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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Some iOS games look outdated.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...

There is no way to sugarcoat this: ShaqDown [Free] is not a great game. It is, at best, a merely serviceable game ideal only for anyone ravenously massaging their hands mad scientist-style with anticipation. This also probably is going to really, really bum out Shaq who is himself a hugely outspoken Apple enthusiast...

Borderlands Legends [$4.99 / $6.99 (HD)] doesn't lean on enough of the series' strengths. Instead, it turns a lot of them on their heads to its detriment. ..

Square Enix' Guardian Cross [Free] is exactly the game it wants to be. Coming from me, that would usually be a compliment, but in this case, it's more of a sigh and a shrug...

Manos - The Hands of Fate [$1.99] is a retro adaptation of the 1966 film that involves a family that accidentally stumbles upon a lodge run by a mind-controlling, polygamous pagan cult...

I'm surprised my minions haven't gone on strike yet. I work them all day, every day. They're only allowed to take a break when they get violent after having been subjected to a backed up bathroom or a frigid work environment. They have to produce, and produce, and produce without end. They probably cheer when a dragon arrives—sure, a guard or two might die, but at least there's a little excitement for once...

The ideas behind most hidden object games are fairly cliche by now, with the majority either focusing on spooky mansions where apparitions talk to you, or in victorian era villages where steampunk and high society are the main themes. Criminal Investigation Agents: Petrodollar$ [$2.99 / $4.99] does things a bit differently, and isn't a great game, but is so fun to laugh at while playing it's worth checking out...

When I was a kid I had a jumping-jack toy that looked like a dancing cossack. He was a little wooden man with a pull-string dangling between his legs, and when you tugged on the string his arms would move up and down, as if he were jumping, or dancing. Every Christmas he’d get pinned to the coat closet, and I’d spend way too much time making him dance to the hummed tune of the Tetris theme (I was obviously not a very politically correct child, growing up on a farm in rural Virginia)...

We’ve witnessed the creation of many recurring themes in iOS gaming. Some of these include dodgy FPS touch controls, gameplay that leans heavily on grinding "optional" IAP currency, and of course the never-ending onslaught of titles starring zombies. For better or worse, Dead Trigger [Free] hits each one of these themes and attempts to compensate by wrapping the package up into one of the most visually impressive games I’ve seen on the App Store. Unfortunately, its excellent implementation of the Unity engine isn’t enough to carry what is otherwise an entirely mediocre, freemium-ish zombie FPS...

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