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Fuzzy Monster on the Loose - My PomPom, from the Makers of My Singing Monsters, is Available Now

Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 13th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: SEND IT BACK :: Read Review »

If you're a fan of My Singing Monsters then you might recognize PomPom in her new game, My PomPom, from Big Blue Bubble. Now you can talk, juggle, and dance with Pompom. As you play with her, you'll earn diamonds that can be traded in for treats. PomPom likes treats.

PomPom also likes juggling. Play her juggling mini-game to level her up and unlock new worlds and animations. You can Poke her head, belly, back, or feet to see her reaction, record and share videos on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or send them by email, and make PomPom dance, do tricks, and sing. Just don't shake your phone or you'll cause an earthquake!

My PomPom is available for free on the App Store, so download it today to get a tiny monster to do your bidding.

Monster Warlord is Celebrating its Two-Year Anniversary With Sales and Presents

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 18th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SEEMS FAMILIAR :: Read Review »

Monster Warlord by GAMEVIL USA is having a massive party for its two-year anniversary. 

GAMEVIL has been wildly successful with the social monster battling game with over 16 million downloads, which makes Monster Warlord one of their most popular titles. To say thank you, they are giving away free Jewels and anniversary-edition monsters, welcome packages for new members, increasing success rates, and holding massive sales from now through September 22.

Join the party and download Monster Warlord today for free on the App Store.

Battle Camp Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Phil Bickle on September 30th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MATCH TO ATTACK
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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One Dozen Giant Robot & Monster Games That You Should Be Playing

Posted by Rob Rich on July 24th, 2013

Pretty 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
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
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
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
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 (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 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

Posted by Jordan Minor on February 12th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad


Developer: Goodbeans
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.5
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4S

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Controls Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
Playtime Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar

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There’s no getting around this: Zuko Monsters is a freemium copy of Pokémon. It’s easy to see why a developer would seek to ape such a successful franchise. After all, just look at how often Nintendo keeps trotting it out. However, while Zuko Monsters is a well-crafted imitation, the blatant-seeming copying combined with the typical freemium annoyances make the whole thing feel a little shady to me.

The set-up will be instantly familiar to anyone with even a passing knowledge of Pikachu and the gang. Players take control of a young man on a quest to explore the world while capturing and training Zuko Monsters in hopes of becoming a master. Zuko Monsters are cute, super-powered animals with pun-filled names like Elaphly and Werewood. By battling each other they level up, learn new skills and evolve into higher forms. Strategy comes from knowing type effectiveness, like how fire is weak against water, and knowing when an enemy monster is weak enough to capture. Aside from some awkward touch-based attacks, the gameplay is no less addictive here than it was on the Game Boy 15 years ago. That includes its competitive multiplayer mode.

While the lack of originality seems like it would be Zuko Monsters' biggest issue, the developers actually pull it off fairly well. There are only around 30 monsters but they each have unique, clever designs and the world itself has a cheery, faux-anime art style that really pops. Even the music gives battles a surprising amount of tension.

What ultimately brings down Zuko Monsters isn't its Pokémon elements but rather its freemium mechanics. Far too often progression involves sending some monster to do some lengthy task that players can speed up with real money. Real money is also needed to revive fallen monsters once the initial cash players are given is spent. Players can even just pay for the best monsters outright which kind of defeats the purpose of a monster catching game.

Zuko Monsters is a mostly innocuous knock-off that’s still too exploitative to be considered great. However, it's not bad and for any iOS owners looking for a Pokémon fix there really aren’t too many legal alternatives.


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Magimon Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on December 6th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PLAY ON MUTE
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

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on November 1st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SEEMS FAMILIAR
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

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Lisa Caplan on October 27th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SPOOKY ANATOMY
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

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on October 9th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: GIVE IT TIME
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

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on September 25th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: REDUCE
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

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on September 24th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH?
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

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on September 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: HURRY UP AND WAIT
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

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on September 3rd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A SLOW BURN
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

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on August 6th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PAPERMON
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

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on July 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NOT QUITE THE SAME
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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