Posts byTim Rattray

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Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies Review

We have been waiting for Activision’s inevitable entrance into the iPhone gaming space ever since EA started to make big bucks with their large list of franchises gone mobile. With some major names in gaming under Activision’s belt as well, including Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, and Tony Hawk, there is definitely an audience waiting to be served on the App Store. Today marks the end of this wait as Activision debuts its first iPhone game ever, a port of the Nazi Zombie subgame from Call of Duty: World at War. To say the least, it is impressive even with its shortcomings. (more…)

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Shift 2 Review

Shift is one of the most recognizable Flash game series on the web, so it makes sense that the folks over at Armor Games are prioritizing it on their ‘port to iPhone’ list. While the original iPhone version was a great port of the first Flash installment with a few extra levels, Shift 2 is a complete overhaul of the sequel. In fact, apart from a couple of rooms at the beginning, you won’t recognize any similarity between the two. (more…)

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Amazon: Hidden Expedition Review

Imagine you’re trekking through the Amazon in search of a hidden temple lost in time. Now imagine you’re trekking through the Amazon in search of the same hidden temple, picking up hot dogs and house cats hidden in the environment. Now you’re thinking in terms of Amazon: Hidden Expedition, one of our favorite hidden object games. (more…)

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Rogue Planet Review

After 35 years exploring space, an aging captain and his crew return to Earth. However, the planet has been destroyed by an epidemic of self-controlled robots. In an effort to save whatever remnants of life they can find, the crew and survivors met along your journeys must work tactically with the units at their disposal to prevail. This compelling story is just part of what makes Rogue Planet a turn-based strategy game not to be missed. (more…)

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Osmos for iPad Review

We are more than overwhelmed by Osmos for iPad. When Osmos was released for the PC and Mac about a year ago, we constantly found ourselves in a trance while playing it. However, there was always a level of interaction missing. Playing Osmos on a touchscreen removes the barrier created by a keyboard and mouse. Suffice to say, we haven’t been this impressed with an iPad game yet. (more…)

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James Cameron’s Avatar Review

You’ve almost certainly heard about James Cameron’s futuristic thriller Avatar by now. As one of the year’s most highly anticipated films, it’s expected to be huge at the box office. One may think that any iPhone game spin-off of such a major film would end up being a cheap, quick cash-in. However, Gameloft went above and beyond in their efforts to provide an original storyline prior to the events of the movie. (more…)

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Tiny Wings Review

Tiny Wings is what iOS gaming is about. The controls are easy to pick up, the graphics are crisp and colorful, and the addictive gameplay will keep you coming back for more. Plus, the concept of a bird with short wings using hills to launch itself into the air is absolutely adorable. There is a reason this game has risen to popularity overnight: it’s one of the best pick-up-and-play games you’ll find on the App Store, bar none. (more…)

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Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Review

Sega often gets flack for constantly releasing new Sonic games, but Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing did a good job of ‘righting some wrongs’ when it was released on consoles to positive reviews last year. Now, on Sonic’s 20th birthday, we have an iOS version that simply blows away any other iOS kart racer. This is more of the Sega we like to see. (more…)

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Dungeon Hunter 3 Review

While it has a ‘3’ in its name, Dungeon Hunter 3 has almost no relation to its predecessors. While the first and second Dungeon Hunter games had lengthy stories and loot-driven dungeon crawling, this iteration scraps everything that made those games click in exchange for a wave-based arena hack-‘n-slash. It’s unfortunate, as the grinding nature of the new formula mixes with a freemium model that makes it incredibly tough to progress without spending money. This game isn’t worthy of the Dungeon Hunter name. (more…)

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Mass Effect Infiltrator Review

Mass Effect can’t catch a break on iOS. EA’s first attempt to bring the massive space RPG to handhelds, Mass Effect Galaxy, was such a disaster that the publisher actually pulled it from the App Store. But as the saying goes, first is the worst and second is the best. With IronMonkey Studios (the developers of Dead Space on iOS) behind it, Mass Effect Infiltrator must be awesome, right?

Wrong. Very, very wrong. (more…)

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Brandnew Boy Review

Brandnew Boy could have been great on a traditional gaming platform with tactile controls. Trying to be innovative by having players control Rookie, the main character, through a series of taps and swipes seriously hampers this brawler’s playability. It’s unfortunate, as Brandnew Boy looks so beautiful. (more…)

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Lume Review

When we saw Lume’s cardboard cutout visual style, we were instantly drawn into its unique world, and we weren’t the only ones; the game was an IGF finalist for best art direction. Unfortunately, the experience doesn’t last long, as the game ends almost as soon as it begins. (more…)

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Mass Effect 3 Datapad App Launches on App Store

If you’re a fan of the Mass Effect series, and own an iOS device, you’ll want to pick up the free Mass Effect 3 Datapad app from EA that just launched. Read on to find out what’s inside. (more…)

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Beat Sneak Bandit Review

Simogo may be fairly new on the development scene, but they’ve already made a name for themselves with games like Bumpy Road and Kosmo Spin. As odd as both of those games are, Beat Sneak Bandit takes the insanity to a whole new level. It has an offbeat concept, requiring you to tap in time with the music to move through puzzles. There’s really nothing else quite like it on the App Store. (more…)

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League of Evil 2 Review

We raved over the original League of Evil when it came out last year, eventually placing it in our Best Games of 2011 list. It offered challenging bite-sized platforming that was absolutely irresistible. The sequel is more of the same, albeit with cartoony visuals, and it absolutely lives up to its predecessor. (more…)

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Ice Rage Review

Mountain Sheep, the developers behind iOS classics Minigore and Bike Baron, are at it again with Ice Rage. This bite-sized hockey game sports their signature art style and simplicity but takes the simplicity part too far, making Ice Rage a game you’ll quickly lose interest in. (more…)

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Raid Leader Review

Serious MMO players, especially those who play World of Warcraft, know the glory of taking down a huge boss in a raid. As the name suggests, Raid Leader takes this concept and applies it to top-down real-time gameplay. It’s an intriguing concept, but the execution is downright frustrating at times. (more…)

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Ragdoll Blaster 3 Review

For Backflip Studios, the evolution of the Ragdoll Blaster series is a clear marker of their progressive success. The first game featured simple pen-and-paper visuals, the second had a much more original steampunk look, and now the third has full-on 3D models. However, one thing has been consistent: quality level design. In the latest iteration of the series, this remains mostly true. (more…)

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Scribblenauts Remix Review

If you’ve followed DS gaming, chances are you’re at least familiar with Scribblenauts. 5th Cell’s ‘write anything’ concept ending up spawning two games that garnered quite a loyal following. Scribblenauts Remix serves as a ‘greatest hits’ for the series, and newcomers shouldn’t think twice about purchasing it. (more…)

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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Review

Shu Takumi is a brilliant man. You may know him as the mind behind Ace Attorney, the series of quirky lawyer games where you must prove a client innocent against improbable odds. His most recent work, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, was released for the Nintendo DS in 2010. This gem won Handheld Game of the Year awards from many major websites, and now Ghost Trick has found its way onto the App Store, where it’s better than ever. (more…)

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Dungeon Crawlers Review

We love a good genre mash-up, so the prospect of Dungeon Crawlers– replace a dungeon crawling RPG’s fast-paced action with tactical strategy– was extremely enticing to us. The biggest hurdle for such a mash-up is retaining the elements of dungeon crawling that make it so satisfying, like loot drops and randomization. Dungeon Crawlers doesn’t quite do this, but the gameplay is strong enough that it remains a good game. (more…)

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