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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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    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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    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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    Transformers: Dark of the Moon Review

    With the recent string of live-action movies, the Transformers have transformed from geek icons into a mainstream franchise. But in doing so, they’ve lost some of what made them special. The subpar iOS game Transformers: Dark of the Moon is further proof of this downturn. (more…)

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    D.A.R.K. Review

    Don’t you hate it when a game is going great, until you’re greeted with a ‘more content in the next update’ message? We’ve all experienced this before, and it always feels like a slap in the face. D.A.R.K., for all its fun dual-stick shooting action, is no different. (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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    Call of Mini: Zombies Review

    In case you can’t tell, the name Call of Mini: Zombies is a reference to another highly-popular iOS game. Although Call of Mini falls short in the originality department, it’s still highly entertaining, with addictive upgrades and a surprising amount of variety. (more…)

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    TriZen Review

    Despite the tranquil title, playing Little White Bear Studios’ ‘Zen’ series of puzzlers puts us in a mood that’s quite the opposite of total calm– but that’s not a bad thing. Solving the puzzles in TriZen, the latest game in the series, is anything but simple. (more…)

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    Final Fantasy III Review

    Old-school RPGs show their age more than most game genres, even when they’re re-released with a facelift. Final Fantasy III is a prime example of this, as it truly does feel like an RPG of yore with a complete visual overhaul. However, this doesn’t mean that Final Fantasy fanatics won’t love it any less. (more…)

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    Undead Island Review

    Platformer combat is tough to do right. Undead Island is an example of a game that doesn’t find a proportionate mix of style and depth for it to work right. What we’re left with is a short and repetitive 16 level romp across an island sprawling with alien-like zombies. (more…)

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    Wave – Against Every Beat! Review

    Even though it sounds like the name of a music game, Wave – Against Every Beat! is a standard top-down shooter. You control a ship and shoot waves of enemies that fly onto the screen. There are multiple types of enemies, some of which try to avoid your bullets or shoot back at you, but you’ll mostly deal with a standard enemy that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. That’s not to say Wave has nothing going for it. (more…)

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