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Jordan Minor

Senior Writer with the 148Apps Network since August 19, 2011

Wordsmith. Northwestern Alum. Fan of video games. Fascinated with the internet.

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Email :: jordan.minor@148apps.com
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Like it or not, the “clicker” genre, popularized by cute distractions like Candy Box and Cookie Clicker, seems like it’s here to stay. So Who Wore it Best? takes a look at two recent examples: The Counting Dead and AdVenture Capitalist.

Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere Review

Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Regular Show gets an above average game.

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AdVenture Capitalist Review

AdVenture Capitalist Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
An inadvertent Marxist manifesto.

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Game of Roads Solo Review

Game of Roads Solo Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There's a thoughtful, austere puzzle game waiting at the end of this road.

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VPET Planets Review

VPET Planets Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A neat recreation of a genre best left in the past.

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Puny Stupid Humans Review

Puny Stupid Humans Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
An amusing theme saves this otherwise generic strategy game.

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Clear for Action Review

Clear for Action Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Clear for Action captures the profits of pirating, but not the excitement.

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Boxcar Hazard Rush Review

Boxcar Hazard Rush Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A curiously ragged endless runner.

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Little Trip: Origin Review

Little Trip: Origin Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Little Trip: Origin is very, very pleasant, but that's about it.

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Qubies Review

Qubies Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A totally square puzzle game.

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Fort Raiders SMAAASH! Review

Fort Raiders SMAAASH! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Fort Raiders SMAAASH! takes familiar mobile strategy in a new, upward direction.

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A Numbers Game Review

A Numbers Game Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A Numbers Game is too inoffensive to be good or bad.

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Zie Invades The Earth Review

Zie Invades The Earth Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A quirky, but shallow, alien exercise.

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Nobody Said It Was Easy Review

Nobody Said It Was Easy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Nobody said it was this clever either.

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Ammo Pigs Review

Ammo Pigs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The only thing wrong with Ammo Pigs' fantastic retro action is that there isn't more of it.

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Marble Mountain Review

Marble Mountain Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tiny ball, big game.

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Hyper Maze Arcade Review

Hyper Maze Arcade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hyper Maze Arcade demands the quickest of wits.

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Dark Echo Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Dark Echo is one of the creepiest and most creative horror games on the App Store.

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Odd Bot Out Review

Odd Bot Out Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Odd Bot Out is messy fun with physics.

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Minton Review

Minton Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Freemium grinding keeps Minton from fully spreading its wings.

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Puppet Punch Review

Puppet Punch Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Like the puppets it features, Puppet Punch is creepy and charming in equal measure.

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It’s 2015 and Who Wore it Best? is back for a whole new year of comparing all those iOS games that are just too darn similar. Today we’re taking a look at two opposing branches of the Flappy Bird family tree: Minimo and Fish & Shark.

Crossroad Zombies Review

Crossroad Zombies Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Crossroad Zombies is a rough draft of a cool genre mash-up.

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Destructamundo Review

Destructamundo Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Destructamundo blows up real good.

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Mean Girls: The Game Review

Mean Girls: The Game Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A Mean Girls tower defense game makes way more sense than you'd think.

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The Counting Dead Review

The Counting Dead Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Counting Dead eats away at your brain along with your time.

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Wars and Battles Review

Wars and Battles Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Wars and Battles puts up a good, but predictable fight.

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Ambition of the Slimes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This slimy strategy game combines classic visuals with creative, original gameplay.

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It’s the 10th anniversary of the modern classic teen comedy Mean Girls, and what better way to reach out to young fans of the film than on the mobile devices they are constantly staring it. After proving just how fabulous they could be with their RuPaul mobile games, So Much Drama Studios is now preparing to launch a new tower defense Mean Girls game. We spoke with Jeff Meador, head of the studio, about surviving the high school jungle on the go.

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148Apps: How did the studio first get involved with making a Mean Girls game? Were there fans on staff that wanted to do it? Did it seem like a good fit for the studio after the RuPaul games?
Jeff Meador (JM): We were thrilled at the opportunity to work on a Mean Girls game. Who wouldn’t be? It’s such an amazing movie. When the possibility came up, we buckled down and made sure we had a really strong concept for the game so that we could do the project.

Working on the RuPaul games definitely worked in our favor for this. We had worked with licensed content and licensed talent before, and Paramount saw how we took the spirit of that show and really made it shine in Dragopolis. They were excited to see how we could do the same for Mean Girls.

148Apps: The game celebrates the 10th anniversary of the movie. Did the studio work with anyone from the movie while making the game?
JM: We worked very closely with Paramount throughout the process, and they’ve been great partners. They handled all of the communications with the talent that appears in the game.

The characters in Mean Girls are so iconic and well-loved. We wanted to make sure that when we were using them, we were staying true to their personalities. One of the hardest parts of creating the game was ensuring the dialog and scenarios were on-point. In the end, we think we’ve been able to capture the spirit of the movie in this game. It’s fun, it’s funny, and, to quote Gretchen, “so fetch!”

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148Apps: Of all the genres to choose from, why did the team decide to make a tower defense game based on Mean Girls?
JM: We did a lot of internal brainstorming on different ways that we could use Mean Girls in a game. The movie set us up for a great jumping off point with its final lines of dialog: “And if any freshman tried to disturb that peace… Well, let’s just say we knew how to take care of it.”

We started by looking at a lot of the different characters in the game. We knew up front that we had access to a lot of the likenesses, so we wanted to make sure that these people were front and center. We kept coming back to Janis’ map of North Shore High School and really wanted to bring all of the Cliques into play. The game that we came up with really lets us show each Clique’s personality. We brought in characters like Cady and Regina who, in our original design, gave a fairly passive bonus to the Cliques. However, in early play testing we discovered that we could really use those characters more, so now you need to move folks like Gretchen around the play field to answer questions about the movie and deliver a bonus to the Cliques. It’s a really fun layer that we’ve created on top of a more traditional game style.

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148Apps: Many people probably don’t think a movie like Mean Girls and a video games go well together. Why should fans of the movie check out the game?
JM: Oh my God, Karen, you can’t just ask people why they should check out the game!

But seriously, this is a game that’s made by some huge Mean Girls fans. The game has a lot of memorable lines and moments that pop up, but with an added twist. Being able to recognize things like Regina’s mom’s dog or Karen’s Halloween costume gives you a small boost in the game. We’ve spent a lot of time crafting different aspects of the game to really reflect the Mean Girls spirit.


Mean Girls: The Game will be launching soon. Thanks again to Jeff Meador for his time.

Bowling Central Review

Bowling Central Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Not a perfect 300, but good enough.

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