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Reviews via 148Apps:

.Decluster Zero: Bullet Nocturne Review: “One of the best bullet hell shooters”

Bullet hell shooters are tough to get right, in that you want them to be challenging but not too challengin. This unusually punctuated one threads the needle nicely. From the 4.5 star review from 148Apps:

That’s the beauty behind .Decluster Zero: Bullet Nocturne. There’s so much going on when it comes to learning when to use your homing laser, when to activate charge mode, and so forth. A written tutorial makes things sound a little confusing but practice makes perfect here, with .Decluster Zero: Bullet Nocturne offering a varied selection of difficulty modes that really do make a difference. It’s a real delight.

Via 148Apps

Reviews via Gamezebo:

The Walking Dead: Road to Survival Review – Worth Surviving For

Like most fare set in the Walking Dead Universe, Walking Dead: Road to Survival is a high-quality game, according to Gamezebo.

Overall, while The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is centered on the usual mode of delivery for mobile strategy games, the campaign gave me an engaging enough story and the combat was rewarding enough to where I feel comfortable saying that Road to Survival is a strong step in the right direction for the genre.

Via Gamezebo

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Reviews via 148Apps:

Clicker Heroes Review: “Almost annoyingly addictive”

It sounds like nothing anyone would ever want to play, but once you start it’s incredibly tough to stop. I’m talking about Clicker Heroes, an idle tapping game 148Apps enjoyed quite a bit. From the 4 star review:

Essentially, Clicker Heroes is a game that plays itself and yet you’ll find yourself checking in so often. As you keep playing, new things unlock. You’ll find yourself able to join clan and participate in multiplayer battles, but it’ll take you a while to get that far. Clicker Heroes trickle feeds such content though so you’ll soon end up under its spell.

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Reviews via AppSpy:

Lara Croft GO Video Review: Small and Smart

Action / puzzle game Lara Croft GO is out, and according to AppSpy’s review, it’s a winner.

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Reviews via 148Apps:

Pac-Man 256 Review: Not Your Daddy’s Pac-Man

Pac-Man 256 was made by Hipster Whale, the Crossy Road folks, but it’s not exactly the game most fans know and love. In fact, it’s a different game altogether, even though it looks similar. From 148Apps’s 3.5 star review:

You’ll spend much of your time with PAC-MAN 256 trying to beat your previous high score an your earlier dot combo, but besides score chasing, there are limited reasons to come back for more. You can’t unlock new characters or areas so the game stays mostly the same no matter what.

While being free, you don’t have to worry about an energy meter with credits only used if you want to activate a power-up, but longevity is going to be the issue for PAC-MAN 256. It’s great fun for a time, but you’ll soon start to wish there was more of an aim to what unfolds here.

Via 148Apps

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Reviews via Touch Arcade:

Horizon Chase Review: What’s Old is New Again

Old-school racing doesn’t get much better than Horizon Chase. That comes from Touch Arcade, whose 5-star review blows the roof off the race car (or something to that effect). From the review:

The amount of content in this game is ridiculous. There’s nine or so tracks per country, and an exceptional amount of variety in the courses. The progression barriers are such that you’ll need to go back and do well on earlier tracks in order to advance further. Thankfully, there are rewards for doing well – finishing third in the bonus races earns you a fleet upgrade, and a new car for finishing first. Get a pro medal on each track in a country and you’ll get a new car, too. It could perhaps get a bit tedious over time, but it does keep getting more and more challenging as you play, and hey – the value for what you get is absurd. This could have been a more expensive game and still worth it. There’s no in-app purchases at all, either.

Via Touch Arcade

Reviews via Gamezebo:

Galactic Keep Review: A Galactic Keeper

After years of anticipation, the board game-style RPG Galactic Keep has landed on the App Store. And it’s really good, says Gamezebo, awarding it a stellar 4.5 stars. From the review:

Galactic Keep’s unique visuals might not be for everyone, and its reliance on luck makes for some teeth-gritting moments. That’s just picking space-nits, though. RPG fans of any stripe should make alien-bashing a priority.

Via Gamezebo

Reviews via 148Apps:

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Review: “extremely faithful port”

Designing roller coasters is an underrated pastime, at least for fans of the RollerCoaster Tycoon series. 148Apps is a fan of the latest iOS port, more or less. From the 3.5 star review:

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is a near-identical port of the original from 2004, with the good and bad that comes along with being that faithful. On one hand it’s an on-the-go version of what’s probably the best game in theseries; on the other, the relative lack of updated controls or design in any form can make it feel clunky and slow. Fans looking to recapture the magic of the PC titles will likely be able to look past theseissues, but folks coming to the series for the first time or looking for a game with more modern sensibilities would probably be better off steering clear.

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Reviews via AppSpy:

Final Fantasy VII Mobile: An Extremely In-Depth Video Review

Is Final Fantasy VII for mobile worth your time and money? AppSpy breaks that question down with a very in-depth video review.

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Reviews via Touch Arcade:

The Only Final Fantasy VII Review You Need to Read

Touch Arcade’s Shaun Musgrave is basically a walking JRPG encyclopedia. He’s given his thorough review treatment to Final Fantasy VII on iOS, and it’s just as fantastic and enlightening a read as you’d expect if you follow his work. You should read it from start to finish, but here’s an excerpt from the four-star review to get you started:

If you can take that all in stride, this is actually a perfectly serviceable version of Final Fantasy 7. The mini-games work well enough with the virtual controls, the loading times are greatly reduced as compared to the original PlayStation version, and all of the interesting new options from the Steam release of the game have been carried over. That means players who just want to zoom through and enjoy the story can press a button to max out every stat, flick off encounters, and cruise through. Similarly, expert players who want to make things a little spicier can now simply turn off encounters to keep their levels low rather than the tedious process of running away. For everyone in between, being able to flick encounters on and off is a small, but appreciated update. You’ll make it hard on yourself if you use it too much, but being able to double-back and check a different branch in a dungeon without getting slammed by meaningless encounters is pretty useful, as far as I’m concerned.

Via Touch Arcade

Reviews via 148Apps:

Final Fantasy VII Review: “a glorious mess”

One of the most beloved and best-selling JRPGs of all time is now available on iOS, and 148Apps feels a bit on the conflicted side about it. From the 3.5-star review:

It’s still really cool to be able to play Final Fantasy VII on my phone, though. The inelegant interface doesn’t really get in the way of actually playing the game (just looking at it), and all the other mobile-centric tweaks (max stats, turning off encounters, cloud saves) feel right at home in a mobile port. There’s little reason to pick this version over the PC or even the PSN versions, but if you like the idea of reliving the 80+ hour epic on the go it’s not a bad choice.

Via 148Apps

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Reviews via IGN:

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 4 Review – “a low point for the series”

The fourth and penultimate episode of Telltale’s fine Tales from the Borderlands series of adventure games is out, and IGN found it to be the weakest installment yet (of a very good series). From the 6 out of 10 review:

The fantastic momentum that Telltale has built throughout the first three acts of Tales from the Borderlands grinds to a halt in Escape Plan Bravo. While I still adore this world and its fantastic characters, Episode 4 doesn’t capture the same intriguing story progression and amazing character development of its predecessors.

Via IGN

Reviews via 148Apps:

Dungeon of the Endless Review: A Well Done Genre Mashup

Dungeon of the Endless is out now on iPad, and 148Apps could hardly be happier. From the 4.5 star review:

I adore this game. Presentation-wise it hits all the right notes with a wonderfully moody – downright haunting at times – soundtrack, a slick pixel art style, and a surprising amount of humor with its characters. This was something that I used to envy PC folks for up until it finally came to the Mac (and now the iPad), purely based on the aesthetic.

Via 148Apps

Reviews via Gamezebo:

Pac-Man 256 Review: The Best Way to Pac

Gamezebo gives Hipster Whale’s Pac-Man 256 a perfect score, calling it one of the best Pac-Man experiences currently available.

Hipster Whale and partners have managed to put the skill-based, training-rewarding gameplay of the classic arcade into a short-burst, endless mobile experience. It’s still the same Pac-Man that you can imagine being featured in tournaments — both universally accessible and painstakingly conquerable — but without the predictable grind of the historically static boards. The best parts of Pac-Man are still here, and all the new features are now some of the best parts of Pac-Man.

Via Gamezebo

Reviews via Touch Arcade:

.Decluster Zero – Bullet Nocturne Review: Remix Done Right

Developer Cave has made a name for itself over the years by releasing a line of what are arguably the best bullet-hell shooters on the App Store. The strangely-punctuated .Decluster Zero – Bullet Nocturne is now available, and Touch Arcade loves it. From the 5-star review:

Remix, follow-up, sequel, or whichever word you want to use, .Decluster Zero – Bullet Nocturne builds impressively on the original game. It increases the thrills by adding new systems to encourage the player to take risks, while maintaining the level of careful design that made the original such a stand-out. The slick visual improvements end up being the cherry on the top of an already-impressive sundae. That the developer has made such excellent gains on the amazing original title in just a handful of months is even more noteworthy. If you like shoot-em-ups, especially the bullet-hell variety, you might be feeling a bit well-fed already of late. I encourage you to make room for one more in your rotation, however, because .Decluster Zero is simply an outstanding bit of joy.

Via Touch Arcade

Reviews via 148Apps:

March of Empires Review: “a glorified spreadsheet”

Empire building games are all the rage nowadays, thanks to ubiquitous games like Game of War – Fire Age. Gameloft has released their new attempt at the genre, and 148Apps has weighed in on it, finding it decent but definitely not great. From the 3.5 star review:

For the casual player though, you’ll mostly be dipping in and out, simply to complete the lesser objectives of March of Empires and this is where things are less appealing. It turns into simple-looking busywork, which is nowhere near as exciting as what you could have experienced.

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Reviews via 148Apps:

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon Review – Atmospheric

Do you need to read another review of Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon before you’ll buy it? Yes? Well here you go, from 148Apps’s 4 star review:

Like the first Spider, the best thing about Spider 2 is its atmosphere. Every level is beautifully crafted and full of spider-sized nooks and crannies to explore. The really neat thing about checking out every inch of each level is that everything is so detailed that players can put together a pretty good idea of what’s going on with the residents of Blackbird Estate, all without having things spelled out.

For players looking for a fun puzzle game with some environmental story-telling hooks, Spider 2 is a must play. It isn’t a completely reinvented version of its predecessor, but it builds on the core elements in ways that keep it feeling fresh throughout.

Via 148Apps

Reviews via Pocket Gamer:

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Review: Smooth Ride

According to a review from Pocket Gamer, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is a decent mobile port of the PC game — and there’s not a microtransaction to be found, which makes it far preferable to RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile.

It’s not perfect, but it goes a long way to restoring the glowing reputation of the franchise. So if you’re at all interested, now’s a great time to find out what all the fuss was about. And reward the developer for taking the premium route.

Via Pocket Gamer

Reviews via PC Magazine:

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon Video Review – Eight-legged Fun

According to PC Magazine, this clever sequel to Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor is well-worth the cost of entry.

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Reviews via Pocket Gamer:

Monsters Ate My Metropolis Review: “Not quite enough chaos”

We’re huge fans of Monsters Ate My Condo, but this sequel yanks out the match-three gameplay of that classic and replaces it with a card battler. Is the result successful? Pretty much, says Pocket Gamer, in their 7 out of 10 review:

That’s not to say that it’s no fun at all, and the shift to a slower pace makes the game more tactical, and more accessible. But it doesn’t have that overarching sense of joy that rippled through the smashed towers of its predecessors. It’s worth a crack, and it does fizz every now and then with good ideas, but fans of the original might find the new direction a little off-putting.

Via Pocket Gamer

Reviews via 148Apps:

Score! Hero Review: Infuriating at Times

Soccer hasn’t really caught on in the US in any meaningful way, so can a free mobile game spark a new wave of national popularity for the sport? Probably not, at least not this one. From 148Apps’s 3.5 star review:

This means that Score! Hero soon ends up quite fiendishly tricky and feeling much more randomly decided than most sports game. It’s still fun, but sometimes the infuriation levels will grow too much and you’ll start feeling like the game is out for your money rather than your satisfaction. Much like the rest of the series, it does a sound job of making soccer seem a little different from normal but Score! Hero’s heavy focus on in-app purchases is going to grate.

Via 148Apps

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