Author Archives: Eric Ford


'Mines of Mars' Review - Diamond in the Rough

We’ve been keeping tabs on Crescent Moon Games’ Mines of Mars [$4.99] since we first caught wind of it nearly a year ago. Now, after over a year of development, we’ve finally got our hands on WickyWare’s mining adventure. The wait may have been long, but it’s well worth it as Mines of Mars is an excellent adventure that does a great job melding open-world exploration with a cohesive quest-driven story...

‘Avadon 2: The Corruption’ Review - A Worthy Return To The Black Fortress

It’s been quite some time since iOS users have explored the world of Spiderweb Software’s Avadon [$9.99 (HD)]. After the release of the original adventure in 2011, the classic RPG developer has spent the last few years introducing iPad owners to its original Avernum series. Now, fans of the series get the opportunity to return to the Black Fortress in Avadon 2: The Corruption [$9.99 (HD)]. Continuing the impressively high standard of previous Spiderweb RPGs on iOS, Avadon 2 is another fine addition to iPad RPGs and a must-own...

In a crowded games market where it may be tough to stand out, games that try to meld genres tend to have the greatest chance of getting attention. Of course, the problem with that technique is the simple fact that it can be hard to make an engaging game takes the right elements from their respective genres. As a reverse TD Action/Strategy hybrid Demonrock: War of Ages [$0.99] actually does a decent job from a technical standpoint in melding gameplay. However, it’s missing a lot of the refinement from each of those respected genres that make them popular...

The old-school dungeon crawler can be a cruel mistress. First-person movement, gameplay that basically drops you in the middle of a world and tells you to figure it out - it’s certainly a far cry from the handholding that most RPGs do these days. Coldfire Keep [$4.99], the latest title published by Crescent Moon Games, does a decent job of recreating the basics of the classic genre with a large world that kept me wanting to return, explore, and conquer. However, it left me wanting more in terms of combat and controls...

Hands-on with ‘Coldfire Keep’ - Old-school Dungeon Crawling

Earlier this week we had the opportunity to check out Coldfire Keep, the latest title from publisher Crescent Moon Games. A combination of old-school, first-person dungeon crawler gameplay and updated visuals, this indie game certainly has what it takes to offer fans of this classic genre with a new adventure...

'Final Fantasy VI' Review - Pure Magic(ite)

For a lot of gamers growing up in the 90s (myself included), Final Fantasy VI was the pinnacle of the “golden age” of 16-bit RPG. An epic, world-changing story, real character development, a killer soundtrack — FFVI featured all these and more wrapped up in a package that simply hadn’t been experienced at that time. Check out any gaming forum online and you’ll inevitably find a thread discussing the old-school RPGs of all time with FF VI squarely in the running...

We’ve seen somewhat of a resurgence in decent tower defense titles lately. But as Eli recently mentioned in our podcast, it can be tough to stand out in the crowded genre. Man at Arms TD [$1.99 / $4.99 (HD)] by Inert Soap does a great job of making not by dramatically changing tower defense, but by incorporating an incredibly deep card system that works behind the scenes. Combine that with an impressive suite of multiplayer options and Man at Arms offerings easily outweigh some of its superficial flaws...

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly five years since Limbic first launched TowerMadness [$0.99 / $4.99 (HD)] on the App Store. As a 3D open ended tower defense title, it was also one of the first big hits in a TD genre that is now completely saturated. In this day and age, there’s little to be said about TowerMadness 2 [$0.99] that hasn’t already been said through countless other TD titles. True, it’s still an excellent tower defense game and expands upon the original in every fact, however, it doesn’t do much that hasn’t been seen before...

'YesSir' Review - A Decent Shot in the Dark

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January 23rd, 2014 7:19 PM EDT by Eric Ford in $1.99, 3.5 stars, Games, iPhone Models, iPod touch games, Reviews, Strategy
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Gamers looking for a present-day take on classic turn-based artillery gameplay may be interested in the likes of YesSir [$1.99]. While it doesn’t have a killer feature like multiplayer, YesSir has plenty of maps, weapons and a difficulty curve that you’ll either tolerate or hate...

'Battle Supremacy' Review - Blast From the Past

Any iOS gamer worth their salt has probably heard of the Sky Gamblers series. Developer Atypical Games (makers of Cold War [$4.99] and Storm Raiders [$4.99]) has already demonstrated a penchant for good air combat titles and with their recently released Battle Supremacy [$4.99], Atypical has taken the fight to the ground with a World War II-era tank combat system. It’s a pretty good transition to the ground war and makes for a visually impressive, enjoyable action-packed game...

'Shadow Blade' Review - A Slashin' Good Time

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January 16th, 2014 11:42 AM EDT by Eric Ford in 4 stars, Action, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, iPod touch games, Platform, Reviews
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Dead Mage’s Shadow Blade [$1.99] has one thing on its mind: fast-paced Ninja action with a healthy dose of platforming. In this regard, it succeeds pretty well in creating a focused experience perfectly suited for iOS devices. True, with its level-based gameplay and three-star system, Shadow Blade doesn’t offer anything particularly innovative, but its attention to streamlined controls and emphasis on level balance still make it a highly enjoyable game worth checking out...

'Castle Doombad' Review - Taking Tower Defense to New Heights

Like many other gamers, I'm a pretty big fan of Adult Swim's iOS offerings. With every new genre the developer takes on, we get another great game that either offers innovative elements or a traditional experience so refined that it simply raises the bar against the competition. Castle Doombad squarely falls in the latter category. One of the first non-F2P Adult Swim games in awhile, Castle Doombad [$2.99] nails everything I could want in a 'defense' title and should be played...

Hands-on with 'Shadow Blade' - Seamless Ninja Platforming

Hot off the heels of reporting that Crescent Moon Games’ Shadow Blade would be launching relatively soon, we were given the opportunity to check out a near-finished version of Dead Mage’s platform runner. Suffice to say, I really like what I see and fans of old-school ninja action should take note...

Originally released back in 2012, Castle Raid [$0.99] offered an interesting combination of castle defense and castle offense with a simplified RTS control scheme to tie it all together. Now, developer Arcticmill is back with Castle Raid 2 [$2.99], an iterative sequel that preserves the core gameplay while adding some much-needed depth. Challenging but fair, Castle Raid 2 offers all the right ingredients to be worth checking out...

Dubbed by its developers as a mix of Diablo and The Binding of Isaac, Hero Siege [$2.99] is a dual-stick shooter that immediately has big shoes to fill. With a simplified combat system combined with a load of randomization systems, Hero Siege may pick up some aspects from those titles in terms of theory, but not so much in terms of implementation. Still, while the action-RPG hybrid may not live up to the games that it’s inspired by, Hero Siege is still an enjoyable romp through a 16-bit styled randomized world with plenty of enemies to dispatch...