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Serious Sam: Kamakazi Attack! Review

Serious Sam started out as a PC-only first-person shooter meant to parody most of the clichés of the genre and bring back the old-school style of massive battles, over-the-top action, and steroid-addled super-heroic protagonists. Coming from Croteam, it did its job very well, spawning a sequel and ports to a variety of platforms. For the third game, Serious Sam: BFE, Croteam did something new to help build hype. They put out an open call for indie developers to make bite-sized original, 2D games based on the franchise.

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Another World – 20th Anniversary Review

In 1991, lone developer Eric Chahi created a science-fiction epic that still stands as one of the most evocative, immersive, and challenging adventures of all time. Originally released on the Amiga, Chahi’s Another World has been ported to countless platforms, renamed Out of This World in the US, and now, 20 years later, it hits iOS as a universal app. (more…)

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Amazing Charlie Review

Amazing Charlie is the sort of game about clowns that works for both fans of the painted circus folks and those who just find them creepy. On the one hand, you play as a clown, but on the other, you’re shooting the poor bugger out of cannons. A simple game of drawing lines to connect from one cannon to another, Amazing Charlie has you try to shoot Charlie from every cannon on the screen before time runs out. (more…)

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Quarrel Deluxe Review

Word games have garnered the spotlight lately, largely thanks to the explosive popularity of Words with Friends, so it’s natural to expect to see a flood of me-too and wannabe games hitting the App Store. So far, none of them are like Quarrel. Available in two flavors– the basic free version and the $5 Deluxe edition– Quarrel is a masterfully creative combination of Scrabble and Risk. (more…)

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Drawin’ Growin’ Review

Drawin’ Growin’ is one of those games we really wanted to like. It starts out fun and quaint, with engaging, creative gameplay and a terrific look. The story is particularly amusing for a puzzle game: It seems the land has gone barren, with nary a weed or tree in sight, so the king calls in Meu– a master gardener capable of bringing greenery and color to the land again. (more…)

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Exitium: Saviors of Vardonia Review

Korean developers have been busily porting a seemingly endless line of cookie cutter hack-‘n-slashers from old cell phones to iOS devices for some time now. The latest is Exitium: Saviors of Vardonia, and while there’s nothing particularly bad or wrong about it, there’s also nothing here gamers haven’t seen many times before. Still, like pot boiler mysteries, vampire romance novels, and first person shooters, there’s a certain comfort in knowing exactly what you’re getting. (more…)

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Anomaly Warzone Earth HD Review

Tower defense games are everywhere, so it’s nice to see a developer take this overdone genre and twist it into something creative and fresh. Anomaly Warzone Earth began life as a PC game, but makes the transition to the iPhone/ iPad beautifully. The game is essentially a tower defense game played from the opposite side, so perhaps we should re-term it a “tower offense” game. (more…)

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Roboto Review

Roboto is proof positive that the latest iPhones and iPads are up to the task of creating a compelling side-scroller. Normally the territory of console systems, impressive platformers have shown up a few times on Apple’s platforms, and Roboto definitely deserves to be on this short list. Using traditional side-scrolling action with a dash of hover-boarding, the game is fun, great-looking, and challenging. (more…)

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Gesundheit! Review

Gesundheit! is the latest in the long line of action/puzzle games to hit your iPad and iPhone. It’s a game that manages to distinguish itself with a mix of charming, child-like graphics, a cute story line, and adorable characters. It also has a prime focus on flinging snot which, depending on your disposition, will either make the game even more hilarious or completely disgusting. (more…)

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Doodle Farm Review

As the follow-up to the popular Doodle God and Doodle Devil series, JoyBits’ Doodle Farm doesn’t take any chances with mixing up the series’ formula. Also, there’s no doodling in the game whatsoever, which makes the title perplexing. All the games in this series are strange casual puzzlers that task players with combining various elements to create new ones. In the case of Doodle Farm, the game is entirely focused on mixing and matching real-world animals to create new creatures. (more…)

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Protoxide: Death Race Review

Hovercraft racers come and go on consoles, with classics like Nintendo’s F-Zero and Sony’s Wipeout series standing far above any competition. For fans on the go, seeing another entry in the genre on the iPhone is always a good thing. Protoxide: Death Race sports a perplexing name and some great tech behind it, but it suffers from some serious flaws as well. (more…)

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Magnetic Baby Review

Magnetic Baby will remind most gamers– even those of the completely casual bent– of Nintendo. With gameplay reminiscent of a 2D version of Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii and gorgeously colorful 2D graphics that smack of a modern version of games like Yoshi’s Island and Super Mario World, the game could easily fit on the Wii or the Nintendo DS. This facet of Magnetic Baby should be enough to attract plenty of affection. (more…)

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Sid Meier’s Pirates! for iPad Review

Next to Sid Meier’s Civilization, there are few PC games with as much affectionate nostalgia attached to them as Sid Meier’s Pirates! Mixing the legendary designer’s penchant for surprisingly deep, yet playable, strategy with adventure gaming, he created a pirate-themed game that has lived on long after its initial release in 1987 on the Commodore 64. Pirates! has hit more platforms than we can remember, but now it’s on your iPad. (more…)

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VisionBall Brings New Motion Controls to Your iPad

One of the great things about the iOS development movement is the ability to try new and creative things with minimal risk. Digital Rising has certainly done that with VisionBall. Released last week, this is essentially a technology demo that creatively uses the iPad 2’s front-facing camera as a motion controller. (more…)

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Pocket RPG iPad Review

To call Crescent Moon Games’ latest, Pocket RPG, an actual role-playing game would require a very loose definition for the genre. While there are some minor RPG-like elements, the game is really just a fast-paced, twin-stick arcade game. The focus is almost solely on taking down hordes of monsters in a quest for gold and glory. Calling it ‘Pocket’ is also a bit misleading, as the game is currently an iPad-only title, so we can only assume the developers wear pants with really huge pockets. (more…)

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Marathon 1 iPad Review

Bungie Software might have become a household name thanks to Microsoft and the Halo franchise, but they started off as a small and innovative design studio for the Mac back in olden times. In the early days of the first-person shooter, all the focus was on the PC and iD Software, but Bungie gave Mac owners something to gloat about with Marathon. Like most classic games, it stuck with a few fans over the years– one of whom has taken it upon himself to port the series to the iPad. (more…)

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Ant Raid iPad Review

Ant Raid is developer Prank’s first release, but it’s clear they’ve got a bright future. This quirky take on real-time strategy might forgo many of the common elements of the genre, but it makes up for it in play value. Leading groups of ants to victory against mutated snails, bees, and other insect predators is harder than it looks, but it’s certainly worth the effort. (more…)

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Battle Squadr1 Review

If you’re old enough, you might recall the Amiga computer. Released in the mid-’80s, the Amiga was synonymous with cutting-edge graphics and amazing games well into the early ’90s. Now, of course, your iPhone has power undreamed of back then, but the Amiga had plenty of fantastic games that deserve another look for lovers of classic gaming. One such classic is Battle Squadron, a top-tier arcade-style shooter from 1989. (more…)

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War Grimoire HD iPad Review

War Grimoire HD follows in the proud tradition of many iOS games by being a tower defense game. However, there are enough variations on the theme to make it feel like more than just another tower defense game. With its fantasy motif and a focus on placing individual units instead of building structures, War Grimoire HD has a solid base with some interesting gameplay elements. (more…)

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Super Goblin War Machine iPad Review

Free games on the App Store generally come with a price after the fact. In the case of the humorously-titled Super Goblin War Machine, the developer really wants you to buy the add-on levels. We’re not knocking their desire to get the game out there and actually make money doing it, though– not when the game is so weirdly fun. (more…)

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Tic Toc Body Pop Review

Tic Toc Body Pop is all about being strange. Quirky gameplay and surreal themes certainly help make this action puzzler feel unique in the App Store. Like so many games on your iPhone, this one focuses on a single style of gameplay– in this case, matching up the limbs of a mannequin-like character to the opening in an oncoming ‘wall of death’. (more…)

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