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Jason Wadsworth

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

Online and offline media analyst, iPhoneographer, free-time writer/critic, husband, dad, gamer, Xbox 360 gamertag: drylndsurf, Game Center username: jasonkw

Jason is not currently writing for the 148Apps Network.
Outmaneuver Review

Outmaneuver Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Use intuition, strategy, and clever tricks to outmaneuver online opponents in this turn-based game.

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Jewels with Buddies Review

Jewels with Buddies Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A well executed but ultimately run-of-the-mill matching game with a few social gaming additions.

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Metal Slug 3 Review

Metal Slug 3 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A classic, over the top arcade and NeoGeo shooter makes its iOS debut.

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Gluddle Review

Gluddle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Guide a cute, bouncy race called Gluddles in a physics-based war against the tyranny of The Supervision.

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Professor Pym and the Secret of Steam Review

Professor Pym and the Secret of Steam Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Navigate Professor Pym around dangerous steam punk inspired environments by way of spinning cogs and gears in an attempt to escape the constantly rising waters.

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Total Defense 3D Review

Total Defense 3D Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This run of the mill tower defense game has a few interesting points and a unique perspective on the genre.

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Platoonz Review

Platoonz Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Lead a unit of elite soldiers on a one way march through enemy ranks.

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Battlemass Review

Battlemass Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This clever and ambitious strategy game has tons going for it but lacks a much needed player base.

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Matching With Friends Review

Matching With Friends Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Match as many blocks as possible and score higher than your friends in this new asynchronous block matching game from Zynga.

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Strikefleet Omega Review

Strikefleet Omega Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Guide the remaining elements of humanity's military in an attempt to destroy the alien forces bent on the destruction of the race.

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Suspect in Sight Review

Suspect in Sight Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Take to the skies and help the police ground forces chase down and apprehend dangerous criminals.

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Disco Kitten Review

Disco Kitten Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Move a dancing kitten around to disco beats and avoid getting shocked while filling up a greedy friend with a constant flow of electricity.

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Radia Review

Radia Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A new, bright, simple yet challenging game with nearly flawless tilt controls.

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Catapult King Review

Catapult King Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Take down castles full of enemy soldiers serving the evil dragon that has kidnapped the princess in this 3D physics game.

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The game W.E.L.D.E.R. is a strategic, word building puzzle game in which players gain points by swapping letter tiles to complete the longest words possible and using various power ups to achieve higher scores and longer words within a randomly generated field of letters.

On June 21st, developer Ayopa Games is expected to release a major update to their popular word game. This update will include a new multiplayer mode for the game that will allow players to play W.E.L.D.E.R. against their friends or random opponents via Game Center. This new multiplayer mode will allow players to go head to head, chat, use power ups to their advantage or to their opponent’s disadvantage, and even watch as their opponent’s moves.

In addition to multiplayer, this update will also include many changes to the game overall, including an undo button on the iPhone version, new prices for the Wrench powerup, and a new “Weld of the Day” word that will award players an extra Gigawatt bonus when it is built that same day.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-11-03 :: Category: Games

TinyLegends – Crazy Knight Review

TinyLegends – Crazy Knight Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Use lots of different weapons and combos to protect the kingdom from fearsome monster invaders.

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Rainbow Friends Review

Rainbow Friends Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A matching game in which players match the colors of the rainbow in the correct order.

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Crash Mayhem Review

Developer: Bravo

Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4S

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

This little ad supported game is a city-wide destruction derby that takes the player through many different situations with lots of different goals and absolutely no sense of traffic laws. In Crash Mayhem the player takes control of their car and uses their finger to point out the direction on screen where they’d like the car to accelerate. Missions are varied and change from level to level. Sometimes players will have to crash as many cars as they can in a single intersection. much like a very watered-down version of Burnout CRASH! at a much lower price. In other levels, players will have to run rampant through the open city in search of items to collect before the time runs out.

The simple finger controls in Crash Mayhem work pretty well and the cars handle well too, depending on which car players are driving. As the game progresses, players gain control of faster and more responsive cars to take around on their destructive missions. The AI on other cars is virtually non-existent and they more or less run on tracks until they are hit or hit something in their path. The claims that this game is an “open world” game are a little misleading. It’s true that each level takes place in a different section of a larger sprawling city, but the action is broken into levels with no way for the player to explore the city by themselves with no pressing mission or goal to worry about.

The design of the cars and city is simplistic, but it really works for what this titles is. With such a large environment and many different things to see in each level it doesn’t matter that the city and cars aren’t rendered in super high quality 3D models. There is a certain charm to the visuals of Crash Mayhem that lets the player enjoy the gameplay.

Crash Mayhem basically boils down to a mini-game collection that brings together many of the gameplay elements and mechanics made popular in other iOS driving games. The game is ad supported which can be very annoying when ads are shown almost constantly and sometimes even cover buttons or gameplay. Still there is an unlock available via in-app purchase to get rid of the ads for players who really end up loving this title.

Deadmans Run Review

Deadmans Run Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Race classic cars in deadly competitions and wield powerful weapons to ensure victory.

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Zombie Burst Review

Zombie Burst Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Squeeze zombie heads like gross undead pimples in this slimy action title.

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Neuroshima Hex Online Multiplayer Review

Neuroshima Hex Online Multiplayer Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
A significant update to the popular iOS port of an equally popular sci-fi strategy board game brings online multiplayer.

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Monstaaa! Review

Monstaaa! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A puzzle game in which players tilt their phone to feed bugs to a cute little monster.

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Glory of Sparta Review

Glory of Sparta Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Strategy and heroic strength are all that can save Sparta from the invading hordes of the Persian army.

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Gun Runner Review

Gun Runner Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The name says it all. This clever homage to classic side-scrolling shooters is easy to enjoy but hard to master.

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Dave vs Cave Review

Dave vs Cave Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Kid falls down hole, kid gets trapped in cave, kid fights evil rock monsters to escape.

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OH! Cube Review

OH! Cube Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Taking the picross/nonogram puzzle genre into three dimensions in an adorable way.

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Domino! Review

Domino! Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Play dominoes with friends online in this social gaming title.

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ChickenBreak Review

ChickenBreak Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
How long can this chicken survive its escape from captivity.

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Mega Tic-Tac-Toe Review

Mega Tic-Tac-Toe Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's like tic-tac-toe, but more of it.

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The Japanese developer KEMCO has been developing iOS games for some time; most of them bring epic RPGs (some might call them JRPGs) in the classic 16-bit style. Alphadia, one of their more popular titles, is described by the developer as a classic Japanese style role playing game. It follows the adventures of the small town resident and young hero, Ash, after he and a friend rescue a mysterious girl from foreign soldiers and escape into the woods. It’s up to Ash and the friends he makes on his new quest to help this girl complete a secret mission that will bring peace to the land again.

The game employs a very traditional turn-based battle system and boasts a substantial plot with over 30 hours of gameplay. Along with the rest of the game, the high-res graphics are also very reminiscent of those old console RPG classics. Just one look at the game and gamers will feel transported back to the days of the great SNES and Sega RPG titles.

Kemco has also just announced a sale on Alphadia reducing the price from $6.99 to $0.99. So far there has been no mention of when that sale will end so players looking for a good chunk of game for cheap might want to check it out.

$3.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-10-26 :: Category: Games

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