Author Archives: David Tibbetts


I’ve tinkered with a lot of real-time strategy games over the 30 or so years that I’ve been gaming. My relationship with the RTS genre has been a torturous one. It’s a genre that I have wanted to like more than I have actually enjoyed. Why that should be is complicated, but mostly it’s because I was intimidated by the complexity of the game style and the time investment needed to play RTS games effectively. Ironically, the complexity of the genre was also the reason I never lost interest in RTS games. Inevitably, some new RTS game would come along and capture my attention with siren calls of deep game play, complex strategies and detailed worlds...

Some things are released into the world brimming with potential but ultimately unfinished or broken in some fundamental manner. Frankenstein’s monster. The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Battlecruiser 3000 A.D. Add War of the Zombie [$2.99] to the list. War of the Zombie is a game brimming with great ideas that are held back by a combination of annoying bugs and poorly implemented features. The problems aren’t game-breaking for the most part, but they definitely detract from the overall experience. Despite its flaws, War of the Zombie is a game very much worth trying if you have a few spare dollars lying around. Even in its currently flawed state, the game gets enough right to provide at least a few hours of outstanding play time...

'Miseria' Review - Haunting Arcade Puzzle Action

Miseria: Worlds Apart [$0.99 / $1.99 (HD)] has seemingly come out of nowhere to create a winning game formula by melding action-arcade design sensibilities with eerie graphics, haunting music, tricky puzzles and unique controls. It’s a formula that doesn’t seem like it would work, and at times it is as frustrating as hell as you try to solve puzzles that require a combination of action-arcade game reflexes and quick decision-making, but in the end it all comes together. The biggest downside is that the controls take some getting used to, but once you figure them out they’re excellent. Oh, and there are some minor level balance issues, but that won’t deter you from having a great time with Miseria: Worlds Apart...

'Cling Thing' Review - Sticky Puzzle Platforming Awesomeness

Cling Thing [Free] is Chillingo’s latest physics-based puzzler, and it's a simple idea executed masterfully. You control a sticky, colorful, gooey blob that must navigate through each level to collect several stars and get to the exit. Your smiley-faced avatar works its way through each level by shooting out sticky tentacles that stick to certain surfaces and objects. ..

I used to love JRPGs. I played all the classics. The Final Fantasies, the Dragon Warriors, the Breath of Fires and the Phantasy Stars. I’ve also played the games that came later, the corrupted blood line of the classic JRPGs that established the clichés that now characterize the genre. The evolution of the JRPG could be likened to a graph with a line that rises steadily over time, peaks for a long while and then descends into a long slow slog into oblivion with an occasional brief spike...

'Pirates vs. Corsairs: Davey Jones' Gold' Review - Turn Based Piratey Fun

Yaaarrrr mateys! Pirates vs. Corsairs: Davey Jones' Gold  [$0.99 / $2.99] is a simple, entertaining, colorful, turn-based tactical combat strategy game that is held back slightly by a few programming glitches. It’s a game definitely worth picking up because it nails the fun factor with flying pirate and corsair colors...