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Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night Review – Brutally Wonderful

If you like your card games to beat the crap out of you, then we have the game for you. This installment of Chainsaw Warrior pits you against apocalyptical beasties and asks you to clear them out. 148Apps enjoyed the game, saying in their 4.5 out of 5 star review:

The ever-present Darkness is at it again, and it’s up to the gruff but loveably tenacious Chainsaw Warrior to stop the apocalypse for a second time. What’s different in Lords of the Night is that… well, actually, there’s a lot that’s different. You still get to agonize over there being too many cards in each deck and running out of time, though.

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Halo: Spartan Strike Review – Near Perfection

Pocket Gamer has reviewed Halo: Spartan Strike on iOS and found it to be a high caliber game worthy of a spot on just about anyone’s device. According to their 9 out of 10 review:

Halo: Spartan Strike is a slick twin-stick shooter that manages to feel like Halo in the palm of your hand. If you like your action deep-spacey, then it’s well worth a look.

Via Pocket Gamer

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Devious Dungeon 2 Review: Anything But Medieval

Devious Dungeon 2 is a platforming RPG from Ravenous Games, the makers of Random Heroes and League of Evil. According to 148Apps’ review for the title, it’s incredibly simple, but incredibly fun.

[Devious Dungeon 2 is] so simple, but you’ll find yourself itching to come back for more, working your way through the castles and watching as you get stronger and stronger.

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Halo: Spartan Strike Review – Superior Sibling

Two Halo games hit the App Store late last week: Spartan Assault and Spartan Strike. What’s the difference between the two? Eric Ford explains in Touch Arcade’s review of Spartan Strike. Which, incidentally, is supposedly the better of the two top-down shooters, though Touch Arcade ranks both of them highly.

If you want to pick up both games, you can grab them in a $9.99 bundle. That’s a $1 savings! Buy yourself a Spartan-strength coffee.

It’s no question that if I had to choose between Halo: Spartan Assault or Halo: Spartan Strike that I’d pick the latter. It’s brand new, has a host of iterative improvements to the gameplay formula and looks and sounds excellent.

Via Touch Arcade

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Halo: Spartan Assault Review – Solid Shooting

Halo: Spartan Assault launched alongside Halo: Spartan Strike late last week. According to Touch Arcade’s review, Spartan Assault is a pretty decent twin-stick shooting game.

It’s obvious that fans of the series should check out Halo: Spartan Assault right away, but I think it’s one of the better dual-stick shooters to launch recently on the App Store even if you’re not a Halo fan.

Via Touch Arcade

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WWE 2K Review: Good Wrestling On the Go

If you can’t bear to be separated from John Cena for any length of time, WWE 2K for mobile should be good company. Pocket Gamer gives the title a 7 out of 10, describing it as a solid brawler that may or may not be worth the price depending on how deep your WWE fandom runs..

There’s a good, chunky single player game here, but at the price that it’s being offered for, you’d expect everything to work a little bit better.

Via Pocket Gamer

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Garfield: Survival of the Fattest Review – Been There, Done That

Aside from having one of the best names of any game on the App Store, Garfield: Survival of the Fattest is actually a reasonably decent game. It won’t blow your mind or anything, but if you like lasagna-eating cats and town-building games like The Simpsons: Tapped Out, you’ll want to check it out. From 148Apps’s 3 out of 5 star review:

The main reason why you’ll be vaguely enticed by Garfield: Survival of the Fattest is because of its comic strips and unlocking new characters. The latter works like The Simpsons: Tapped Out does, luring you into unlocking your favorite characters. It’ll take a long time though, and it’s ultimately a title you’ve seen and played before.

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Implosion – Never Lose Hope Review: Just Buy It Immediately

If you’re looking for an absolutely killer action game, look no further than Implosion – Never Lose Hope. It may be a premium priced game, but it’s worth every penny and then some, says Touch Arcade in their 5 out of 5 star review.

I don’t mind saying that I’m kind of head over heels for Implosion. I’ve played it through a few times already, and I suspect I’ll be going through it more in the future. It’s a well-designed action game with enjoyable progression, fun customization, and fairly deep mechanics. That all of that is wrapped up in a stunning package is just delicious frosting on the cake.

Via Touch Arcade

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Lost Within Review: A Hair-Raising Good Time

Survival horror game Lost Within is the first title from Amazon Game Studios to go live outside its own App Store, meaning there are a lot of eyes on it. That’s creepy in its own right, but according to Gamezebo’s four out of five-star review for the title, Lost Within is a high-quality horror game, period.

In a lot of ways, Lost Within felt like a very “by the numbers” horror game. This isn’t a criticism mind you — merely an observation that I got pretty much exactly what I was expecting from it. If you’re looking for a tense game that’s heavy on storytelling (and an absolute treat for you eyes), Lost Within is an easy recommendation — especially for gamers who like a good fright.

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Heartbeats Review: Intriguingly Puzzling

If you like your puzzle games to be cryptic and mysterious, you’ve come to the right place: Heartbeats is just that. It’s not a long game, but it’s free to download, with a $0.99 IAP to unlock the full game. Jennifer Allen over at 148Apps found it worthwhile, giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars in her review.

For free, you’re given three levels. These provide a good basis to what to expect for the rest. While I’ll dodge obvious spoilers, they work well in getting you to think laterally and a little outside of the box to decipher. A mixture of riddles and visual clues, it’s fun to try to figure out what’s next. Whether you’re piecing together a key from letters or figuring out what a riddle is asking you to do, it’s interesting stuff. In each case, the game controls well, enticing you into exploring what can be accomplished through experimentation. Remember that when you’re playing – it really is important!

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Devious Dungeon 2 Review: A Brash, Brilliant Platformer

Ravenous Games make tons of side-scrolling action platformers. It’s kind of their thing. But Devious Dungeon 2 is special, thanks in part to its three characters you can choose to play as. From Pocket Gamer’s 9 out of 10 review:

The levels are tight and cleverly paced, and boss battles punctuate the chunks of the castle you’re trying to invade. There’s a decent level of challenge here, as you’d expect from Ravenous, and earning cash to buy new equipment quickly becomes habit-forming.

Via Pocket Gamer

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Spirit Lords Review: Hacking, Slashing Fun

Do you like Diablo? If so, you have a bunch of free-to-play games on iOS that deliver that addictive slay-and-loot gameplay loop. Spirit Lords is another fine entry in the genre. From the 4 out of 5 star review on Gamezebo:

Ultimately, Spirit Lords’ free-to-play barriers are relatively minor. They’re definitely worth looking past if you’re in the market for a charismatic game that lets you collect oodles of loot and brilliant-looking ghosts.

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Dragon Hills Review: Good, Sleek Fun

Dragons teaming up with women is a hot new trend – as it should be. Dragon Hills, a running game, likewise features a princess and her pet dragon. According to Touch Arcade’s review, the game doesn’t break any new ground (except when the dragon literally tunnels underground), but it’s fun to play nevertheless.

Dragon Hills takes the core idea of flying a dragon, strips it down to its absolute basics, and goes wild. It’s a game that you play solely for the joy of movement. One second you’re charging along the ground, head-butting houses like they’re made of balsa wood and fairy dust, then you’re diving deep underground before you race back to the surface and glide elegantly in to the sky.

Via Touch Arcade

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Stick Town RPG Review: Enjoyable Despite MS Paint Visuals

Despite its stick figure graphics, Stick Town RPG is one of the more grounded role-playing games you’ll find anywhere. The goal is to become a billionaire as quickly as possible. To do that, you choose a job — from waiter to criminal — and plug away at it. The reviewer for 148Apps liked it well enough to give it 4 out of 5 stars. Read the review here.

In terms of variety, Stick Town RPG is unsurpassed. At times, that’s a little overwhelming but it means that it’s also the kind of game you’re going to find yourself returning to. There aren’t any timers to deal with or any great need to return often, but you’ll want to chip away at such carefully cultivated success. You can buy a few things with real money to progress faster, but it’s hardly a game breaker.

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The Questkeeper Review: A Very Crossy Road RPG

When Crossy Road launched, it was exactly the free-to-play game the world needed at the time. Countless imitators have cropped up since, but very few have added anything of value to the formula. Enter The Questkeeper. This game introduces a number of ideas, including RPG elements, and creates something fresh. From Touch Arcade’s 4.5 out of 5 star review:

There’s always something to do in The Quest Keeper. The endless levels are fun because it’s tough to do well in them, but they’re always rewarding to play. And with the 500 m bonus, doing well gives you some extra goodies, either some extra coins or the occasional item or quest unlock. Doing well feels satisfying just because the threat of death is ever-persistent, you’re rarely ever safe from a ill-placed gap or spike trap. Every high score feels like you accomplished something. And because there’s the fixed quests to do, you can find something new to do.

Via Touch Arcade

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Football Manager Classic 2015 Review: Star of the Pitch

Have you ever watched in despair while your favorite football / soccer team bunged things up? Have you ever said to yourself, “What a bunch of bums, I could make them champions if I was in charge?” Now’s your chance with Football Manager Classic 2015. Touch Arcade’s 5 out of 5-star review can’t say enough good things about the game, including its storytelling potential.

Football Manager Classic 2015 is a fantastic game not just for those who love the sport, but also for anyone who enjoys RPGs and choose-your-adventure gamebooks. With its great help system, you’ll rarely feel like you’re drowning in numbers and menus despite the game’s complexity, and the UI makes navigating the game very intuitive.

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Corridor Z Review: Endless Runners Aren’t Dead Yet

If you thought all the blood had been sucked out of the endless runner genre, you might want to take a look at Corridor Z, a free-to-play game about running down hallways to escape zombies. From Touch Arcade’s 4 out of 5 star review:

The one thing I give developer Mass Creation huge props for with Corridor Z is that it attempts to insert a backstory and context into the simple premise of running endlessly. Sure, Temple Run had the “plot” of you running from cave monsters after stealing a rare jewel, but Corridor Z actually boots up with a cutscene explaining the mysterious viral outbreak that has taken place in the local high school, the game’s setting. Collectible journal entries are scattered throughout the game as well which bring about the story of a character named Jill, though each entry’s attempt at humor will either float your boat or not. I felt they tried too hard at times.

Via Touch Arcade

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Implosion Review: A Great Action Game Built for the Touchscreen

The best iOS games are built to work great on a touchscreen device. That’s exactly what Implosion is. It’s a hack-‘n-slash action game that was obviously made from the ground up for the platform. According to Pocket Gamer’s glowing 9 out of 10 review:

It’s a big, brash action game that fits pretty much perfectly in the palm of your hand. And while you’re slashing and blasting your way through its army of mutants and monsters, you won’t be able to stop smiling.

Via Pocket Gamer

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Naught Reawakening Review: Grueling but Fun

In Naught Reawakening, you don’t control the main character. Instead, you control the environment by rotating it around the black cat-like main character. It works pretty well, but it isn’t easy. Check out 148Apps’s 4 out of 5 star review.

The world of Naught Reawakening is dark and dangerous, which isn’t surprising given its Limbo-inspired silhouette-based graphics. Enemies patrol the corridors, and even the foliage will give you a nasty shock if you’re not paying attention. Thankfully Naught Reawakening has plenty of checkpoints scattered through each level, though using them requires you to spend “seeds” that you pick up as you play. In other words, there’s no free ride here. You have to scratch and claw for your victories.

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Dungeon Hero RPG Review: Retro Mediocrity

If you grew up on old-school first-person dungeon crawlers, you’ll probably want to check out Dungeon Hero RPG, a free-to-play game that brings gaming’s past to its present. It’s a monotonous adventure and the controls could use work, but it has some redeeming qualities. Read Pocket Gamer’s full 6 out of 10 review here.

Dungeon Hero RPG‘s control problems can be surmounted with practice, leaving behind an average but enjoyable dungeon-crawling experience. It’s worth your while if you’ve been wanting to spend time around some creatures that like to hang out in dank corners.

Via Pocket Gamer

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Mortal Kombat X Review: Injustice Revisited

Touch Arcade recently published a review for the mobile version of Mortal Kombat X. Unsurprisingly, the game plays similarly to Injustice: Gods Among Us. The review notes that even though Mortal Kombat X for mobile looks great, there are some free-to-play / monetization trappings that drag the experience down.

I’m sure I’ll still be playing this for a long time to come, but I can’t help but feel the developer put too little focus on making it a better game than Injustice as opposed to making it a more profitable one.

Via Touch Arcade

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