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Tiny Dice Dungeon Review

Tiny Dice Dungeon Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Players must weigh risk vs. reward in this dice-based free-to-play dungeon-crawler.

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Metal Slug Defense Review

Metal Slug Defense Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Metal Slug Defense successfully combines the spirit of its run-and-gun predecessors with a competent set of strategy mechanics.

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Jungle Rumble: Freedom, Happiness and Bananas Review

Jungle Rumble: Freedom, Happiness and Bananas Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Move your monkeys in time to the beat in this rhythm game/real-time strategy hybrid.

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Bridge Constructor Medieval Review

Bridge Constructor Medieval Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Build bridges to transport valuable troops and supplies in this physics-based, medieval-themed puzzle game.

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Boxer Review

Boxer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Turn your inbox into a task list or tune it to your own needs with this highly customizable, user friendly mailbox app.

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Dungeon Clicker Review

Dungeon Clicker Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Quest for loot in this dungeon crawler that is almost completely void of actual, compelling gameplay.

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Power Grounds Review

Power Grounds Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This tightly focused roguelike challenges players to choose their powers carefully if they want to survive through six of its randomized rooms.

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WordCaster Review

WordCaster Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Test vocabulary in this dungeon-crawler by playing Boggle to cast spells.

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Shattered Planet Review

Shattered Planet Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Explore randomized environments in this turn-based sci-fi roguelike.

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Galaxy on Fire – Alliances Review

Galaxy on Fire – Alliances Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This sci-fi multiplayer management game encourages players to work together to explore, colonize, and conquer the galaxy.

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Shin Megami Tensei Review

Shin Megami Tensei Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Shin Megami Tensei for iOS is a version of the 1992 original localized for the US and ported to the iPhone, no more, no less.

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Block Legend Review

Block Legend Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This matching game takes cues from games like 10000000, tasking players with doing puzzles at a quick pace to complete quests and get rewards.

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1Path Review

1Path Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tilt your mobile device to slide around in this minimalist puzzle game.

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Formulaic Review

Formulaic Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Remember Letterpress? Replace letters with numbers and we've got Formulaic.

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Calculords Review

Calculords Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By combining math and more traditional collectible card game mechanics, Calculords has stumbled upon a winning formula.

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Colossus Escape Review

Colossus Escape Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This free endless runner has enough weird quirks to be worth a look, at least for a little bit.

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Dungelot 2 Review

Dungelot 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This casual roguelike manages to improve on its successor in a lot of smart ways while translating itself into a free-to-play business model.

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Cube Trick Review

Cube Trick Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This puzzle game has a very simple rule set that makes it easy to learn, but hard to master.

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Suburbia Review

Suburbia Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Suburbia mixes competitive elements, board game design, and Sim City into a pretty awesome experience.

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Dawn of the Plow Review

Dawn of the Plow Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Save the city from snow accumulation in this interesting arcade take on a street maintenance activity.

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Wizard Quest Review

Wizard Quest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Control an amnesiac wizard on his quest to match three and recover his lost memories.

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Overlive Review

Overlive Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Survive the zombie apocalypse in this choose-your-own-adventure-style survival horror game.

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Outpost Luna Review

Outpost Luna Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Outpost Luna asks players to plan moves in advance in this sci-fi themed worker placement game.

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Tileout Review

Tileout Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tileout is a colorful puzzle game that asks player to think about matching puzzle games in reverse.

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Heroes of Steel Review

Heroes of Steel Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Explore cavernous depths in this free-to-play, traditional turn-based strategy game.

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Loot Hero Review

Loot Hero Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Quest for loot in this breakneck, bite-sized adventure.

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Regency Love Review

Regency Love Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Live out the life of a Regency-era lady in this deep and thoughtful choose-your-own adventure game.

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When people think of multiplayer gaming experiences nowadays most envision players sitting alone, staring at a screen, and maybe (just maybe) communicating with other players from across the world using a microphone or chat window.

Of course this isn’t how it’s always been. In the days before multitudes of multiplayer games took advantage of the internet, playing games with other people was social experience. People would gather around a TV or game board and interact with each other; both in the game world as well as reality. This layered interaction – with its ability to have player actions outside of the game create meaningful consequences on the world inside the game – adds a richness and complexity that is unmatched in most online games. Of course, this isn’t to say that the ability to hop into matches with anyone that is immediately ready, willing, and able to throw down through the power of the internet doesn’t have its own set of advantages, but rather that there is still inherent value in local multiplayer.

Luckily, there seem to be a number of game developers out there who agree with that sentiment. 2013 was a surprisingly good year for me in terms of enjoying local multiplayer experiences on iOS. With a slew of great board game ports, as well as more unique experiences best enjoyed with good game-playing company, I spent most of this year either scoping out the latest Playdek releases or digging into the back catalogue of overlooked awesomeness from years’ past. Because of this, I decided to make a list of my favorite titles that scratched my local multiplayer itch the best. Although all these games may not be from 2013, here’s what I had the most local fun with throughout the year:

10. Kingdom Builder

Kingdom BuilderKingdom Builder is a quick-and-dirty worker-placement game, at least in its iOS form. Players have to build their kingdoms based on terrain cards, and random elements like scoring cards and the modular board design can help keep it feeling fresh. Kingdom Builder is good for local play mainly because it is a port of a board game, and it is a relatively quick play. I know its a bit of an older game, but it’s has been made more playable within the past year and is worth revisiting.

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Castro – High Fidelity Podcasts Review

Castro – High Fidelity Podcasts Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Castro is an elegant-looking podcast app, but does it have what it takes to dethrone de facto standards like Downcast and Instacast?

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Shifts Review

Shifts Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
In this sci-fi single player board game, players must choose their crew's work schedule to survive and save humanity.

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