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Echo Prime is Now on Sale for $0.99

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 20th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BLUR OF ECHOES :: Read Review »

Echo Prime, the sci-fi dungeon crawler by Robot Entertainment, is on sale now for only $0.99.

The game pits players against alien creatures, space pirates, and mercenaries, and allows them to befriend the mysterious "Echoes" to gain their abilities. With over 100 pieces of gear, random campaign generation, and a variety of enemies, it's has received a lot of great reviews.

You can try out Echo Prime for $0.99 on the app Store.

Hack, Slash, Loot Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 7th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLE ROGUE-LIKE
Pursue plenty of randomly created dungeons in this streamlined and simple rogue-like.
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Echo Prime Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on October 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BLUR OF ECHOES
Echo Prime is an interesting dungeon crawler-like action game with a few collectible card game elements thrown into the mix.
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Gloomy Hollow Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 20th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THE STIFF AND THE DEAD
Gloomy Hollow is a neat take on dungeon crawlers, but its controls are awfully clunky.
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Dark Avenger Review

Posted by Rob Rich on May 2nd, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: GAMEVIL
Price: FREE
Version: 1.0.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Playtime Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

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At first I was disappointed. Dark Avenger looks like a pretty cool dungeon-crawling hack-and-slash RPG, but it’s broken up into these tiny little stages and there’s virtually no story outside of a guy going around killing what looks to be undead. Then I noticed the option to replay levels in a Time Attack mode and it all clicked; this isn’t a conventional hack-and-slash RPG, it’s more like somebody stuffed the genre into an arcade cabinet. And despite a few minor complaints I’d say they did a darned good job of it.

As I’ve mentioned the world of Dark Avenger is riddled with the undead. Or so it would seem, anyway. The rather aggressive protagonist’s motivations aren’t made entirely clear but that’s okay because there’s killin’ to be done! Like most other iOS action RPGs the interface uses a simple virtual stick/giant attack button surrounded by ability icons control scheme. Players slice their way through each relatively brief level in an attempt to open up the next and gather loot and gold along the way. Later levels, in turn, provide better loot and more gold but can be a lot tougher.

The going is a little slow at first but once the player’s character levels up a bit and gains a few more skills Dark Avenger really starts to come into its own. Yes, it’s another Diablo-like on iOS, but the emphasis on smaller levels and replayability is surprisingly clever and works quite well. Especially the Infinity Tower that pits players against increasingly tough waves of enemies for lots of gold and medals (or something like that) that can be used to buy better gear.

The way Dark Avenger is broken up and the rather small levels might be off-putting to some but I still think they fit the mobile platform well. However I’m not too crazy about the rather stiff combat system. Using the same exact three-hit combo over and over again feels repetitive, this same combo ends with a knockback that forces the player to chase after their targets, and skills can’t be triggered during an attack so it’s impossible to cancel out a combo with a special attack. I’ve eaten way too many flaming golem fists simply because I couldn’t trigger my character’s dash move during a combo.

It may not sport the most responsive combat system in the world but Dark Avenger still manages to be fun thanks to its arcade-like nature. There’s lots of loot to earn and possibly upgrade, and plenty of skills to unlock and train. Plus the Infinity Tower is practically a game unto itself.

Alien Zone Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on April 19th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DANGER ZONE
Alien Zone is an amateurish, futuristic dungeon crawler that's really worth a look.
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Borderlands Legends HD Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Jennifer Allen on October 31st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SHALLOW LOOTING
Bringing its looting focused mentalities to the mobile screen, Borderlands Legends is fun in brief doses but altogether far too shallow for extended sessions.
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Heroes Call Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 1st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DELVE
Heroes Call is a fun and accessible dungeon crawler that aims to turn the Freemium model on its head.
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Battleloot Adventure Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on March 21st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BATTLE
Strategic tapping is the name of the game in this stylish, accessible loot-fest.
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Underworlds

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Hall on May 15th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FAT LOOT
Underworlds is a Diablo clone through and through, all the way down to the final movie. I don't mean that in a bad way though, because nothing makes me happier than a good dungeon romp.
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