Category Archives: 2.5 stars

In a way, the App Store presents some of the most fertile soil possible for the puzzle genre of games. The touch interface lends itself well to moving pieces or objects around, they're one of the easier genres to put together a game for if you're a small developer, and the audience is very responsive to them. It's no wonder that there are so many different puzzle games available for iOS gamers. Pixel Push [Free] tries to push its way into this crowded arena, and like many other puzzle games on the platform, it's got a good idea, but slips on the execution...

Kerosene Games knows how to make a visually-gorgeous game; Bounty Arms [$4.99] is proof of it. But graphics never make up for the rest of a game’s short-comings, and when the shine of the polygons wear-off so does the hypnosis. Sure, Bounty Arms is gorgeous and resides with a charming art-direction, but not much more than that...

I'm not going to lie. One of the things that attracts me to a game, in the ocean of choice that is the App Store, is stylish presentation. While I'm certainly known to check into games with faces only a mother could love, sometimes a game's look grabs me, even when I should know better. Such is unfortunately the case with Soul Savior [Free], a game that seems really cool and fresh from its description but ends up being anything but...

Call of Mini Zombies 2 [Free], the latest by Triniti Interactive, is the developer's most recent take on the zombie massacre genre. To its credit, it certainly succeeds at offering lots of zombies and plenty of opportunity to kill them. Unfortunately, this is about all the game has to offer as Call of Mini Zombies 2 ends up as a pretty bland third-person shooter...

In 1991, a game named Street Fighter II came along and it started off a whole new genre. Okay, the one-on-one fighting game had already been around for a fair while but with its multiple punch and kick buttons, super moves and large range of characters, Capcom's flagship arcade game redefined the genre and spawned a relentless swarm of clones. Arguably the largest contributor to the "Street Fighter clone" market was SNK...

A long time ago, there was a computer game named Titan, made by a young company named Titus Interactive, who would go on to unleash all manner of Eldritch horrors upon the gaming world. Titan was an interesting game, starting with the idea of a Breakout clone and mainly adding the ability to move your paddle (now a square) in any direction. It sounds cool, and it was certainly popular enough, but that simple addition introduced some problems that are unfortunately still present in TITAN - Escape the Tower [$0.99 / $1.99] , a half-remake, half-sequel to the 1988 game...

Whenever an iOS dungeon crawler invokes the name of Diablo, fans have a tendency to perk up and listen. Unfortunately, games that tend to use that kind of name-dropping rarely deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence. Such is the case with Deprofundis Dungeons [$1.99], the latest dungeon crawler to hit the iOS scene. While the game has one or two interesting ideas, Deprofundis falls flat in presentation and gameplay, removing any desire to play it...

I'm going to come straight out and say it. Don't read any further unless you love a challenge and by a challenge I mean one hell of a challenge. Jet Point [Free] from YoRooster Studios is a game that makes the task of dragging yourself up Mt. Everest with your tongue seem like a pleasant day trip. It makes beating the world record for a 100m sprint, without the use of your legs, appear to be a reasonable achievement and, I dare say, this game would make Chuck Norris's eye-holes leak like fountains and draw girl noises from his mouth. Calling this game hard is like saying Jessica Alba is "okay looking". Difficulty aside, Jet Point has certain qualities that make it worth giving the time to review...

If The Wars II: Evolution [$1.99] is good at anything, it's highlighting the futility of war. You will see several hundreds of your loyal soldiers dying for the cause of beating the hell out of your neighbours on the other side of the screen over many generations, seemingly without making much progress. 'Loyal' is one word for them anyway, 'stupid' could be another, but I digress...

There's something very enjoyable about anticipation followed by a pleasant surprise. Casinos, collectible card games, and a lot of video games all use this technique to make things more fun. Action RPGs have managed to create this feeling quite a bit in the past with random loot, but Battlestone [Free] comes at it from a slightly different angle, to middling results...

Better Than Portal [$0.99] certainly makes lofty claims with its attention-grabbing title. With clever storytelling, a cheeky sense of humor, fresh mechanics, and interesting puzzles, Portal is an amazing title. Better Than Portal is, of course, not better than Portal. While it openly draws inspiration from that title, it contains almost none of what makes Portal the outstanding game that it is...

Telltale Games is on a high after their humongously successful Walking Dead: The Game [Free]. If you doubt that, go here to check out the ridiculous amount of awards it has won. Any game that releases after a massive hit always has a harder time living up to expectations which is why it was probably smart of Telltale Games to release another one of their most popular IPs to help offset the expectations. Enter Poker Night 2 which hit the App Store Thursday night. Sadly, they seem to have fallen victim to the classic Telltale blunder of releasing iOS ports that are choppy, glitchy, and overall just not up to snuff with any other version of the game...

With the recent announcement that Diablo would be making its way to consoles, gamers have been looking for something to satisfy their hack-and-slash needs on their iOS device. Gameloft recently released the fourth installment of their dungeon crawler, Dungeon Hunter 4, and less than two weeks after, Gamevil has come out with their first foray into dungeon crawlers with Dark Avenger [Free]..

For some reason there isn't an iOS adaptation of HeroQuest, the adventure board game that informed the childhoods of many folks my age. There are a few that tread similar territory, though, and one of them is Mighty Dungeons, [$1.99] published by Forest Moon Games...

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...

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