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Lunar Flowers Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 7th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BEAUTIFUL LINES
Lunar Flowers is a rather beautiful line-drawing puzzle game.
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Masters of the Masks Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 23rd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SPARK OF INTEREST
Masters of the Masks is a standard RPG with a few extras to make it stand out.
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Imps in Tokyo Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: IMP-RESSIVELY STYLISH
Imps in Tokyo is a cool and stylish little game that's capable of winning over just about anyone who isn't completely opposed to line-drawing mechanics.
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Dreamslide Plus Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 19th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SLIP-SLIDE POTENTIAL
Slip and slide in Dreamslide Plus, a line drawing game with potential.
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Hay Ewe Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 20th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SAVE YOUR SHEEPLE
Pave the way for your flock in this line drawing puzzle game from the creators of Worms.
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Neon Commander Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 2nd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: LINE DRAWING ARKANOID
Bounce missiles back at the enemy through some well timed line drawing in this fun if sometimes samey arcade style game.
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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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Men's Room Mayhem Review

By Jennifer Allen on May 29th, 2013
This game demonstrates just how much strategy must be involved when stumbling around a bathroom, all through Flight Control-esque controls.
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Penception Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FINGER ART
This simple yet elegant app is almost perfect for a little on-the-go sketching.
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Checkpoint Madness HD Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: MADNESS INDEED
Play the role of a TSA agent as you direct travellers to their relevant checkpoints. It's a surprisingly stressful task, however.
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21 Days Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on December 4th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: STAY IN LOCKDOWN
Fantastic illustrations and a reasonably interesting story aren't quite enough to make up for the rest of this line-drawing prison escape's shortcomings.
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Air Patriots Review

By Jennifer Allen on November 7th, 2012
Air Patriots is a fun amalgamation of Flight Control and tower defense gaming, but its pricing structure could be better.
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Chillingo Has Put a Man in a Maze, Now You Have to Get Him Out

Posted by Rob Rich on October 15th, 2012

Imagine a twisted game show in which contestants have to navigate their way through a maze full of hazards in order to earn some potential big bucks. Possibly even their freedom. Okay, not that game. What I’m talking about is Chillingo’s Man in a Maze. It’s a bit less bleak.

For starters, the Man (pictured) is always grinning like a goof. That’s pretty much the tone to expect from Man in a Maze: goofy and lighthearted. In between levels players can potentially spin a large, Price is Right-style wheel for bonuses or even use gems nabbed within a stage to purchase upgrades. Of course the stages themselves can be a bit more punishing than the bright and colorful themes might make them appear.

In my brief time spent with the game I saw a number of variations to the maps, which required completely different strategies. At it’s core, Man in a Maze functions much like a fairly typical maze chase game. Players guide the hapless grinning fool around with a finger drag and attempt to snag gems, avoid enemies, and possibly nail them with a fancy ball or two.

All the family friendly (and universal!) game show of death shenanigans will be coming to the App Store this winter.

Twang The Fox Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on October 1st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FOX FLINGING FUN
Offering variations on a familiar genre can go a long way towards distinguishing a game from the rest of the pack. Developers thought outside the box and paved the way for further innovation.
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Neon Blitz Review

Posted by Rob Rich on September 25th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Vivid Games
Price: FREE
Version: 1.0.3
App Reviewed on: iPhone 3GS
Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Playtime Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar


Everyone has probably been fascinated by neon at some point in his or her life. There’s just something about the seemingly impossibly vibrant colors twisting and turning through a series of tubes to form all manner of images that’s quite pleasing to the eye. While I imagine creating real neon signage isn’t all that glamorous, creating fake neon signage in a virtual environment through Neon Blitz is quite glamorous indeed.

Neon Blitz is fundamentally a line-tracing game. Each component of a given neon puzzle has a distinct beginning, indicated by a star. It’s up to the player to drag that star across its assigned track and complete a specific piece of neon, then do the same to the others as quickly and accurately as possible. Consecutive successes without any screw-ups build combos and make the neon glow brighter, while dragging too far off track or failing to complete a given piece restarts the combo counter. I’d say it’s best to take it slow and steady but each puzzle jumps right into the next as soon as it’s finished, and there’s a session timer that’s always counting down to Game Over. Temporary boosts can be activated before starting a game using stars earned through play, but they’re no substitute for actual skill.

While Neon Blitz is obviously a fairly straightforward and simple game, that simplicity is what makes it hard to put down. Each session is randomized so it’s rare to encounter the same puzzle all that often, and there’s always the allure of trying to best the previous run. And of course it all looks wonderful in a Technicolor Dream sort of way. Especially when a big combo is in progress.

The only real downside to all the glamour of Neon Blitz is that it never really leads anywhere. All the daily challenges and special bonus game rules are great and everything, but completing them merely earns more stars that are simply used to purchase temporary power-ups. Nothing is really unlocked and there’s no real progression aside from high scores, and a multitude of unlockables is something many iOS gamers have started to grow accustomed to.

It’s a great simple game to kill time, but it’s not the kind of thing I could picture most iOS users draining their batteries over. Although it is fun, and sometimes people just want to have fun without a bunch of thinking or rules to hinder their enjoyment. In which case they should look to Neon Blitz.