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Meet Some Old Friends from Fists of the North Star in Puzzle & Dragons. Really

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 10th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TOASTY :: Read Review »

Fans of the classic Japanese manga, Fist of the North Star, will be excited to hear that GungHo Online Entertainment, have joined together to create an awesome event in Puzzle & Dragons.

For a limited time the game will feature a Fist of the North Star dungeon and several of the characters including Kenshiro, Rei, Shin, and Toki. If you manage to fight your way down to the hardest depths of the dungeon you'll face off against Raoh, Ruler of the Century's End, and in defeating him you'll get the Raoh ChibiDra.

The event has already begun and will run through Sunday, Feb. 22. You can download Puzzle & Dragons for free to check it all out.

GemHero, A Gem Swapping Puzzle RPG, Hits the App Store Today

Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 14th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

GemHero by Sayan Chailangka was released today for iOS as well as Android phones and tablets. The game is a puzzle RPG with gem arrangement and Trading Card Game mechanics. The user's character sets out on adventures using gem swapping to cast elemental magic, collect trading cards, and fight monsters. You can also challenge yourself against bosses to rank up on the leaderboards in Survival Mode. To keep the game exciting, GemHero offers in-game events such as event dungeons, Daily login bonus, and a bonus for your first login.

Check out GemHero on the App Store for free.

Darkin Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on May 20th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SUCKS SO GOOD
Darkin is a darn fine puzzle-RPG that will suck up all your free time.
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Tales of the Adventure Company is Set to Release This June

Posted by Ellis Spice on May 6th, 2014

Slothwerks have announced that their upcoming puzzle RPG, Tales of the Adventure Company, is set to release on iOS this June. Here is a description of the game from the developer themselves:

In a nutshell, Tales of the Adventure Company is a small puzzle/RPG game in which players follow the story of the Adventure Company across 5 episodes. Players will travel from undead crypts to icy wastelands, slaying enemies along the way. As players progress, they’ll unlock new heroes to join the Adventure Company, building their team during each quest.

The developer has also stated that the game will contain no ads or in-app purchases, will have Game Center support, and will be updated with additional episodes after release.

Tales of the Adventure Company is set to release on iOS sometime this June for $1.99. For those to you who can't quite wait until then, a sample version of the game is available to play in web browsers now.

Angel Salvation Review

Posted by Rob Rich on August 17th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: ONECLICK GAME
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.0.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 3GS

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

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The forces of good and evil, Heaven and Hell, are constantly at war. This time around, the conflict is being depicted through a kind of mish-mash of match 3, RPG, and Pokemon. It’s got the looks and it’s got the wacky combination of gameplay elements, but does Angel Salvation hold up under scrutiny? Yup, pretty much.

The general gameplay in Angel Salvation is very similar to most match 3 games with one notable exception: a given gem can be moved anywhere on the board - both horizontally and vertically - over any distance. Matching a given set of gems will power-up a team member of the same color and unleash an attack, which varies in strength based on how many gems complete the set. And individual characters can unleash special abilities when charged that run the gamut from healing to massive direct damage attacks. Then there’s all the collecting. Gems earned through combat and help points earned through, well, combat, can be used to earn new warriors that can then be incorporated into the group. And then enhanced with unwanted characters or evolved into stronger forms once they’ve leveled up enough.

Angel Salvation is a good looking game for sure, but it’s the combination of puzzle gameplay and monster collection that kept me playing until the wee hours of the morning. Matching up those gems and seeing them cascade into combo after combo, then watching the ensuing barrage of carnage is always a pleasure. And collecting, leveling, and evolving heroes is a major hook.

The same care and attention given to the visuals and the matching game hasn’t been given to everything, sadly. Menus are set up oddly at times; the way I can’t double-back to the main Heroes menu from any of the sub menus without hitting Back several times or jumping over to a different menu and back again is one example. The way fairly significant information - such as money required for enhancements - isn’t communicated clearly is another. But the largest issue is the need for a consistent Internet connection. Yes, for some strange reason Angel Salvation is an online-only game. Even though the online elements (namely friends) aren’t a major focus. It's still a great game overall, but being unable to play unless online is majorly restrictive.

Angel Salvation can feel unpolished in bizarre ways at times, and the Internet requirements create a pretty substantial obstacle in certain situations, but the game proper is actually pretty great. It combines role playing, collection, and match 3 elements incredibly well and it can be very difficult to put down when trying to earn enough tertiary characters to level up a favorite.

Puzzle Dungeons Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on July 17th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TRIPLE-TREAT
It's more of a grind than a story-driven epic, but it's an very fun grind.
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The Dungeon Saga Review

By Rob Rich on July 20th, 2011
The Dungeon Saga takes players by the hand and guides them, yet again, through a fantasy world where everything is resolved with puzzles.
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