Author Archives: Cassandra Khaw


When I woke up this morning, the first thing I did was roll over and check to see if anyone had invaded my corner of the universe. Before I brushed my teeth, I queued technologies to research. At lunch, I sent my probes across the galaxy in the hopes of finding mineral-rich planets that would nourish my growing empire the way strange-tasting goulash was nourishing my body. I had to be prepared. It was still early, but soon there would be people looking to circumvent my attempts to create a few black holes...

'LostWinds2: Winters of The Melodias' Review - A Gorgeous Wind-powered Adventure

Like the bad boy that every girl finds impossible to resist, Frontier Developments' sequel to their platform-adventure LostWinds [$3.99] from last year isn't always easy to control. Precision is not LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias' [$3.99] best feature. With the sheer amount of things that LostWinds2 can occasionally demand of its players, this would normally be almost unforgivable but much like the hypothetical rapscallion, LostWinds2 is just too charming to give up...

Dragons Odyssey Frane [$5.99] has the distinction of being the only game that makes me want to reach out and pinch its metaphorical cheek. Not only is it kinda adorable, it's also all sorts of loveable. Like the fawning, mud-encrusted niece that is never short of questions about unicorns, Exe-Create's port of their PC-based action-RPG title has a way of making you tilt your head and go "D'awww"...

If there's anything I've learned after pouring several days of my life into the latest installment of Com2uS's action-rpg Inotia franchise, it's that no amount of Engrish exposure can truly prepare you for that strange moment when a gorgeous brunette clad in diaphanous silks informs a 'pretty boy' of an anti-hero that he is squirting blood...

Ah. Werewolves. One of the three components in the holy Hollywood trinity of monsters. They ordinarily come in two flavors: loud, ravenous and incapable of anything but wanton violence… or dark-eyed eye candy. The transmogrification-happy lupine of MacGuffin's Curse [$4.99 / Free], however, is neither of those...

Total War Battles: Shogun [$1.99] is not perfect. Anyone who tells you differently is either lying or particularly forgiving in regards to an absence of visual cues. Nonetheless, while Creative Assembly and Sega's first attempt to bring their award-winning franchise to the iOS platform is one pockmarked with problems, it doesn't change the fact that this real-time strategy game remains an excellent addition to the App Store...

It's hard to look at On The Wind [$1.99] and not think, 'Hey! That reminds me of Flower except without the third dimension'. Like thatgamecompany's award-winning title, On The Wind will have you guiding plant-based material (you'll be herding leaves as opposed to flower petals here) through a scenic landscape...

'Chaos Rings II' Review - A Satisfying Sequel and Visual Masterpiece

If there's one thing that can be said about Square Enix, it's that they're excellent at the whole production values thing. Chaos Rings II [$17.99/HD] is absolutely stunning. From the gorgeous musical score to the voice acting to the vibrant landscapes, there is a lot to savor in Square Enix's latest turn-based RPG. However, that's not really surprising. We are talking about Square Enix, after all. How often have they published a new game that does not make you whistle gently under your breath? The real question is, 'Is Chaos Rings II more than a pretty face?'..

What happens when you take all the block-sliding, switch-flipping, obstacle surmounting goodness of a competent 2D puzzle game and wrap it around a three dimensional, cylindrical frame? As it turns out, you get something like Rinth Island [99¢], of course. A tropical-looking puzzle/adventure with personality to spare, Rinth Island is about as much bang as you can demand from a solitary buck...

'Battleloot Adventure' Review - An Approachable and Fun Strategy RPG with Personality

Behold! The kingdom of Kameloot! A great land plagued by literature-loving rats, ruffians, maddened herbivores and stupefyingly high taxes. It is here that Battleloot Adventure [99¢/HD] takes place. In this turn-based strategy/RPG hybrid, you'll be taking command of a motley crew of mercenaries...

Depending on how much you relish your DotA (If the acronym made you raise a puzzled eyebrow, don't worry. We'll get into all that shortly), you may either find Plants War [Free] an unexpected treat or a moderately competent RTS. It could go either way. Best described as a heavily diluted, single-player version of the world's favorite Warcraft III mod, Plants War will have you leading Dryad Forest's local vegetation in a struggle against some encroaching… animals? Global warming definitely screwed up the environment here...

Over the last few years, I've seen a great number of strange things done to George Romero's slavering, brain-dead antagonists. They've been assaulted by botanical artillery, transmogrified into office workers, made into soccer players and stuffed into a pizzeria. I'm totally okay with that, by the way. Amorous zombies, on the other hand, I'm not so sure about. Google Warm Bodies. You'll understand. Still, were it not for a certain major flaw (we'll get into that), Akaoni Studio's frenetic arcade style shooter Zombie Panic in Wonderland Plus [Free] could have made me into a convert...

If you value productivity, don't make the same mistake that I did. Don't fire up Tobe & Friends' Hookshot Escape [$1.99]. Just don't. Trust me on this. I know what you're thinking. You're an App Store veteran. You've survived a Tiny Tower addiction. You're on top of your game. One round won't hurt...

The people behind Ravenous Games appear to be firm advocates of a familiar old idiom - if it ain't broke, don't fix it. League of Evil 2 [$2.99/Lite], the much-anticipated sequel to their sadistic platformer from 2011, isn't anything new but it's certainly still worth your hard-earned cash. However, before you rush out to grab their latest product, you probably want to ask yourself one question first: how much do you enjoy dying?..

The story behind Little Acorns [99¢] is simple yet adorable. You're the highly fashionable patriarch of an industrious squirrel clan and one day, you and your family unit return home to the scene of a crime. For reasons unknown, a giggly, malevolent trope of woodland critters have made off with your stash of acorns. Can you guess what happens next? If you said that this is where you run, swing, slide and generally platform your way to the return of your stolen goods, you would be absolutely right. Personally, however, I would have just cut my losses and moved my family to an environment not infested with insects twice as big as my kids, but that's just me...