Author Archives: Danny Gallagher


'Cut the Rope 2' Review - The Candy Chomping Creature Returns for More Gravity Puzzle Fun

The first BAFTA winning Cut the Rope [Free / $2.99] did something that is almost unheard of outside of mobile gaming circles. It created a game that looked, sounded and even played like something designed for young children that could be just as appealing and perplexing for adults...

'Colossatron: Massive World Threat' Review - It's the End of the World As We Know It and It Feels Fun

Halfbrick Studios, the folks behind the wildly successful Fruit Ninja [Free / $0.99] and Jetpack Joyride [Free], has taken an interesting risk with their newest title. They've gone from games with wide appeal and cute but infectious concepts to something that lets players grind down major metropolises into nothing but smoldering rubble and perhaps the rest of the world with it...

'Rube Works' Review - A Classic Contraption Conundrum Comes to Life

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December 9th, 2013 9:35 AM EDT by Danny Gallagher in $0.99, 4 stars, Games, Puzzle, Reviews
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The concept of making a Rube Goldberg machine in a video game has been done so many times that it feels like some kind of crime against gaming that one hasn't been done to honor the man who invented it. He's has a huge following that has survived almost a century. His name has become part of the American vernacular. His comic strips were clearly ahead of their time as a way to mock the unstoppable drive of technology. Perhaps that's why it's taken so long to get a game made in his name and it's a shame because it's a faithful, fun adaptation of some of Rube's famous works...

The vast majority of virtual or interactive pet games might offer a fun, regular distraction of caring for something without any real consequences if you forget to feed it or fail to keep it happy over a regular period of time but they lack a certain reality by their very nature. Most of these "pets" are just a collection of animated sprites designed to react to certain stimuli and choices over time. They don't move with any real fluidity to fulfill their obligations as true virtual pets...

'Garfield Kart' Review - This Fat Cat is Light on Fun

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December 3rd, 2013 11:11 AM EDT by Danny Gallagher in $1.99, 2 stars, iPad Games, iPhone games, Racing, Reviews
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Ever since Super Mario Kart on the Super Nintendo earned a place in pop culture's archive as a true gaming classic, just about every cartoonish video game series has tried to emulate that success to the point of becoming a punchline. Why would Sonic the Hedgehog, a character whose core ability is running near to the speed of sound, ever feel the need to prove himself on the racetrack in a go-kart?..

'Tic Tactics' Review - Tic-Tac-Toe Becomes A True Challenge Again With This Plotting Puzzler

Back in the day when our brains were just in their formative years and we didn't have a mobile, touchscreen device to entertain us, we could entertain ourselves with nothing but a pencil and a piece of paper from a notebook that should have been used for studying. Tic-Tac-Toe was the favorite in my circle of friends. At that age, it didn't require a long setup for a single game like a round of Dots and Boxes or enough book smarts to make a big enough challenge for a game of Hangman. It was my first introduction to strategy games and a new turn-based puzzler has not only brought it back but they've found a unique way to make a deceptive and entertaining challenge...

Runners are all over iTunes since Adam Atomic's groundbreaking Canabalt [$2.99] created a complex world with simple pixels that could offer simple yet challenging gameplay. Temple Run [Free], the first breakout runner hit that launched an invasion of running games on mobile devices, gave it a nice 3D edge that may not have accomplished the same noble attributes as Adam Atomic's indie hit but can be just as fun to play during those various moments in life when waiting is necessary...