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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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Mobbles Review

Posted by Rob Rich on June 12th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Developer: Mobbles Corp.
Price: FREE
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 3GS

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

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My neighborhood is apparently playing host to a menagerie of monsters. That’s okay because they’re of the cute and cuddly variety, but there sure are an awful lot of the little buggers hiding out around here. Good thing I can use Mobbles to catch them. Then pet them and love them and call them George.

Mobbles is an interesting combination of location-based and monster-collecting and raising gameplay. As long as there’s space available, a player can wander around just about anywhere and try to track one (or several) of the little suckers down. If they can get within a certain real world distance, they can attempt to catch it. If successful, they have a new little buddy to feed and shower with attention. This is where the second half of the game comes into play. Each little critter can be fed, bathed, played with, and put to bed. They each also have their own to-do lists that will reward bonus gems (used for buying stuff) or love (used to level-up a given creature) that run the gamut from tickling a specific number of times to simply feeding at a specific time of day.

Every creature in Mobbles has a distinct look (always cute), and every creature also has its own basic personality. Although for my money Gummy is about as adorable a cartoon iOS “thing” as I’ve ever seen. Having to put them to sleep once they get tired from too much activity, typically for about a half an hour, can actually be seen as a good thing since it prevents people from spending way too much time poking virtual cartoon monsters. And the features that constantly unlock for each Sploon, Gummy, Runka, and so on can be a major driving force to keep players invested.

Though they may be cute and numerous, and full of un-lockable wardrobe options, Mobbles can also be a bit of a let down for someone who doesn’t know what to expect. Finding, collecting, and trading monsters typically lends itself to training and battles as well, but those are two features that are decidedly not present here. This is not a battle game, it’s a virtual pet game. It’s important for anyone interested to understand that as there’s very little in the way of action, which can be a huge disappointment if it’s not expected.

So long as people know what they’re getting into, they’re bound to enjoy Mobbles. It’s an entertaining and family-friendly game designed to get everyone out of the house for a bit while they go looking for new specimens, not a collect ‘em, train ‘em, battle ‘em affair. Given the sheer amount of cute on display, I’m inclined to be okay with that.

TinyLegends - Crazy Knight Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on June 11th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SWORDS AND GORE
Use lots of different weapons and combos to protect the kingdom from fearsome monster invaders.
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Scorched Monster Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on April 23rd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BURN A PATH TO FUN
Guide this adventurer and his trusty flamethrower through lots of different environments, reducing monsters to ashes.
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Nightlings Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on April 18th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SWEET DREAMS
Protect the night from hordes of cute but determined monsters.
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Heroes vs Monsters Review

By Jason Wadsworth on April 4th, 2012
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

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on February 6th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A MONSTER SCORNED
There's nothing like a good rampage to clear the head when a love-struck monster gets rejected.
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Dungeon Crawlers Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on February 2nd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MUSTY DUNGEONS
Clear dungeons of monsters and malcontents using a few interesting attacks in this turn based game.
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Blocks Hurt! Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on January 27th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SURPRISING
Drop blocks and destroy advancing waves of monsters in several different game modes.
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