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Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 9th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TOUGH NOSTALGIA
Tough yet satisfying is about right for Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic.
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King of Thieves Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 16th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FLAWED DUNGEON CRACKING
King of Thieves is a fun mash-up of platforming and PvP based exploration, but it's hindered by a big freemium issue.
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Bring Vengence to Your Foes With Vainglory's New Hero, Arden

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 2nd, 2015
iPad App - Designed for iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: VAIN EVENT :: Read Review »

Meet Ardan, Super Evil Megacorp’s newest hero for their popular MOBA, Vainglory. Ardan is joining the Halcyon Fold as a Protector Tank who uses special energy, called vengeance, to power his special attacks. You can build up vengeance by fighting enemies with normal attacks, or using critical strikes and abilities. Arden can also dash to allies while damaging nearby enemies, perform a leaping attack that deals deals crystal and weapon damage, and create an area that damages enemies and stuns them.

This new addition comes alongside a few new updates including the ability to play your own music while in the game. Super Evil Megacorp has also improved the matchmaking so that experienced players are less likely to match with new players, reduced the network traffic, added auto-correct to chat, and more.

You can check out this big update for Vainglory for free on the App Store.

VainGlory Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jade Walker on November 26th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: VAIN EVENT
VainGlory is a really fun and accessible MOBA, but suffers from some slightly sexist elements.
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Quest of Dungeons Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By John Burnor on March 25th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SARCASTICALLY DIFFICULT
Quest of Dungeons is a very challenging, procedurally generated RPG that knows exactly how tough it is and revels in it.
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Evilibrium Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on November 14th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: MALCONTENT
Evilibrium is yet another sad example of how free-to-play games can be extremely cynical experiences.
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Heroes of Loot Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on September 12th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DISTILLED DUNGEONS
Heroes of Loot is about as close to pure, distilled arcadey dungeon-crawling joy as we're ever likely to get.
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Dark Avenger Review

Posted by Rob Rich on May 2nd, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: GAMEVIL
Price: FREE
Version: 1.0.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Playtime Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar


At first I was disappointed. Dark Avenger looks like a pretty cool dungeon-crawling hack-and-slash RPG, but it’s broken up into these tiny little stages and there’s virtually no story outside of a guy going around killing what looks to be undead. Then I noticed the option to replay levels in a Time Attack mode and it all clicked; this isn’t a conventional hack-and-slash RPG, it’s more like somebody stuffed the genre into an arcade cabinet. And despite a few minor complaints I’d say they did a darned good job of it.

As I’ve mentioned the world of Dark Avenger is riddled with the undead. Or so it would seem, anyway. The rather aggressive protagonist’s motivations aren’t made entirely clear but that’s okay because there’s killin’ to be done! Like most other iOS action RPGs the interface uses a simple virtual stick/giant attack button surrounded by ability icons control scheme. Players slice their way through each relatively brief level in an attempt to open up the next and gather loot and gold along the way. Later levels, in turn, provide better loot and more gold but can be a lot tougher.

The going is a little slow at first but once the player’s character levels up a bit and gains a few more skills Dark Avenger really starts to come into its own. Yes, it’s another Diablo-like on iOS, but the emphasis on smaller levels and replayability is surprisingly clever and works quite well. Especially the Infinity Tower that pits players against increasingly tough waves of enemies for lots of gold and medals (or something like that) that can be used to buy better gear.

The way Dark Avenger is broken up and the rather small levels might be off-putting to some but I still think they fit the mobile platform well. However I’m not too crazy about the rather stiff combat system. Using the same exact three-hit combo over and over again feels repetitive, this same combo ends with a knockback that forces the player to chase after their targets, and skills can’t be triggered during an attack so it’s impossible to cancel out a combo with a special attack. I’ve eaten way too many flaming golem fists simply because I couldn’t trigger my character’s dash move during a combo.

It may not sport the most responsive combat system in the world but Dark Avenger still manages to be fun thanks to its arcade-like nature. There’s lots of loot to earn and possibly upgrade, and plenty of skills to unlock and train. Plus the Infinity Tower is practically a game unto itself.

Dark Quest Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on April 23rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WIZARDS CAN BE JERKS
Dark Quest might not sport the best name in the world, but it makes good use of a rather eclectic mix of gameplay ideas.
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Alien Zone Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on April 19th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DANGER ZONE
Alien Zone is an amateurish, futuristic dungeon crawler that's really worth a look.
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Mighty Dungeons Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on April 15th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A MIGHTY THROWBACK
Mighty Dungeons might be a relatively bland Roguelike, but it's a fantastic board game.
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QuestLord Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on April 12th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WALK 500 MILES
Getting from Point A to Point B can be a bit of a drag, but QuestLord is still a fun and accessible throwback to classic Western RPGs.
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Ark of the Ages Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on April 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LOVE/HATE
XSEED's third/first person dungeon crawler is both good and bad. At the same time, actually.
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Dungeon Masters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on February 27th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: TOO OLD SCHOOL FOR COOL
This retro homage to one of the Atari's earliest dungeon crawlers is a bit too retro for its own good.
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Dungeon Lore Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Rob Rich on January 30th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: OH
Dungeon Lore can be both comfortably typical and surprisingly different, but it's far too broken to appreciate either of those qualities.
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