Category Archives: 5 stars

'Ridiculous Fishing' Review - Ridiculous Fishing? More Like Ridiculous Amounts of Fun

If you were around in the early 90's, surely you remember the Dream Team. If not, imagine a time when the sport of basketball was flooded with incredible players, and an Olympic team was assembled of among the best men to ever play the sport playing their respective positions. Unsurprisingly, they took home the gold. If an iOS equivalent exists, it has to be the team of guys behind the recently released Ridiculous Fishing. Vlambeer, responsible for Super Crate Box [$1.99], Zach Gage, the man behind our 2012 Game of the Year Runner-Up, SpellTower [$1.99], Greg Wohlwend who have made too many amazing games to list, and Eirik Suhrke, the maestro behind both Spelunky and Hotline Miami responsible for the soundtrack. Put those guys together in a room, and similarly, they're going to produce gold. What started as the Flash game Radical Fishing has since been endlessly refined into a game that I've been unable to put down...

'Year Walk' Review - Be Careful What You Wish For

I was in a panic. An actual panic...

'Little Inferno' for iPad Review - Burning Up the Hours

There's nothing better than a big, crackling fire, for ambiance, for warmth, for burning all your belongings. In the world of Little Inferno [$4.99], the best thing in life is getting a new toy or gizmo in the mail, tossing it in your Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace, and setting it on fire. In fact, there may be nothing else. Nothing else at all...

'Pixel People' Review - A Brave New World of Timers and Clones

For a while now, I've been worn out on free-to-play sims. Tiny Tower [Free] and Dragonvale [Free] devoured my waking hours (and my phone's battery), but then I grew listless. What's the point, I thought, in clicking stuff to earn coins that just let you click more stuff? Pixel People [Free] has reminded me of something fundamental: it's not the point that matters, it's the fun along the way. LambdaMu Games has distilled everything I love about the freemium sim formula into one incredibly potent brew...

'Battle of the Bulge' for iPad Review - A Grognard's Wardream

Shenandoah Studios' The Battle of the Bulge [$9.99] is to the iPad what SSG's fabled Panzer General was to PC gaming in the '90s. Its a game that will make historical strategy diehards swoon, while also being pretty enough, and easy enough to learn, to draw in people who never knew that this was the game they'd been waiting for...

'Joe Danger' Review - In Danger of Being Too Much Fun

As mobile hardware reaches the point of being comparable to consoles, we're seeing less and less "Game Boy" versions of popular gaming franchises. That is, it's no longer becoming necessary to dumb down or limit a version of a console or PC game just to create a mobile version. In fact we've seen plenty of straight up ports of console and PC games that sacrifice very little technically in order to work on the iOS platform...

'Mutant Mudds' Review - A Challenging, Inventive, and Satisfying Platformer

Platforming games can be a finicky genre on iOS. It almost always comes down to the controls. I've played otherwise great games that were marred by terrible virtual controls, and on the flip side I've played some platformers that controlled beautifully but were bland and boring. To really shine, a platformer has to nail both the controls and the design to a high degree, and that's exactly what Renegade Kid's Mutant Mudds [$8.99] has accomplished...

'Hundreds' Review - Counting On Only the Best

Hundreds [$4.99] could almost get away without an explanation. Here's how the first level plays: you put your finger down on a circle. It starts growing, and a number counts up. When it hits 100, you win. You will never need a tutorial—anyone can learn to play...

'Anomaly Korea' Review - If It Ain't Broke...

When 11 Bit Studios released Anomaly Warzone Earth [$0.99 / $1.99] on iOS in 2011, we were blown away by its unique 'tower offense' take on a genre that had grown stagnant. Fast forward a year and a half later and the first sequel to the acclaimed game has finally arrived. While Anomaly Korea [$0.99] continues to impress with the same great gameplay and concepts as its predecessor, folks looking for more than cursory improvements may be a little disappointed...

'Ravensword: Shadowlands' Review - A New Benchmark in iOS Open-world Gaming

In case you haven't noticed, we've really been awaiting the release of Crescent Moon Games' follow-up to their 2009 open-world RPG Ravensword [$2.99] (and so have you, if our anticipated games list is any indication). After years of waiting, including the launch of a new label as well as another excellent RPG, Ravensword: Shadowlands [$6.99] is finally here. Just as the original Ravensword made its mark for bringing a sought-after genre to iOS, Shadowlands demonstrates just how far the genre has come on the platform, making it one of the most ambitious and enjoyable RPGs of the year...

'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. ..

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