Category Archives: 3.5 stars

Unrequited love is a theme you don't see much in videogames. Far too often games will deal with a sappy romance, or no romance at all. Admittedly, it's tough to really capture that feeling, but some games can pull it off with grace...

In the relatively short time electronic gaming has been around, the industry has seen several games that managed to catch on in such a big way that they took over the hobby for a period of time. Many of these are remembered well today, even by people who weren't into gaming at the time. Nobody forgets Super Mario, Street Fighter 2, Doom, or Grand Theft Auto 3. Still, there are a few truly huge games that, for whatever reason, seem to have slid into slight obscurity over the years. The series falls dormant, either due to the publisher disappearing or sales falling off, and soon, games that shifted the entire course of the industry fall between the cracks. Double Dragon seems to be one of those games...

Gary Chalk is one of those guys whose name you might not know or remember, but whose work will strike a familiar chord with many. His striking and unique artwork can be found in many fantasy favorites, including the classic Redwall series of books, the Lone Wolf series of gamebooks, and the cult favorite board games Talisman and HeroQuest. His style is recognizable almost immediately, with gaunt-faced humans in highly detailed clothing and heavily-stylized monster designs, to say nothing of his penchant for bizarre architecture. It's his contributions to Lone Wolf that make him well-known among gamebook fans, though, and that fame makes him a solid choice to build a new series around...

People who spent their childhoods in the 1980s were likely fans of either Transformers, G.I. Joe, or both. With huge casts full of enough colorful characters to make parents' wallets cry for mercy, there was sure to be at least a few for everyone. I'm not exactly sure why, but Strike Force Heroes: Extraction [$1.99] feels like a G.I. Joe run and gun. It's not the first game with a huge cast of unlockable characters, but something about this group makes them feel like a big stupid team. With a steady breadcrumb trail of new characters and new weapons, the game manages to stay fresh for quite a while, but there are a few problems that keep it from hanging with the big boys of the genre...

Sometimes, games can be experiences that transcend more than just a good time. While some titles are designed to address your sense of fun factor, others go beyond the call of duty, seeking to appeal to senses like sight and sound in a novel way. Similar to Super Hexagon [$2.99], Routa Games' Project '88 [$1.99] employs very simple gameplay, retro/psychedelic visuals, and an 8-bit soundtrack to keep you amped...

'Infinity Danger' Review - Simply Boss Fights

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November 14th, 2013 12:00 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 3.5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Shooter, Universal
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Have you ever played a game that had particularly boring levels, but kick ass boss fights? What if you could just have a game where you fought boss after boss, ignoring all the goons along the way?..

Let's start this review by going over exactly what the iOS version of LEGO The Lord of the Rings [$4.99] is. This is not a port of the console version, though its levels are drawn almost entirely from it. Instead, it's based on the handheld version, which is unfortunately largely built around the limitations of the Nintendo DS. Yes, the DS, not the 3DS. Of course, this is the norm for LEGO iOS games going all the way back to LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 [$4.99], but what makes it significant this time is that the console version had a lot of new elements that are nowhere to be found here. If you've only been following along with the iOS versions, then you know more or less what to expect from this one, and I think you'll be more than happy with this abridged retelling of the films based on Tolkien's novels. If you're here looking for the console game on the go, though, that's not what you'll get here...

Not for the first time and surely not for the last, our forums here at TouchArcade have called my attention to a game, and I'm glad they did. Legend Dary: Classic [$0.99] is a pretty low-key game all around, but if you dig on platform shooters like Mega Man or Random Heroes [Free], you'll probably have a good time here. It's more or less the work of a single person, so it's not quite as fully-featured as some games, but the core is solid and there's plenty here to justify the price...

'Mana Defense' Review - Wizards of Wave-rly Place

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November 5th, 2013 12:30 PM EDT by Chris Carter in $0.99, 3.5 stars, Action, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Universal
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Defense games were the original "runners." People were sick of them after the first hundred or so clones hit the market, but for some of us, it's hard to really get enough of them.It's nice that Mana Defense [$0.99] mixes things up a bit, but you may find yourself getting bored after a few hours or so...

Licensed games are often hit or miss. In the case of the popular Cartoon Network shows Regular Show and Adventure Time, it's really up in the air as to whether or not the game will be a bust. But thankfully, the newest Regular Show title Ghost Toasters - Regular Show [$2.99] takes more than a few pages from the indie darling Super Crate Box, and ends up delivering a few unique twists on the formula in the process...

In a few ways, Strike Wing: Raptor Rising [$0.99] encapsulates a lot that we love in space shooters. Good controls, great visuals and hectic action make for a pretty fun gaming experience. While these reasons alone make Strike Wing a game worth checking out, a relatively simplistic mission system combined with an unlock grind that doesn't provide much variety keep it from being a game worthy of more...

In Shadow Vamp [$0.99], you play as the laziest vampires ever. The game takes place over a series of floating islands. After sleeping the night away, your vampire wakes up and wants to cross the island, in broad daylight, to the next crypt, where he or she will snooze until deciding to move to the next island. It's a fun exercise, if a little rough around the edges...

It's been about a month, so that means it's time for the latest JRPG release from Kemco. As I've mentioned in prior reviews of their games, Kemco uses several different developers in order to ensure a steady flow of new JRPGs for mobile platforms. Even with multiple teams, however, the development pace is pretty breakneck, so most of these developers end up using the same engine and many of the same assets as their prior games, opting for minor refinements and a few new twists each time to try to keep things fresh. What this means is that if you've played some of Kemco's earlier releases and you know which developer they've tapped for their latest, you can probably fill in a lot of the blanks as to whether or not you'll like it...

I've slowly watched the mobile market develop more and more console-like experiences. While many gamers are quick to count out iOS and Android gaming as "casual" experiences, the gap is closing more and more each day. While it may have a few issues in tow, The Secret of Space Octopuses [Free] is one such game that pushes that boundary...

Sometimes you'll pick up a puzzle game and burn yourself out rather quickly due to the overuse of tiring mechanics. Despite the fact that puzzle games often periodically introduce new concepts throughout their bite-sized levels, it's all too common to become bored of going through the same motions over and over before getting to something new. Amigo Pancho [$1.99 / Free] goes through great lengths to keep you entertained throughout, even if the total package needs a bit more meat on its bones...

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