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The Sims FreePlay Review

The Sims is a well known franchise, and its has been present on the App Store well before the latest entry which, as its name implies, is a freemium venture. The Sims FreePlay gives you a town to which you slowly add houses, businesses, and up to 16 Sims, all of whom you control. (more…)

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M.U.S.E. Review

While touchscreens open up new avenues for games, developers often try to force old genres into the new devices. In the case of shooters, where console gamers use every button on the controller, developers must now translate those options into touchscreen controls. Often, this means semi-transparent buttons being grafted onto the screen, obscuring the view with a cluttered heads-up display. M.U.S.E. is one of the latest attempts at a touchscreen shooter that never quite feels right. (more…)

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Trenches II Review

You’ve got to appreciate the originality of a war game that avoids the overdone wars. This isn’t WWII, and it isn’t Vietnam. This is the Great War, World War I, when soldiers dove into trenches to avoid enemy fire. For those not familiar with the Trenches series, this is the second official sequel but third in the series. Stenches, a spinoff of the main franchise, focused on the “what if” scenario of WWI soldiers versus zombies, but Trenches 2 expands on the original Trenches. (more…)

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Space Frontier Review

A game can impress us on many levels. Some games have breathtaking graphics. Others focus on story and character. Games can also impress with the care and attention to detail put into their presentation. Games like Space Frontier, however, suffer for their lack of such attention to detail when it comes to presentation. While Space Frontier may be an excellent building sim with science-fiction elements, simple things like mistranslations from the original Korean can leave a bad taste in our mouths. (more…)

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Desert Zombie Last Stand Review

The Unreal Engine may just be the salvation of hardcore gamers hoping for a console experience on their iOS devices. High-profile games like Infinity Blade 2 have already showcased how amazing they can look when they use the engine to create three-dimensional games with smooth graphics. Desert Zombie Last Stand, a game which deserves an award for using the most hype-inducing buzzwords in one title, uses the Unreal Engine to create a third-person shooter for your touchscreen. Unfortunately, this game proves that an exceptional foundation for a video game does not make the entire game exceptional. (more…)

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Office Jerk Holiday Edition Review

Just as Santa brings presents, the holidays often bring holiday-themed versions of various iOS games. This season, we get a Christmas-themed version of Office Jerk, a casual flick game that let you bother that one annoying guy at work we all love to hate. Rather than taking place in the workplace cubicle, Holiday Edition lets you annoy him in the comfort of his own home. And when hitting him in the head twenty times over gets annoying, you can take aim at his Christmas decorations, too. (more…)

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Blood & Glory Review

It’s hard to see Blood & Glory as anything more than a freemium version of Infinity Blade. The combat system, the weapons, and the gear are all reminiscent of the iOS blockbuster, but with a freemium spin that allows gamers to buy their way into the higher ranks of warriors, rather than earning it through sore thumbs and time. (more…)

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Superman Review

A great deal of people have a passion for Superman. He’s the American superhero, an orphan from outer space brought to Earth by a rocket ship from his dying planet. He’s faster and stronger than anyone on the planet, so a videogame featuring the last son of Krypton ought to be amazing. Chillingo, no slouch in the iOS arena, has teamed up with Tiger Games to bring the big blue Boy Scout to touchscreens everywhere for truth, justice, and the American way. (more…)

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Monster Burner iPad Review

The ideal game for any platform is one that, when you play, causes someone to look over your shoulder and say, ‘Hey, can I play that?’ Monster Burner is almost guaranteed to cause that reaction. It’s the type of game with a simple display, colorful graphics, and intuitive touch screen controls. More than that, it’s a game that makes use of your screen’s real estate, giving you the freedom to move within an environment without being cramped on a small screen. (more…)

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Gangstar Rio: City of Saints Review

There are two ways to look at Gangstar Rio: City of Saints. One is to look at it as a serious game, and by doing so you will find it to be a shameless copycat of the Grand Theft Auto series, with a needlessly raunchy story. The other is to see it as a farce, assuming it is intentionally tasteless, but as detailed as an open-world game will get for iOS. Gangstar Rio is undeniably an expansive game with lots to do and many places to see, which also opens it up to lots of areas for improvement. (more…)

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Ninja Pong Review

There are games that you instantly know you will enjoy. It’s like meeting someone for the first time and you can tell from the beginning you’ll get along. Be it their demeanor or funny quips or sense of style, there are clues that give us a gut instinct. Ninja Pong had a similar effect on us. It’s fun, cute, and easy to pick up. It lets you know right out of the gate that you’re going to have fun. (more…)

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Assassin’s Creed Rearmed Review

Assassin’s Creed offers more than just hack and slash action. To be an assassin superstar, you’ll need great observational skills and patience. It’s a series that puts more of a focus on stealth than button-mashing, and the newest addition to the Assassin’s Creed iOS family, Rearmed, is no different. This version is solely for multiplayer challenges, but relies on the freemium formula to suck you in. (more…)

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Civiballs Review

Civiballs is a game with a ridiculous name and a great concept. There’s some semblance of a story here, involving a young scientist and his monkey-dog companion travelling through time to three distinct eras: Roman, Viking, and Incan. You must help them collect valuable jewels, because, well, they’re valuable. Silliness aside, this game will draw you in almost instantly. Its intricate puzzles always introduce a new element and its simplicity will fool you. (more…)

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Contract Killer: Zombies Review

Are a good concept and stellar graphics enough? That’s the question raised by Glu’s newest game, Contract Killer: Zombies, the second in the Contract Killer franchise. While the first game was based in a world of espionage, crime, and sniper rifles, this newest installment takes the same concept but throws it into the all-too-familiar world of the zombie-ridden apocalyptic wasteland. While the gameplay is fun and you’re often amazed at how well the game looks, you might question if there is enough here. (more…)

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Siegecraft Review

Traditionally, videogamers can be put into one of two categories: casual or hardcore. The casual gamer plays socially or for short periods at a time, while the hardcore gamer plays frequently and usually to completion. Some iOS games, like Angry Birds, appeal to both camps, offering short segments of gameplay but with depth, achievements, and leaderboards to satisfy the hardcore crowd. That’s where Crescent Moon’s Siegecraft aims, and that’s right where it hits. (more…)

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Boss Battles Review

If you had told us that Backflip Studios was going to release a vertical space shooter with heaps of unlockables and a focus on boss battles for free, we would have cleared our schedules to make time for it without even seeing screenshots. It’s an instantly fun concept, and it’s easy to see how hours and hours could be wasted on such a game. Boss Battles, however, proves that execution is just as important as concept. (more…)

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DragonVale Review

Freemium games are a dime a dozen on the App Store right now and, unfortunately, we often see overlap when it comes to themes. The goal of DragonVale is to build the most popular ‘dragon park’ you can and attract as many visitors as possible. Been done before, right? That’s what we thought, too, but DragonVale proves that you can’t judge a book by its cover, and a game can catch you off-guard with its whimsy and charm. (more…)

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Destinia Review

Do you ever wake up, planning to maybe finish that book you’ve been reading, only to realize there’s one errand you need to do? So you say to yourself, I’ll just get that one errand done, and then I’ll have the day to myself. But then someone gives you something else to do, and you realize there’s another thing you have to get done. Before you know it, your entire day is packed with tasks you have to complete, and you’re not doing anything you want to do. Well, Destinia is kind of like that. (more…)

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Swing the Bat Review

Swing the Bat is a casual high-score game that borrows from favorites like Tiny Wings and the Hook Champ series. Using physics-based swinging to move your character across treacherous landscapes, Swing the Bat tries to keep you hooked with different objectives and unlockable content–but does the sum of two amazing games equal a Must Have? (more…)

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Plushed Gold Fever Review

Plushed Gold Fever is a forgettable collection of only three minigames that lacks any presentation coherence or style. While Plushed tries to tie all three games together with a poorly written introductory story and Wild West theme, we couldn’t look past the spelling mistakes (‘voodoo’ has four o’s, not three) and the emphasis on in-app purchases. (more…)

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MiniGame Paradise Review

Minigame collections can be tough to sell. As opposed to “full” games, they rely on each minigame to be a bite-sized portion of content that’s good in its own right. MiniGame Paradise is a collection of minigames that tries to go a step further and create a cohesive feel by including things like unlockables, different playable characters, and even some RPG elements. Ultimately, however, these serve only as distractions from what is essentially a repetitive game. (more…)

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