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'Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour' Multiplayer Review - Still the Gold Standard for iOS Multiplayer

Recently we reviewed and enjoyed Gameloft's Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour's [$6.99] single player offerings. While the game's campaign continued the trend of offering a pretty great single player experience, there were a few perpetual nagging issues that seemed to hold it back. Of course, like its console brethren, most folks don't play Modern Combat for its story. Rather, they play it for its multiplayer options, which were introduced with Black Pegasus and greatly refined in Fallen Nation. With Zero Hour, Gameloft has again delivered an awesome FPS multiplayer experience on iOS that really can't be beat...

'Walking Dead: The Game' Review - A Dark Zombie Tale

Walking Dead: The Game [Free] is a five-part adventure game series set in the merciless, dark, and violent universe of the Walking Dead. As a whole, the games feel like a celebration of their source material; the characters are believably fickle, the action is terrifying and sudden, and the potential of violence colors every scenario. If you've ever wanted to experience Robert Kirkman's world in game form, this is the way to do it...

'Angry Birds Star Wars' Review - The Force Is Strong With... You Know The Rest

I've got to admit, when I first heard that Rovio was set to release a Star Wars themed Angry Birds game, I thought it was a joke. After I realized that it was real, I started wondering how the mobile giant would treat this venerable series that has, admittedly, had its ups and downs over the years. It turns out Rovio has managed to accomplish the impossible: make a Star Wars game in this day and age that's actually fun to play. Angry Birds Star Wars [$0.99 / $2.99 (HD)] is an excellent addition to the series with just enough fan service and formula tweaks to make it a must-play...

'ARC Squadron' Review - One of the Finest Barrel Rolls On iOS

One of the coolest things to witness on iOS is when a developer creates a game that successfully makes a complete transition from traditional controls to touch mechanisms. Sure, a lot of games can get by through simply adding virtual control pads and buttons, but it's the games that make perfect use of touch controls that feel much more natural and fun. ARC Squadron [$2.99 / Free] by Psyonix is one such game and is a blast to play on iOS. By including a simple but highly effective control scheme, a decent selection of beautifully detailed levels, and a great upgrade system, ARC Squadron embodies what makes an iOS game great and is a must-play...

'Need For Speed Most Wanted' Review - A Racer That Really Twirls My Keychain

It's crazy to think that in a couple of years we'll be celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Need for Speed series. The games have come a shockingly long way since the original 3DO release in 1994, and while Need For Speed Most Wanted [$6.99] definitely has that highly-iterative EA feel to it, they're getting closer and closer to perfection. ..

'Punch Quest' Review - A Flawless Free-to-Play Victory

'Punch Quest' Review - A Flawless Free-to-Play Victory

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October 26th, 2012 2:59 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in 5 stars, Action, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews
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It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the unholy alliance between Rocketcat Games and Madgarden would result in one of the best free to play titles available on the App Store today. There's some serious pedigree behind these two developers with Rocketcat contributing Hook Champ [$2.99], Super QuickHook [$2.99], and Mage Gauntlet [$2.99] to their side of the equation while Madgarden throws their hat into the ring via Saucelifter [$1.99], Sword of Fargoal [$1.99], Sword of Fargoal Legends [$2.99], and the upcoming Sword of Fargoal 2. All of those games would be on any short list of "must have iOS games" of mine, and Punch Quest [Free] easily finds a home among that list as well...

'Girls Like Robots' Review - Adult Swim's Cheeriest Masterpiece Yet

Seating arrangements can be killer. If you've ever helped plan a wedding, you already know this: the last thing you want to do in the last weeks before a big event are sort through RSVPs and figure out if your Aunt Maude still has a grudge against her sister, and if so, where on earth can you fit her and Uncle Jeb? You just want to make everyone happy, but there's only so much space to work with. It helps to have something to hold on to, cards or labels you can shuffle around. It makes it a little bit like a game...

Last year Adult Swim Games and PikPok collaborated to blow our minds with a match-3 game. Yeah that’s right, a match-3, one of the most tired and overdone genres on the App Store. It was really their rethinking of the matching mechanics and a high level of presentation that reinvigorated our match-3 love with Monsters Ate My Condo [$0.99], and now almost exactly one year later they’ve done it again with the follow-up Super Monsters Ate My Condo [Free]...

'Bad Piggies' Review - Hide Your Eggs, the Pigs are Coming in This Fantastic Physics Puzzler

Over the years as Rovio has grown from a struggling Finnish mobile development studio to nearly muscling the WWE (and similar brands) off Wal-Mart store shelves in exchange for everything from Angry Birds T-Shirts to dog toys to band aids and decorative wall decals, leaving many of us have been wondering what's next? Angry Birds Space [$0.99 / $2.99 (HD)] mixed up the formula a bit, and the re-release of Casey's Contraptions re-branded as Amazing Alex [$0.99 / $2.99 (HD)] failed to impress...

'God of Blades' Review - An Artistically Inspired Hack-and-slash

One minute spent with God of Blades [$2.99] and it's clear that it isn't the most mechanically complex or the tightest side-scrolling hack-and-slash out there. Its biggest problem is its scenario design, which is ignorant of how floaty the core combat feels. Boss fights in particular are too technical and desire a level of mastery impossible to summon given how your guy kinda glides and bounces through the battlefield...

'Bastion' Review - The Kid Makes a Smashing Debut for iPad

Supergiant Games' Bastion [$4.99] is truly a game whose reputation precedes it. When the indie game released in July of last year, it quickly became a hit with its fascinating story, catchy music and well-done action RPG gameplay. Fast-forward a year later and iOS gamers are finally able to check out the land of Caelondia. Suffice to say, Bastion makes a near-perfect transition to iOS and should be experienced by just about everyone...

'The World Ends With You: Solo Remix' Review - Square Enix's Beloved RPG Transitions Gracefully to iOS

Like a lot of gamers out there, I'm tired of your standard JRPG protagonists. They're always the same, always sullen, good-looking lone wolves with tragic pasts. The headphones-wearing, purple-vested Neku Sakuraba of Square Enix's The World Ends With You: Solo Remix [$17.99 / $19.99 (HD)] is no different but that's okay because it's still a ridiculously brilliant game...

'Mikey Shorts' Review - Good, Old Fashioned Fun

When I was six or so, I spent my afternoons in the house of a woman named Joan, tagging along with her three kids in an after-school care situation. It was there I got my first introduction to console games, playing things like Paperboy and Jeopardy! on their NES. But my first true love was Super Mario Bros. I wasn't very good, but whenever my turn came around I'd play my little heart out, running across World 1-1, memorizing the jumps, eventually picking up the trickier hops in 1-2, and barrelling through over, and over, and over. Mikey Shorts [$0.99] brings that feeling back like it's brand new...

'10000000' Review - A Bad Icon and Terrible Name, But an Absolutely Awesome Puzzle Game

The best part of my job is randomly stumbling across a game no one knows about, by a developer no one has heard of, and have it absolutely blow my mind. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it results in drained batteries and dropping everything to get something on the site about it while I wait for my iPhone to charge only to return to the fray. 10000000 [$2.99] popped up on the Hot New Games list on the TouchArcade App [Free] this afternoon (True story!) and, as usual, I downloaded it to give it a spin. I lost most of my afternoon and the better part of this evening to 10000000, and I'd do it all again (and probably will tomorrow)...

'Great Big War Game' Review - War Is Even Greater Online

Turn-based strategy games are a natural fit on iOS, as evidenced by the decent selection of offerings on the App Store. However, it’s rare to find a title that takes the effort to implement every facet of its offering with care and attention to detail. Rubicon’s Great Little War Game [$1.99 / Free] was one such title, offering iOS gamers an excellent strategy experience. Its newly released sequel, Great Big War Game [$2.99], continues the tradition with the inclusion of asynchronous multiplayer that truly changes the game...

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