Category Archives: Platform

Originally released as Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole for PC, but changed to a more family friendly name, especially for family use devices such as iPads, Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark [$4.99] has a fresh home in Apple’s ecosystem, and it’s made the transition very well. It’s a cute, clever and fairly original stealth puzzler...

'Tomb Raider I' Review - Disastrous Controls Destroy An Otherwise Good Port

Well, the review title pretty much says it all, doesn't it? I guess I can sneak off for an early lunch now. Actually, I suppose since the original game this is ported from is 17 (!) years old now, I should probably elaborate a little bit. Tomb Raider I [$2.99], as it's apparently called now, is a game I'm sure many readers know like the back of their hand, and maybe the front, too. If you are very familiar with the game and just want the brief, this is a port of Tomb Raider Gold, the PC re-release that included the Unfinished Business expansion. If you have a controller, you'll be partying like it's 1996 all over again, but if you don't, you'll be subject to virtual controls that mess up a movement system that hasn't aged all that well in the first place...

Here's one for the ages. Right now, Ubisoft's masterful mobile Rayman game Rayman Jungle Run [$2.99] is free for the first time ever. I mean, it's been 99¢ plenty of times before, which for the quality of the game might as well be free, but this is as free as it'll ever get. Rayman Jungle Run launched last year and took all the impressive visuals and whimsy of its console big brother and packed it into a mobile auto-runner. This wasn't just "another endless runner" though, as the level design is outstanding in Jungle Run, and it's simply a joy to play while still being incredibly challenging. The sky high production values are just the icing on the cake...

'Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Remastered' Review - Setting Right What Once Went Wrong

Poor ol' Sonic sometimes feels like the video game equivalent of a child actor. He blasted onto the scene in his youth, becoming a huge multimedia star and the darling of the industry, with a hugely successful comic, several animated series, and the true measure of success, his own canned pasta. Then he went through a very awkward 3D puberty, and things have never been quite the same since. From the horrifying lows of Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 and Sonic and the Black Knight to the enjoyable highs of Sonic Generations and Sonic Colors, he's become a veritable poster child for inconsistent quality. Even his many, many spin-offs vary greatly in this way, with some recent great racing games under his belt being off-set by mediocre cash-ins like his Olympic team-ups with Mario. Remember that time he was in an RPG from the makers of Mass Effect and Knights of the Old Republic? Man, what a guy...

These days, any game that leaves an emotional impact on the player (in a smart way) is ridiculed as being pretentious. By definition, the label is accurate, but typically falls under a negative connotation. It's understandable that some gamers just don't care much for the approach to story-telling, but I don't mind it when done well. Turns out, Pretentious Game [Free] is one of those examples. At least this game isn't hiding from what it is; and what it is, is a short but sweet pretentious little game...

Just a quick heads-up to let you know that the Sonic The Hedgehog 2 [$2.99] remastered update, which we gave you some first impressions of yesterday, is now available as a free update to the original game in the App Store. Additionally, if you're amongst the Android ranks, the game is now available on Google Play for the first time ever. In addition to improved visuals, widescreen and Universal iPad support, and a 60fps frame rate, this remastered Sonic 2 also includes brand new additions like a Boss Attack Mode, an online 2-player mode, Knuckles as a playable character right from the start, and the first ever official inclusion of the long-lost Hidden Palace Zone which was scrapped from the original Sega Genesis version of the game just days before release back in 1992...

I'm going to get something out of the way up front so that I don't harp on it too much for the rest of this review. The icon for Clash of Puppets [$2.99], that image up and to the right a little bit? That is the most terrifying thing I have seen in ages. I've seen those unblinking plastic eyes in my nightmares every night for the last few days. I have no idea why the main character of this game is creepy, but he is. None of the monsters are as scary as he is. He's like Chucky's sick uncle. Then you play the game and he has a child's voice. This does not make him less horrifying, at all...

Unrequited love is a theme you don't see much in videogames. Far too often games will deal with a sappy romance, or no romance at all. Admittedly, it's tough to really capture that feeling, but some games can pull it off with grace...

505 Games' action/crafting platformer Terraria [$4.99] is getting into the holiday spirit with its latest update. Just in time for Christmas, you'll now have the chance to score a Christmas ornament when chopping down trees. ..

One of my favorite little gems released for iOS this year is Pixel Licker Games and FDG Entertainment's Slayin [$0.99]. Released back in April, Slayin is best described as an auto-running-arena-based-action-platformer (whew, that's a long description). You'll play as one of three characters, running back and forth destroying enemies, leveling up and getting better and better loot. It sounds simple, and it is, but it's totally fun...

Poor, old Mega Man. Although he's one of gaming's longest-running and most prolific icons, he's surely seen his ups and downs, and these last couple years have been some serious examples of the latter. While not so long ago he was flying high, today he seems to be largely abandoned by his owner and replaced by his "father". On iOS, we've gotten an embarrassingly cut-down and IAP-laden port of Mega Man X [$4.99], a port of Mega Man 2 [$0.99] with lousy virtual controls, and Mega Man XOver, a game so bad that Capcom opted not to release it outside of Japan for quality reasons. For the Blue Bomber-loving iOS fan, the pickings are pretty slim...

If for some strange reason you don't have BeaverTap Games' Mikey Shorts [$0.99] yet, here's your chance. We reviewed it after it was released a little over a year ago and to this day still totally dig its speed run style gameplay that'll have you redoing levels over and over- Particularly if you're the kind of person who takes pride in dominating leaderboards...

'Icycle: On Thin Ice' Review - A Strange, Beautiful, Lonely Trip

These days, there are so many games in the "naked guy riding a bicycle through an icy wonderland" genre that it's hard for a new game to stand out. Wait, what? Rewind that. Okay, so the first impression Icycle: On Thin Ice [$2.99] is going to make on you is an extremely confusing one. I wish I could sit here and tell you that you'll be less confused by the end, but I can't do that, I'm afraid. This game is either full of wonderful symbolism or fortuitous random strangeness, and I can't really decide which right now. What I can decide is whether or not to recommend this game to you. My decision: yes...

It's crazy to think how many console games are ported to iOS, and actually work. With a number of high profile Xbox Live and PSN games releasing on a weekly basis, a large sample of them are starting to see some life in the mobile arena -- and I suspect that once iOS 7 controllers catch on, we'll see even more. The latest mobile port is Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse [$9.99]  -- a solid remake that lends itself fairly well to the mobile platform, barring a few issues that spill over from the core game...

'Space Chicks' Review -  Endless Galactic Galavanting

There are so many ‘endless’ games constantly being released that it really takes a lot simply to get noticed in the crowded genre. Crescent Moon Games’ Space Chicks [Free], which combines fast-paced platforming with endless elements, has just enough pizazz to accomplish that feat. It also helps that Space Chicks is a blast to play, infusing some life in the tired genre with great visuals and engaging mechanics...

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