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Jelly Reef Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 7th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ATTRACTIVE FLOW
Help get jellyfish to safety in this gorgeously flowing roguelike of a sort.
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GDC 2015 - Jelly Reef will be Game Oven's Last Hurrah, and it Seems like a Good Note to Go Out on

Posted by Rob Rich on March 4th, 2015

It's sad knowing that Game Oven (Bounden, Fingle) will be shuttered in April, but they're not going to let that stop them from releasing one last game to the App Store. Jelly Reef is going to be the studio's swan song (of a sort) and quite honestly seems like as good a place to stop as any.

A lot has changed since Jelly Reef was first shown, and in that time it's gone from more of a puzzle game to a roguelike with an emphasis on exploration. Now the goal is for players to guide a bunch of jellyfish to the bottom of the ocean, but rather than controlling the stinging invertebrates directly they'll have to move them around by creating water currents. That's right, you play as water.

Each ocean tier is split into multiple hexagonal sections that come together to create one big map, and you'll need to push and pull the jellies around all sorts of unpleasantness in order to make it to the end. This is not an easy thing by any stretch of the imagination, but it is quite cool how you can create currents that will remain on the level and allow you to plan your routes ahead of time. Or screw you up horribly when you forget where you put them and they shove your jellyfish into the waiting jaws of an eel.

Jelly Reef should be releasing either at the end of March or the beginning of April.

Bounden Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Nadia Oxford on May 30th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION
Bounden is an odd title that probably won't entertain "casual" dancers for long, but experienced (and patient) dancers should get a kick out of it.
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Friendstrap Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 29th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: SIMPLE IDEA
A multiplayer game focused on giving its players something to talk about.
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Friendstrap - Two Player Local Game Challenges Players to See Who Can Hold on to the iPhone the Longest

Posted by Andrew Stevens on November 22nd, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: SIMPLE IDEA :: Read Review »

It's already hard enough to put the iPhone down, but normally when you do you don't lose. There is a new app out called Friendstrap that forces two players to hold on to the phone until the other person lets go. Whoever lets go first loses. It keeps things interesting during the time of holding the phone though, as it's said to have more than 1,000 topics of conversation to keep the two players busy while holding on for victory.

Bam Fu Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on June 3rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: COMFORT ZONE
This battle for supremacy gets up close and personal.
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The Portable Podcast, Episode 122

Posted by Carter Dotson on January 31st, 2012

Accept no impostors.

On This Episode:

  • Carter discusses the new puzzle game PuzzleJuice with developer Asher Vollmer. They discuss how the game's frantic multi-faceted gameplay works, its connection to SpellTower, and the difference between how this game utilizes existing gameplay concepts versus what a 'clone' does.
  • Carter discusses the new cooperative iPad game Fingle with Game Oven Studios, and talk about how the game was designed to try and bring people together.

  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Asher Vollmer, independent developer
  • Guest: Bojan Endrovski, Game Oven Studios
  • Music:

  • "Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)" by The Eternal - Download on iTunes here:

  • "Nanocarp" by The Eternal

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