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Bounce On 2: Drallo’s Demise Review

Whether it is The Island of Misfit Toys or Toy Story 2, people tend to have a lot of sympathy for children’s abandoned playthings. Team Phobic’s Bounce On series has finally provided these discarded masses with a champion: a bouncing ball with mischief in his eyes. Last year’s Bounce On offered the initial concept of what this hero can do, but the sequel gives him a much grander quest to take on, and us an extremely enjoyable game to play. (more…)

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 Review

Before he started wasting our precious time and money with ridiculous skateboard peripherals, Tony Hawk, with the help of publisher Activision and developer Neversoft, was putting out the best skateboarding games around. Originally released on nearly every system back in 2000, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 is arguably the best in the series as well as one of the best videogames, period. Now it has arrived with all of its great content intact on a device that is really good, though not the greatest, at presenting it to you. (more…)

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Babeorella Review

It has not been that long since Apple purged some of the risque games from the App Store. While the lovingly-rendered lead character in Doublesix’s Babeorella always stays fully clothed, her jiggling brand of sexiness is at least as ‘adult’ as Daisy Mae’s Alien Buffet. But Babeorella better hope Apple does not clamp down again because without its style, this is just an average arena brawler. Actually, it is still that, even with the style. (more…)

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Military Madness: Neo Nectaris Review

Back when Hudson Soft was still an independent videogame publisher and not just a subsidiary of Konami, they put out a game on the TurboGrafx-16 called Military Madness, or in some parts of the world, Nectaris. Along with the Advance Wars predecessor Famicom Wars, Military Madness was an early example of a great console turn-based strategy game. However, while Nintendo’s franchise flourished, Hudson’s went somewhat dormant. Now, Military Madness is back on several platforms, including the iPhone. But has its time passed? (more…)

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Battle of Puppets Review

We really should come up with a clever name for this emerging strategy sub-genre. If you have ever played Cartoon Wars, Ancient War or any other 2D side-scrolling RTS, then you’ll feel right at home with Battle of Puppets. However, while Small Wonders’ newest title may not win you over with its originality, its abundance of charm and adorable atmosphere will. (more…)

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Cheap Shot: Dizzypad

Ever since Frogger hit arcades back in 1981, videogame frogs have all had to face incredible obstacles whenever moving from one place to another. In Dizzypad from Nimblebit, not even their lily pad-filled pond is a safe haven for these unfortunate amphibians. However, what may be an arduous quest for frogs ends up being an entertaining distraction for gamers. (more…)

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Necromancer Rising Review

Necromancer Rising may go down in history for having the most awesomely straightforward name for its main character: the Battle Priest. With a name like that, it should come as no surprise that the newest app from Ryan Mitchell Games is about taking down the forces of the underworld through rather violent means. But if that initial premise sounds a little too mindless for you, don’t worry. In fact, for better or for worse, Nercromancer Rising may be one of the deeper RPGs on the iDevice. (more…)

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Aztec Quest Review

Let’s get one thing out of the way: Aztec Quest is not a Civilization-style strategy game where the goal is to play as invading Spaniards and brutally conquer a continent. Instead, Aztec Quest is an entertaining puzzle game where you have to lead a ball through chutes, springs, and teleporters. As the game challenges you to solve increasingly difficult puzzles with more elaborate mazes, it’ll help keep your mind feeling sharp. (more…)

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Sword of Fargoal Review

Sword of Fargoal was originally released on the Commodore 64 in 1983 and was an early example of the simpler role-playing game subgenre known as ‘roguelikes”. Roguelikes eschewed the long, winding tales of traditional RPGs in favor of crushing difficulty and randomized dungeon layouts and enemy placement. By having the player constantly die and restart in order to reach their goal, roguelikes were able compensate for their shorter lengths and maintain the illusion of depth on early computers with limited memory. The genre lives on today through titles like Shiren the Wanderer and the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series, but those have evolved somewhat along with the times. For better or for worse, Sword of Fargoal arrives on the App Store relatively untouched. (more…)

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Ace Combat Xi Skies of Incursion Review

Despite the somewhat serious way it presents itself, the Ace Combat series has always been more about arcade action-packed dog fighting that true flight simulation. The result has been a consistently fun and well-received franchise spanning many generations of consoles, handhelds, and now, mobile phones and MP3 players. Ace Combat Xi upholds the series’ reputation, despite the technical problems that affect the game on some older devices. (more…)

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Carnival Games Live Review

You could easily confuse Carnival Games Live with the piles of similarly named shovelware that plague the casual games market. However, after playing Digital Chocolate’s latest concoction, you will be surprised by its quality. Make no mistake, it’s still a simple and casual minigame collection that’s a little light even for its genre, but it is fun and well-produced enough to be enjoyable even if your tastes are a little more hardcore. (more…)

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Wheeler’s Treasure Review

Remember that scene in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest when Orlando Bloom is running and fighting on top of that giant wheel thing? Well, our friends at Two Lives Left have decided to turn that scene into an iPhone game: the aptly titled Wheeler’s Treasure. Touting procedurally generated tracks and plenty of collectibles to unlock, Wheeler’s Treasure is deeper than it initially seems. At its core it is a platformer with some racing elements designed for short bursts. (more…)

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Captain Binary Review

Aliens have invaded Earth and are repeatedly attacking the city, or rather, the same street. With no one left to help them, in a move straight out of Pixar’s The Incredibles, the people turn to a bloated and retired superhero named Captain Binary. With his glory days behind him, however, old Captain B is going to use more than just his fists to stop this crisis: Captain Binary is packing heat. We hope you like shooting aliens as much as Captain Binary does, because that is all you’ll be doing throughout this entire game. (more…)

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Enigmo 2 Review

Enigmo 2 is not that bad, it’s just disappointing. Both it and its predecessor are ports of the fairly popular Enigmo games available for several systems, including the Mac. However, in the transition from one Apple platform to another, something has been lost along the way. In Enigmo 2 specifically, the things they added make the game worse. (more…)

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Dark Harvest Review

A trend you may have noticed on the App Store is developers using fresh themes and graphics to mask the fact that they are making a somewhat pedestrian game. Case in point: While the puzzle gameplay of Red Rocket Games’ Dark Harvest isn’t stale per se, it certainly isn’t the evil Harvest Moon clone or whatever other sort of game you imagine when you hear its title. (more…)

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SCRAPS Review

If you’ve always wanted to play Lemmings, but have found the idea of sending countless living creatures to their deaths slightly disturbing, maybe the soulless machine minions of SCRAPS are more up your alley. SCRAPS, or ‘Specialty Construct: Robotic Articulated Property Salvage’, innovates in the puzzle-platformer genre with some genuinely new gameplay ideas, which almost makes up for its repetitive graphics and sound. (more…)

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Elven Chronicles Review

Elven Chronicles, by Big Blue Bubble Inc., is exactly what one thinks a game called Elven Chronicles would be like. In this high fantasy RPG, darkness threatens the realm and two adventurers must rise up and travel across several magical lands in order to vanquish it. For an iPhone RPG it’s perfectly functional and even pretty fun, but it’s also somewhat forgettable. (more…)

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Ancient War Review

If Hudson decided to make a real-time strategy game based on their one-time platforming superstar Bonk, the result would probably resemble Ancient War. Made by three-person team Triniti Interactive, Ancient War casts the player as a violent god who summons legions of lovable cartoon cavemen followers in order to conquer eight neighboring tribes. (more…)