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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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The Silent Age: Episode Two in Review – If Sierra Still Made Adventure Games…

When I reviewed chapter one of The Silent Age over two years ago, I felt that it was one of the best examples of a traditional Sierra style point and click adventure game, nicely updated for modern touch screen devices.  If anything, the second and final chapter of the game cements that notion.  Having reread
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10 App Store Games To Watch [6/14/15]

This roundup is still loaded primarily with casual games, but at least there were some that put a fresh spin on old genres.  Brickies is a brick breaker game, but it adds a pong like element and some nifty power ups to put a fresh coat of paint on a tiring game mechanic.  BUBBLA –
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You Must Build A Boat in Review – Awesome Match 3 Rouge Like Action

This is a sequel to a game that I don’t recall the name of off hand, but I’m pretty sure I own it and have not actually played it.  After spending some time with You Must Build A Boat I realize I really missed out the first time around, even if the game were only
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The Frankenstein Wars – Ring In Christmas With The Undead

I’m certainly as much a fan of zombie games as the next guy, but there are other undead specimens that are just as cool and often tend to go virtually unnoticed.  The upcoming game The Frankenstein Wars takes the notion that someone has managed to harness the secrets of Dr. Frankenstein and create an army
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Leo’s Fortune in Review – iOS Platforming At It’s Best

As far as I’m concerned the platform game genre reigned supreme in the days of 8 bit and probably even 16 bit consoles.  Many have tried to capture the feel of such games on the iPad, and a few have managed to succeed.  The biggest obstacle usually ends up being how to control the main
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Coming Soon(ish) – Dark Future: Blood Red States

It sounds kind of ominous saying that Dark Future is coming soon, but don’t sweat it – I really am just talking about a game here.  The electronic gaming community seems to be exploding with Games Workshop content lately, and while I’ll be the first to admit I know little about the company or their
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A Day In The Woods in Review – To Grandmother’s House We Go

When I first read the description for A Day In The Woods I got a bit nervous.  The iTunes description pegs it as a “stylish re-imagining of the traditional sliding puzzle game”, and I started having flashbacks of cheap plastic molding and the need to physically rip some tiles from their tracks and position them
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Proto Raider in Review – ASCII To A Whole New Level

I love a good platform game as much as the next guy, but if the developers aren’t careful everything starts to feel like another Super Mario clone.  Thankfully Proto Raider isn’t even close to causing such confusion.  Basic one button mechanics and single screen arenas keep the levels intimate, while awesome “hi res” ASCII graphics
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10 App Store Games To Watch [5/27/15]

Okay, I know I should be going out more to enjoy the warmer weather we’re finally getting in my part of the world, but then the sun messes up my view of the iPad screen!  Once again I’ve divined 10 App Store games that I think you’ll enjoy, and for the most part they fall
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9 Clues 2: The Ward HD in Review – Creepy Is As Creepy Does

I’m sure I say this far too often but it’s rare that I play something from G5 that I don’t like.  However, when the next thing that pops up after the G5 logo is Artifex Mundi I get particularly excited.  This combo seems to produce some particularly high quality fare, and 9 Clues 2: The
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Lifeline… In Review – The Next Evolution Of Adventure Games?

Before I virtually put my foot in my mouth, I want to make it clear that I admire developers that try to do something different.  The App Store is so full of “been there, done that” games that even if I’m not keen on a particular game, if it’s a concept I’ve not played much
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The Fool HD in Review – You’d Be Foolish Not To Try It

Some people say there’s a fine line between being a hero and a fool, and the main character in The Fool HD from Big Fish Games did his best to try and prove it.  Given the macabre, horror style entries BFG has been turning out so much of lately this was a nice change of
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Armadillo Gold Rush in Review – Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’…

When I first saw the press release for Armadillo Gold Rush I thought maybe I had missed something, because I was sure I had already played this game.  Well, it turns out I had – 7 years ago when I reviewed it for the PocketPC!  Back then I gave the game a 9 out of
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10 App Store Games To Watch [5/13/15]

It’s that time of year again. Yep, that time when you should be going outside and enjoying nature but if you’re like me, you’re probably staring at some sort of glowing screen instead. Thankfully iOS developers have no respect for the seasons, so there’s just as much to play now as there was over the
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Orbix in Review: ‘Round and ‘Round The Core We Go…

Welcome to Orbix, the game about protecting your core from all those who would try to destroy it.  The “core” is a set of glowing circles in the center of the screen, and it’s where you derive your energy from. Lots of triangle shaped ships will try to infiltrate your defenses and take the core
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Graven: The Purple Moon Prophecy HD in Review: No Green Clovers Or Blue Diamonds Here…

When a developer or publisher has released a decent number of titles, it’s likely that even the most devout fan won’t be interested in all of them.  Thankfully, while that is the case even for a company like G5, they turn out so many good titles that it’s easy to ignore the not so good
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10 App Store Games To Watch [4/2/15]

It’s time for another installment of my picks for iOS games that you might want to check out.  Did you miss me?  Anyway, I managed to stay a bit more current this time around, as 8 of the games actually came out this year while the other two are just stragglers from the end of
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Maya The Bee: Flying Challenge in Review – Kid Friendly, Infinite Flying Fun

Looking at the screen shots for Flying Challenge I had a feeling this was going to be geared towards kids.  Spending some time with the game has basically confirmed that suspicion, though that’s in no way meant to be a negative towards the game.  It certainly has all the hallmarks of your typical infinite runner
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10 App Store Games To Watch [3/13/15]

Everyone order their Apple Watches yet?  Personally, I think I’ll stick to something with a slightly bigger screen that doesn’t have to sit on my wrist for the time being.  Not that I’ve got that out of the way, how about we talk iOS games?  I’m reaching back into the archives again, in one case
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Swipe to Kill: Designing An HTML5 Mobile Game

Fancy yourself a game developer, but don’t know where to start?  Looking for development tools with little monetary overhead that support multiple mobile platforms?  Do you like match 3 / RPG style games?  Gregory Ellis might just have the solution for you… if you’re willing to help give his project a bit of a Kickstart! 
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Mind Snares: Alice’s Journey HD in Review – Creepy Visions Make Nifty Games

If you’ve been adventure gaming on your iPhone or iPad for long I’m sure you’ve run across a G5 adventure or two.  The name Artifex Mundi might not sound quite as familiar, but they had their hands in both the Nightmares from the Deep series and Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden, both of which I’ve
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10 App Store Games To Watch [2/19/15]

As I continue to delve through my backlog of games it amazes me how many hidden gems there are.  Of course there are still lots of new games coming out there are cool as well.  This article’s collection includes everything from retro turn based RPGs to hybrid runners / collectable card games.  And as always,
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Satellina in Review – Simple Yet Engaging

There are a multitude of games in the “dodge everything” or “dodge this while avoiding that” genre of causal games, but few have managed to be anywhere near as intriguing as the Tilt To Live series.  With Satellina there’s a new contender to the throne, and the game play is actually unique compared with any
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Robot School. Learn To Code – Even Programming Can Be Fun

Do you have children that are interested in learning how to program?  Maybe you just feel like your son or daughter has potential and want to trick them into it?  Robot School. Learn to Code might just be the tool for the job.  Aimed at children 7 and older, the software is presented as a
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Romance And Games? G5 Seems To Think So…

Looking for some tales of love but not interested in “chick flicks” or the latest romance novel?  The fine folks over at G5 games have put together a collection of 5 of their most romantic offerings to get you through this sappy holiday.  They were even nice enough to put all of the games on
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Crazy Chicken Director’s Cut in Review – Second Verse, Better Than The First

The chickens are back, and I’m still not 100% sure what to make of the series.  As a mid-tier movie buff I like the setting of this game much better, especially since it focuses on sci-fi and horror movies.  On the other hand, there is only 1 game play mode instead of the three offered
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10 App Store Games To Watch [1/14/15]

Welcome to 2015!  Last year was a great one for iOS games, and I fully expect this one to be even better.  For the first roundup of 2015 I tried to include games that were a bit closer to the article’s release date, but you’ll see one that snuck in which has a bit of
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The Secret Of Raven Rock in Review – Don’t Worry, I Won’t Tell

The Secret Of Raven Rock was the last game I played in 2014, so I figured I’d make it my first review for 2015.  As adventure games go it doesn’t have the most original or intriguing plot, but the game play is interesting enough that you want to keep coming back to find out what
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10 App Store Games To Watch [12/31/2014]

Welcome to my last roundup of 2014, even if you’re not reading it until 2015.  As far as I’m concerned it’s been a great year for iOS gaming, even for those of us that haven’t been able to upgrade to a device running metal yet.  I expect that 2015 will be an even better year,
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Ho Ho Halfbrick This Holiday Season

Looking for some new games to add to your iOS collection this holiday season?  If you’re into casual gaming, Halfbrick is the place to be.  From the international sensation Fruit Ninja to one of the first “do something besides run” infinite runners Monster Dash, these guys have a wide assortment of options for you to
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