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God of Blades Review

God of Blades is more than just a game about swords. It’s a psychedelic experience reminiscent of dogeared, fantasy paperback novels from the ’70s. The graphics and color scheme are distinct from many games available today, and the same can be said for the gameplay. This isn’t your typical hack-and-slash game. God of Blades plays more like a dance or rhythm title, where you need to swing or parry at exactly the right moment. (more…)

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JAM: Jets Aliens Missiles Review

You have to appreciate honesty. JAM is everything the title says it is: jets, aliens, and missiles. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer much more. Sure, jets, aliens, and missiles are awesome, but so are unique level designs, fun weapons, and challenging enemies. (more…)

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Gems With Friends Review

There are lots of games now that you can play ‘with Friends.’ It started with Words, then moved on to Hanging, Chess, Scramble, Matching, and now Gems. Gems with Friends continues the long line of casual, asynchronous multiplayer games that lure you in with addictive gameplay. Still moving away from word games, Zynga has created a new Match-3 game that is more accessible for those gamers who don’t prefer difficult tile puzzle games, but it might not be the overwhelming success Zynga is accustomed to. (more…)

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Wonderputt iPad Review

Wonderputt is in good company, because golf games are pretty common on the App Store. Wonderputt uses the basic touchscreen controls found in other golf games, but it also brings new ideas to the putting green. The sense of design in Wonderputt makes the game surprising, and it’s a delight to play. (more…)

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VS. Racing 2 Review

With endlessly customizable touchscreen controls, iOS games can sometimes become more complicated than they need to be. Some games obscure the screen with buttons and menus, making it difficult to see the game you’re supposed to be playing. VS. Racing 2 doesn’t have this problem. Not in the least. (more…)

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Folded Flyer Review

Folded Flyer is a paper airplane game that has you maneuvering your plane through an obstacle course. You make the plane dip and dive, avoiding slamming into the carpet, and aiming for items hidden throughout each level. It’s a motion-control game, which means you’ll be twisting your device around to control your plane. Does this addition to a common App Store game type add anything new to the mix? (more…)

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Edna & Harvey: The Breakout iPad Review

Edna & Harvey isn’t what you might expect. Its cute, cartoonish animation can fool you. While this game may be about a young woman and a talking stuffed rabbit, there is a hidden darkness here. It’s not a horror game by any means, but the story and the atmosphere will draw you in with its growing mystery, while also surprising you with its tone. It’s an adventure game for any lover of a good story. (more…)

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Organ Trail: Director’s Cut Review

Wonder no more about how you might survive a zombie apocalypse. Those arguments between you and your friends can finally be put to the test. Organ Trail is a simulator for those who have always thought they could outsmart the living dead. Can you protect yourself, your station wagon, and your friends from the scourge of the flesh eaters? (more…)

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Chimpact Review

Peggle proved that gamers love to strategically aim and fling things around the screen, collecting various objects and avoiding environmental hazards. Chimpact takes this concept and applies it to an objective-based format and uses more interactive, maze-like environments to force players to think and rethink before sending their chimp friend hurtling towards bananas, diamonds, and spiders. (more…)

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Trigger Fist Review

Shooters on iOS don’t get more console-like than this. Trigger Fist is, as the name implies, a game game full of guns, grenades, and… goats. While other shooters have come to iOS, this is one of the most polished. It’s not a port of some highly successful console series, yet it feels as vast as those games. Trigger Fist is beautifully designed, bringing you head-to-head with AI or actual combatants in an addictive shoot-out that gets better the more you play. (more…)

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Gangster Granny Review

Video game heroes can be anyone or anything. We’ve all played games where the protagonists are muscled gunners, vengeful birds, or even zombie-killing plants. Gangster Granny is a game with a rare type of hero: the geriatric criminal. This game puts you in control of an automatic weapon-wielding grandma who is trying to get revenge on the corrupt corporate banking system. (more…)

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Matching With Friends Review

At this point, who isn’t familiar with the “With Friends” franchise of iOS games? Mobiles phones and turn-based word games seem to go perfectly hand-in-hand. However, with this new addition to the line, Zynga moves away from the word-based games and tries something new: match-three puzzles. Matching with Friends plays like the others with its easy to understand gameplay and its buyable power-ups, but it may not be enough to make the game as exciting as the others in its family. (more…)

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Billy the Painter Review

Billy the Painter isn’t the most complex game you’ll ever play. It isnt packed with bonus features or tons of unlockable content. It is, however, a simple game with a unique, artistic look. It’s a clever little puzzler that will force you to play again and again for that elusive high score. Best of all, it’s something we haven’t seen before. (more…)

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Centipede: Origins Review

iOS gaming is a rich world where, alongside new favorites, you can also find gaming classics. Atari, the company that brought many 8-bit games to life, is taking advantage of the touchscreen medium by reintroducing their games with new graphics and touch controls. Centipede: Origins is one of these games, retouched and presented to a new audience. However, this retro classic may not be enough for today’s gamers. (more…)

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London 2012 – Official Mobile Game Review

In case you haven’t noticed all the commercials, the magazine articles, and the non-stop product placements, the 2012 Summer Olympics are nearly upon us. How can any Olympic Games be complete without a mobile game for iOS? This year, you can compete in the games from the comfort of your couch, and you can pit the strength and endurance of your thumbs against players from all over the world. (more…)

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Super Mushrooms Review

Super Mushrooms may be one of the more clever mashups we’ve seen in a while, combining unlikely game genres into a unique mix. This game takes the plant elements of Plants vs Zombies, but removes the tower defense style gameplay and replaces it with pinball. The combination results in a game we’ve never played before and one we want to see more of. (more…)

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Extreme Skater Review

Extreme Skater has the premise of a Saturday morning cartoon from the 90s. An offroad skateboarder happens upon a mysterious crystal meteorite that grants him abilities far beyond any normal skateboarder. Once granted these radical powers, this extreme skater embarks upon impossible adventures to find even more crystals and learn some outrageous tricks along the way. (more…)

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Bejeweled HD iPad Review

Less than a year ago, the App Store was treated to a wonderful port of the PopCap flagship game Bejeweled. It was a terrific, full-functioning game with several modes to play, achievements to earn, and high scores to gain. The only problem was that it was designed for the smaller screens of the iPhone and iPod touch, leaving iPad users out in the dust or destined to play Bejeweled on an expanded and pixelated screen. Now, with the release of Bejeweled HD for the iPad, large-screen iOS users can rejoice and bask in the retina display gloriousness. (more…)

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Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering Review

There’s a lot to say about Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering. From the very beginning, it’s a fantasy epic. This is a fantasy world we’re all familiar with, full of muscular knights with overly large swords, buxom witches with revealing wardrobes, and monsters that are nothing more than sharp teeth and claws. Big, sweeping cinematic shots will introduce you to the history of this world that has been ravaged by the demon Sovering. It is up to you, the lone hero, to fight against his army and make it to the demon’s home on Rudway Island, to confront and ultimately defeat him. (more…)

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My Little Hero Review

My Little Hero is a game with a lot of soul and imagination. You’ll journey through worlds you would’ve imagined only as a child, and you play a hero with more heart than strength. Visually, the game is remarkable. There’s an attention to detail that is really enjoyable. The concept and the basic story provide a good backbone to this game. However, the gameplay and the level design don’t get the same attention as the rest of the game. (more…)

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Bravo Force: Last Stand Review

High-score games are fun because they’re challenging. The best of them get you and your friends battling against one another for the bragging rights of being the best. They’re stamina games, meant to push you until you break. Bravo Force: Last Stand takes these ideas and integrates them with Facebook, creating a social media gaming experience. (more…)

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