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Battle Camp Review

Battle Camp Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Pay walls and forced social features may drive away some players, but a solid and addicting core makes Battle Quest a great game for those who don't mind mandatory breaks.

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Pacific-RimPretty much everyone has been buzzing about “Pacific Rim” this month. The movie has been doing quite well from what I understand (plus it’s freaking awesome), but like most summer blockbusters that popularity also equates to some tie-in games across multiple platforms. While I found the Xbox Live Arcade game to be pretty enjoyable, the iOS iterations – yes, there’s more than the one – were both extremely disappointing. However all hope is not lost. While the Pacific Rim iOS title may have been a colossal (*rimshot*) letdown, there are still a fair number of great games on the platform featuring giant robots and giant monsters that can be quite a bit of fun.

Rock'n and Sock'n with GiganderX

Rock’n and Sock’n with GiganderX

GiganderX (Prodigy Co. Ltd, $0.99)
I’ve sampled a fair number of “giant robot” games across multiple platforms but none have managed to capture the oversized and plodding nature of these massive engines of destruction quite like Robot Alchemic Drive or Remote Control Dandy. And no other iOS games have managed to capture a similar feel of either title better than GiganderX. It’s fairly simplistic – there’s an extremely basic combo system, one special attack, and only a handful of levels – but it does an admirable job of making you feel like you’re piloting a slow, lumbering, oversized toy as it combats other slow, lumbering, oversized toys.

Giant Metal Robot (Poppy, $0.99)
Giant Metal Robot is a bit unorthodox, but that’s a big part of why I like it. You have to tilt your device to steer the young girl (and later her dog, too) along a rooftop, while swiping down to make the robot smash its fists. Flatten the little girl or her companion and it counts as a loss. Fail to smash all the skeletons that are chasing them around before time runs out and it’s a loss. Accidentally launch the little girl off the roof after smashing something and you lose. It’s deceptively tough, and yet it’s easy enough to play that it should keep you entertained for a while.

The signs are everywhere (and bloodthirsty) in My Little Monster

The signs are everywhere (and bloodthirsty) in My Little Monster

My Little Monster (Group Sound, $0.99)
As a long time fan of giant monster movies, I can’t not find the idea of raising and training my own to be both awesome and oddly charming. And that’s before taking the adorable and weird characters, goofy skills, and ridiculous hats into consideration. It’s an odd hybrid of virtual pet and simple action game, but it’s also a neat distraction for any kaiju fan.

RoboCat Rampage (Luke Turvey, $1.99)
Some robots are more interested in preserving nature than in protecting humanity; and that’s exactly what RoboCat Rampage is about. You move the enormous mechanized feline around each stage attempting to squish anything that looks industrial while also trying to avoid stepping on anything green (i.e. trees, etc). The more smoke-belching factories and vehicles you smash before reaching the end of the level, the higher your score and the happier the little woodland creatures will be.

Fortunately The War for Eustrath is easier to enjoy than it is to pronounce

Fortunately The War for Eustrath is easier to enjoy than it is to pronounce

The War of Eustrath (iQuibi Inc, $2.99)
Giant robots aren’t a genre; they’re a subject. So while The War for Eustrath may not seem quite as “typical” as the other games on this list, but it’s definitely relevant and possibly one of the best. The characters are quirky in an eye-rolling kind of way, but it’s a very competent strategy game. One that features some pretty cool-looking mechs. Cool-looking mechs that fight each other. It’s like Xenogears crossed with Fire Emblem, and I can’t think of a single thing about that description that isn’t awesome.

OFFWORLD (6waves Lolapps, FREE)
I wasn’t expecting to enjoy OFFWORLD‘s Rock-Paper-Scissors style combat as much as I did, honestly. But enjoy it I did, and I think it adds a fair bit of strategy to what could have otherwise been a very basic game. Not only is there plenty of mental back-and-forth as you try to predict your opponent’s next move, there are also lots of customization options for various weapons and attachments. Plus it looks and animates gorgeously.

Don't underestimate Monster Jam Jam's giant radioactive poultry

Don’t underestimate Monster Jam Jam’s giant radioactive poultry

Monster Jam Jam (Behold Studios Jogos Electronicos LTDA ME, FREE)
I happened upon Monster Jam Jam accidentally, but I have to admit I was rather impressed by its no-frills simplicity. Each match is random, and the only difference between monsters is their appearance, so all you have to worry about is out-thinking your opponent (AI or otherwise). It uses a fairly simple combat system wherein each combatant picks an action (attack, power up, heal, defend) and attempts to guess what the other side is planning. No scores, no leaderboards, no upgrades or unlockables; just a bunch of quick pick-up-and-play kaiju action.

Roar Rampage (FDG Entertainment, $0.99)
What is it most people think of when they think about giant monsters? Property damage. And property damage is you’ll get when you start playing Roar Rampage. The giant boxing glove-toting lizard moves along automatically, so all you have to worry about is flinging his fist all over the place in order to bust through buildings and knock helicopters out of the air. It’s simple, destructive fun.

Destroy Gunners ZZ is a blast despite the distinct lack of giant beards

Destroy Gunners ZZ is a blast despite the distinct lack of giant beards

Destroy Gunners ZZ (SHADE Inc, FREE)
Destroy Gunners ZZ is a freemium/social sequel of sorts to the original Destroy Gunners; the latter of which has been one of my most preferred mech combat games to date. I decided to list the sequel over the original simply because it looks a little better, has a little more variety, and has had a few control refinements but the first game is also totally worth a look. Especially for any early series Armored Core fans hoping to find a comparable experience on iOS.

Robot Rampage (Origin8, FREE)
Just like people, not all robots are friendly. In fact, the robot headlining Robot Rampage is a total jerk. All it does is stomp around smashing everything in sight, while occasionally blasting stuff with lasers. Of course when you get to control the giant robo-jerk as it smashes up buildings and fries all military resistance with heat beams it’s actually pretty cool.

Death Work ain't afraid of no early birds

Death Worm ain’t afraid o’ no early birds

Death Worm (PlayCreek, $1.99)
Not all vicious giant monsters walk around on two legs. In fact, some of them don’t have any legs at all! And while watching a giant radioactive shellfish level a city can be pretty intimidating it can be just as bad when dealing with a subterranean horror you’ll never see coming. Being said subterranean horror, rather than running from it for dear life, is a lot cooler. Especially when you can evolve new traits between levels.

Super Monsters Ate My Condo! ([adult swim], FREE)
Super Monsters Ate My Condo! is admittedly a bit of a stretch, but it features plenty of giant monsters so I figure it has a place on the list. Plus it’s a lot of fun. The odd physics-based match-3 puzzles coupled with the quirky kaiju waiting to gobble up each high rise floor are a great match. It’s the kind of game that could very easily make an hour disappear if you give it half the chance.

Zuko Monsters Review

Zuko Monsters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There's something very familiar about this monster collecting game.

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Magimon Review

Magimon Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was. To endure obnoxious sound effects and music is my real test, to figure out what exactly happens in a battle is my cause.

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Monster Warlord Review

Monster Warlord Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Monster Warlord looks cute and colorful, and offers up a decent amount of free-to-play goodness, but it feels a little too familiar at times.

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Dr. Frankenstein’s Body Lab Review

Dr. Frankenstein’s Body Lab Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Dr. Frankenstein's Body Lab puts little fingers - and big ones - to a fast-paced spooky anatomy-themed challenge just in time for Halloween

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Zenforms: Protectors Review

Zenforms: Protectors Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This monster-training RPG has some very clever ideas but it's far from complete and could use more than a few adjustments.

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Geomon Review

Geomon Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
On the surface Geomon isn't all that different from other monster catching and training games. What a difference a GPS makes.

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Adventure of Terapets: The Crazy Scientist Review

Adventure of Terapets: The Crazy Scientist Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Things in Teraland could use a bit of polish - okay a lot of polish - but that doesn't keep it from scratching that monster-catching itch.

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Little Masters Review

Little Masters Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It's not exactly what I was expecting, or hoping for, but it gets the job done.

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Dragon Island Blue Review

Dragon Island Blue Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Could it be? A monster collecting and training game that doesn't limit players' involvement with arbitrary timers and pseudo-required in-app-purchases? Why yes it is!

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Monster Life Review

Monster Life Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Manage a ranch, raise and train adorable monsters, then make them fight each other in a vibrant papercraft world.

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My Monster Rancher Review

My Monster Rancher Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It's most definitely not the equivalent of a console Monster Rancher on the go, but My Monster Rancher is pretty cool for what it is.

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Monstaaa! Review

Monstaaa! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A puzzle game in which players tilt their phone to feed bugs to a cute little monster.

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Burnout CRASH! Review

Burnout CRASH! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rack up the most costly destruction possible in this over the top game of motorized mayhem.

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Heroes vs Monsters Review

Heroes vs Monsters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Guide a small party on an epic quest in this pocket sized RPG with some very familiar elements.

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My Little Monster Review

My Little Monster Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There's nothing like a good rampage to clear the head when a love-struck monster gets rejected.

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Morphs Review

Morphs Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Morphs does a decent job of filling the monster-raising gap, but its freemium roots hold it back from greatness.

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Monster Warrior Review

Monster Warrior Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Use a finger to slice and dice monsters in this predictable game with a spooky twist.

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Burn the City Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The gameplay might see familiar, but the experience is literally on fire.

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Monster Soup Review

Monster Soup Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
You'll never look at soup the same way after matching your way through a few bowls of this pipping hot matching game.

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Foodies Review

Foodies Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Feed the little monster all the candy he can eat, in a game that can trade punches with the very best of iOS.

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WackyLands Boss Review

WackyLands Boss Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
WackyLands Boss is a fairly small morsel of monster smashing goodness.

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BIG BAD Flower Review

BIG BAD Flower Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Don't be dissuaded by all the flowers and bubbles, BIG BAD Flower is a big, mean game.

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Monster Mayhem Review

Monster Mayhem Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Monster Mayhem uniquely combines the hack-and-slash gore of a first-person shooter with elements comprising a typical Tower Defense game. Subsequently, players are offered a fun, beautiful game play experience with a unique, well-designed take on the Tower Defense genre. All that and zombies, too.

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