Author Archives: Colette Bennett


I admit that I am a bit on the jaded side when it comes to some of the genres of iOS games out there, but when something like Horn [Free] comes my way, all those cynical bits seem to dissolve away and leave something childlike in their wake. Maybe it's that Horn, the young blacksmith's apprentice that you play the game as, reminds me a bit of Ico (in fact, there's something distinctly Team Ico-esque about the entire games's aesthetic). Or possibly I was drawn in because this is composer Austin Wintory's first musical project since the heartachingly beautiful score he wrote for Journey. In other words, Horn has a lot going for it by means of look and pedigree...

Maybe it's the '90s era gamer in me, but I always feel right at home playing a sidescroller. Wrrr [Free] is just that, with a touch of hand drawn charm to make the package even more appealing. You play a dinosaur dad who has been separated from his family and has to go on a trip to find them. And so off you go through nine different levels of challenge to rescue them. Yes, I know you've heard it before, but hey, we don't play iOS titles for the deeply compelling stories (although I admit there have been a few exceptions)...

When I look at jello, I don't think about anything acrobatic. You know the drill: chill, eat, repeat. Maybe add some fruit for emphasis. The idea of a jello hero doesn't really sound that appealing. He's shaking in the first place, so he'd be easy to destroy right?..

Freebie Alert: 'Catapult King' Review - High-Flying Fun, the Old-Fashioned Way

Spoiler alert! We had this review in queue before the game went free as part of Apple's App of the Week promotion. So, this post is serving double duty as both a freebie alert as well as an actual review, in case you needed something else to be pushed over the edge of just mashing this link and hitting "Download."..

'Yesterday' Review - Point and Click Your Way Through A Noirish New York

I love point and click adventure with a mad passion. I'll play anything that falls under the description, in fact. It's been great to see so many iOS developers taking a stab at the genre lately, and since Yesterday [$0.99] certainly looked like a solid entry, my clicky index finger was all over it the moment I got a gander at the pretty graphics...

I talked recently about my passion for the puzzle/RPG hybrid in our review of Wizschool [$1.99] (which, incidentally, I liked quite a bit), so when I spotted Puzzle Dungeons [Free] on the App Store only a few days later, I was pretty surprised to see another title that falls into this genre pop up so quickly...

If you're tired of having your ass handed to you in bullet hell shooters, I'm pretty sure Dragon Flight [Free] was made for you. I know it's not hardcore to admit that bullet hell can be annoyingly hard. Well, guess what - I'm not hardcore. I like to actually play a game without dying ten thousand times in the first level, so Dragon Flight offered up some shooter fun that I could totally get behind...

If you mash together cute cats, rainbows, toilet paper, happy music, and references to every internet meme that has ever featured any of those things, you'd pretty much get Rainbow Tissue Cat [$0.99 / Free]. Since I like all of those things, I was swiftly pointed in the direction of this game by our own Jared Nelson, who clearly understands that anything even a little bit kawaii is right up my alley...

I had been waiting all my life to discover the puzzle/RPG hybrid. This was proven when I discovered that my addiction to Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords bordered on unhealthy back when the game first came out. I think it was because I'd never really played a puzzle/RPG hybrid before, and while the plot was cookie-cutter at best, there was something about the formula that I couldn't get enough of. Naturally, folks caught on after that, and the whole puzzle/RPG thing turned into a brand new genre...

Any child of the eighties knows the name Frank Drebin all too well. Leslie Nielsen's portrayal of the bumbling, awkward officer oblivious to everything around him was a staple of comedy films during that time period, and I admit I haven't thought about The Naked Gun films in well over ten years myself. Seeing a game with the same name in the App store was a pleasant surprise, though, and I was pleased about the idea of revisiting Drebin's antics of yore (well, in the form of his son Frank Jr., anyway)...

As a kid, I spent a lot of time in the local coffeehouse playing Magic: The Gathering. The game was in its infancy back in those days, and I never dreamed it would have such longevity at the time I was building my blue/white Serra Angel deck and plotting the downfall of my opponents (read: poor saps at the coffeehouse who thought playing me was a good idea). While the habit of playing Magic wore off a long time ago, I've always watched with interest as new card games came out over the years, thinking that one day when I had time, I would take up the habit again...

You're wandering through a rural town with only a few buildings, and it's obviously been here for a long time. There's the weapons shop, the armory, the inn which costs you 19 gold for an evening's stay, and a quick bath in an oversized washbasin that hasn't seen a cleaning since last century...

Shoot The Zombirds [$0.99] is the kind of game you expect to hit the App store just in time for Halloween. Complete with a pumpkin-headed boy, a Tim Burton-esque atmosphere (well, when Tim Burton made good films, anyway), and a fleet of cute little pumpkin children to save, it's just the thing to get you in the mood for the best holiday ever...

I tend to like runners, and the more frantic they are, the better. ChickenBreak [$0.99] certainly seemed as if it would fit the bill, putting you in the role of a chicken trying to escape prison. Why a chicken is in prison in the first place is anyone's guess, but as you can't be sure what kind of foul play its been up to, you may as well just forget the story and start running. Or is it "fowl" play?..

One glance at Jumping Knights [$0.99] ought to pretty much explain the premise - it's Doodle Jump with a tokidoki-inspired art style. I was expecting to pick it up, go a few rounds, and be able to name it as a clone and get on with my day. Except hours went by, and I was still playing, and thinking with tinges of guilt about the To Do list that I was ignoring. A little more time spent, and I had forgotten completely what a To Do list even was. Responsibilities? Don't be silly, I just got sight of the princess, which means I'm getting closer. Who cares about grocery shopping?..