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Kid Tripp Review

Kid Tripp doesn’t bother with a story or bonus content, but that’s not to say that it’s a light, fluffy game. Kid Tripp is a hardcore game for players with nerves of steel. It’s an homage to retro platformers of long-gone consoles, and it’s also a proving ground for all those gamers you know who claim to the best. Kid Tripp will separate the veterans from the rookies. (more…)

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Riptide GP2 Review

Riptide GP2 doesn’t necessarily feel all that different from other racing games for iOS. The game uses your device’s accelerometer to steer your craft, which means you will tilt your device like a steering wheel to steer. Your brakes are just onscreen buttons, and you have access to a boost to help get you in the lead. (more…)

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Kamikaze Pigs Review

The war against the Pigs is upon us, and they have us greatly outnumbered. Don’t worry, though. These pigs are more likely to fly into a wall than do any real damage. In Kamikaze Pigs, your enemy may not be all that bright, but it’s still up to you and your lightning-quick reflexes to take them down like dominoes. (more…)

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Super Paper Pool Review

An interesting aesthetic can go a long way to make a good game memorable. Super Paper Pool is a solid physics puzzler with a Japanese woodblock-inspired art theme. The result is a game that looks as great as it plays, but this game isn’t a simple time waster. (more…)

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Eden to Green Review

Eden to Green looks like it has it all. Thanks to Unreal Engine, the game has smooth graphics in a three-dimensional environment. To aid you in your battles against the evil machines, you can grow an army of plants to fight for you. On top of that, the game features a deep gallery of rules and strategies to combat the enemy. What Eden to Green doesn’t feature is moderation, meaning an avalanche of content will nearly bury you from the beginning. (more…)

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Cover Orange 2 Review

If you’re asking yourself what you do in a game called “Cover Orange,” rest assured you can take the title quite literally. This sequel is a unique puzzler, very much like the original, in which an evil cloud of acid rain is after some friendly oranges. You must figure out a way to cover the oranges up to protect them. In this new installment, the oranges are now travelling across the globe and throughout time, avoiding the dangerous acid rain in different periods of history. (more…)

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Despicable Me: Minion Rush Review

It’s hard to dislike a game when it’s filled with adorable, quirky little yellow creatures who only want a banana and some fun. Despicable Me: Minion Rush invites you in with the colorful characters, who you may or may not know from the movie Despicable Me and its upcoming sequel, but knowing these characters’ filmography isn’t a prerequisite for playing. In fact, the game surprisingly relies on good design instead of familiar characters to keep you playing. (more…)

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Avengers Alliance Review

Avengers Alliance is the latest title to make the transition from a Facebook game to iOS. You play as the newest agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., the world’s peacekeeping task force, and one of your duties is to accompany the Avengers on their missions. After a strange meteor shower leaves possibly dangerous items scattered throughout New York City, the heroes and villains are out in full force. (more…)

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GOL:Legend Review

From the very beginning, GOL:Legend is a mystery. The first question any player might have is the meaning of the title. GOL is certainly an acronym for something, but we never find out what. This only sets the tone for the rest of the game, in which you must try your best to figure out what to do. From there, the uncertainty and mystery grow to frustrating heights. (more…)

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Poker Night 2 Review

Fans of nerd culture, look no further. Whether you’re the champ who leaves the table with all the chips or the chump who leaves all the chips on the table, this is the gaming experience for you. Poker Night 2 plays like an all-star poker event. It’s a gathering of five video game, movie, and television celebrities, and you get to play poker with them. Even though this game does not feature multiplayer, you’ll feel like you’re playing with friends.  (more…)

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Gravity Guy 2 Review

From the title, you might assume that Gravity Guy 2 is about gravity, especially if you’ve played the original Gravity Guy. Instead, this sequel is about lifting floors and creating an escape route for the heroic and titular Gravity Guy. Unfortunately, the hero will never actually escape. This is an endless runner, and your best hope is to collect coins and buy power-ups to make your next run even better than your last. (more…)

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Daddy Was a Thief Review

Daddy Was a Thief is designed for those who want to pick up a game and play it immediately. The game fills you in on the story with a quick opening sequence: In a comic book-like series of panels, you come to understand that Daddy was fired from his job. Thinking of his wife and child, he dons a mask and heads to the nearest bank. (more…)

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Arms Cartel Global Review

Social crime games have been popular for a while now, and Arms Cartel Global is the perfect example of the genre. The game focuses heavily on completing tasks to build up your bank, which lets you buy more weapons and a larger army of thugs. While this seems similar to other games we’ve reviewed, the disappointing part is there isn’t a single thing we haven’t seen before. Not a thing. We didn’t notice a new mechanic or feature. It’s just a different paint job on a recycled game. (more…)

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Wizard Ops Tactics Review

Wizard Ops Tactics takes the asynchronous multiplayer model established by games like Hero Academy and expands it. It features customizable teams of wizards that battle in eerie magical arenas. Like a game of chess, there are more options here can you would initially think. For some, this game might be the perfect challenge. For others, it might require too much of a time investment. (more…)

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Draw Something 2 Review

Draw Something 2 attempts to make something more than just a game. Sure, everything you loved about the first Draw Something is still here. There are plenty of fun words to draw with a variety of colors and tools, but you can’t play Draw Something 2 in a vacuum. It’s meant to be played with friends. You can play with friends from your contact list or Facebook, or make new friends through the game’s random match option. Either way, the game is laid out more like a Twitter feed than a game menu. Draw Something 2 is creating its own social hub, centered around art and gaming. (more…)

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They Need To Be Fed 2 Review

They Need To Be Fed 2 is a next-generation platformer that tosses aside flat worlds and replaces them with small planetoids and gravity. While we’ve seen this style of game before, They Need To Be Fed 2 improves upon the initial concept by focusing on the gameplay and the level design. This game features seven different worlds, each filled with challenging maps and unique obstacles. (more…)

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Bookworm Heroes Review

Word puzzles could use more kicking, punching, and eye-gouging. At least, this is the philosophy behind Bookworm Heroes, PopCap’s newest free-to-play game in the Bookworm series. Whereas the original Bookworm focused on a single player experience, Bookworm Heroes is an entirely head-to-head game that pits you against random opponents or Facebook friends in asynchronous gameplay. (more…)

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R.I.P. Rally Review

If you’ve ever wanted to mow down a swarm of zombies with a muscle car, now is your chance. In R.I.P. Rally, you pick your car, your weapon, and your arena, and try to last as long as possible before you’re overtaken by the living dead. Each wave contains more and stronger zombies. You face off against the traditional feet-draggers at first, which you can easily roll over, but eventually you face exploding zombies, running zombies, and giant zombies. You’ll die eventually, but your goal is to last longer each round. (more…)

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Solitaire Blitz Review

Solitaire Blitz isn’t the solitaire you might be familiar with. PopCap’s version of the traditional card game removes some of the rules to create a more frantic and strategic mode of play. It also adds in freemium elements and Facebook integration to keep you playing for that high score. (more…)

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Rolling Hero Review

Rolling Hero flips the concept of a traditional platformer quite literally. Instead of guiding your character from one end of the level to the other by running and jumping across the environment, you control the environment itself. Although you never move your character directly in Rolling Hero, you tilt the world to roll him in the direction you want to go. (more…)

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AVP: Evolution Review

You don’t have to be a fan of the Alien or Predator series of movies to play AVP: Evolution. You might pick up on some story elements here or there if you were a fan, but there’s nothing so earth-shattering that your playing experience will change if you aren’t. To play AVP: Evolution, you just have to be a fan of the Alien and the Predator. You just need to think they’re cool and that controlling one or both of these creatures would be cool. (more…)

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Krashlander Review

In Krashlander, alien robots have invaded Earth. For some reason, your best method of attack is to ski across dangerous terrain and body-slam into these invaders. Your main weapon here is speed, and you will need to learn to maneuver, jump, and maintain balance in order to reach your targets. Otherwise, physics will take over, and you’ll only tumble off a cliff. (more…)

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Ski Jumping Pro Review

Anyone who has watched a winter Olympics will know the sport of ski jumping. Simply put, the skier races down a slope with a jump at the end, and the skier must execute a perfect jump and land at the bottom. In real life, the skier must overcome obstacles of wind and gravity, maintain his focus and posture, and land gracefully with style. In Ski Jumping Pro, you simply tap on the screen a couple times. (more…)

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Mercenary Ops Review

It was once said that good artists copy, but great artists steal. If that’s the case, then the developers of Mercenary Ops are certainly good, not great, artists. If a game plays or looks great, that’s only one part of the equation. There is definite value in originality, story, and design. Mercenary Ops may be that litmus test for gamers. Those who want a game with excitement and action will enjoy it, while those looking for something new will find Mercenary Ops to be something else entirely. (more…)

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Dingle Dangle Review

Dingle Dangle has two things going for it. First, the game has easy-to-use controls and an easy-to-grasp concept, which makes this a carefree, casual game for all players. Second, this game pushes the cuteness factor. The Dingles are adorable little creatures that will warm your heart, even after you’ve completed the game. (more…)

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CraftedBattle Review

In case you may have missed it, there’s this little game called Minecraft floating around out there that people seem to like. As with all things popular, look-alikes were soon to follow. We’ve already seen a few Minecraft clones that work pretty well, while others are clearly just cashing in on the style. CraftedBattle isn’t exactly a clone, since it brings something new to the table. It’s actually a mashup of Minecraft-style world building and some first-person shooter action. (more…)

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SWARM! iPad Review

You have to give SWARM! credit for being daring. This game dares to be unoriginal in this new age of pioneering digital content. It also dares to have graphics that make Nintendo 64 games look cutting edge. (more…)

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Battle of the Bulge iPad Review

Strategy games certainly aren’t for everybody. They can be challenging to learn, difficult to play well, and lengthy to complete. Battle of the Bulge, for iPad, is all of these and more. This is not a game for the casual player or those only slightly interested in strategy games. This is a serious game for serious and historically-minded gamers. Battle of the Bulge sticks slavishly to its historical background, for better or for worse. (more…)

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Mutant Fridge Mayhem – Gumball Review

Mutant Fridge Mayhem has a pretty simple concept. Expired jelly has turned all the food in the fridge rancid, mutating it from harmless into monstrous. To combat these expired fruits and veggies, three kids team up to bring order back to the refrigerator. This game takes place in the Gumball universe, featuring characters from the Cartoon Network show. While fans will enjoy seeing Gumball, Darwin, and Anais fighting villainous foodstuffs, gamers unfamiliar with Gumball’s colorful cast will likely find the game equally entertaining. (more…)

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Monsters, Inc. Run Review

Monsters, Inc. Run, like the majority of Pixar-related entertainment, is a nice surprise. Movie-related games don’t have the best track record, particularly when they come out around the same time as an upcoming theatrical release. Monsters, Inc. Run, on the other hand, is a game that does not appear to have been rushed. It’s not a commercial masquerading as a game. It’s actually a clever, gorgeous platformer that rekindles our love for the world of Monsters, Inc. (more…)

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Minigore 2: Zombies Review

Minigore 2: Zombies doesn’t bother with cinematic sequences or heavily plotted story. This is a game full of guns, swords, and explosions. There’s nothing overly complicated about this title, because all you need to know is which button makes you run and which button makes you shoot. Before we get into the details, let’s make one thing clear: this game is a blast. It’s a twin-stick shooter with simple controls and a lot of content to keep you playing. (more…)

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Glass Balance Pro Review

There’s something to be said for simplicity. In a world of gaming where buttons have their own buttons and a tutorial can be a five hour ordeal, simplicity can be a breath of fresh air. Glass Balance Pro certainly does have simplicity. Its controls are nothing more than a simple tap and swipe, and the basics are easy to grasp. While it may not be the game that changes the world of iOS gaming, it certainly could be a nice breather between RPGs and first-person shooters. (more…)

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Gear Jack Review

Let’s set the record straight from the beginning. If Gear Jack were a ski slope, it would be a black diamond. The casual player might give it a try, but he might end up with a few broken bones despite his optimism. It takes skill, experience, and wisdom to tackle a challenge like Gear Jack without throwing a device or two against the wall in frustration. (more…)

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Knights of Pen & Paper Review

Knights of Pen & Paper doesn’t pretend that a fantastical world of knights, wizards, and dragons might actually exist. Instead, this game chooses to center on a group of role-players that believe such a world does exist. This tongue-in-cheek iOS game approaches the fantasy game from the other side of the coin, which is the world of Dungeons & Dragons and pen-and-paper adventures. (more…)

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Monster Warlord Review

Imagine a game that takes place in a world full of cute and interesting monsters. These are monsters you can collect and train for good and evil, or combine into super monsters. With these super powerful monsters, you can challenge other monster collectors and gain gold for your victories. Monster Warlord resembles such a game, except that all of the epic battles are replaced with text and menu systems. Sounds epic, right? (more…)

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SpinCraft Review

Apparently, even outer space has the “30 minutes or it’s free” rule for pizza delivery. At least, that’s the loose premise of SpinCraft, Bulkypix’s new 3D platformer. You play as Pyp, a down-on-his-luck pizza deliveryman who isn’t too good at his job. From the opening cut scene, we learn that Pyp tends to get sidetracked while delivering pizza, and that is definitely the truth. Your boss sends you off with one pizza to deliver, which will prove whether or not Pyp deserves to keep his space pizza delivery job, and that’s where it all starts. (more…)

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King Oddball Ends the World Review

King Oddball may be one of the most unique characters in the pantheon of App Store gaming. He’s a king. He’s a moon, maybe. He wants to end the world by swinging rocks with his tongue at tanks, helicopters, and soldiers. However, the King isn’t the only highlight of this game. King Oddball is a great-looking title with tough physics puzzles, as well as a bit of humor. (more…)

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Electric Tentacle Review

Electric Tentacle defies description. It’s a game about a floating panda and his other animal friends who are on a constant journey through a wild landscape made up of abstract enclosures that try to trap you. The panda and his friends are on the run from nanobots, purple machines with mouths and sharp teeth. It’s a dark world, but it’s also full of stars. Behind it all, there is the crackling glow of electricity, which gives you the power to do anything. (more…)

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Drift Mania Championship 2 Review

With all the racing games available in the App Store, it’s becoming more and more difficult to tell them apart. There are some great titles out there, and then there are the rest. Unfortunately, Drift Mania Championship 2 falls in the ‘rest’ category. It’s a racing game that looks nice, but the actual racing is severely lacking. There is a clear emphasis on drifting in this game, but it can’t make up for a lackluster game. (more…)

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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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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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Blast-A-Way Review

While art design doesn’t make a game enjoyable by itself, it can certainly make a good game look amazing. Blast-A-Way has a lot going for it. Not only is it a game with amazing touch controls, stunning graphics, and challenging levels, but it’s also a game that is designed to look modern. This game features rich, detailed levels, set against a minimalist, white canvas. Even the menus have a certain look to them that makes this game feel at home on your modern-age device. (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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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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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…)