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Blue Defense: Second Wave!

Flashback Game - Blue Defense: Second Wave

Every once in a while I want to take a look back at an older game that many new players may have never heard of. Let’s take a look at Blue Defense: Second Wave.

Blue Defense: Second Wave was released in September, 2010 and is the follow-up to Blue Defense, also from Cat in a Box Games. In these unique shooter games, players face wave after wave of increasingly more difficult alien ships. Both games feature a very innovative accelerometer based control scheme where the device the game is being played on must be rotated to change the angle of shooting. The game can be thought of as a rotating Space Invaders.

In another interesting, and rather morbid unique feature of this game, the players score is actually the planet being defended. The more aliens that land, the lower the population. The safer the population is kept, the more they reproduce and increase the population.

This updated version still works great on iOS 9, even though it was last updated in 2014. Give it a shot!

Posted November 6, 2015 by


Arcade, Shoot-em-up

Universal Game Center Rating: 9+

Blue Defense: Second Wave! is a game from Cat in a Box Games, originally released 30th September, 2010 for iOS


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Bigfoot Hunter: A Camera Adventure Game

Track Bigfoot and other wildlife as a photographer in Bigfoot Hunter

Bigfoot Hunter from R2 Games is a new photo hunt type game where the display of the phone is a window to wilderness. Lifting and turning the phone is used to target and frame photos of wildlife, different creatures will be assigned each level. In addition, capturing a photo of the elusive Bigfoot yields bonus points.

Great art, unique controls, and a fun game combine to make Bigfoot Hunter a great little diversion.

Posted November 5, 2015 by


Arcade, Hidden Object

Offers in-app purchases ($4.99 - $99.99) Universal Game Center Rating: 4+

Bigfoot Hunter: A Camera Adventure Game is a game from R2 GAMES USA CO., LIMITED, originally released 4th November, 2015 for iOS


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Almost Impossible!

Though it’s 'Almost Impossible,' it’s also a lot of fun

Almost Impossible from Daniel Counsell is a kind of “nice” impossible game. The bouncing ball looks so friendly, and the red spikes look so deadly. It almost makes you forget the seventeen thousand times you’ve died in the this game.

We’ve seen many games like this before, but Almost Impossible really brings it all together and makes a winner out of the punishing platformer genre. For one, there are occasional save point — which helps a ton. Next the game is just so pleasing to look at. The goal is to move the ball to the right, past check points, over obstacles and avoiding the red bad guys. Some are stationary, some move and chase you. Almost Impossible is a quick play, painful platformer, and a winner.

Posted November 3, 2015 by


Arcade, Platformer, Punishing, Puzzle

Offers in-app purchases ($0.99 - $0.99) Universal Game Center Rating: 4+

Almost Impossible! is a game from Daniel Counsell, originally released 28th October, 2015 for Apple TV, iOS


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Beneath The Lighthouse

"Mobile gaming done with aplomb and intelligence" - Pocket Gamer on Beneath The Lighthouse

Pocket Gamer takes a look at Nitrome’s Beneath The Lighthouse and comes away loving it’s brutal gameplay, giving it a very strong 9/10.

Why are you curled up in a corner crying and laughing? – Because Beneath the Lighthouse is a mean game. Mean and brilliant. I don’t know if there’s a word for that, but there should be.

Er, okay. So what is it? – It’s the new game from Nitrome. It’s a puzzling platformer, but in classic Nitrome fashion it’s got a brilliant twist. The main character is a ball, and you move him around by twisting the 2D levels around.

Posted October 30, 2015 via Pocket Gamer


Action, Arcade, Puzzle

Offers in-app purchases ($3.99 - $3.99) Universal Game Center Rating: 9+

Beneath The Lighthouse is a game from Nitrome, originally released 28th October, 2015 for iOS


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Afterpulse

Killer FPS Afterpulse Released on iOS - equal parts amazing and annoying at the same time.

Afterpulse has been in soft launch for a while now and I’ve been tracking it. It’s a really impressive first person shooter but it’s not without it’s annoyances.

First let’s get this out of the way. The first person shooter gameplay is some of the best and most impressive ever seen on a mobile platform. The graphics are beyond console quality, the controls are pretty good (for virtual sticks), and the frame rate on the latest iPhone 6s+ is amazing. Metal graphics really do impress.

But that comes at a cost. It’s a free to play game that uses all of the old, tired, annoy the hell out of the player to get them to pay tactics. They haven’t learned anything from games that have progressed the free to play methods beyond energy systems and multiple currencies. Because of this the game is unbalanced and just annoying. Really it’s a pristine, amazing FPS wrapped up in a wad of old dirty clothes.

So why are we writing about this? Well I considered not mentioning it just out of anger from the annoying energy timer. But it’s Editor’s Choice on the App Store this week and the gameplay itself is really really good. It’s so good that I am putting up with the annoyances just to play it. But I do feel a little more dirty every time I play it.

Posted October 26, 2015 by


Action, Arcade, First Person Shooter, Third Person

Offers in-app purchases ($2.99 - $99.99) Universal Game Center Rating: 17+

Afterpulse is a game from GAMEVIL USA, Inc., originally released 22nd October, 2015 for iOS


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zombie match defense

What if you crossed zombies with match-3 and lane defense? Zombie Match Defense!

This game by Jake Sones is the result of a bet, probably made over multiple drinks, that two over used game genres couldn’t be combined and made to be fun. Jake thought he could do it and I think he has succeeded.

Zombie Match Defense turns out to be a fresh take on match-3 games. With the combination of the two genres some new mechanics pop-up that are cool. The game includes both a map-based progression mode and also mode I prefer, the endless mode which is unlocked after a couple levels. And I think I can honestly say that Zombie Match Defense is the best zombie match-3 lane defense ever made. And it’s also lots of fun.

Posted October 26, 2015 by


Arcade, Lane Defense, Match-3, Puzzle, Strategy, Zombies

Universal Game Center Rating: 9+

zombie match defense is a game from shovelware games, originally released 22nd October, 2015 for iOS


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Downwell

An Infinite Runner and A Shooter Fell Down a Well — Downwell Rocks

First time I saw this game I almost dismissed it. Almost.

Luckily for me I decided to give it a try because I had heard the name mentioned. Wow am I glad I did. This is a great game. The basic premise of the game is that the main character is falling down a well — and a gun is the only thing available to slow down the fall. Along the way there are gems to be gathered, upgrades to be bought, and power-ups to be earned.

It’s a little gem of a game, in spite of how it looks. Give it a shot.

Posted October 15, 2015 by


Action, Arcade, Retro Inspired, Role Playing

Universal Game Center Rating: 9+

Downwell is a game from Devolver Digital, originally released 14th October, 2015 for iOS


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Monkeyrama

I’m a sucker for physics puzzlers — and Monkeyrama feeds that hunger

I am a sucker for physics puzzlers. Monkeyrama makes no sense, but it doesn’t really need to, it’s a physics puzzler where stuff gets knocked over and blown up.

In this game monkeys with different abilities are thrown into stacks of blocks in the attempt to knock a certain number of them over. There are a few issues with this game, but it’s still a bunch of fun and a good, quick diversion.

Posted October 15, 2015 by


Arcade, Physics Puzzler, Puzzle

Offers in-app purchases ($0.99 - $0.99) Universal Game Center Rating: 4+

Monkeyrama is a game from Tuomas Erikoinen, originally released 15th October, 2015 for iOS


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