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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

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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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Pixel Burger Review

Pixel Burger Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pixel Burger is an adorable amalgam of pixelated foodstuffs and stacking that's easy to pick up and oh-so-difficult to put down, like a tasty burger.

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Cascade Review

Cascade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cascade is a fairly typical Match-3 game but it offers a minor twist in the form of what gems are at your disposal.

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SnapMatch Soccer Review

SnapMatch Soccer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Combining tile matching with soccer playing is a fairly successful combination for this charming if simple game.

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Super Pixelander Review

Super Pixelander Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This arcade twist on the Lunar Lander formula is colorful, arcade-y, and chaotic.

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Ready Steady Play Review

Ready Steady Play Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ready Steady Play builds on the wild-western fun of its predecessor, but is the whole greater than the sum of its parts?

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Dream Catchers: The Beginning HD Review

Dream Catchers: The Beginning HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Some insensitive controls aside, and Dream Catchers: The Beginning is a fun enough Hidden Object games for fans of the genre.

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Left in the Dark: No One on Board Review

Left in the Dark: No One on Board Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The requisite elements for a Hidden Object game are there, but Left in the Dark: No One on Board lacks that certain something.

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The Ghost Archives: Haunting of Shady Valley Review

The Ghost Archives: Haunting of Shady Valley Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Explore an abandoned mining town in this spooky but fun casual Hidden Object game.

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Wreckman: Rise of a Hero Review

Wreckman: Rise of a Hero Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This is how you straddle a wrecking ball and save the world while doing it, MILEY.

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The Cursed Ship Review

The Cursed Ship Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
The latest in the popular series of casual adventuring games, The Cursed Ship offers exactly what fans would want, and nothing more.

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Trailer Park King Review

Trailer Park King Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The popular Indie Xbox Game recently hit the App Store, but is it really all that special?

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Hopeless: Space Shooting Review

Hopeless: Space Shooting Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The lovable Blobs are back for more quick finger chaos in the instantly playable Hopeless: Space Shooting.

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FarmVille 2: Country Escape Review

FarmVille 2: Country Escape Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
FarmVille is bigger and brighter than ever before, but don't expect it to sway you if you're a non believer.

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Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair Review

Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Treading a safe path, Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair is a dependable casual adventure game.

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Time Gap Review

Time Gap Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
With a mixture of different casual gaming elements, Time Gap is pleasant enough even despite its control issues.

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Loco Motors Review

Loco Motors Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Crank up the creativity by building the ultimate ride in the inventive Loco Motors.

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Ravensburger Puzzle Review

Ravensburger Puzzle Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
The King of jigsaw puzzles comes to the iPad and is just as much fun as the physical version.

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Mount Olympus Review

Mount Olympus Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It won't challenge the iPad's capabilities or players' brain cells, but Mount Olympus still offers some simple fun for the novice adventurer.

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Braveland Review

Braveland Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pleasantly likeable, Braveland lacks some more detailed features but is still an enjoyable turn based RPG romp.

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Word Forward Review

Word Forward Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Create words from tiles in order to get the lowest score in this simple yet enjoyable word game.

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Ikue Review

Ikue Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Piece together various tiles to fill the box in this simple to learn, tricky to master puzzle game.

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Lost Light Review

Lost Light Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple to play and simple to look at, Lost Light is still a fairly enjoyable Matching game, even if it isn't overly exceptional.

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Lost Twins Review

Lost Twins Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A fresh take on the classic slide picture puzzle, this is a unique gameplay experience that players will definitely get lost in.

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1Path Review

1Path Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tilt your mobile device to slide around in this minimalist puzzle game.

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Pahelika: Secret Legends Review

Pahelika: Secret Legends Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Control issues negatively affect this otherwise potentially interesting casual adventure game.

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