Category Archives: 3 stars

You’d think that a game involving stickmen wouldn't be that in-depth. Or warrant anything other than a free download...

Gather around ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and allow me to present to you the papercraft circus. Let Paper Titans [$0.99] baffle and amaze or, alternatively, frustrate and fatigue as they traverse their wood fiber world. Blitz's parchment constructed 3D puzzler is a visual and aural marvel whose beauty, to an extent, assuages the relative drudgery of its gameplay...

Due to its inherent suitability to touch-based controls, line-drawing games are a genre that exploded in popularity long ago (in gaming time). Nowadays, it feels like there isn't much in the genre that hasn't been covered in some form or fashion. ..

Here's a question: How in the world does a puzzle game generate buzz in a world dominated by 'match 3' games? Well, you can either stand out via presentation, or stand out via quality gameplay. Quell Memento [$0.99], a new Sokoban-style puzzler available on the App Store, tries to do both...

Role-playing games are almost universally about becoming the big damn hero, playing the one central character or party that changes the whole world. No one wants to play the innkeeper, shopkeeper, or that old guy who hangs out in a cave waiting to give the hero his sword. ..

I’m a sucker for throwback games. The original Mario Bros. Tank. Ms. Pac-Man. Crystal Castles. I love them all. Starship Battles drums up fond, and not so fond, memories of Missile Command, which I played the hell out of on Atari 2600. Destroying lines that fell out of the sky with blue-purple explosions was a guilty pleasure. Well, that is until the entire screen was filled with lines and my base was wiped from the face of the galaxy. Sigh. ..

You smash down into the outside of an airport. There are a swarm of yellow baddies attacking the place. J.A.R.V.I.S. tells you to get going while you can. You touch a button on your suit. You’re flying through the air...

From the moment Leviathan: Warships [$4.99 (HD)] was announced, I was crackling with an electric anticipation. Published by the developer of some of my favorite PC games, Paradox Interactive, this strategic naval combat game challenges players to outfit and lead a fleet against AI and online opponents. Set in an alternate history, beautifully stylized ships combine traditional firepower with a few high-tech tricks like beam weapons and energy shields. Personally, I can't think of many game concepts that would get me more excited than this one. But, as Leviathan: Warships has reminded me, even amazing concepts don't always translate into amazing experiences...

Ripstone Ltd. would like to sell you a time machine. For only a buck, you can download Gun Commando [$0.99] and travel way back to 1993, a year when Bill Clinton was president, Sega and Nintendo went 15 rounds in the 16-bit console prize fight, and first-person shooters didn't bother with radical ideas like aiming up and down...

At the outset of Garden of Fear [Free / Free], you wake up in a cold, dark dungeon with no idea how you wound up there. I think there's more to the story, though. I submit that your rowdy friends got you liquored up, blindfolded you, spun you around a dozen times, stuffed some supplies in your pocket, and dumped you down a hole, leaving you to feel your way to freedom while avoiding bloodthirsty monsters and a wicked hangover. That's how playing Garden of Fear feels, at any rate...

In this day and age, it takes more than a fresh coat of paint to differentiate oneself in the endless runner genre. While Chillingo's Dream Chaser [Free] certainly succeeds in bringing its own visual flair, its the game's story mode (in addition to the secondary endless mode) that gives it a leg-up on a lot of the competition. However, a few annoying issues with the story mode and graphics keep Dream Chaser from loftier heights...

Remember when the word "port" conjured up terrifying visions of developers taking your favorite arcade game and cramming them into cartridges that spat out blurry graphics and fuzzy sound? Twisted Pixel does, and they know it wouldn't be proper to make gamers revisit those dark days, so they put forth a solid effort teaching their Xbox Live platformer, Ms. Splosion Man [$2.99], how to speak mobile. Solid, indeed, except for a bothersome implementation of an IAP pay wall...

Ravenous Games' Gravity Duck [$0.99] is the sort of game you already know if you’ve played indie PC gaming favorite VVVVVV – you’ve got happy pixelly graphics, the ability to jump's been replaced with a gravity-reversal mechanic that slings you from floor to ceiling, and even the same treacherous spikes litter the landscapes. Okay, there are a few differences. For one thing, this time around, you’re playing the part of a duck...

'Gun Bros 2' Review - Bro Harder

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It's been over two years since Glu's Gun Bros [Free] landed on iOS with a bang. A dual-stick shooter infused with freemium elements, Gun Bros' gameplay style was somewhat novel at the time and would be a precursor to the way iOS games would monetize in the coming years. Fast forward to today, and Gun Bros 2 [Free] looks to update and improve upon its predecessor in an environment that is vastly different than before. Offering more guns, more bros, and a streamlined experience for earning experience and currency, Gun Bros 2 is an enjoyable shooter, if you can get past the inevitable paywall...

If an awkwardly earnest take on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme sounds like a good time to you, you'll probably dig Sarah Northway's Word Up Dog [$1.99]. Get it? "Dig"? Because you'll be digging in the dirt for dog bones and letters...? Just priming you for the endearing dorkiness of Word Up Dog, friends—it's a fun, original little word game, but you have to love it for the underdog it is...

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