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Puzzle Quest 2 Review

Puzzle Quest 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Sure, we may have seen this before, but is it possible to get too much of a good thing?

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Just in time for the big Splatterhouse remake scheduled to land on game consoles November 23, Namco has announced that an iPhone remake of the original game will land on the iPhone and iPod Touch November 18. The iOS version will not be a port of the new game launching on consoles, but rather a remake of the original Splatterhouse arcade game launched back in 1988. Prepare to lead Rick through West Mansion in search of his lost love as though it was the very first time.

Namco is promising six weapons to use against Hell’s minions across the span of seven stages. The game will also include a new Splatter Rush Mode where players try and hold their ground for as long as possible against wave after wave of monsters.

Splatterhouse was once considered a rather controversial title due to the amount of violence, blood and gore which seemed to constantly overwhelm the game screen. Nowadays the game’s pixelated and simplistic depiction of decapitation may seem tame, but we’re sure that the console editions launching the week after the iPhone edition will rekindle that debate.

Though Splatterhouse wasn’t warmly received by critics back when it originally launched, it seems like a perfect iOS game. The simple combat and short levels should translate nicely to a touchscreen, and the retro visuals likely won’t be much of a strain on the iPhone’s battery. All-in-all, seems like a pretty nice fit.

As mentioned before the game launches on November 18, and will retail for $2.99. It’ll be a nice warm-up for those excited for the console release or who just really want to revisit a game they may have forgotten about over the past couple decades. Besides, who doesn’t love a dude in a hockey mask wielding a machete?

More Brain Exercise Review

More Brain Exercise Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
More Brain Exercise is a solid brain exercise game, but it doesn't do anything at all to distance itself from the original.

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BIT.TRIP BEAT HD Review

BIT.TRIP BEAT HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
BIT.TRIP BEAT is impressive in concept, and often an incredible experience, but is brought down by issues with the core gameplay.

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Blue Defense: Second Wave!
Cat in a Box Games is back at it with a sequel to their hugely poplar Blue Defense game from 2008. It is up to you to defend the Blue planet from those obnoxiously evil Red and Green enemies. Packed with a new Gauntlet mode, leaderboards, level select, 24 enemy types, and 64 levels will keep you busy for a long time. This pick-up and play Editor’s Choice game has been destroying free time for gamers all over; it is your time to see what the hype is all about.
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BIT.TRIP BEAT
Namco has decided it was high time to take the game of Pong, fuse it together with interactive beats, put a pretty coat of paint on it all, and push it out to iOS devices. You decide if tilt controls work best, or if you like touching the screen as you move a paddle up and down to bounce beats back to where they came from. Crazy scores, fun retro visuals, and four-player action make this a splendid addition to your gaming collection.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-09-30 :: Category: Games

$0.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-09-30 :: Category: Games

Across Age HD
FDG Entertainment is taking gamers back to the 16-bit era with this 2D action adventure RPG style game. Not to be forgotten, real environmental puzzles bring on a bit of the nostalgia that took the SNES by storm. Choose from two switchable characters to fight off the enemies and solve puzzles in a game boasting a 15-hour playtime. If you have been missing your SNES, venture over to the App Store and check out this throwback to a classical era.
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FlightBoard – Live Flight Departure and Arrival Status
Turn your iDevice into a classic Arrival and Departure board reminiscent of the Charles de Gaulle Airport. This app covers 4,000 airports with 1,400 airlines worldwide. Instantly search for flights, easily switch between departure and arrival, and enjoy updates every 5 minutes. If you spend a lot of time doing the airport shuffle, this app just might be the time saver you need as you do the Gate Transfer Marathon.
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PlainText – Dropbox text editing
Sometimes you just need a simple, distraction free, and uncomplicated text editor to get your work done. Hog Bay Software has a free app that will allow you to connect to your Dropbox account, and then edit, or create, simple .txt files. All that hard work saves in a UTF8 encoded file for easy sharing regardless of your OS or word processor of choice. Simplicity can be a good thing at times.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-09-28 :: Category: Productivity

Knightfall: Death and Taxes Review

Knightfall: Death and Taxes Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Knightfall is a strange blend of RPG and matching game that leaves me wanting more. What I really want, though, is better graphics.

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Time Crisis 2nd Strike Review

Time Crisis 2nd Strike Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Time Crisis 2nd Strike features a great game engine, but gameplay flaws and atrocious voicework are abound in this game.

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Five For Friday: Week of September 17, 2010

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within HD:
That crazy Prince of Persia is back on the App Store. This time he is looking to conquer your iPad with some sexy HD goodness. Take on 12 chapters of fighting, platforming, and puzzle solving goodness. Gameloft has taken their successful iPhone game, beefed it up and brought it for all to enjoy on the iPad. See what console fans have enjoyed for months.
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$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-06-03 :: Category: Games

SEED 2 – Vortex of War:
Chillingo brings on a grindtastic sequel to their RPG series SEED. SEED 2 is set five years after the first game. 200 battlefields, 160 different monsters, hours of leveling, and an engaging store lie in this action RPG. Setup your hero and tackle quests, monsters, and a world that is ever changing. Even compete to rock the leader boards thanks to Crystal integration.
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Time Crisis 2nd Strike
Namco is here to bring you another fun on-rails shooter just for the iPhone. Ten levels of shooting goodness are here to suck away hours of time. Players can even unlock achievements or see how well they can do in the Competition Modes. The only thing missing here is a lightgun and a slot to pump in a weeks allowance worth of quarters.

$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-09-15 :: Category: Games

AppShopper:
AppShopper takes looking for new apps to the next level. This app brings the power of the AppShopper internet site directly to your iOS device. Look through popular apps, see what’s new, track apps you own in the My Apps section, and create an app wish list. This is a great addition to any App Store Junkies iDevice.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-09-06 :: Category: Utilities

CBS Sports Pro Football:
Football season is now in full swing. All this excitement and you have to work?! What ever will you do to monitor the games while you slave away? CBS Sports Pro Football is here to help. You get up to the minute NFL scores, streaming previews, reviews, and interviews, and the ability to watch all 32 teams dueling it out for the change at Super Bowl Glory. If you need your NFL fix in a pinch, grab this free app now.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-09-10 :: Category: Sports

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New Games from Namco: Hands-On Preview

I had the pleasure of talking with the folks at Namco today, and got a sneak peak at three of their upcoming games. They assure me that there are TONS of new gaming announcements for the iOS platform in the coming weeks, so stay tuned here and at The Portable Gamer to get the full scoop as the details filter in.

For now, though, here’s what I got to take a look at:

Mishap: An Accidental Haunting is, of all things, a hidden object game. Wait wait, don’t leave yet. This is a visually stunning, fully animated and voiced hidden object game with some seriously fun mini games thrown in for good measure.

Bit.trip Beat is the first musical chiptune game from Namco, originally developed by Gaijin Games for the Wiiware service. Namco took the game in house to develop the iOS port, multiplayer and DLC content, and is currently polishing up the final game for release soon.

Read about all three new games at The Portable Gamer.

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PAC-Match Party

PAC-Match Party

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Pac-Man gets the match-3 treatment for his 30th anniversary, and the results are mixed. The game is aesthetically pleasing, but is otherwise lacking in features and excitement.

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Despicable Me: Minion Mania Review

Despicable Me: Minion Mania Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Despicable Me: Minion Mania has a great concept that rises above the typical movie tie-in, but it suffers from serious control problems.

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If you weren’t aware, this year is the 30th anniversary of our beloved PAC-MAN. Hopefully you caught wind a while ago when Google put up its interactive PAC-MAN game that sapped up 4.8 million hours of combined playtime. There were also the massive App Store sales that boosted a few of the PAC-MAN apps, including PAC-MAN Championship Edition and Ms. PAC-MAN into the top 10.

If you missed the boat though, fear not, you’ll have another chance to celebrate the occasion. To continue the PAC-MAN love, NAMCO is releasing PAC-Match Party, similar to the Flash game that was released on PAC-MAN’s birthday, a match 3 game with a retro flare. It’ll be up to you to keep PAC-MAN chomping his way around the maze without running into the evil ghosts with your match 3 prowess. “At $1.99, the title includes 30 levels of exciting power-ups and crazy combos.” Expect the iPhone and iPod Touch version to be out shortly and the iPad app to come a bit after that.

In the meantime, here’s a promo video to get your blood moving.

Happy Birthday Pac-Man!

Today, Pac-Man turns 30 years old!

I remember the first time I saw Pac-Man. It was in the little dark pizza place near where I lived. I must have been around 11 years old and it was one of the first video games I had ever seen. I remember dumping quarter after quarter into the machine while drinking Pepsi after Pepsi trying to get the high score. I never got the high score. Well, not until the fragile local power grid helped me out.

There had been a thunderstorm that morning, and the power was out in the whole neighborhood for a couple hours. When I went to play Pac-Man later that day, all of the high scores had been zeroed out! I finally had a chance and I did it. I got the high score. Proud of myself I headed home feeling like a king. That was until the next day when I went back and not one, but 4 people had beaten my high score with scores that I had never come close to.

Pac-Man was first released 30 years ago and in that time there have been a couple dozen off-shoot games. It’s available on just about every single platform you can imagine. There was even a cartoon series for a short while.

But what we remember most is the original video game. The original is still the best.

To celebrate the birthday, Namco has decided to put all of the Pac-Man games for the iPhone and iPad on sale through Sunday evening.

$6.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2008-07-11 :: Category: Games
$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-04-01 :: Category: Games

Also on sale are Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man Championship Edition, Pac-Man Remix.

Happy Birthday Pac-Man! You don’t look a day over 25!

namco logoOne for the game developers now. Since the iPhone’s launch and the App Store’s debut, we’ve seen a slurry of companies take it upon themselves to create a “social” medium or space in which gamers of all ages and skill levels can communicate and interact with each other on a device to device basis. But so far, supposedly due to the limitations of the iPhone SDK, this has been restricted to three methods of gameplay for us here gamers; iPhone to iPhone. iPhone to iPod touch or iPod touch to iPod touch.

Namco, most famous for its worldwide Pac-Man franchise, have announced at GDC yesterday that they have been working on a new, different method. Unite is a cross-platform gaming technology that will allow users to play against gamers using different types of devices and machines and challenge each other in the same game. Acting very much like a social network, Unites aim is to unite gamers the world over, no matter which device they choose to play on.

“For example, an iPhone gamer could play a game against a PC player in Pool Pro Online 3. Unite will have a single login across all platforms supported by the platform. Gamers have a profile fronted by an avatar and a score, boosted by the accumulation of achievements in Unite-powered games.And having a central web site (and soon, an iPhone app) where you can manage your account should also make it an attractive alternative to developers looking for a social solution for their games.”


Continue reading Namco Unveil Unite SDK .. iPhone-to-iPhone Gaming is so 2009. »

Zombie Recycling Inc. will be, if nothing else, an entertaining app. I know this because A. It looks to be very Japanese B. the press release starts with “We are pleased to offer more places to recycle zombies”.

Zombie Recycling Inc.: Rotten Red is the sequel of sorts to the under the radar Namco title Zombie Recycling Inc.: Moldy Green. Rotten red features 48 stages of zombie recycling action that promises to be harder than the first title, Moldy Green (which is on sale right now for 99 cents).

From the looks of the promo video, I have no idea what I’m getting myself into, but the game is downloading right now on my iPhone. I’m a bit scared.

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Noby Noby Boy

Noby Noby Boy

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Noby Noby Boy, from the maker of Katamari, is a trip into insanity. I'd like to think that I just don't "get it", but I truly think that this app isn't made for humans.

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Namco last week released Gravity, a physics puzzler that channels Sir Isaac Newton, to create one of the more difficult iPhone puzzlers of late. The game focuses around placing various objects on the screen to use various physics properties to trigger a switch and complete the level.

As you can see from the trailer above, there is a huge variety of levels. They do ramp up rather quickly once the tutorial levels are complete. You can also create your own levels and a future revision will allow you to share these online.

When creating these physics based Rube Goldberg-esque contraptions, it became quickly apparent what makes this game special. While we’ve seen many other physics puzzlers, this one has a steampunk look about it, great 2.5D graphics, and a good variety. Here’s a short tutorial on the game.

I think Namco have a good start to a game right now, but there are some issues. I found myself constantly struggling with the controls of the game. Both in selecting and positioning them as they just didn’t seem to respond as I wanted. This eased with use, but I still want to see some refinements in the controls in an update.

Isaac Newton’s Gravity is available now in the App Store.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-01-21 :: Category: Games

Ridge Racer Accelerated

Ridge Racer Accelerated

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Nacmo's Ridge Racer franchise returns, with the well loved retro arcade racer spinning its way onto the iPhone. Sure, the graphics are still there, but are the controls?

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PAC-MAN Championship Edition

PAC-MAN Championship Edition

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Pac-Man CE on the iPhone just isn't quite as cool as the original. The diminished graphics, imperfect controls, and lack of leaderboards help to lessen the experience.

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Namco has joined the great Holiday sale craze and put many of their games on sale. Some of them at the lowest prices we’ve ever seen for them. Included in the sale are Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man for $2.99 each. The lowest prices we’ve seen for those games. Also, the recent release, excellent game Pac-Man Championship Edition is on sale for only $0.99! Another recent release, Garters and Ghouls is also only $0.99.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-12-10 :: Category: Games
$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-10-29 :: Category: Games
$6.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2008-07-11 :: Category: Games
$3.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2008-07-11 :: Category: Games

Other great deals include Star Trigon, Pole Position, Burgertime Deluxe, Brain Exercise, Mr. Driller, and Worst Case Scenario for $0.99 each. The games are on sale for these prices until 12/27. Check out all the Namco sale apps at the App Store.

According to Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Namco Bandai it set to release a version of their classic arcade racing franchise to the iPhone. Ridge Racer: Accelerated is tentatively scheduled for a worldwide release before the end of the year.

The Ridge Racer series has been gracing a variety of gaming platforms since 1993 with its unique, drift-heavy racing style. The iPhone version looks similar to the recent PSP editions of the game, where you race against up to 12 competitors. The controls are said to be accelerometer-based, and the screenshots show a gas pedal & brake located either both on one side, or one on each side of the screen. Both behind the car and front bumper camera options are visible as well.

Not much else is known regarding the feature list of the game, but we should be finding out soon enough considering the tentative release date. The price of Ridge Racer: Accelerated has not been revealed at this time.

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Garters and Ghouls

Garters and Ghouls

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Garters and Ghouls is a game with an identity crisis. Does it want to be an RPG or an action shooter? Who knows! Who cares... I get to kill bad guys!

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Garters & Ghouls Preview

I’ve had a few days now to play through a preview version of Garters & Ghouls, the first original IP that Namco have created for the iPhone. It’s great to see one the the giants of the video game industry developing new games on such a new platform as the iPhone.

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The story of Garters & Ghouls is very fitting for the Halloween season. You have been brought back from the dead to fight the Thrum (think multi-species zombies). The game is a dual stick shooter with various weapons and enemies to hunt down. Your goal is to clear each level by destroying the portals and the evil creatures that come from them. You do this through 25 different levels set in many different scenes including graveyards, churches, and various carnival-like areas. There are of course power-ups that can be bought with gold collected from the dead Thurm.

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The game itself, while a little rough around the edges still, has done something that most games of this genre haven’t, it’s held my attention. I’m not sure what that says about the game or me, but it has interested me. Could be the garter belts.

Garters & Ghouls is expected to launch right around Halloween. We’ll let you know as soon as it has launched.

Hit the jump for more screen shots.

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In a teaser trailer released tonight, Namco gives us a first look at a new game coming to the iPhone. Garters & Ghouls is the first Namco game specifically created for the iPhone. Their other releases are franchises that we all know and love. Some we’ve loved for 30 years. But Garters & Ghouls is different, it’s new, it’s well, we don’t really know yet. Take a look at the teaser below and let us know what you think it will be in the comments.

Well, it’s got zombies, how bad could it be?

Monday Morning App HQ

Random musings of the App Store.

Retro Invasion

Retro games are appearing in the App Store in droves! Pac-Man Remix, Q*Bert Deluxe, and of course, the incredible Space Invaders Infinity Gene. All of these are updated in some way from the classic games. Q*Bert has updated graphics, Pac-Man Remix has updated graphics (though they are still not too hot on the iPhone) along with power-ups that sometimes feel gimmicky, and Space Invaders is a complete re-imagining of the classic game. Of these, the only game that really captivates me is SIIG. In my opinion, retro games are retro for a reason – frankly, they’re boring and outdated. However, the concepts are still good, and if they’re updated for modern gamers, they can turn out like SIIG. To go with these retro games, there are plenty more on the way: Snood, a classic match-3 shooting game, TAITO’s Bust-a-Move, and most importantly, Pac-Man Championship Edition. Pac-Man CE, for XBLA, is, along with SIIG, one of the best re-imaginings of a retro game I have ever played and, if the controls are changed from Remix, should translate fantastically for the iPhone.

Pac-Man CE, a great re-imagining of the classic game

Pac-Man CE, a great re-imagining of the classic game

Gameloft coming on strong (maybe)

Along with NFL 2010, Gameloft has an upcoming FPS, Sandstorm, and a GTA knockoff, Gang$tar in the works. These games are particularly of note because it seems as if Gameloft is attempting to directly compete with other developers. NFL 2010 was notably released before EA’s upcoming Madden 2010, and at a lower expected price point – $7.99 compared to $9.99. Sandstorm seems to be in line for direct competition with ngmoco’s upcoming FPS (as yet unnamed). Gang$tar looks to have a huge advantage on current App Store GTA-a-likes with a fully roam-able 3D world. If I was a betting man (ok, I am a betting man), though, I would count on the other two games losing out. If there’s two things Gameloft games have in common, with the notable exception of Castle of Magic, it’s lackluster, on-screen controls, and uninspired gameplay. Gameloft seems to put all of the genre “requirements” in their games, without doing anything truly unique to make the game their own. They seem stubborn about their controls as well, always opting for mediocre on-screen d-pads or joysticks, rather than attempting any innovation for the iPhone. NFL 2010 is a solid football game with licensing, and I’m sure Sandstorm will be a decent FPS. However, neither if these titles, probably, will be great.

Get out of my games, stupid pygmy

Get out of my games, stupid pygmy

Games requiring 3.0 software

I wanted to briefly address a common complaint springing up various places: games requiring 3.0 software or higher. Developers are excited to utilize 3.0 features and making their apps 2.2.1 compatible takes a lot of time, resources, and extra testing. Look, I know that the update is $10 for iPod touchers (whoops, that sounds weird), but that’s really not a lot for a major software upgrade, and if these stubborn users don’t update soon, they’re going to find themselves left out in the cold for some of the App Store’s best apps and games.

This week’s sign of the apocalypse

First Doodle Jump, now Harbor Master; the Pocket God pygmies are invading other games! It was bad enough that I had to look at those stupid pygmies while playing Pocket God, thinking I would eventually like it. But no, that wasn’t enough, now they have to ruin games that I actually play! I really want to kill a pygmy, and in a way so that they can’t be magically dropped from the sky a few seconds later.

Apps of the Week

Gomi

Gomi, an app of the week!

Gomi, an app of the week!

Last week, I previewed Kevin Calderone’s new game Gomi, mentioning the staggering amount of content. Now, the app is out, and not only is it huge, but all that content is actually worth playing! In Gomi, you clean up the world by eating pollution and the like while spitting (?) out trees and flowers. You have to eat smaller things to build your appetite, eventually building up to shopping malls and the like. The regular levels are great, the boss battles are challenging and clever, and the game is seemingly endless with 140+ levels, eight mini games, achievements, and online scoreboards. At the low price of $1.99, Gomi is a unique game and a highly recommended bargain. Expect a full review soon (sorry, I’m on vacation).

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-08-06 :: Category: Games

BargainBin

BargainBin is an app that allows you track other apps; creating wish lists with target prices and viewing the newest apps, updates, and price drops. BargainBin recently was updated with two major improvements: a nice UI update and a killer feature: push notifications. Now, whenever an app you’re tracking reaches your desired price, you’ll instantly receive a push notification without ever having to open the app. Finding the App Store’s best deals has never been easier!

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2009-03-26 :: Category: Productivity

Well, that’s it for this week, and I’m still loving writing this column! Apparently, I messed up the links for the previous articles, so commenting was impossible. This has been fixed, so hopefully this week my begging for feedback/comments will succeed!

Dig Dug Remix

Dig Dug Remix

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Dig Dug Remix is really two games in one. We are not only given the classic that was brought to our screens back in 1982 (eek I don't remember - honest) but also the remix version which is thankfully juiced up a bit. In this case, I am definitely preferring the remix to the classic.

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Galaga REMIX

Galaga REMIX

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Galaga REMIX is a typical Galaga remake, with not much new content to justify its price tag. It includes both the classic gameplay as well as a "remixed" version, and both benefit from three control schemes. It's far from a must-buy, but at least it has that nostalgic value.

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Time Crisis Strike

Time Crisis Strike

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Time Crisis Strike is a mediocre port of an arcade gaming classic. It does possess decent graphics and relatively good controls, but the lack of a story, bonus weapons, and those big arcade guns make the game become quite stale.

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Pole Position: Remix

Pole Position: Remix

This retro racing game leaves me wishing for the original

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