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Groovin’ Blocks in Review – Match 3 to a different beat

Groovin’ Blocks is another mash-up of genres, this time a mix of puzzle and rhythm music games like Rock Band and Guitar Rock Tour. And it’s a successful merger – producing a game that’s got a unique visual and audio style. If that sounds like it might appeal to you, click on through to get
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Hopido in Review – Oh hoppy day!

Hopido is another one of those simple to learn puzzle games that becomes more and more complex as you get into the higher levels. It’s a great brain teaser, the kind of game you can spend hours playing, but broken up into as many quick sessions as you’d like. It’s not the flashiest game you’ll
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Hero Defense in Review – Good Luck, You’re Gonna Need It.

Hero Defense is a game very similar to Townrs Defender, which I had previously reviewed for TMA. There are some differences that make this game unique in its own way, but ultimately the biggest thing that separates it from Townrs is the difficulty level. Hero Defense is hard – really hard. If that’s the kind
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Hands on Preview – Fuzion: Lands of Fate

I’m a big fan of games that try to mash a couple of existing concepts together into a new and fresh look. Fuzion is one of those games: a mix of RPG and scrabble. So, without further ado, let’s take spell out D-A-R-K L-O-R-D and look at the preview…
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Claws-on Preview: Imp or Oaf?

Many people were hoping that the first game to come out from Gilded Skull Games would be Galactic Keep, an impressive looking pen-and-paper RPG emulator. But that game is still in development, and in the meantime, they’ll be releasing their first game called Imp or Oaf?. I got the chance to sit down with the
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Hands on Preview: Moonga

I was given the opportunity to take a look at the beta version of Moonga, a Customizable Card Game coming soon to the App Store. I do feel like one of the few people who’s never really gotten into the whole CCG scene, but this one looked like a nice simple CCG to ease myself
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Yumsters! 2 in Review – Yummy Yummy, Lucky Tummy

Yumsters! 2 is different from most puzzle games we get from the App store – for starters, this is not a match 3 game. Secondly, with it’s colorful characters and simple story, it’s got a very kid friendly vibe – much like Bumble Tales. Yumsters! 2 also fits into that category of hybrid games –
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Bumble Tales in Review – bumbling towards ecstasy

Just like in the play Gypsy (yes, you people need to step outside and watch a play occasionally – don’t worry, you can take your ipod with you) “you gotta get a gimmick” if you’re going to play in the match-3 puzzle game space anymore. The field is just too crowded, so you need something
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Puzzlegeddon in review – it’s puzzle Armageddon!

I’ve played lots of app store puzzle games now, so it’s taking more and more new ideas for a game to really catch my attention. Puzzlegeddon does a good job of introducing some new elements to the mix: a twist on the puzzle mechanics of color-matching as well as a bit of an added role-play/strategy
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Animal Kingdom in Review – doesn’t matter if you’re black or white

Animal Kingdom is kind of like Chess mixed with rock/paper/scissors. From the introduction screen, you’re shown in what order a piece can take another – each one has a ranking and it can only take a piece under it in value – just like rock/paper/scissors. But like Chess, Animal Kingdom is deceptively deep, with lots
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iBlast Moki in Review – what a blast!

iBlast Moki is just one of those games you can’t help but like. It’s got the fun graphical quality found in Rolando and LocoRoco, and the easy pick-up-and play quality of a puzzle game It’s easily one of my favorite games on the iDevice, and I dare you to play it and not find yourself in the
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Mezopuzzle in Review – slip sliding away

I’ve heard some comments that ‘oh, it’s just another slider-puzzle game’. The funny thing is, maybe there are a lot of slider-puzzle games in the app store, but I haven’t played any of them. Maybe they just didn’t catch my eye the way Mezopuzzle did, but I’m glad I tried this one; and if you’re
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Match 3D Flick Puzzle in Review – get your 3D glasses

I wasn’t too impressed with Match 3D Flick Puzzle at first. Yet another match 3 game, and it has very limited controls (really you can only swap one adjacent block for another). Even the cube aspect with multiple sides didn’t do much for me at first, as the endless waves of blocks just kept falling
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Xeno Sola in Review – formerly known as Starcassonne

There have been any number of variations on the theme of this game – placing tiles/cards on the field of play making sure to match all the sides. Waterworks is one example, Triazzle is another. What makes Xeno Sola stand apart and work so well is the sheer variety of cards/tiles available and the scifi
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Samurai: Way of the Warrior in Review – a bloody good time

There’s something immediately visually appealing about Samurai: Way of the Warrior. Yes it’s got a bit of a cartoonish look, cell shaded and very reminiscent of the recent Zelda game for the Nintendo DS – but at the same time, it’s a bloody and violent game, far more visceral than you’d get from big N.
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Quarqa in Review – Math CAN be fun

I’m a sucker for science fiction settings – it’s the type of novel I read the most, the kinds of movies I enjoy the most, and one of the types of games I’m most often drawn to. Quarqa has a great sci-fi comic book look – which is basically just window dressing for the game
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Dragon Portals in Review – Does this Dragon deliver the goods?

I was very anxious to play Dragon Portals when I realized it came from the same makers of the superb Azkend, hopeful that it would capture some of that same magic. It wants to be as good, and in some ways it at least tries to come close, but ultimately there are a number of
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Cookie Pop Classic in Review – Hop on Pop

I’ll freely admit, I was first drawn to this game by the character art – it looks like something Nintendo would come up with, and that’s always a good start. It’s also a puzzle game, and I’m always up for those – plus it looked polished. It seemed to have all the right pieces to
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Robot Master in Review – I, for one, welcome our new Robot Masters

I was first struck by the ‘look’ of Reiner Knizia’s Robot Master, with its cartoon robots it looks like something out of a retro-futuristic Chuck Jones cartoon. I had no idea what the game was going to entail, though it looked vaguely puzzle-like and therefore up my alley. Turns out, I was right, and just
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Totem Quest in Review – Totem if you got ‘em

In my now long list of Puzzle games I’ve reviewed for TouchMyApps I’ve played all sorts of games, from those that are really just “survive until you lose”, to ones that are trying to achieve a more Puzzle Quest-like story driven narrative. Totem Quest is a story driven kind of puzzle game; good in many
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Mummys Revenge in Review – pint sized adventure, big time fun

Mummys Revenge is a great little game, and you should pick it up. What? You want to know more? Ok, it’s a little like the games of yore, like Goonies 2 or Pitfall, combined with modern graphics and gameplay ideas such as weapon upgrades. And if you’ve already played Zombieville USA and the recently released
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Arabiah in Review – A crash course in Arabic

I was first drawn to Arabiah by its appearance where even at the title screen, the player is treated to a beautiful graphic of a swinging lantern whose glowing light sways back and forth. You can even rub the lamp – but don’t let the peacefulness of the title screen fool you – Arabiah is
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Townrs Defender in Review – A Love/Hate Relationship

Tower Defense is a genre well represented on the iDevice, there’s no denying that. And certainly for many people, including me, their first exposure to this genre was playing on this wonderful mobile platform. At the same time, I’ve played some of the best standard TD games available on this system, so when a new
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Minigore in Review – All the Gory Details

In my opinion, there are some games that work really well on the iDevice. Puzzle games and strategy games seem to provide the right kind of balance of play and controls. Arcade style games also fall into this category, in many ways because of the simplicity inherent in most of these types of titles. Minigore
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Medieval in Review – A More Strategic Castle Defense + 2 Promo Codes

This is only my second Castle Defense game, after Knights Onrush, and because of the frantic pace of that game I wasn’t sure what to expect with Medieval (developed by Brisk Mobile). What I did find was  a nuanced strategic game, slower paced – but in it’s own way just as intense and ultimately as
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Triazzle in Review – If Rubik made a videogame

In somewhat opposition to my recent review of Puzzlings, Triazzle is a not a game with lots of bells and whistles. This is not a game with incentives to keep playing or items to earn, or even a score or best time to beat. But, what it is, is a complex and engaging puzzle game,
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Puzzlings in Review – Addiction in Game Form

I’ve made my current interest in puzzle games known in my previous reviews, and I’m willing to try lots of different puzzlers in my quest to find one that feeds those necessary qualities to really keep me coming back for more. Azkend and Aurora Fient almost did it – they’re both fantastic games – but
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Pharaoh in Review – A simple and fun puzzle game

I’ve been playing puzzle games for quite some time now, but it’s only been since Puzzle Quest that I’ve had larger expectations when it comes to these types of games. Nowadays I want there to be more to a puzzle game, some achievements to reach, some connective story linking my quest together. But sometimes, a
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Sweetwater Defense in Review – Tower Defense in Hard Mode

Like many people, I’d had no experience with Tower Defense games prior to playing them on my iPod. I still consider myself a newbie at them, and there are plenty of times when I still struggle to set up a good defense in even some of the easier Tower Defense games that are out there.
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Punk Justice in Review – It Didn’t Make My Day

I’ve had Punk Justice on my iPod for some time now, having been given the previous version to review. But I had seen elsewhere that the developer was in the process of submitting a new version to Apple, and based on the expected features planned for that release, I decided to wait. Now this review
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Mecho Wars in Review – Advancing the War to your iDevice + 1 Promo Code

Let me state this up-front, I haven’t finished Mecho Wars. I’ve been playing it for many hours, stretched over many days, and have gotten a fantastic amount of enjoyment out of the game – but if I wait until I complete it to write this review, I don’t know if I’ll ever get the review
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Dam Buster in Review – Not As Good As it Looks

There’s a place for simple games on any system, and especially portable ones where you may sometimes only be able to play for a short burst. But there’s still something inherently ‘playable’ about those games, something that makes you want to come back and try again, or play just a little bit more. Toy Raid
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Azkend in Review – Puzzling At Its Very Best + 1 Promo Code

I’m not sure I’d consider myself a big puzzle gamer. Oh sure, I played Tetris on the original NES and owned it in various forms over the years. I suppose that I’ve also played plenty of addictive but not particularly deep ‘puzzle-like’ games on the Atari 2600. But I feel like my gaming renaissance came
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Toy Raid in Review – game and watch

Toy Raid is a very straightforward game: shoot everything out of the sky. It’s ‘old school’ like something out of the Atari 2600 era, but with nicer graphics – and there’s nothing wrong with that. Toy Raid isn’t trying to be anything more than what it is; a Missle Command type clone for your iDevice.
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Prey Invasion in Review – A FPS for Anyone

I’ve been playing First Person Shooters (FPS) for a long time. Wolfenstein and Doom on the PC, and a whole host of console games. In some ways, Prey Invasion is a throwback to an earlier time; a FPS light on story. But then it looks more like a modern FPS (at least somewhere between Playstation
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Knights Onrush in Review – Rush On Out and Grab It

Knights Onrush is a deceptive game. Its deceptively simple – defend your castle from waves of enemies trying to storm your gate. So in some ways, it’s your typical tower defense game. But at the same time, you are far more involved in the immediate defense of your castle in Knights Onrush than in similar
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iBomber in Review – ‘da bomb

I’m one of those people who’s not tired of World War II games. I’ve played lots of them, from First Person Shooters to Air Combat and Naval based games. And I still enjoy playing games with that theme, especially ones that bring something new to the table. iBomber succeeds in doing that, at least from
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A Comparison of three Ebook Reader Apps: Kindle, eReader and Stanza

Three of the more prominent ebook reader applications on our favorite platform are Stanza, eReader, and the Amazon Kindle App. I’m a big book reader, the type ‘bound with real paper’, but I’m not against reading on my iPod Touch as well, especially when faced with some content that is only available as an ebook.
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Aurora Feint II: Arena Daemons in Review – For the puzzle fan looking for just a little bit more

Sometime last year I was first introduced to PuzzleQuest on my Nintendo DS, and I instantly fell in love with the RPG/Puzzle hybrid. I had heard many comparisons to it in reviews of the game Aurora Feint: The Beginning, so when I got my iPod Touch for Christmas that was the first game I downloaded
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