Author Archives: Kris Goorhuis


'Knightmare Tower' Review - Or, Pleasant Dreams of Productivity Lost

Friggin' Knightmare Tower [$2.99] found me again. I thought I was safe when I managed to wrest myself from its previous browser incarnation. But lo, Juicy Beast had to port their quintessential launcher title over to Unity3D and iOS and the cycle found rise once again. Now sporting a new engine, a fresh coat of paint, and some rejiggered mechanics and UI elements, it's ready for the App Store IAP free...

Witching Hour's first iOS strategy title Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion [$9.99 / Free] was a doozy of a mismatch between audience and delivery. One can't help but wonder if sales fell short of what was deserved, and yet the developers refuse to shy away from the source of this problem. You see, it's also the reason Scourge of Estellion's fans are as rabid as they are: the game was rather shockingly complex for the market. While there's nothing wrong with casual play, it's refreshing to find some meaty substance in a sea of generally simple and ephemeral affairs. And it was designed for iOS first...

'Hero of Many' for iPad Review - A Hero Indeed

'Hero of Many' for iPad Review - A Hero Indeed

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June 28th, 2013 11:00 AM EST by Kris Goorhuis in $3.99, 4.5 stars, Adventure, Games, iPad Games, Reviews
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A flow of liquid gurgles with the inscrutable distance and hollow resonance of undersea sounds. Cavernous at this magnification, passages and expanses stretch to the peripheries of vision and worm off into the distance, hazed by the faintly colored substance that bloats them. In the depths of some unknown body, there is life...

To the drone of determined electric rock, 3 Sprocket's latest pits geometrical combatants against each other. Cubemen2 [$1.99] is a 3D soldier-marshaling strategy game of varying description. Many will start with the tour of defense levels that gradually metes out new content. More a sandbox for play than a defined, guided experience, however, it options configurable modes of tower defense, skirmishes, territory takeover, and more...

Perched high upon the face of a (relatively) ancient mountain, dark storms brood. In the shadow of the summit, the hands of warriors covet chromatic pebbles of arcane purpose. Eyes meet in silent determination. The games have begun. Bam fu [$0.99] is imminent...

Gather around ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and allow me to present to you the papercraft circus. Let Paper Titans [$0.99] baffle and amaze or, alternatively, frustrate and fatigue as they traverse their wood fiber world. Blitz's parchment constructed 3D puzzler is a visual and aural marvel whose beauty, to an extent, assuages the relative drudgery of its gameplay...

I'm not sure if I should be indignant. Cats have been used to paw at my interest, and successfully. Granted, Jindrich Stefan's Cats, Flowers & Labyrinth [$2.99] doesn't reek of the sorts of cloying appeals to internet obsessions often found elsewhere. Rather, this story of Marvin's love for his kitty, Kitty, proffers an arts and crafts aesthetic that's genuinely, quietly adorable. ..

'Deep Dungeons of Doom' Review - A Stripped-down Dungeon Crawler that Delivers

Evil's brewing, and it's up to the holy crusader and his pals to end it. Deep Dungeons of Doom [$4.99] celebrates a frequently trodden yet continuously enjoyable path with a suitably generic story and enough dry humor to keep it relevant. Wrapped in some gorgeous pixel art and animations, Bossa Studios has one satisfyingly bountiful iOS game on their hands...

It's standard tower defense every sense, from Com2uS, the guys behind the game actually titled Tower Defense [$0.99 / Free]. Defense Technica [$2.99 / Free] gives you a power core whose innards are particularly delicious looking to the alien hordes. They trample blindly toward it, ignoring your defenses until they find themselves without a route to their objective. You cobble together said defenses with the guts and gore, or a nameless resource, left by their corpses...

The Game Bakers' second IP sees the return of their flair for captivating visuals. Combo Crew [$1.99] presents its creator's devotion to beat 'em ups with eminently satisfying panache and a spoonful of camp while, for better or for worse, stripping out one of the central tenants of the genre. It's a raucous affair that quickly and easily gratifies, but may not constitute a nutritious meal...