Author Archives: Cassandra Khaw


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...

So, I have a confession to make. I was prepared to dislike Baseball Superstars 2012 [Free]. You can blame Homerun Battle 2 [$4.99/Lite] for that one, as it had left me deeply distrustful of freemium sports games. Nonetheless, driven by Air Penguin [99¢/Lite] inspired optimism and the extravagant amount of praise that had been lavished over the franchise, I ended up downloading it anyway...

Depending on how you look at it, my weekend was either a complete success or a disastrous waste. Asides from my daily ablutions, I've done nothing but sit on my derriere and play Capcom's Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective [Free]. It's true. I'm not ashamed...

Games like My Little Monster [99¢] are nefarious. In spite of being a largely thankless collection of repetitive chores, they have this way of making you fuss over them constantly. They're like kids except without all the collateral benefits. Just ask anyone who has ever owned a Tamagotchi or any other of those 'virtual pet simulator' things...

Zombie Wonderland 2: Outta Time! [99¢] has everything a good zombie game needs: guns, girls, guts, green goo and a generous amount of cleaning equipment. Oh, come on. Don't raise that eyebrow at me. You know it's true. Every good shoot-out tends to leave an inevitable mess and Zombie Wonderland 2, unlike so many of its peers, is not afraid to acknowledge it...

Controversial is probably the best word for War on Terror [$1.99]. Originally a board game conceived by Terror Bull Games in 2003, War on Terror has precipitated everything from bans to death threats - true story, I swear. As you can imagine, when the iOS version was released, there was significant concern about it being forcibly annulled from the App Store. It wasn't, and I'm damn well glad for that because War on Terror is the sort of game you should at least play once...

Hello. My name is Cassandra and I have a problem. I'm a recovering trading card game-holic. I used to play them obsessively - just ask my wallet. But I've been getting better. I've been clean for a while but I have doubts that it is going to last. There's a new game in town and it's smart, sexy and exotic. Meet Cabals: The Card Game [Free], ladies and gentlemen, and kiss your productivity good-bye...

Clay's Reverie [$0.99] is cute. Really, really cute. Cute enough to warrant a warning label. That's how cute it is. ..

Tower defense games are a dime a dozen these days and Wild Defense [99¢/$1.99], in spite of its zesty-fresh tropical flavor, doesn't bring anything really new to the table. Still, that doesn't stop it being a moderately entertaining affair. Less a game for the casual enthusiast and more for the hardcore fan, this one is for those who just have to have another tower defense game on their phones...

Com2uS and I have a love-hate thing going on. I love many of their games but I absolutely loath their aggressive marketing tactics. Nothing in the world is going to convince me to give you an unwarranted 5-star review. No, not even a small pile of virtual currency. As you might have already guessed, Homerun Battle 2 [$4.99] is the latest in the long line of Com2uS games that I despise myself for enjoying...

'Minecraft - Pocket Edition' Review – Bigger May Be Better

I had expected to hear my geriatric iPhone 3GS to croon its swan song when I loaded up Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] for the first time. It didn't. To my surprise, Mojang's inaugural iOS title actually got along swimmingly with my hardware. Was it a sign of good things to come? Perhaps. Deeply pleased with this turn of events, I went ahead and generated my first world...