Category Archives: First Impressions

This game is just dripping with Super Hexagon influence, and I can't get enough of it. The game starts slow, and, at least to me, the control scheme feels a little awkward but if you stick towards the end of the video you'll see just how fast this Hexagon-y style runner/platformer gets. It definitely has all that "Wow, I died in 3 seconds" charm, too...

I admit, I was hoping this game would be way cooler than it initially seems to be. The coin push extravaganza that seemed to hit with the rise of free to play has long since passed, leaving us curious (and a bit excited) for a coin pushing game that, at least on the surface, seems to have some RPG elements to it. Unfortunately, at its core it's still a coin pusher, and being able to cast spells and do other junk like that doesn't spice that formula up as much as we were looking for- At least in the first impressions department...

Today is the day that the new iPhones hit retail shelves, and with Apple opting to not let people pre-order the iPhone 5s this time around, it meant that I'd be playing the "wait in line game" at my local Apple store. I've done the whole waiting in line overnight thing for Apple devices before, and while it can be kind of fun, it's certainly lost a lot of its luster the past couple of times I've done it...

If you've been following the various iPhone 5s reviews, you'll see that the iPhone 5s is a real winner with the critics... I mean, it makes sense, right? An incrementally better iPhone that iterates on the already amazing iPhone 5? Of course everyone is going to love it. Well, after an epic night spent in line and as of this writing, well over 24 hours of being awake, I'm here with some first impressions of my just-unboxed iPhone 5s...

Hands On With 'Infinity Blade III' - The Graphical Bar is Raised Once Again

When the original Infinity Blade [$5.99] was released, it set a new standard in what we could expect out of 3D iOS games. Sure, we were wowed by Epic Citadel [Free], but Infinity Blade was a real game, and a good one too. The sequel, Infinity Blade II [$6.99] had some massive shoes to fill, which it did admirably by improving on the Infinity Blade formula in numerous ways...

Hands-on with 'Mines of Mars' - Discovery Runs Deep

In case you haven't noticed, we've been interested in Crescent Moon Games' Mines of Mars ever since it got announced earlier this year. Recently, we had the opportunity to check out a work-in-progress build of the side-scrolling mining title. Despite its early pre-alpha status, I still came away pretty impressed with what Mines of Mars had to offer, making it an upcoming release well worth being placed on your TouchArcade [Free] app Watch List...

We saved the best for last, and the Unreal-powered 2013: Infected Wars sure looks pretty awesome in a visual sense. Textures and lighting are great, the blur effects are cool, and the environment as a whole is super realistic. Single player gameplay seems to fall a little flat, but, we're thinking this game is going to have a huge multiplayer tail and we'll have to capture another video once the game is released to see what playing against real humans instead of mindless zombies is like...

If you're into the hex-based turn-based tactics-based genre of games on the App Store, Ancient Battle: Rome is the latest release that's going to be right up your alley. This morning Jared and I bumbled through the tutorial and took a quick look at the first actual campaign level. Check it out...

We absolutely loved Bombcats the first time around, and this re-release of the game seems to be the same game we loved but with a price tag instead of all the free to play junk. Definitely check this game out if you haven't already played the original as it's one of the better cat-related puzzlers on the App Store...

Texting of the Bread is still my favorite iOS iteration of the typing teaching tool turned game available on the App Store, but Zombie Typomaniac is a good alternative if you're looking for another one to soak up your time. I'm a little embarrassed that I could consistently bust out 60+ WPM typing on my iPad with two fingers while recording a video but... C'est la vie...

I've got no idea why these "Four Pics One Whatever" games are so popular, but, it's the world we live in. The latest and, well, greatest, I guess seems to be Four Pictures One Movie which has you guessing a movie title based on four screen grabs of the movie itself. These aren't my cup of tea, but you can't deny the stupid success other incredibly similar games have seen...

Sidekick Cycle is a weird one. The game itself is a lot like a ton of other sidescrolling level-based runners out there, but you're on a bike, in Africa, doing backflips. The gimmick of the game, however, is that every time the game gets downloaded 387 times they donate one bike. It's a cool angle, I guess, but those bikes seem awfully expensive to me...

We don't usually spend a lot of time on these free to play builder style games, but being lovers of both trains and cities, Gamevil's Train City seemed like something we had to take a look at. What we discovered was a somewhat under-cooked version of Happy Street with a odd train delivery mechanic. Check it out...

Cosmoplan seems to have some cool ideas, in that the puzzle mechanic revolves around customizing what direction different stages of a rocket are pointing to land on a planetoid in space, but the weird way it doesn't preserve your inertia between firing these three stages is sort of throwing us for a loop. Give our video a look, and see if you agree...

It seems like we belt out the phrase "Oh, it's another one of these" a lot during our TA Plays videos, but it's hard to describe Fling Theory in another way. It uses the gravity mechanics you'll find in Angry Birds Space, set in a cutesy laboratory environment. The polarity shifting is sort of cool, but we definitely get the "played this before" vibe...

We reviewed Mecho Wars ages ago and the weird thing is, there's really not that many other better Advance Wars-likes on the App Store. The art style is a little weird, but the gameplay in Mecho Wars is totally solid, and its brand new HD counterpart looks great on the iPad...

Link the Slug [$0.99] by Bulky Pix is yet another one of those collect-three-star super-cute puzzlers. The gameplay mechanic revolves around matching up slugs with electricity between them. The catch is, electric can only move in straight lines or at a 90 degree turn. Things get tricky fast, and three stars are earned by connecting paths that line up with where the stars are in game...

Well, now that Madden NFL 25 [Free] turned out to be a massive disappointment, we're sitting around wondering where we're going to get our football fix this season. Flick Kick Field Goal 2014 is a really cool super-simple non-NFL minigame that just has you flicking footballs to kick successful field goals. It's a surprising amount of fun, especially as the wind kicks up...

As an avid Magic the Gathering player, I've never had much reason to look in to Yu-Gi-Oh!, but after spending a little time with Yu-Gi-Oh! Bam Pocket, they've definitely got my attention. The game itself is like a simple, yet complex (Oh, the cliches!) version of card war. You drop creature cards with power values, potentially buff 'em up with spells, and mash 'em together. It all works out really well, but I'm not sure I'm fully wrapping my head around the deck building strategy yet...

It sort of blows my mind how few boxing games there are on the App Store, when it seems like boxing can (and does) work so well with virtual controls. We were pretty stoked to try out International Boxing Champions, but sadly it turned out to be a super-generic free to play game loaded with ads and some of the craziest virtual controls we've seen in a while. But, at least we were able to represent Canada and fight a fat American. That's something... right?..

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