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Size DOES Matter Review

Size DOES Matter Review

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This rhythm game has a unique control scheme and performance system that make it feel like a true innovation in the genre.

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Heavenstrike Rivals Review

Heavenstrike Rivals Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Despite a few flaws, this free-to-play strategy game is a fun mix of new and old strategy formulas.

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RPG Rusted Emeth Review

RPG Rusted Emeth Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This role playing game does a good job of looking like its old school ancestors, but some technical flaws keep it from capturing the same magic.

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AerenaAs mentioned earlier this week, free-to-play turn-based MOBA Aerena: Clash of Champions has a new premium priced version called Aerena – Masters Edition. This new edition eschews its former F2P model in favor of asking players to pay upfront for an experience that’s ad-free and eliminates the grind. Since I reviewed Aerena when it first came out and noted the game’s somewhat slow progression, I decided to take a look at Masters Edition to see how well it delivers on its promises.

aerena-masters-edition-iOS-02As it turns out, I found myself able to purchase unlocks including new units, ships, and shells all within playing a couple matches, which is a big difference from Clash of Champions. It seems as though Masters Edition is more generous with its in-game currency in general, making progression feel a lot smoother. In doing so, playing it felt more like a game about crafting a loadout that fits a particular playstyle rather than a game about slapping together whatever units and items are the most affordable.

aerena-masters-edition-iOS-04It is worth noting that with this re-release players can still opt to play Aerena in its free-to-play form, and both versions of the game allow players to play against one another. Also worth noting is the fact that the free-to-play version offers time-limited trials of new units, whereas the paid version does not. This isn’t really a big deal though, since it is easy enough to unlock units in Masters Edition anyway.

Overall, those that were frustrated by the progression mechanics of Aerena: Clash of Champions in its original form should be pleased with the changes that Aerena – Masters Edition has made. That being said, anyone that wasn’t initially compelled by it won’t be won over by this new version.

Planet Quest Review

Planet Quest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This quirky rhythm game has all of the necessary ingredients for it to be out of this world.

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Moto Joe Review

Moto Joe Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This motorcycle-based platformer tries to give players a good sense of challenge, but mostly ends up feeling unfair.

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Swap Heroes 2 Review

Swap Heroes 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This role-playing/puzzle hybrid series ditched a bunch of its roguelike/random elements this time around and is much better for it.

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Dengen Chronicles Review

Dengen Chronicles Review

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This free-to-play card game seems a little to basic for its own good.

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Swipes Review

Swipes Review

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This productivity app is simple, intuitive, and smart, but it's current ability to integrate with other services is limited.

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Tactical Heroes Review

Tactical Heroes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This game bears a striking resemblance to Clash of Clans but has a turn-based combat system and is set in space.

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Hyper Rift Review

Hyper Rift Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This gamebook has just enough mystery and tricky puzzle solving to make it worth checking out.

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Adventure to Fate: Battle Arena JRPG Review

Adventure to Fate: Battle Arena JRPG Review

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This role-playing game boils out all of the exploration in favor of offering an ultra streamlined rpg combat experience.

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Touchdown Hero Review

Touchdown Hero Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This arcade football game challenges players to score as many touchdowns as possible without being tackled.

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Combo Queen (Action RPG Hybrid) Review

Combo Queen (Action RPG Hybrid) Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This action game combines role-playing elements, rhythm-based combat, and a sense of arcade brutality that makes it oddly compelling, frustrating, and kind of amazing.

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Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf Review

Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Despite its looks, this Warhammer 40k strategy game is about as graceful and elegant as the bulky space marines being portrayed.

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Particle Mace Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This space-themed arcade game sets itself apart from others by asking players to fling around space trash like a gigantic morning star. It's pretty great.

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All Star Quarterback Review

All Star Quarterback Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Train your way to the Super Bowl in this free-to-play sports management game.

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Earthworm Alchemy Review

Earthworm Alchemy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Feed this funny looking worm and dodge bombs in this charming, free-to-play arcade game.

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Heroes of Gaia Review

Heroes of Gaia Review

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This free-to-play rpg looks a lot like Heroes of Might and Magic, but it's poor interface and layering of mechanics makes it feel unnecessarily messy.

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Murder in the Hotel Lisbon Review

Murder in the Hotel Lisbon Review

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This old-school looking adventure games includes some new twists to keep its murder mystery plot entertaining throughout.

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One Tap Desert Hero Review

One Tap Desert Hero Review

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This one-touch arcade game uses random elements and unlocks to try to keep things interesting, but ultimately feels like a lonely, empty desert.

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Hero Emblems Review

Hero Emblems Review

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Match-three to defeat waves of monsters in this challenging puzzle RPG.

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Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series Review

Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Take command of House Forrester as they play the Game of Thrones.

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AR-K 2 English Point and Click Adventure Review

AR-K 2 English Point and Click Adventure Review

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This point-and-click adventure game is almost so middling it's good, but only almost.

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Gentlemen…Ricochet Mini! Review

Gentlemen…Ricochet Mini! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This de-make of the original is remarkably and admirably retro, but is it worth playing this stripped-down version?

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Docking Sequence Review

Docking Sequence Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This throwback title challenges players to dock or be destroyed.

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Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple Review

Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This powerful app lets users accomplish multiple tasks at touch of a button in a way that is more visual than some of the competition.

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Narborion Saga Review

Narborion Saga Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This choose-your-own adventure style gamebook has some plot holes, but is still enjoyable as a free game.

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Sneaky Sneaky Review

Sneaky Sneaky Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This stealth game combines real-time and turn-based action into a winning formula.

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Seconds to Live Review

Seconds to Live Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Play to win real money in this bizarre take on a snake game.

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