Author Archives: Nissa Campbell


RPGs and matching games are a proven combination, one that's been explored thoroughly since the good old days of Puzzle Quest. There may be variations yet to be discovered, though. Take Dungeon Hearts [$2.99 (HD)], the boss rush of Puzzle/RPG hybrids. It's a frantic matching experience that lets up only when you win or die...

Trauma [$2.99] gives us few concrete facts. There is a hospital, a woman in a bed, a doctor offering an uncertain prognosis. Beyond that, a series of dreams pieced together from photographs and memories, narrated by the woman, a victim of a traumatizing accident...

GDC 2013: IceFlame's 'Soccer Rally 2' Takes Car Football Further

If you haven't played the original Soccer Rally [$0.99] (or watched Top Gear play car football), this might take some explanation. Soccer Rally 2 is a game about driving cars and playing soccer. Or, rather, driving cars while playing soccer with them: the sort of thing that gets messy in real life but is crazy fun in a game...

First Trailer for Double Fine's Adventurous 'Broken Age'

Last night at the GDC Choice Awards, Double Fine's Tim Schafer revealed the first trailer for Broken Age. In case you haven't heard, that's the name of the game that the studio's record-breaking Double Fine Adventure crowdfunding drive has become...

Gameloft Reveals Iron Man 3, an Upcoming Endless Flyer

Marvel's Iron Man 3 is just over a month from release, and that can only mean one thing: a new Gameloft official movie tie-in. Sure enough, the studio has announced the upcoming release of Iron Man 3 with a trailer full of flying, explosions, and, uh, more explosions...

Coming Tonight: 'Dungeon Hearts,' 'Final Fantasy V,' 'Magicka,' 'Nimble Quest,' and More

It's Wednesday, which means that despite being knee-deep in upcoming game coverage at GDC, there are plenty of games coming out right now that are worth getting excited about. By "right now," of course, I mean about 11pm EST in the Americas and potentially much earlier elsewhere...

GDC 2013: KlickTock's Upcoming Strategy CCG 'Deck War'

We had a chance to sit down with Matthew Hall from KlickTock, the studio behind Little Things Forever [$2.99] (and personal favorite ZONR [$0.99]) to check out his upcoming game, Deck War. It's still early in development—only six weeks of a planned six month development cycle—but what Hall had to show so far is looking pretty great: colorful, cute, and a lot more active than your average collectable card game...

GDC 2013: A Tour of 'Drifter' With Celsius Game Studios

Since we first saw it in person at GDC 2012, Drifter has been under heavy development by Celsius Game Studios. The sandbox space trading game is approaching the final months of its development and studio founder Colin Walsh stopped by to show us some of its sights...

Behold Studio's Knights of Pen & Paper [Free] is one of the best tabletop roleplaying-style experiences on iOS, and it's about to get much better. Paradox Interactive has teamed up with the studio to bring the game to PC, Mac and Linux, and in the process the whole game will be seeing a big improvement on mobile with the +1 Edition update. We had a chance to check out the upcoming update, which is going to bring a lot of big changes to the already substantial game...

Hacking isn't much of a competitive sport. There are certainly competitions out there like Pwn2Own, but they don't look much like Hollywood's idea of hacking—you know, the bright colours, trippy graphical interfaces and sexy music (and people)...

'Bobbing' Review - A Vicious and Clever Precision Puzzle Platformer

I told myself I'd go get lunch after getting through one more of Bobbing's [Free / $0.99] 86 levels. They're short and sweet, once you know what you're doing. It shouldn't have been a problem. Twenty minutes later, I was finally done. Famished, but finished. I probably should have taken the break I promised myself—Bobbing is not a game to be played on an empty stomach...

'Dungeon Plunder' Review - A Roguelike that Plays the Odds

Slot machines and RPGs make good bedfellows, as the King Cashing series has taught us. Dungeon Plunder [$1.99] takes that combination and applies it to the roguelike, creating an interesting pairing. On one hand, the semi-random nature of slots works nicely in the otherwise randomized world. On the other hand, I like my combat to be quick, you know?..

Kitties are cute and should be saved: this is the premise of Jones On Fire [$1.99], and it's a good one. These kitties are indeed cute, and you, as the intrepid firefighter Jones, really ought to save them. I can say with some certainty that they'd do the same for you...

'Penumbear' Review - Bringing Light to Dark Platforms

A world of teddy bears and pretty lights doesn't sound like the perfect setting for a killer platformer, I'll grant. Penumbear's [$1.99] teddy bear is, however, a ball of fluff in serious trouble, and the pretty lights are all that stand between it and a gruesome stuffing evisceration. The shadows, in this case, outweigh the light...

If an awkwardly earnest take on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme sounds like a good time to you, you'll probably dig Sarah Northway's Word Up Dog [Free]. Get it? "Dig"? Because you'll be digging in the dirt for dog bones and letters...? Just priming you for the endearing dorkiness of Word Up Dog, friends—it's a fun, original little word game, but you have to love it for the underdog it is...