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Ninjatown: Trees of Doom! HD! iPad Review

The lovable ninjas from Shawnimals have made the leap to the iPhone’s bigger and more powerful sibling, the iPad. Ninjatown: Trees of Doom is a special game for many reasons. For starters, it’s a testament to great game design specifically tailored to the iPhone’s touch interface. Over the past several months, we’ve been most impressed by the game’s continued growth. We’ve seen new modes, characters, and power-ups; all without a single price hike. Now that’s value. Needless to say, we were very excited to explore what makes the Ninjatown Trees of Doom! HD! different. (more…)

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Mirror’s Edge Review

Experiencing Mirror’s Edge for iPad as one of the first games on the device was incredible. It earned ‘Must Have’ status without breaking a sweat, and five months later, the same game is breaking ground on the iPhone. Most everything from the iPad version is in this one, so we’ll focus on the updates and changes. (more…)

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Rabbit Run Pro Review

We’ve been gaming on the iPhone for a couple of years now, and things are drastically different since the launch of the App Store. Back in 2008, the chances of a clunker selling in big amounts was a lot greater than it is today. With huge gaming publishers committed to putting out established I.P. on Apple’s handhelds, the little guys have to really bring it to have a shot at decent sales. (more…)

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Deer Hunter: African Safari Review

Last year, the folks at Glu brought a new kind of shooter to the App Store in Deer Hunter 3D. Instead of the usual tropes we’ve seen repeatedly, the focus was on slaying wildlife game in their habitat. To the chagrin of organizations like PETA, a new entry to the Deer Hunter franchise has arrived just in time for summer. Based in the motherland, Deer Hunter: African Safari expands on the formula of the previous game, but it is enough to challenge the mainstays at the top of the charts? (more…)

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NFL 2011 Review

History shows us that virtual football belongs to Madden. There have been many alternatives to EA’s supremacy over the years, but they’ve all fallen short over time. On the iPhone, Gameloft is devoting some serious resources to bring a premier football experience to the platform. NFL 2011 iterates on last year’s debut, and while Gameloft has a better showing this year, there are enough mishaps to drop yellow flags all over the place. (more…)

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Madden NFL 11 Review

When Madden 10 hit the iPhone last year, it was another reminder of how relevant and big the iDevices have become in a short time. If there was a definition for the term ‘hardcore gamer,’ we’d be certain that a mention of Madden Football would be there somewhere. With this edition of Madden, EA Sports appears to be making a conscious effort to reposition its flagship sports franchise to include a wider assortment of gamers. Madden NFL 11 stands on the shoulders of its predecessor’s debut on the iPhone, and for the most part, it stands tall. (more…)

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Soccer Superstars Review

Even with the World Cup frenzy starting to taper off due to our US national team falling to the hands of the floptacular Ghana squad, there’s still reason to celebrate. Soccer seems to be growing in popularity among US sports fans; local bars and pubs around our neighborhood have been packed. Not one to miss out on a unique opportunity, Gamevil has recently launched Soccer Superstars, their take on the world’s most popular sport. Does Gamevil continue their streak of excellence, or does this one veer left of the goal? (more…)

    Sony, Nintendo, and Apple Clash At E3

    With E3 2010 officially history, we can’t think of a more appropriate time to reflect on and process what we saw. Handheld gaming has never been so popular or so crowded, so it’s hard to make specific predictions, but part of the fun is figuring it all out. (more…)

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    Nelson Tethers: Puzzle Agent Hands-On Preview

    In just five years, Telltale Games has already amassed quite a following by making episodic adventure games based on licensed brands like CSI and Sam & Max. Their newest adventure game, Nelson Tethers: Puzzle Agent, marks a slight departure for the studio. (more…)

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    Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night Hands-On Preview

    Konami’s E3 booth was rocking a variety of iPhone and iPad games, both released and unreleased. Most notably, Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night is an original title using the popular Castlevania license. While it’s not the classic side-scrolling adventure we would all salivate over, we’re hopeful that this is a proverbial sprinkle before the rain. (more…)

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    Ghosts ‘N Goblins: Gold Knights II Hands-On Preview

    Upon visiting Capcom’s booth today, we were greeted with a few new treats that are coming soon to iPhones everywhere, one of which is Ghosts ‘N Goblins: Gold Knights 2. That’s right, Arthur and his battle against the undead didn’t stop with the original. Granted, what we saw of the sequel was an early alpha build, but fans of the classic action-platform game have reason to be optimistic. (more…)

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    DynamoKid Touch Review

    Not too long ago, it was accurate to say that the iPhone was lacking in quality platformer games. That isn’t the case now, with shining stars like Hook Champ, Earthworm Jim, and Gomi among others. In other words, bringing weak sauce nowadays won’t cut it. On paper, OrangePixel’s DynamoKid Touch has an interesting gimmick to give it a leg up. Does it deliver? Here’s our take. (more…)

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    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Review

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, based on the new horror/classic hybrid novel by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, sounds like an unusual game. On one hand, we expected a well-made game based on Freeverse’s recent track record, but on the other, this appeared to have all the ingredients of a shameless cash-in on the popular zombie theme. Putting all skepticism aside, we dove right into the experience. Turns out we were right: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an unusual game, but it’s highly entertaining. (more…)

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    Flick Baseball Pro Review

    Earlier this year, Ngmoco made headlines with their acquisition of Freeverse, a company known for their high quality casual games like Parachute Ninja, Flick Fishing, and Skee-Ball. This move seems to have been a smart one, in that complements and expands Ngmoco’s progression into the freemium business model. Flick Baseball Pro, though not free, powers the latest brand extension of Freeverse’s ‘Flick’ universe. Even with some questionable design decisions, this game is a home run. (more…)

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    MiniSquadron Special Edition Review

    A little over six months ago, we went absolutely bonkers over MiniSquadron. On every level, it was a triumphant effort that did an amazing job of creating one of the smoothest-controlling shooters we’ve played on the iPhone. When we caught word of a sequel hitting the marketplace, naturally we were excited to get our hands on it. After playing MiniSquadron Special Edition for a bit, consider us both happy and bummed. (more…)

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    Ninjatown: Trees of Doom Review

    While the list of games that are known for that ‘one more time…’ quality is slowly getting larger, not many can dispute that Doodle Jump is right up there on that list. Simple and deep at the same time, we’ve killed many hours trying to push our high scores into the stratosphere. We mention this because now there’s a new game that conjures those same ol’ snuggly feelings. Meet your next timesink: Ninjatown: Trees of Doom. (more…)

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    Bruce Lee: Dragon Warrior HD iPad Review

    The man, the myth, and the legend that is Bruce Lee has played a pivotal role in inspiring some of gaming’s most popular fighting characters. It makes sense, too. Bruce Lee’s signature looks and flamboyant Jeet Kune Do fighting style are undeniably sick. Many efforts have been made over the years to do justice to the Bruce Lee legacy, but virtually all of them failed. Undeterred, Digital Legends and Indiagames have launched the latest attempt at getting a Bruce Lee game right. Does Bruce Lee: Dragon Warrior HD sport fists of fury? (more…)

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    Mikado Defenders Review

    You gotta love Japan! Not only has a slew of memorable game characters and franchises come from the land of the rising sun, but some of the most creative folks anywhere reside there. Just when we thought we’d seen every shade of tower defense action, we’re thankfully proven wrong. Taito’s Mikado Defenders has a decidedly unique approach to Tower Defense, but it begs the question, is this a good different? (more…)

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    Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition Review

    Not too long ago, we put Super Monkey Ball 2 through its paces on the iPhone. It was good, not great, and now Sega has ported its batch of cute monkeys over to the iPad. Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition is essentially just a super sized version of Super Monkey Ball 2. (more…)

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    Plants Vs Zombies HD Review

    So we’ve all had a sniff of the digital crack that is Plants vs Zombies. You’ve probably played it on your computer or your iPhone for hours on end, but now we have a remixed version of the game optimized for our sparkly new iPads. As the young kids say, ‘That’s what’s up!’ (more…)

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    Tap Tap Radiation Review

    If you own an iPhone, chances are you probably have some version of Tap Tap Revenge already on your phone. Since the early days of the App Store, Tapulous has produced an impressive collection of music rhythm games, pleasing the tastes of rock, dance, and pop fans alike. Tap Tap Radiation is their newest concoction developed exclusively for the iPad, and like everyone else, we were eager to see if this is the same ol’ formula, or something special. (more…)

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