Drake’s Tower in Review – There Can Be Only One

Tower defense games have become synonymous with winding paths full of bad guys, protective offensive structures that can be upgraded, and more recently, guiding heroes that have a trick or two up their sleeves.  Drake’s Tower takes the genre back to the basics, giving you one tower to control and upgrade to the hilt as you protect your little piece of land against wave after wave of zombie invaders.  The fact that your playing area is so limited in scope gets a bit tedious at times, but once you start getting into some heavy action you’ll forget about that.  Not being a huge fan of the TD genre, I’m finding Drake’s Tower to be a refreshing deviation from the norm.

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Diversion in Review – A Name Never Said So Much

Few games are named as appropriately as Diversion.  You’ll flip through your library of games, stop on this one, then say to yourself, “am I really going to play THAT one again?”  Then you’ll load the game up, play it for half an hour or more and go “yeah, I really AM going to play that one again”.  It really is just another running game, but between new items being constantly added, the quest to gather gems, and the desire to grab three stars on every level, you’ll keep coming back for more.  Trust me – that’s what keeps happening to me.

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Sticky in Review – A Pun Would Be Too Easy…

When you look at the screen shots Sticky seems like it would be some sort of platformer, but it really plays out more like a unique castle defense game.  Whatever genre you wish to lump it into, the game is actually pretty fun.  Also, despite any outward appearances, it can get rather challenging as you progress through the levels.  Sticky certainly didn’t turn out to be the game I expected it would be, but I like how it turned out.  The best part is that between the 3 star reward levels in story mode and four levels in survival mode, there’s lots of goo slinging to keep you occupied. Continue reading…

Gears in Review – Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’…

I’m sure many of you were like me and grew up with one of the greatest marble / ball rolling games ever, Marble Madness.  When I got my first iPod Touch there was no sign of Marble Madness, but I did pick up an interesting variant called HydroTilt.  This made me even more anxious for my childhood video game friend.  I’m still waiting for Marble Madness, but after spending some time with Gears that desire has been greatly subdued.  Granted Gears doesn’t have some of the features like enemies that are out to get you, but what it does have is quite an experience indeed.

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The Deskplorers Episode 1 in Review – Doodles Do More Than Just Jump

Have you ever wondered what doodles do when their creators walk away?  They don’t jump, that’s for sure (at least not in an infinite manner).  The come to life and go on exciting adventures throughout time – or at least that’s what The Deskplorers – Episode One: “Knights” would like you to believe.  This new series from Happy Blue Fish has a lot in common with such kids’ favorites as Dora The Explorer and Little Einsteins, which unfortunately includes a relatively short running time.  Still, I think they have a good thing going here, and for younger kids who are okay with repetitive things they could get quite a lot of use out of this game.

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Time Geeks: Find All! in Review – I Knew I Was A Geek

I think Where’s Waldo was probably the original hidden object game, except that you only had one object to find.  Since the developers labeled Time Geeks as a “seek & find” I was expecting something more like what you’d download from these bargain software internet web sites, but it turns out the game pays a nice homage to the spirit of Waldo instead.  In fact, I think it’s more fun than any Where’s Waldo type game I’ve played in the past.  Of course that could have a lot to do with the visuals, but that will come in due time.

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Tapper World Tour in Review – Serving booze can be almost as fun as drinking…

The moment I heard that Tapper World Tour was coming to the iOS, I was flooded with fond memories of my early days. And by “early” I do mean – about 3-4 years old. My dad built our first computer (I think it was some kind of Soviet Amiga clone or something) literally from scratch and I was lucky to be introduced to the IT world at such a young age. All of that is water under the bridge now, of course, but Tapper was one of the first games I laid my little hands on all those years ago. You can just imagine how the modern reboot of this famous franchise makes me feel…

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Tiny Wings in Review – I dreamed I could fly…

With all the major (hardcore) releases lately from big publishers, it’s easy to forget that not everybody looks for something that complicated in terms of gameplay on the iOS. While creating a runaway hit game that is wholeheartedly embraced by the masses is often difficult to achieve, the ones that do become a screaming success, like Doodle Jump or Cut the Rope. And almost out of the blue, a new star has risen on the horizon with the simple name – Tiny Wings.

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