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Chris has been playing games since the day he got his hands on an Atari 2600. Chris enjoys long walks on the DOA beach, candle lit dinners with Raziel, and flower power from Super Mario World. Chris now spends most of his time on the PC, PS3, DS/PSP, and iPad.

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FrEEday Vol 65

Posted by Chris Nitz on November 4th, 2011

Get ready to survive a long fall down a dangerous shaft. This is not a descent for the weak of heart as players will need to make use of moving platforms to break their downward spiral into darkness. The key is to not miss these platforms and fall off the screen or it is game over. Also, the sky is falling so it will take quick reactions to survive over the long haul to safety.

Grabby Crabby:
Dastardly evil pirates have taken PinPincha's father hostage and this cannot stand. To rescue the kidnapped father, players need to follow a trail of coins that are leaking from a pirate ship. Catching these coins allows recruiting of powerful allies to aid in this daring rescue mission. There are five different characters, all with their own unique abilities, to utilize in this task. The alternate endings will help in bringing people back for yet another romp along the ocean.

Dark Dot:
Dark Dot is a fun little shooter game with a unique twist. Players control dark dots as they engage the enemy, but these dots maybe formed into just about any shape imaginable. Simply draw any shape in a single stroke and watch as the dotty minions fall into formation, which can then be manipulated in both size and orientation. The excitement keeps going with the ability to revive fallen foes and unleashing super attacks. This is a war won with strategy and imagination.

Assassin's Creed Rearmed:
This is the very first Assassin's Creed Multiplayer game that is driven by an in-game economy system. This game features an offline mode for players to hone their skills or just compete with a friend 1on1 style via Bluetooth. Taking the game online means hunting down and assassinating other players, or running away as they return the deadly favor. Both hunter and prey need to utilize the environment and crowd to succeed in their tasks. The included character customization means there is plenty to enjoy at the hefty cost of nothing!

Sad Robot:
Beautiful retro graphics, great tilt controls, and a gorgeous setting is just the beginning to this free game. Players need to guide a robot on his journey through the galaxy to find his lost love while restoring his memories. Doing quests earn coins and experience which maybe traded for upgrades to boost skills and aid in the hunt for a love long-lost. There are also various robots to unlock that come with their own unique set of abilities. This is a gorgeous trip through the black.

Warblade HD Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Chris Nitz on November 2nd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ALIEN DESTRUCTION
Warblade sticks to a tried and true formula for its genre, but it also adds in a few distractions to make this one enjoyable ride through space.
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Chicken Coup Remix HD Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Nitz on November 2nd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BARNYARD FUN
Herding chickens is not only cute, but it is also challenging and enjoyable.
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FrEEday Vol 64

Posted by Chris Nitz on October 28th, 2011

Dark Fury:
Getting sick and tired of always seeing the good guys win every battle known to man? If so, then it is time to get ready to show those pesky heroes a thing or two. Players will build squads of minions and lead them into battle to reclaim loot, like epic weapons, and bring it back home. There are over 50 different minion classes to choose from and 100+ unique quests to complete. Go ahead and enjoy this RPG that shows that even evil characters are fun to play.

TapCommand Soccer:
Soccer is more than just getting a ball down field and into a net, it is about ball control and faking out the opponent in order to move into scoring range. This game puts the player in this rush to move the ball. Opponents will stream in from various portions of the screen and the player will need to perform the right feint to keep the ball moving while evading difficult blocking formations. The more feints performed the better the moves become. Who says soccer games have to be complicated and difficult to play?

Crazy Moto Special:
Excitebike may never find its way to iOS, but that does not mean clones of this popular title cannot fill the void. This game brings realistic physics, 80 levels spread across four varied worlds, and a highly destructible motor bike. Players need to get in touch with their inner racer in order to master big jumps, difficult puzzles, and arrive at the finish line in one piece. Don't worry, there is a practice mode to help get acclimated to the challenges ahead.

City Pursuit!:
Time to make a mad dash across some of the most famous cities in the world. The task at hand is not an easy run as players need to grab all the cash they can while avoiding obscene amounts of obstacles and outrunning the police. Simple controls make this accessible for players of all ages to pickup and enjoy.

Infinity Bricks:
Breakout is a classic game of bouncing a projectile around the screen and using it to bust blocks. This classic formula receives a 3D make over while adding in a bit of gravity to the mix to challenge players and their skills. There are 20 levels to work through and a global leader board to post high scores to. So retro, so good.

Robo5 Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Nitz on October 25th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PUZZLING PLATFORMER
Robo5 takes players into a gritty steampunk inspired world with an interesting take on the puzzle genre.
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FrEEday Vol 63

Posted by Chris Nitz on October 21st, 2011

Ghost Chicken:
Oh how the Halloween apps art starting to pour onto the app store. Ghost Chicken is one app following this spooky theme, but this game will test the speed and skill of any player willing to partake in its puzzling fun. Players need to stretch a chicken's head to gobble up all the corn scattered about the stage before time expires. While navigating the stages, players will also need to avoid the hungry bugs that would love a piece of chicken for dinner. There are four difficulty modes to bring on several replays. But don't ostriches stick their heads in holes?

DaVinci Quest:

Is it possible to meld a run-of-the-mill coin-push game with a combat game and make it enjoyable? The answer is yes, yes it is. This game allows players to battle coin-loving Jesters, Bandits with swords, and even powerful Bandit Bosses. Players will need to harness the powers of features like rage mode, combos, and of course defenses to beat this game. There are several characters to unlock and special skills and styles to master. Addictive is the name of the game here.

Family Feud & Friends:

Get ready to challenge friends on Facebook, as well as other Family Feud & Friends owners, to one of the most popular quiz games around. Players will need to come up with the most popular answers to survery questions posed to 100 people. There are thousands of questions to answer, 'Fast Money' play, and even the original theme music and scoreboard bring a touch of authenticity to this game. Now all we need is a Price is Right game!

Thundersword Across the Sky:

Those gamers that love swords, explosions, and rainbows have found their iOS pot of gold. Players take control of a sword that flies across the sky, imagine that, in hopes of collecting gems to transcend the space-time continuum. The path to going down in the history books is full of birds, tiki-men, and robots that all explode on contact. It will take some quick wits to master this game and go down the path to eternal glory.

Columns HD:

Columns is possibly one of the most popular match three games in existence and now it finds its way to iOS. Multicolored columns fall from the top of the screen and players will need to match three of the same color (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) to keep the screen from filing up. Add on high scoring combos and six themes and this will grip players to keep trying to master this seemingly easy game. 

FrEEday Vol 62

Posted by Chris Nitz on October 14th, 2011

World of Star:

If video games are any indication of what space is like, well, humanity is in for some pretty rough battles. World of Star is an online sci-fi strategy game where players pick one of three races (human, alien, and spirit), establish a base, and attempt to take out their neighbors. This game comes with over 45 buildings, 30 battle units, 600 quests, and hundreds of players online to duke it out against. It is deadly out in the black, but surely there is someone who can lead the human race to victory.

Players take on the role of G.One in this top-down 3D arcade action game. G.One is tasked with defending the world against the ungodly wrath of a strange creation by the name of Ra.One and his minions. The mission itself is simple: survive the hordes of enemies and bring Ra.One to his knees. Upgrades for weapons and armor will help make this task slightly easier, but it will come down to mad skills to save the world yet again.

Cannon Ball:

Cannons and Pandas, what more needs saying?!? How about enjoying a massive battle in which players will take turns firing cannons at one another in hopes they can successfully lay waste to the opponent's fortress. Bonuses go to those that claim a perfect victory, or those who narrowly avoid defeat. Invite friends off Game Center and let the battle begin. Loser buys lunch!

Forever Drive:

Like racing and have a bit of a creative streak, then this game is just what the doctor ordered. Start playing by designing some of the most beautiful, winding, and gorgeous race tracks with just a few touches thanks to the streamlined in-game track editor. The creativity does not stop there as car customization is just as important, and therefore plenty of paint and license plate options are available for tweaking. After all of that, hit the unique track and race like no tomorrow while leveling up as the miles pile on, thus unlocking more cars and more options for fun. There are infinite possibilities tucked into this game.

Q Pang:

Q Pang brings plenty of adorable enemies and charming player characters in this shoot-and-kill adventure game. The usual weapons like machine guns and lasers make an appearance but then there are also off the wall battlements like a cake gun. Yeah, a cake gun! All weapons come with a variety of upgrades to aid in the alien slaughter, of which there are 14 varieties to bring down. It maybe quirky and a bit odd, but when was the last time anyone had this much fun blasting evil aliens with tasty cake?!?

Chronicles of Merlin Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Nitz on October 14th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: RULE THY NEIGHBOR
Combining online strategy, role-playing elements, and a unique fantasy setting, Chronicles of Merlin is an entertaining game that provides plenty of cheap thrills and excitement.
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FrEEday Vol 61

Posted by Chris Nitz on October 7th, 2011

My Country: Build Your Dream City:
Players that grow bored with old-school city building games that lack any sort of real action may finally have something worth playing. While building a marvelous city, players face the standard chores like developing transportation systems, constructing powerful industries, and controlling energy usage. The game is not limited to simple building chores, as there are hundreds of tasks to take on that will benefit the growth of the city. Who knows, maybe Godzilla will come and visit and boost that tourism rating.

Lost Monkey:
It always sucks when teleporters go on the fritz and blast monkeys across time and space to some tropical island. Will anyone help this lost monkey get home by leveling up through fast-paced mini-games? Players willing to aid in this task are with gold to spend on toys, new games and decorations to help spruce up that new island home. Come for the mini-games but stay for the cute story and entertaining gameplay.

How good are those stacking skills, because they are about to be put to the test. This game contains 60 challenging levels that will have players tilting, swiping, and shaking a floating platform to balance blocks as they fall onto the playing field. The game will take players across three gorgeous worlds while trying to pile a variety of blocks of all shapes and sizes onto the platform. Who will rule the top of the leader board?

Crystal Soul:
This game blends an unique puzzle mechanic with deep strategy game play and sprinkles it with a bit of role-playing elements. Players will need to choose one of three classes, each with their own unique skills, to take on a variety of quests. It will become imperative to fully know the character and their abilities as the strategy aspect will put that knowledge to the test, especially with limited energy and skill usage. With two modes of play, this game is sure to keep players occupied for several lunch break sessions.

Tiny Invaders:
While the world has had to fight off countless alien invasions, this game brings a new spin for the invader. Space germs are here and they want to rule over this world. But instead of taking on the role of the defender, players will be playing as the alien microbes. It is up to the player to control these invaders as the move from host to host, enslaving the minds of millions. This action-puzzle game spans 60 levels, each with a unique challenge and plenty of bodily defense systems to hide from. It is only a matter of time before the planet bows down to their alien overlords.

Escape the Ape Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Nitz on October 6th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: HIGH FLYING MONKEYS
Com2us brings a unique spin on the jumping game by adding in trampolines and primates.
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Enforcer Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Nitz on October 6th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: EXERCISE IN RAGE CONTROL
Enforcer brings a new level of difficulty to the shoot'em up genre with this throwback to the days of cramped hands and quarter eating arcade machines.
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Black Magic Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Nitz on October 6th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: RETRO ADVENTURES
Black Magic is retro adventure game that will challenge players to the bitter end.
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FrEEday Vol 60

Posted by Chris Nitz on September 30th, 2011

Slam Dunk King:
There is now an alternative for when rain, sleet, or snow cancels time on the basketball courts, and that is Slam Dunk King. This game will challenge players to prove they are the master of the courts by performing insane trick drunks and smooth moves. Players will need to harness the unique mascot power-ups, chain together over a dozen tricks, and prove they are worthy of the title of king. There are three modes to play, several unlockables, and tons of action. Who's master of the court now, punk?

Boss Battles:
Boss Battles is a top-down shooter where players will take on missions to hunt down and destroy renegades of the galaxy. To do this, players will need to upgrade their ship with collected space gems while calling on the power of their skill and dexterity to destroy the horrific enemies. There are eight bosses, five difficulty levels, and plenty of upgrades to keep this game addicting and enjoyable for hours on end. One round is all it'll take to sink those addicting hooks into unsuspecting victims.

Remember playing the Telephone game from back in the day? Well, the hilarity of messing up messages and blaming someone else for screwing it up has made its way to iOS, but with a twist. Teledraw starts by giving a player a phrase, the next person must draw out that phrase, and the following player will try to describe the phrase. It is like Pictionary married Telephone, and this is the party game that spawned.

Fleets War:
Fleets War takes a dash or role-playing and sprinkles it with some strategy, and throws is all into a naval warfare cake. Players will be creating fleets of classic naval ships and heading to battle in this turn-based strategy game. As pirates, monsters, and evil forces are conquered, experience is earned and used for upgrading the fleet into a devastating naval force. With over 40 ship classes to pick from, and 50 unique quests, there will be a lot of time spent on the high seas.

Minecraft maybe months away from its iOS release, but that has not stopped fans from bringing the explore and create addiction to iOS. Mooncraft puts players on the moon where they will explore, build, and become hopelessly addicted. Harvest alien trees, build a shelter, decipher clues from enemy astronauts, and create exotic technological items. The landscape is endless, the gaming possibilities endless, and the addiction through the roof. Good luck putting this one down.

Pig Curling Review

By Chris Nitz on September 30th, 2011
Pig Curling challenges players with the joys of curling, but adds in some obstacles and replaces the stone with cute pigs. We'll never look at curling the same way again.
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Tesla Wars HD Review

By Chris Nitz on September 28th, 2011
Tesla Wars will challenge players by requiring quick reflexes and even tougher decisions. One wrong move can mean disaster.
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