Posts byRiordan Frost

    Hotel Transylvania Dash Deluxe Review

    We all know about the ups and downs of games made to promote movies. Sometimes the game is terrible, sometimes it has nothing to do with the movie, and often, no matter how the game is, you feel a little dirty afterwards from all that marketing. We’re happy to report that Hotel Transylvania Dash hits all the right notes, and we don’t feel dirty saying so–even with all the swamp monsters. (more…)

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    ShaqDown Review

    Shaquille O’Neal is and has been many things: a basketball legend, a reserve police officer, a genie, and now… a zombie fighter. ShaqDown is responsible for that last addition by putting the man in the role of hero in a particularly gruesome future of mutant zombies. (more…)

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    Tumblewords Review

    Tumblewords looks like what would happen if graphic designers were given free reign over the game development process. The game is nothing short of beautiful in its simple and charming themes, which range from a soothing desert to a rocky dragon outpost. Unfortunately, the graphic designers may have taken up too much of this game’s budget, because the gameplay doesn’t live up to the standards set by the design. (more…)

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    Mighty Wardens Review

    While most games provide some form of plot, other games rely on nonverbal cutscenes and visual cues to give you a gist of where you are and what you’re doing. Mighty Wardens is one of those games. It’s filled with button-mashing combat and is occasionally interrupted by cutscenes of orcs beheading noble-looking monarchs to convince you that you’re fighting for the good guys. Of course, plot isn’t really the selling point of a side-scrolling action game, but we appreciated the non-intrusive story delivery all the same. (more…)

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    Mighty Wardens Review

    While most games provide some form of plot, other games rely on nonverbal cutscenes and visual cues to give you a gist of where you are and what you’re doing. Mighty Wardens is one of those games. It’s filled with button-mashing combat and is occasionally interrupted by cutscenes of orcs beheading noble-looking monarchs to convince you that you’re fighting for the good guys. Of course, plot isn’t really the selling point of a side-scrolling action game, but we appreciated the non-intrusive story delivery all the same. (more…)

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    Build-a-Lot 4: Power Source Review

    We like to see longevity on the App Store, and Build-a-Lot just received its fourth entry in the series (surprisingly quickly, too). Unlike the relatively underwhelming last entry, Build-a-Lot 3: Passport to Europe, this one builds on the established strengths of the series while shedding some of its weaker features. (more…)

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    Marvel War of Heroes Review

    Anyone who has played Rage of Bahamut will recognize every feature of Marvel War of Heroes– but our guess is that most people who pick up MWoH will be looking at the name, not the developer’s history. So let us fill you in. (more…)

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    Wacoon Jump Review

    It’s clear that Wawa Land is trying to provide an equivalent of Mario on iOS, which gives the game some big shoes to fill. Fortunately, there is no lack of spirit in the game’s protagonist, and no lack of potential for the game for the game itself. In its current state, Wawa Land doesn’t fulfill all of its potential, but it makes respectable progress. (more…)

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    BoxPlots Review

    In BoxPlots, you control a cube that moves other cubes around. But that description and the name BoxPlots don’t do the game justice. It’s not until you start playing and see the adorable protagonist cube, hopping around the screen in thematic outfits, accompanied by music you might find in a trendy Apple commercial, that you begin to understand this game’s charm. (more…)

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    Retrobot Review

    Every once in a while, a game comes along that we just want to love, but it has one or two parts that we can’t quite get over. Retrobot is one of those games: it has a charmingly humorous story chock full of videogame references, paired with unique comic book cut scenes. The controls and one bug in particular, however, stick out from these features like a sore thumb, and we hope they’re both fixed. (more…)

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    Infinite Warrior Review

    In Infinite Warrior, the game tells you which direction to swipe by putting arrows on the shields of enemies. These bright yellow arrows flying across the screen reminded us of mini-games in Mario Party, which juxtaposes strangely with the Assassin’s Creed-esque attack scenes. Despite that strange combination of elements, the game is worth a look– especially for how it looks. (more…)

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    Squids Wild West Review

    Thinking of the Wild West often conjures images of gun-slinging cowboys, scorching deserts, and the occasional heartwarming tale of good triumphing over evil even in a lonely expanse of wilderness. Squids Wild West has all of those elements, except the protagonists are squids, and the West is underwater. Yep, it’s pretty fanciful. (more…)

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    Yesterday Review

    Every once in a while, there’s an iOS game that you don’t play on the go because you want to devote all of your attention to it. Yesterday is one of those games, which doesn’t surprise us given the game’s stellar performance on the PC. (more…)

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    Love Me Not Review

    Do you remember your earliest biology classes, when you learned that a flower’s petals exist to attract pollinators, foretell your love life, and repel invaders? Well, maybe the first lesson is the only one that applies to reality, but we’ve been playing a lot of Love Me Not. (more…)

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    Escape from Age of Monsters Review

    Lately we’ve been discussing the new Kickstarter iOS project Republique, and how its claims of starting the AAA party on iOS are overblown. High quality games already exist on iOS, and Republique would be a welcome addition, not a party starter. Well, add one more game to that party: Escape from Age of Monsters. This polished game has big talent behind it and excellent execution. (more…)

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    Neuroshima Hex Review

    Neuroshima Hex is one of those ports that isn’t from another console, but from a real, acclaimed board game. It is based in a post-apocalyptic world filled with an original cast of factions. You can choose to play as or fight against machines, mutants, humans, or gangers, each with their own spin on the range of units available. (more…)

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    Bee Leader Review

    Bee Leader is a little like the PlayStation 3 game Flower. It’s highly polished, simple, and relatively peaceful. Also, both revolve around flowers. Bee Leader doesn’t have the same sweeping graphics, but we appreciated the simplistic and polished approach to nectar gathering. (more…)

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    Rage of Bahamut Review

    One glance at the art in Rage of Bahamut is enough to impress a passerby. One glance at the gaudy interface may be enough to lump it into the MMO browser games with classless advertisements many of us steer clear of. Picking it up and playing it, however, proves a surprisingly addictive, if repetitive, experience. (more…)

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    Burger Cat Review

    One of the many signs of success for an internet meme is having games play off of its popularity. If you’re reading this on the internet and not our nonexistent print edition, you know about lolcats. A famous lolcats picture, and now the namesake of a lolcats website, has the caption, ‘I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?’ Paying a sort of homage to this is Burger Cat, a puzzle game with the same cuteness of one of those pictures but also requiring the same attention span. (more…)

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    Big Win Hockey Review

    There’s a certain amount of realism lacking from most sports games, with the gamer acting as a spirit that possesses the game’s players at will, switching between the roles seamlessly. In Big Win Hockey, you do what a manager really does and watch the game unfold without controlling anyone. Of course, your players are actually cards, so maybe we shouldn’t focus on realism. (more…)

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    Nuclear Hipster Review

    Recently, Harvard University did a study on hipsters, and found that when it comes to music, they don’t like bands if too many other people like them, and will therefore continuously search for lesser-known bands to (ironically?) enjoy. This only scratches the surface of hipsters, but it does provide some explanation to the unorganized subculture. That explanation may be helpful if you pick up Nuclear Hipster, a game with an amusing plot that far outstrips its gameplay. (more…)

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