Author Archives: Chris Carter


'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 [Free] 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...

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...