Author Archives: David Clarke


About David Clarke

David hails from the New Jersey Metropolitan Area. Find him on Twitter @DavidClarked, where he does the jokes and make-em-ups that the kids love. dropr.com/davidclarke

'Continue?9876543210' Review - In My Time Of Dying

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March 4th, 2014 2:16 PM EDT by David Clarke in $3.99, 4 stars, Adventure, Retro, Reviews, Role-Playing
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Does anything drive humans as much as our awareness of mortality? No other animal sees a bush, calls it a bush, draws the bush, gives the bush a back story, then cries when the bush dies. It's arguably the saddest, and most beautiful quality humans possess. We have awareness of the world, we can create art, and we know we are going to die...

'Star Wars Pinball 2' Review - The Tilt is Strong With This One

Enough with the Star Wars. We get it. They were fun movies. But do we really need another derivative, cynical capitalization on our memories of a... what's that? It's a pinball game from Zen Studios? Yes, please. And how much of my money would you like?"..

'2013: Infected Wars' Review - "Console Quality," In Air Quotes

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September 24th, 2013 11:30 AM EDT by David Clarke in $2.99, 2 stars, Action, Games, Reviews, Shooter
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Some iOS games look outdated. They don't have the resources to create detailed 3D environment, so instead focus on creative art design, fresh ideas and strong gameplay. Then there's the "console quality" games. They heavily advertise their "immersive environments" and "console quality graphics," rehashing old experiences without attempting to blaze new trails. 2013: Infected Wars [Free] falls into the latter camp. It may seem ambitious, but in every way, Action Mobile Games have developed a safe, predictable, and mostly unsatisfying experience...

'Dropchord' Review - Double Fine Goes Disco

If you have no tolerance for Electronic Dance Music (EDM), Double Fine’s Dropchord [$2.99] won’t be your thing. No chance. It may as well be called EDM: The Game, packed with visceral, beat-dropping music and intense, glowing visuals. It’s video-game-as-album, with tracks and verses instead of stages. I happen to love both EDM and video games. And I love Dropchord...

Is there a more American game character than Pac-Man? I know it's Japanese, but come on, has there ever been a better metaphor for Fitzgerald's American Dream? The Jay Gatsby of games swallows whole each and every pellet in its path, with no hope of stopping, until the ghosts of one's past offer death's sweet release. Unlike Tetris, a Soviet fantasy about placing blocks in an orderly fashion...

The lub and dub are the two distinct sounds your heart makes every time it beats. Lub vs Dub [Free] takes these two sounds and pits them against each other in an innovative endless runner that proves the overexposed sub-genre can still surprise...

'A Ride into the Mountains' Review - Spare Design Shows Less is More

Sometimes it's best to dispense with the bells and whistles. Sometimes it's refreshing to see a game free of bloat, with no mediocre ideas, just doing one thing very well. A Ride into the Mountains [$0.99] does just that. Developers Chia-Yu Chen and Lee-Kuo Chen present a simple story through basic gameplay and a stunning pixelated setting...

'Tiny Thief' Review: The Point-And-Click Adventure That Stole My Heart

Who plays point-and-click adventure games for the gameplay? I don't. I'd rather be jumping, shooting, slashing or racing. No, I play them for the package. The look, sounds, mood, story and characters all matter more when a game consists of interacting with a static environment. Well, 5 Ants has developed one amazing package in Tiny Thief [Free], published by Rovio, the second in their Rovio Stars initiative. It's good to see Rovio using their powers for good...

Let me get this out of the way. The unfortunately named Chubbins [$2.99 / Free], from Dahku Creations, isn't pretty. With a paint job this bad, what's under the hood better be good. And it is...

Star Thief  [Free] is ironically named, considering it's a patchwork of other great gaming experiences. The finger-slicing controls of Fruit Ninja? Check. Stars that look like they belong in a Mario game? Check. Fortunately, like its influences, it's fun. Unfortunately, it's also a bit shallow...

Some games just feel right. They scratch an itch I didn't know I had, satisfy a craving, but keep whetting the appetite, leaving me hungry. It pleasures and pains me to say that Large Animal Games' Color Zen [Free] left me starving for more...

To purists, the mere concept of video pinball may be wrong. But darling, Zen Studios makes it feel so very right. Time after time, they release detailed, deep, bright and blingy tables, and Marvel Pinball [$0.99] features some of their best work...

It's an old improv game. Two people count down from three and try to say the same thing. Based on those two things, they try to find the commonality. So if I said "Boat," and my partner yelled, "Forrest Gump," we both might scream "JENNY!" It's super fun, and gets the creative juices flowing, while allowing the two partners to get on the same wave length...

'Stickets' Review - An Elegant, Enchanting Puzzler

Stickets [$2.99] is a piece of art, and wouldn't look out of place hanging in a modern art museum, right between a Piet Mondrian and "Bored Kid Playing Tetris, Oil on Canvas." Developer Wanderlands has created a striking, spare work, a mix of intellect and aesthetics. And, like, it's really, really fun...

Fact. Everybody loves vikings. Miniature vikings escaping dungeons? Even better. And there’s a lot to like about Utopian Games’ Little Viking Dungeon Of Doom [$0.99], but a bunch of small annoyances hold it back...