Author Archives: Ryan Rigney


Zombie games come a dime a dozen on the App Store, but most take form as some sort of shooter, so it's refreshing to see somebody trying something new in The Raging Dead, developed by GhostBird Software. Using either bombs or a machine gun players of this fresh zombie game are tasked with quickly eliminating a zombie threat in over 22 different areas of a metropolitan city from a bird's eye view. With agressive zombie A.I. that will hunt down civilians and convert them to their undead army in only seconds, The Raging Dead will require a quick eye and an even faster finger to find success...

Lately, it's become quite popular amongst App Store developers to do ports of web-based flash games for the iPhone, and Chrome Wars Arena [App Store], playable here on Kongregate, is a continuation of that trend. Chrome Wars, which is described by developers Jaludo Group B.V. as a turn-based fighting game, has deep roots in the RPG genre. Its biggest appeal lies in its upgrade/level up system that allows players to improve and customize their bots as they battle their way through the 50 challengers in the "Chrome Wars Tournament."..

I have a love-hate affair with tile-sliding games, so when I first discovered TileStorm [App Store, I had mixed expectations. Generally, tile-sliding games are pretty difficult (and TileStorm is no different), but the satisfaction that one gets from completing a puzzle is worth the rough path there. TileStorm faithfully delivers this tried-and-true gameplay with some nice, clean 3D visuals, soothing audio, and complete option set...

Battle Blasters [App Store], the first release from developers Little Guy Games, is a one-on-one, top-down action shooter tuned for multiplayer. While plenty of good things can be said about the single player, the real potential for this game lies in the (local-only for now) multiplayer...

'Arctopia' - Kill All The Fire People

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January 11th, 2010 11:49 PM EST by Ryan Rigney in $1.99, 3 stars, Games, iPhone games, iPod touch games, Puzzle, Reviews

In the spirit of games like Lode Runner that use a limited number of ways to interact with an enironment to force players to think creatively, developer Alexander Williams brings us Arctopia [App Store], a puzzle game with a distinctive retro feel...

'The Deep' - Super Metroid Goes Deep-Sea Diving

With the release of Shadow Complex on Xbox Live Arcade last August the genre created (and in the opinion of some, perfected) by Nintendo's Metroid series was revived. In the wake of that game's success, 3G Studios brings us The Deep [App Store], a Metroid-inspired game with a twist; players are thrust into the wet suit of a scuba diver exploring the depths of the oceans...

'Zamby' - So Many Boxes

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January 7th, 2010 4:41 AM EST by Ryan Rigney in $0.99, 3 stars, Free, Games, iPhone games, iPod touch games, Puzzle, Reviews

New from Kristanix Studios is Zamby [App Store], an adventure-puzzle game in a vein similar to Adventures of Lolo for the NES. With graphics that look something like a high resolution 8-bit game, Zamby sports a nice retro feel. After some extensive time with the game, I can report with confidence that not only does Zamby get the feel of old-school retro puzzlers right, but it also backs up its classic visuals with puzzle designs and gameplay that can entertain for hours...

I've personally never wished for a puzzle game hosted by the ghost of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, and I'm fairly confident that most people could say the same thing. In spite of this, the good people at Fuzzi Tail Software have delivered that exact experience in Mondrian, a challenging and visually pleasing puzzler brought to you by Piet Mondrian, who needs you to unscramble his masterpieces so he can enjoy the afterlife in peace...

As a match-three game on a platform already overcrowded with such games, Compression, developed by Little White Bear Studios, had to do something to set itself apart from the crowd. Its developers realized this and created a new kind of puzzle game, while still managing to capture the familiar, fun feel of classics like Tetris or Bejewled...

One glance at Little Metal Ball (by Debacle Software) will immediately elicit comparisons to to the ever-popular Labyrinth, but LMB sets itself apart from other games on the app store by applying its ball-rolling gameplay in a fun adventure/platformer setting. With 40 levels, controls that are tuned to perfection, and gameplay that encourages limitless high-score chasing, LMB is a great little game that demands attention...

When I first heard about WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010's [App Store] release on the app store, I was admittedly unexcited. Other wrestling games on the platform have underwhelmed, to put things nicely, so I was justifiably skeptical. After spending extended amounts of time with the game, learning the ins-and-outs of the mechanics and exploring all of the various modes, however, I can say this: SvR 2010 may not be the first game to attempt to bring wrestling to the iPhone/iPod Touch, but it is without a doubt the best...

'The Inferno' - A Hellishly Good Action-Puzzler

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December 29th, 2009 8:00 AM EST by Ryan Rigney in 3 stars, iPhone games, iPod touch games, Puzzle, Reviews

The Inferno is the latest game from Xpressed, the creators of the fan favorite Uniwar. Unlike Uniwar (an excellent turn-based strategy game), The Inferno can be best described as an Action-Puzzle game, with a strong emphasis on "action." ..

'Aztec Quest' - A Great Ball-Drop Puzzler

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December 29th, 2009 3:06 AM EST by Ryan Rigney in $0.99, 4 stars, Free, iPhone games, iPod touch games, Puzzle, Reviews

Aztec Quest [App Store] by Clickgamer is in a unique, 3D puzzle game. The game can be best described as an isometric ball-drop game, but what at first seems to be a simple puzzle game becomes interesting and complex when players discover the intricacies of its full-blown physics engine. Aztec Quest is one of those rare, unique entries into the puzzle genre that could potentially be addictive for everyone who tries it...

Fallen EP-1 is the first of what may be many episodic downloads in a new franchise by 7thSenseStudios. With a creepy story, gory visuals, and puzzles that make great use of the platform, fans of Silent Hill can rejoice, as the iPhone has finally gotten a legitimate adventure/horror game in that vein...

When John Kooistra, the developer of Blue Defense and Blue Attack, announced his upcoming real time strategy game, Red Conquest [App Store], fans went crazy. Kooistra has developed quite a following over time, and expectations were high for this prequel/sequel to the Blue games. ..