Author Archives: Chris Carter


'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 [$0.99] 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...

'Ookibloks' Review - Slammin' and Bananas

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December 20th, 2013 1:06 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 4 stars, Action, Free, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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While many retro veterans pine for tactile controls for games that would be best suited for precision, the mobile platform can alternatively host creations that gel perfectly with a touch based interface. One such creation is Ookibloks [Free] -- a fast paced platformer that's easy to pick up and play due to perfectly implemented swipe controls...

'Cyro' Review - A Puzzle of Specks and Planks

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December 20th, 2013 10:15 AM EDT by Chris Carter in $1.99, 4 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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There's plenty of room for complex puzzle games in the world, but every so often I enjoy sitting down with a great simplistic experience. Sometimes, the most minimal games tend to wrack your brain the most, as they distill a few concepts down into their most basic form, and test your mettle in specific ways. And what could get more simple than guiding a line through a maze?..

'KingHunt' Review - Slicing With an RPG Twist

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December 18th, 2013 11:53 AM EDT by Chris Carter in $1.99, 4 stars, Action, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Universal
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There have been a few clones of Fruit Ninja that have popped up over the years, but few have really attempted to move the formula forward. That's where KingHunt [$0.99] comes in. With an engine that blows its competitors out of the water and minor RPG elements in tow, KingHunt delivers a fun quest that takes this sub-genre to the next level...

'LvLn' Review - A Methodical Slayin'

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Small scaled action RPGs are perfect for the mobile platform. It's so easy to pick up and go, grab a level here and there, and come back for more. That's what makes games like Slayin' so great, and why the similarly structured LvLn [$0.99] is so addictive...

You don't see too many games about leprechauns these days. Maybe it's because of their secretive nature, leaving most of the inspiration to the imagination. Well that's just what Odyssey Creative Labs has done with Tale Tapper [$0.99] -- a tale of a leprechaun who's determined to get his stolen pot of gold back...

Unrequited love is a theme you don't see much in videogames. Far too often games will deal with a sappy romance, or no romance at all. Admittedly, it's tough to really capture that feeling, but some games can pull it off with grace...

'AdvenChewers' Review - It's Time to Chew Bubble Gum

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November 27th, 2013 10:33 AM EDT by Chris Carter in $0.99, 4 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Runner, Universal
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Endless runners can satisfy a certain kind of itch every so often, but sometimes, I want structure. With a level-based system and endless runner-like qualities, AdvenChewers [$0.99] is a modest compromise of both formulas, and ends up offering an extremely addictive mixture of the two...

It's crazy to think how many console games are ported to iOS, and actually work. With a number of high profile Xbox Live and PSN games releasing on a weekly basis, a large sample of them are starting to see some life in the mobile arena -- and I suspect that once iOS 7 controllers catch on, we'll see even more. The latest mobile port is Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse [$9.99]  -- a solid remake that lends itself fairly well to the mobile platform, barring a few issues that spill over from the core game...

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...