Author Archives: Colette Bennett


There's an overabundance of cute things on the App Store, as anyone who takes time to prowl it knows. Whether or not something will be equally as fun as it is cute is always a mystery, but in this case, Pinch Peeps [Free] has managed to pull off that oh-so-desirable perfect balance between sickeningly adorable and fun to play...

For as many App Store games that I eyeball on a daily basis, I admit that something that has a lot of visual pop or a very distinct style will always catch my eye. Looks don't always equal quality though, and I've been wooed by many an attractive looking title only to be disappointed when the gameplay didn't quite follow through...

'Bar Oasis 1.5' Review - Get the Shaker Back Out

TouchArcade has gone a round with Bar Oasis before, back in 2010 when the first installment came out. However, I was completely unfamiliar with the game when I got word of Bar Oasis 1.5 [Free], which promises to bridge the gap between the first game and the sequel. I wasn't sure what the difference was exactly until I read the fine print: the second game will give you access to tons of extra content, so we're just getting a taste here. But the taste I got left me ready for much, more more...

I'll be honest, I'm wary of any games I download onto my phone these days that promise any sort of physics-based fun. I'm burned out on that scene, plain and simple. However, I do like cats, as you may know from my past reviews, and I like the idea of forcibly launching a cat out of a cannon (in safety gear, of course, folks). So I caved for Cannon Cat [$0.99], and I admit, now I'm really glad I did...

As you may know, the App store is drenched with cutesy looking physics puzzlers that all start to look the same after a while. They may seem like overload, but when it comes to the stark difference between them and a game like Crow [$2.99], they simply make it stand out even more than it already does, like a rainbow standing behind a horseman of the apocalypse. Everyone loves their cute time wasters, but watch out with this one, because you're about to get a distinctly gothic change of pace...

'Gunman Clive' Review - A Playful Sketch of the Wild West

It's not easy to make a unique platformer. You either have to be trusty with your design skills and make a game look out of this world and startlingly unique, or you have to have some sort of wizard when it comes to your level design skills. Luckily, the people behind Gunman Clive [$1.99] have a little of both, and it makes for one of the best platformers I've played for years, on iOS or any other platformer...

Let's face it, kids: If you are going to become a giant, fire-breathing monster and take over a city by way of stomping on it, you want to do it right. In style. So if I play a videogame that puts me in the role of said monster, I have one rule -- I want to have fun. Glorious, building stomping, people eating fun...

'Epic Astro Story' Review - A New Spin on the Classic Kairosoft Recipe

Kairosoft really got gamers fired up when they released Game Dev Story in Fall of 2010, a sim where you took the reins over building your own game company from the ground up. Then, they realized we liked the formula, and a flurry of other "stories" followed. Pocket League Story. Venture Towns. Grand Prix Story. Mega Mall Story. It was fair to say that most of these games had a lot in common: build a business or town from the ground up. And while I admit I was a major fan, I don't know that I would have sprung for another title in this series if there wasn't a little spice thrown in to change things up a bit...

'Kitten Sanctuary' Review - This Puzzler is the Cat's Meow

I am undoubtedly a cat person. Although I only own one, I have some close friends that own six, and going over to their house is always like a peek into some magical wonderland I wish I lived in. Suffice to say that any game featuring cats is bound to catch my eye, so when a colleague poked me and said, "There's a new puzzler called Kitten Sanctuary [$1.99/Lite], and you need it!", I figured I could be in for something good...

A new Chillingo puzzle game? You don't say. Well, if there's one thing we can expect from Chillingo, it's a certain level of quality that all of their games exhibit. They may not blow us out of the water, but what they give us is normally a pretty solid product. Light the Flower [$0.99] falls squarely into this category, presenting an interesting puzzler that keeps you thinking, but doesn't present too much frustration -- usually a winning formula for iOS titles...

I must be biologically programmed to react instantly to anything that reminds me of The Legend of Zelda for NES. Take Carota! [$1.99], for instance, which is a puzzle game starring a rabbit named Thaddeus who's been knocked down a hole and must proceed through 50 levels of puzzling to make it back to the Earth's surface. Must have been a deep hole, yeah?..

If you're anything like me, the idea of a remake of a game you dearly loved when it was originally released comes as very good news. As much as I adore new games, there's just something about playing something tried and true. Add HD graphics into that mix, and you're really tempting me... which really should have been the case with Prince of Persia Classic [$1.99/HD]. I was hoping to be having so much fun with this game that it'd be hard to put the phone down to write this review, but unfortunately, that was not quite the case...

I personally never felt like I was good at shooters. However, being good at them and loving them are two entirely different things. While I marveled at friends that could blast through Ikaruga from start to finish without ever coming face to face with the game over screen, I plugged away at old classics like Konami's Life Force and Sexy Parodius, hoping each time I'd improve by some miniscule increment. Practice makes perfect, they always say...

When it comes to game genres that have been done to death, the word game is king. You can't blame developers for trying to come up with a unique twist for them, because if it does well, it does SO well -- look at that Words With Friends phenomenon. How do we make the next Words With Friends? And then there's a flood of games that all make you use your spelling skills. Great. Maybe if I get really fancy I can spell "ubiquitous". Or something...

I have no shame whatsoever in telling you that I was literally obsessed with Myst when it came out in 1993. The mystical adventure that dared me to tumble into an unknown world and explore beautiful oversized tomes to unlock its secrets had everything that I wanted from a game at the time. It gave me a solo adventure, puzzles that were hard as hell to solve, and atmosphere for miles. I just might have played Myst (and all the clones of it) a rather embarrassing number of times...