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Wild West Guns Review

Wild West Guns does exactly one thing, and it does it well: shooting! While we don’t think this is one of the best games on the App Store or anything–it’s a bit light on content for such accolades–it’s plenty entertaining for what it is. Action gamers looking for a solid shootout won’t be disappointed here. (more…)

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ExZeus Review

We’re genuinely sorry to tell you that ExZeus isn’t as cool as it looks, because it looks positively awesome. It immediately reminded us of Iron Man: Aerial Assault, one of our favorite games on the App Store. It’s similar in goal and design–you control a flying robot (you have your choice of 3, and they’re actually different from one another, which we love), and blast lots of enemies to powder from an over-the-shoulder viewpoint, using tilt controls to steer and touching the screen to fire. Alas, ExZeus’s confusing, uneven gameplay keeps it from reaching its full potential. (more…)

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Time Crisis Strike Review

Time Crisis Strike is an on-rails shooter that attempts to bring the fast-paced action of the Time Crisis arcade games (played with a light gun) to the iPhone. As in the arcade version, you don’t control the direction or angle of your viewpoint–all the camera work is taken care of for you. You do, however, swap a lot of bullets with soon-to-be-dead terrorists by tapping all over the screen. There’s lots of enjoyable gunplay in Time Crisis Strike, but we felt that the brevity of the game didn’t match up with its price. (more…)

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i Sniper Review

i Sniper takes an interesting concept and a charmingly flippant attitude and manages to turn it into a completely awful game. We’re almost impressed by how badly this game turned out… but then we thought about some of the more creative failures we’ve played recently, and decided that iSniper doesn’t even rate on that scale. Just stay away from it. (more…)

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Grind Review

We hated this game. Hated, hated, hated! Hated every second of the experience. We know there are shortcuts to take when you’re developing a game–ripping off ideas, poor graphics, etc.– but we never thought we’d see something this patently terrible on the App Store. (more…)

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Blue Attack! Review

When you play an especially high quality game, you know immediately. Oftentimes, it’s not even obvious to you why you’re responding so positively, but the little things you’ve subconsciously picked up on start becoming clear the more you play. Think of it like driving a luxury car–if you throw a BMW M3 in gear, you might not know the details of the engine or drive train or even the material of the steering wheel… but you can instantly tell that it just feels right. (more…)

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Burning Tires 3D Review

Burning Tires 3D is another in a long line of App Store racing games. At this point, most developers seem to know that landscape layout, accelerometer controls and scaling ability of the iDevice makes it ideal to bang out a fast racing game to try to turn a profit. (more…)

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Deal Or No Deal: Million Dollar Mission Review

We’re not sure the games we enjoy playing translate well to a television experience. For instance, the recent TV version of Crossword is epically boring. Similarly, Wheel of Fortune and The Price is Right both lose considerable entertainment value when played alone. Deal or No Deal: Million Dollar Challenge, the official App Store version of the hit game show, turns out to be nowhere near as exciting on the iPhone’s screen as it is on TV. (more…)

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Dungeon & Hero Review

We like RPGs, especially ones that remind us of anything Link used to do; we enjoy ridding the world of evil by slaying Orcs and Goblins and all other manner of evil lifeforms. Dungeon & Hero is a classic overhead action RPG in that tradition. (more…)

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1112 episode 01 Review

1112: Episode 1: Episode 1 is a first-person adventure game with an unusual art-house feel. It doesn’t play like most other adventure games we’ve seen; in fact, if you pressed us, we might call it a “tapping detective game,” since you tap around the screen so often. (more…)

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Zombie Mansion Review

We’re big fans of the Zed word. From Dawn of the Dead to Shaun of the Dead, from 28 Weeks Later, to Left 4 Dead, to the Zombie-themed playlists on Halo 3, we love it all. Zombies are always fun, and seeing what twists each new variation brings to the old formula is pretty interesting. Until we played Zombie Mansion, that is. We come not to praise Zombie Mansion, but to bury it. (more…)

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Hero of Sparta Review

What are you doing right now? Right this moment. Are you killing time at work? Maybe idly browsing at your house or in the coffee shop, figuring out the next iPhone game you’re going to buy on the App Store? May we humbly submit that you’d rather be killing hordes of mythical creatures as the King of Sparta? Because you would, trust us. (more…)

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The Price Is Right Review

The Price is Right has long been one of the great shared television experiences in the United States. Sure, other game shows have come and gone, but there’s no hegemony in TV-based cultural consciousness like the one Bob Barker set up decades ago. The Price Is Right iPhone game has had a high bar set for it, and while it captures the spirit of being told to “come on down,” that isn’t enough for us to recommend it to you. (more…)

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Touchgrind Review

Our skateboarding experience, we admit, has been small in scope and depth. We played Tony Hawk. We like that Lupe Fiasco song….. and that’s pretty much it. We don’t know how to do any of those tricks we got our video game version of Tony to do. But we used to love SSX, the fabulous snowboarding series from EA, even though we’re terrible at snowboarding. Perhaps Touchgrind, we thought, could similarly narrow that gap–a tall order, to be sure. (more…)

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Fastlane Street Racing Review

Have you ever taken a drive? We mean a leisurely, Sunday-afternoon type drive; one where if it were a walk it’d be called a stroll, a loop around the streets your daily commute doesn’t take you. That type of thing. Do you know what we mean? Yeah, Fastlane Street Racing is the opposite of that. It’s the most realistic, console-like racer available on the iPhone, and it will either thrill or intimidate you, depending on what kind of gamer you are. (more…)

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Pole Position Remix Review

We, like you, fondly remember the old days of gaming–two button controllers, devastatingly inaccurate D-pads, and games with more pixels than common sense. Pole Position is one such game from the halcyon days of our youth, and when we booted it up for the iPhone, we were excited. (more…)

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Armado Review

Armado is a side-scrolling platformer that brings to mind what might happen if Sonic and Mario had an armadillo child. It’s also the kind of game we love: beautifully designed, unique, and fun. We had a great time putting Armado the armadillo through his paces, and we’re pretty sure you will, too. (more…)

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Paradox 3000 Review

Paradox 3000 is a great game for when you want to just shut off your brain and poke around on your iPhone screen. It’s a pipe puzzle game that gives you widely varied difficulty levels to keep you interested, simple gameplay, and, ultimately, more entertainment than you might expect. (more…)

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Multi Quiz Review

Multi Quiz, a multiple-choice trivia game fuelled entirely by user-generated content, might end up being a quick, fun way to test your knowledge, with enough interesting quizzes. The problem is that someone needs to write them first. (more…)

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Blackbeard’s Assault Review

When my father taught me to sail, I was an old 7; wise in ways no child should be. He showed me how to tie a jib, to hoist the main sail, to use a sextant, to scan the horizon, and, above all, how to pirate… wait just a second. As it turns out, that wasn’t us, it was Blackbeard the Pirate. You see, we’ve been playing Blackbeard’s Assault, and it seems to have taken over our lives. It’s that good. A frantic Match-3 puzzle game with bright graphics, interesting levels, and a charmingly silly story, Blackbeard’s Assault has become one of our favorites. (more…)

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Surface to Air Mayhem Review

Surface to Air Mayhem is pretty awesome. What, you want more subtlety? Well, you won’t find it here. Save your Military Industrial Complex conversations for the coffee house, and go debate the role of the military in society in school. Surface to Air Mayhem doesn’t waste its time with these conceits, and the game experience is all the better for it. This Missile Command clone is fast, violent, fun, and a great value at $2.99. (more…)

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Clusterball Arcade Review

Golf, said Mark Twain, is a good walk spoiled. Golfing is a series of frustrations compounded like interest, and used golf clubs are always for sale somewhere the way baseball mitts never are. But golf also allows you moments of perfect physical grace, just often enough to addict you. Clusterball Arcade reminds us of golf. By our fourth or fifth go-round, we hit our sweet spot and developed a passion for the game… but by the time we got to the end, we wanted to chuck our iPhone into the nearest pond. (more…)

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Raging Thunder Review

Poorly titled, massively anticipated, and wonderfully realized, Raging Thunder isn’t for everyone. Those for whom it’s made, though, will find it hard to put down. More Burnout or Ridge Racer than Mario Kart, this is a serious arcade-style racing game that packs a great multiplayer mode as well. (more…)