Posts Tagged retro

Pixel Rush Review

Pixel Rush Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It's almost inexplicable how satisfying this endless runner is.

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Hipstamatic Oggl Review

Remember Hipstamatic? It's back with a host of features to challenge the likes of Instagram.

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Karateka Classic Review

Karateka Classic Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Karateka Classic is a port of a classic fighting game that holds up rather well today.

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Talisman: Prologue HD Review

Talisman: Prologue HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
It's pretty, and it will certainly conjure memories, but Talisman: Prologue is only an appetizer - not the main course.

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Gargoyle Ruins Review

Gargoyle Ruins Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Game Stew's latest bizarro throwback hybrid is an unfortunate exception to an otherwise impressive release record.

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QuestLord Review

QuestLord Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Getting from Point A to Point B can be a bit of a drag, but QuestLord is still a fun and accessible throwback to classic Western RPGs.

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Fester Mudd: Curse Of The Gold Episode 1 Review

Fester Mudd: Curse Of The Gold Episode 1 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Invoking classic adventure games of old, Fester Mudd is both a homage to those greats and its own master in demonstrating what's so memorable about the genre.

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Brickout Zero Gravity Review

Brickout Zero Gravity Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It’s a twist on the classic brick breaking game, with plenty of surprises to keep gamers happy.

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Mythic Mountain Review

Mythic Mountain Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Simple yet nostalgic, Mythic Mountain could do with more structure, but it's still a quite pleasant snowboarding-themed endless runner.

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247 Missiles Review

247 Missiles Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
247 Missiles is a homage to the classic Missile Command. It's fun, too, with a handy upgrade system to extend play.

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Briquid Review

Briquid Review

An addicting and challenging physics puzzler that's not for the faint of heart.

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Relic Rush Review

Relic Rush Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Want a one-touch game fro your phone? Check out Relic Rush.

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Bacteria Arcade Edition Review

Bacteria Arcade Edition Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Weird, addicting and frantic are three words that best describe this retro-inspired arcade game.

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Take My Machete Review

Take My Machete Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Take My Machete offers plenty of charm to a well trodden genre, it just lacks tight and accurate controls.

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Lode Runner Classic Review

Lode Runner Classic Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Lode Runner Classic is an iOS version of the original game in the Lode Runner series, but its transition is a rough one.

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Vectrex Regeneration Review

Vectrex Regeneration Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Offering a bundle of Vectrex games in one attractive and easy to access package. It's fun but its age does show, of course.

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The Backstory
Both Zeboyd and Penny Arcade have had a hand in their fair share of RPGs over the past few years, but it wasn’t until recently that the two found each other and created some incredibly sweet (and utterly surreal) music together. This third entry in the Rain-Slick Precipice series marks both the Penny Arcade RPG’s first foray into “retro” territory as well as Zeboyd’s best refinement of their quirky RPG system to date. Ancient sea gods and mimes are just the beginning.

The Gameplay
One of the biggest differences between a Zeboyd RPG and a more typical example is the treatment of the combat. Health, magic, and items all reset after every fight, eliminating the need to constantly micromanage party resources. To compensate for this enemies gain strength with each passing turn, lending a sense of urgency and increased strategy to every combat scenario. What makes Rain-Slick 3 so much fun (aside from the rampant Penny Arcade humor) is the emphasis on multi-classing. Finding the right combination of character abilities can lead to some incredibly satisfying victories, and the way everything resets after every battle makes experimentation far less grueling.

How does it Compare?
The original Rain-Slick 3 made its debut on both Steam and Xbox Live Indie Games, and felt right at home on both platforms. It’s wonderfully retro while at the same time incredibly modern and accessible. And all of that “magic” has been retained in the iOS version. All the humor, the unique mechanics, the splendid visuals, and so on have made the transition almost seamlessly. The only real difference between the mobile version and its console/PC brethren – aside from the smaller screen and blessed portability – is the interface, which has been adjusted for touch controls. And save the rather garish virtual stick, it’s very near flawless.

One of the things I love most about Rain-Slick 3 on iOS is that it’s not an “inferior” version like some ports tend to be. All the bonus content (alternate appearance packs, Lair of the Seamstress DLC, etc) is included, and it’s received just as much post-release support as the other platforms. The fact that it’s a fantastic game even without prior knowledge of any inside jokes or experience with the previous two titles makes it all the more noteworthy.

*NOTE: “Console-quality” refers to the quality of the experience, not just the graphics. This is about the depth of gameplay, content, and in some cases how accurately it portrays the ideals of its console counterpart.*


$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-10-24 :: Category: Games

Boulder Dash-XL Review

Boulder Dash-XL Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A classic arcade boulder-pusher gets revitalized. Then that revitalization gets ported to iOS devices. And fans of the original are better off for it.

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Impossible Pixel Review

Impossible Pixel Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Impossible Pixel looks stylish, but suffers from its controls and a physics choice that only adds difficulty.

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Cool Pizza Review

Cool Pizza Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Cool Pizza is old school in appearance and difficulty level. This is both good and bad news, depending on the player's patience levels.

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Super Ninja Therapy Review

Super Ninja Therapy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
In Super Ninja Therapy, players sort through ninja mental health issues the only way that ninjas can: beating people up.

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Heads Up! Hot Dogs Review

Heads Up! Hot Dogs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
What better place for a tasty ballpark frank than…your head? Fans of frantic arcade madness, this one’s a wiener.

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NeoMech Review

NeoMech Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This sidescrolling shooter delivers plenty of over the top retro action.

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Nom Nation Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This retro puzzle-platformer is absolutely delicious.

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Retro Athletics Review

Retro Athletics Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Furious button mashing fun for fans of such retro gameplay, but not one to play in public.

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Bitless Review

Bitless Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Should gameplay always come before graphics? Bitless, a hardcore, hyper-addictive platformer, certainly makes a good case for it.

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Alien Breed Review

Alien Breed Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This survival horror, top-down shooter may have been the best of its breed back in the day, but does it keep up with today's spawn?

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Disney has released a tool to help make pixel art and animation easy. Pixel’d lets users make artwork that shows its pixelation and is proud of it! Users have a default 150×150 canvas to work with, though this can be shrunk to 4×4 or enlarged up to 1024×768. Users can freehand draw, generate lines or shapes, and use color fill to help make their creations. Artists looking for more advanced editing can use 3 modifiable layers to help them in their process.

Canvas backgrounds can be added and interacted with, featuring artwork from various Disney properties. A selection comes with the app for free, and others are available through in-app purchases. It’s possible to create more than just single-frame artwork, as animations up to 20 frames long can be created. Single frame artwork can be exported as PNG or GIF with animations exportable as either animated GIFs or MP4 video files. These can then be exported to the Camera Roll or shared to social networks directly from the app. Finally, it’s possible to team up with a friend using the Buddy Draw feature to collaborate on artwork via wifi.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-26 :: Category: Entertainment

Spy vs Spy Review

Spy vs Spy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This classic game of espionage and sabotage is sure to please fans and newcomers alike. It's the same old game, but with updated visuals and gameplay elements to keep it fresh!

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BLiP Review

BLiP Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A retro platformer with a retro level of challenge.

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