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Dragon Finga Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on September 19th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ENTER THE RAGDOLL
It might be weird and wacky one-touch kung fu, but it all works surprisingly well.
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Ninja Wrath Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on May 16th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: I AM NINJA
It may not look like it at first glance, but Ninja Wrath is actually one incredibly slick iOS action game.
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Wanderer: War Song Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on February 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: ALL BARK
Pretty and as enticing though Wanderer might be, it's still got a long way to go on the inside.
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KnightScape Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on December 11th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WELL EXCUUUUUUSE MEEE
Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge in this mad dash to rescue (and even fight for) a captured princess.
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Rage of the Gladiator Fights its Way from the Wii to iOS

Posted by Rob Rich on November 1st, 2012

I unfortunately missed out on the chance to play Rage of the Gladiator when it was originally released on the Wii, despite my legitimate interest. Luckily I’ve gotten a second chance because Gamelion is porting it over to iOS devices as a fully re-mastered and arguably definitive version.

The basic story is that Gracius, the main character and gladiator extraordinaire, is fighting for his freedom and for revenge against those who’ve slain his father. How? By cutting a swathe through a horde of inhuman bosses. Anyone who’s played Infinity Blade will be familiar with the adapted control scheme (tap arrows to dodge left/right, tap buttons to block, swipe to attack), but combat in Rage of the Gladiator feels decidedly more arcade-like than Epic’s, well, epic. Attack and response time is a bit faster, fights are broken up into three “rounds” much like a boxing match, and there are a number of weapons and skills to unlock and purchase as you progress.

Again, while Rage of the Gladiator is indeed similar to that other popular swipe fighter it’s not exactly a carbon copy. There’s a noticeable emphasis on giving each combatant their own personality, and with the addition of a jump button and some rather complex combo attacks it can be quite the ordeal to make it through a fight in decent shape. It‘s definitely a challenge but every pattern can be learned eventually and it can be exceedingly satisfying to knock a particularly bothersome foe in the jaw with a warhammer in slow motion.

Anyone interested in a first-person arcade-esque gladiatorial beat down should keep an eye on the App Store. There’s no official word on a price but Rage of the Gladiator is set to release sometime in November.

Street Fighter IV Volt is a Console-Quality iOS Game

Posted by Rob Rich on September 3rd, 2012

The Backstory
It’s tough to really pin down the goings-on in fighting games. Story isn’t a particularly big focus most of the time and can lead to all kinds of weird stuff. An evil dictator bent on world domination creating a female clone of himself is just one example. Suffice it to say, so long as there’s a reason for wacky folks to fight the hows and whys don’t matter so much. As is the case with Street Fighter. Ignoring the nitty gritty the important thing to understand here is that Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, and the rest have gathered once again to beat the snot out of each other for their own personal reasons. And our amusement, of course.

The Gameplay
Street Fighter IV Volt (and by extension the original iOS release) had one major hurdle to overcome: controls. Virtual sticks and buttons just don’t compare to physical ones no matter how much someone might love their touch screen. Thankfully Capcom pulled them off quite well. While the overall action is a tad slower than most console offerings the fights are still frantic and movement is pretty tight. Whether it’s learning the ropes in Training, tackling the campaign, or taking on other players from across the globe in online matches there’s something for every kind of fighting aficionado. Having a roster of 22 playable characters is nice, too.

How does it Compare?
With practically an equivalent amount of content to its console counterpart and controls that aren’t a hindrance, Street Fighter IV Volt is as good as it gets on iOS. Aside from the concessions for controls and visuals (characters are no longer 3D, which affects the presentation and story segments) it’s pretty much the same game. It’s even got online multiplayer, which is something not even earlier Street Fighter console releases have sported until recently.

It’s not exactly 1:1, but Street Fighter IV Volt does a downright admirable job of giving iOS users a comparable experience to their console bretheren. It’s got the roster, the moves, the modes, and the multiplayer. What more could a fighting game lover on-the-go wish for?

*NOTE: “Console-quality” refers to the quality of the experience, not just the graphics. This is about the depth of gameplay, content, and in some cases how accurately it portrays the ideals of its console counterpart.*

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Platoonz Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on July 3rd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DUCK AND COVER
Lead a unit of elite soldiers on a one way march through enemy ranks.
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Roblade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 18th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A ROUGH DRAFT
The potential is there, but this arena brawler with robust robot customization needs some streamlining.
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The Heroes of the Three Kingdoms Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 15th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: DECIDEDLY NOT HEROIC
A number of variables keep this action romp from being very enjoyable.
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TinyLegends - Crazy Knight Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on June 11th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SWORDS AND GORE
Use lots of different weapons and combos to protect the kingdom from fearsome monster invaders.
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Punch Hero Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 14th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: A REAL HEAVYWEIGHT
Sure we can all train a prize fighter in this freemium boxing match, but the real fun is in the fisticuffs. Win or lose.
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Fighter City Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on April 20th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BRING THE PAIN
No-holds-barred street fighting hits the App Store, and it's fun!
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Puncho Fighto Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on April 19th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GOOD SHOW
It's not exactly brimming with deep combo systems or intuitive counter attacks, but Puncho Fighto is a clever little iOS fighter.
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Heroes vs Monsters Review

By Jason Wadsworth on April 4th, 2012
Guide a small party on an epic quest in this pocket sized RPG with some very familiar elements.
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Operation: Eradicate

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on March 8th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STEEP LEARNING CURVE
This exercise in zombie control demands lots of attention and some time invested in learning its mechanics.
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