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Pathogen Review

Pathogen Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Want a strategy game with a board game aesthetic and the depth of chess? Try Pathogen.

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Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulus Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tilt to Live 2 takes everything that was great about the original Tilt to Live and makes it feel fresh by presenting so many new ways for players to try and defeat the dot menace.

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Blocky Roads Review

Blocky Roads Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A game that could have just been a cheap cash-in on the Minecraft-esque voxel fad instead winds up being something that stands on its own.

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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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