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King's League: Odyssey Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 27th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BATTLING SIM
Combining RPG and management sensibilities, King's League: Odyssey is an entertaining if unthreatening title.
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Nuclear Outrun Review

Posted by Carter Dotson on July 18th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Nightspade
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2, iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
Playtime: Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar


When the nuclear apocalypse comes, odds are it won’t wind up creating a world like Adventure Time where candy people, magical dogs, and half-demon vampire queens have fun adventures and learn subtle life lessons. No, it’ll probably be more like Nuclear Outrun: a frantic romp where not everything is understood and morality is dubious at best.

Yes, this game is published by Gamenauts, most infamous for Ninja Fishing, which cloned Vlambeer’s Flash game Radical Fishing that eventually turned into the excellent Ridiculous Fishing. Gamenauts at least appears to have learned their lesson: this is an official, credited port of the eponymous Flash game by Nerdook Producations and brought to mobile by Nightspade.

Players must shoot at zombies in their constantly-accelerating vehicle as a nuclear missile falls in the background behind them. Getting combos of zombie headshots extends the thirty second timer to the player’s doom, though taking too many hits from the zombies and other hazards will mean the end coming sooner than the bomb dropping will. Along the way, coins will be collected for upgrades to the guns and vehicles on later runs, and survivors can be rescued, each with their own special effect.

The problem with Nuclear Outrun is that nothing has an impact. The game gets so chaotic that it’s hard to tell what is blown to bits and what isn’t, resulting in the tiny little cuts that will doom a run eventually. Bullet firing for many weapons has an unsatisfying feel to where I question if anything was fired or really hit.

It all becomes about managing the chaos and mitigating the hazards by getting more powerful weapons that can clear out the screen more effectively and being able to take more blows as much as it is about developing skill. Perhaps it is possible to find a skillful balance (it will most likely be found on the bigger iPad screen if it is), but the person with the biggest truck and biggest guns will be the one left standing when the nuclear apocalypse comes will be the head honcho. Just like in real life.

While frantic chaos can be a fun formula for a game, there needs to be substance behind it, and that’s just what I found lacking in Nuclear Outrun. Those who can stomach the Gamenauts connection will find a game with shallow fun and a great soundtrack that uses a wildly differing set of moods to surprising effectiveness.

Castle Champions Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 14th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FREEMIUM CASTLE BUILDING
Be the King of your own castle with this tower building/RPG hybrid.
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The Portable Podcast, Episode 98

Posted by Carter Dotson on August 17th, 2011

Pardon our dust.

On This Episode:

  • Carter and guest host Brett Nolan discuss the recent Ninja Fishing/Radical Fishing controversy and where the line between plagiarism and cloning is drawn.
  • Carter speaks to Chuck Somerville about Chuck's Challenge, a modern take on the classic game Chip's Challenge that he helped develop

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    Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net
  • Guest: Chuck Somerville, Niffler

  • Music:

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  • "Nanocarp" by The Eternal

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    Ninja Fishing Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Jennifer Allen on August 5th, 2011
    Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ADDICTIVE
    Ninja Fishing offers that 'just one more go' mentality in abundance with a keen mix of tilting, slashing and dicing.
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    Fishing With A Fruit Ninja Style Twist With Ninja Fishing

    Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 19th, 2011

    Fishing might be a great pastime but it's more famous for its relaxed pace than its action packed, slicing and dicing type excitement. That is until a game like Ninja Fishing comes along. Yes, Ninja Fishing. It really is that wacky a combination, bordering on the kind of absurdity that only a game featured inside Game Dev Story would normally offer.

    In Ninja Fishing, players control Otoro, a fisherman ninja who's got quite an appetite for sushi. Players must tilt the iOS device in order to move the hook around fish and underwater mines. Once a fish is hooked, Otoro then reels in the catch flinging the fish into the air. This is where the ninja side of things come into play with players needing to slice the fish as fast as possible while nimbling avoiding the dynamite that lies in wait.

    Extra points are gained for capturing rare fish and there's an upgrade system to play around with too.

    The lighthearted and devilishly humorous Ninja Fishing is set to be released August 4th. We'll be sure to have the latest scoop on it nearer the time. For now, check out the trailer.