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'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...

Kemco's latest in their line of monthly mobile RPGs comes by way of developer Magitec, whose name last popped up with Covenant of Solitude [$7.99], released several months ago. They are by far the least prolific of the teams Kemco uses on the English side, with just three of their games seeing release: Grinsia [$7.99], the aforementioned Covenant of Solitude, and this game, Chrome Wolf [$3.99]. Due to the breakneck release schedule of Kemco's games, we're used to seeing minor improvements at best from title to title, though in the last year or so, each of Kemco's development partners have made major engine changes or created new ones altogether. Everyone except Magitec, that is...

In an era with so many platforms for developers to put their works on, many games have seen the light of day that otherwise would have been shot down in the past. One of those games is UsagiMan [Free], a quirky Japanese game that has just hit the iOS platform, and pays homage to Mega Man, old school platformers, and rabbits...

Out of all the possibilities in time and space, Doctor Who: Legacy [Free] is a gem-matching game. It's the sort of gem-matching game where you don't simply swap gems, you drag them around for a good five seconds leaving as many little matches in your wake as you can. It’s the sort of matching game where you build up a party of characters and match gems to make them fight Daleks and Weeping Angels...

Despite the flooding and bad times that Hello Games have had recently, they've just released their sequel to the popular Joe Danger, and despite being what is essentially more of the same, the game remains fun, and will keep you going. That ten minute play time you said you were going to take before getting started on housework? Well, six hours later it’s time for bed...

King may not be the most popular bunch around these parts, but it's clear they have a good understanding of how to make a game that grabs people. I've put in some time on all of their games, partly to assist my grandmother with difficult stages, partly because they are good for passing the time without commanding your full attention, and it's my opinion that nothing else they've released has been on the level of Candy Crush Saga [Free]. Bubble Witch Saga [Free] and Papa Pear Saga [Free] are both a bit too derivative without offering compelling reasons to play them instead of what they're aping, and Pet Rescue Saga [Free] requires a bit more concentration than I'm generally willing to give to it. Candy Crush is simple and challenging, while still being pretty easy to zone out on while you do other things. It's also King's most popular game by far...

Water based puzzle games are a slippery lot. Nearly all of them have the same premise, but more often than not, trying to wrangle up some H20 is undeniably enjoyable. Feed Me Oil 2 [$0.99] is basically the same premise, but it just changes out water for a darker, less healthy substance. Not a whole lot has changed since the original Feed Me Oil [$0.99], but the sequel is fun enough to warrant another purchase from fans...

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...

Several comic book artists have thrown their hats into the video game ring throughout the history of the industry. Most of them have stuck to the art end of things, designing characters or producing cover art, but a few of them have tried their hand at a larger role. The results have been mixed, to be sure. After a handful of botched games based on the character, Spawn's creator Todd McFarlane was more closely involved in the development of Spawn: Armageddon, to similarly poor results. On the high end, Joe Mad was the creative director of the absolutely wonderful Darksiders from THQ. Well, we can add another to that group with the release of Oasis: Path to Redemption [$1.99] from artist Steve Uy, who has done work for Marvel and Image. It's strong in areas you might expect and a few you might not, but some serious pacing issues hurt the game quite a bit...

Dubbed by its developers as a mix of Diablo and The Binding of Isaac, Hero Siege [$2.99] is a dual-stick shooter that immediately has big shoes to fill. With a simplified combat system combined with a load of randomization systems, Hero Siege may pick up some aspects from those titles in terms of theory, but not so much in terms of implementation. Still, while the action-RPG hybrid may not live up to the games that it’s inspired by, Hero Siege is still an enjoyable romp through a 16-bit styled randomized world with plenty of enemies to dispatch...

For most console and portable gamers, the Assassin’s Creed series is (or should be) a household name as far as open-world objective-based action is concerned. However, it hasn’t really made much of a splash on the mobile scene (the exception being the now ancient Altair’s Chronicles [$4.99 / $6.99 (HD)]). With the recent launch of Assassin’s Creed Pirates [$4.99], iOS users now have an opportunity to experience some of what the most recent console offerings have featured. Unfortunately, several aspects of Pirates bring it down, leading to a gameplay experience that could have been better...

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...

'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...

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