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Rescue Quest Review

Rescue Quest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Guide a wizard to safety by matching gems. Rescue Quest might not be an entirely original match-3 game, but it is quite fun.

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Ironkill Review

Ironkill Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ironkill is a freemium focused fighting game that doesn't offer particularly thrilling fights.

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Fantasy Solitaire Review

Fantasy Solitaire Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Fantasy Solitaire doesn't deviate from the standard Klondike Solitaire path, but it looks darn stylish.

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Cato and Macro Review

Cato and Macro Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Although it looks like a mobile version of real-time strategy game, Cato and Macro is actually a bizarre form of a tower defense featuring characters from Simon Scarrow's book series.

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Chain Breaker Review

Chain Breaker Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Control a knight's fate by cutting chains, dropping weights, and defeating enemies in this novel twist on the runner genre.

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Pokemon TCG

 
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I’ve been playing and enjoying collectable card games for 20 years, now – yeah, I’m old, shut up. While Magic: the Gathering has always been my main game, I’ve tried and enjoyed several others over the years. One of my favorites was always Pokémon, but at my age (I said shut up!) almost none of my peers play. The only way I could enjoy a game was to go to a tournament and play almost entirely against children. Since that’s as awkward as it sounds, I haven’t played in years. Now there’s a solution to that problem. And unlike Magic’s foray into iPad, Pokémon TCG allows a great deal of freedom. –Jade Walker

Diner Dash

 
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Almost a decade after its launch, the classic time management franchise Diner Dash has returned once again to cause stress headaches in a whole new generation of mobile gamers. It’s been about four years since the last entry in the series – Diner Dash 5: BOOM! – and PlayFirst has revamped the venerable workhorse into a mash-up of classic and all-new styles. And, for the first time ever, the series has embraced the free-to-play model. How well do Flo and the crew make the transition to freemium? Well, let’s take a look, shall we? You’d be hard-pressed to find someone these days who isn’t at least passingly familiar with the basic concept of Diner Dash. Players are in charge of Flo, a good-natured (but doubtlessly exhausted) waitress whose job is to seat, serve, and generally keep happy all of the customers of her restaurant – many of whom have specific quirks and needs. Unfortunately, as Flo is only one person with two hands, she can only do so much at a time. This leaves her sprinting about madly to take orders, make coffee, clean up dirty tables, and more, all before customers lose their patience and leave. You really have to wonder why this place doesn’t hire at least a busboy, right? –Rob Thomas

Air Supply-SOS

 
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Sheep aren’t loaded with natural defenses. They’re great at standing around, chewing their cud, and waiting to be sheared. That’s about it. That’s why Air Supply – SOS calls on players to foil the Time Travel Company: a greedy organization that kidnaps sheep, robs their fluffy down, and makes clothing. Though these distressed sheep are quantum sheep, they’re still incapable of defending themselves. Do the right thing. Save Our Sheep (“SOS” – get it?). Air Supply is a shooter inspired by the classic ZX Spectrum game Jetpac. Players endure waves of aliens while catching the quantum sheep that fall from the sky. The sheep need to be returned to the rocket ship waiting at the bottom of the screen. Once the requisite number is loaded, the player gets to progress to the next level (often accompanied by a “sheepy hug” of thanksgiving). –Nadia Oxford

Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary

 
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Like in the original, players control Rockford: a scrappy young spelunker exploring a series of caves. But these aren’t just ordinary caves; they’re full of gems, and to open up the exit Rockford must collect a certain number of gems before time runs off. From that description, one might think that gem-collecting would be, if not a difficult process, then at least one that took some thinking. But in Boulder Dash, most of the initial free levels can be beaten by tracing the most straightforward route through the dirt and collecting the obvious gems in plain sight. Players spend the majority of the game performing this deeply uninteresting act again and again. Sure there are a few enemies, but with Rockford’s ability to move basically anywhere and survive anything short of a falling rock, there’s far too little in the player’s way. It almost makes one wish the controls weren’t as smooth and forgiving as they are. Later worlds do ramp up the challenge, but the dull and lengthy introduction discourages players from grinding and earning the stars necessary to unlock the more interesting content for free. –Jordan Minor

Bug Mazing-Adventures in Learning

 
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Bug Mazing – Adventures in Learning is a new title from Little Bit Studio, the developers known for their series of apps such as Bugs and Buttons, Bugs and Numbers, and a recent favorite, Bug Art. As the name may suggest, Bug Mazing is a maze app with a bug theme that includes activities such as working with numbers, letters, colors and tracing in ways that children will find engaging and adults will appreciate for their educational value. Nature is a big part of these apps and the landscape may either be beautiful and pristine with flowers and insects like bees and ladybugs or include worn details that are possibly less beautiful, but I find these details quite interesting. It also includes a fantasy adventure theme as well as bugs that are styled with different adventure elements, such as Indiana Jones’ hat and other details. A narrator gives encouragement while on each exploration and valuable coins and precious gems are collected as rewards. Each area of this app includes different levels of difficulty and unique bugs select. Do note the selection of languages that is also included within this app – always a nice touch. Multiple children can also keep their own games separate, which is good for at home or the classroom. –Amy Solomon

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Entwined Challenge

 
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Twitch games are an addiction of mine now, so checking out Entwined Challenge was destined to be. The visuals rely on simulated distance perspective; to start, the two flying beings are colored red and blue. In the distance is a circle with colored segments; the colors of the segments are generally red, blue and green. the flying beings can be controlled by thumb gestures on either side to move along the axis of the circle, so that each flying being is guided through a matching color segment. As progress is made, the game adjusts too; for example, where the color segments were stationary, they begin to move, forcing the player to make adjustments and quicker decisions on the fly. While the concept remains simple, the developer does a good job of delicately layering levels of difficulty upon the easy-to-understand premise, and it flows well, with no major deviations to distract from the chase of excellence. –Tre Lawrence

Antec LifeBar 10 Portable Charger

 
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Yes, batteries in mobile devices have gotten better, but in the spirit of being prepared, it just makes sense to have a backup plan. Way back when, getting a couple extra OEM batteries was sufficient. Now, sealed batteries are more commonplace, and having multiple devices at any given time is not unheard of; in any case, all those extra batteries start to add up. Nah, it makes sense to have a portable battery, and when it comes to mobile power solutions, few are as capable of Antec; hence, checking out the new LifeBar 10 Portable Charger is far from a chore. –Tre Lawrence

Withings Smart Body Analyzer

 
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Health tools with a mobile component are especially compelling, and as such, we jumped at an opportunity to check out the Withings Smart Body Connected Scale. The black (white is an option) review unit Withings sent us is pretty much ready to go. At first glance, the first thing that comes to mind is that somehow, the product pictures do not do it justice. It looks like a chiseled dark colored slab. frankly, it look dashing, managing to be modern without being Jetson-silly. The full dark look is accented, and the silver center piece highlights the whole package. The expected display is digital in nature, and still manages to effect art. The battery compartment is at the bottom of the unit, and there is a tab preventing the batteries from cycling; beneath that are two buttons for syncing and selecting units. It looks like a “traditional” scale, but clearly wants people to know it has an extra trick or two up its sleeve. Officially, it comes in at 12.8 x 12.8 x 0.90 inches and 4.62 lbs. –Tre Lawrence

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer covered Apple and Google’s big announcements, wrote a massive guide for The Silent Age: Episode Two, tackled GamerGate, and picked 11 iOS games that you may never get to play. All that and loads more, right here.

Hay Ewe Review

Hay Ewe Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pave the way for your flock in this line drawing puzzle game from the creators of Worms.

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Faraway Kingdom – Dragon Raiders Review

Faraway Kingdom – Dragon Raiders Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Build a kingdom and go questing in this fantasy-themed questing game that borrows from successful titles like Tiny Tower.

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Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones Review

Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
It's business as usual for the last installment in the Nightmares from the Deep series, but it's a fun ride.

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Cursed Treasure 2 Review

Cursed Treasure 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's a dependable and fun Tower Defense game, but Cursed Treasure 2 lacks a certain original spark that would have truly made it special.

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Epic Island Review

Epic Island Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Colorful and not without potential, Epic Island is too slow going when it comes to offering up its wonders.

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Sword King Review

Sword King Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ever wanted to tap on a screen and assume you've killed a monster or two? Probably not, but just in case here's Sword King.

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Race Team Manager Review

Race Team Manager Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Want to be in charge of a racing team but not be overwhelmed by tactics and options? Race Team Manager is for you.

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Cupcake Carnival Review

Cupcake Carnival Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cupcake Carnival does all the right match-3 things but it's a format we've seen a little too often by now.

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MUJO Review

MUJO Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This match-three game has collectible and role-playing elements that make it continually satisfying to play.

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Gummy Drop! Review

Gummy Drop! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gummy Drop! is a pleasant if not as special Match-3 game as it would like to be.

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Angry Birds Stella Review

Angry Birds Stella Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A few tweaks to the familiar format, Angry Birds Stella will appeal to fans, but will also infuriate at times.

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Super Monkey Ball Bounce Review

Super Monkey Ball Bounce Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Super Monkey Ball Bounce is a lot like Peggle, but not quite as good, plus it's littered with freemium based irritants.

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Shoot The Moon Review

Shoot The Moon Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Stop the moon from singing an annoying song by launching rockets at it.

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Diamond Digger Saga Review

Diamond Digger Saga Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
King's latest is a bit simpler than the usual crowd, but Diamond Digger Saga will still draw some in despite their better judgment.

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Wan Nyan Slash Review

Wan Nyan Slash Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Chop and slice an array of traditional and non-traditional Japanese demons in this quirky arcade game.

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Little Raiders: Robin’s Revenge Review

Little Raiders: Robin’s Revenge Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Combining simple combat with village building is a potent combination for this charming tale.

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One Tap RPG Review

One Tap RPG Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This casual arcade game introduces some very light rpg elements into its fantasy-themed pachinko gameplay.

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Diver Dogs Review

Diver Dogs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Diver Dogs is the cutest undersea animal rescue game on the App Store, by far.

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ROTATE – A Rotating World Review

ROTATE – A Rotating World Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Think fast in this quick-moving, exceedingly difficult, casual arcade game.

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Puzzle Roo Review

Puzzle Roo Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A different take on the usual block dropping puzzle game, Puzzle Roo is quite pleasant.

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Ok, so we’re all about ready to accept that Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is a big deal on the App Store, regardless of your own personal feelings on the matter. However, did you know there are valuable life lessons to learn from it? And I don’t just mean that it’s a friendly reminder that stepping away from your iPhone is a very good idea sometimes, or that perhaps when you find yourself writing about such games for a living that you should consider a career change. No, I mean it teaches you valuable lessons that you can apply to real life scenarios. Honest.

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Look how frowny-faced that guy looks. Isn’t he just so fed up? Some might say it’s thanks to those tight looking braces he’s wearing, obviously cutting into his shoulders a little too much. Fortunately, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood has some wise advice to offer. He needs to be charmed! Yup! Folks, you need to make room in your day to chat to people and remind them just how charming you really are. The more shallow the comment you make to them, the better. No one cares about depth in this world.

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Fortunately, such charm can easily be applied either through some very expensive and hard to gain premium currency, or you can simply mention that you know Kim Kardashian. Because everyone’s impressed by her presence, right? Right? Don’t expect Mr Grumpypants to cheer up any time soon, though.

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Journalists are leeches. WAIT. I don’t mean me, I’m nice! You know the kind I mean. Lon Garrera here demonstrates the problem. If it wasn’t for that media badge, he’d just be a random stalker with a camera, just waiting for a restraining order to strike him down.

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It’s a long, long path to stardom. Just ask any celebrity, assuming they’re willing to speak to someone as lowly as you. While you could probably get cosy with the right celebrities to work your way up through the ranks, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood goes the classier route, expecting you to work your way up to stardom through grit and determination. Oh, and time. Lots and lots of time. And busywork.

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If you try to talk to someone of the opposite sex in public, odds are someone’s going to think you’re an aspiring home wrecker. No, I don’t know why either, but Kim Kardashian: Hollywood seems pretty convinced of this fact. You need to come up with a date or two to seem less threatening. Always, always have a date spare, even if you’re perfectly happy single. The Kim Kardashian life is pretty archaic on that front.

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Talent isn’t everything. Money, clothes, cars, and homes are all that really matters in terms of being successful and famous. Sad but true if this game is anything to go by. Feel free to weep in a corner.

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Also, knowing the right people is everything. Absolutely everything. In real life, Kim Kardashian won’t give you the time of day, but let’s pretend that she would be this keen to help people get along. Otherwise fame is a much, much trickier path.

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Kim Kardashian: Hollywood does offer one sensible piece of advice, though. Interested in someone and they’re interested in you? Go for it, regardless of if they’re the same gender as you, it doesn’t matter. It’s the 21st century, and while our century is increasingly dominated by the importance of materialism and being in the public eye at all times, we have at least made some progress in terms of acceptance.

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is available now on the App Store and it’s a free download. I hear it’s sucking up people’s time. In my case, it’s merely broken my soul a bit.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2014-06-24 :: Category: Games

To The End Review

To The End Review

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To The End will test players' patience, timing, and dedication as they try to navigate all 13 levels in only 3 attempts.

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Set for release later this summer is Melissa K and the Heart of Gold, a casual adventure game that’s hoping to be a cut above the rest. I was lucky enough to check out a preview build of it to see just what we should expect.

melissa4The team behind Melissa K and the Heart of Gold initially worked on mystery game, LA Noire, being responsible for the real-time animation system within it – and it shows. Melissa K and the Heart of Gold is immediately more attractive than many other adventure games of this type. It’s the little things that shine through, such as how a small twitch of the iPad in any direction causes the game’s screen to move a little, adding a nice sense of fluidity to things.

Such pleasantries continue, ensuring that Melissa K and the Heart of Gold feels a more interactive experience than the usual titles in the genre. Objects can be manipulated by twisting them around, treating them like real 3D objects, and it works well.

melissa7Of course, the real meat for such games comes from its puzzles. Melissa K and the Heart of Gold offers plenty of hidden object scenes, but also a number of puzzles. In my short time with it I wasn’t overly challenged, but I was interested. The puzzles are clearly laid out and interesting enough. They’re reasonably different too, such as one requiring you to move a flower from one side of the screen to the other, without knocking the other items down. Figuring out how to unclasp a gem from a dragon statue was also a highlight, requiring more tactile controls than most.

Melissa K and the Heart of Gold should be out later this summer. It’s shaping up to be something that casual adventure gaming fans like myself should be anticipating. We’ll have more on it when it’s released.


Pro Zombie Soccer Apocalypse Pocket Edition

Pro Zombie Soccer Apocalypse Pocket Edition

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Kick soccer balls at zombies until they explode in this solid arcade game.

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