Category Archives: 4.5 stars

'Pandemic: The Board Game' for iPad Review - Saving the World, One Sneeze at a Time

Many of us dream of saving the world, but few really get that opportunity. Pandemic: The Board Game [$6.99 (HD)] is a cooperative board game that tasks you with stopping four deadly diseases before they consume the world. It has already been a blockbuster on tabletops, attracting the likes of Wil Wheaton, and now it's taking the App Store by storm. This first time effort from developer F2Z has a lot riding on it. Let’s see if it lives up to expectations...

'Transport Tycoon' Review - All Aboard for a Great Ride

The year was 1994. It was a more innocent time. The 80s had been over for a few years (sadly), and music was about six years away from sucking. There was a man named Chris Sawyer. Years before he sucked away our lives with Rollercoaster Tycoon, he killed our social life with a business management sim, something that was new at the time...

'Incredipede' Review - This Physics Puzzler Has Legs. So Many Legs.

Quozzle lacks most of what we might call heroic virtues. She hasn't got a body, or even much of a face. She's an eyeball, a few exposed bones and some scraps of flesh and muscle. A monster. But as the hero of Incredipede [$3.99], she has heart. She has tenacity. She has everything you give her. She might not look like a hero, but she'll have you feeling like one...

'Small World 2' Review - The World Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

'Small World 2' Review - The World Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

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October 1st, 2013 4:00 PM EDT by Brad Cummings in $9.99, 4.5 stars, Board, Games, Reviews
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The real-world version of Small World is one of the pioneers of the iPad board game porting world. Released just days after the launch of iPad 1, it was influential in showing what the iPad meant for the future of board gaming. Relatively old-fashioned by today’s standards, it limited the game to two players and kept it a strictly offline experience. Enter Small World 2[$9.99 (HD)], a major update to this “classic” game bringing it up to date and making it a contender. So, if you passed it by before, is the new update and new price worth your while? Let’s find out...

'Shadowrun Returns' Review - A Kickstarter-Fueled Cyberpunk Classic

Shadowrun Returns [$9.99 (HD)] isn't a simple rehash of the 16-Bit console games that founded the universe it lives in. It's the same brand new adventure that was scripted and coded from the ground up for PC and Mac and it is, quite simply, a masterpiece...

'Pocket Trains' Review - Making Logistics Fun

Nearly half a year after its action-oriented take on Snake, the folks at NimbleBit are back again with a free-to-play title much closer to its time management roots. Indeed, from as superficial standpoint, Pocket Trains [Free] shares some of the aesthetic and gameplay formula of Pocket Planes [Free]. However, behind the similarities is an excellent transportation management title that offers deeper strategic gameplay than its spiritual predecessor. Combine this with NimbleBit's penchant for fair IAP balancing, and Pocket Trains is yet another fun title that needs to be checked out...

'Help Me Fly' Review - Biplane Circuitry that Makes You Scream Woohoo

Pretty much every week, new puzzle games hit the App Store. It becomes increasingly hard to find innovative titles or puzzle games that are just plain fun. Is the game too hard? Too easy? Do I even care to get past the first twenty-plus stages? Help Me Fly [Free] from Funtomic is probably one of the smartest puzzle games I’ve played in a good while. The cartoonish visuals may seem like the game was designed for kids, but this title is filled with circuitry delights that will appeal to even the most diligent, puzzle-solving aficionado...

'Tower of Fortune 2' Review - A Very Fortunate Sequel

If there is one genre that is having a great go of things thanks to the mobile gaming surge, it's physics-based puzzle games. But if there is a second genre, it would have to be the RPG. With major western RPGs like Baldur's Gate [$9.99 (HD)], major Japanese RPGs like Chaos Rings 2 [$15.99], and a bevy of unique hybrids and smaller-scale work from lesser-known developers all under one beautiful gaming roof, RPG gamers have it good on iOS. The coolest thing about this boom is that we've seen some really interesting ideas that probably never would have even been attempted on other platforms, like Tower of Fortune [$0.99], a curious little roguelike/slot machine hybrid that caught a fair bit of attention a couple years back. It had some similarities to the great King Cashing [$2.99], but brought enough of its own unique style to find success, and so like that game, we are now lucky enough to be playing a sequel...

'Orborun' Review - The World's Most Fragile Robot

With its auto-forward movement, behind the character viewpoint, and the word 'run' in the title, you'd be forgiven for thinking Orborun [$1.99] is just another endless runner. Oh, it's a runner, or rather a roller, but instead of just throwing various random obstacles at you ad infinitum, this is a stage-based affair with a lot of puzzle elements and devilish obstacles. The result is quite a fun game, but fair warning: it's a pretty stiff challenge...

'Heroes of Loot' Review - Prepare to Grind Your Thumbs to Dust

Heroes of Loot [$1.99] by Pascal Bestebroer is not just another fantasy RPG. I hadn’t played an old-school crawler like this in some time so the dread of disconnect and an extremely high level of entry were present before I even booted the app. Moments after clearing my first dungeon, I was given the treat of old-fashioned grinding in its purest form. While running and gunning my way through the ghoulish hordes with metal and magic, I was surprised by the smooth gameplay and understated strategy that makes the app illuminate a corridor in the genre all its own. Heroes of Loot provides a speed and intensity that keeps me on edge, sprinkled with a sensible amount of wit and satirical nodding, keeping the experience inviting and ever-playable...

'Slender Rising' Review - Slender Man Packs on Muscle

As the temperature grows cool and the leaves begin to drop, Touch Arcade rounds up can't-miss horror experiences from earlier this year and further back that will keep you good and spooked this fall...

'Beach Games' Review - Fun In The Sun

Donut Games knows how to make a killer casual experience. And with 36 iOS games now under their belt, they seem to be doing something right. Beach Games [$1.99] is no exception...

'Ninjin' Review - A Healthy Addition to Your Diet

This little ninja was so stealthy, he almost slipped right past me unnoticed. When Ninjin [Free] first popped up on the App Store, I briefly looked at it, chuckled at the title, and dismissed it. Later, I noticed the game was getting some love in our forums, so I decided to give it a proper go, and boy, am I glad that I did. The core gameplay of Ninjin is fast-paced and fun, and it's packed with a lot of content for its price...

'Call of Duty: Strike Team' Review - A Precision Single-Player Strike

Considering it's been nearly two years since we've seen a Call of Duty game hit iOS, we were pretty surprised when the folks at Activision seemed to conjure up Call of Duty: Strike Team [$6.99] out of thin air. Even more interesting was Strike Team being billed as a whole new Call of Duty adventure, and not just a port of a gameplay mode from a console game. While this alone would make most gamers hyped to check it out, I'm happy to report that Strike Team is simply an incredible game in its own right. Successfully taking the essence of Call of Duty and infusing it into a mobile package, Strike Team is a must-own...

'Gurk III - the 8-bit RPG' Review - Music to Classic CRPG Fans' Ears

It's been a tough month for fans of classic CRPGs. Whatever one's feelings might be on EA's new Ultima Forever [Free], there's no questioning the fact that it doesn't have a lot in common with previous games in the highly (and rightly) revered series. Well, whether your heart was broken, stomped on, and tossed in a dumpster or, you know, not, if you're looking for something that scratches the itch for some old-school Ultima, you have got to check out Gurk III, the 8-bit RPG [$1.99]...

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