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Power Grounds Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ROGUE PUZZLER
This tightly focused roguelike challenges players to choose their powers carefully if they want to survive through six of its randomized rooms.
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Cross Wars Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FLAWED CROSSWORD BATTLES
Compete for the most squares in this multiplayer based crossword game. Just remember to bring some friends with you.
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Puzzling Rush Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Thomas on March 24th, 2014
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: JUST PUZZLED
The only truly puzzling thing about Puzzling Rush is why the developers didn't do more with this fantasy themed 'match-3' game. It's not really much of a rush either, truth be told.
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Albert's Adventure: Energy Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Nadia Oxford on March 20th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MIXED ENERGY
Albert's Adventure: Energy is an interesting physics-based puzzle game, though control issues keep it from true genius.
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Gregg Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lucy Ingram on December 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A GAME FOR PUZZLE AFICIONADOS
Puzzle lovers will enjoy Gregg, a physics puzzler game where timing and precision is everything.
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Noi Story Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Lucy Ingram on December 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: LUDICROUSLY CHALLENGING
Repetitive gameplay and a strong reliance on in-app purchases are just two of Noi Story’s most apparent flaws.
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The Rivers of Alice Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lucy Ingram on December 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BEAUTIFUL AND DREAMLIKE
Alluring and mesmerizing, The Rivers of Alice is the perfect game for adventure gamers.
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Morphopolis Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lucy Ingram on November 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar ::
Morphopolis is a visually stunning hidden object adventure about the metamorphosis of a bug, packed with puzzles to solve and a beautiful world to interact with.
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har•mo•ny Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on October 15th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SWATCH THIS
har•mo•ny’s core gameplay can get rather repetitive over extended periods, but it’s a relaxing little time-waster in short bursts.
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Pocket Land Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on August 19th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CRACKED CREATION
Pocket Land takes a familiar idea and starts to turn it into something special, but it doesn't take things far enough.
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LEGO MINDSTORMS Fix the Factory Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on August 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CROSSED WIRES
LEGO MINDSTORMS Fix the Factory is a great-looking "program the robot" puzzle game, but it's missing a few of the basics.
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Sticky Blobs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on August 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A CLEVER MESS
Sticky Blobs may not look it, but it’s actually a smart and unique puzzle game.
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HexConnect Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on August 2nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: HEX SELLS
A decent compromise between quality and quantity.
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Quarantine London Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on July 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BARE-BONES
Quarantine London is an entertaining puzzle game, but there really isn't much to it.
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Directional Dash Review

Posted by Carter Dotson on June 7th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Mike Hince
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.3.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5, iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Controls Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

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The Blitz-style puzzler is in vogue as of late, and Directional Dash largely exists in this genre, bringing fast-paced puzzle action for thrill-seekers and high-score chasers. The game? Remove adjacent clusters of blocks with arrows on them off the board by swiping them in the direction indicated. Simple as that.

Mastery of Directional Dash is all about racking up the multipliers. Any swiped away grouping of eight or more increases the multiplier by one, and this is the key to high scores in all the modes. The scoring is relatively straightforward otherwise, as it basically just grants 100 points fo each block swiped off, multiplied by the number of blocks in the grouping and by the multiplier.

Thus, expert players need to be able to quickly recognize groupings that are large enough to increase the multiplier, but also be sure to be constantly making matches to drive the score up. Just focusing on the multiplier increase alone will lead to much lower high scores because the opportunity to take good advantage of the high multiplier will just never arrive!

Why do I like Directional Dash? The game feels like it's really meant for a fast-paced style of play. There's a limited move mode here as well, but it just feels dull in comparison. The fun comes in trying to get the high score while that clock is ticking down, and getting into that trance state. The simple concept and control scheme is very conducive to this, so I found myself coming back again and again. The addition of three different timings was a smart choice: there's really a different approach necessary to the 30, 60, and 120 seconds modes.

The controls are the only thing of particular annoyance. By default, a block has to be swiped in its particular direction in order to send it off the board. Now, on the iPhone, this is a bit tricky to do on single blocks, as the finger needs to be placed right on the block if not extremely close to it. In the middle of a frantic session, this is particularly aggravating because time is of the essence. A more liberal swiping area would help out a lot. There's a more accurate control scheme where tapping on a cluster will

Directional Dash is one of my favorite Blitz-style puzzle games on the App Store: by eschewing match-3 and line elimination, and going with a concept that's built for speed, it's a package that comes together to be extremely fun and addictive.