Posts Tagged casual gaming

Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion Review

Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A fairly dependable Hidden Object/casual adventuring game, Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion is fun, if short.

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Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged To Kill Review

Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged To Kill Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Offering quite the murder mystery, Special Enquiry Detail: Engaged to Kill is a great example of the Hidden Object genre.

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3volution – A Primordial Soup Challenge Review

3volution – A Primordial Soup Challenge Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Launching a tiny, smiling cell between two of its grinning companions over and over again is actually a lot more entertaining that it sounds. Like a LOT more.

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When a super nova threatens a planet full of cats (multiple planets, actually), the self-appointed task of saving them falls on a pair of big-hearted extraterrestrials. The duo will have to hop from world to world, gathering as many kitties as they can before the time limit runs out. Then doing it again, of course. Because CATS, people. Because cats.

The gameplay functions as a sort of weird combination of gravity-based claw machine meets incremental in-game improvements found in titles like Katamari Damacy. The ship’s tractor beam can only pick up the smaller felines at first, but after enough of them are carried off it gains strength and can be used to lift much larger targets. Coins earned through play can be used to buy new ships or upgrade a specific one, while stars acquired through achievement-like progress will unlock new worlds. And there are always special hidden kitties to find and (hopefully) rescue.

The US release of Cats Away should be out sometime around the end of June/beginning of July and $0.99 is all that’s needed to secure this universal iOS cat carrier.


SpongeBob Diner Dash Deluxe Review

SpongeBob Diner Dash Deluxe Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Colorful and vibrant, it's an ideal Diner Dash experience for SpongeBob fans.

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Pizza Vs. Skeletons Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
One of the oddest themed games on the App Store, Pizza Vs. Skeletons is silly, casual, gaming goodness

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Coming soon to the iPad is Emma and the Inventor, a new hidden object game from Big Fish Games and Tricky Software.

We all should know by now that Big Fish Games are the gods of hidden object games but Tricky Software might not be so well known just yet. They previously developed Spore Origins and Spore Creatures as well as more recently Crayola ColorStudio. Now they’ve taken their skills and applied them to Emma and the Inventor.

Looking at the few screenshots we’ve been given and the previous information from the PC/Mac release of the title, it’s looking pretty intriguing. It’s a hidden object title but one that promises to offer some challenging puzzles too, presumably as part of the inventing side of the game. Hopefully this will mean a deeper casual gaming experience.

No release date has been announced yet but we’ll ensure we have more details to offer soon!

Dessert Heroes Review

Dessert Heroes Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Social gaming for those with a sweet tooth.

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When I first heard about multiplayer gaming on Game Center, the first thing I thought of brutal bouts of casual gaming goodness. There is just something heart pounding about playing someone else in a game that isn’t overloaded with overly caffeinated teenagers screaming “Head shot… loser!” Sure, there are many people, including myself, who are excited about first person shooter/action multiplayer gaming on the iOS, but my heart just wants to beat up on someone in a mellow game of Flight Control… and by golly, now I can.

To celebrate the release of GameCenter on the iPad with iOS 4.2, Flight Control is adding a slew of features to the Apple Design Award winning game. To help scratch that competitive itch, Firemint is adding an iPad exclusive verses mode map that can be played locally in the app or via Game Center or local Wi-Fi/Bluetooth multiplayer. Not to cut out the peaceful gamers out there (and I’m sure there are many), Flight Control is also adding a co-op multiplayer game that can be played universally via Game Center too, in addition to the already available local Bluetooth or WiFi . Like everything else on Game Center, you can either invite your iOS gaming friends or you can play with/against random players all around the world.

Since I have no chance at competing in the single player high scores, maybe it’ll be possible for me to compete with the masses in some co-op multiplayer gaming. The update isn’t out yet, so hang on to your excitement, but Firemint expects the new update to Flight Control to be out right around the release of iOS 4.2. See you online!

Sushi Boy Review

Sushi Boy Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
If anything, there aren't many happier games in the App Store than Sushi Boy. Its Asian influenced craziness will certainly suck you in.

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Vikings Row! Review

Vikings Row! Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
There are very few casual games with a better control system, but the game doesn't do enough to really become one of the greats.

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Bumps Review

Bumps Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Bumps is fun, light-hearted game suitable for all ages, and is bound to make even the most humorless of people laugh.

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Ninjatown: Trees of Doom! Review

Ninjatown: Trees of Doom! Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Ninjatown is a great casual game in the mold of Doodle Jump and Scoops. If you need a quick game to play on a bus or a train, or with a fox on a plane, this one is for you.

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Casual Gaming Perfection?

Back at E3 I met up with Don Lim from Com2uS, who showed me a few of his upcoming games, one of which being Baseball Sluggers. At first glance, the game looked pretty fun, but certainly nothing groundbreaking. It looked like MLB Slugfest for the iPhone, except without an MLB license and limited only to the home run derby. Being the skeptical gamer that I am, I picked up the game with low expectations, thinking that the game would probably be average at best. But boy, was I wrong.

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Instead of showing me all the different menu options and gameplay modes, Don had me just straight into the matchup mode, which is unlike anything else I had ever played on the iPhone. Within a minute of booting up the game, I was engaged in a matchup with one of the beta testers of the game in Korea. The game was easy enough to pick up instantly, but with a variety of pitches and speeds, had enough depth to satisfy my inner gamer. Surprisingly I ended up beating the beta tester, shocking Don… and myself. What can I say guys, I’m just good at sports games.
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