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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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Haunted Hotel: Death Sentence HD in Review: Playing It Was Anything But

My latest outing in the world of adventure / hidden object games comes in the form of Haunted Hotel: Death Sentence HD from Big Fish Games.  My usual stomping ground for this style of game on the iOS platform is G5 Games, but it’s nice to see that when I do drift over to the
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10 App Store Games To Watch [9/25/15]

No, I haven’t ordered an iPhone 6 anything yet, and I have no plans on getting an iPad Pro right now (I have enough problems with my hands going numb using my regular sized iPad).  I also haven’t scored an Apple Watch yet.  I do, however, have 10 more games to tell you about.  As
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Colopl Gearing Up To Tell A Rune Story

Colpol might not be a household name in America, but they’ve certainly been busy on the App Store with more than 100 games available for download.  I’ve actually mentioned several of their games in my “10 App Store Games To Watch” articles over time.  One thing I’ve noticed about their catalog is they seem to
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Tiny Empire in Review – Cute And Challenging

I’m willing to admit that I loved Angry Birds right along with everyone else when it first came out.  After umpteen sidetracks and licenses, however, I found the sequel to be too little too late.  I still think the general mechanics of the Angry Bird style game work, but I’m tired of being angry.  That’s
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10 App Store Games To Watch [9/7/15]

As usual I’ve tried to provide you with a list of entertaining games to play, but the big surprise this week is that two of them are based off of iconic licenses and manage to transcend their genres to provide extremely fun games.  Ghostbusters Puzzle Fighter takes the extremely over-saturated match 3 genre, adds in
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Castling in Review – You Got Your Chess In My Puzzle Game…

When I was younger, most notably in high school, I liked to play chess once in a while.  The problem with a game like chess is it’s not easily accessible like checkers or most card games, so it can be hard to find folks that want to play with you.  Earlier this year my kids
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Interview: Rob Lemon from Gilded Skull Games

If I’m not careful I might start morphing into something resembling a journalist.  In what has shockingly become my second interview in under a month I decided to talk with Rob Lemon, art and design lead of Gilded Skull Games.  The company recently unleashed Galactic Keep on the App Store, a labor of love that
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Light In The Dark in Review – A Glowing Puzzle Game

Light In The Dark is one of those puzzle games where you have to light things up using various colors.  It’s been done before, but what makes this one work is the cute atmosphere.  Of course it doesn’t hurt that there are some well designed levels to go along with the kooky story and silly
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10 App Store Games To Watch [8/18/15]

I got another list of games for you.  Many of the entries this time are variants of popular games that have been cloned to death, but games like Sword & Dragon demonstrate how you can put an extremely fresh spin on a stale concept.  Scrappy Cat, on the other hand, actually proves that borderline annoyingly
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News: Behind The Scenes With Panda and Rousey

Do you play cross-platform action / RPG Taichi Panda?  Or maybe you’re just a fan of up and coming UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.  Either way, if you haven’t seen it yet, they’ve been featured in a pretty cool TV ad promoting the game and her fondness for it.  Better yet, for those of you that
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Devious Dungeon in Review: Random, Side Scrolling Fun

Ravenous Games is probably best known for their League Of Evil series, which is definitely an entertaining collection of platform games.  Personally, though, I actually get more enjoyment from Devious Dungeon.  Sporting the same cool pixel graphics as most of their other offerings, Devious Dungeon is a side scrolling rogue-like that provides random level generation,
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Sale: Check Out Free Titles from Colto during August

Kids might be starting to go to school already, but the summer is not quite over yet.  Colto is trying to ease the pain of “back to school blues” by offering one of its iOS titles for free every day in August.  If you have young kids you might want to check out one or
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Red Game Without A Great Name in Review: At Least The Game Is Great

Red Game Without A Great Name suffers from one major problem: it doesn’t have a good name.  I’m assuming this isn’t a turn-off for those of you that are already reading this, otherwise you probably wouldn’t be wasting your time in the first place.  I’m afraid it might prevent many from trying this game, however,
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MISSING: An Interactive Thriller in Review – FMV Done Right?

In the 80’s and 90’s there was a movement in videogames to enhance the stories with FMV, or Full Motion Video.  From an animated perspective the genre is best personified by Dragon’s Lair, while “live action” video enthusiasts might fondly recall games like Night Trap or The 7th Guest.  The concept as a whole was
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Interview: The Developers behind The Lost Treasure Island 3D

I recently had the opportunity to speak with the fine folks over at Canavan Communications, LLC about their upcoming iOS adventure game The Lost Treasure Island.  The game will challenge your problem solving skills while shedding some insight on a real live hidden treasure, and the developers are determined to bring you some first class
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10 App Store Games To Watch [7/27/15]

The summer’s drawing to a close, at least as far as school is concerned in our area.  Thankfully the App Store doesn’t care if there are kids around to play its games or not, and the new offerings are still flowing on a daily basis.  One of my favorites this time around is Rush Star
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Stupid Zombies 3 in Review – Still Just Standing Around To Get Shot

I’m still one of those people that believe there’s almost nothing better than a good zombie game, and from what I’ve seen so far Stupid Zombies 3 certainly qualifies.  It’s been a while since I played the first one, and I’m not even sure if I played part 2 or not, but based on my
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Space Food Truck – Help One Man Left Realize Their Portable Vending Desires

The developers of the awesome “dodge ‘em all” series Tilt To Live and the free-to-play strategy game Outwitters are at it again.  This time they’re taking on the galaxy with Space Food Truck, a quirky combination of Star Trek and Diner Rush.  Okay, it’s really not like either of those things, but I bet that
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Guardian Sword in Review – Match 3 / RPG And So Much More

I’ve always made the assertion that there’s room for one more match 3 hybrid on my device as long as the game keeps me entertained.  Guardian Sword has done so much more than that so far – it has become an addiction.  Rather than just mindlessly slogging through battle after battle this game actually has
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Update: Streetfood Tycoon from Kuyi Mobile better than ever

Streetfood Tycoon was always one of my favorite street vendor time management games, but leave it to Kuyi Mobile to feel like they need to make it even better.  There was already plenty to serve, tons of fun customers and lots of goals to meet.  This time around they’ve decided to tackle pop culture, new
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You Wanna Make Games? Sure You Do…

You’ve been playing games for years, but the truth is you secretly want to actually make them.  The problem is, you don’t know where to start.  Maybe Humble Bundle can help you out.  They are currently offering a game making bundle that comes with a wide assortment of tools for making games and some demos
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Game of Dragons HD in Review – Certainly No Game Of Thrones

I always say that even a company with an overflowing catalog of high quality games will end up with some that don’t quite live up to the standards you’d expect.  G5 Entertainment is one such company, and Game Of Dragons HD is one of those games.  The game is not terrible mind you, but it
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Air Race Speed in Review – No Opponents But Still A Blast

Typically I’m not a big fan of racing games that don’t have bullets flying and power ups galore, and it’s even less likely that I’ll play such a game when there are no opponents to be found.  There are certainly exceptions to the rule, however, and Air Race Speed has become one of them.  Despite
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Triangulae in Review – Don’t worry, there’s no math involved

Triangulae is a puzzle game that seems to be following this delightful new trend of not being a 2048 clone or physics puzzler or “insert your favorite popular puzzle genre here”.  In fact, I’m pleased to say that I don’t think I’ve played anything quite like it before.  It’s got all the bases covered with
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Looking for a bargain for the 4th? How about 10 Tons of them?

Are you interested in finding some entertaining games to help kill some time over the 4th of July weekend?  10tons Ltd. is happy to oblige by putting all of its iOS games on sale.  This includes the great marble popper series Sparkle, wonderful matching games like the Azkend series and Heroes Of Kalevala, and quirky
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10 App Store Games To Watch [6/30/15]

What do Stan Lee, Alexey Pajitnov (you know, the Tetris guy), and 8 other creators have in common? They’re all on the list this week. Stan Lee has already given us so many cool Superhero based properties in one medium or another, and with Stan Lee’s Hero Command he just keeps on giving. You take
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Got Goldfish in Trouble? Now Get Some Extras With A Promo Code…

Hey, did you happen to check out Goldfish in Trouble based on my recommendation from 10 App Store Games To Watch [6/14/15] (note that it was called BUBBLA back when I wrote this)?  If not but you were intending to do so, or even if you already have, here’s some incentive to play it (some
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Fix The Candy in Review – Sweet Success In A Puzzle Game

I have to admit that I have this really bad stigma towards games that are priced at $2.99 on the App Store.  I don’t know why, but to me that seems to be the price point that has been settled on for a wide variety of games that should honestly be free… or maybe shouldn’t
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