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Bitless Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Dale Culp on August 8th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DELICIOUS
Should gameplay always come before graphics? Bitless, a hardcore, hyper-addictive platformer, certainly makes a good case for it.
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Alien Breed Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Dale Culp on August 6th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SHORT BUT SWEET
This survival horror, top-down shooter may have been the best of its breed back in the day, but does it keep up with today's spawn?
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Spy vs Spy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Dale Culp on July 30th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: OLD GAME NEW TRICKS
This classic game of espionage and sabotage is sure to please fans and newcomers alike. It's the same old game, but with updated visuals and gameplay elements to keep it fresh!
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Roman Backgammon Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 11th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: AUTHENTIC
A fine conversion of a classic board game.
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iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jordan Minor on July 2nd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SHMUP
This arcade port is a classic but expensive.
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RPG Eve of the Genesis Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on May 28th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BACK TO BASICS
Traditional old school-style RPGs certainly have their place, but there is such a thing as "too old school."
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Gun Runner Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on May 25th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RUN AND GUN
The name says it all. This clever homage to classic side-scrolling shooters is easy to enjoy but hard to master.
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Avernum: Escape from the Pit HD Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Kevin Stout on May 22nd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INSTANT CLASSIC
Avernum: Escape from the Pit HD is a classic-style RPG with turn-based combat on tiles.
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Mega Tic-Tac-Toe Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on May 18th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: AN EXPANDED CLASSIC
It's like tic-tac-toe, but more of it.
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Wolfenstein 3D Free in Celebration of 20th Anniversary

Posted by Kevin Stout on May 11th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED :: Read Review »

Wolfenstein 3D, the hit classic first-person shooter, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. In celebration of the 20th anniversary, there are all kinds of perks and free stuff for fans.

Most important of the awesome offers for the anniversary is a price drop for the iOS version of the game, Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum. As of May 9th, the game dropped from $1.99 to free. The game won't be free permanently. It's only on sale for a limited time.

An addition, there's now a browser version of the game launched at Bethesda's website and on the Wolfenstein Facebook page. Upon writing that last sentence, I was immediately distracted by about a half hour of playing Wolfenstein in my browser.

I immediately downloaded the iOS version of Wolfenstein when I heard it was free. I grew up with the game. It was the first first-person shooter I ever played. It may have been the first computer game I ever played. Those looking for some nolstagia over the weekend are in for a treat.

Grid of War, An Expanded Tic-tac-toe Game

Posted by Kevin Stout on April 30th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

We’re always interested in looking at new spins of classic games. Just last week we took a look at Roc-a-Tac, a mashup between popular classics tic-tac-toe and rock-paper-scissors. Sticking with the tic-tac-toe theme, Kenneth Boreham’s Grid of War is tic-tac-toe with some new twists.

The game starts with the classic tic-tac-toe board but expands to a 5x5 board once one of the players makes three in a row. The goal is to get five in a row. Users can use two different special abilities that make the gameplay even more action-packed. Bombs are used to blow up both an ‘X’ or ‘O’ and the tile itself. No Xs or Os can be placed on a tile that’s been bombed for one turn. The other special ability is the Switch, which can be used to change an X to an O or vice versa. Additionally, switched pieces become indestructible for a turn.

This new twist on classic tic-tac-toe is available for only $0.99 and is a universal app.

Roc-A-Tac Mashes Tic-tac-toe with Rock-paper-scissors

Posted by Kevin Stout on April 19th, 2012

Mash-ups seem to be a good way to make a creative and potentially enjoyable iOS game. This mash-up, Rock-a-Tac, is a mix between simple classics tic-tac-toe and rock-paper-scissors. This confrontation of double hyphenated games includes a tic-tac-toe board being filled up by either rocks, paper, or scissors.

The win a game of Rock-a-Tac, users must fill a row with either rock, paper, or scissors. But, unlike tic-tac-toe, there are no ties in Rock-a-Tac. When a board is filled with no winner, rows are won by rock-paper-scissor elements.

There are both single and multiplayer modes in Rock-a-Tac. The single player mode pits players against an AI opponent while multiplayer can be against friends or random opponents via Game Center.

For mixup of two very simple games, the graphics look quite interesting. There are various arenas to do battle on and different looking teams to compete with (including heroes and villains). There are both free and paid versions. The paid version is $0.99 and includes no ads.

Spaceward Ho! for iPad Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Kirby on April 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: Hyah!
Rediscover the classic Mac-gaming goodness that is Spaceward Ho!
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This Week at 148Apps: February 27-March 2

Posted by Chris Kirby on March 5th, 2012

This week at 148Apps.com, we checked out the long-awaited release of Readability, via a quick overview and full review from Lisa Caplan. Caplan writes, "The app provides the same service and merges seamlessly with the web versions. Users open to a blank page with just a menu. Filling the app is the the reader’s job. Users can search the web or enter an URL manually. The app pulls the article, pretties it up, and places a lead-in on the home screen.

I found it faster to just surf on my Mac adding articles that appealed as I found them, but how one fills the app is a small matter. What Readability does with the content is the cool bit. I tested the universal build on an iPad and it works wonderfully in both orientations. In landscape the articles fill the main pane and a well-designed and unobtrusive sidebar has the menu. In portrait the sidebar is a tiny top bar."

Read our full review on 148Apps.

Meanwhile, our sister site Giggleapps.com dug deep into the garden of apps and came up with a review of The Giant Turnip: A Kidztory Classic Animated Interactive Storybook. Reviewer Amy Solomon says, "As always, the look of this app is delightful, with wonderful colors and textures and fun use of music incorporated into a style utterly recognizable as a Kidztory storybook. I appreciate the warm browns and green shades seen in the land where the turnip is planted, along with the noticeable brush strokes for a lovely effect. Possibly more so than other apps from this series, nothing is flat-looking within this app as every animal or other detail has its own imperfect texture that layered together on the page really brings a richness to this story that adults may enjoy even more than their children."

Read the full review on Giggleapps.com.

Finally, 148Apps.biz updated GameSpy's progress on its GameSpy Open platform. Brad Hilderbrand writes, "Today GameSpy announced that there are over 600 titles in development for its year-old GameSpy Open platform. The stable of upcoming titles includes games like Warm Gun, Skullgirls and more, with a total of 1200 developers hard at work on new projects."

Read more on 148Apps.biz.

The old week is done. Bring on the new week, with the promise of the iPad 3 just around the corner. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook to keep abreast of the latest reviews, news items and contests right when they happen. See you next week!

Prince of Persia Classic Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on March 1st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BEAT THE CLOCK
And here it is, the more contemporary Prince of Persia scaled back to the original Prince of Persia. Confused? Don't be. It's the same classic that we all know and love, just with a bit of a face-lift.
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