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Cubis Creatures Review

Don’t ever let it be said that stacking blocks is boring. iOS games as of late have surely proven that even the most boring-sounding concept can be jazzed up with some color, humor, and a lot of creativity. Cubis Creatures may just seem like another match-3 game, but it’s a puzzle game in a world of fluffy, adorable creatures that need your help. (more…)

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Shark Dash Review

Gameloft has had a shifting reputation lately, going from being known mainly for their high quality clones, to being thought of as a maker of obnoxious freemium titles. Shark Dash, however, shows a new side of Gameloft. It’s a cute, challenging physics-based puzzle game that’s original, charming, and a whole lot of fun. (more…)

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Speed Racer: The Beginning Review

Speed Racer: The Beginning is really an enigma. We know that it’s based on a cartoon series about race car drivers, wacky hijinks, and dastardly villains. What we don’t know is why Social Games, the developer, chose to make a platforming game instead of a racing game. We also wonder why the developer made the game so challenging that children, the target audience of the cartoon and presumably this game, won’t be able to make it past the first level. (more…)

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Crow Review

It’s amazing to see what experimentation can happen with devices as open and creative as touchscreen tablets and phones. In one game, you could be battling angry robots, while in the next you could be tending to a magical garden. Crow is the type of game that only seems possible on this type of device with such a curious gaming audience. This game tries new things, explores old genres, and presents storytelling from a fresh perspective. (more…)

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774 Deaths Review

774 Deaths is as grim as the title implies. In this game you will die. You will die so much that making it through a single level and not dying will result in you performing a touchdown-style dance in your living room regardless of who else is in the room with you. The screenshots of this game may make you think it’s an 8-bit throwback platformer that will remind you of your Super Mario days, but instead it’s a game only for masochists and the hardiest hardcore gamers. (more…)

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Azkend 2 HD – The World Beneath Review

In Azkend 2 HD – The World Beneath, you play as an explorer aboard a ship that hits some tough chop. Before you know it, you’re sucked into a typhoon and get lost. Eventually, you find yourself in a mysterious jungle, presumably buried somewhere under the sea and preserved from man and time. You begin exploring and find marvelous jungles, volcanoes, and mountains. Bugs and other animals, never before seen by man, can be found everywhere. The beautiful, mysterious world of Azkend is yours to explore and document. And did we mention this was a puzzle game? (more…)

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Swordigo Review

Often, games are sold by being the newest and the best. They have the best graphics or the most sophisticated characters or the most options. Swordigo doesn’t pretend to be the prettiest. Your character can’t be one of 12 classes and evolve in one of 100 ways. Instead, Swordigo goes back to the basics and reminds you of the classics. You’ll jump across a platform, or fight a mini-boss, or visit the village shop, and remember the 8- and 16-bit legends of old. Swordigo is a love letter to the platforming and adventure games of the past. (more…)

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Zuma’s Revenge HD Review

Leave it to PopCap Games to create a surprisingly simple game that is so much fun to play. The Zuma franchise goes back to 2003, and many similar games have shown up on iOS in the meantime. But that doesn’t take away from the signature PopCap polish of Zuma’s Revenge– colorful environments, a sense of humor, and cute characters. In short, once you start, this is a game you will be playing for a while. (more…)

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Munch Time Review

With the success of short, level-based physics puzzlers like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, it’s no surprise that the genre has become a staple on the App Store. New games try to mimic the cute, friendly style of these popular titles, and they especially focus on getting their adorable characters into the iOS zeitgeist. Munch Time is no different, with its nameless lizard swinging through the dangerous jungles and hunting down his three stars. (more…)

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Dream Heights Review

It’s been said that good artists copy, and great artists steal. If you’ve already heard of Dream Heights and haven’t even played it, you might know what we’re referring to. Realistically, it’s impossible to say that every hit game has been original. Game developers and artists work off of the foundation of those who came before them to build something better. The real discussion shouldn’t be about the copycat nature of Dream Heights, but instead we should ask, does Dream Heights add something new to this style of game? (more…)

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Diggin’ Dogs Review

Once you get past the cutesy title, Diggin’ Dogs is a seriously imaginative game. You must help three young pups dig their way through dirt and ice, past bees and poisonous mushrooms, to reach lost treasure. So it’s similar to Where’s My Water?, but it sports a lot of its own ideas, like using the accelerometer to carefully avoid obstacles. Diggin’ Dogs is a surprise at every turn. (more…)

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Monster Wars Review

In Legendary Wars, you led a team of knights, elves, and other do-gooders into battle against the combined might of the undead, the mean, and the outright evil. However, there are two sides to every story. Monster Wars gives you command of the other side, letting you take control of the monsters to give the bad a fighting chance against the good. (more…)

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Star Warfare: Alien Invasion Review

Star Warfare: Alien Invasion is just the kind of game you’d expect from the title. It’s a science-fiction shooter that pits you against alien swarms in wave after wave of three-dimensional, dual-stick craziness. There’s a story to this game, but you probably wouldn’t know it. The story scrolls by in a tiny text box at the speed of light, but it’s not a huge loss. This genre has never been known for its amazing storytelling. (more…)

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Hero Academy Review

Hero Academy is a turn-based strategy game with asynchronous gameplay, which means you can send your turn whenever you like, and your opponent does the same. A single game could take days, but most will only take about one day, because once you start playing it’s hard to put it down. (more…)

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Hank Hazard Review

If Hank Hazard were a real hamster, we would want him as a pet. Not only is he an adorable little hamster with big dreams, but he’s a brave daredevil who doesn’t shy away from hazards like spinning blades, bombs, and electrically-charged orbs. You start off with Hank in his early days of daredeviling, learning the ropes of mastering jumps and falling down pits. Soon, Hank will be your best buddy. You’ll rejoice together as you grasp that elusive gold coin or earn bonuses together. (more…)

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Puzzlejuice Review

There are many signs of a good game, and one is discovering that you’ve lost an hour playing without realizing it. Puzzlejuice has that immediate effect. From the moment you open the app, play the quick tutorial, and enter the world of puzzle-block and word-tile madness, you’re hooked. Puzzlejuice is an enveloping world of gorgeous design, funky music, and falling blocks that you can’t help but fall in love with. (more…)

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Pro Police Training 2 Review

Shooting gallery games are a good fit for touchscreen devices. Pro Police Training 2 takes the standard shooting gallery framework and adds a plethora of modes to try to keep the game from getting stale. Developer Zing Games also hopes that the added modes, as well as weapons and add-on perks, will keep you so addicted that you’ll pay good money to keep the game going. (more…)

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Mole Kart Review

There’s an interesting conundrum that most gamers face: We’re always comparing one game to another. When we play a game we don’t like, we want it to be more like another game that we do enjoy. However, when two games are very similar, there’s a problem. Instead of creating a wonderful racing game for kids and adults that we’ve never seen before, the developers of Mole Kart have gone too far in the realm of mimicry. There’s nothing original here– just a mobile clone of the classic racing game Mario Kart. (more…)

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Scramble With Friends Review

The ‘With Friends’ series of games may be the most social apps some people use on their phones. These games are heavily addictive, especially since they take great advantage of the Notifications feature, alerting you when it’s your turn to play. They’re also engrossing. You might even go out of your way to increase your vocabulary, simply to get that high score. Depending on how many matches you have going on at once, you could spend hours pouring over your tiles. Scramble With Friends, the newest addition to this roster of online word games, is no exception. (more…)

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Justin Smith’s Realistic Summer Sports Simulator Review

Remember the old 8-bit cartridge games, where all of the story was explained in the manual? If you’re like us, every once in a while, you lost the manual or didn’t bother to read it, which meant you were playing a game that seemed to make little to no sense. Justin Smith’s Realistic Summer Sports Simulator is a lot like that, where you can only guess what is supposed to be happening. Maybe this game is about robots in some kind of future Olympics. We’re not quite sure, but this is certainly a game with lots of imagination. (more…)

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Bloons 2 Review

Many games on the App Store have short, casual-oriented levels and feature a memorable cartoon avatar. And lots of these games use a free- or cheap-to-play pay model, but with pay-to-win options. At a glance, Bloons 2 might look like a generic casual but greedy game, but it’s not. Bloons has been around for a while, starting as a Flash game online, and it’s continued to evolve with touch screen devices. Bloons 2, the newest update to the original gameplay, shows that Bloons hasn’t lost its appeal. (more…)

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