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Dragon Finga Review

Dragon Finga Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It might be weird and wacky one-touch kung fu, but it all works surprisingly well.

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Ninja Wrath Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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

Wanderer: War Song Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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

KnightScape Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge in this mad dash to rescue (and even fight for) a captured princess.

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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.


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.*

$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-06-30 :: Category: Games

$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-03-10 :: Category: Games

Platoonz Review

Platoonz Review

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Lead a unit of elite soldiers on a one way march through enemy ranks.

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Roblade Review

Roblade Review

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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

The Heroes of the Three Kingdoms Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A number of variables keep this action romp from being very enjoyable.

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TinyLegends – Crazy Knight Review

TinyLegends – Crazy Knight Review

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Use lots of different weapons and combos to protect the kingdom from fearsome monster invaders.

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Punch Hero Review

Punch Hero Review

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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

Fighter City Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
No-holds-barred street fighting hits the App Store, and it's fun!

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Puncho Fighto Review

Puncho Fighto Review

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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

Heroes vs Monsters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Guide a small party on an epic quest in this pocket sized RPG with some very familiar elements.

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Operation: Eradicate

Operation: Eradicate

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This exercise in zombie control demands lots of attention and some time invested in learning its mechanics.

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RobotGladi8tor Review

RobotGladi8tor Review

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The "open world" and "mega battles" aren't quite as open and mega as expected, but RobotGladi8tor is still a nifty sci-fi brawler. With a few caveats, of course.

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My Little Monster Review

My Little Monster Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There's nothing like a good rampage to clear the head when a love-struck monster gets rejected.

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Street Wrestler Review

Street Wrestler Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Take justice to the streets with suplexes and piledrivers.

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Dead on Arrival Review

Dead on Arrival Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A top-down take on the zombie killing gameplay made popular by big budget first person shooters.

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Funny Hell Review

Funny Hell Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Funny Hell offers a unique twist on the castle defense genre with a nice combination of interesting gameplay and devilish graphics.

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Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots Review

Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots isn't just some simple nostalgia trip.

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Batman Arkham City Lockdown Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Dole out some bone-jarring justice in this action combat game.

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Mamba Nation Battle Review

Mamba Nation Battle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mamba Nation Battle lets players create their own cartoony likeness (or not) to show off and admire. Then have them fight other cutesy creations in brutal one-on-one combat. What's not to like?

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Knight’s Onrush

Knight’s Onrush

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This is exciting, addictive, and has game play that could technically last forever!!! Be warned, your fingers will need rest and relaxation after defending all these castles! *phews*

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Epic Pet Wars

Epic Pet Wars

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
I thought that the notion of a Mafia app with a cutesy pet theme sounded pretty dull—until I tried it. Epic Pet Wars is a quick, free, mindless MMO that'll bring out the animal abuser in all of us.

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