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Magic 2015 Review

Magic 2015 Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Don't let the price tag fool you. If you're not willing to pony up a ten spot, your time in Magic 2015 is going to be short-lived indeed.

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Storm Casters Review

Storm Casters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Storm Casters is a cute, fast-paced action-RPG dungeon crawl, but there are a few dark clouds in its sky to take note of.

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HexSweep Review

HexSweep Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
HexSweep has lush, stylish neon visuals but not a lot on offer for the free version alone.

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Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein Review

Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Yet another excellent entry from Shenandoah Studio, Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein may be priced a bit steep, but it’s a well-executed package that functions as both entertainment and interactive history lesson.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction – The Official Game Review

Transformers: Age of Extinction – The Official Game Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Get your motor running. Head out on the highway. Then slaughter endless hordes of robots with your giant robot axe, if you can stay awake.

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Godfire: Rise of Prometheus Review

Godfire: Rise of Prometheus Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Prometheus brought the fire of inspiration to mankind at the cost of his own freedom. It's a shame a spark didn't fall on Godfire.

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Ferno Review

Ferno Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This Backflip Studios score-chaser could use some more depth, but it sure is pretty!

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Dwarven Den – The Mining Puzzle Game Review

Dwarven Den – The Mining Puzzle Game Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Free-to-play, but not a money grab? And you thought all dwarves were greedy! Dwarven Den is a well-executed action puzzle game that won't drain your gold.

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The Lord of Orcs: Online Strategy and Tactics Review

The Lord of Orcs: Online Strategy and Tactics Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Orcs. You know them. You love (to kill) them. But it's hard to get excited about playing as them in this uninspired RTS.

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Democracy 3 Review

Democracy 3 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Democracy 3 is a fascinating (if a bit brutal and dry) look into the machinations of getting elected in the free world. Just don't anger those fringe groups!

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Warfare Nations Review

Warfare Nations Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
War is hell, sure, but it doesn't have to be this brutal. Warfare Nations' art style can't stop the relentless grind.

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Dragonwood Academy: A Game of Stones Review

Dragonwood Academy: A Game of Stones Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gorgeous artwork and abundant creatures to collect can't really save Dragonwood Academy from its own rudimentary gameplay.

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Fate of Nations Review

Fate of Nations Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Fate of Nations tries to offer a free-to-play 4x experience, but just delivers a big muddy heap instead.

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Just before the WWDC 2014 conference wrapped up with Tim Cook giving a shout-out to all of his homies in the Apple community (not to be confused with Craig Federighi’s on-stage chat with his homie Dr. Dre), we received yet another ambiguous release date.

Those lucky enough to be in attendance at WWDC will have access to the iOS 8 beta (download here) starting today. The rest of us lowly proles down in the salt mines are going to have to wait until this Fall to get our hands on all of the new features.

Thankfully, it doesn’t look like Apple is going to make the new experience too heavy as they showed that iOS 8 will run on a variety of hardware, ranging from iPhone 4s all the way up to the current models. Check the screenshot below for a full list.

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I have to admit, when Siri was first announced for iOS, I was intrigued. While she’s not an AI by any stretch, it’s difficult not to grow a little attached to her. I find myself even keying the mic again to say “thank you” after I have her set my alarm for me.

Well, now it looks like everyone’s favorite personal assistant is getting a little better, as WWDC just announced a few new features for Siri. iOS 8 will allow Siri to be triggered hands-free using the command phrase “Hey Siri.” She can also recognize songs via integration from Shazam and even purchase said content directly from iTunes, making it easier than ever to own that new song you just fell in love with. Finally, she can also handle dictation in 22 new languages.

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More new iOS 8 features are rolling out of the WWDC conference today in the Bay Area. Messages, touted by the Apple execs on stage as being THE most used iOS app of all time, is getting some cool new changes.

Users will be able to record voice messages by holding down on the mic icon, swiping up, recording their message, then swiping back down when finished. These audio clips will get dropped right into the ongoing conversation. Video clips can be recorded and shared in similar fashion, turning boring old text messaging into a richer audiovisual experience.

To save on storage space on the device, these messages will typically self-destruct after about 2 minutes, sort of like a supercharged Snapchat. However, this is optional and users can change the timer or turn it off altogether.

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At the 2014 WWDC conference, Apple’s Senior VP of Software Development, Craig Federighi, introduced a couple of new features to the upcoming iOS 8: interactive notifications and frequent contacts.

Now users will be able to deal with incoming notifications directly from the lock screen without having to actually drop into the phone itself. Like a Facebook post or a response to a text.

Also announced was another new iOS tweak involving the double-tap of the Home button. Ordinarily, this brings up a swipe-able list of apps recently opened or used. Now, at the top of the list of apps, will be a bar showing a list of the contacts you most frequently interact with. Tapping on them will open a submenu allowing you to access standard contact interactions like making a voice or Face Time call, or sending a text.

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OTTTD Review

OTTTD Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
SMG Studio takes boring old tower defense and jazzes it up a bit with gibs aplenty and a buttload of firepower.

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Galactikitties Review

Galactikitties Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Galatikitties, while cute in concept, is proof that not everything in the world can be made better just by sticking cats in it.

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Crafting Story Review

Crafting Story Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's a shame that Crafting Story's colorful, stylized polygonal worlds look so nice, because the gameplay of this pseudo-educational title is anything but.

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Godzilla – Smash3 Review

Godzilla – Smash3 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Another tie-in to the Godzilla reboot hits the App Store - only this one is actually fun? Huh. Imagine that!

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Dark Lands Review

Dark Lands Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Dark Lands' stylish visuals and haunting music may just compel you to give yet another endless runner a go.

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Frederic – Evil Strikes Back Review

Frederic – Evil Strikes Back Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Frederic Chopin's back to fight for the spirit of melody in this sequel to 2012's award winning Frederic: Resurrection of Music.

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Talisman Review

Talisman Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
While it may be a little long in the tooth, Talisman is still a classic board game with checking out. And for only about a tenth of the price!

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Godzilla: Strike Zone

Godzilla: Strike Zone

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
"Oh, no! There goes Tokyo!" I'm pretty sure some other city is getting ravaged in Godzilla: Strike Zone, but you'll be hard pressed to care while fighting the next fifteen minutes of boredom.

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1849 Review

1849 Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
"There's gold in that there App Store!" SomaSim brings us a historical city builder for iPad, but 1849 isn't quite surefire paydirt.

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Mutants: Genetic Gladiators Review

Mutants: Genetic Gladiators Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
While the visuals may pop and the urge to collect all the various monsters on display may be tempting, Mutants: Genetic Gladiators is too weak of a fighter to go the distance in this arena.

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Tales of Honor: The Secret Fleet Review

Tales of Honor: The Secret Fleet Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Being both a licensed tie-in and free-to-play makes it seem like Tales of Honor already has two strikes against it. However, the experience has potential - it just falters due to repetitive, unchanging gameplay.

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North Wind: Trill of Consciousness Review

North Wind: Trill of Consciousness Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
North Wind is an adventure/platformer with an amazingly unique gameplay premise that gets swept away on a breeze of sluggish controls and poorly thought-out design.

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World War II: TCG Review

World War II: TCG Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Free to play doesn't excuse a number of design mistakes that make this collectable card game feel fresh out of basic training.

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