as successful as Galaxy on Fire. The original game, while great, lacked depth and longevity, but its sequel outshines it. Hop in the cockpit, because this is a ride you won’t want to miss. (more…)

                    Padvance Report: CineTap, MobileMe, and Puzzle Quest 2

                    After many months in the marketplace, the iPad has truly proven its worth. Padvance, Slide to Play’s sister site, diligently covers many of the best apps and features the iPad has to offer, showing the device’s wide range of uses. Here’s our look back at some of this week’s highlights. (more…)

                      iPhone 4 Press Conference

                      Apple is holding an invite-only press conference this morning at 10am PST. What Apple intends to discuss is unknown, although the web is full of rumors. Will an updated version of the iPhone 4 begin shipping that circumvents the reception problem? Is Apple giving all customers a free bumper? Will Steve Jobs continue to dismiss allegations that the phone doesn’t work properly? Come back after 10 for the answers.


                      Wallace & Gromit: The Last Resort for iPad Review

                      Having played an episode on the Xbox 360, this was not our first foray into the digital version of the classic claymation series Wallace & Gromit. The Last Resort, although it is not the first episode in the series, comes to the iPad for the first time. It follows the old-school adventure game formula to a tee, but is easily the least zany of Telltale’s many episodic adventures. Aside from a few unfortunate technical hiccups, it’s their best venture on the iPad to date. (more…)


                      Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge for iPad Review

                      For many, classic gaming evoke memories of Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, and other arcade treasures. For others, though, their nostalgia lies in the point-and-click adventures from the likes of LucasArts and Sierra. While there are many favorites, most would agree that Monkey Island 2 stands at the pinnacle. Superb writing, a sweeping soundtrack, and exotic locations have all been revamped for the second in LucasArts’ special edition series to make the best even better. (more…)

                        Hulu Plus First Impressions

                        Remember how big of a deal it was that Flash wasn’t available on the iPad? You know, we need that to watch TV shows and stuff. Like on Hulu. Well, Hulu has finally come out from behind the curtain with its answer: Hulu Plus. The universal app just went live, and we’ve got the first impressions. (more…)

                          Analyst: iPad Sales Will Slow

                          Analysts are often wrong. After all, their sales estimates are based on research and projections, but ultimately the consumer may pull a 180 and purchase something unexpected. Take for instance, the iPad, which is shattering sales expectations. And compare that with the latest estimates from Forrester. (more…)

                            3 Million iPads Sold

                            Apple announced today the latest sales figures for the iPad. Although we were not terribly surprised by the numbers, we can’t help but be pleased that our favorite tablet is doing so well right out of the gate, even without enjoying the benefits (yet) of the latest iOS. Find out the details after the break. (more…)

                              iOS 4.0 Is Live

                              Apple released their long-awaited update of their mobile operating system, iOS (formerly iPhone OS) late this morning. This build is identical to the gold master build that was put into developers’ hands at WWDC 2010, just after Steve Jobs finished his keynote speech. (more…)

                                iPhone 4 Has Double the RAM of iPad

                                It seems that the iPhone 4 may turn out to be more powerful than the iPad. Both are running Apple’s custom A4 chip, although we do not know at what clock speed it’s running on the iPhone 4 (the iPad is running at 1GHz). Given that, it has been speculated that the iPhone 4 may not be running as fast to better conserve battery life on the smaller handheld with a smaller battery. But what about the RAM? Reports are that it is double what’s on board the iPad. (more…)

                                  iPhone 4 Upgrade Eligibility Update

                                  The iPhone 4 is upon us. Apple and AT&T opened the floodgates this morning at 7am to begin pre-ordering the devices in the U.S., and if you’ve been trying to do so, you’ve no doubt encountered plenty of server errors as their websites struggle to handle the influx of traffic. More significant, though, is that we’ve discovered that more people may be eligible to upgrade right now than previously thought. (more…)


                                  Game Table Review

                                  With several board game titles already available on the iPad, it’s clear that there is a demand among gamers to use the iPad as a stand-in for traditional table-top games. Give the players the pieces and let them do with them what they want, right? Game Table is much like BoardBox, but its board game selection is limited checkers and chess, and it includes a pretty neat digital deck of cards. (more…)


                                  Sam & Max Episode 1: The Penal Zone Review

                                  Sam and Max’s latest adventure may have just been released on the Mac, PC, and PS3, but iPad owners have been enjoying it for a few weeks now. It’s the series’ third season (but the first for the iPad) from developer Telltale Games, who have borrowed heavily from its humble LucasArts and comic book origins and brought it successfully into the 21st century with 3D visuals and new control schemes. But how does it fare in its transition to the mobile arena? (more…)


                                  BoardBox Review

                                  Some games require hand-holding tutorials to explain their elaborate intricacies. Others bedazzle you with Hollywood-style cinema scenes. Even classic board games like Clue and The Game of Life have received makeovers for the iDevices. But sometimes, you just want to play the old-school games: chess, checkers, reversi, and the like. You don’t need anything fancy; you just need a partner and a game board. Welcome to BoardBox. (more…)


                                  Monster RPG 2 Review

                                  If role-playing games were as prevalent on the iPhone as puzzle games, where there are more than any sane person could possibly play, a game like Monster RPG 2 would easily be lost in the App Store abyss. The reason is simple: Just as a puzzle game requires an ingenious hook to keep you playing for more than a few minutes, a role-playing game depends on engaging combat and a story that matters to the player. Monster RPG 2 lacks both. (more…)


                                  Final Fantasy 2 Review

                                  Final Fantasy XIII is just around the bend, which gives us all the more reason to revisit this series’s heralded past. It probably came as a shock to Japanese gamers when a sequel to the final fantasy was originally released. The original did so well that it kept the endangered publisher Square afloat, allowing them to create one of gaming’s most memorable franchises. (more…)


                                  Dracula: The Path of the Dragon – Part 1 Review

                                  From time to time, adventure game fans find true gems on the iPhone: Jules Verne’s Return to Mysterious Island, Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered, and The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition come to mind. Nevertheless, the platform has also become something of a dumping ground for old PC adventure games (of which there are many), and few of them stand the test of time. Dracula falls squarely into the latter camp. (more…)


                                  Vanquish: The Oath of Brothers Hands-On Preview

                                  It’s always a breath of fresh air when a new type of game comes to the iPhone. Since we are constantly inundated with puzzle games and shooters, it’s rare that we see something completely different. Such a game is headed to the App Store next month: Gamevil’s Vanquish: The Oath of Brothers. We recently got our hands on a preview build of the game, which solidified in our minds that this is one to keep an eye on. (more…)


                                  Mission: Deep Sea Review

                                  It’s easy to see why deep-sea diving makes an attractive environment for video games. It’s something that few people will ever experience, it’s exciting, and the sea floor is a beautiful place. In recent years, games like Ecco the Dolphin (Dreamcast) and Endless Ocean (Wii) have brought the dazzling underwater ecosystem to our TV screens. Now Mission: Deep Sea delivers the experience on the iPhone, but in a new way. Thanks to its most recent update, it’s a game worth getting excited about, even if it’s not quite perfect. (more…)


                                  Ridge Racer Accelerated Review

                                  Ridge Racer has a long history of falling behind a number of much better racing games. Need for Speed, Burnout, Gran Turismo, and Forza have long entertained gearheads on the consoles, leaving Ridge Racer in the dust. Of these, only Need for Speed has hit the iPhone, and it already has two excellent entries on the platform (Undercover and Shift). Ridge Racer once again is stuck in second gear and underwhelms at every turn. (more…)


                                  Skies of Glory Review

                                  How many flying games are you willing to dish out money for? SGN, the makers of F.A.S.T., are hoping that you’re not willing to commit a cent. First F.A.S.T. went free, and now their latest game, Skies of Glory, has followed suit. But there’s a big difference between these two games beyond the modern-day and WWII settings. (more…)


                                  Sherlock Holmes: The Game is Afoot Review

                                  Sherlock Holmes is one of those immortal characters who cannot be duplicated and is the permanent figurehead for his line of work. He’s inspired many with his cleverness and keen ability to solve the most complex mysteries, and real-world detectives probably wish they had his impeccable intuition. The character’s wit, pursuit of criminal masterminds, and charming old England setting all make for a fantastic setup for a game, and it’s a well of material that has yet to be properly tapped in the gaming market. Too bad this game does such a lackluster job. (more…)


                                  Harry Potter: Spells Review

                                  Most kids probably went through the phase of wanting to be a wizard of some kind. Whether they read The Hobbit, watched Sword and the Stone, or more recently, grew up with the Harry Potter phenomenon, the ability to cast magical spells with devastating (or just plain cool) effects is something that kick-starts the imagination and can make for lots of fun, even if it’s only imaginary. Now, there’s an app for that. (more…)


                                  Cheap Shot: geoSpark

                                  The appeal and success of Geometry Wars and its sequel on the Xbox 360 are undeniable. Geometry Wars single-handedly helped refine the twin-stick shooter and is easily recognized by its distinct visuals. The iPhone has also shown that it can pull off this type of game, with countless variations hitting the App Store and each doing quite well. In an interesting turnaround, geoSpark copies the look of Geometry Wars while changing the gameplay. (more…)


                                  Cobra Command Review

                                  There are really three types of games: those that create a new experience, those that imitate these games, and rereleases of memorable games of the past. Cobra Command clearly falls in the latter category, but in such a way that makes it stand out from the attack of the clones. Instead of merely pushing out a carbon copy of the Sega CD version (the only home version released until now), it went straight back to the source, the arcade original, and added fun new iPhone-specific gimmicks to make a game 25 years old feel new again. (more…)


                                  House M.D. Review

                                  Gregory House is the kind of doctor that you love to hate. His arrogance and sarcasm is trumped only by his knowledge of medicine, and the Fox drama has been a hit because there really hasn’t been anything so perversely enjoyable as watching a genius doctor with the bedside manner of a weasel. (more…)


                                  Flatspace Review

                                  Years ago, when Eve Online for the PC was new to the MMO arena, we tried our hands at it. While the breadth of that game was impressive, its steep learning curve and lack of comprehensible tutorials made it a turn-off for those who didn’t have time to learn its vast intricacies. After playing Flatspace, itself a PC port, we can’t help but think of Eve Online. Unfortunately, while Eve has expanded into a game that is much more newbie friendly, Flatspace remains utterly mysterious to the uninitiated. (more…)