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Invader Hunter Review

Game descriptions on the App Store are the written form of merchants hawking their wares, with exclamation points taking the place of marketplace shouts. This is particularly pronounced in the description for Invader Hunter, which is full of superlatives boasting of amazing eye-popping awesomeness. There is some merit to their claims, but the game still doesn’t make it to the top of our charts. (more…)

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Order Up!! To Go Review

It’s always a good moment for iOS game reviewers when a console game finds its way onto the App Store without suffering from poor functionality and screen size limitations that often plague such ports. Well, Port Abello in Order Up!! To Go has made its way to the App Store after debuting on the Wii and appearing on the PS3 and 3DS, and it feels surprisingly native on the iDevice. (more…)

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Urban Crime Review

There was a time when the App Store had no quality open-world crime games, and the best we could do was write notes to ourselves to play those games on our consoles. Now, however, we have a trilogy of Gangstar titles from Gameloft, and two official Grand Theft Auto games, including the full-fledged classic Grand Theft Auto 3. Now Urban Crime has come onto the App Store as a freemium crime title from Gameloft, and suddenly the streets seem to be getting crowded. (more…)

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Real Soccer 2012 Review

There’s no doubt as to Real Soccer’s competition, but unlike most other Gameloft doppelgangers, the original sits right next to it in the App Store. The primary differences are the FIFA license and the pricing mechanism. Unlike FIFA Soccer 12, Real Soccer 2012 is a freemium game, and it comes with a lot of ways to spend money. (more…)

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The aMAZEing Labyrinth Review

Board games will probably never die out, but iOS devices are giving them a run for their money, because digital versions of board games can have more user-friendly interfaces and new modes thanks to AI and the Internet. The aMAZEing Labyrinth (their capitalization) is no exception. (more…)

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Flick Home Run Review

Everyone (who loves baseball) loves a home run. The excitement of a baseball launching into the stands–or even out of the park and hitting someone’s car–is palpable in ball games. Well, Flick Home Run cuts right to the chase. There’s nothing extraneous to deal with like teams or innings. Your only concern is how well you can hit the ball. (more…)

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Elemites Review

Crazed mobs holding pitchforks and torches and running misfits out of town are usually vilified for their actions. In the case of the questionable protagonist of Elemites, however, the mob was likely justified in running you out of town after you set it ablaze with your incompetent wizardry. Your task in this game is to make them and others rue that fateful day, as you use a mysterious tome to exact vengeance. Sadly, the vengeance this game offers feels lacking. (more…)

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Fifa Soccer 12 Review

The difficulty faced by any sports game franchise is preventing the annual installments from becoming stale, and fortunately EA’s latest installment in its FIFA Soccer series exhibits worthwhile improvements, a few new features, and a more polished experience, which should keep it in the hands of iDevice-wielding soccer fans everywhere (our apologies to our friends across the pond for not using the word “football”). (more…)

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Gum Drop! Review

Matching games are something that you will find in both elementary school classrooms and all over the App Store. Only a small percentage of Match-3 games stand out among the masses, but Gum Drop! is one of them. (more…)

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Wildlings Review

In our three years of immersing ourselves in the App Store, we have happily watched games progress in quality. This progression has been led by well-polished games with great art, gameplay, and innovation, which we have praised accordingly. So it isn’t hard to imagine our disappointment when we found a game that raised our hopes with a terrific graphical style only to crush them with completely underwhelming gameplay. (more…)

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Grand Prix Story Review

When Kairosoft’s Game Dev Story came out and took the gaming community by storm, some of us thought it was just another one-hit wonder. Several new entries in the series later, we were happy to be proved wrong, which we only admitted after coming up for air after managing our malls. The latest in the series has a racing theme, and though it doesn’t rival its comrades, it’s still a good and unsurprisingly addictive game. (more…)

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The Secret of Chateau de Moreau Review

The Secret of Chateau de Moreau is one of those games that reminds you that a videogame can be many different things. In this case, it’s part adventure, part puzzler, and part interactive story. It doesn’t require any quick reflexes or practiced skills; it simply requires an interest in the multifaceted story that you slowly unwind. (more…)

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Carrot War Review

Many different entities have been pitted against aliens in popular culture over the years: zombies, robots, cowboys, predators, and now rabbits. Aliens have arrived, and their target is carrots. Not willing to sit idly by, one rabbit decides to stand up and fight, using only his ability to fly and a magic marker. Yep, this one is not a clone. (more…)

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SushiChop Review

Finger slicing is a lot more fun than it sounds, and ever since the enjoyable Fruit Ninja popularized the mechanism, we’ve seen many more iterations from other developers. The latest in this line is an app called SushiChop. Not to be confused with Chop Sushi the creative match-three game, SushiChop is an uninspired clone of Fruit Ninja which doesn’t do much to impress. (more…)

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Pirate Gunner HD Review

Pirate themes in games are common to the point of disinterest, but some games break the mold and use the theme effectively. Pirate Gunner HD is one of those games. It has a polish we would like to see more often in the App Store, and its three modes are all capable of holding their own. (more…)

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Waterslide 2 Review

In the world of the App Store, it’s a pretty safe bet that any wildly popular app will see some form of a sequel or afterthought. Angry Birds Rio and Pocket God: Journey to Uranus are some of the many that come to mind. Now Waterslide 2 can be added to that list as the sequel of the popular free game, Waterslide Extreme. (more…)

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Dice Soccer Review

The FIFA Women’s World Cup recently transpired, and it was full of tense matches and a lot of USA triumph– until the final match, where we played well but lost out. Having skill but still being subjected to chance is an experience that Dice Soccer provides well. On the other hand, the game is anything but tense, and you won’t find any female characters whatsoever. (more…)

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Puzzle Family: StarPack Review

There are only so many match-three puzzles one can play before tiring of them. But matching three lollipops while an animated figure wearing bunny ears and wielding a plunger runs along the top of the screen brings a whole new face to the genre. Puzzle Family: StarPack provides this eccentric experience, but it also provides some features that are punishing for anyone with a reasonably mellow mind. (more…)

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Line Surfer Review

Stick figures are a popular staple in iDevice games. From Doodle Vs. Brute: World Domination to Stick Stunt Biker, these simplistic representations of humans permeate the App Store. They are portrayed performing tasks from fighting to skating to surfing. The latter is the focus of Line Surfer, a popular side-scrolling surfing game. As we all know, however, popularity doesn’t necessarily mean quality. (more…)

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Doodle Vs Brute: World Domination Review

Anyone who has played the 1980s arcade game Rampage knows that tearing down cartoony buildings and wreaking havoc in two-dimensional towns is surprisingly fun. Doodle vs Brute: World Domination takes inspiration from this classic, but turns the focus of destruction to all of the people of the 2-D towns in a humorously over-the-top fashion. (more…)

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Stupidness 2 Pro Review

Obsession with IQ scores is one of the favorite themes of internet advertisements. Flashing banners and supposed scores of famous people appear, challenging you to beat said scores. Well, Stupidness 2 Pro makes light of the IQ score by challenging you to a number of seemingly simple puzzles and rewarding you with sky-high IQ scores. (more…)

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