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I Love Strawberries Review

I Love Strawberries breaks the iPhone gaming trend of fruit and vegetables getting sliced up. Instead, you help Box Boy spring through carefully designed levels to reach the big strawberry at the end. It’s actually a ton of fun, even if the overall experience is short-lived. (more…)

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Lame Castle Review

Lame Castle has an interesting history. Developer Bradley Johnson wanted to respond to one of the annoying ‘Marcus PSP’ commercials in which a game called ‘Lame Castle’ was shown on an iPhone. So, he created this little run-and-jump gem that is just the opposite of lame. (more…)

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Space Miner Blast Review

Remove the silly meta-humor, deep customization, and level-based structure from Space Miner: Space Ore Bust and you get this spin-off, Space Miner Blast. The gameplay is nearly identical, but instead of fighting off the Mega Space Corporation, you’re fighting for a high score on the leaderboards. (more…)

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Pix’n Love Rush DX iPad Review

Pix’n Love Rush has become a bit of a cult classic on the iPhone. While most gamers won’t recognize the name as they would Angry Birds, we’ve come to love the little coin-collecting monster and his pixel-filled world. His iPad debut is even better than the original. (more…)

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NinJump Deluxe Review

Backflip’s line-up of games is pretty legendary. Many of their games have held a position in the top 10 paid or free charts. NinJump, one of our favorites from their collection, recently got the premium treatment. While this version may put you out a dollar, it offers two new levels with additional challenges. (more…)

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Smasheroid Review

Smasheroid takes the retro classic Asteroids and completely flips around the gameplay. In this game, you fling asteroids at gun-toting spaceships while avoiding their bullets. Once you run out of asteroids, the game ends. We thought this bit of role-reversal made for a completely fresh experience. (more…)

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Cause of Death: Can You Catch The Killer? Review

Cause of Death is, surprisingly, a risk-taker. It doesn’t shy away from gritty, twisted violence and harsh dialog. Surviving High School, by the same developers, may have been lighthearted fun, but they’ve taken a dark turn with Cause of Death. (more…)

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Geared 2! Review

Geared 2 is the kind of sequel that most people will complain should have been an update to the original. It does add a few new types of gears and a level editor, but ultimately there isn’t much different about Geared 2. Still, the new levels and the ability to create your own puzzles make the game well worth the $0.99 admission price. (more…)

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Burn the Rope Review

Ropes seem to get a raw deal in videogames. Whether it’s getting burnt, cut, or abused in some other fashion, there is never any peace for these poor wraps of twine. Burn the Rope isn’t any different, as the title explicitly states. (more…)

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Tron: Legacy Review

In our Comic-Con round-up podcast, we interviewed Disney’s Jeff Nuzzi, who told us, ‘light cycles are coming in a big way.’ Now they’re here, in the form of a second Tron game for the iPhone. But while the previous Tron app felt dull, Tron: Legacy is an endless adrenaline rush. (more…)

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Pocket God: Journey to Uranus iPad Review

We probably don’t need to remind you of Pocket God’s outstanding success, considering how widespread the pygmy-killing phenomenon has become ever since it was created nearly two years ago. After dozens of updates to the original iPhone hit as well as ports to other platforms, we finally arrive at the long-awaited sequel: Journey to Uranus. Unfortunately, Journey to Uranus pays no heed to the god powers that made the original entertaining for hours on end. (more…)

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Monster Dash Review

Developers are constantly trying to ride the wave of success from others on the App Store. Monster Dash from Halfbrick Studios (of Fruit Ninja fame) seems to be doing just this for Canabalt. Monster Dash doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but we certainly enjoyed our time with the game. (more…)

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 Review

The fourth installment of the classic Sonic the Hedgehog series has been a long time coming. Sure, there have been more spinoffs than we can count, but many have come out as uninspired. Just when gamers started to believe Sonic was dead, Sega announced the fourth installment, promising a return to the game’s roots. (more…)

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Vikings Row! Review

Games controls are often categorized as great, mediocre, or bad, but rarely to we call them fun. After all, for most games you shouldn’t need to pay too much attention to the controls. But how you control your ship is everything in Vikings Row!, I-play’s latest creation that has you rushing down rapid rivers in search for loot. (more…)

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GravBot Review

Gravity flipping in games is nothing new, so GravBot isn’t a wholly original puzzle game. However, in this case Team Phobic rose above this obstacle by using expert level design and lots of polish. We just wish it lasted a little longer. (more…)

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Stoneship Review

Cyan Worlds, developers of the timeless adventure game Myst, recently released Stoneship, a casual board game that seems a little out of the company’s comfort zone. Intended for quick play sessions, Stoneship offers a level-based single player experience that can be jumped in and out of easily. However, what isn’t included is any form of multiplayer, which is generally the foundation for every board game. Is the single player enough to make up for this omission? (more…)

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Sir Lovalot Review

If there’s one genre full of unaltered ‘me-too’ apps, it’s the upward jumping high-score concept popularized by Doodle Jump. In this genre, we seldom see anything new or noteworthy come out. Enter Sir Lovalot, which puts a 360-degree twist on this casual gaming pastime. Good sirs, we love this game. (more…)

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Bit.Trip Beat HD iPad Review

Bit.Trip Beat could just as easily have been named Super Chiptune Pong. The concept is simple: Hit block-shaped notes with your paddle as they come at you from the right side of the screen. However, add in beats that bounce back and forth, move sporadically, and multiply, and you’ve got your hands full with an onslaught of challenge. Are you fast enough to keep up with the beat? (more…)

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De Blob Revolution HD iPad Review

De Blob is no stranger to iDevices. While he first appeared on the Wii, we know him best for his two iPhone games, one of which is the addictive speed-based puzzle game De Blob Revolution. THQ’s iPad refresh of the game improves on it by utilizing the larger screen to change up the game’s flow. (more…)

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Time Geeks: Find All! Review

When you get past the Call of Duties and Farmvilles of the world, you’ll find that much of gaming culture is aimed at geeks. Time Geeks: Find All! is where geeks and gaming collide. You’ll venture to soccer games invaded by aliens, futuristic cities, and even an island that pays tribute to the show Lost. (more…)

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ChronoSgear Review

Mashing genres together is pretty common for iPhone games, and ChronoSgear attempts this with Match-3 puzzles and anime-style RPGs. We aren’t saying that this mash-up is brand new, but Axion Logic has added a layer of strategic depth not usually seen in similar games. (more…)

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