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PAX East 2014 - Particle Mace is a Top-Down Arena Shooter with Lots of Chaos and No Shooting

Posted by Rob Rich on April 14th, 2014

Particle Mace is an odd game, but one that I found to be right up my alley. It's basically a top-down shooter, not unlike Asteroids in many ways, but you don't get to shoot. Instead, you drag a mass of particles behind your ship that can be flung towards floating debris and enemies. It's like the universe's most deadly tetherball. There are also several ships to choose from, each with their own particulars. The "Psychic" ship is probably the most fidgety as its particles swarm around it rather than cluster in an easy-to-aim group.

From what I've played the physics feel great, and the virtual stick feels even better. You can probably hear a little bit about the virtual stick in the video but seriously, it's fantastic. It honestly felt more accurate and responsive than the physical controllers that were being used to demo the PC build. Regardless, this is one to watch out for.

Particle Mace isn't available on the App Store just yet, unfortunately, but it should be popping-up as a premium release within the next few months.

Bug Heroes 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on February 20th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: A SWARM WELCOME
Bug Heroes 2 doesn’t simply succeed in reaching the rather high bar Foursaken Media has already set for itself; it breezes past it almost effortlessly.
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Only One Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on February 7th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ONLY ONE MORE
Only One’s controls can be problematic at times, but there’s no denying the constant pull of “just one more.”
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Solstice Arena Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 14th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BRB
Solstice Arena is a very solid attempt at a mobile MOBA, but actually playing against other people can be a chore.
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Wanderer: War Song Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on February 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: ALL BARK
Pretty and as enticing though Wanderer might be, it's still got a long way to go on the inside.
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TinyLegends - Crazy Knight Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Kevin Stout on June 20th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SWORDS AND GORE
TinyLegends - Crazy Knight is an arena-style hack 'n' slash with a little more depth than the new standard for this genre.
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Minidragon Review

By Kevin Stout on March 28th, 2012
Minidragon is an arena game where players control a dragon that incinerates waves of monsters.
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RoboFighters

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Bonnie Eisenman on June 23rd, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: DULL
RoboFighters could have been a decent game, but somehow it manages to make robot duels seem downright boring. In short: this is one to pass on.
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