Author Archives: Chris Carter


'Second Chance Heroes' Review - Zombies Ate My World Leaders

What if Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and the arcade classic Gauntlet were mixed together into one zombie slaying romp? The concept alone would probably win over a decent amount of fans hungry for another old school hack and slash, but fortunately, Second Chance Heroes [$0.99] does a whole lot of things right to help move it out of a niche category and more into the forefront. Most notably, it's free-to-play -- the good kind...

Sometimes, old school gamers just want to kick back and relax with a retro platformer. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, but it's tough to find a really great control scheme barring a controller option, as precision is often synonymous with the platforming genre. While it may not employ the perfect solution, Foxtrot! [$1.99] does a great job of keeping the old school spirit alive...

Old school games are often filled with technical limitations that made them harder than they otherwise would have been. The modern term for this is "fake difficulty," and although it's a bit of an overused catch-all to describe challenging games, it often applies to many works, even today. Trambo [$1.99] is one such game that often feels unfair as a result of its design, but masochists will still find a lot to like despite its flaws...

'Rocket Robo' Review - An Adorable Intergalactic Adventure

It's not often that a title will offer up an endearing setup that's just as impressive as the gameplay, but that's just what Rocket Robo [$0.99] does. As a tiny little robot in space whose sole purpose is to keep "the Tinker" company, it's your job to recover all of the stars in the galaxy, and bring joy back to your maker. Thankfully, it plays as well, too...

Some games just embrace their inner silliness, and they're better for it. In an era of an increased saturation of serious zombie games, I enjoy it when some developers embrace the theme but add their own sense of charm to it. Grandpa and the Zombies [Free] is one such game...

'Toast Time' Review - Pure Bliss, No Toaster Needed

'Toast Time' Review - Pure Bliss, No Toaster Needed

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February 11th, 2014 12:31 PM EDT by Chris Carter in $2.99, 5 stars, Action, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Universal
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Some games just click the moment you boot them up. They ooze charm at every turn, forcing you to pay attention and stay glued to the screen. From the very first "tap for service!" prompt, Toast Time [$2.99] was just that type of experience -- and it's pure gaming bliss...

'Magnetized' Review - The Laws of Attraction

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January 20th, 2014 12:56 PM EDT by Chris Carter in $0.99, 3.5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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The mobile platform is perfect for quick, minimal oriented, "pick up and play" games. Titles like Super Hexagon can be grabbed in a flash, and played for seconds or hours on end. It's those types of experiences that make it easier for people with busy lives to fit gaming in their schedule, and they're all the better for it. Enter <Magnetized [$2.99] -- another bite sized game that gets even more rewarding the more you play it. It's also tough as nails...

'Tap & Blast' Review - A Barrel of Fun

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January 20th, 2014 11:07 AM EDT by Chris Carter in 4 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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One of my favorite aspects of the Donkey Kong Country series had to be the barrel blasting puzzles. There was something so simple about the concept -- just pressing a button in time with rotating and swaying barrels -- that really resonated with me. It was intense, and fairly clever, as there were a host of secrets to be found if you took leaps (blasts?) of faith and ventured into unknown and unseen territory. When I heard there was a mobile game based entirely around this concept, I had to jump on it. Thankfully, Tap & Blast [$0.99] manages to recapture the thrill of blasting all over again...

Qix has been around for a long time -- since 1981 to be exact. The objective is simple, to "claim" different areas of the screen by way of connecting lines, similar to JezzBall -- a game everyone with a Windows PC has probably played. Years later Fortix rose to the challenge, mixing elements of medieval warfare along with it. Now, you can grab it on iOS in the form of Line Knight Fortix [$0.99]...

'Rhythm Thief & The Paris Caper Review' - Phantom R Strikes Again

Rhythm Thief & The Emperor's Treasure was one of my favorite games of 2012. Released for the Nintendo 3DS, it was a rhythm game that transcended the genre in many ways, with a charming cast and a hypnotic, jazzy soundtrack. Here we are in 2014, and Sega has mysteriously released an iOS version of the same game, titled Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper [$9.99]. It's not exactly the same, but rather an abridged take with some iOS-centric goodies...

In an era with so many platforms for developers to put their works on, many games have seen the light of day that otherwise would have been shot down in the past. One of those games is UsagiMan [Free], a quirky Japanese game that has just hit the iOS platform, and pays homage to Mega Man, old school platformers, and rabbits...

Platformers can be a mixed bag on the mobile platform. Some feature heavy amounts of IAP, wonky virtual d-pads and buttons, and uninspired designs that basically just rip off Mario or some other high profile title. But Sugar Roll [Free] is more unique than meets the eye, featuring an odd looking hero constantly rolling on top of a ball...

'Jet Car Stunts 2' Review - A Worthy High Octane Sequel

It feels like forever since the original Jet Car Stunts [$1.99] was released. All the way back in 2009, this arcade racer blurred the lines between a typical vehicular experience and 3D platformers. It was silly, occasionally frustrating, and mostly fun, which is a legacy that Jet Car Stunts 2 [Free] lives up to...

Water based puzzle games are a slippery lot. Nearly all of them have the same premise, but more often than not, trying to wrangle up some H20 is undeniably enjoyable. Feed Me Oil 2 [$1.99] is basically the same premise, but it just changes out water for a darker, less healthy substance. Not a whole lot has changed since the original Feed Me Oil [$0.99], but the sequel is fun enough to warrant another purchase from fans...

'MovieCat 2' Review - Meow-velous

'MovieCat 2' Review - Meow-velous

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January 2nd, 2014 4:00 PM EDT by Chris Carter in $1.99, 4.5 stars, Featured, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Quiz, Reviews, Universal
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In 2010, MovieCat [$1.99] took the App Store by storm. It was one of my favorite quiz apps mostly because of how simplistic the format was, marrying uniquely presented film topics with adorable cats. The art style was just as unique, and had its own charm to it, and the trivia was easy enough to get into with multiple difficulty levels. Over three years later MovieCat 2 [$1.99] doesn't change a whole lot, but it's still the same great formula you know and love, updated with newer references and films. And I'm pretty much okay with that...