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If you have daydreams about spending your days at dig sites in distant parts of the world, carefully identifying, cataloging and preserving the history of long-dead civilizations, Choice of Games has your back. Their latest gamebook release, To the City of the Clouds [$1.99] is mostly about the nitty-gritty of archeological field work...

I love autumn. The seasonal music, the apps changing colors, the major press releases - and the updates, just waiting to be plucked and downloaded. October was a good month for new content in some of the games we continue to love, as well as a major bugfix or two...

Back in the fourteenth century, a hot new device hit Europe: it was pocket-sized, and people used it for entertainment as well as divination, and in order to make poor financial decisions. Playing cards were hot (and expensive) and it was amazing all the things you could do with them. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Reiner Knizia: Card Buster [$0.99] is optimized for iOS, but it will also run on a deck of playing cards, if you still have them...

Lunar Silver Star Story is just one of those games, like Earthbound, that people talk about for the rest of their lives. SoMoGa's iOS port, Lunar Silver Star Story Touch [$6.99] was a much anticipated and ambitious port that was released playable, but flawed. Today's update improves the control scheme, fixes bugs and adds a lot of user-requested options. While it is frustrating when a game launches with bugs (especially a game as long awaited as this one), SoMoGa's really deserves credit for responsiveness to player concerns...

'The Last Express' Review - Aces the Test of Time

Games age so quickly. Jordan Mechner's The Last Express [$4.99] was first released in 1997. That's 15 years ago: time enough for pop to become "classic rock", and more than long enough for a television show to have developed an eternally loyal fanbase (Babylon Five ran 1994-8) or have been forgotten utterly (Lost ran 2004-2010). In the worlds of art and literature, 15 years is the blink of an eye...

Lunar: Silver Star Story Touch [$6.99] is a port of the classic Sega CD/Saturn game, a JRPG with high-quality anime cut scenes, an unusually strong combat engine, and well-developed characters...

In our review of Shufflepuck Cantina [Free], we felt that the game's primary flaw was a brutally steep challenge curve. Many players were likely to give up after a few punishing games, and others would find the high speed on the relatively short table to be impossible to adjust to...

Square Enix' Guardian Cross [Free] is exactly the game it wants to be. Coming from me, that would usually be a compliment, but in this case, it's more of a sigh and a shrug...

The good folks at Agharta Studio have done something completely insane: they released a free-to-play air hockey (holographic mag-lev hockey?) game set in an immersive and silly setting best described as "Star Wars by way of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."..

Civil War: 1863 [$1.99] is Scottish studio Hunted Cow's sophomore release, following their WWII game Tank Battle: 1944 [$1.99]. Both games are, as you may have guessed by now, historical war games. They're also turn-based strategy titles that carve out a middle-ground between the hardcore wargames of yore and the Advance Wars-esque styling of most iOS TBS releases...

Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there was a game called Infinity Blade [$5.99] about slicing people up with a sword, and another game called Temple Run [Free], about looting and running. After a hard day's work hacking and sliding, they went out for drinks together and one thing let to another. Nine months later, a stork dropped dead out of the sky, and there, crushing the stork's carcass beneath a heavy boot, was Infinite Warrior [$2.99]...

Redblox Games' FireJumpers [$1.99] looks a little like The Sandbox [Free], and uses a line-drawing mechanic similar to that of Flight Control [$0.99], but the only game I can compare it to mechanically is Blendo Games' Atom Zombie Smasher...

Here's one you may have missed. When I first ran across Oh My! Me Studios' Voyager [$1.99] I thought "Michael Gondry made a game?" No, but Oh My! Me's Ken Amarit hits exactly the same notes of precise craft combined with literally handcrafted art, and cheerful childhood imagery combined with a serious undercurrent. Maybe they are the same person after all...

If you've played Hothead Games' Kard Combat [Free], it's a safe bet that Three Donkeys' Spectromancer [$1.99 / $3.99 (HD)] is going to seem familiar. Very familiar. It's not just that they're both card-battle games in the same vein as Magic, it's that they have exactly the same rules, play the same way, and while the cards have different names and art, their game stats and abilities are identical...

Dwarf Quest [$2.99] began as a High School programming project... back in 1992. Now, 20 years later, it's been completely re-envisioned as an iOS app. At heart, it's a Roguelike, but it's a Roguelike that breaks a number of the genre's conventions, with mixed results...

Ok, let's talk about the elephant in the room: price. Final Fantasy: Dimensions [Free] is a free download, but the full game is ~$30, depending on whether you buy the chapters all together or one at a time. We both know that you have a "friend" who spent more than this on one of those Farmville-esque free-to-play titles, but otherwise, Dimensions is one of the most expensive games currently available on the App Store. So, is it worth it?..

Square Enix's latest iOS release is out, hot, and confusing the crap out of people. Final Fantasy Dimensions [Free] is a free download, but unlocking the full game will cost you more than Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99] and Chrono Trigger [$9.99] combined. This is Dimensions' English-language debut, but it's not an iOS original. Oh, and you can get the free part now, but you can't buy it yet due to some strange App Store SNAFU where Dimension's in-game store shows no available chapters for purchase...

QSimutronics' One Epic Knight [Free] boasts a more interesting pedigree than your average endless runner: it shares a setting with the studio's Tiny Heroes [Free], a tower defense game that broke new ground for the genre by switching up the mechanics in a big way and being really funny...

'One Tap Hero' Review - One Tap Does it All

You know a game's good when you have a hard time putting it down to write the review. I confess, I was skeptical, watching video of Coconut Island's One Tap Hero [$4.99]. Could a puzzle platformer whose only interface is "touch anywhere" actually deliver on gameplay? Sure, One Tap Hero was a finalist at IGF China, but a lot of original concepts get lost or played out in the transition to being a commercial game...

Random Heroes [Free] is the latest platformer by Ravenous Games and Woblyware, the creators of the acclaimed League of Evil [$1.99] and Burger Cat [$2.99]. It looks a lot like the original League of Evil, only with more varied art, and it uses Ravenous' refined and precise virtual controls. But the first thing you need to know about Random Heroes is that it's not League of Evil...