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Bit-1 Review

Challenge platformers have seen a major resurgence ever since Super Meat Boy rose to popularity. iOS has seen many excellent incarnations of the subgenre, such as League of Evil and Mos Speedrun. On the other side of the spectrum are the attempts that fall far from the mark, Bit-1 being a prime example. The game lacks the speed, clever level design and tight controls that make challenge platformers so rewarding. (more…)

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Windosill iPad Review

Games have tried to be ‘art’ ever since the medium was created, but few take the task as seriously as Windosill. This logic puzzler is akin to scrolling through an interactive abstract mosaic, and it’s an absolute thrill ride. (more…)

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Gua-Le-Ni iPad Review

Ever heard of a Ti-ster? What about a Wart-dor-tle? What, not even a Rhi-mel? In Gua-Le-Ni (or: The Horrendous Parade) you’re tasked with cataloging these and other rare crossbred animals before they move out of sight. (more…)

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Super Crate Box Review

Back in October, Angry Mob Games released Muffin Knight. While we found it to be worth checking out, there was no denying that the developer had ripped the concept for that game right out of Vlambeer’s PC cult hit Super Crate Box. Thus, Vlambeer decided to release an iOS version of the original. Unfortunately, control problems and a lack of content compared to its imitator make it the less desirable choice. (more…)

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Swingworm Review

One of the great aspects of iOS gaming is that developers are constantly finding innovative ways to twist conventional genres to use the unique properties of touch-based controls. Oftentimes we wonder just how many more ideas developers can up with. According to 10tons, developers of Swingworm, the well isn’t dry yet. (more…)

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Paper Toss 2.0 Review

Paper Toss 2.0 is actually the third entry into the popular series about throwing crumpled up pieces of paper into a trashcan. It’s the official sport of bored office peons worldwide, and who can blame them? You can get sucked into this activity for hours before you notice it’s time to get back to work. Playing on your phone just means less mess and less of a chance that your boss will get angry. (more…)

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Sleepy Jack Review

When you close your eyes at night, do you dream of space travel? What about space travel in a giant mech using rocket launchers and giant crab claws to crush puffer fish, squid kings, and raging cacti, all while speeding down the inside of a tube-like highway? Jack does, and it’s beautiful. This tunnel runner/shmup mash-up is amongst the best in both genres. (more…)

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Battle Bears Royale Review

Thus far, we’ve enjoyed most of what the iOS-born Battle Bears series has had to offer. The offbeat war between Oliver and his crew and the cute, evil huggables always offers up some laughs. Battle Bears Royale takes the characters you’ve come to love and their crazy arsenal of artillery into a new realm: online. Unfortunately, this time around the action isn’t so grand. (more…)

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Bejeweled Blitz Review

Bejeweled recently saw two simultaneous releases: Bejweled, which features three different modes for a dollar, and Bejeweled Blitz, a freemium game with one mode in which you have a minute to score as many points as you can by matching gems. If you’re turned away from the long, drawn out nature of the original Bejeweled, then Blitz is for you. (more…)

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Extraction: Project Outbreak Review

Extraction: Project Outbreak is about the blandest name that this game could have been given, and the screenshots don’t help. At first glance, the game looks like just another top-down shooter with generic infected enemies. However, Extraction is the type of game you need to play to understand how unique it is. It mixes a simple one-finger control scheme with deep gameplay to provide a tactical experience without all the screen clutter. (more…)

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Chrono Trigger Review

Chrono Trigger will need no introduction to most of the old-school gamers in our readership. The classic RPG about saving the world through time-travel is a true timeless classic that is regarded to this day as one of the greatest videogames of all time. This port brings iOS gamers same great game we’ve loved for years, but some port-related drawbacks make it feel rusty like Robo. (more…)

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Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion Review

Ravenmark is like the vast majority of turn-based strategy games: It follows the strict formula that’s been in place since the genre was created, and doesn’t manage to truly stand out from the pack. However, at least this ensures that the gameplay is solid. (more…)

    Mecho Wars: Desert Ashes Preview

    Remember Mecho Wars, the oddball turn-based strategy game from developer Luc Bernard? In December, Mecho Wars is finally getting a sequel with Mecho Wars: Desert Ashes, and we have exclusive new details about what you can expect. (more…)

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    Mage Gauntlet Review

    Few developers have found repeated success in a genre the way Rocketcat Games has with their ‘Hook’ trilogy: Hook Champ, Super QuickHook, and Hook Worlds. However, the real test for the company is proving they can do more than just grappling hooks. Now, Rocketcat has created Mage Gauntlet, an action-RPG that proves this point, and much more. (more…)

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    Advena Review

    It’s hard not to get tired of Korean RPGs. Most suffer from a poor translation of a generic story and play the same as the many other Korean mobile RPGs on the market. To this end, the spark that we once found in Gamevil’s Zenonia and Hybrid series no longer persists. And unfortunately, Advena doesn’t help to reignite that flame. (more…)

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    Block Breaker 3 Unlimited Review

    Almost all of us have played a brick breaker game at some point. One comes preloaded on just about every phone and mp3 player ever released. The sad truth is that most of them aren’t all that fun; in fact, many are downright boring. Gameloft’s Block Breaker 3 Unlimited attempts to breathe new life into the genre. Does it break the new ground, or does it put us to sleep like the others? (more…)

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    1-bit Ninja Review

    1-bit Ninja is like a bad sequel to a great movie: You want to love it, but no matter how hard you try, you simply can’t. Not only that, but the screenshots show the best parts of the game– the retro visuals– while the game itself leaves something to be desired. (more…)

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    Puzzle Agent 2 HD iPad Review

    You may know Telltale Games best for their 3D point-and-click adventures like Back to the Future, Monkey Island and others. However, their most original creation is the zany and hilarious Puzzle Agent series. Puzzle Agent 2 picks up where the first game’s story left off, and it brings you on an unforgettably weird and wild ride. (more…)

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    Cargo Runners iPad Review

    Trouble Brothers Jeff McCord and Stephen Shippert are no strangers to making board games. They’ve been in this business a long time, and know a thing or two about how to make traditional board games just as exciting as modern video games. Cargo Runners is their latest effort at bringing old-school style to the digital era, and while it lacks a single-player component, it’s still one of the best iPad board games on the App Store. (more…)

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    Street Fighter IV Volt Review

    Few franchises have been milked as much as Street Fighter. To date, Street Fighter 4 has had two re-releases on consoles, and that’s not including various other versions of the game on arcades, handhelds, and mobile phones. Like it or not, this strategy has worked well for Capcom. Street Fighter 4 Volt is Capcom’s attempt to double-dip on iOS and, with the App Store’s solid update ecosystem, it feels a bit unnecessary. (more…)

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    Continuity 2: The Continuation Review

    For all the sub-par Flash games on the internet, there are a few hidden gems that offer some incredibly unique concepts. A prime example is Shift, with the ability to flip between negative and positive space. Continuity 2: The Continuation is the latest big thing to come out of Flash games, and for good reason: From a design standpoint, it’s perfectly executed. (more…)

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