Author Archives: Thorin Klosowski


If you grew up in the '80s playing RPGs like Dragon Warrior and Ultima, you're going to immediately recognize the roots of 9th Bit Games' Guardian Saga [$1.99]. Heck, the name is even borrowed from the DOS-era Ultima games. It's about as old school as you can get without releasing a text-adventure, and while it will certainly appeal to fans of the era, it's also going to provide a steep learning curve for newcomers...

When Silver Tree Media's Cordy [Free] was released for Android a couple months ago, it got some good buzz based on its visuals alone. Now it's finally on iOS, coming in two flavors via in-app purchase: a universal HD version for $4.99 or a standard SD version for $1.99. Cordy is a 2.5D platformer with a lot of charm, and even if the gameplay doesn't offer up too many new ideas, the artistic design alone is well worth taking a look at...




When Traction Games first brought Stickman Skater [99¢/Lite] to the App Store, it was a bit of a surprise hit. With the release of its spiritual successor, Stickman BMX [99¢/Lite/HD] it's a question of how much of the core gameplay will change with the name while still retaining fans of the original...

'Squirmee and the Puzzling Tree' Review - It'll Make You Squirm

Lavafish Studios' Squirmee and the Puzzling Tree [99¢] might look like another iteration on the tried and true one-screen puzzle game action of the App Store, but even though it initially follows the formula, it quickly turns into a brutally difficult game that will tax your brain and force you to rework your inner circuits to get through it...

Just so we're all on the same page from the start, Bravo Game Studios' Xtreme Wheels [$3.99] is whole heck of a lot like RedLynx's Trials series. Actually, it's almost identical, but while many have tried to bring the painfully difficult motocross physics-puzzle-style to iOS, Xtreme Wheels is probably the closest to getting it right...

Alawar's The Jolly Gang's Spooky Adventure [$1.99 / HD], is the type of game you're either going to love or hate after a single glance. There likely isn't going to be much of an in-between here, but thankfully there's a lite version for people to test out first, as well as tons of options for a PC demo since the game was originally released a couple years ago. The Jolly Gang's Spooky Adventure, like many of Alawar's previous offerings, is something of a mash-up between puzzle, hidden object, escape the room and adventure games with an often cringe-worthy style of humor...

Divine Robot's Blobster [99¢ / HD] is a physics-platformer tasking you with stretching and flicking a blobbish creature across various levels in Blobtopia in order to thwart the evil polluting efforts of Blobzilla and the rest of the Big and Powerful Corporation. Along the way, you'll need to collect gems and dodge evil blobs bent on getting in the way of your victory. The plot isn't going to win any awards, but you get the point -- it's a platformer, not the next great American novel...

'Pocket RPG' for iPad Review - Dual Stick Looter

Crescent Moon Games' Pocket RPG [$2.99] got off to a bit of a rocky start on launch when it was released with some game killing bugs and pulled immediately from the store, but now those have been smoothed over, everyone with an iPad can freely stick an RPG in their giant pockets and take it for a spin. It's equal parts RPG, shooter and light-brawler depending on how you play and although it might seem shallow based on its name, it has a lot to offer...

Nostalgia can be a dangerous thing, in your memory, you might adore a title to death, but when it's ported and released to a modern system, you often find your favorite games broken or boring. Bitmap Brothers' Z [$4.99] was a favorite of mine when it was originally released in 1996 and for better or worse, Kavcom Limited's port hasn't changed much in the games structure...

Adding color to a black and white world isn't exactly a new concept in games, but Kaia Games' Color Bandits [99¢ / HD] attempts to add that layer to a side scrolling shooter with a resemblance to Contra in terms of gameplay, but not in challenge...

The cliché that nothing good in life is free can be especially true when it comes to to iOS games. Sure, every once in a while you stumble across a truly great free title, but there almost always is a catch. In the case of Ponos' Ballistik Wars [Free], the catch is simple: it's ad-supported. For 99¢ you can get rid of the ads, and you'll want to, because they take up an annoyingly large amount of screen real estate...

'D.A.R.K.' Review - Dead in Space

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GameLab's D.A.R.K. [99¢] is game with a conflicting sense of self. It's trying to simultaneously be a tense, science fiction horror game and a dual stick shooter with RPG elements. It's a difficult line to toe and in a lot of ways, D.A.R.K. is leading with the right foot, even if it flounders a bit here and there...

Gameloft's BackStab [$6.99] was released for Xperia Play a few months back as a timed exclusive, but now that it has finally arrived on iOS as a universal app, we get to take a look at the studios take of Assassin's Creed via Pirates of the Carribbean. Which is to say, it's an open world action adventure game with lots of jumping around and stabbing things...

The name Spiderweb Software is a bit misleading, after all, it's mostly the work of one man, Jeff Vogel, who has for almost twenty years given us some of the most intricate RPGs on PC and Mac. Until now, at least, these were often an inclusive, old-schooler affair. But Avadon: The Black Fortress HD [$9.99] is one of the first to be easily approachable -- it's also the first to hit the iPad...

The general rule of thumb for cooking chicken is that you want to cook it slowly so it retains its juices and doesn’t dry out too quickly. It's a delicate balance to ensure you don't walk away with food poisoning, but if you get it just right, you'll have a tasty treat. The same goes for most puzzle games and AQSystem's Toast the Chicken [99¢] is at first a slow burn, but as the difficulty ramps up it becomes clear it's an original concept that doesn't play like much else before it...

I've always tried to reserve my own usage of the word 'extreme' for cases that really warranted it. Perhaps that's just a side effect of growing up in the '80s, when everything that was anything was labeled 'extreme.' To that end, Full Fat's Flick Golf Extreme [$2.99] is indeed an 'extreme' update to the original Flick Golf [99¢], but only in its locales, the gameplay hasn't changed much...

There have been quite a few "go-as-far-as-you-can" games in the App Store, but the majority of them have taken Canabalt's cue and stuck to the side-scrolling platformer style. Vivid Games' Mower Ride [99¢] takes that same idea and applies it to a top-down vertical racer -- with a lawnmower...

Pavel Tsarev's iDaTank [$1.99 / Lite] was released a few weeks ago but had some troubles, namely some crashing issues and a lack of a save function when the home button was pushed -- thankfully an update thrust out last week fixes those problems, meaning all of us can sit and enjoy the unique experience without having to worry about saving issues...

'Icebreaker Hockey' Review - Skate Attack

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NaturalMotion Games' Icebreaker Hockey [99¢] is a bit difficult to describe. Not because it's a complicated game, it's not -- but it so resembles the studio's Backbreaker series of games it's a bit hard to really dig into the premise of it without noting its pedigree...

Nitako's Popstar Physics (Save Toshi 2) [Free] is a puzzle game wrapped in a weird exterior. It's also a sequel to Save Toshi [Free], a game that got a lot of love for how odd it was, how gaudy it was and ultimately, how fun it was. So Popstar Physics has a lot to live up to both from a technical and a critical standpoint...