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Scribble Hero Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on December 19th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SHOOTING FRENZY
Doodles come to life in this action-packed arcade-shooter that’s appealing to casual gamers and children alike.
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Doodle Truck 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 29th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SAFE TRUCKING
Transport the load safely in this steady yet unexceptional physics based driving title.
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Stickman Base Jumper Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 12th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: JUMPING FOR JOY
Take the role of a stick man and base jump from some impressively high buildings in this fun but challenging title.
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Paper By FiftyThree Review

By Jennifer Allen on March 30th, 2012
An utterly beautiful and inspiring way to draw and sketch.
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Cado Review

Posted by Rob Rich on August 29th, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Developer: ClearCut Games
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 3GS
Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar


Cado is a little eyeball blob-thing that always seems to get itself into tough situations. Since it's also seemingly incapable of getting itself out of said tough spots, it falls on the player's shoulders to get it through each level. How? By rotating the stage itself and rolling the lazy little ball to the exit. It's not quite as easy as it sounds.

The first few levels of Cado are pretty simple, with very little in the way of hazards and hardly any need to restart. Soon, though, things get much more complex. Some levels start the little ball on the outside of a spiral, and players have to ever-so-delicately spin the world around it so it doesn't fall off into oblivion. Then the stages get even more hazardous, using broken-up platforms and throwing spikes into the mix.

Cado is a good deal of fun, although attempting to snag a level's star can get frustrating. Still, it gets plenty addicting and I blew through almost 30 of the game's 40 levels before I knew it. If that sounds like cause for concern, don't worry; the developer plans to release another 20 levels in a future update, free of charge. Something I'm rather interested in seeing when it comes out, because the levels thus far have been both devious and crazy. In a good way.

My solitary gripe with Cado is that it almost feels like it should use accelerometer controls rather than the on-screen virtual buttons. Which feels weird to say because I typically avoid tilt-based control methods but a game like this practically begs for it. That's not to say that it needs them, but sometimes things spin just a tad too slow and I feel like more direct control through tilting would make a difference.

Cado is certainly one fun and hard to put down game. The 40 levels (soon to be 60, total) are somewhat of a mixed-bag as far as challenge goes, but that shouldn't stop anyone from enjoying this addicting casual physics puzzle-platformer. Or inventing their own string of adjectives to use when they tell their friends about it.

Stickman BMX Review

By Lisa Caplan on August 17th, 2011
The Stickman Skater sequel has Stickson riding a BMX bike across tons of fun levels - but don't worry he has a skateboard hidden around somewhere...if you're willing to pay.
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Pen And Paper Style Gaming With Doodle Hangman

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 22nd, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Currently the most popular puzzle/word game in Russia, Latvia, Moldova, Kazahstan and Armenia is Doodle Hangman, a game that does exactly what the title suggests. It looks set to be a similarly popular experience in North America too.

Doodle Hangman is a multi language word game that offers over 1000 words in 6 different categories. Gameplay is - as expected - a hangman game with players picking letters in order to figure out what the word could be. It's excellent, simple fun. The doodle part of the title is clearly obvious within the animations and there's a charming style to the graphics of the poor unfortunate soul about to be hanged.

Doodle Hangman is a simple game but it makes for an addictive experience, much like the paper and pen game that it's based on. The multi language support is also a great touch, potentially helping players who are trying to learn another language.

Doodle Hangman is available now for free and it's an universal app.

Doodle Invasion Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 28th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SHALLOW FUN
Doodle Invasion is the kind of line drawing game you'll drop into when you need something to entertain you on your commute, but it is a little shallow.
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Doodle Arcade Shooter Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Kirby on January 22nd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DOODLY-SQUAT
There's doodle in this game, but good luck finding it.
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The Doodlegate is Closed. Lima Sky Tells Their Side of the "Doodle" Trademark Story

Posted by Jeff Scott on January 13th, 2011

PocketGamer.biz has the full details on what people have dubbed "Doodlegate." It's the other side of the story that we brought you a couple days ago revolving around the trademark for the word Doodle. We now know the Lima Sky side of the story, and shows some corrections are needed in the original story.

Igor Pusenjak of Lima Sky sent their side of the story to PocketGamer earlier today. It sets the record straight on a few of the details. For one, the story is much more conveluted that we were originally aware of, and two, the request for developers to change their app titles has been cancelled.

The story really revolves around trademark law and what has to be done to protect your trademarks. I don't want to overreach my knowledge of law, so I'll let Igor's statement speak to their side of the ordeal. Suffice to say it's complex.

The request for developers to change their app titles that had Doodle in them was due to an attempt to protect their trademark on "Doodle Jump." Here's the part where trademark law gets complex. Another developer, Accelerato was attempting to have the "Doodle Jump" trademark cancelled because Lima Sky did not prevent other developers from using the word "Doodle" in their titles. Yeah, I don't get it either.

Lima Sky has instructed their lawyers drop the claims with Apple against the apps with Doodle in the title. So all developers that got the notice will not need to make any changes.

The folks at Lima Sky are good people, they didn't want to cause anyone undo hassle. In the end they were just trying to protect the copyright for "Doodle Jump", one that no one can claim isn't theirs. In an over-litigous society, that gets really complex.

In a fast paced blog world, our rush to report the story quickly and from the information we had, was a bad choice. We now know that and it's not a choice we will make again.

Can we all just be friends now and start talking about the iPad 2?

(Follow up) Lima Sky Claiming Trademark on the Word "Doodle"?

Posted by Jeff Scott on January 11th, 2011

Follow up posted: We posted a follow up story with details from Lima Sky on their side of the story. Read the reply before jumping to any further conclusions.

Earlier today, developers of apps with the word Doodle in their titles started receiving notices from Lima Sky through Apple that they are in violation of Lima Sky intellectual property rights. Lima Sky is most famous for releasing one of the most popular games on the iOS platform, Doodle Jump.

I am as sick of the Doodle meme in iOS games as anyone - it's unoriginal and quite simply boring. But trying to claim that you own the Doodle term or art style seems a bit absurd. Doodle Jump itself isn't even unique - it just got many things right. It's an old art style applied to a game type that's been around forever.

Doodle Jump wasn't even the first app in the App Store with Doodle in the title. There were multiple apps in the iTunes App Store with the word Doodle in their title before Doodle Jump. Some of those include Doodle Kids, uDoodle, Pocket Doodle, and Doodle Chat. Outside of the App Store there are countless examples of games with Doodle in the name that pre-date Doodle Jump.

As of today, their have been 730 applications approved for the App Store with the word Doodle in their title. Unoriginal yes; trademark violation? I don't see how.

It's a rather odd move for a developer that has been so friendly with other developers in the community. This just seems like a frivolous pursuit of small developers on the App Store. And for what? Does Lima Sky want to be the next Tim Langdell? Langdell's claim of a trademark for the word Edge ended in failure when Electronic Arts stood up to him. And in the end he looked like the most evil person in the gaming industry.

We have requested comment from Lima Sky and their lawyers, but have yet to hear back. We're interested to find what their exact trademark claims are and what they are requesting of the developers of other Doodle titles. We'll update this post if we hear back from them.

Update: Developers have started talking about this over at the Touch Arcade forums here. Specifically, Bryan Duke of Acceleroto, developer of Doodle Hockey has a great description of the issue and his experiences.

Update 2: We got a standard form letter back from the lawyers representing Lima Sky confirming that Lima Sky is seeking to have apps with Doodle in the title change their names as they are claiming a trademark on the word Doodle. We'll try to contact the lawyer in charge directly to get a comment later today, after the Verizon press conference.

Update 3: I'm no lawyer. But I've been informed that we're actually talking about trademark here, not copyright. Article corrected.

[photo credit: Flickr user walkn]

Saving Seeds HD Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Joey Davidson on November 2nd, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NEEDS MORE SUNLIGHT
Saving Seeds HD touts a flawed execution of an overly trending game type; but it does so with a well valued package.
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Favorite Four: Apps To Get Your Doodles On

Posted by Chris Nitz on October 20th, 2010

You are sitting in the boardroom and you forgot to bring your “notebook” so you can take “notes” during the meeting. We all know you are just going to draw houses, spirals and other miscellaneous items instead of jotting down those all important budget numbers. Why not take those doodles to the next level with some chalk or fire? Four great ways to get your doodles on is easily attainable in one of these four apps:

Sketchbook Pro:
For the more serious doodlers, or dare I say artists, Sketchbook Pro is a great way to do some serious doodles. Multi-touch, 75 brushes, six layers, blend modes barely explain the power of this app. I mean when Penny-Arcade is able to put out a comic completely drawn with this app, what more endorsement could you possible ask? A lot of power resides in this hefty app, and it just needs you to unlock it.

Sidewalk Chalk:
You may tell people you are getting this for your kids, but we all know the big child in you misses drawing on sidewalks! With the help of Sidewalk Chalk, you do not need to push your kids out the door so you can get your chalky doodles on. Complete with different colors, an array of backgrounds, and even the ability to email drawings to people in your address book so they can print out the doodles and bring a new meaning to fridge art. You do not even have to worry about the rain washing away all that hard work.

iBurn 3 – Draw With Fire!:
Time to play with fire! Okay, not literally, but you can doodle with it thanks to the powers of iOS. Not only can you draw with twelve different variations of fire colors, but you can also load up pictures and lay waste to them with your fire art. Once the fire has been put down you can shake and tilt your iPhone to watch the fire dance. All the fun of playing with fire, none of the complaints from Smokey the Bear.

Sand Garden:
At the end of a stressful day, a sand garden will go light-years to helping you wash away the stress of TPS reports and Lumberg complaining about your lack of motivation. Sand Garden not only gives you a great looking sandbox, but you can also put some rocks in it for that authentic Zen garden feel. 3D modeling and different lighting effects even help put that extra bit of polish on your garden of peace. Sometimes, you just need a sandbox to doodle in to help take the cares of the world off your shoulders.

Doodle Dive Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Carter Dotson on July 11th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NOT TAKING A DIVE
Doodle Dive may not win any points for originality, but it does a good job at being a fun endless vertical 'platformer' regardless.
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Doodle Kart Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Fanguy on March 30th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DOODLES OF FUN
Doodle Kart is a very solid, well-developed, doodle-inspired top-down kart racer whose clever, visual aesthetic, combined with excellent, precision game play elements/mechanics provide a complimentary game play environment that will not only immerse its p
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