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TNA Wrestling Impact Review

Any legitimate wrestling fan knows why it’s important for TNA Wrestling to release a good sports entertainment product. With the buyout of WCW by WWE owner Vince McMahon, the industry is almost a monopoly. At the height of the fierce competition between WCW and WWE in the ’90s, fans enjoyed some the best drama in years. We saw the creation of the NWO, Hogan turning heel, Stone Cold Steve Austin getting over on Bret Hart, and the “Attitude” era that finally stopped treating fans like idiots by pretending wrestling was real. TNA is the spiritual successor of WCW, and TNA Wrestling Impact marks the brand’s debut on the iOS platform. (more…)

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Vampire Rush Review

Hack-‘n-slash and tower defense are two of the most popular game types on iOS. With the pros and cons of touchscreen gaming, these types of games fit the platform very well. The developers of Vampire Rush have taken a calculated risk by merging these genres into something different. The game combines a variety of conventions that iOS gamers are used to, but the thoughtful execution and cohesiveness of the experience impressed us at every angle. (more…)

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Woozzle Review

Coming up with a new and original puzzler for the iOS platform is no easy task. Nearly every type of style has been done numerous times over. Relevant to that reality, putting out a product that has staying power atop the charts is roughly akin to winning the lottery. Sure it can happen, but it’s not likely. Woozzle is an interesting puzzle game that takes some unique turns to establish its own identity. (more…)

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Chalk n’ Talk Review

Social gaming is tailor made for the iOS platform. Most of the devices are essentially always online, completely mobile, and easily connected through one of several community platforms. Gamevil, one of the premier iOS developers of role-playing and sports games, is taking a stab at social gaming with Chalk n’ Talk, their take on Pictionary. (more…)

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WWE Superstar Slingshot Review

Once the Angry Birds phenomenon took off, it didn’t take long before a slew of clones came along to attempt cashing in from the avalanche of dollars coming in. We’ve seen angry fruit, angry pigs, and even angry trucks and skulls all jousting for your hard earned dollar. But the most surprising of the clones comes is WWE Superstar Slingshot. That’s right, the Angry Birds formula has been adapted to the squared-circle. Read to find out if this casual game scores via decisive pin fall. (more…)

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 Review

Tiger Woods PGA Golf has been the gold standard in virtual golf for many years. Featuring the sport’s most recognizable player and a fine balance on simulation mixed with some arcade flourishes, the series has amassed a loyal following. In the iOS space, Tiger Woods PGA Golf faces some stiff competition courtesy of the excellent Real Golf series from Gameloft. It’s fitting, considering that Tiger Woods has been challenged more than ever coming off of his personal issues. Read on to find out if Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 will be wearing the proverbial green jacket at the end of the day. (more…)

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Turbo Grannies Review

On the merit of such an ingenious title alone, Turbo Grannies demanded our attention. We were very curious about whether Swedish development house Imperial Game Studio could pair the game’s name with an equally awesome gaming experience. Want to take a guess on whether they were successful? After applying some Bengay to your index finger, click the link to find out. (more…)

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Mission Europa Collector’s Edition HD Review

To loot or not to loot, that is the question. Dungeon crawlers that put an emphasis on collecting items are only as cool as the loot itself. While the best example of this genre on iOS is Dungeon Hunter, it’s also a shameless rip-off of Blizzard’s Diablo series. Mission Europa, from developer Banshee Soft, takes the hack-n-slash convention and attempts some interesting approaches to truly make something unique. Does it succeed, or does it die on the proverbial vine? (more…)

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Fight Night Champion by EA Sports Review

While boxing’s popularity has greatly diminished in the past decade due to the rise of Mixed Martial Arts, there’s still a lot of love for the resilient combat sport. EA Sport’s Fight Night series has traditionally done a great job of marrying the sport’s legendary figures with today’s champions and prospects. Fight Night Champion is no different, and it marks the first time the proud franchise has come to the iOS platform. Time to ring the bell and find out if this prospect should have realistic championship aspirations. (more…)

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Virtua Fighter 2 Review

Back in the ’90s when arcades were still alive, several franchises largely defined the fighting genre. Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter lead the 2-D end of things, while Tekken and Virtua Fighter gave shape to the emerging 3-D fighting subgenre. (more…)

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Squeezy Review

Finding the magic formula to be the ‘it’ casual game is the Holy Grail all iOS developers are searching for. For every Cut the Rope there are hundreds of misfires and clones that miss the mark entirely. Squeezy, sadly, seems to be one of those misfires due to its terrible controls. (more…)

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NBA Elite 11 Review

Console side, NBA Elite 11 is easily the most disappointing high-profile flop in recent memory from EA Sports. Positioned as a complete rebranding effort away from NBA Live and designed to take back market share from 2K, NBA Elite 11 represented hope for a new approach to basketball videogames. They gave players total control over everything, and this was supposed to bring skill to all aspects of the game, from dribble moves and defense tactics to offensive proficiency. (more…)

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Agents! Review

When you think of the all-time video game classics, many of the usual suspects may come to mind, like Mario, Sonic, Street Fighter II, and many other timeless titles. One of the obscure experiences that tenured gamers will fondly remember is Spy Vs. Spy. It was a fast-paced action game that brought the famous comic strip from Mad Magazine to life. (more…)

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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Review

Seemingly out of nowhere, the first lady of gaming decided to make a surprise visit on the iOS platform. That’s right, Lara Croft from the hit-n-miss Tomb Raider franchise is here. As a spin-off from the Tomb Raider universe, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is a downloadable title that originally graced traditional consoles earlier this year. We completely co-sign the critical consensus that the game was stellar, but in translation to the iOS platform, we were curious to learn if the experience completely translates over. (more…)

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Backbreaker 2: Vengeance Review

With EA and Gameloft busy duking it out for the wallets of the simulation football geeks, the Backbreaker franchise has neatly established a small niche for itself. Instead of focusing on licensed NFL action, Backbreaker is a physics-based casual game that emphasizes hard hits, slick moves, and showboating action similar to drills seen in the New York Jets training camp. Backbreaker 2: Vengeance aims to build on the steps made by its predecessor, and we were curious to learn how it’s stepping up its game. (more…)

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UFC Undisputed 2010 Review

With EA Sports taking a stab at bringing the world of Mixed Martial Arts to iOS with their game MMA, we knew it’d only be a matter of time before the UFC joined the fray. The UFC is the equivalent of the big leagues for MMA, where the best compete for championship titles and worldwide adulation. THQ’s UFC Undisputed 2010 is the downsized version of it’s console brother of the same name. As Big John McCarthy would say, “Let’s get it on!” (more…)

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Monster Fights Review

What happens when you combine elements of World of Warcraft and Fable? Something like Monster Fights for the iPhone. But before you get excited, don’t take that comparison too literally, as it’s just a starting point to elaborate from. In the classic battle of man versus monster, you assume the role of the monster, fighting off a horde of human foes not particularly happy to see you. Original? Not so much. But originality doesn’t necessarily need to get in the way of a good game. (more…)

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Baseball Superstars 2011 Review

Last year’s Baseball Superstars 2010 proved that Gamevil is to baseball what peas are to carrots. We were thrilled about everything it brought the market, and it provided hours upon hours of satisfying gameplay that both core and casual players could appreciate and enjoy. Fresh off the conclusion of the World Series, Baseball Superstars 2011 comes just in time to tide baseball fans over until the real deal starts up again. (more…)

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MMA By EA Sports Review

Over the past few years, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has grown to an epic level of fandom, especially in the States. Led by the UFC, fight fans are regularly treated to dynamic match-ups that pit the best fighters against each other. While the UFC and EA have an acrimonious relationship based on EA’s widely publicized brush-off of MMA in the past, that hasn’t stopped EA from realizing the error of their ways. Despite the lack of the UFC license, MMA by EA Sports forges ahead with plenty of fan service and name recognition that gives this series debut a fighting chance. (more…)

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The Secret of Grisly Manor Review

Seemingly forever ago, Myst ushered in a whole new kind of interactive experience. Carefully weaving together a large number of striking pre-rendered scenes combined with smooth animated sequences, Myst brought the point-and-click adventure to the mainstream. Although this genre has been greatly marginalized in the era of twitchy FPS games, we still get excited when a modern twist on the point and click adventure comes around. The Secret of Grisly Manor is a throwback to exploratory adventure games, and the execution is nearly flawless. (more…)

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Deadliest Catch Review

The idea of catching crabs probably wouldn’t excite you much, unless you’re an addict of the Discovery Channel’s huge hit series Deadliest Catch. In case you’re unfamiliar with the reality show, it follows fishing boats and crews that are hunting for crabs in the most dangerous times of the year. (more…)

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