Author Archives: Chris Carter


Playing Doom for the first time is one of my fondest childhood memories. It sounds odd, playing such a violent game at such a young age, but Doom really helped shape my gaming habits for years to come. It wasn't my first FPS strictly speaking, but with simple gameplay, tons of weapons to choose from, and a labyrinthine set of maps, it was one of my favorites. Neon Shadow [$0.99] attempts to recreate that classic feeling, and even though it may not fully succeed, there's still a great deal of love involved in this letter...

Sometimes, games can be experiences that transcend more than just a good time. While some titles are designed to address your sense of fun factor, others go beyond the call of duty, seeking to appeal to senses like sight and sound in a novel way. Similar to Super Hexagon [$2.99], Routa Games' Project '88 [$1.99] employs very simple gameplay, retro/psychedelic visuals, and an 8-bit soundtrack to keep you amped...

'Infinity Danger' Review - Simply Boss Fights

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November 14th, 2013 12:00 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 3.5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Shooter, Universal
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Have you ever played a game that had particularly boring levels, but kick ass boss fights? What if you could just have a game where you fought boss after boss, ignoring all the goons along the way?..

Spelunker was released in 1983 -- before I was even born. With the simple premise of "explore a giant cave" and arcade-like gameplay, Spelunker won the hearts of many, and destroyed the gaming aspirations of many more. In a word, the game was difficult, and is often infamously referred to as one of the hardest games of all time. Everyday Spelunker [$3.99] may faithfully re-create the magic of the retro original, but unless you're a die-hard fan, you'll probably want to avoid this excursion...

'Mana Defense' Review - Wizards of Wave-rly Place

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November 5th, 2013 12:30 PM EDT by Chris Carter in $0.99, 3.5 stars, Action, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Universal
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Defense games were the original "runners." People were sick of them after the first hundred or so clones hit the market, but for some of us, it's hard to really get enough of them.It's nice that Mana Defense [$0.99] mixes things up a bit, but you may find yourself getting bored after a few hours or so...

'Deadly Bullet' Review - Pink Pink, Bang Bang

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November 5th, 2013 11:45 AM EDT by Chris Carter in 4 stars, Action, Free, Games, iPad Games, Reviews, Universal
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Some of the best games ever made are often the most simple to understand. With two whole buttons to control a projectile's destructive and murderous path, Deadly Bullet [Free] is one such game. It's incredible that it's not only engaging, but it's also free, and completely devoid of IAPs...

Some games just leap out at you right off the bat with a mesmerizing style, leaving you unable to look away. With a decidedly Limbo-like style, Crowman & Wolfboy [$2.99] brings enough to the table in terms of style alone to warrant some attention...

Licensed games are often hit or miss. In the case of the popular Cartoon Network shows Regular Show and Adventure Time, it's really up in the air as to whether or not the game will be a bust. But thankfully, the newest Regular Show title Ghost Toasters - Regular Show [$2.99] takes more than a few pages from the indie darling Super Crate Box, and ends up delivering a few unique twists on the formula in the process...

Although the concept of "dreaming" of joining the circus is a bit antiquated, Ring Run Circus [$2.99] sells it like it's still commonplace. The thrills, chills, and spills of the particularly dangerous profession are all here, in an extremely short yet enjoyable puzzle-action romp format...

To the general public, Rollabear [$0.99] must look like a pretty tough sell. At first glance the concept of country bears rolling around to knock down some pins sounds incredibly lame. That is, until I actually played it for myself...

'Level 22' Review - A Metal Gear Tribute

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October 18th, 2013 10:35 AM EDT by Chris Carter in $1.99, 4 stars, Action, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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Level 22 [$1.99] offers up a plot not often found in the world of gaming. Gary is late for work, and it's your job to get him all the way back to his desk without anyone noticing him. The problem is he works on the 22nd floor for a giant company, and there are co-workers, guards, and managers at every turn...

Strategy games can often be an intimidating lot. The concept of micromanaging in general, right off the bat, can be make or break for many gamers out there who don't want to keep track of too many variables at once. But not all strategy games are created equal, and some of them do a better job of easing people into the genre than others. Fading Fairytales [Free] may not be the most impressive game on the App Store, but it's an excellent introduction to the tactical genre...

I've slowly watched the mobile market develop more and more console-like experiences. While many gamers are quick to count out iOS and Android gaming as "casual" experiences, the gap is closing more and more each day. While it may have a few issues in tow, The Secret of Space Octopuses [Free] is one such game that pushes that boundary...

Sometimes you'll pick up a puzzle game and burn yourself out rather quickly due to the overuse of tiring mechanics. Despite the fact that puzzle games often periodically introduce new concepts throughout their bite-sized levels, it's all too common to become bored of going through the same motions over and over before getting to something new. Amigo Pancho [$1.99 / Free] goes through great lengths to keep you entertained throughout, even if the total package needs a bit more meat on its bones...

Sometimes it's great to just hunker down and play an absolutely ridiculous game that serves no purpose other than to amuse us for limited quantities of time. Cat on a Diet [$2.99], ironically enough, is about a cat who will literally risk his life to avoid losing weight...