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Jordan Minor

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

Aspiring wordsmith. Northwestern Wildcat. Fan of video games. Fascinated with the internet.

Connect with Jordan via:
Twitter: @JordanWMinor
Email :: jordan.minor@148apps.com
Personal site :: http://www.JordansOB.blogspot.com
137 BC Review

137 BC Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This is may not be Sparta, but it's still not bad.

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Merchants of the Sky Review

Merchants of the Sky Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
This airborne city building game stays aloft, but doesn't quite soar.

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Dungeon Highway Review

Dungeon Highway Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Despite using unoriginal sprites, Dungeon Highway's blend of 2D art in 3D space is still the most unique thing about it.

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Bike Mayhem Mountain Racing Review

Bike Mayhem Mountain Racing Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gnarly bike crashes are way more fun when they happen to someone else in Bike Mayhem Mountain Racing.

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Street Punch Review

Street Punch Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Action and strategy gameplay make a great buddy cop team.

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Origin Review

Origin Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This sleek puzzler is good, but never gets fully going.

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Perplexity Review

Perplexity Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A neat, nouveau spin on the match-3 puzzler.

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Rocket ROBO Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rocket ROBO's combination of whimsical graphics and impeccable gameplay is just stellar.

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Pocket Lab Review

Pocket Lab Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pocket Lab's simple science makes for an enjoyable experiment.

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Unfolder Review

Unfolder Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Unfold this game to reveal a fun and fresh puzzle experience.

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Crazy Dogs Review

Crazy Dogs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Talking dogs and big guns. It's a match made in heaven before the repetition sinks in.

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Dragon Trials Review

Dragon Trials Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Dragon Trials' multiplayer flying duels are fun once other players finally show up.

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Grindcore Review

Grindcore Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Grindcore trades tiny wings for tiny skateboards.

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Tunnel Town Review

Tunnel Town Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A great new entry in the long history of bunny simulators.

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Zombies Ate My Friends Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This sidescrolling RPG puts players right in the rotting heart of a zombie apocalypse.

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Ocean Patrol Review

Ocean Patrol Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Ocean Patrol's changes to the tower defense formula aren't always for the better.

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Skyvenger 3D: Orbital Debris Review

Skyvenger 3D: Orbital Debris Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Classic brick-breaking gameplay boldly goes into the third dimension.

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Blaster X HD Review

Blaster X HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
For a game set in a box, Blaster X HD does a lot of thinking outside of it.

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Ice Cream Surfer Review

Ice Cream Surfer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Even a great retro art style can't save this sloppy shooter.

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Cassandra’s 11 Review

Cassandra’s 11 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Don't be fooled by the lovely fortune teller, Cassandra's 11 is just a decent card game.

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HexConnect Review

HexConnect Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A decent compromise between quality and quantity.

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Delta-V Racing Review

Delta-V Racing Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This new take on futuristic racing may not replace old standards, but it's worth playing nonetheless.

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Moon Track Racing Review

Moon Track Racing Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Moon Track racing is kind of broken, but it's broken in the best ways.

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Zombie Chickens HD Review

Zombie Chickens HD Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Amusing premise aside, Zombie Chickens is about as lifeless as its enemies.

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Iesabel Review

Iesabel Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Iesabel scratches that action RPG itch, but just barely.

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Soda Star Review

Soda Star Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A fair difficulty curve keeps this caffeinated game from fizzing out.

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Toy Matters & The Hook Machine Review

Toy Matters & The Hook Machine Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Like candy, Toy Matters & The Hook Machine is sweet but fleeting and insubstantial.

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When talking about the impact Apple’s App Store has had on people during the last five years it’s easy to just rattle off the numbers. But its influence goes beyond the hundreds of thousands of apps and the billions of downloads. Technology can simultaneously change the lives of entire populations and lowly individuals, individuals like me. The App Store has opened up opportunities for me to do the things I’ve always wanted to do, all while making me better at it.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for writing and a passion for video games. Naturally, video game journalism seemed like the best career to pursue because it allowed me to easily combine the two. In 2007, just as I was settling into high school, I started practicing my craft on tiny fan sites about big games most players had already made up their minds about.

In 2009, though, as App Store games and the sites that covered them were coming into their own, I saw the chance to really get serious about this strange path I was on. With so many games to choose from, players were actually in need of advice. App Store coverage was a growing segment of games journalism that could really help people, so it seemed as good a place as any to launch my career. From 2009 to 2010 I wrote for SlidetoPlay.com and in 2011 I made the jump here to 148Apps. Writing about the App Store these past four years has undoubtedly driven me to strengthen my writing and provide quality analysis, although there are definitely improvements still to be made. I’m incredibly grateful for the editors who have had faith in me and my work.

Reviewing over 150 games for 148Apps alone has also given me a greater understanding of video games as a whole. At least, I’d like to think so. Playing all of the different kinds of games on the platform, no matter how good, bad or crazy experimental, while trying to articulate how and why they do or don’t work has been an immensely beneficial intellectual endeavor. Video game criticism has the potential to be more than just simple purchasing advice. Like games themselves, the writing can become a true art form. As the App Store evolves, its role in gaming is increasing. By highlighting these smaller App Store games I’m hoping to make whatever tiny contribution I can to the larger field. These games can be reviewed on their own terms, without worrying about having to conform to some AAA gaming consensus or fandom pressure and that’s what makes them so special.

Of course, what also make the App Store so special are the people behind it. To get a better understanding of the industry, I’ve recently been trying to talk with more developers and other members of the press. Before leaving Chicago and coming back home for the summer, I had dinner with Tom Eastman of Trinket Studios, creators of Color Sheep, and drinks with 148Apps’ own Carter Dotson in the same week. Both experiences were great. The App Store itself may just be a cold, technological service set up by a massive corporation, but the communities of developers and writers that have come together because of it more than proves its value.

At just five years old, though, the App Store still has a bright future ahead of it. As I prepare to enter my last year of journalism school, I can’t wait to see what that future is and start covering it as a true professional. Writing about games is important to me and that’s not changing any time soon. So thank you App Store, 148Apps, and the wonderful people behind them both for helping me make my insanely frivolous dream an insanely meaningful reality.

Zombie Viking Clans In Valhalla Review

Zombie Viking Clans In Valhalla Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A great example of why brains are more important than brawn.

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Bloom Box Review

Bloom Box Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This puzzle game blooms thanks to its tough and clever ideas.

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