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Contributing Writer with the 148Apps Network since January 14, 2013

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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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Boulder Jack Review

Boulder Jack Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This good looking endless runner takes a few cues from Crash Bandicoot, but is otherwise yet another runner.

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Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure Review

Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This beautiful game captures the wonder and mystery of discovering a new planet, but doesn't stick to its strengths throughout.

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Trouble With Robots Review

Trouble With Robots Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Use peasants, dwarves, and other fantasy characters to fend off the robots in this card-based strategy game.

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Roller Polar Review

Roller Polar Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Jump over all kinds of wintery hazards in this endless casual game reminiscent of Flappy Bird.

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Lucha Amigos Review

Lucha Amigos Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Slingshot turtles and use special powers to defeat evil cacti in this Angry Birds-like game.

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ROTO Review

ROTO Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Players that enjoy simplistic one-touch puzzle platformers may get some mileage out of ROTO, but how much mileage is hard to say.

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Bean’s Quest 2: Bean Dreams Review

Bean’s Quest 2: Bean Dreams Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Bean's Quest 2: Bean Dreams delivers on its promise of being more of the first game, for better or for worse.

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Monster Strike Review

Monster Strike Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Collect monsters and battle by flinging them across the battlefield in this strangely compelling strategy game.

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Sunburn! Review

Sunburn! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Platform through the depths of space to make sure your entire crew dies together in this satisfying and intriguing puzzle platformer.

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FRAMED Review

FRAMED Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rearrange comic book-like panels to change the outcome of a story in this noir-ish, thrilling puzzle game.

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Would you like to know what we thought of being an infinite golfer? Check out our Golfinity review!

Golfinity offers unlimited ways to test your skills at golf. Here are a few ways to make sure your score doesn’t get too high and your spirits don’t get too low.


 

Considering Perspective is Crucial

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  • Yes, Golfinity is most easily compared to Desert Golfing, but did you know the devs from NimbleBit have described the game as Desert Golfing meets Monument Valley? That being said, occasionally the game will present some differences in depth that seem deliberately confusing. When in doubt about these changes, play it safe, be prepared to get a bad score, or get ready to retry.
  • On the flipside, there will be times when a level presents no depth changes or holes. This is typically toward the beginning of the game. When presented with courses like these, don’t fear the power of your stroke. Hitting the ball super-hard generally won’t knock it out of bounds, and it might be just what you need to ricochet right past some annoying obstacles.
  • Always look carefully at the course your dealing with. Golfinity makes it really easy to just jump into the next level swinging, but don’t be overly tempted to do so. Courses can be tricky, and making sure you tap the lower left corner of the screen to get a good look at the whole course can save you from some poor initial strokes.


Continue reading Golfinity – Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Cheats for Intrepid Golfers »

Golfinity Review

Golfinity Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This endless golfer presents infinite courses suspended in 3D space that incorporate ramps, stairs, holes, and more to infinitely challenge players.

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Cato and Macro Review

Cato and Macro Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Although it looks like a mobile version of real-time strategy game, Cato and Macro is actually a bizarre form of a tower defense featuring characters from Simon Scarrow's book series.

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Chain Breaker Review

Chain Breaker Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Control a knight's fate by cutting chains, dropping weights, and defeating enemies in this novel twist on the runner genre.

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Adventure Age Review

Adventure Age Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There's a lot of customization and party building fun to make this puzzler pretty engrossing, provided players can fight through the bugs.

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Lost Viking Review

Lost Viking Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This puzzle game mixes the gameplay of games like Threes! with roguelike elements.

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Human Crasher Review

Human Crasher Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Abduct Earthlings in this casual, but unfortunately grind-heavy, arcade game.

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Battle Academy 2: Eastern Front Review

Battle Academy 2: Eastern Front Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Test your skills on the Eastern Front in this complicated, but fascinatingly deep strategy game.

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Splot Review

Splot Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Splot is a tight platformer with controls that work surprisingly well for a touch screen device.

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Swap Heroes Review

Swap Heroes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rotate a cast of heroes to fend of waves of monsters in this difficult, puzzle rpg.

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Puzzle to the Center of the Earth Review

Puzzle to the Center of the Earth Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Do some puzzles to make some platforms in this smart and fun free-to-play cave mining adventure.

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Would you like to know what we thought of all this puzzling-around the deep recesses of the planet? Check out our Puzzle to the Center of the Earth review!

Puzzle to the Center of the Earth is a surprisingly deep and challenging puzzle platformer. Here are a few tips for players looking to stay alive while down in the depths.
 

Energy Management is Key

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  • Once you start using formulas, make sure you build combos of blocks toward your character and not away – The catalyst energy that allows for formula usage always drops at the end of a string of six blocks, so if you start linking blocks as far away as possible and move in, they are easier to get (see above). The combo on the left will end up dropping the red catalyst crystal in a hard-to-reach place significantly further down into the cavern whereas the combo on the right, which is the same exact structure, will drop the crystal right at your feet.
  • Use moves wisely – Players begin every level with 20 energy and it costs 1 energy to interact with any amount of blocks. This means that dropping blocks or linking 4, 5, or 6 blocks all costs 1 energy. Since the ultimate goal is at the bottom of each level, using 1 energy to dig as far down as possible is generally a good strategy – at least in the beginning.
  • Look for energy blocks – To help recoup energy, there are blocks in the world that have pieces of energy in them. These energy blocks give players 4 energy. Therefore, it’s not necessarily worth going out of the way to mine an energy block if it costs more than 4 energy to get.


Continue reading Puzzle to the Center of the Earth – Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Cheats for Daring Spelunkers »

Find the Line Review

Find the Line Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tease out beautiful line drawings in this unique, free-to-play puzzle game.

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Hay Ewe Review

Hay Ewe Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pave the way for your flock in this line drawing puzzle game from the creators of Worms.

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Loot Raiders Review

Loot Raiders Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This menu-based loot game is suitable to compel those with pretty extreme loot lust.

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Faraway Kingdom – Dragon Raiders Review

Faraway Kingdom – Dragon Raiders Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Build a kingdom and go questing in this fantasy-themed questing game that borrows from successful titles like Tiny Tower.

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ORBB Review

ORBB Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This one-touch game advertises no time limits and no fail states. I'm not so sure that's a good thing.

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