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Isoland in Review – We Got Shipwrecks, Pyramids AND Aliens

The adventure game landscape seems to be leaning heavily towards hidden object games or room escape style game play, so I’m always thrilled to see what I consider to be a more traditional style of adventure game. It’s even better when that game is actually fun to play, and Isoland certainly kept me going until
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60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure coming September 22nd

If nothing else, Mad Max showed us that a post-apocalyptic future can be really bad.  Apparently, the folks over at Robot Gentlemen decided to toy with the idea that even a grim future – which just happens to take place in the 1950’s – can be sprinkled with humor.  If Home Improvement took place in
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Lifeline: Whiteout in Review – The Series Keeps Getting Better

Whiteout is the fourth installment of the Lifeline series, following two outings in space as well as a wierd tangent in some mystical otherworld.  This time around we follow the progress of V. Adams, a man trapped in a snowy wilderness that has no idea who he is.  He’ll communicate his situation to you, and
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Tiny Passengers in Review – Clay Characters Catching Cabs (sort of…)

Tiny Passengers is about cute clay characters, budding friendships and the need to pile as many people as possible in quirky rides.  It’s primarily a quick reflex game, but even when you’re not playing puzzle mode it helps if you can plan ahead a little bit.  The atmosphere is clearly geared towards children, but as
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10 App Store Games To Watch [8/28/16]

The intro has always been my least favorite part of the roundup to write, but I suppose you have to start somewhere, right?  My addition from this list is most definitely Micro Machines.  The game is based off of a series of small scale cars from the 80’s and 90’s, and after spending more time
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Progress To 100 in Review – Puzzle Game or Mini-Games… You Decide

Ultimately my goal is to find gaming experiences for my iPad that are entertaining.  Ideally, however, it would be nice if some of the games brought something new to the table.  That’s where Progress To 100 comes in.  Imagine taking a snarky GPS and crossing it with a “think outside the box” puzzle game, and
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Tsuro – The Game of the Path in Review – Electronic Board Gaming Done Right

I’m not sure why, but for some reason I find it kind of amusing that as our society seems to drift more and more towards spending our entire day on electronic devices, some developers go out of their way to make that experience have the “old school” feel of classic physical entertainment.  Such is the
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10 App Store Games To Watch [8/11/16]

Please don’t fall out of your chair when you realize it has barely been a couple of weeks since I published my last roundup (at least if you’re reading this when I first post it).  This time around the majority of the games I selected are family friendly, but three in particular were made with
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Oddhop in Review – Peg Solitaire Done Right

Sometimes, in what I suppose is an attempt to quell your frustrations that your order is taking too long, restaurants will happily supply you with the “peg game” at your table.  You know, the one you want to throw across the room before too long because you can never get it down to just one
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10 App Store Games To Watch [8/1/16]

The App Store continues to be flooded with new games, and I continue to try and dig out the ones that aren’t some variant of slots or a game that was “loosely” based off of a template from a “learn to code in 12 easy steps” online course.  I found another online game that suits
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Super Phantom Cat in Review – This Platformer Is The Cat’s Meow

I’ve always loved side scrolling platform games, which I think is one of the reasons I’m such a fan of the 8 / 16 bit console eras.  It’s still one of my favorite genres to indulge in today as long as the game is done right, and Super Phantom Cat is definitely hits the mark
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10 App Store Games To Watch [7/6/16]

If you’re like me it’s the middle of summer right now, so shame on you for not taking advantage of what is hopefully nice weather outside.  Now that I got that out of the way, let me tell you about some of the games I’ve been playing recently.  My electronic sports skills are about on
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10 App Store Games To Watch [6/8/16]

This roundup seemed to feature several dungeon crawl / exploration style games, which isn’t all that surprising given that I really like that type of game play.  While none of them were particularly revolutionary in what they offered, they all had one or two features that felt unique to their peers.  The Greedy Cave is
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Symmetrica – Minimalistic arcade game in Review: Please Say It Ain’t Over!

I don’t typically get into what I consider “twitch” games, mainly because I’m just not that good at them.  As a result, levels that to me seem like they should be easy and interesting often become frustrating and make me just want to shut off the game.  I would consider Symmetrica a “twitch” game, at
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Deadly Puzzles: Toymaker HD in Review: Not Your Children’s Playthings

If I mention the likes of Big Fish Games or G5 Entertainment you’ll know what I’m talking about in an instant, especially if you’re a hidden object game fan.  Artifex Mundi, on the other hand, might not ring any bells.  If it doesn’t you should look them up, because their iOS games have received some
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Madfinger Games Anniversary and Unkilled Update

Madfinger Games recently celebrated their 6th anniversary as a games development company.  Since their inception they have released 10 games on the App Store, including some of my favorite FPS games.  They’ve even released Shadowgun: DeadZone Game Master’s Kit on the Unity asset store, which is basically the entire Unity project for their standalone multiplayer
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10 App Store Games To Watch [5/17/16]

Yep, it’s time for me to get all opinionated on you again. This roundup’s theme seems to be “cool variants of games you’ve seen before”. There’s an interesting adventure game called The End of the World by Sean Wenham, an extremely retro looking arcade game titled Tomb of the Mask that’s lots of fun, and
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10 App Store Games To Watch [4/28/16]

Several of the games for this edition of the roundup came in pairs.  CarsBattle and On The Run are both vehicle based games, though one is more like an infinite runner and the other lets you drive like a maniac and blow everything up… okay, at times there’s a bit of that in both games. 
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Forgotten Places: Regained Castle in Review: A Tale Worth Remembering

When it comes to hidden object games, Big Fish Games and G5 Entertainment seem to have dominated the mobile market.  However, if more developers / publishers start turning out games like Forgotten Places: Regained Castle, the “big two” might actually start facing some serious competition in this genre.  The game is certainly not without its
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10 App Store Games To Watch [4/13/16]

So after making a splash for releasing some of the biggest mobile devices on the market, Apple is reversing their trend with a new 5 SE phone and a smaller iPad Pro.  Such a fickle consumer base us iOS junkies are.  At least that hasn’t diminished developers’ desire to release games in any way.  Once
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Perfect Angle in Review – Not Quite, But Almost

Ever have one of those experiences where you know a game is great, but you wish that either the developers had done one or two things slightly differently or that you simply could play the game under better circumstances?  Perfect Angle is just such a game for me.  When a game’s opening screen is itself
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Royal Trouble: Hidden Honeymoon Havoc HD in Review: Not So Happily Ever After

It’s hard to believe it’s been over 3 years since we last saw Loreen and Nathaniel, but the outrageous couple is back and ready to start their life of Happily Ever After.  In this sequel to the wonderful adventure game Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures, our royal duo has just gotten married and are embarking on
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10 App Store Games To Watch [3/15/16]

Spring is in the air, more or less.  Thankfully, better weather doesn’t deter me from playing games.  After all, even on the nicest days it gets dark at some point.  This roundup features a couple of interesting hybrid games, as well as an interesting take on a style of RPG I’m not normally fond of. 
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Want To Chat With Taylor From Lifeline?

Ever had the desire to talk to a fictional character? On March 22nd you’ll get your chance, at least if the character you want to chat with is Taylor from the first and third installments of the Lifeline series from 3 Minute Games. Just load up your favorite Twitter client on the 22nd and send
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Lifeline: Silent Night in Review – Great Story, Minimal Game Play

Lifeline: Silent Night is the third in a series of “interactive conversations” from 3 Minute Games.  On the plus side, this chapter of the series returns us to the adventures of Taylor the astronaut, because the second installment went off on some weird mystical tangent that was anything but engrossing.  The problem with Lifeline, and
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Venture Kid in Review: Modern 8 Bit Platforming Glory

When I first saw the screen shots for Venture Kid I thought it was just going to be a cheap knock-off of Mega Man.  Even the main character looked like nothing more than a Photoshopped version of the Mega Man sprite from one of the 8 bit iterations of the game.  Still, as a fan
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10 App Store Games To Watch [2/19/16]

So I start this roundup with an apology.  In a couple of the early entries I made reference to Game Center with comments like “I think” and “there appears to be”, because the games indicated they supported Game Center but for the last couple of weeks at least I have been unable to log in
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Fire: Ungh’s Quest in Review – Not Your Typical Caveman Adventure

There were several adventure games in 2015 that stood out for one reason or another, but Fire: Ungh’s Quest was by far the most unusual one that still managed to be enjoyable.  A wacky plot, plenty of challenging puzzles and some crazy supporting characters has kept me engaged for the most part.  Unfortunately, the need
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Air Attack 2 in Review – Sorry Sky Force, You’ve Been Replaced

So how do you make a compelling scrolling shooter that works at all the right levels?  I could list a bunch of criteria here, but I figure I’ll just make this easy for both me and you and say “give Air Attack 2 a try”.  Much like Sky Force in 2014 (and much of 2015),
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10 App Store Games To Watch [1/23/16]

Welcome to my first roundup of 2016.  Of course you wouldn’t necessarily know it given the release dates of some of my choices, but with all the games I go through each week it’s often easy to overlook certain gems for a long time.  The way I figure it, as long as they are still
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Myths of Orion: Light from the North HD in Review – Another Fine Myth from G5

Myths Of Orion: Light from the North HD was the second to last hidden object game released by G5 in 2015, and it has been a pretty decent way for me to end out the year.  It hasn’t been my favorite title I’ve played over the past 12 months, but it has certainly been entertaining
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10 App Store Games To Watch [12/29/15]

Welcome to my last roundup of 2015.  Hopefully you’ve enjoyed my forays into the myriad of releases the App Store has to offer, and possibly even picked up a game or two that you might not have considered otherwise.  I’ve had a lot of fun trying out all of these games for you, and I
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Party Gods in Review – Most Excellent, or a Bummer?

Forget the multitude of Guitar Hero clones that are out there.  When it comes to rhythm based games I prefer something wacky and different, and Party Gods certainly delivers in that regards.  As I continually discover when I’m playing rhythm games, however, I apparently have no clue what a beat is.  My biggest frustration with
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10 App Store Games To Watch [12/15/15]

Casual is the name of the game in this roundup, and Ketchapp leads the pack with two entries this time around.  The thing is, no matter how much developers want to turn iDevices into portable next gen consoles, at this point the devices are still at their best when running simple, addictive games.  Whether it’s
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Frankenstein: Master Of Death in Review – New Twist On An Old Tale

I’ve been addicted to hidden object adventure games ever since I first played one, but in the mobile world I’ve focused primarily on the offerings from G5 Entertainment and Big Fish Games.  It’s not that other developers or publishers don’t release such games, but typically they don’t have nearly the production values from the “big
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Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise in Review: Spying Is Cool Again

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to take on the role of Agent A and help track down the nefarious Ruby LaRouge.  Is the game full of cliché?  Yeah.  But that’s part of the charm.  Whether intentionally or not this game pays homage to the greats like James Bond and Get Smart,
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News: More Temple Run 2 and Power Hover

Temple Run 2: Frozen Shadows I don’t get around to posting news much because I’d rather spend my time playing and reviewing games.  But, as a self-proclaimed infinite runner addict I felt there were a couple of items this week that I should pass on to the loyal fans of TouchMyApps.com.  First of all, unless
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Tiny Rogue in Review – Fun Mobile Rogue-Like (But No Small Packages Jokes Here)

With the somewhat rogue-like Devious Dungeon series under their belt, I was kind of surprised to see Ravenous Games release another rogue-like game.  However, Tiny Rogue is a decidedly different game than that other series, and so far I quite like it.  The game utilizes a more traditional top down perspective, and random everything makes
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10 App Store Games To Watch [12/1/15]

So it’s two down and one to go in terms of the big end of year holidays (I’m not counting New Year’s since the holiday is technically January 1st).  If you’re already planning out your Christmas gifts, just buy all your friends that have iOS devices iTunes cards and point them to my App Store
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Lost Souls: Timeless Fables Collector’s Edition HD in Review – Didn’t Really Get Lost In This One

The concept of entering paintings or books in order to travel to another world is certainly not a new concept, even in the realm of games.  The first title in the Lost Souls series covered the painting side of the subject, and now Lost Souls: Timeless Fables handles the book side of things.  I didn’t
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Dub Dash in Review: The Beat Rolls On

At one point after I received a copy of Dub Dash to look at the developer asked for an update on my review, and I told them I wanted to wait until I had finished at least one level before writing something about the game.  After I don’t know how many times playing the first
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Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers in Review: Rose Colored Glasses Might Be Required

I feel a certain bit of irony as I write this piece.  Over the past 10 years, most any time I’ve written a review of a third person perspective adventure game I’ve made some sort of reference to the legendary Sierra On-line games catalog.  Now I’ve finally gotten the chance to play one of these
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Almost 13 iOS Games To Play On Halloween 2015

It’s that time of the year when creatures go bump in the night and devour all the excess sweets in sight.  Thankfully if you’re not into that there’s plenty to keep you busy on your iOS device.  For the first couple of years as I was doing the roundups I put together a special Halloween
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Dodo Master in Review – Don’t Be A Dodo And Miss This One

3D certainly has its place in the world of gaming, and there’s no question that some of the 3D content available on the iOS platform looks pretty slick.  Personally, though, I’d just assume have a nicely drawn 2D game any day of the week, and Dodo Master is just such a game.  It’s a lot
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10 App Store Games To Watch [10/20/15]

Halloween is almost upon us, but for those of you who might not like to be scared here’s a list of 10 fright-free games that can still entertain you on the eve of all things creepy.  It has been a while since I found a scrolling shooter as engaging as Sky Force 2014, but Steel
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A Day In The Woods Gets Spooky For Halloween

One of my biggest joys as a reviewer is being able to report about games on the App Store that stand out from the pack, and A Day In The Woods is just such a game.  You can check out my review here: To Grandmother’s House We Go.  To celebrate the Halloween season, RetroEpic Software
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The Lost Ship in Review – Unfortunately It’s A Short Search

I’m a huge fan of adventure games, and to be quite frank I’m not that upset when they don’t last for 10 or 15 hours.  On the other hand, this is the second game I’ve played in the last couple of weeks that took under an hour to play.  Still, despite its short running time
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Tin Man Games Delivers The Four Leaf Clover Of Gamebook News

I’ve never hid the fact that I love the combination “choose your own adventure” / RPG style of entertainment that has come to be known as the “gamebook adventure”.  It’s also common knowledge if you’ve been with me long enough that my favorite developer in this genre is Tin Man Games.  They’ve been developing this
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Blockadillo in Review – You Got A Brick Breaker In My Platform Game!

I’ve always thought the armadillo was a cool looking creature, yet it seems like any time it is used as the protagonist in a game it ends up spending most of its time rolled up into a ball.  Thankfully these games usually tend to be fairly interesting, and Blockadillo is no exception.  In this case
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Unkilled Rises To The Challenge

Madfinger Games has been on the iOS scene since 2009, and I’d say they’ve got the first / third person shooter formula down pretty good at this point.  It started with Shadowgun, which was one of the few third person shooters I’ve really gotten into on any platform, and then they moved to the Dead
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