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The Tribez & Castlez Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Nadia Oxford on March 3rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SAME OLD CASTLE
The Tribez & Castlez is a nice kingdom to visit. Problem is, we've visited kingdoms like it over and over again.
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Line Knight Fortix Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 13th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TWISTING FAMILIARITY
Draw lines to capture dragons and defensive positions in this enjoyable take on an old favorite.
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Knight Storm Review

Posted by Rob Rich on April 3rd, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: 505 Games
Price: FREE
Version: 1.2.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Playtime Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

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Life can be tough for a knight. There’s a near-constant need for chivalrous heroes, taxes to collect, and strongholds to manage. And yet, they persevere because it’s the just thing to do. Knight Storm appropriately gameifies such a life to a surprising degree of success, although it does have one spectacularly large flaw that any potential users need to be made aware of.

A young knight’s father has recently passed away and left him with his titles, lands, and all that other cool stuff. Players must do their best to fill their mysterious father’s boots as they fix up the compound and roam the countryside looking for evils to vanquish. There are three essential mechanics to Knight Storm: town management, jousting, and dueling. Town management involves assigning followers to various shops and such in order to speed up the production of cash, experience, and potions. Dueling is mostly a simple matter of deciding whether or not to equip magical glyphs (at the cost of some stamina) to deal extra damage to an enemy. Jousting also involves glyphs as well as a simple dragging mechanic to place the tip of the lance in the proper spot. Put it all together and we have a perpetual adventure full of action, basic sim aspects, and plenty of gear to upgrade.

Knight Storm’s presentation is probably its most impressive feature. This is a good looking game, of course, but a lot of care has been given to the smaller details as well. The slow motion shots of rivals being tossed from their mounts as their lances shatter and wood bits fly everywhere never get old, and the goofy dialog options for many of the quests make up for their lack of visual stimuli. The constant brewing of health and stamina potions is a clever idea as well since it gives players a legitimate chance to keep playing for extended periods of time without having to spend real money all the time.

I could nitpick about some of the smaller issues, all of which are cosmetic, but I’d rather spend the words issuing a warning: keep an eye out for the Game Center welcome bar that pops up on the top of the screen. If it doesn’t show up, go into the multiplayer menu (it looks like two crossed lances) and select the Game Center option manually. The reason for this is because Knight Storm will not save progress if it’s not logged in. I seriously wasted several hours of potential resource accrual because absolutely none of my actions were saved over at least half a dozen sessions.

I almost gave up on Knight Storm after losing so much progress but I’m glad I stuck with it and figured out the problem. It’s a fun, accessible game that doesn’t punish its players for being frugal.

Castle Raid Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Dale Culp on September 24th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: REAL-TIME FUN
Castle Raid is a fun, easy to play, real-time strategy game with a medieval theme that features local multiplayer on the same device.
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Catapult King Review

By Jason Wadsworth on June 16th, 2012
Take down castles full of enemy soldiers serving the evil dragon that has kidnapped the princess in this 3D physics game.
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Knights Arena Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on April 30th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A ROUGH KNIGHT
Colorful imagery and lots of gear is nice and all, but Knights Arena falls a little short in one major category: fun.
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Finger Shot RPG Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on October 27th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SOME LOST MARBLES
Slide fantasy characters around varied environments in heated back and forth battles.
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Shake Spears! Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on July 25th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FOR GLORY!
Shake Spears! proves once and for all that iOS devices and medieval jousting are a great combination.
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Knight's Onrush

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Christine Morris on July 20th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: EXPLOSIVE
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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Block Knights

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Bonnie Eisenman on March 2nd, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Block Knights is everything that Tetris on the iPhone should have been. Blocks are played on all four walls, thanks to the accelerometer, and the result is a difficult and delighting game that really puts a fresh face on an old classic.
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