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Jazz: Trump’s Journey Review

Platformers have been hit and miss on touchscreens, so it’s especially nice to play one that just works. Jazz is such a game, and it mixes a lot of familiar elements into a stylish and engaging package that deserves your attention. The game focuses on Trump, a young trumpet player in old New Orleans who dreams of becoming a famous jazz musician. (more…)

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SoulCalibur Review

Capcom has already proved that touchscreens can allow for decent arcade-style fighting with their Street Fighter iOS games, so it’s no shock to see other classics hit a touchscreen near you. Namco Bandai has now ported over one of their beloved classics, SoulCalibur, and the results are surprisingly good. (more…)

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Marathon 2: Durandal Review

Like many sequels– especially from the ’90s– Marathon 2: Durandal isn’t that much different than the first game. That’s especially true with the iOS ports. This is a little slice of history and a gaming curiosity, but it would be unfair to compare Marathon 2 with modern sci-fi shooters like N.O.V.A. (more…)

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Subject 7 Review

Since the Unreal engine hit iOS, we’ve seen a lot of great-looking attempts at bringing more console and PC-style games to the platform. Subject 7 is a first-person puzzler that has a distinct Portal-like feel, even if there’s no portal gun. The game is due to be released episodically and shows off plenty of potential. (more…)

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Law & Order Legacies Review

Telltale Games has been busy branching out into popular licenses lately. Their latest is Law & Order Legacies, which puts players into the shoes of the popular shows’ cops and lawyers. As usual for Telltale games, Legacies is an episodic release. The first episode is $2.99 and offers up about an hour or two of murder-solving gameplay. (more…)

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Tiny Places Review

App developers and gamers alike seem to love slinging small creatures around, so it’s no surprise to see plenty of new games attempting to capitalize on this odd factoid. The latest attempt to fill the void left behind after beating Cut the Rope and Angry Birds for the umpteenth time is Tiny Places. It’s a game that seems mechanically designed purely for this reason. (more…)

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The Nightworld Review

The Nightworld is a perfect example of game with tons of potential, but a lack of drive. The game tries to be a stealth-based combat game with some RPG elements, with a look reminiscent of classic Black Isle Studios games like Baldur’s Gate and Fallout. Indeed, had the developer tried a bit harder, the game’s setting and engine could have made for a superb full-on sci-fi RPG. (more…)

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Assassin’s Creed Recollection iPad Review

Collectable card games are an acquired taste– especially since the whole concept rests on acquiring more cards. Inevitably, this means shelling out loads of cash to bolster the deck. Given the popularity of Magic: The Gathering and the countless other similar games, CCGs are still going strong and now Ubisoft is taking a stab at the genre with Assassin’s Creed Recollection. (more…)

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Saving Yello Review

Saving Yello is the fun and engaging saga of a goldfish with the most wretched kid ever for an owner. It seems this little miscreant likes to take poor Yello for walks and leave him lying around on the floor of her messy, toy-cluttered room. So, it’s up to Yello to get back to his tank all on his own. (more…)

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Eve of Impact Review

Some games have a very limited scope, and that’s actually okay. Case in point is Eve of Impact. Essentially a mix of classic arcade shooters Missile Command and Asteroids, Eve of Impact isn’t deep or complex, and there’s no variety. The game offers one game mode with the sole objective of surviving as long as possible to earn as high a score as possible. (more…)

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Aquaria iPad Review

Originally released as an indie PC game, Aquaria feels wonderfully at home on the iPad. This is a beautiful and evocative 2D adventure that comfortably bears comparison to Nintendo’s venerable Metroid series. Thanks to intelligently ported controls and great use of the iPad’s screen and hardware, Aquaria feels as if it were meant for tablets. (more…)

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Epoch Review

Ever since the original stunning teaser footage was released earlier this year, we’ve been anxiously waiting to play Uppercut Games’ Epoch. An Unreal-powered shooter that isn’t simply attempting to clone a console game, Epoch is the sort of game that could only be done on a touch screen. While the overall concept is fairly simple–it is, at heart, just a shooting gallery–the execution is masterful and intelligent. (more…)

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Wizardry Labyrinth of Lost Souls Review

If you’re old enough, the Wizardry name might bring back a nostalgic tear or smile. One of the original first-person dungeon crawls on the Apple II and other early PCs (back in the early ’80s, no less), the series has sat in memory for decades. So, really old-school players will be happy to see the series return, especially on the go. (more…)

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Sky Gamblers: Rise of Glory Review

Namco Bandai’s ambitious World War I flight simulator is a remarkably hard bird to pin down. It looks terrific, with gorgeous 3D graphics, sweeping landscapes, and detailed plane models. The game uses the A5 dual-core chipset for added visual effects and smoother gameplay. It even supports some keen new iOS 5 features like Airplay support through your iPad 2 and saving to the cloud. (more…)

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In Time – The Game Review

It’s probably not going to surprise anyone that a game based on a movie turned out poorly. So, even the most excited Justin Timberlake fan should view this tie-in to the stylish one’s new sci-fi flick, In Time, with suspicion. Whether the movie is any good is irrelevant in the face of just how bad the game based on it actually turned out to be. (more…)

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Worms Crazy Golf Review

British developer Team 17 has been happily churning out Worms games for about 20 years now and fans have been just as happy to play them. While the core games like the iOS versions of Worms and Worms 2: Armageddon stick to the gameplay of the original Amiga and PC classics, the developer has successfully branched the series out. A perfect example is Worms Crazy Golf, which takes the classic 2D, physics-heavy, turn-based mayhem to the fairways. (more…)

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Anthill: Tactical Trail Defense Review

Real-time strategy has been a real sore point for the iPhone. The success of the far simpler tower defense game has taken the place of deeper strategy on mobiles for far too long, so consider Anthill a refreshing and much needed change of pace. While the game isn’t anywhere near as complex as the average PC RTS game, it makes exceptional use of the iPhone’s touch screen to bring gamers a surprisingly fun mix of action and strategy. (more…)

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Lord of Darkness Review

The basic concept of Lord of Darkness is simple. As a lord of darkness, you end up captured by another and must escape his 100-level tower. To do so, you’ll hack, bash, and run your way through each floor, buying new items and power-ups, and generally making a mess of the place. (more…)

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Gyro13 – Steam Copter Arcade HD Review

Thruster-based navigation games have been frustrating gamers since the early 80’s, but seldom have they looked as beautiful as Gyro13. The game uses the Unreal Engine to create an old-school cavern crawl through detailed and refined looking mines. For those unfamiliar with classics like Lunar Lander, however, the difficulty level and initial learning curve might prove too steep. (more…)

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Final Fight Review

Capcom has a long history of re-releasing their games, usually with the addition of ‘Super’, or ‘Ultra’, or some other exciting moniker. Over the years, they’ve also comfortably fallen into the habit of releasing retro packs. The free Capcom Arcade app is a great example of retro fun on the iPhone, but now the company in their infinite, retread wisdom has started re-releasing these retro games again. Such is the case with Final Fight. (more…)

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Shadowgun Review

Based on the old adage ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,’ we can only assume that mobile game developers are an incredibly complimentary bunch. Shadowgun, for instance, serves one purpose– to give iPhone and iPad users a Gears of War clone to call their own. Thankfully, the game succeeds relatively well. (more…)

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