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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 [$6.99] and Chrono Trigger [$4.99] 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...

Heroes Rise [$2.99] is the latest in Choice of Games' series of Interactive Fiction (IF) gamebooks, and their first release not to be titled "Choice of..." something. That's a good start, because Heroes Rise is a much better title than "Choice of Superheroes." It's also the first of their games to prominently credit a single writer (Zachary Sergi)...

Recent updates to Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion [$9.99] have brought some cool new features to this unique TBS, including a 2x Battle Speed option and Witching Hour Studios online accounts, but the star feature is the new Deepwood Dragoons Campaign...

Don't know who Judge Dredd is? That'll be 6 months, creep, for lying to an officer...

The latest update to Offworld Games' Legion of the Damned [$2.99] adds a friends list and invite-only games to multiplayer, as incorporates a cut-scene viewer into the game's campaign mode...

Gamers of a certain age often have fond memories of Goldeneye 64 and split-screen multiplayer in what was arguably the first console title to really make FPS deathmath play work. Some of us, however, have a different early association when someone says "spy versus spy" deathmatch. We remember the granddaddy of them all, Spy vs Spy [$1.99], in glorious pixelated 2D, and now in Retina on your iPhone...