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Reliance Games is Celebrating Labor Day With a Real Steel/Pacific Rim Sale

Posted by Rob Rich on August 30th, 2013

Reliance Games Sure does love robots. Then again, who doesn't? And with Labor Day fast approaching it's time to share that love on the cheap.

Starting today, Real Steel will be on sale for $0.99 through Monday, September 2. Not just the game itself, either. The extra in-app purchase packs will be going on sale as well. And that's just one half of it. Pacific Rim will be totally free from Sunday, September 1 through Monday, September 2. Check out the full list of discounts below.


8/30 - 9/2
Real Steel will be $0.99
- Abandon will be 50% off
- Starter Pack will be 33% off
- All Robots Pack will be 25% off
- All In One pack will be 20% off

9/1 - 9/2
Pacific Rim will be $0.00

RunBot Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 22nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STERILE
A little sterile, RunBot lacks some personality but it does the job as a reasonable Endless Runner.
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One Dozen Giant Robot & Monster Games That You Should Be Playing

Posted by Rob Rich on July 24th, 2013

Pretty much everyone has been buzzing about "Pacific Rim" this month. The movie has been doing quite well from what I understand (plus it's freaking awesome), but like most summer blockbusters that popularity also equates to some tie-in games across multiple platforms. While I found the Xbox Live Arcade game to be pretty enjoyable, the iOS iterations - yes, there's more than the one - were both extremely disappointing. However all hope is not lost. While the Pacific Rim iOS title may have been a colossal (*rimshot*) letdown, there are still a fair number of great games on the platform featuring giant robots and giant monsters that can be quite a bit of fun.

Rock'n and Sock'n with GiganderX
GiganderX (Prodigy Co. Ltd, $0.99)
I've sampled a fair number of "giant robot" games across multiple platforms but none have managed to capture the oversized and plodding nature of these massive engines of destruction quite like Robot Alchemic Drive or Remote Control Dandy. And no other iOS games have managed to capture a similar feel of either title better than GiganderX. It's fairly simplistic - there's an extremely basic combo system, one special attack, and only a handful of levels - but it does an admirable job of making you feel like you're piloting a slow, lumbering, oversized toy as it combats other slow, lumbering, oversized toys.

Giant Metal Robot (Poppy, $0.99)
Giant Metal Robot is a bit unorthodox, but that's a big part of why I like it. You have to tilt your device to steer the young girl (and later her dog, too) along a rooftop, while swiping down to make the robot smash its fists. Flatten the little girl or her companion and it counts as a loss. Fail to smash all the skeletons that are chasing them around before time runs out and it's a loss. Accidentally launch the little girl off the roof after smashing something and you lose. It's deceptively tough, and yet it's easy enough to play that it should keep you entertained for a while.

The signs are everywhere (and bloodthirsty) in My Little Monster
My Little Monster (Group Sound, $0.99)
As a long time fan of giant monster movies, I can't not find the idea of raising and training my own to be both awesome and oddly charming. And that's before taking the adorable and weird characters, goofy skills, and ridiculous hats into consideration. It's an odd hybrid of virtual pet and simple action game, but it's also a neat distraction for any kaiju fan.

RoboCat Rampage (Luke Turvey, $1.99)
Some robots are more interested in preserving nature than in protecting humanity; and that's exactly what RoboCat Rampage is about. You move the enormous mechanized feline around each stage attempting to squish anything that looks industrial while also trying to avoid stepping on anything green (i.e. trees, etc). The more smoke-belching factories and vehicles you smash before reaching the end of the level, the higher your score and the happier the little woodland creatures will be.

Fortunately The War for Eustrath is easier to enjoy than it is to pronounce
The War of Eustrath (iQuibi Inc, $2.99)
Giant robots aren't a genre; they're a subject. So while The War for Eustrath may not seem quite as "typical" as the other games on this list, but it's definitely relevant and possibly one of the best. The characters are quirky in an eye-rolling kind of way, but it's a very competent strategy game. One that features some pretty cool-looking mechs. Cool-looking mechs that fight each other. It's like Xenogears crossed with Fire Emblem, and I can't think of a single thing about that description that isn't awesome.

OFFWORLD (6waves Lolapps, FREE)
I wasn't expecting to enjoy OFFWORLD's Rock-Paper-Scissors style combat as much as I did, honestly. But enjoy it I did, and I think it adds a fair bit of strategy to what could have otherwise been a very basic game. Not only is there plenty of mental back-and-forth as you try to predict your opponent's next move, there are also lots of customization options for various weapons and attachments. Plus it looks and animates gorgeously.

Don't underestimate Monster Jam Jam's giant radioactive poultry
Monster Jam Jam (Behold Studios Jogos Electronicos LTDA ME, FREE)
I happened upon Monster Jam Jam accidentally, but I have to admit I was rather impressed by its no-frills simplicity. Each match is random, and the only difference between monsters is their appearance, so all you have to worry about is out-thinking your opponent (AI or otherwise). It uses a fairly simple combat system wherein each combatant picks an action (attack, power up, heal, defend) and attempts to guess what the other side is planning. No scores, no leaderboards, no upgrades or unlockables; just a bunch of quick pick-up-and-play kaiju action.

Roar Rampage (FDG Entertainment, $0.99)
What is it most people think of when they think about giant monsters? Property damage. And property damage is you'll get when you start playing Roar Rampage. The giant boxing glove-toting lizard moves along automatically, so all you have to worry about is flinging his fist all over the place in order to bust through buildings and knock helicopters out of the air. It's simple, destructive fun.

Destroy Gunners ZZ is a blast despite the distinct lack of giant beards
Destroy Gunners ZZ (SHADE Inc, FREE)
Destroy Gunners ZZ is a freemium/social sequel of sorts to the original Destroy Gunners; the latter of which has been one of my most preferred mech combat games to date. I decided to list the sequel over the original simply because it looks a little better, has a little more variety, and has had a few control refinements but the first game is also totally worth a look. Especially for any early series Armored Core fans hoping to find a comparable experience on iOS.

Robot Rampage (Origin8, FREE)
Just like people, not all robots are friendly. In fact, the robot headlining Robot Rampage is a total jerk. All it does is stomp around smashing everything in sight, while occasionally blasting stuff with lasers. Of course when you get to control the giant robo-jerk as it smashes up buildings and fries all military resistance with heat beams it's actually pretty cool.

Death Worm ain't afraid o' no early birds
Death Worm (PlayCreek, $1.99)
Not all vicious giant monsters walk around on two legs. In fact, some of them don't have any legs at all! And while watching a giant radioactive shellfish level a city can be pretty intimidating it can be just as bad when dealing with a subterranean horror you'll never see coming. Being said subterranean horror, rather than running from it for dear life, is a lot cooler. Especially when you can evolve new traits between levels.

Super Monsters Ate My Condo! ([adult swim], FREE)
Super Monsters Ate My Condo! is admittedly a bit of a stretch, but it features plenty of giant monsters so I figure it has a place on the list. Plus it's a lot of fun. The odd physics-based match-3 puzzles coupled with the quirky kaiju waiting to gobble up each high rise floor are a great match. It's the kind of game that could very easily make an hour disappear if you give it half the chance.

Microbots Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Michael Carattini on May 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CONVEYOR BELT CRAZINESS
Exterminate the infestation of robots by creating paths of conveyor belts to reach their targets. It's a fun, unique, and addicting arcade puzzle game.
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Hakitzu: Code of the Warrior Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on April 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: END OF LINE
For a game about teaching others, Hakitzu could use a few lessons.
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Unmechanical Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VARIED GRABBING
There might be no words within Unmechanical but it still tells quite the story about a little, lost robot. It's a highly imaginative puzzle game, too.
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Top Bot Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SHALLOW RACING
It's cute to look at but Top Bot is a pretty shallow if mildly entertaining multiplayer racing game.
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My Robot Friend Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on March 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: 01000110 01010101 01001110
Learn math, a little spelling, and some serious problem solving skills (or just have fun) with this programmable pal. Just don't expect a virtual buddy.
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Man in a Maze Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on December 11th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: TWISTED FUN
A family-friendly maze puzzler that’s a little odd on the surface, but its humorous and varied gameplay makes it top-notch.
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Atomic Frogs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on November 16th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RIBBIT-RIBBIT-BANG!
Launch exploding mutant frogs at robots and large buttons in this creative take on physics hurling.
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Amp, Watts & Circuit Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 21st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: AWKWARDLY FUN
Flawed controls and AI mean that Amp, Watts & Circuit isn't quite as enjoyable to play as it should be. There's a certain quality about it that makes you want to keep playing, though.
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New App: Blast-A-Way, Portal-Inspired Puzzle Game Now Available

Posted by Jeff Scott on August 30th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

I've been looking forward to this game from Illusion Labs since it was announced a few weeks ago. Now that I've had a chance to play through a couple dozen levels, I'd describe it as a Portal-inspired, yet has a very different game play style, puzzle game with robots.

Carter is working on a full review for you and it will be up in the morning.

Roblade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 18th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A ROUGH DRAFT
The potential is there, but this arena brawler with robust robot customization needs some streamlining.
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Motorcity: Drive Review

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By Jason Wadsworth on March 29th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ON THE SHORT SIDE
Steer high powered futuristic muscle cars with advanced weapons systems through tracks at insane speeds.
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Sminis Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on March 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FEARLESS ROBO PUZZLING
Guide lines of trundling robots on their escape from an evil factory.
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