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Andrew Fisher

with the 148Apps Network since May 9, 2014

Andrew Fisher is a lifelong player of games, both digital and real-world. From the 8-bit era of his youth to the iOS and tabletop games he plays today, he has always been fascinated with that special alchemical mixture that results in gaming gold.

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Blight’s Decay Review

Blight’s Decay Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Blight's Decay is a filler game, neither deep nor complex. However, it is still quite fun and excellently presented.

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1st & Goal Review

1st & Goal Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
1st & Goal is a board gamer's football game, a football fan's board game, and well worth a look.

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Dragon Quest II Review

Dragon Quest II Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Dragon Quest 2 is another quality remake of one of the progenitors to the modern JRPG.

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Inferno 2 Review

Inferno 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
With tight controls and awesome, stark visuals, Inferno 2 is loads of fun.

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Incandescence Review

Incandescence Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Incandescence promises intense tapping action, but isn't particularly fun.

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applepay03A couple of years ago, with the holiday season rapidly approaching, my mother generously asked me if there was anything I wanted for Christmas. As it turned out my wife and I were just getting into board games as a hobby, but not wanting my mom to bother wandering into a Manhattan board game specialty store I just told her I’d give her the names of a few games we were interested in that I knew she could find on Amazon. She surprised me with her response – that she wasn’t going to be able to get me those games because she didn’t feel comfortable shopping online.

My mother is the first to admit that she’s not the most tech-savvy person around, but I was still shocked that she wouldn’t order anything from Amazon, and further shocked that she had never bought anything online. When I asked why, both she and my father explained that they simply didn’t trust the technology and that it made them uncomfortable.

applepay02I guess the reason I found it difficult to accept is because online transactions have represented the majority of my expenses for years. So the idea that people who are otherwise modern, educated, competent folks wouldn’t trust something as universal as online shopping – their instinctive distrust – seemed downright silly to me as someone who is, by upbringing and profession, constantly exposed to the world of social media, online commerce, and internet connectivity.

Which is why I had to stop and scold myself when I saw Apple Pay and immediately shook my head in disapproval.

Sure, there are security features in place. Sure, your credit info isn’t technically stored on the device. And sure, what is locally kept is locked behind a biometric defense system, can be disabled remotely, and probably has a dozen other security protocols I’m unaware of. Still, my gut reaction to the idea of using my phone to pay for things was instantaneous distrust – and that’s ridiculous.

applepay01Whether you’re an adherent to the Cult of Apple, just think their products are cool, or even if you have no intention of buying Apple’s newest miracle device, the fact is that this idea of a unified way of managing your credit, integrated into your mobile electronics, is a very likely technological progression. Of course security will always be an issue, but is there really any difference in using my computer to order something from an online retailer via my credit card or tapping my iPhone against a sensor to initiate the exact same kind of transaction in person? The bottom line is that (semantics aside) there isn’t, and I doubt very much that this feature will remain exclusive to the iPhone for long.

I also doubt I’m the only one who looked at Apple Pay and scoffed. But I think that, like my parents not trusting the idea of internet commerce, it’s just a product of technological inertia. No, I’m not one of the folks who ran out to get an iPhone 6 Plus on day 1, but I won’t be one of the naysayers who resists the direction this new tech is taking us simply because ‘it’s different and that makes me nervous.’

Goblin Sword Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Fun visuals, good music, engaging level design, and lots of content make Goblin Sword an excellent little game.

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Dragon Quest I Review

Dragon Quest I Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Its historical significance aside, Dragon Quest 1 is a fun, campy, difficult, thoroughly old-school RPG.

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Assassin’s Creed Memories Review

Assassin’s Creed Memories Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Assassin's Creed Memories is hardly a game at all, and shamefully wastes the chance to do something cool with its source material

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Armor Blade Review

Armor Blade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Great visuals and an interesting combat engine overcome minimal player interaction in Armor Blade

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The Manhattan Project Review

The Manhattan Project Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Manhattan Project offers a great Euro-style gameplay experience, but it is totally unwelcoming to new players

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Deep Under the Sky Review

Deep Under the Sky Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Deep Under Sky is beautiful in every way, but its gameplay is too restrictive and repetitive.

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Frontier Heroes Review

Frontier Heroes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Despite awesome visuals and great music, Frontier Heroes just doesn't quite deliver enough fun with its history lesson.

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Star Realms Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Star Realms is an excellent adaptation of an outstanding deck-builder. With great visuals and an effective presentation, Star Realms is awesome.

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Red Johnson’s Chronicles Review

Red Johnson’s Chronicles Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Red Johnson's Chronicles is an enjoyable, if campy, detective puzzler. With good visuals and engaging puzzles, its only real failing is its cheeseball dialogue.

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PAKO – Car Chase Simulator Review

PAKO – Car Chase Simulator Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
With a great art style, exciting music, and fun, simple gameplay, PAKO is the most fun you'll have crashing a car.

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Tank Titans HD Revew

Tank Titans HD Revew

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tank Titans HD feels less like a game and more like an incomplete proof-of-concept, without much to recommend it.

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Primitives Review

Primitives Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Combining stark, attractive visuals and challenging gameplay, Primitives is a solid puzzler.

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Sticky Soccer Review

Sticky Soccer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Sticky Soccer puts too much emphasis on the ‘sticky’ and not enough on the ‘Soccer’ or ‘Fun’.

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Soccer Physics Review

Soccer Physics Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Soccer Physics is as entertaining as it is absurd.

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Happy Flock Review

Happy Flock Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Underneath the gloss of Happy Flock's visuals is a game of very little substance. It's cute, but not engaging.

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HELMUT Review

HELMUT Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
HELMUT is a fun, fleeting time-sink that offers a momentary distraction and nothing else.

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Fallen Lords Review

Fallen Lords Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Fallen Lords is a decent game, but its similarity and inferiority compared to Ghost Stories makes it ultimately forgettable.

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ShockDrop PopTop Rugged Case Review

With a tough design and an excellent stand, the Shockdrop Poptop Rugged Case is a solid choice for those who value protection over form-factor.

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Dungeon Heroes Review

Dungeon Heroes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A highly-polished board game adaptation, Dungeon Heroes delivers challenging single-player and excellent 2-player gameplay.

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Spedition Review

Spedition Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Adequate in almost every way, Spedition sadly fails to deliver on the most valuable commodity – fun.

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Damn Little Town Review

Damn Little Town Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Deceptively simple gameplay and relatively minimal visuals hide a smart game of skill in Damn Little Town.

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Transport Empire Review

Transport Empire Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
With long build times and somewhat aimless gameplay, Transport Empire is little more than a distraction.

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Age of Fury Review

Age of Fury Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Combining nice graphics, engaging combat, and slick design, Age of Fury is a dangerously addictive experience, expertly engineered to separate you from your wallet.

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Rival Knights Review

Rival Knights Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rival Knights is fun and well-crafted, but unreasonable connectivity requirements make it impossible to play on the go.

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