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Bobby Gooding

Contributing Writer with the 148Apps Network since April 29, 2011

Bobby turned to the iPhone after his Blackberry started to feel a little old-fashioned -- and he hasn't looked back. As Editor of PC gaming website, Ironhammers.org, 148Apps offers him a chance to get some iPhone game reviews off his chest.

Bobby is not currently writing for the 148Apps Network.
Personal site :: http://ironhammers.org
Skeleton Jump Review

Skeleton Jump Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Just in time for Halloween, Skeleton Jump challenges players with helping a cute little skeleton get the candy he's after, by jumping obstacles in this fun and simple little game.

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Shift It Review

Shift It Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Color-matching, tile-sliding, puzzle gaming... all wrapped up in a neat and highly polished package.

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MetalStorm: Wingman Review

MetalStorm: Wingman Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A top flight combat simulator that does just about everything right, and it's free.

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Anthill: Tactical Trail Defense Review

Anthill: Tactical Trail Defense Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A strategical defense game that, by playing to the strengths of iOS, manages to make a real-time strategy type of game that finally feels right on the platform.

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Chain Surfer Review

Chain Surfer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
An extreme sport that involves balancing upon chains? And it's real? Exaggerated, but real!

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Parodise Review

Parodise Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
An action defense game that's filled with parodies and was originally denied entry to the App Store for objectionable content.

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Stinger Foosball League Review

Stinger Foosball League Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
While it seems like a tough one to pull off on the iPhone, this one's actually done a fairly good job of recreating foosball on a touch-screen device.

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Tiny Defense Review

Tiny Defense Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Tiny Defense takes the tried and tested tower defense genre and puts it onto a 2D playing field. It works a treat and comes out as one of the very best in its class.

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Blast Radius Pro Review

Blast Radius Pro Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A speedy space defense title that plays very nicely and looks to take advantage of in-app purchases, but doesn't quite get the formula right.

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Glowfish Review

Glowfish Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A stunningly beautiful, side-scrolling game that draws influences from many places, and ultimately delivering something unique, pretty and well worth a play.

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InvoiceOn Review

InvoiceOn Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Send invoices to clients for services or products, quickly and easily

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RC Plane 2 Review

RC Plane 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A very realistic and well made flight simulation, albeit with model planes.

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Hugely popular iOS game developers, Chillingo, have today announced that they’re not finished with feeding the cute little creature, Om Nom, just yet. The hit game, Cut the Rope, will be receiving its version 1.4 update in the near future, entitled ‘Toy Box’. With this update will come 25 brand new levels, some new features and even new game mechanics that’ll offer players some different ways to feed the little, green fellow.

New features will include a ‘Star Key’ that allows players to unlock boxes and the ability to choose what type of food is being played with — so it’s the players’ choice whether Om Nom has candy or donuts, but please do try to mix it up and ensure the little guy gets a balanced and varied diet. They’re also putting some hidden drawings into every box which can be unlocked and shared with friends via Facebook, while the final listed feature will allow one to get those friends playing by way of a built in ‘Gift This App’ option.

Finally, seeing as it’s a ‘Toy Box’ update, there had better be some toys, right? Well there is; Chillingo are also launching a range of plush Om Nom toys, pictured below, although there’s no revelation of when or where we’ll be able to buy these from just yet.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-05 :: Category: Games

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-10-07 :: Category: Games

Quantum Sheep, the developers responsible for games such as Air Supply, have decided to go ahead and launch another title. This time, though, it’s an iPad exclusive and certainly seems to make good use of the iPad’s extra screen real estate.

The game has a Tron-esque art style, with bright neon colors on a black background, and employs a very simple method for both controls and gameplay. The player’s put in control of a little square that follows the players finger in a 1:1 sort of way While the gameplay is described by the developer as being just as simple: “Essentially, you have to avoid the red balls and grab the blue ones,” they say. “Just grab the blue balls – avoid anything even remotely red!”

With power-ups such as Shields, Smartbombs and, in Quantum Sheep’s own words, ‘the Repel Thingy’ — as well as online leaderboards and achievements provided by Game Center, it certainly looks as though it could be another one of those simple but addictive little iOS games.

The whole retro arcade feel is wrapped up with some real nice 8-bit music from chiptune artist, Amiga Agia, which come with track titles such as ‘The Never Played Atari’ and ‘My Gameboy is better’, which are sure to please any nerd (especially me).

Those who like the idea of .Matrixx can even pick it up at a special introductory price in the App Store which will only last a couple of days. Waiting to grab it until later will mean it’ll cost a little extra, although I wouldn’t mind, I’m sure Quantum Sheep deserve it.

$0.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-07-17 :: Category: Games

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Review

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Transformers returns to iOS with a movie tie-in game

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Neenites Review

Neenites Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Help the cute little Neenties get to their spaceship, although it's not as easy as it may first appear.

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To a ‘biker,’ a motorcycle is far more than just a form of transportation, it’s a tool for fun and enjoyment as much as it is for getting from A to B. It’s likely, then, that bikers who happen to also own an iPhone may wish to keep track of all kinds of details about their motorcycles right on their device. So here’s GoodRide(SM), a free app that promises to do just that — and it’s been released by an insurance company, of all people.

With it’s latest version, US insurance providers Allstate have made GoodRide(SM) a very neat little tool to behold, whether you’re a customer of their insurance policies or not. There’s a bunch of features included within, helping the user’s bike journeys go off without a hitch. It allows for planning of a journey before setting off, will help with finding the nearest gas station along the way and also assists with being as safe ass possible by way of a pre-ride checklist — reminding the rider to check their brakes, lights, tires and such before actually jumping on a riding off into the sunset.

That’s just the start, though, as upon finishing a journey there’s the option to check how many miles we ridden, how long it took to get there and it’s even possible to attach a photo and share the journey with friends and family by way of Facebook or Twitter. Version 1.1 also brings a maintenence log into the app, allowing one to remember exactly when the bike was last serviced or the oil was last topped up. And finally, should the worst happen and the bike breaks down mid-trip a simple press of the button will put a phone call straight through to their Good Hands roadside assitance department to send out one of their service trucks, specially equipped to deal with motorcycles.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-06-02 :: Category: Lifestyle

Continuity 2: The Continuation Review

Continuity 2: The Continuation Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rearrange the levels to 'continue' the platforming and reach the exit.

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Juice Belts Review

Juice Belts Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A fruity, physics-based puzzler that everybody should take a look at.

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Flick Golf Extreme! Review

Flick Golf Extreme! Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Ever aimed a golf ball at a hole on an aircraft carrier from a tee on a moving helicopter? How about from an oil rig's helipad?

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Chop Chop Slicer Review

Chop Chop Slicer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Another round of finger slicing action, but this time there's no fruit!

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Dragon’s Lair 2: Time Warp Review

Dragon’s Lair 2: Time Warp Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Relive Dirk the daring's animated adventure in this iPhone version of the revlutionary arcade title.

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Space Leap Review

Space Leap Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Space Leap mixes ambience and relaxation with the usual puzzle format as players catapult a planet around space using gravity.

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SpaceArena Review

SpaceArena Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A 'classic arcade shooter', without so much shooting...

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Ducati Challenge Review

Ducati Challenge Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Any bikers out there? Ducati Challenge offers up a top-class motorcycle racer that can be played by all.

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Max Damage Review

Max Damage Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Impose Max Damage on the world: Max has a cannon and he's going to put it to good use in this top quality iPhone release.

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Zap — Bug Hell Review

Zap — Bug Hell Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Take on the role of Major Zap and help stop the pesky insects from infesting the planet and dominating the world.

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Most anybody that’s worked in an office, or in any position that requires use of a computer that’s connected to the wonderfully distracting World Wide Web, has likely done it: slacking off from their work in favour of sending a tweet, updating their Facebook status, or perhaps, simply browsing the net to look at anything other than what they should be. It’s much more interesting, and can even feel a little daring at times — unless, of course, Mr. Boss walks by with an over the shoulder peer that ends in seeing his star employee sending a tweet that reads, “I hate work. Want to go home!”

iSlack attempts to recreate exactly what’s detailed above in the form of an iPhone game.

The game presents the player with an on-screen image of the main character sitting in front of his new iMac computer. All the while fellow employees are wandering by, but they’re not too interested in what he’s up to: as the game’s rather comical tutorial pages detail, they don’t want to be there either. Four on-screen buttons on the lower portion of the screen allow the player choose what their character is looking at on-screen at any given time — one being boring spreadsheet graph work, one is Twitter, and the other two being websites of game developers Trainyard and Kaida Games — the latter of which is responsible for the creation of iSlack itself.

The game has a highly-polished presentation, includes Game Center integration and several giggle-inducing moments. iSlack is available now in the App Store.


TNA Wrestling iMPACT Review

TNA Wrestling iMPACT Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Whatcha gonna do, brother? The stars of TNA go toe-to-toe in this fulfilling wrestling title from Namco Bandai.

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Doodle Pixel Review

Doodle Pixel Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Doodle objects to help 'Doodle Dave' get to reach the chequered flag as quickly as possible.

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