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10 App Store Games To Watch [June 9 - 15]

So I’m still working my way up to not being behind, but it doesn’t seem like developers are slowing down at all in terms of turning out new games.  This week saw the release of rainblocks, a cool combination of matching and sliding puzzle genres.  The game can get pretty intense as you fight the
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10 App Store Games To Watch [June 2 - 8]

It seems the more I try to catch up the further behind I get, but I will keep bringing you these roundups in as timely a fashion as I can.  As usual I’ve tried to diversify the game genres as much as possible, but of course there are just some styles of game play I
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10 App Store Games To Watch [May 26 - June 1]

It probably seems like this roundup has been a long time in coming, and that’s because it has.  Rather than give a long, boring explanation, let me just apologize and move on.  This collection actually included a fair share of platform games including cartoon series based Marcus Level.  Besides just being fun, I appreciated the
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Blowfish Meets Meteor in Review: A Brick Breaker, And So Much More

The brick breaker genre has never been a particular favorite of mine, but just like with most other styles of game play, if a certain offering is well designed I can definitely be entertained.  Such is the case with Blowfish Meets Meteor, which would have caught my attention with the name alone.  Smart level design,
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10 App Store Games To Watch [May 19 - 25]

This week’s games had a lot of interesting features, but one trait that surfaced in a lot of the entries was good old fashioned pixel style graphics.  Defend your Crypt brought this look to the “treasure defense” genre.  Despite only having seven different types of traps to work with this game offers quite a bit
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10 App Store Games To Watch [May 12 - 18]

The flood of new games on the App Store is still going strong, and as usual I’ve tried to provide you with a decent list of options so you don’t have to wade through them all yourself.  While I attempt to keep the genres pretty diverse I found myself including three match 3 style games
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10 App Store Games To Watch [May 5 - 11]

This week presented some challenges in terms of finding games that I wanted to talk about, but in the end I think I managed to pull out a decent, well rounded list.  My favorite from a pure silliness standpoint was WreckMan: Rise Of A Hero.  You control a wannabe stunt biker riding an alien artifact
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Pahelika: Secret Legends in Review: Questing For A Mystical Book

I’ve already written may reviews on adventure games, yet in spite of, or maybe because of that I’ve been struggling with how to start this one.  Something I’ve noticed with most adventure games these days is that they struggle to provide a decent balance between story telling, puzzle solving and any of the various extras
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10 App Store Games To Watch [April 28 - May 4]

Bet you can’t guess what I’m going to talk about this week!  Drat, you probably said games, didn’t you?  The long list of games that I didn’t get to talk more in-depth about this week included Dwarven Den – The Mining Puzzle Game from Backflip Studios.  This cute underground puzzler tasks you with rescuing your
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Splash Dash in Review – Infinite Isn’t Just For Running Any More

These days it’s not uncommon for several infinite runners to come out in a single week.  The problem is trying to figure out which ones are worth playing.  Lucky for you I’m a huge infinite runner fan, so I try to do a lot of the leg work for you.  Unfortunately even a lot of
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Bridge Me in Review – Creative But Needs More Subtance

Quite often I only play certain games because of the weekly roundup that I write, and such is the case with Bridge Me.  It’s not that I necessarily didn’t want to play it, but I download so many games in a given week that I only ever get around to trying a small fraction of
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10 App Store Games To Watch [April 21 - 27]

This was a great week for games, and I don’t even think I got through half the games I wanted to play.  Among the games I didn’t get to tell you about below was Horde of Heroes, the latest offering from Everplay.  Yeah it’s another one of “those” match 3 / RPG hybrids, but there’s
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10 App Store Games To Watch [April 14 - 20]

Unfortunately I didn’t get to bring you a fresh list of games last week because there were certainly a lot of new ones to choose from that looked good.  Thankfully the same can be said for this week, starting with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.  This foray into one of Blizzard’s most famous IPs brings us
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10 App Store Games To Watch [March 31 - April 6]

I’m not a huge fan of word games, but every once in a while one catches my eye and sometimes they even make it onto this list.  I’m not sure what happened this week but I found three different word games to add to my collection of 10.  SpellBounders manages to make the concept of
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10 App Store Games To Watch [March 24 - 30]

The Flappy clone craze is still in full swing, with what feels like 15% to 20% of new releases falling under this category.  That may be a bit of a stretch, but they’re definitely everywhere so I’ve decided to bring my own suggestion to the table this week.  Happy Matchy Bird is a nice variant
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Disco Zoo in Review – Zoo Management To A Funky Beat

There have been a decent number of zoo simulation games on the App Store, but they usually feel like a city builder with animals.  Disco Zoo offers a completely different experience as your focus is on acquiring the animals and you don’t have to worry about building extraneous structures or training critters to do anything. 
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10 App Store Games To Watch [March 17 - 23]

After all this time giving Flappy Bird and its legion of clones a hard time I actually had some good things to say about one, but you’ll be able to check that out later on in the roundup.  Meanwhile, Mobage has partnered with Crytek to bring us The Collectables, a squad based tactical affair that
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10 App Store Games To Watch [March 10 - 16]

  It took me a while this week to find some games I could really sink my teeth into, but there were some out there.  Braveland is probably one of the best turn based strategy games I’ve come across in quite some time.  The battles are fun, the little story snippets along the way are
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Toast Time in Review – When Breakfast Fights Back

The idea is simple: protect the clock from a swarm of aliens for a designated number of seconds.  The thing is you’re just a toaster, so you do what toasters do best.  Each tap of the screen has you ejecting a nicely cooked piece of bread with the intention of either flinging yourself to a
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10 App Store Games To Watch [March 3 - 9]

There were a lot of interesting looking games last week which was good because with all of the snow still falling in my area it should feel like Christmas in the App Store.  Besides the games I’ve detailed below, last week saw the release of Jolly Grim Ep 1: The Hamster and The Ring.  This
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Galaxy Run in Review: Out Of This World Fun

Galaxy Run is a one screen, one button platform game from Spiel Studio, the folks that brought us the cool “launch an object” game Propel Man.  Generally I get into this style of game play pretty easily, and I like the progression of game mechanics Galaxy Run employs as well as the space motif.  The
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10 App Store Games To Watch [February 24 - March 2]

Is it over yet?  I hate to keep harping on this Flappy Bird fad, but all the annoying clones make it really hard for me to find new quality games.  Anyway, Chillingo’s release for the week was a Duck Hunt style game call Duck Destroyer, which at first begged the question “why?” in my mind. 
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10 App Store Games To Watch [February 10 - 16]

Despite the fact that about 30% of the new release entries seem to be Flappy Bird clones, I did manage to find what I think is a rather interesting collection of iOS games for your idle time.  In addition to the games I’ve detailed below, Chilibite Entertainment released Tower Tapper, a NinJump style game where
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10 App Store Games To Watch [February 3 - 9]

You know the drill. A lot of games came out, I checked out as many as I could, and now I’m telling you about 10 that I think might be worth your while. Once I get back into the swing of things these intros might get more elaborate again, but until then let’s just get
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10 App Store Games To Watch [January 27 - February 2]

Did you miss me?  I know it’s been a while, and I’ve missed bringing you the latest in iOS game releases, so now I’m back to once again give you the scoop on what games the App Store has to offer.  As always there were a nice variety of games released to the App Store
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Shadow Blade in Review – Old School Action With Modern Looks

Amongst all of my past console excursions, the one that I remember with the most fondness was my time spent playing my Nintendo Entertainment System.  A franchise that kept me entertained if not a bit frustrated was Ninja Gaiden, the tale of a ninja named Ryu that kicked butt and liked to do back flips. 
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Crazy Chicken: Pirates in Review – More Tame Than Crazy

While some developers have come a long way towards making playable FPS games on touch screen devices, the shooting gallery style game is really a much more pleasant experience for said hardware.  One franchise in particular that has always brought entertaining installments to this genre is Moorhuhn, aka Crazy Chicken depending on where you live
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Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren’s Call HD in Review – Davey Jones Is Still A Fish Out Of Water

I’ve been pondering how to keep this review from sounding like a simple retread of the first installment, but that might be a bit of a losing battle.  Thankfully that’s not entirely a bad thing because the original Nightmares From The Deep was definitely one of my favorite G5 offerings, and so far the sequel
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Air Supply – Infinite in Review – New Spin On An Old Classic

If you’ve played the original Air Supply (and shame on the infinite runner lovers that haven’t) then a lot of this will feel familiar.  Sam is back, but his perspective has changed a bit, or more appropriately he’s finding himself going around in circles.  Air Supply – Infinite is just as fun as the original,
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Oceanhorn in Review – If We Can’t Have Zelda, I’ll Take This

Games like Diablo certainly popularized the concept, but in my opinion one of the earliest examples of a good action / RPG was The Legend Of Zelda.  There have been many installments in the franchise, but more importantly there have been a ton of wannabes made in an attempt to provide the same type of
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10 Great “After Christmas” Game Purchases

So I was asked if I could try to compile a list of what I thought were the best games of 2013.  To be perfectly honest, that’s a pretty hard thing for me to do, especially given the fact that I rarely get the chance to finish most of the games I play.  Instead, I’m
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Santa Rama: Christmas Mania in Review – Monetize The Children?

Honey Tribe Studios has an interesting way of making social commentary, first on the plight of bees and then on the state of humanity as it revolves around money.  Their latest effort focuses specifically on the Christmas season, and while it may not be a message you want to hear it’s sadly true.  It’s also
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Vampire Ventures in Review – No Blood, But It Doesn’t Suck

When I first saw this game I liked the screen shots but I thought it was basically going to be a “been there, done that” sort of match 3 game.  In some ways it really is, but it packs in so many cool features from other games in the genre that it doesn’t really matter. 
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Tilt To Live 2: Redonkulous In Review – Only The Name Is Silly

A game has to be pretty special to make up words for its name and not have you go “now that’s silly”, and Tilt To Live 2: Redonkulous is just such a game.  It takes everything the original did and does it even better: intense action, crazy weapons and sometimes maddening achievements.  There are plenty
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Temptation. Episode 1 HD (Full) in Review – Can You Resist The Fog?

Temptation. Episode 1 HD is another solid offering from G5 Entertainment.  The story keeps you engaged and there are plenty of rooms to explore and puzzles to solve.  The mini games can be a bit on the tough side, and the hidden object scenes are basically superfluous, but overall this is once again a job
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Geometry Dash in Review – Jump To The Rhythm

For some reason there’s always a bit of apprehension that simple graphics and simple game play might make for a boring game.  You’d think I would know better by now.  Geometry Dash has pretty much no fluff, yet I can hardly tear myself away from it each time I start it up.  Even the game’s
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [October 28 - November 3]

Anyone out there tired of iOS gaming yet?  Hopefully not which is why you keep coming back here week after week.  Disney actually caught my attention this week with their latest original gaming IP Stack Rabbit.  Created by the folks that developed the insanely popular Where’s My Water?, Stack Rabbit puts an entirely new twist
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [October 21 - 27]

I wish I would have had more time to spend with the candidates for this roundup because there were several titles I wanted to look at and just didn’t get the chance to fire up.  I certainly had a blast with many of the titles I did get to try, though, especially Vampire Ventures.  This
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NinJump Rooftops in Review – This Time It’s Horizontal

Backflip Studios has had a number of interesting properties over the years, but for me the most endearing title in their collection has to be NinJump.  The game took the infinite runner and turned it on its side as well as introducing the concept of defeating 3 similar enemies in order to temporarily gain a
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [October 14 - 20]

The biggest problem I had with the roundup this week was that there were so many games that came out last week that looked interesting I didn’t know where to start when it came to testing to see which ones to include.  I think I’ve given you a pretty well rounded list to work off
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [October 7 - 13]

The eve of tricks and treats draws closer and there are certainly plenty of games geared towards the season popping up on the App Store, but that’s for another day.  The surprise hit from this past week for me was Chef’s Story – Time To Cook!  This match 3 game is real time multi-player, it
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Cavemania in Review: Stone Age Match 3 Mayhem

Not too long ago a game called Scurvy Scallywags came out that created a new breed of match 3 hybrids.  It was a welcome evolution from everything we’d seen so far, and I was hoping that more games would take the concept and run.  Well, not only did Cavemania run with it, the game created its
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [September 30 - October 6]

Some people don’t consider iOS devices real gaming platforms, but since I started writing reviews for my iPod Touch and iPad I barely look back at all the other electronics sitting in my house.  The adventure game category is covered when you get first rate releases like The Cave from Ron Gilbert and Double Fine
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Giant Boulder of Death in Review: It’s Giant… And Deadly!

Pik Pok already had one incredible infinite runner on their hands with Into The Dead, so when I saw that they were the creative force behind [adult swim]’s latest release Giant Boulder of Death I just had to check it out.  That was a big mistake on my part.  Not because the game is bad
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [September 23 - 29]

Guess what?  A whole bunch of new games came out last week, and I was there to download and try out as many as I could.  Crescent Moon Games released Fading Fairytales, a turn based strategy game set in a world where dark forces threaten to tear apart everyone’s favorite childhood stories (sounds awfully familiar). 
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [September 16 - 22]

This was another incredible week for iOS games, starting with the release of heavy hitters Infinity Blade III and Angry Birds Star Wars II. Turns out a lot of other folks released games as well, with the powerhouse known as Disney actually publishing three separate titles. The one that caught my eye more was DuckTales:
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [September 9 - 15]

Apparently I spoke too soon last week when I cried that the Christmas like flow of games had ended for now.  I could probably write double my normal size article this week and still have games I’d want to cover to spare.  Anyway, Tiny Death is a new platform game that’s sure to resonate well
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [September 2 - 8]

The feeling that we were having some sort of Christmas season in the middle of summer is finally starting to recede, but there are still some developers turning out cool new offerings in the game department.  Three years after the original was released the premiere vehicular zombie smashing franchise is back with Zombie Highway: Driver’s
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Game of Watchcraft: Spawn of Squishy in Review: Everything New Is Old Again

The retro craze is in full swing, with many developers making games that look, sound and often play like games that came out 20 years ago or more.  In some cases they have even made modern versions of those games that try to retain the “flair” of the originals.  Game of Watchcraft: Spawn of Squishy takes
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [August 25 - September 1]

This week was full of exploding cats, martial arts chickens and zombies that think humans are the infection.  Zombie Farm Battles is a card game based spin off of the Zombie Farm series featuring all the zombies you’ve come to love plus a bunch of new ones.  Build up your undead horde, mutate and combine
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