Category Archives: $0.99

'Bardbarian' Review - Are You Ready To Rock?

As soon as I heard the title of Bardbarian [$0.99], I had a good feeling that this was going to be something worth checking out. It's a little known fact that bard appreciation is a sign of good taste, after all. So I was certainly looking forward to giving this a try, but my face had no way of knowing how much it was about to get rocked. This game is half-shooter, half-castle defense, and half-RPG, mixed in with a good sense of humor and some sweet tunes. Don't worry about that extra half, barbarians have no need for math! Just kidding, stay in school, kids. Being able to calculate the best angle to cleave a skull in twain with your broadsword is a skill that can apply to all kinds of jobs...

'Magnetized' Review - The Laws of Attraction

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January 20th, 2014 12:56 PM EDT by Chris Carter in $0.99, 3.5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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The mobile platform is perfect for quick, minimal oriented, "pick up and play" games. Titles like Super Hexagon can be grabbed in a flash, and played for seconds or hours on end. It's those types of experiences that make it easier for people with busy lives to fit gaming in their schedule, and they're all the better for it. Enter <Magnetized [$2.99] -- another bite sized game that gets even more rewarding the more you play it. It's also tough as nails...

Qix has been around for a long time -- since 1981 to be exact. The objective is simple, to "claim" different areas of the screen by way of connecting lines, similar to JezzBall -- a game everyone with a Windows PC has probably played. Years later Fortix rose to the challenge, mixing elements of medieval warfare along with it. Now, you can grab it on iOS in the form of Line Knight Fortix [$0.99]...

It's perhaps not the obvious comparison, but the more I played Rail Racing [$0.99], the new racer from Reckless Racing 2 [$0.99] publishers Polarbit, the more I was reminded of the classic NES game Excitebike from Nintendo. This is a lane-based racing game where the key to winning is hitting speed boosts laid out on the track, avoiding patches that slow you down, and knocking around your opponents by cutting them off. Of course, it's played from behind the car instead of a side view, there aren't many jumps, and there are numerous touches in this game that seem to pay tribute to other classics, but at its core, it gave me a pretty similar feeling...

Early last month we told you that Pixel Licker Games and FDG Entertainment's Slayin [$0.99] was set to get a huge version 2.0 update that adds three brand new playable characters, and today we've received video of those characters in action. The lineup of new characters includes an Archer who can shoot arrows into the air, a Ninja with a teleporting move, and a Tamer who can actually tame and ride the enemies in the game and use them as offensive weapons. How cool is that? Check out the new heroes in the trailer below...

Play 'Quake III Arena' on Your iPhone or iPad with the 'Beben III' App

Id Software all but bowed out of the App Store world, and with John Carmack resigning to join Oculus Rift last year it seems pretty certain we won't be seeing the planned iOS ports of Doom II, Quake or any other Id classics which had previously been talked about. Especially seeing as Carmack appeared to be the main proponent of iOS development. (Though with the recent update of Doom Classic [$4.99], I'm still holding on to a tiny sliver of hope.)..

'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...

If you even vaguely liken yourself as a Sonic fan, now is the time to open up your virtual wallet and spray some dollars Sega's way. Sonic [$2.99], Sonic 2 [$2.99], and Sonic CD [$2.99] all not only have received Christian Whitehead's amazing remastering treatment… But they're also on sale for a buck. If you're not familiar with what I'm talking about with the whole "remastering" thing, here's the highly abridged version of the tale:..

'Colossatron: Massive World Threat' Review - It's the End of the World As We Know It and It Feels Fun

Halfbrick Studios, the folks behind the wildly successful Fruit Ninja [Free / $0.99] and Jetpack Joyride [Free], has taken an interesting risk with their newest title. They've gone from games with wide appeal and cute but infectious concepts to something that lets players grind down major metropolises into nothing but smoldering rubble and perhaps the rest of the world with it...

While searching for an app that would play some sweet 80s ballads for me to slow dance with my best girl to, I happened to stumble on this little gem. Okay, that's a lie. Air Supply - Infinite [$0.99], which has nothing to do with the Australian soft rock band, came to my attention by way of the awesome members at the TouchArcade forums. It's getting a lot of love there, and not for nothing. While the game looks quite plain at first glance, it's a fairly unique spin on the runner genre, and an excellent addition to the discerning portrait mode gamer's collection...

Rovio has just release a new update to the original Angry Birds Star Wars, and it appears as if it will be the last update for the game. Not surprising really, since Angry Birds Star Wars II [$0.99] launched this past September and has taken over its predecessor in the charts. ..

It's yearly tradition now for EA to drop the price of all their games to 99¢ and totally dominate the iTunes charts during the holidays, but things are a little different this year. The rise of free to play and so many of EA"s games being 99¢ anyway has made this year's holiday bonanza feel… significantly less impressive than previous years...

'LvLn' Review - A Methodical Slayin'

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Small scaled action RPGs are perfect for the mobile platform. It's so easy to pick up and go, grab a level here and there, and come back for more. That's what makes games like Slayin' so great, and why the similarly structured LvLn [$0.99] is so addictive...

You don't see too many games about leprechauns these days. Maybe it's because of their secretive nature, leaving most of the inspiration to the imagination. Well that's just what Odyssey Creative Labs has done with Tale Tapper [$0.99] -- a tale of a leprechaun who's determined to get his stolen pot of gold back...

'Rube Works' Review - A Classic Contraption Conundrum Comes to Life

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December 9th, 2013 9:35 AM EDT by Danny Gallagher in $0.99, 4 stars, Games, Puzzle, Reviews
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The concept of making a Rube Goldberg machine in a video game has been done so many times that it feels like some kind of crime against gaming that one hasn't been done to honor the man who invented it. He's has a huge following that has survived almost a century. His name has become part of the American vernacular. His comic strips were clearly ahead of their time as a way to mock the unstoppable drive of technology. Perhaps that's why it's taken so long to get a game made in his name and it's a shame because it's a faithful, fun adaptation of some of Rube's famous works...

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