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Fly Catbug Fly! Review

Fly Catbug Fly! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Based on the popular web series, Fly Catbug Fly! is an endless flying game staring an adorable lady bug cat who needs help collecting expensive junk through 9 different locations.

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M0B1US Review

M0B1US Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There's a nice original idea within this Endless Runner, but elsewhere it's a little too basic to recommend.

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BREAKFINITY Review

BREAKFINITY Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Endless brick busting ahoy in this pleasant free-to-play interpretation of Arkanoid.

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Shavalyn Pop: Alien Escape Review

Shavalyn Pop: Alien Escape Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Shavalyn Pop: Alien Escape lets players blaze their own path through space.

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15 Coins Review

15 Coins Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
15 Coins is a minimalist arcade game that proves to have an engaging concept and different kinds of challenges.

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Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork Review

Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Charming and colorful, Glorkian Warrior is a frantic shoot em up full of reasons to return for more.

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Microtrip Review

Microtrip Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Microtrip is a simple, cheerful little physics-based arcade game where players steer a dynamic white blob through the body of a strange creature, eating white cells and dogging monsters along the way.

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After Flappy Bird’s surprise success and stunning departure, it seems like a million developers want to make the next Flappy Bird; that next smash viral hit. But too many have taken it literally by making their own Flappy-style games. To make a fun viral hit, it requires many factors to come together perfectly – and not necessarily flapping. Threes is that next Flappy Bird because it nails many of those same factors that make it an effective and successful game.

While Threes comes from Asher Vollmer and Greg Wohlwend, developers far more established than Flappy Bird’s Dong Nguyen was, their game still succeeded in large part in spite of traditional ways of being successful. Threes didn’t have a big marketing campaign, and had a non-prominent feature by Apple. Despite this, the game has peaked in the paid games list at number one on iPhone and number two on iPad, having been sticky in the top five for the past two and a half weeks since its launch. It lost its top rank temporarily on iPhone with the release of Card Wars – Adventure Time, but regained it a few days later. Point is, it’s done enormously well despite it not having much in its favor marketing-wise.

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Now, whether or not one considers Flappy Bird to be a ‘good’ game, it was a major hit because it was effective at what it did, and Threes is effective in much the same ways.

FlappyBird-ControlsBoth games are very hard to do exceptionally well at. Flappy Bird has punishing physics and little margin for error. Threes is a much more strategic game: there are a lot of systems in place with the cards all moving simultaneously that require a lot of practice – and a lot of patience – in order to master how they work, just like Flappy Bird’s physics.

Yet, despite the challenge these games present, they’re still exceptionally easy to play. Flappy Bird just requires one tap, and makes it easy to restart. Threes just requires swipes, and its addition-based rules are simple enough to glean once learned.

Threes-6It’s that classic combination of “easy to learn, difficult to master” that makes them tick. As well, there’s just enough chaos involved in the design to make players feel like they have a shot. All it takes is a good card draw in Threes, or a set of pipes that’s manageable in Flappy Bird, and it’s one step closer to a high score. It’s that mix of “out of control” plus “I know I should be doing better” that makes both games so addictively fun.

FlappyBird-PipesBut plenty of games can get that mix right. What makes them popular? Part of it is the personality: Flappy Bird‘s used a charming semi-flightless bird protagonist and art styles like the obstacle pipes that resembled retro gaming that were endearing in a specific way. Threes’ characters with their voices forge an emotional connection to the player, and it makes them more than just score objects. As well, it’s an accomplishment to unlock higher card values and new characters.

Also, scoring highly in each game feels like a milestone. Flappy Bird‘s scores are a rather literal representation of progress. Threes’ scores are effectively a bit fudged due to their four-or-five-digit nature, but they still represent a clear indicator of progress. Someone gets a higher score because they created more valuable cards. They did better, there was no fudging why they did better. All it takes is to look at the final board of a player to see how well they did and why they did better. This makes it so that players know just what they need to do in general to get better scores. This makes them very shareable.

ThreesHighScoreAnd the ease of sharing in each game was a key factor in its virality too. Flappy Bird had a tweet button that was frequently used to share scores before it was removed. Still, it offers easy access to Game Center leaderboards, where friends’ scores can be seen. Threes not only tweets out scores, but it also tweets out the image that sums up the score, what the maximum card was, and the final board. It succinctly shows just what happened. And each high score and each tweet is a call to arms – it temps those with the game to try to beat it. And then they share their successes. And all this talk inevitably snags in more people to play, and it just takes off from there because the games are so effective at getting their hooks into the players.

It’s that mix of effectiveness and emotional connection that has made each game become so popular on their own scales. So while Threes might not involve flapping, it is inextricably linked to Flappy Bird regardless.

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2014-02-05 :: Category: Games

Platforms Unlimited Review

Platforms Unlimited Review

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Platforms Unlimited brings endless procedural generation to the ultra-challenging platformer genre.

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The Great Martian War Review

The Great Martian War Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Attractive to look at and play, The Great Martian War is a more entertaining Endless Runner than most.

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Hammer Quest Review

Hammer Quest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hammer Quest is another Endless Runner to add to the pile of others that are nothing special.

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Kid Aviator Review

Kid Aviator Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Cute and charming, Kid Aviator is an Endless Flyer that lacks some much needed depth.

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Sky Boom Boom Review

Sky Boom Boom Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
As excitable as a puppy, Sky Boom Boom is a familiar Endless Flyer but a fun one nonetheless.

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Maze Crusade Review

Maze Crusade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Endless running through a maze? Who'd have thought it could be a winning combination?

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Max Axe Review

Max Axe Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Help Max dispatch a host of mystical monsters by sketching a path for his axe to fly through in this enjoyable endless runner.

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Grilly the Cheese Review

Grilly the Cheese Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
An adorable endless runner where gamers help guide a grilled cheese sandwich through a retro, obstacle-filled environment.

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NinJump Rooftops Review

NinJump Rooftops Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ninjump Rooftops goes endless running across challenging rooftops full of obstacles and attacking enemies! Don't worry though, destroy three in a row and players will get a short ride.

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Pocket God: Ooga Jump Review

Pocket God: Ooga Jump Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It doesn't revolutionize the vertical jumping genre, but that doesn't stop Pocket God: Ooga Jump being pleasant fun.

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Infinity Danger Review

Infinity Danger Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The situation might be utterly hopeless, but that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun when meeting our doom.

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Escape From Doom Review

Escape From Doom Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The one thing every runner lacks is a way to retaliate. Escape From Doom gives the player that armed advantage.

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T.E.C 3001 Review

T.E.C 3001 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
T.E.C 3001 is a good looking runner with plenty of content to enjoy, but it’s saddled with a control scheme that gets in the way of actual enjoyment.

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Grindcore Review

Grindcore Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Grindcore trades tiny wings for tiny skateboards.

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Little Galaxy Review

Little Galaxy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Leap from planet to planet collecting stars in this simple to learn one-touch jumping game.

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Gold Diggers Review

Gold Diggers Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Taking a little while to get going, Gold Diggers is a fun if slow building Endless Digger.

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Muscle Run Review

Muscle Run Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Muscle Run is a neat idea, but it's going to need some adjustments before it reaches the winners' circle.

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Abyss Attack Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Shoot at everything that moves in this endless auto shooter, and watch as fun is had by all.

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Flyro Review

Flyro Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
An incredibly unique twist on the endless runner, adding an impeccable control scheme on top of beautiful graphics and addictive gameplay.

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Sea Conquest Review

Sea Conquest Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A little uninspired and with some fairly poor controls, Sea Conquest is an unexciting Endless Diving game.

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Sewer Escape Review

Sewer Escape Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple fun, if unremarkable, Sewer Escape is a cute vertical Endless Jumper title.

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Door Dash Review

Door Dash Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Nothing's incredibly wrong with this endless runner, but nothing's incredibly right about it either.

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