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Rayman Fiesta Run Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rayman Fiesta Run operates on the principle of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and thus provides more of the great auto-running platforming that Rayman Jungle Run offered.

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RGB Warped Review

RGB Warped Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A trippy Minterian vision of retro-infused chaos and blur effects, RGB Warped is a good-looking but challenging-to-play game.

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Anomaly 2 Review

Anomaly 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Anomaly 2 is beautiful, but more of the same.

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Tiny Games Review

Tiny Games Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Bored at home? Bored at work? Bored walking? Leave it to this suite of games to give tailor-made experiences to suit almost any situation.

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IM+ Pro7 Review

IM+ Pro7 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Chat with contacts securely across Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, and more in this newly redesigned instant messaging app.

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Pocket Titans Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pocket Titans combines a clever RPG structure with puzzle-inspired gameplay.

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Steampunk Tower Review

Steampunk Tower Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Steampunk Tower is a defense game that has interesting ideas, but severe issues in its execution.

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Paint it Back Review

Paint it Back Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Help! Repaint missing works of art such as “Surfing Elephants,” “Deer Taking the Alligator Ferry,” and “On the Day of the Apocalypse, Treat Yourself to a Popsicle.” This whimsical puzzler is a gem for all ages.

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NimbleBit and Disney have teamed up to make Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, a Star Wars take on Tiny Tower. Right now, the game is in testing in Australia (you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy) but we were able to sneak past their defenses and get a shot at the exhaust port in this edition of It Came From Australia!

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Now, the game at its heart is essentially Tiny Tower but with Star Wars, and that’s a-okay. The game’s formula hasn’t been changed: players build residential levels for new bitizens to live in, and businesses for them to work at. Each bitizen has certain stats for certain job types that makes them more effective at their job, allowing players to earn more credits. One of the key gameplay additions are new Imeperial levels that help to advance the story by collecting Imperial Officers. Otherwise not much has changed, which isn’t a bad thing: there’s the two-currency system, but Galactic Bux can still be earned through VIPs and by completing certain objectives like putting a bitizen in their dream job.

TinyDeathStar-12The Star Wars theme is well apparent. Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader have been brought to pixelly life as bitizens, and all the other recognizable Stormtroopers, Rebel soldiers, and much of the non-human life from the series make appearances. The music is all based off of the classic John Williams music but in a light, jazzy theme. That almost justifies the game’s existence alone. The whole game is light-hearted fan service for Star Wars fans who get to build levels of the Death Star after recognizable places and themes – the developers have clearly had fun trying to cram reference after reference into the game. The whole thing is just whimsical.

There’s no telling if the Tiny Death Star will ever be blown up by a plucky orphan from Tatooine, though. The game’s likely to come out soon: it works offline so it’s quite likely that this is just a monetization test, or to see if certain elements play well with a real-world audience. So soon the game should be fully armed and operational for the whole world. Until then, watch our video below.


Hills of Glory 3D Review

Hills of Glory 3D Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hills of Glory 3D is the most aggravating kind of game: one with good ideas but sloppy execution.

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Empire Review

Empire Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Rule an empire for as long as possible in this rouge-like, deck-builder, 4X mash-up of a game.

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Zombie Apocalift Review

Zombie Apocalift Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Zombies are on the rise and players must kill them to reach the top in this elevator-based action game.

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Ring Run Circus Review

Ring Run Circus Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ring Run Circus has an ingenious and well-executed concept and structure, but there's just something about the mechanic that keeps it from being an excellent game.

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Duet Review

Duet Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Duet is yet another stellar entry into the pantheon of challenging minimalist survival games on iOS.

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Edge of the World Review

Edge of the World Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Edge of the World is high seas shuffleboard with online multiplayer, and much like shuffleboard it's entertaining, if inessential.

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Gunner Z Review

Gunner Z Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gunner Z has plenty of zombie-killing action, but does it ever get to be fun?

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Nakama Review

Nakama Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Nakama throws plenty of fast-paced ninja action at players in a blocky 2D landscape.

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Pocket Mine Review

Pocket Mine Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Manically dig for treasures and explore the underground in this fast-paced mining-themed arcade game.

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Dead Man’s Draw Review

Dead Man’s Draw Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Dead Man's Draw is a fun deck-building card game that would be a lot more fun if it had multiplayer.

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Incredipede Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Incredipede succeeds at the unique and distinct goals of providing a game that can be consumed, while providing opportunities to be creative.

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Pixel This! Review

Pixel This! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pixel This! is a darn fine Nonogram game for iOS.

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Infinity Blade III Review

Infinity Blade III Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Infinity Blade III's new additions fail to improve on the well-worn formula.

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Air Video HD Review

Air Video HD Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This redesigned video streaming app offers some improvements for users looking to watch their video collections from a media server.

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Help Me Fly Review

Help Me Fly Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Help power a hero's biplane in this casual puzzle game.

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I Am Level Review

I Am Level Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Pinball and Metroidvania: two tastes that go better together?

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Squid Up Review

Squid Up Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Jump to the top in this colorful and casual arcade jumper.

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Strata Review

Strata Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Puzzle games with minimalist styles are all the rage nowadays, and Strata is another solid member of the crowd.

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Where’s My Water? 2 Review

Where’s My Water? 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Ever think Where's My Water? would be better with an energy mechanic? No? Well, too bad, now there is one!

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SimpleRockets Review

SimpleRockets Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Manage a space program, or just blow up a bunch of ridiculous creations, in this physics-based space simulator.

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It Came From Canada: Gunner Z

BitMonster, the creators of last year’s Lili, have a brand new game called Gunner Z that they’ve just soft launched in Canada and three other countries. As such, I scarfed some poutine and readied myself to take down some zombies.

GunnerZ-SoftLaunch-1This is an on-rails shooter where players control a gunner who must take out waves of zombies and the occasional human zombie sympathizer driving weaponized vehicles. Why humans are sympathizing with the zombies is unexplained, but it’s rather progressive!

Visually, and in gameplay, there’s a large debt owed to Zombie Gunship and to a lesser extent, Razor: Salvation. The truck players fire from moves periodically between waves with occasional targets to hit while moving, but the majority of the game is fending off zombies from a static position; with the only movement coming from the ability to raise or lower the height of the gunner to get a better angle on the enemies. Lower heights make it easier to get headshots, but higher heights give splash damage weapons like rockets an aiming advantage.

The gunplay is important: the rockets are powerful but limited, and the standard gun has unlimited ammo but is generally only suitable for taking out single enemies at a time. Of course, there’s upgraded guns and rockets to take advantage of, too, along with different color schemes for the trucks. But considering everything’s seen through a monochromatic color scheme, it’s the ultimate cosmetic enhancement.

GunnerZ-SoftLaunch-2There’s a good chance that Gunner Z doesn’t see the light of day worldwide for a while. According to BitMonster’s announcement post, they’re not even sure if the game will be free, and they have a lot of tweaking to do with difficulty balance, in-game currency and how it’s handed out, and even how much content is in the game. This may be a longer testing session than some other soft launches, more akin to The Drowning’s several-month test than a server stress test like what Madden NFL 25 wound up doing. This should be an interesting game to follow.

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