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Yeti’s Parole Officer Review

Yeti’s Parole Officer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Yeti's Parole Officer proves that looks aren't everything in this entertaining, if plain, piece of interactive fiction.

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PlayHaus Review

PlayHaus Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
PlayHaus is a interesting, stylish app for young children, full of cause-and-effect interactions.

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A few months ago, I took a look at 1849 from SomaSim. This Gold Rush-themed city builder for iPad had a fair bit going for it, but lacked in a few crucial areas to make it a true stand-out on the App Store. SomaSim has since added in a sandbox mode, and just last week the first content expansion, entitled Nevada Silver, went live.

1849: Nevada SilverSet in the wake of the discovery of major silver deposits that came to be known as the Comstock Lode, the expansion shifts focus eastward into the mountains and hills of Nevada. Available via in-app purchase for $1.99, a campaign of six new cities awaits returning prospectors, as well as a sandbox mode for the Nevada mapset.

The core of 1849 hasn’t changed with the coming of Nevada Silver, but it has thrown a few small tweaks into the mix. The trading interface, for instance, is now governed by the comings and goings of the railroad. Trains arrive in the player’s town on a regular schedule from nearby settlements, each of which is looking to buy and sell specific goods. Each train has a set number of cargo slots and while they can be switched up at any time, only a set amount of goods can flow in or out during each visit. It adds a pacing to the buildup of resources that can make seemingly innocuous tasks like “Sell 300 silver to Carson City” take forever when you can only send out three 15 unit loads per visit. And since almost all of the mission objectives in 1849: Nevada Silver require some degree of buying or selling goods, players will need to get familiar and comfortable with the rail trading system pretty quickly.

1849: Nevada SilverWhile it isn’t a part of the expansion per se, the sandbox mode bears mention as it is one of the issues I touched on the game needing during my initial review. Players pick a location for their settlement on the map, which generates size, resources, and the like based on data of the geography of the region they picked. The plot sizes run from “Large” to “Huge” to “Boundless,” which is, contrary to the name, quite bounded. Admittedly, the boundary is fully to the edges of the game’s visual layout, which is a fair sight larger than the maps one encounters in the missions, but it’s still constrained – I would assume due to some sort of technical limitations.

And speaking of technical issues, why on Earth are the tree textures still super-blurry when I zoom in to the game’s tightest camera setting? I know it’s not early onset glaucoma on my part, as everything else is still crisp and clean. It just seems very odd to leave something like this unfixed for a game that’s iPad only, where you know players are going to notice every flaw in your visuals.

1849: Nevada SilverThe new content in Nevada Silver will take a few hours to get through (mainly due to the whims of the train-based trade economy mentioned above) and if you truly enjoyed the gameplay of the original 1849 then you’ll clearly have a good time with it. I felt the iteration and additions, while welcome, were too minor to substantially change my feelings on the product as a whole. It continues, as before, to teeter on the edge of being truly compelling, without ever fully making the plunge.

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iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2014-05-07 :: Category: Games

Partyrs Review

Partyrs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Partyrs makes party planning as fun as partying itself.

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Rules!, the fast and adorable puzzle game by TheCodingMonkeys, has updated to include a lot of new stuff.

The game now has Beginner and Timeless modes so that players have more options if they’d prefer a more relaxing game, and has instituted leader boards so you can see where you stand on your puzzle-solving abilities. The user interface has gotten an upgrade too, with a more visible flash when rules change, improved shake detection, faster screen transitions and, faster transition to bats.

You can check out all the new stuff for Rules! on the app store for $1.99.

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Light in the Dark Review

Light in the Dark Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Light in the Dark is an interesting and challenging puzzle game with some amusing bits of background humor thrown in to boot.

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Pizo Animals

Pizo Animals

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pizo Animals is a puzzle app that includes many options adults can choose to customize the experience.

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Almightree: The Last Dreamer Review

Almightree: The Last Dreamer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Can this Zelda-inspired platformer reach new heights of success?

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Chopping Block Review

Chopping Block Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Work together with friends to create the perfect recipe tweaks with Chopping Block

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Hyper Trip Review

Hyper Trip Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tough and unforgiving, Hyper Trip is a bit like Snake - if Snake was really harsh.

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Boogey Boy Review

Boogey Boy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It looks delightful but lack of Game Center support and more variety really affects the fun that Boogey Boy offers.

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Battle Riders Review

Battle Riders Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
BattleRiders has cool car combat, but it could be crazier.

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Kapsula Review

Kapsula Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
With a quirky but unique style, Kapsula is an enjoyable mix of racing and match-3. Yes, really.

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Mikey Boots Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mikey Boots is a fine third instalment in the excellent Mikey series of platformers.

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1849 Expansion Pack “Nevada Silver” Set to Arrive Later This Month

Posted by on September 8th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Following on from the addition of a sandbox mode, SomaSim has announced that its iPad-only Gold Rush-era city management game 1849 will receive an expansion entitled “Nevada Silver” later this month.

The expansion takes place on the other side of the mountains ten years after the Gold Rush, where silver has been discovered in Comstock Lake. The original gameplay will be built upon, with technological advances like trains and steam-powered mills adding new challenges to trade and mining operations, with players taking on six complex scenarios set in Northern Nevada towns.

1849 is available to purchase now for iPad for $4.99, whilst the “Nevada Silver” expansion will be an In-App Purchase and will cost $1.99 when it releases.

1849: Nevada Silver

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Tizzy ZigZag Cars Review

Tizzy ZigZag Cars Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tizzy ZigZag Cars allows children to race cars around a fantasy track, complete with physics engine.

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Ninja Smasher! Review

Ninja Smasher! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This one-touch action platformer makes being a ninja explorer feel effortless and satisfying.

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The Walking Dead Pinball Review

The Walking Dead Pinball Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Zen Studios is at it again, taking a property that would never seem to work as a pinball table and turning it into an "must play."

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ALONE… Review

ALONE… Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tough yet satisfying, ALONE... is a challenging endless flyer with some suitably sensitive controls.

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Aliens Drive Me Crazy has Received a Huge Content Update

Posted by on August 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Are you ready for more Aliens Drive Me Crazy fun? Rebel Twins has released a new update that gives players access to new weapons like the dual pistols, hyper laser gun, and grenades, as well as a bulletproof vest and a private jet.

Aliens Drive Me Crazy has also gotten new enemies, including mega bosses to challenge even the most veteran alien eliminator. Earn new achievements and costumes while trying out your new arsenal.

Check the App Store now for the newest update of Aliens Drive Me Crazy.

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They Need To Be Fed 3 Review

They Need To Be Fed 3 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Sequels often fall prey to the success of their predecessors. Sadly, this is another unfortunate case.

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Pentumble Review

Pentumble Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Even when it's brutally challenging, Pentumble manages to bring the fun.

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The Outcast Review

The Outcast Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's easy to see what The Outcast is trying for, but its execution needs a lot of work.

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Assault Vector Review

Assault Vector Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
While this hex-based warp ride is fine in theory, Assault Vector is a bit too simple to be enjoyable for very long.

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Warhammer 40K Carnage Goes on Sale for the First Time Ever

Posted by on August 14th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Warhammer 40,000: Carnage, by Roadhouse Games, has gone on sale for 70% off. The wildly popular game was recently ranked #1 in Role-Playing in the UK with its RPG side-scrolling action.

It’s only on sale for a limited time, so if you want to nabWarhammer 40,000: Carnage for $1.99 (down from the usual $6.99) you’d better hurry.

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Schwerkraft Review

Schwerkraft Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Schwerkraft is an easy-going gravity-based puzzle game that takes a bit of getting used to.

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Rules! Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Follow the rules to the letter in order to win in this simple yet tough memory game.

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Create Music From the Sounds Around You With Feed

Posted by on August 11th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

New to the App Store is version 2.0 of Feed, an iPad app that allows you to create music from the sounds of the world around you.

The app offers an intuitive layout that means it’s easy to record, playback, loop, pitch shift, and modulate sounds – all gleaned from your iPad’s in-built microphone. Whether you’re walking through the countryside or taking your daily commute to the city, you should be able to grab some great sounds to use within Feed.

In honor of its significant update, Feed is currently on sale at 40% off, meaning it only costs $1.99 at the moment. Get in fast though as this is a time limited sale.

Stache 1.1 Update Adds Features for Organizing Your Bookmarks

Posted by on August 8th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

d3i has released an update for their website bookmarking app Stache, adding some new features to the app. Users can now organize bookmarks into collections and folders, edit the titles and descriptions for bookmarks, and browse and manage tags within the app. Pages can also be ‘stached’ faster as the app now has URL clipboard detection. Alongside these additions, improvements have been made to importing, syncing, and processing.

Stache is available on the App Store now for $1.99.

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Starship Turret Operator Guy Review

Starship Turret Operator Guy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Starship Turret Operator Guy--besides having a great name--casts players in the unlikely role of a guy. Who happens to operate a turret. On a starship. Surprise!

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