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PBA Bowling Challenge Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on November 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ON A ROLL
While not a surefire strike, PBA Bowling Challenge still has the potential to cause plenty of damage to a wallet.
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Soccer Moves Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TACTICAL SCORING
Soccer Moves is a fun and cute twist on the usual soccer and puzzle concepts.
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Real Steel: World Robot Boxing Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Mike Deneen on October 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ANOTHER CYBERNETIC HIT
The movie may not have been a hit, but it did create a fantastic mobile game. Its follow up is a knockout as well.
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3D Urban Golf Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Lee Hamlet on September 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: BELOW PAR
A messy interface and unexciting controls means that 3D Urban Golf is less fun than it should be.
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Mutant Football League to Resurrect One of Gaming's Greatest Sports Series. Hopefully.

Posted by Rob Rich on September 16th, 2013

Mutant League Football is probably one of the (if not the) most beloved alternative football video games in history. At least as far as an adoring, nostalgia-driven cult following goes. And after what feels like decades, because it has been decades, the ultra violent and gloriously twisted take on one of America's most popular sports is back! Or at least it's trying to come back.

Series creator Michael Mendheim has turned to Kickstarter to try and bring the spiritual successor of the EA classic to multiple platforms, including iOS! The project is still in the early stages, but the plan is to keep all the violence and tongue-in-cheek humor fans have been craving intact.

As one of those fans who's been lamenting the distinct lack of Mutant League over the past 20 years, I could not be more excited about this. Of course it's too soon to know how it's going to turn out, or even if it's going to meet its $750,000 goal in time, but simply knowing that the series' creator is interested in bringing it back is more than enough for me!

Joust Legend Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on September 13th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A GORGEOUS RIDE
Jousting is a time-honored tradition that has been woefully under-represented on iOS. Joust Legend aims to bring an end to this tragic injustice.
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Create, Manage, and Follow Your Own Custom Soccer Streams with FTBpro - The Football News App

Posted by Rob Rich on September 9th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

From what I understand, football (i.e. soccer) has the most intense fanbase of any sport. And intense fans require intense apps, right?

Okay, so maybe FTBpro - The Football News App isn't necessarily intense, but it certainly seems useful. It enables users to create their own custom news feeds that follow only the leagues and teams they want. In addition to up-to-date match stats and scores via push notifications, naturally.

Bleacher Buddy

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Mike Deneen on September 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLE BUT HELPFUL
Ever wondering when that game will be on TV? Guess no more with Bleacher Buddy. It still won't cure a favorite player's performance issues, though
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Fluid Soccer Versus Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Andrew Stevens on August 26th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TACTICAL FUN
Fluid Soccer Versus brings tactical situations from the pitch and puts players in control with their fingertips.
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Dunk Dreams Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: DUNK-BASED STRATEGY
Take on opponents in this one-on-one, turn-based street hoops game.
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Action Bowling 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By David Rabinowitz on June 25th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SPARE
Action Bowling 2 is a bowling simulator with easy gameplay and 2 types of multi-player modes.
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Stickman Tennis Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 31st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STICK-BASED LOBS
Keeping it simple, Stickman Tennis is a fun, arcadey sports game.
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Showstopper Basketball Review

Posted by Marquice Johnson on May 30th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Mobage, Inc.
Price: Free
Version: 1.01
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S
Graphics / Sound Rating: starhalfstarblankstarblankstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starhalfstarblankstarblankstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar

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I’ve haven’t played many sports titles on iOS with good reason; like fighting games, the gameplay is all dependent on latency. For developer Mobage, Inc., the solution for translating fast-paced hoops to the non-buttoned platform is to remove the ability to play basketball all together. Instead, we are left with a situational analysis app, an almost coaching approach, where every player action is dictated by the statistical probability of its outcome. From passing to shooting to playing defense, each action is a timed decision where players must choose the best course of action to score a bucket.

The way Showstopper sets up this grand experiment is placing a 5-member squad against an opposing team in league play; the catch is that I didn't actually play but rather governed the team of stars. After the opening tip, it is up to me to decide the actions of the team ,as every two seconds the players pause and I am given five seconds to decide whether to dish the rock or shoot the pill. This may seem to be a lengthy process but as each game takes less than three minutes to complete, I am hungered, like looking for seconds on Thanksgiving with none to be found. Upon loading the first match-up, my first thought is, “this is different." However, by the tenth league game, I'm sure that I'm not enjoying the basketball portion nearly as much as the collectible card game (CCG) component.

Did I utter basketball and CCG in the same sentence? That I did. How Mobage came to the conclusion to unite the two is well beyond me but what I do know is that it feels compelling enough to stick with (even if basketball gameplay is non-existent). At the conclusion of every match-up, the standouts from my team level up and continue to gain xp that translates into new abilities on the court. So, instead of continually shooting jump shots right under the basket, new window options of “layup” or “dunk” appear at my coaching disposal. Customizations are also the rave, as new gear equates to in-game attribute bonuses. With the gamut of CCG depth for such a simplistic sport, I could not help but imagine what could have been if this type of CCG were layered onto a different genre.

Is Showstopper Basketball a great sporting experience with excellent b-ball gameplay? Absolutely not. Is it worth a glance to imagine what cool CCG and sports could possibly become on iOS? Absolutely.

Real Basketball Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on April 9th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: I WISH
As great as Real Basketball plays, one can only perform free throws so many times before they start to get a bit dull.
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GDC 2013: Football Heroes Combines Tecmo Bowl, NFL Blitz and...World of Warcraft?!

Posted by Carter Dotson on April 4th, 2013

Football Heroes, Kickstarted a year ago, is coming to fruition. Michael Marzola, one of the game's developers, showed off an early build of the game with non-final art, but this title already shows promise. It's inspired by classic arcade football games such as Tecmo Bowl, with a dash of the brutality of NFL Blitz, and World of Warcraft. Wait, what? That's because the players on a team can be endlessly customized, with skill trees to help make them play better and avoid more tackles. The game has a long way to go still, but expect to play this one during NFL season.

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