Posts byJames Kittredge

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Hospital Havoc 2 Review

If you enjoy watching ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ but lament its lack of zombies and graverobbing, we daresay that Hospital Havoc 2 might be just the game for you. In short, it lives up to its name and provides a chaotic, darkly humorous take on the time management genre. (more…)

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Exhaust Thing HD iPad Review

I know what you’re thinking: the App Store is sorely missing games that entertain with an eye towards preserving our planet’s precious natural resources. If that sounds like you, Fencing Flea has created Exhaust Thing: a fast and frenzied “rotate-and-tap” puzzler about the grim future of our ozone layer. Unfortunately, a clever premise and a delightful art style isn’t enough to salvage a game that’s just not all that enjoyable. (more…)

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    Padvance Report: iPad 2 Unboxing, News App Roundup, and GarageBand

    With the Apple faithful basking in the afterglow of a successfull iPad 2 launch, it was a good week to be a member of the Cult of Cupertino. In this week’s Padvance Report, we get some hands-on-time with the new tablet, and check out several high profile new apps. (more…)

      Padvance Report: Netflix Updated, iOS 4.3 Arrives, and iPad 2 Lands

      In the wake of last week’s announcement of the next iPad iteration, the Apple faithful have been eagerly preparing for launch date, which will be upon us by the time you read this. Join us in today’s Padvance Report for a look back on this week’s tablet and app update news. (more…)

        Padvance Report: Welcome to the Year of iPad 2!

        Not that it comes as a big shock to anyone who had been following the rumor mill leading up to this week’s announcement, but Apple’s new baby is here (or at least it will be on the 11th). Of course, we here at Padvance were excited to cover the unveiling this week. In this week’s Padvance Report, we take stock of what we know about the new tablet and examine a few apps designed to make your digital life just a little bit easier. (more…)

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          Padvance Report: App Store Subscriptions, Drawing Pad, and Opera Mini

          Well, folks, the mounting rumors of the past couple of weeks may have been, at least for a time, simply sound and fury, signifying nothing. One significant announcement aside, this has been a relatively quiet week for the plucky iPad, but Padvance has still been on the case. In this week’s report, we take a look back at Apple’s recently announced App Store subscription model and a look forward at some exciting apps on the horizon. (more…)

            Padvance Report: The Daily, iPad Joysticks, and iPad 3

            The iPhone is now on Verizon, a new iPad (or maybe two) are on the way, and, by all accounts, the MacBook Pro line is headed for a major overhaul. Apple no longer seems content with letting updates and announcements leak out in dribs and drabs. In today’s report, we take a look back at a week of expectation and speculation, talking about what the past 7 days have meant for our favorite tablet. (more…)

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            Panopticon iPad Review

            Puzzles, a Steampunk aesthetic, and the game of Twister don’t necessarily go together like peanut butter and jelly, but Quokka Studios has somehow managed to combine all three into Panopticon, an iPad-only game that is as devilish in its required contortions as it is clever in its design. (more…)

              Padvance Report: The Daily, Samsung Galaxy, and Toontastic

              With a new iOS release on the horizon and speculation about the iPad 2 reaching fever pitch, the Apple rumor mill went into full effect this week. In this week’s Padvance report, we take a look back at the week that was and look forward to a new dawn for our favorite gadget. (more…)

                Padvance Report: The Daily, Agile Messenger, and New iOS Features

                As the release of iOS 4.3 approaches, the Apple faithful turn their attention back to their favorite tablet. In this edition of the report, we take a look at a few of the possible new features we’ve covered this week. (more…)

                  Padvance Report: iDOS, The Daily, and iPad Security

                  Now that the holiday app explosion is over, this has been an uncharacteristically quiet time for major iPad news and app releases. That said, we take a look back at what we’ve been working on over the past couple of weeks. (more…)

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                  Inotia 3: Children of Carnia Review

                  South Korean developer Com2us has made a name for itself with charming, addictive, pick-up-and-play titles such as Homerun Battle 3D and Slice It. Likewise, its old school JRPGs Chronicles of Inotia and its sequel Intoia: A Wanderer of Luone have garnered countless fans. The most recent entry in the series, Inotia 3: Children of Carnia, is a decent, if shopworn RPG experience that is as comfortable as a fuzzy bathrobe and as challenging as taking a nap. (more…)

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                  My Kingdom for the Princess 2 iPad Review

                  From salons to burger joints, the App Store is saturated with time management strategy sims. Still, we approached Nevosoft’s sequel to the generally well-received My Kingdom for the Princess with high hopes. What we found, however, was a generally fair entry in the genre that is heavy on charm, but light on originality. (more…)

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                  NOM: Billion Year Timequest Review

                  Just when we thought Gamevil was getting ready to rest on its laurels and hunker down as an App Store RPG and sport sim factory, they go and throw us a curveball in the form of NOM: Billion Year Timequest. In this madcap (and often infuriating) game of quick-thinking and timing, you can ski in the Ice Age, do battle with a cybernetic Venus de Milo, and fight dinosaurs, all with the use of one finger. (more…)

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                  Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror: Remastered iPad Review

                  If there’s one thing we’re learning this holiday season, it’s that what’s old is new again. From ports of adventure game classics like The 7th Guest to Genesis back-catalogue titles such as Altered Beast and Sonic Spinball, the App Store is overflowing with old-school games. Joining the retro cavalcade this week is Revolution Software’s Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror: Remastered. It’s a competent, if unimaginative, reworking of the 1997 PC game and sequel to last year’s hit iOS release, Broken Sword: Director’s Cut. (more…)

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                  World of Goo iPad Review

                  If there’s anything that games like Angry Birds and Ragdoll Blaster have taught us, it’s that sometimes simplicity is key. A title that pairs a single, streamlined mechanic with smart level design and quirky production values can enthrall us in ways that an overproduced licensed property almost never can. 2D Boy’s World of Goo is just such a title, and its arrival on the iPad is a sheer delight. (more…)

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                  OnLive Viewer iPad Review

                  Since its 2009 announcement, the OnLive streaming cloud gaming service has given hope to wannabe gamers rocking outdated computer hardware everywhere. Its promise of high quality, next-generation gameplay for virtually any computer with a broadband Internet connection has proven tantalizing for many. While a fully featured, playable iPad client is not available, the company has released the next best thing, the OnLive Viewer app, which seeks to turn the service into a spectator sport. (more…)

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                  Corpse Craft iPad Review

                  Lately, the App Store has started to feel like a bad episode of ‘The Walking Dead.’ While there are some truly great zombie games, some developers seem content to throw together slip-shod rehashes of old titles, throw in a few shambling walkers, and call it a day. Luckily, Three Rings Design’s charming strategic puzzler Corpse Craft injects new life into the undead with whimsy, style, and enough challenge to have you hankering for brains yourself. (more…)

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