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Word Puttz Review

Words games really do seem to be a dime a dozen on the App store, yet occasionally one grabs us and forces us to reconsider our stance on the genre. Most of the really popular word games are multiplayer-centric, which is fine for those out there who like that sort of thing. But what about the anti-social word lovers? Who cares about us? Well, as it turns out, Jackbox Games cares. (more…)

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Fightback Review

Developer Ninja Theory has been pumping out some impressively cinematic and gorgeous third-person action games on console systems for a while now, but Fightback is their first foray into the mobile world. They started out simple, sticking to what they know– great looking brawling with a distinctly classic sensibility. Although the game comes out hot on the tail of Double Dragon Trilogy and is clearly influenced by such classic coin-op games, Fightback is built from the ground up to be a touchscreen-based fighter. (more…)

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Darklings Review

Darklings is a game clearly influenced by the likes of Limbo, but despite the graphic similarities, the actual gameplay is very different. Instead of a macabre side-scrolling adventure, this is a strange, endless, gesture-based battle against the forces of evil. It’s a creative, simple game that’s easy to learn, but challenging to master. (more…)

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Gunner Z Review

Gunner Z is one of the most micro transaction-obsessed games we’ve ever seen. Where Plants vs. Zombie 2 proved that developers could release a free game with an amazingly non-intrusive transaction system, this game goes in the exact opposite direction and essentially demands money to keep up with the game’s action. That’s a real shame, because while the core gameplay isn’t especially creative or diverse, this isn’t a bad shooter otherwise. (more…)

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Riddick: The Merc Files Review

When Vin Diesel announced he was starting Tigon games during the era of the original Xbox, I scoffed and promptly forgot about it until the Chronicles of Riddick game arrived. It was actually an impressive game, but unfortunately that was about the last we heard from Vin’s foray into gaming. Until now. Tigon is back with another Riddick game, subtitled the Merc Files. It’s an iOS-only game centered entirely on stealthy game play. (more…)

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Shadowrun Returns iPad Review

Old school pen and paper role-players have probably spent some time with Shadowrun. It was a brilliant melding of cyberpunk and fantasy, where orcs, trolls, humans, elves, and dwarves mingled with magic and technology in a universe that was as much about hacking networks as slinging fireballs. The biggest problem with the game—certainly its initial few releases—was the obscure rules that went with it. (more…)

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Pirate Legends TD Review

When you decide to take on the recognized leader in a genre, it’s best to go in guns blazing. This is the tack that developer Super Hippo took when developing a serious competitor for Kingdom Rush. The result is Pirate Legends TD, a game full of interesting twists on the genre, along with some serious oversights in user friendliness.

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Abyss Attack Review

Games that never end seem to largely be a mobile phenomenon– thanks to the success of Temple Run and its ilk. Sega tweaked the formula to the stars with their Zaxxon revamp, but Abyss Assault truly takes the retro shooter into the endless direction. The results are surprisingly good. (more…)

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 Review

If any other game on the planet came close to matching the sheer juggernaut power of Angry Birds, it’s Plants vs. Zombies. Yet, while Angry Birds has unleashed a seemingly endless number of sequels, PopCap Games has seen fit to simply release PvZ on every platform available and focus on adding tons of new content over the years. Thankfully, the wait for an actual sequel is finally over. (more…)

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Sky Tourist Review

Originality is hard to come by, so I at least respect attempts at doing something new. Sky Tourist is just that sort of game. It’s a physics-based vertical scroller similar to endless jumpers, but with some significant twists. As intrepid tourist, Petey Pendant, you’re not jumping, but taking a dual rocket-powered sight-seeing tour through the galaxy. (more…)

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Sine Mora Review

A collaboration between European-based Digital Realities and Japanese Grasshopper Manufacture– a development house known for weirdness– Sine Mora is a new twist on the classic side-scrolling shooter. Initially released for PC, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita, this is a visually striking and surprising game that mixes old school gameplay with new technology to create something impressive. (more…)

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Hero of Many Review

With the focus on indie developers in the App Store, iOS games frequently excel at creating new and unusual experiences that take familiar concepts and throw new, touch-based twists in. Hero of Many is a perfect example. It’s an evocative and moody game, a focused study on atmosphere and style over traditional gameplay. That’s not to say Hero isn’t an actual game, but this is clearly an exercise in creating a strangely mysterious and more relaxed play experience than traditional games. (more…)

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Siegecraft TD Review

Mobile gaming is no stranger to clones, retreds, and rip-offs, but occasionally imitation being the sincerest form of flattery pays off. Siegecraft TD isn’t, by any means, an original game. In fact, it’s a straight-up mix of Kingdom Rush and Fieldrunners. Since both games are terrific, a melding of the two seems like a logical step. As it turns out, it works great. (more…)

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Review

Taking their extensive experience with the Mortal Kombat series, developer Netherrealm Studios has plenty of fighting pedigree. So fans of superheroes have been excited to get their hands on the dark DC comics-based Injustice: Gods Among Us. While the console version is substantially different overall, the iOS version is still a team-based fighter with tons of content and super-powered brawling. (more…)

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Unmechanical Review

Unmechanical is a strange tale of a helicopter-like robot who finds himself lost in a massive cavern. The focus of the game is simply on solving puzzles to move from one room to the next. There’s no combat and the game’s description trumpets its all-ages fitness, but there’s still an undeniable sense of creepy to the whole thing. (more…)

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Hell Yeah! Pocket Inferno Review

The strange and cartoonishly violent downloadable game Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit seemed like it could make a good fit on the iPad and iPhone. So it’s especially bewildering that Sega didn’t release a straightforward port. Instead, the publisher pulled a totally different dead rabbit out of their hat. Taking the same path as Ubisoft did with Rayman Jungle Run, Sega has released another forced scrolling runner, but it’s lacking in a lot of the polish of its competition. (more…)

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Pudding Monsters Review

Zeptolab nearly trademarked cuteness with Cut the Rope, and they’re back with a different, yet still cute mobile puzzler that also fixates on sugary goodness. Pudding Monsters tells a vague tale of pudding creatures that want to escape the fridge, grow large, and do monstrous things– or something like that. There’s not much story, but there are tons of cute graphics and blob-sliding levels. (more…)

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Table Top Racing Review

There are plenty of racing games for the iPhone and iPad, covering the gamut between racing sim, street racing, and sci-fi. The recent release of the disappointing Dreamcast port, ReVolt, reminded us that there’s not much in the way of toy and RC racing games. Thankfully, Table Top Racing takes care of this problem quite handily. It’s a lot like ReVolt in terms of the taking arcade racing and shrinking it down, but the game is much more polished and playable. (more…)

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Little Inferno iPad Review

Little Inferno is a game about burning things. You buy various little things from a catalog, things like pictures, magnets, batteries, dolls, and a horde of other frequently bizarre objects. The items arrive, and then you throw them into your Little Inferno furnace. Next, you lay down a line of fire with your finger, and watch ‘em burn. This is a game someone actually made. (more…)

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Riven for iPad Review

Back in the day, when CD-ROMs were all the rage (that would be the ’90s) Cyan Worlds made a killing with their moody and atmospheric– if empty– adventure game Myst. Myst was an incredible sensation with its photo-realistic graphics, intriguing puzzles, and slide-show style navigation system. The sequel, Riven, was released to similar fanfare. It didn’t deviate much from the original’s slow-paced exploration and puzzles, but it was much larger. (more…)

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Repulze Review

Repulze is a sci-fi hovercraft racer that certainly tries its best to nail down the visual stylings of the PlayStation classic WipeOut. Without a doubt, it’s a great-looking game and has an excellent sense of speed, along with some tweaks on the genre that help give it a bit more identity. The game takes advantage of its touch screen platform with solid and sensible controls, and a design philosophy that encourages short bursts of play. (more…)

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