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Bears vs. Art Review: A Real Charmer

Art lovers have built a museum in a forest, and one of the forest’s citizens is not happy about the intrusion. In this game, you play as a bear who’s main goal is to thrash his way through the rooms of a museum, destroying all of the artwork he can along the way. From Gamezebo’s review:

These few cracks don’t affect the canvas as a whole, though. Bears vs. Art is a charming, polished, and lovable addition to Halfbrick’s oeuvre. If hung in a gallery, it would definitely be worthy of slamming with your body and tearing into beautiful bear confetti.

Via Gamezebo

Reviews via 148Apps:

Spy_Watch Review: A Hands-Off Game

148Apps has leveled its reviewing gaze at Spy_Watch, a spy game that’s made to be played primarily on the Apple watch, but that also works on just an iPhone. The reviewer didn’t have a watch, but found it to be a very hands-off game, at least on iPhone. From the review:

The idea of not having much to do gameplay-wise was a concern when I first started up Spy_Watch, but I honestly don’t mind it now. It took all of a day before I started to imagine what my agent was going through while out on a mission, and not having to constantly check in has been rather nice. Being able to answer the agent’s questions by swiping the notifications to the left and tapping my choice is also great since it saves me the time of having to open the app.

Via 148Apps

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Reviews via Touch Arcade:

Hakuoki Review: Refreshingly Unique

Hakuoki is a visual novel that costs a whopping $28 (you can buy chapters individually from the free version, or pony up the full price for the whole thing here). The question is, is it any good? Touch Arcade says yes. From their 4 out of 5 star review:

Romance is a lot more subtle in Eastern cultures than it is in Western culture, and with most of these games originating from Japan, it’s no surprise to see that reflected in these games regardless of the setting. Hakuoki is no different, and its Edo-era setting only reinforces those conservative cultural values. You play as a young woman named Chizuru Yukimura who has come to Kyoto in search of her missing father. You almost immediately get into some serious trouble that ends up with your falling in with the Shinsengumi, an elite group ostensibly dedicated to keeping the peace in Kyoto on behalf of the Shogun. Those who are up on their Japanese history know this was a real group, and Hakuokiuses the names and loose personalities of the real leaders for its main cast.

 

Via Touch Arcade

Reviews via Pocket Gamer:

Dungeon of Madness Review: Maddening

If you enjoy dungeon crawlers and Pipe Mania in equal measure, then Dungeons of Madness is the game for you. In this crazily difficult adventure, your hero moves automatically, and it’s up to you to map out his path before he does something stupid. Pocket Gamer mostly enjoyed the challenge in their 6 out of 10 review.

Dungeon of Madness is a neat idea, but it needs to declog its pipes of frustrating elements.

Via Pocket Gamer

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Broken Age Act Two Review: Two Halves Make a Whole

Tim Schafer’s Broken Age is done, and adventure fans are having a good time in its surreal world. Gamezebo reviewer Jillian Werner gives the game high praise, saying the game’s colorful and whimsical setting carries it through its few flaws.

[W]hile we sometimes felt Act 2 was just a lightly modified Act 1, if you enjoyed the first half, there’s only more to love here. Unlike Shay, we don’t want to get off this ship. But, like Vella, we wouldn’t mind a few more explosions.

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Arcane Tower Review: Pleasantly, Challengingly Roguish

The third part of a trilogy of roguelikes, Arcane Tower sports retro appeal and challenge, but not too much else. Depending on what you’re looking for in a roguelike, that might be enough. From Pocket Gamer’s 7 out of 10 review:

As a result, Arcane Tower is the best game in this punishing trilogy. It still lacks the fizz, pop, and impeccably condensed tactical scope of something like Hoplite or Lamp and Vamp, but it’s a tight and challenging addition to the roguelike genre nonetheless.

Via Pocket Gamer

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Forgotten Memories Review: Good Survival Horror, Wrong Format

Many gamers like having the wits scared out of them at some point. Forgotten Memories is here to server just that purpose. From the uninspired opening in which your character wakes up in a creepy place with no memory of how she got there, the game unspools in mostly smart ways. From 148Apps’s 4 out of 5 star review:

Often, Forgotten Memories feels more like an adventure game than regular survival horror, with plenty of exploration and doors to unlock. There are puzzles too, keeping you involved in all its goings on. Lighting is frequently restricted with a flashlight/torch that offers limited battery life and requires you to wait to recharge at certain points. It adds to the atmosphere well, proving quite unsettling at times. In particular, who wants to sneak around amongst a bunch of mannequins? You’ll be consistently nervous and rightly so.

Via 148Apps

Reviews via Pocket Gamer:

Lifeline… Review: Short and Sweet

From the writer of The Wolf Among Us comes Lifeline…, an enthralling piece of interactive fiction on iOS. The weird thing about it is it makes you wait it out while the main character sleeps or gets engaged in a task. It sounds awful, but the game pulls it off. From Pocket Gamer’s 8 out of 10 review:

The whole setup for the game aids that sense of things unfolding slowly in real-time. When you start, you’re contacted by Taylor, apparently the only survivor of a space ship crash on a distant moon. By some freak of technology, he’s managed to open a communications channel to you, and you alone.

He’s written as a believable and sympathetic human being. He has definite textual tics and mannerisms that the writer keeps spinning like a tricky set of plates.

Via Pocket Gamer

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Battle Odyssey Review: Stagnant Evolution

According to Pocket Gamer, Gameloft’s attempt at aping a Puzzle & Dragons-style experience is mediocre, and plagued with free-to-play trappings.

A competent Puzzle & Dragons clone, then, but one that’s in a somewhat devolved state.

Via Pocket Gamer

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Microgue Review: A Surprisingly Deep Dungeon Crawl

Are you the type to enjoy the occasional roguelike on iOS? If so, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy Microgue, a retro-style game of dungeon exploration that’s a cut above much of the competition. From Pocket Gamer’s 8 out of 10 review:

The really interesting thing here is the monsters. They all have their own movesets and ways of stalking you. You can lure them onto traps, and use their death throes to blow up other enemies.

Learning their patterns is half of the fun, and figuring out ways of killing them with your limited moveset adds a layer of tactics to the game too.

Via Pocket Gamer

Reviews via Touch Arcade:

Mega Drift Review: A Decent Racer

There’s little that’s more satisfying in a racing game than nailing the perfect drift. That’s what this game is all about. Time your drifts right, and you’ll get a speed boost that helps you shave seconds off your time. Touch Arcade says while it won’t blow your mind, Mega Drift is a fun little time waster.

The developer could stand to be a little less stingy with its currency, but ultimately the levels and mechanics are fun enough. Thank goodness there’s no energy mechanic so you can play as often as you want — that’s the saving grace that helps alleviate some of the pacing pratfalls. It’s funny though, as Mega Drift includes the option to gain a few more seconds after a failed run if you watch an ad. Even if you pay to remove said ads this “feature” still appears, curiously enough.

Via Touch Arcade

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Reviews via 148Apps:

Finger Derpy Review: Absurdly Delightful

Racing drunken horses has never been as fun as it is in Finger Derpy, a bizarre game that’s probably unlike anything you’ve played before. It comes with a drunken race mode and a drunken endless running mode, and really what more could you ask for, based on the premise? From 148Apps’s 3.5 out of 5 star review:

The only problem withFinger Derpy is that it’s much easier to laugh at than it is to control. It’s understandable that controlling these intoxicated creatures is a difficult and messy process, but this commitment to swimmy and relatively unresponsive controls might prevent some players from giving it a shot. That being said, drunk horses are funny; and they’re even funnier when a group of four players are bumbling about and running into each other as they try to race around a track on the same screen in multiplayer.

Via 148Apps

Reviews via Pocket Gamer:

Caves ‘n Chasms Review: Dig It

Caves ‘n Chasms is a game about digging. It’s about solving puzzles and digging with a drill. Also, there are monsters and some issues with the controls. From Pocket Gamer’s 8 out of 10 review:

But stick with it and everything will start to click. You’ll discover how cunning some of the layouts and puzzles are, find yourself determined to beat them, and then enjoy new items and power-ups as they’re revealed.

Via Pocket Gamer

Reviews via Touch Arcade:

Magic Shot Review: Formless Yet Enjoyable

You know that feeling when you want to play an experimental French billiards game? Well, Magic Shot is here to satisfy that gnawing desire. In this game, the shape of the pool table changes, but the goal always remains the same: to knick both the red and yellow balls with the cue ball in a single shot. From Touch Arcade’s 3.5 out of 5 star review:

So, your enjoyment with Magic Shot is contingent on how much chaos you like in your games. Purity mode will test your patience with this game, though it is forgiving with the multiple shots that you get. But I do wish you good luck in trying to figure just how exactly you’re going to hit some of the shots the game gives you. Meditation and Insanity, while providing opposite structures, both rely on the chaos of the concept to progress further. So, unless you can somehow become the master of bouncing spherical objects off of each other, then just take Magic Shot for what it is: an exploration of a concept, not as a game meant to be fair. As I say when I let loose a pool shot that I have no clue will actually work or not: let chaos reign!

Via Touch Arcade

Reviews via Gamezebo:

Forgotten Memories Review: Puzzles From the Past

Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities pays tribute to the classics of survival horror games, including Resident Evil and Silent Hill. According to Gamezebo’s review of the game, it delivers strong atmosphere, but its sometimes-confusing puzzles are a relic of past adventure games.

As a whole, Forgotten Memories is designed really well, and it is very creepy with some neat puzzles. The game is only marred by clunky combat experiences and a stingy save system that is stuck in the 90’s.

Via Gamezebo

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Halo Spartan Strike and Spartan Assault Review: A Bundle of Fun

Gamezebo’s review of the mobile Halo games combines critical analysis for Halo Spartan Strike and Halo Spartan Assault. Reviewer Tom Christiansen says both twin-stick shooters are well put-together, though he had some trouble with driving and shooting at the same time.

Halo Spartan Strike and Spartan Assault are two games that may not be traditional Halo shooters, but they are worthy of the Halo name nonetheless. They both deliver epic sci-fi ground fights filled with the sights and sounds of the Halo universe — but while they may bring something new to the brand, they don’t do much to shake up the top-down shooter genre. Still, what they do, they do well.

Via Gamezebo

Reviews via AppSpy:

Does Not Commute Video Review: A Rough Journey, but Worth It

AppSpy’s video review of strageic driving game Does Not Commute points out the title’s flaws, but praises its originality, its sense of humor, and, interestingly, a joke about a boat.

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Sorcery! 3 Review: Simply Magical

The third installment of the beloved Sorcery! series has arrived, and it looks like this interactive book is everything fans had hoped. It’s advised that you play/read the previous installments first, because you can import your character from game to game. From 148Apps’s 4 out of 5 star review:

This ensures that Sorcery! 3 feels fresh to both newcomers to the series and to those who loved the books before. It also makes Sorcery! 3 the most well-rounded of the books so far, being challenging yet consistently gripping. As before, you can still cast spells by picking out letters, and the world map is so much more gorgeous than simple text options. It’s more than just a regular interactive fiction game, and so very worthy of your attention.

Via 148Apps

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Super Muzzle Flash Review: Flash in the Pan

The unique twist in this game is that it’s played in the dark. The only time you can see what’s in front of you is when you fire your weapon, and your muzzle flash lights up the room. From Pocket Gamer’s 7 out of 10 review:

At its core Super Muzzle Flash is a high-score chaser. Get enough points on one difficulty setting and you’ll move on to the next. There are ranks within the levels as well.

This is a neat, tappy distraction that might take up some space on your homescreen for a while, and sometimes that’s all you want from a mobile game.

Via Pocket Gamer

Reviews via 148Apps:

Wrassling Review: Grappling With Fun

With the hyper-realistic wrestling and UFC games on the App Store, sometimes you just need to settle back with something totally bonkers. Wrassling, a simplistic wrestling title, comes highly recommended by 148Apps.

[Wrassling is] not the sort of game you’ll regularly sit down and play for hours at a time, and that’s okay. Instead it’s a fantastic game for you to enjoy in short bursts, often punctuated by fits of giggling or outright laughter.

Via 148Apps

Reviews via Gamezebo:

Frontline Commando: WW2 Review – A Veteran Shooter

Shooter fans won’t want to miss out on Frontline Commando: WW2, a game that has you fighting your way through Europe, killing Nazi scumbags every step of the way. It doesn’t reinvent the genre, but it offers plenty of action and a nice bit of variety when it comes to shooting baddies. From the Gamezebo review:

Graphical quibbles aside, Frontline Commando: WW2 is a solid third-person shooter that fans of the genre will not want to skip out on. Much to my surprise (and delight), it looks like you can make an over-the-shoulder shooter work on mobile.

Via Gamezebo

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