Category Archives: Universal

'Homo Machina' Review - Even Better Than the Real Thing

Let's face it, the human body, even your body, is pretty disgusting. It oozes various fluids, the upkeep on it gets progressively more difficult as you get older, and if you peek into its insides with x-rays or ultrasound, there's all sorts of weird, indescribable (to laypeople, doctors mostly understand this stuff) things happening there. Homo Machina [$2.99] does all of us a favor and imagines the inside of a human body as a mostly orderly series of machines that govern different bodily functions. Congrats, you're a cyborg, albeit one with late 19th/early 20th century technology. Also, there are tiny people, a whole slew of them in fact, running around in your innards, helping to regulate all your various processes. But again, we'd submit that it's really no stranger than what goes on inside your body IRL...

'Animal Super Squad' Review - Control a Flying Chicken and Let Hilarity Ensue

If you are in a lighthearted mood and want a game you can sit down to and enjoy while laughing out loud, then Animal Super Squad [$4.99] is your game. You will probably be shaking in your seat from laughter every 10 seconds you play. The game is simply hilarious, but enjoyable at the same time. Animal Super Squad actually made its way from Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC onto iOS and Android recently and it shows in the presentation. The game has very nice visuals and physics that are simply outstanding to take in. There literally seems like an endless amount of variation to falls, spins and jumps in the game as it feels like it was made to be a Nvidia PhysX technology showpiece. You can be flung in the air while doing flips only to become a hamburger in the end as you fall. This may occur after your chosen animal takes too much of a beating and the vehicle either crashed or you abandoned it. Yea, hilarity is part of the game’s appeal...




If you are a Sony fan or a portable gamer who either owned a PSP or a Vita, you may have heard of the infamous and underrated No Heroes Allowed series. These are very portable-centric titles that scratch that nostalgia itch from games in the '80s and '90s. They have pixelated graphics with monsters, heroes, dungeons, loot and all that you would expect if you played something like the early Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest series...

Q-Games finally brings their popular PixelJunk franchise to mobile platforms beginning with iOS. Eden Obscura [Free] released on iOS over the weekend. Originally announced a year ago, Q-Games announced the release date for both iOS and Android over at BitSummit, the indie game festival, in Japan. This is a spinoff to PixelJunk Eden and has some gorgeous visuals and great music. Watch the trailer for Eden Obscura below:..

'Minesweeper Genius' Review – A Classic Game with a Modern Twist

We all have those memories from childhood, the ones which follow us through our life, bringing back huge waves of nostalgia whenever anything reminds us of the more innocent and simple times of our youth. For me one of those memories is visiting my mum, sitting in her office at this huge, clunky looking computer and playing minesweeper. So, to say I was excited when I heard about Minesweeper Genius [$1.99] would be an understatement of the greatest magnitude. Let me tell you now, I was not disappointed. Minesweeper Genius takes a well-known classic and dresses it in some of the best elements of today's mobile gaming world. Graphics have come a long way since the original minesweeper was released on an ancient PC, and many developers have cloned the iconic game with up to date effects. However, Mother Gaia Studio's vision was to change the graphics completely, they offer us "A modern take on the classic minesweeper game!" (quoted from their App Store description)...

Follow me if you will back in time to early 2014 when indie developer Dustin Auxier released his hit Flash game dungeon crawler The Enchanted Cave [$0.99] on the App Store. Technically the game had been on iOS previously, as Dustin had contracted out the porting of the game to a third party studio who released an iPad version called simply Enchanted Cave way back in October of 2010. The truth though was that nobody, including Dustin, ever really liked that version, and so he took it upon himself to learn how to port the game on his own so he could do it justice. That original The Enchanted Cave was well-liked both by people who knew the Flash version and people completely new to the game, and its success afforded Dustin the chance to work on a sequel which would flesh out the concept and make improvements based on feedback of the first game. It was just over three years ago that that sequel, The Enchanted Cave 2 [$5.99], arrived on the App Store to much acclaim, including our own 4.5 star review...

Are you a fan of Gradius or R-Type? If you are and enjoy pixelated and retro graphics, you definitely need to give Super Hydorah [$6.99] a try. This mobile release comes some months after the PC and PS4/Vita versions of the game which came out late last year, and offers everything a horizontal shoot 'em up fan would want. Super Hydorah is a horizontal shooter where you move in a trajectory toward the exit from the left to right side of a stage while avoiding obstacles, enemies, and missiles being launched your way. If you have twitch reflexes and enjoy feeling adrenaline or on the edge during your gameplay sessions, you will feel right at home with this game...

'Zero/Sum' Review – A Game Way More Hero Than Zero

Zero/Sum [$1.99], is a nifty little concept wrapped in a big box of awesome. Sean Kearney and his indie studio Squeezebox Software have worked long and hard to present us with the perfect formula for a simple yet addictive game. It has a unique feel best described by a quote from their website, "It's Sudoku meets Die Hard". ..

It's been about six months since Plague Inc [$0.99] contracted Mad Cow Disease, so it seems like it's about time to add another infectious disease to the game, don't ya think? Developer Ndemic Creations thinks so too, and they've just announced the next big update for the humanity-eradicating strategy game. This one goes by the name Mutation 16 aka The Royal Update. No, it has nothing to do with a certain wedding that's happening on Saturday, rather this is due to Plague Inc receiving a royal award from Her Majesty The Queen called The Queen’s Enterprise Award for Innovation. Hey, congrats! Virtually killing off all life on Earth is certainly innovative. Now, on to the actual content that will be in The Royal Update...

You may be familiar with falling-down roguelike games that have blocks or obstacles falling on your character and you have to survive as long as you can without getting hit. Well, Volcano Tower [Free] is one of those games in a platformer dressing. The game has a very Tiki type of theme with masks, angry-faced blocks and overall Pacific Islander-style aesthetics present. This makes the game stand out a bit from other offerings on mobile in terms of its looks. However, Volcano Tower doesn't have much going on besides that. It is a game that does have that addictive quality the first half hour or so you play it, but gets very repetitive afterwards. ..

Although indie developer Dark-1 calls their game a music-based rhythm title, in reality it is more of a hardcore maze-platformer hybrid with some rhythm thrown in for good measure. The music is really there to add to its intensity and challenge. Odium To the Core [$2.99] is challenging to say the least, and it may surprise some of you given how easy it is to control. This is one of the more intense and interesting games to hit the App Store recently. ..

'Guildlings,' the Next Game from the Creator of 'Threes!', Gets a Teaser Trailer

We've been covering Guildlings for a long time now. Over the last year or so, we've been getting small teases through newsletters and reveals for what exactly Guildlings is ahead of its launch. Sirvo's upcoming game is set to release this Summer on iOS and Android and today, we finally get a teaser trailer for it. The trailer shows off a small bit of what you actually do in the game ranging from some combat and dialogue. Watch the trailer below:..

'Bombarika' Review - A Truly Bombastic Puzzle Experience

The App Store and mobile gaming as a whole is no stranger to puzzle games. These games can range from the weird to the bizarre with many different variants falling under this genre. The touchscreen naturally works well for these types of games for a variety of reasons, but one major reason for this is that many puzzle games are not filled with a lot of on-screen clutter or virtual buttons and just require a tap or drag of the finger for input...

It seems almost greedy to want more characters in Power Rangers Legacy Wars [Free] considering that it already features dozens of Power Rangers from the TV series and movies, not to mention their villains. Then again, when you consider it's already sort of a fighting game mashup because it's bringing different seasons together with the films, it is really that much of a stretch to invite new challengers from the likes of, say, Street Fighter to do battle?..

Back in late February, developer Mad Otter Games brought their MMORPG Villagers & Heroes [Free] to iOS complete with cross-platform play between the existing (and quite popular) desktop and Android versions. While there is no shortage of games that would technically qualify as MMORPGs on the App Store, most of them follow the typical free to play game formula and lack the real substance that made the genre so compelling back when games like EverQuest and World of Warcraft were ruling the roost. Villagers & Heroes on the other hand brings that old-school-style of MMORPG and works quite flawlessly across platforms. While last year's huge Starfall expansion focused on refining the combat side of things in Villagers & Heroes, the Wellspring expansion that we detailed last month was to focus more on the villages and community aspects of the game. And that Wellspring update is now available...

Late last month I shared the details of the upcoming version 2.3 update for Skullgirls [Free] on mobile, and I also did not hold back my feelings on why I think this is far and away the best mobile fighting game out there. I won't go down that road quite as verbosely as last time, but definitely give it a read if you're curious what makes Skullgirls on mobile so darn special. What I will do though is shout from the rooftops that the version 2.3 update for Skullgirls has gone live in the App Store, and boy is it a doozy. So obviously the big ticket item in this new update is something we focused on a lot in that previous post, and that is the addition of Squigly to the roster of fighters in the game. Squigly is an incredibly unique character in that she has the ability to build up Dragon Charges which, when used, can augment the types of moves she performs, effectively giving her more moves and possibilities than any other character...

Have I ever mentioned that Redshift's The Quest [$7.99] is an absurd value for money and one of the most expansive RPG adventure games available on mobile? Because just in case I haven't, it is, and it is growing even larger today thanks to a new expansion being released. The Quest - Celtic Queen [$2.99] is an expansion adventure developed by longtime Redshift collaborator Zarista Games, and it was originally released as an expansion for what is now known as The Quest Classic way back in 2012. Today's release is the high resolution remastered version of that expansion, which is compatible with the high resolution remastered The Quest. Here's a brief synopsis of Celtic Queen...

Axe.IO [Free] is one of those frantic multiplayer games with an captivating edge to it that will have you keep coming back for another round. The game has a very charming and colorful art style with simple, yet, tricky gameplay. You will be running around various maps ranging from courtyards to castles and swinging an axe at other players or a dragon (yes you heard that right there is a co-op mode where you take on dragons). When you miss, you have to frantically grab your ax that you dropped or find a new one to pick up...

It was exactly a month ago that I got pretty excited over the trailer to a new game from developer Dark-1 called Odium to the Core [$2.99], and while it arrived a bit too late to be included in our weekly roundup the game is now available for purchase in the App Store. Odium to the Core is a cave flyer where you'll guide your little creature through perilous levels collecting orbs, finding hidden secrets, and hopefully making it to the goal at the end. It uses the tried and true "tap to float up and release to drop down" control mechanic used in most cave flyers, but it also ties the gameplay into the beats of the kicking soundtrack that plays in the background. It doesn't necessarily feel like a rhythm game, but the way the music syncs up to the action is really satisfying...

If you are an avid gamer on mobile and follow the scene, you may know that retro-style pixel art has been the rave the last couple of years. Many great games offer graphics from a bygone era, but redone with a magic digital touch to bring these aesthetics to modern play controls and structures in gaming. Crescent Moon Games' Reed [$1.99] is a game that fits this mold. It is a platformer that will keep you hooked for its art style alone, but one that will also scratch that hardcore itch. Reed is a platformer that relies on double jumps and quick wits to navigate the game's 50 levels. The levels are generally very short and it shouldn't take you more than a couple hours to complete the game if you are a skilled platform player. However, let's get to the game's weird, but captivating, storyline first...

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