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Family Guy is one of those shows you either love or hate. You love its humor, whether it’s offensive or not, with some pretty memorable characters (Greased Up Naked Deaf Guy? C’mon). Or you hate it, think it’s stupid, and can’t understand how a show like that is on the air. Whatever your view, Family Guy is here to stay, and Seth McFarlane is one of the biggest people in the industry at the moment...

When Transport Tycoon [$6.99] came out on iOS, I was thrilled. In my review, I stated how happy I would be, and how happy fans of the series might be, if Rollercoaster Tycoon were to come out on iOS...

Making a traditional shoot-em-up out of the Star Wars license is such a great idea that you just know something had to go wrong. A curious spin-off of a spin-off series, LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters [$0.99] seems to naturally have its sights set on the younger Star Wars fans. It's about as basic a vertical shooter as you could imagine, with little of the imagination one would associate with the LEGO franchise. In and of itself, there's nothing wrong with that, especially considering the heavy debt the shooter genre owes to the original films, but the end result is a fairly unremarkable game that isn't even packed with much fanservice, leaving it without the usual last resort many Star Wars games have had to retreat to...

It's a little odd the first time you see an official first party franchise appear on a competing platform, especially one involving a mascot character. Seeing Bonk on the NES and Sonic on the Gamecube was a bit surreal, concretely driving home the point that things had changed in the games industry. Well, the near-ubiquity of mobile devices has brought yet another change to the business, and while I don't think there's any question that iOS is a competitor to the Vita and, indirectly, the PlayStation 3/4, Sony's obviously comfortable exploring its potential for cross-marketing. This should be a win for all involved, but judging by their first steps into the App Store, it's turning out to be quite the opposite...

'Garfield Kart' Review - This Fat Cat is Light on Fun

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December 3rd, 2013 11:11 AM EDT by Danny Gallagher in $1.99, 2 stars, iPad Games, iPhone games, Racing, Reviews
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Ever since Super Mario Kart on the Super Nintendo earned a place in pop culture's archive as a true gaming classic, just about every cartoonish video game series has tried to emulate that success to the point of becoming a punchline. Why would Sonic the Hedgehog, a character whose core ability is running near to the speed of sound, ever feel the need to prove himself on the racetrack in a go-kart?..

Runners are all over iTunes since Adam Atomic's groundbreaking Canabalt [$2.99] created a complex world with simple pixels that could offer simple yet challenging gameplay. Temple Run [Free], the first breakout runner hit that launched an invasion of running games on mobile devices, gave it a nice 3D edge that may not have accomplished the same noble attributes as Adam Atomic's indie hit but can be just as fun to play during those various moments in life when waiting is necessary...

The tough lot of being a fan of Marvel's god of thunder, Thor, has become somewhat easier over the last several years. With soon to be two solo movies under his belt, and an important role in the biggest superhero movie of all time, ol' Goldilocks seems to have finally broken out of being that stiff, weird, Shakespearean-speaking guy with the big hammer and a stupid hat. Now, he's that stiff, weird, Shakespearean-speaking guy with the big hammer and no hat. Let's hear it for progress! In all seriousness, if you had told me as a kid that someday I'd get to see Volstagg, Heimdall, Fandrall, Sif, and Thor duking it out with frost giants in Asgard in a live action movie, I'd have thought you were nuts. And if you had told me Thor would star in an awesome video game, I'd have called you insane. Well, Kid Shaun was half-right, at least...

Playing a bad game is no fun, and it's even worse when that bad game comes from a developer you usually like. I guess I could probably call the review a wrap right there, but just in case you want to know why I think Random Runners [$0.99], the latest from Ravenous Games, is so lousy, grab a beverage of your choice, take a seat, and I'll lay it out. I sincerely hope this game ends up a simple outlier in Ravenous's spread, because I hate to see the folks behind the brilliant League of Evil [$1.99] go this low...

Gaming Corps’ latest iOS stealth-action jam should have been more than just a famed-franchise tie-in, but it is not. Instead Riddick: The Merc Files [$2.99] simply uses the Riddick name to season up the stale stealth game it currently has on its hands...

'2013: Infected Wars' Review - "Console Quality," In Air Quotes

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September 24th, 2013 11:30 AM EDT by David Clarke in $2.99, 2 stars, Action, Games, Reviews, Shooter
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Some iOS games look outdated. They don't have the resources to create detailed 3D environment, so instead focus on creative art design, fresh ideas and strong gameplay. Then there's the "console quality" games. They heavily advertise their "immersive environments" and "console quality graphics," rehashing old experiences without attempting to blaze new trails. 2013: Infected Wars [Free] falls into the latter camp. It may seem ambitious, but in every way, Action Mobile Games have developed a safe, predictable, and mostly unsatisfying experience...

Castle Crashers is a game that, so far, is not available on the App Store. This is apparently a problem for some people, because every once in a while, we see someone take a kick at capturing its particular brand of chaotic fun. Many of those games are really just trying to capture the spirit, which in its purest form hearkens back to River City Ransom on the 8-bit Nintendo system. Some games, however, miss the spirit entirely and make a more superficial attempt. Ninjas - Stolen Scrolls [$0.99] unfortunately falls into the latter category...

Firstly, let me start off with a mini review for the movie: Pacific Rim - Bad acting, bad dialogue, bad accents (those guys are NOT Australian) and bad-ass robots kicking monster butt - 8/10. Now on to the game.....

I used to love JRPGs. I played all the classics. The Final Fantasies, the Dragon Warriors, the Breath of Fires and the Phantasy Stars. I’ve also played the games that came later, the corrupted blood line of the classic JRPGs that established the clichés that now characterize the genre. The evolution of the JRPG could be likened to a graph with a line that rises steadily over time, peaks for a long while and then descends into a long slow slog into oblivion with an occasional brief spike...

Oh, to be a ninja. With rooftops to run along, shurikens to chuck, and warlords to be dispatched, what's not to like? This was my thought process as I downloaded Ninja Wrath [$0.99]. As it turns out I would have plenty of time to consider this question. My conclusion? Being a ninja isn't all it's cracked up to be; at least, not in the world of Ninja Wrath, where the steepest castle walls have nothing on even steeper paywalls...

Fans of Dance Dance Revolution have probably been disappointed ever since the previously released Dance Dance Revolution S+ was removed from the App Store some time ago. Well, Konami is back at it with DDR Dance Wars [Free] a new rhythm game that unfortunately doesn't offer backwards compatibility with the previous title. While Dance Wars obviously does a good job bringing back DDR's music and style to the App Store, its move to a freemium system for unlocking songs feels forced and is highly disappointing...

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