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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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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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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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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…)

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Shadow Zin: Ninja Boy Review

    Many entries in the puzzle genre allow the player to spend time contemplating before executing their careful solution. Shadow Zin, on the other hand, adds a little push as your ninja tries to sneak into a castle, by using fire, arrows, and watchful armed parrots to keep you sneaking (sometimes frantically) along. (more…)

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Elemental Rage Review

    Platformer and adventure gamers just got a new game for their library. Elemental Rage is a well polished adventure game that has taken inspiration from the metroidvania genre. It still strikes its own path instead of cloning any one game, and it succeeds in almost every aspect. (more…)

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    Reload Review

    Gamers who have been to shooting ranges or enjoy carnival games will find Reload a familiar experience. On the other hand, the closest some of us have come to a shooting range is in the slingshot range in Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Reload closes the gap, giving players an enjoyable and somewhat authentic experience on a variety of ranges. (more…)

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    Double Dragon Review

    Many classic arcade games have found a new home on the iOS devices, though few have made the transition as smoothly as Double Dragon. This 1987 side-scrolling action game has known many iterations on many different consoles, and it has now been remade for the iDevice. Thankfully, it’s no Sega-style remake either. (more…)

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    Egg vs. Chicken Review

    If you’ve ever spent time around anyone with philosophical inclinations, your conversations have probably strayed to the chicken and egg quandary at some point. Well, Egg vs. Chicken turns the whole problem on its head, by personifying both eggs and chickens, and pitting them against each other. (more…)