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Radballs Review

Radballs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Radballs is a rhythm based matching game that takes design cues from the great decade of the 80's.

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TerraCraft Review

TerraCraft Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This Minecraft inspired matching game has players building items and constructing their way from level to level.

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Ciganoid is Fun, but Kind of Disturbing

To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what to make of Ciganoid. On one hand it’s an entertaining Arkanoid clone with the added incentive of purchasable upgrades. On the other hand it’s essentially an interactive anti-smoking ad which has players more-or-less playing the part of cancer as it destroys a smoker’s lungs. Brick-by-brick. It’s actually pretty twisted, the more I think about it.

It makes me a little uncomfortable when I play it, actually. The concept, I mean. I’m moving this cigarette paddle around, using the little ball (cancer?) to break up the lungs and grab falling green stuff (??). The green stuff can then be used between games in the store to upgrade the paddle or ball, but really it’s being used to make the cancer more effective. Creepy.

I find it a little odd to have an interactive anti-smoking ad that has participants play the role of the “badguy.” Although I suppose making it the other way around wouldn’t make for much of a game. Still, as a game and not a condemnation of one of the world’s most disgusting habits, it’s fun. Ignoring the moral dilemma, Ciganoid is actually a fairly enjoyable game. It’s retro in all the right places (looks and sounds), and I’m enjoying chasing the upgrade carrot quite a bit. As with most iOS games that taunt players with new, oh-so-close abilities, I want to keep playing (and inevitably failing) so that I can earn more cash and get better stuff. So I can use it to kill people more effectively.

It’s interesting that Black Phoenix Games‘ other title, Don’t Die, involves a vaguely similar idea. Granted it has more to do with unhealthy eating habits (and platforming) than lung cancer, but I’m starting to notice a pattern here. I’m not implying that they’re crusaders for public health or anything, but it’s interesting to see more developers creating games with a real message.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-08-06 :: Category: Games

Chuck’s Challenge is a game about a guy (Chuck) who’s been kidnapped by a purple alien monkey-thing (Woop) and forced to create “games” for it to “play” because it’s bored. I think. It’s essentially a follow-up to Chip’s Challenge, with the original game’s creator, Chuck Sommerville, acting as both the designer and main character.

Niffler may have carried over a good deal of concepts from the older title, but the most significant aspect is the community integration. Sure, Chuck’s Challenge features 100 levels, about a quarter of which are free (the rest can be bought through in-app purchases), but the real draw is the ability for users to create and share their own. In a way the concept’s not all that dissimilar from Media Molecule and their community-centric platformer, LittleBigPlanet.

Level editors and sharing aren’t new ideas, even on iOS, but they’re very rarely incorporated as lovingly as they are with Chuck’s Challenge. Heck, the entire game is essentially designed and built around the concept of creating and sharing levels among the community. I kind of wish more games, both on the App Store and just in general, would think about doing things like this more often.

Chuck’s Challenge is available right now for absolutely nothing. Check it out, maybe?

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-12-17 :: Category: Games

Bashi Blocks Review

Bashi Blocks Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It's all here and more: Paddles, balls, bricks, multiple worlds, a level editor and even bosses. BOSSES. Yet Bashi Blocks still comes up short.

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Async Corp. Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Basic colors and a few smiley faces belie what may just be the most addicting block puzzle game to come out of the App Store in quite some time.

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The Heist Review

The Heist Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This cleverly packaged collection of puzzles will have even the most determined gamers scratching their noggins.

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Crates Night Shift HD

Crates Night Shift HD

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Crates Night Shift HD is easy. But for $0.99 and a ramping difficulty curve, it’s probably worth it.

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SOS Penguin! Review

SOS Penguin! Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
SOS Penguin! is a lovely app with cute penguins and funny sound effects, but there's still room for improvement.

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Aqueduct Review

Aqueduct Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By combining a pipe building motif with sliding block style gameplay, and sprinkling in a variety of special tiles, Aqueduct brings just enough originality and polish to the mix.

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Mino

Mino

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Mino charges onto the scene with online multiplayer and a strong alternative to EA's bloated, official Tetris incarnation. If you're a Tetris fan, you definitely need to take a look at this!

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Perfect Balance: Harmony

Perfect Balance: Harmony

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Perfect Balance: Harmony is a polished physics puzzler and a port from the flash hit. The puzzles aren’t overly difficult, but it’s still a good game.

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Reflexion

Reflexion

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Reflexion by Trileet stands out among a huge group of Breakout clones on the App Store. A few have shaken up the formula with 3-D perspectives and circular paddle paths, but this game takes things a step further.

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Drop7

Drop7

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Drop7 is a minimalistic game that describes itself as a blend of "Tetris and Sudoku." Combining falling discs with basic counting, Drop7 is surprisingly challenging and is definitely worth a look.

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Topple 2

Topple 2

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Ngmoco:) strikes again from their vault of creativity - Topple 2 is here! Read on to find out if they managed to outdo the insanely popular original, or whether it crashed like a pile of poorly stacked blocks in our hands-on review.

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EDGE

EDGE

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
EDGE is a stylishly simplistic platformer in which you navigate a series of dynamic levels, trying to guide your cube to the end. It's a challenging game, but a rewarding one, and the latest update adds plenty of new value—seventeen levels worth, to be exact.

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Block Knights

Block Knights

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Block Knights is everything that Tetris on the iPhone should have been. Blocks are played on all four walls, thanks to the accelerometer, and the result is a difficult and delighting game that really puts a fresh face on an old classic.

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Tetris

Tetris

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Tetris is a game with a strong following of dedicated fans and casual players alike. While EA Games has made a decent attempt at porting it to the iPhone, it falls short of its potential thanks to clunky controls and somewhat limited gameplay, which is a shame.

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