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Pocket Fort HD Review

Pocket Fort HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Pocket Fort HD seems to borrow heavily from another source, but its total lack of fun is the real disappointment.

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My Muppets Show Review

My Muppets Show Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
My Muppets Show plays a familiar tune, but Jim Henson's creations make all the difference.

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BlocksWorld HD Review

BlocksWorld HD Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
BlocksWorld HD is more toy than it is game, but it can be entertaining to mess around with.

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Rivals for Catan Review

Rivals for Catan Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There's a good card game here, it's just buried under a ridiculously unfriendly interface.

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Galaxy At War Online Review

Galaxy At War Online Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Galaxy At War Online has all the familiar trappings of many compelling freemium games. The problem is that it's a very familiar formula. And it's not actually free at the moment.

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Fantasy Quest Review

Fantasy Quest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It takes a while for this kingdom to get its act together, but once it does it's worth ruling.

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Hungry Gows Review

Hungry Gows Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cute or not, when there are too many colorful blobs running amok they need to be dealt with.

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Tiny Kingdom Review

Tiny Kingdom Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tiny Kingdom's contributions to the genre might be small and few, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth checking out.

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Pixel People Review

Pixel People Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Players beware: despite being simple and seemingly without any real purpose, Pixel People is inexplicably tough to put down.

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Ninja, Inc. Review

Ninja, Inc. Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This ninja tower-builder with a healthy dose of zombie-slaying feels a little loose at times, but it can be surprisingly tough to step away from.

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Towers & Dungeons Review

Towers & Dungeons Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Build a tower that stretches to the heavens or a dungeon that reaches into the depths of the earth in this free-to-play builder that's high on style, and unfortunately overdrawn on adorable.

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My Singing Monsters Review

My Singing Monsters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
My Singing Monsters is a weird and clever "town" building freemium game, but it's got some serious connection problems.

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Arcane Empires Review

Arcane Empires Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Kabam's latest free-to-play is every bit as fantastic as their last one, but that's kind of the problem.

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Monster Life Review

Monster Life Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Manage a ranch, raise and train adorable monsters, then make them fight each other in a vibrant papercraft world.

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Clash of Clans Review

Clash of Clans Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This social freemium town-builder offers up something a little different for a change: a singleplayer experience.

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Jurassic Park Builder Review

Jurassic Park Builder Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Not content with that initial monumental failure, John Hammond and crew set out to create a new Jurassic Park. With a little help from iOS users.

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It’s always nice to see something a little different in a market saturated with a bunch of “Me, Too” freemium titles. Chillingo‘s Zooniverse is one such deviation for a couple of different reasons, not just because of the unobtrusive tutorial. Seriously, it’s incredible how many developers think interrupting the player with pop-up boxes is “good.” *deep breaths*

While Zooniverse is about running a zoo first and foremost, it’s also about keeping the customers happy. These core customer demographics are divided into three main categories: men, women, and children. Each group has its own preferences when it comes to facilities and adorable critters to ogle, so it’s important to find a balance that caters to everyone. Making more people happy means more money, and more money means being able to expand the zoo with more enclosures, animals, and just space in general.

A great deal of critters ranging from woodland to aquatic, and even prehistoric and outright impossible, can be housed in the many available enclosures. Once an animal is settled in, be it through a purchase or breeding, players have to make sure to keep it well fed. Starvation won’t result in horrible complex-forming consequences, but it will cause the creatures to stop earning cash. So, you know, don’t be a jerk and keep them well-fed.

The burning question of what happens with a mouse is bred with a hippo (a Hippopotamouse) will finally be answered for free later this summer.

When the squirrel god – god of squirrels? I’m a little fuzzy on the specifics of this particular theology. No pun intended – sees a lone bushy-tailed critter dragging itself through the desert, he bestows it with a special acorn that creates a rather large tree. This tree becomes an oasis and eventual home to other wayward squirrels; constantly growing to make room for even more denizens. It’s similar to Tiny Tower, no doubt, but Chillingo‘s Happy Squirrels is much more than a simple re-skinning of a familiar concept.

As the tree grows and floors are added, players are able to choose what rooms they would like to create from a total of 25 different options. These rooms can earn nuts, the game’s main form of currency, at different rates and with different caps on how much they can hold. Each chamber can also be upgraded up to five times, with each iteration able to earn even more, faster. These munchies can be used to purchase new rooms and otherwise expand the tree. Potions, the other form of “kinda” currency, are needed to speed things up if players don’t feel like waiting X-number of hours for construction to finish. Or they can be exchanged for more nuts. Whatever the situation demands.

What really sets Happy Squirrels apart is its level of interactivity. At any time the iOS device can be jostled or titled in order to make the tree’s occupants jump or slide around, respectively. A number of other cosmetic interactive touches such as doorbells to ring, as well as a couple of acorn-earning mini-games, make it feel like there’s always something to do while waiting for the workers to finish their tasks.

Happy Squirrles will be setting up shop for free sometime this summer.

Roblade Review

Roblade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The potential is there, but this arena brawler with robust robot customization needs some streamlining.

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Airline Tycoon Deluxe Review

Airline Tycoon Deluxe Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This iOS port of a PC classic could've used a lot more time in the shop. I mean a LOT more.

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Everyone’s messed around with building bocks in some form or another at some point in their life. Everyone. It’s kind of a universal thing. Which is a big reason as to why I’m somewhat amazed that very few people have attempted to merge the concept with interactive design. It’s one of those ideas that doesn’t seem obvious until someone comes up with it. And Boldai came up with it.

Blocksworld is, in essence, a set of virtual building blocks. Structures can be cobbled together, tiny people can be crafted, and all manner of impossible creations can appear with a few taps and flicks. But simply creating a thing is only the beginning. Once that mutant frog or towering skyscraper is complete, it can be brought to life or used as an asset in an animated movie or even video game. This is because it’s more than just a sandbox, it’s an incredibly easy to use toolset for creative types.

Any iOS user can open up Blocksworld and create whatever their imagination can come up with. Then they can use it to create their own action movie or turn it into a game, then they can share it with the world on the official website. Or Twitter and Facebook, of course. The tools are rudimentary but the sky is indeed the limit.

Blocksworld is still in beta but is expected to release later this summer. There’s no official word on pricing yet but users will be able to purchase additional content packs (prices also TBD) in order to bolster their creative arsenal.


BraveSmart Review

BraveSmart Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Building homes for wayward Scotts isn't exactly easy, but it sure is fun.

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Dungeon Village Review

Dungeon Village Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Even after game development, feudal Japan, malls, alien worlds, indie racing, and even high school, Kairosoft still manages to find new territory to cover.

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Men in Black 3 Review

Men in Black 3 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gameloft delivers a surprisingly awesome free-to-play management game based on a beloved series of films and graphic novels.

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Galaxy Empire Review

Galaxy Empire Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Manage resources and production of a planetary colony and become part of a larger battle for superiority.

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Parallel Mafia Review

Parallel Mafia Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Create a mecha-mafia empire in this location-based sim.

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Tiny Monsters Review

Tiny Monsters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hatch and raise all manner of bizarre creatures in this freemium "pet shelter" sim.

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Mole Kingdom Review

Mole Kingdom Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Credit where it's due for attempting to capitalize on a popular market without blatant copying, but Mole Kingdom kind of misses the point.

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Eden-World Builder Review

Eden-World Builder Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Eden-World Builder is an app that lets players do and build whatever they want. There are no goals or objectives in the game, just a wide-open world waiting for players to make whatever they can imagine.

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Rebuild Review

Rebuild Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The gritty, almost awkward presentation in this zombie apocalypse strategy game might cause some hesitation. Make no mistake, however, it's one heck of a Must-Own for genre fans.

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