Author Archives: Tof Eklund


No, there's no Marvel vs. Capcom-style crossover pitting the Dark Elves against the Adorables... not yet anyway. But those bemoaning the untimely death of Battle Dungeon can take solace in the new additions to One Man Left and Robot Entertainment's asynchronous TBS games, or in one of the other major updates of the past month...

If your expectations in terms of a game's presentation are high, Imago's Partia: The Broken Lineage [$3.99] isn't for you. On the other hand, if you're a fan of Strategy RPGs, especially the Fire Emblem series, and you can deal with simple graphics, typos, and a few non-fatal glitches, developer Imago's freshman offering is remarkably deep, very nearly on par with big budget games like Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99] and Spectral Souls [Free]...

Hunted Cow's Battle Dungeon may go down as one of the great iOS games that almost was. Or, rather, actually was, but for less than a week...

'The Fleet' Review - Adama it Up

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The first time I played Choice of Games' The Fleet [$2.99], the hideous Tribbles succeeded in their conquest of Altair 4. The second time, my homeworld, Earth 2, wound up in the horrid reptilian clutches of the Republicans. It was only on my third try that I liberated Duroon from the Kargham (I went with default names that time.)..

For simplicity's sake, call me a Bronie: the only part of the label I won't own is the defensive masculinity implicit in the "bro." I'm also a gender-neutral parent, which just means trucks and dolls, pink and blue, workbenches and kitchen playsets for everyone...

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 [$4.99] is Scottish studio Hunted Cow's sophomore release, following their WWII game Tank Battle: 1944 [$0.99]. 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...