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Virus Strike Review

Virus Strike Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Virus Strike is a fun twist on the Match three genre.

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Lets just face facts and admit that as much as we would like to believe otherwise, the “match three” puzzle game is here to stay.  The success of the gametype could be chocked up to everything from its simple to grasp concepts to the use of bright colors and often flashy animations, but the problem is that no developers are willing to mess with the formula.  Hoping to take the nauseatingly stagnant bull by the proverbial horns, a new game named Virus Strike looks to change all of that in one quick swoop of their handkerchief.  How are they hoping to breath new life into the stagnant genre?  The answer is simple: give it a personal touch. Well, line drawing controls at least.

While much of the competition fumbles with fake analog sticks and gimmicky finger shuffling, Vertigo Software may be onto something with their unique new line drawing scheme that has more in common with Flight Control than it does Tetris.  To help you better wrap your brain around how this awesomely simple schema works, glance over the brief gameplay footage below:

After viewing that video, I think it would be reasonable to assume that we have never controlled a “match three” in quite this manner.  This may be the kind of change that has been needed for quite some time.  Though, I do have to say that I have some concerns over the precision of the above methods; if nothing else, it will give a much needed change of pace that could further drive innovation.

Place your bets on how long these controls are exclusively in Virus Strike.  Sadly, I am guessing it will be not long at all before someone from a larger publisher “borrows” it.  However, the genre may be better off because of it.  Be sure to give credit where it is deserved and take the innovator out for a test spin.  The game will only stay free for a limited time.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-24 :: Category: Games

Bee Patrol Review

Bee Patrol Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Like Flight Control, but with bees

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Cat Run Review

Cat Run Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Cat Run is a brilliantly illustrated line-drawing game that relies on obstacles to make things difficult instead of complicated, tangled paths. But while helping cats cross the road is still fun, it's not quite challenging enough for my tastes.

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Train Conductor 2 Review

Train Conductor 2 Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Train Conductor 2 is a fun game that is just begging for more people to see and places to go.

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The Voxel Agent’s Train Conductor 2: USA has launched for all iDevices, big and small. The sequel to the hit, Train Conductor, steps out of the developers home country of Australia, and into some of the most famous train stops in the US, including the Grand Canyon, Nashville, Las Vegas and New York City.

“Far from a simulation, TC2 is all about quick strategic decisions and superior hand-eye coordination as players guide locomotives across the horizontal tracks while avoiding head-on collisions with other trains. Several types are available: steam trains, electric subway trains, monorails, ghost trains and even “skull trains.””

Also included in the app is a survival mode, something that we found was lacking in the first edition, improved menu art, a simplified HUD (heads-up display), new music, new train models, a different look for stopped trains and varied environmental and weather effects.

If line drawing/traffic management games are your cup o’ tea, you can pick up Train Conductor 2: USA in the App Store today for only $0.99.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-07-13 :: Category: Games

Fare City Review

Fare City Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Fare City is a line-drawing game with a taxi twist. It's a lot of fun and offers tons of options. Just be aware that you need to sink some time into this one; it's not for quick sessions!

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The Battle of Pirate Bay HD Review

The Battle of Pirate Bay HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
For an additional $2, the iPad version has Plus integration, better graphics, a tutorial and another difficulty level.

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Super 7 Review

Super 7 Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Super 7 might be the most addictive app experience since Orbital. Who knew that blending 7's together would be so challenging?

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Drift Sumi-e Review

Drift Sumi-e Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Line-drawing, ink & wash paintings, and drift racing are melded for a pretty, albeit shallow experience. Drift Sumi-e is too rough around the edges to be considered a true stroke of genius.

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AirStrike Defense

AirStrike Defense

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
AirStrike Defense is a well-developed game which cleverly integrates classic, line-drawing game play philosophies with fast-paced, sometimes hectic, "real-time" strategy/action.

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Train Conductor

Train Conductor

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Train Conductor is a stylish hybrid of line-drawing and traffic management that forges its own track amongst some crowded genres, and stands out as a result.

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Harbor Havoc 3D

Harbor Havoc 3D

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Backflip Studios looks to continue its roll with Harbor Havoc 3D. Line-drawing has been taken to the next dimension, and the results are deviously good.

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33rd Division

33rd Division

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
33rd Division is the second release from Craneballs Studios. Their first release, Blimp, was a very interesting and beautifully created pseudo-platformer, this new release delves into the hugely popular path drawing genre.

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Fare City: First Shift

Fare City: First Shift

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Are you looking for a highly polished, stylized Flight Control type game with a taxi twist? Then Fare City is for you.

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