Captain Temporium in Review – Time Pilot for a New Generation

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Depending on the kind of shooter I’m playing I’ll usually mention one of two reference points from the “glory days” of gaming: 1942 or Time Pilot.  This definitely falls to the latter for comparison, as one might even assume without seeing the name that it was in fact a remake of the 1982 classic (yeah, you read that right, I’m old school).  The truth is, even if it has nothing to do with Time Pilot in any way, shape or form, I’m more than happy to label it a “spiritual successor”.  The game has the same frantic, 360 degree playing field, nicely updated visuals, and a difficulty level that would make Flappy Bird fans proud.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [12/21/16]

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Well folks, another year is almost over, and this is officially my last roundup for 2016. It’s been a great year for iOS games, and I look forward to seeing what the New Year has to offer as well. Hopefully you’ve gotten at least a few hidden gems out of everything I’ve shared over the past year, and my sincerest desire is that you’ve thanked at least one indie developer for all the work they’ve put into providing you with some decent entertainment. I think this current collection of games is probably one of the most diverse that I’ve had in a while, and every game here is worth checking out before 2017 rolls in. Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and I can’t wait to start rounding up iOS games for you in 2017!
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News – Highlights Monster Day now Free

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About a month ago Highlights Monster Day went free permanently.  If you have young kids this would be a great way to introduce them to what a typical day in the life of a kid looks like, regardless of whether you are a monster or a human.  As a parent you might even find yourself playing around with this a bit every now and again, though it’s not as adult addictive as a many of the other kids’ games I’ve talked about over time.  Still, it’s not really meant to be for you anyway, and you can’t really beat free.

Highlights Monster Day Highlights for Children, Inc., Highlights Monster Day – Free
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News – Marvel Puzzle Quest Awesome Trailer

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I don’t normally promote trailers for video games, mainly because the game itself is the most important part of the package. In this case, however, I found this trailer to be clever, and if all you see of it is the TV spot then you’re missing out. So, here’s the full live action trailer for Marvel Puzzle Quest: http://bit.ly/MarvelPuzzleQuestTrailer

While you’re at it, why not grab the game as well: https://d3go.com/games/marvelpuzzlequest/

10 App Store Games To Watch [11/25/16]

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If you live in the U.S. then Halloween is a distant memory (relatively speaking), Thanksgiving just passed and Christmas is around the corner. After that comes the uncertainty of a new year and, this time around, the transition to a brand new leader of the country. One thing that remains the same, however, is the fact that you can always find new games on the App Store. Most of the games in this list pleasantly surprised me, as I knew little about them before taking the plunge to try them. I think the one that caught me off guard the most, however, was Mikey Jumps. I actually was aware of this one and quite excited about it, but after initially playing it felt it didn’t really live up to the Mikey name. Then after spending a lot more time pressing the “play again” button and constantly getting knocked down three quarters of the way through a given world, I realized that it might just be the best Mikey game yet. Oh yeah, and there are nine other games on this list as well!
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Forgotten Places: Lost Circus in Review – No Scary Clowns Here

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I have already reviewed the second Forgotten Places game a while back, but I was impressed enough that I decided it was time to check out the first one.  I have to say that I’m a bit disappointed we may never see a third entry in the series, because for the most part I didn’t want to put this one down.  What intrigued me the most was that unlike some series where subsequent entries seem to vary only in content, with the Forgotten Places series the two entries feel like completely separate games.  I think the second game, Regained Castles, offers a bit more polished of an adventure game experience, but Forgotten Places: Lost Circus is still a charming adventure game in its own right.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [11/8/16 – Election Day Edition]

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In the United States it is election day today, so I’m too busy watching day old comedian commentaries to write a good intro.  Suffice it to say that unlike the election there should be no surprises here, especially if you’ve read any of my roundups in the past.  As always I’ve tried to compile a diverse selection of games that are primarily on the free(mium) side, so hopefully there should be something here that appeals to your sensibilities.  Again, completely unlike the current election.  Okay, that was my last dig on the election.  Now on to the games…
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Halloween Roundup 2016

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It’s that time of year again: apple cider, pumpkin pie and a chill in the air.  No wait, that’s Thanksgiving… wow, they’re like twin holidays separated by almost a month!  Anyway, I’ve tried to make it a custom to release a horror themed roundup to coincide with the tradition of Halloween.  Unfortunately, due to some unforeseen circumstances I didn’t get to spend quite as much time on it this year as I would have liked, and as a result it’s only 7 games long instead of the usual 10.  Plus, I will admit to using a couple of games I’ve written about in the past to make things go a bit quicker as well (I promise none of these were in last year’s Halloween roundup, though).  So enough excuses and babbling – on to the games! Continue reading…

10 App Store Games To Watch [9/19/16]

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I hope you guys are ready to get your game on, because as usual the App Store doesn’t disappoint when it comes to mobile entertainment.  My good buddies over at Nitrome, none of whom actually know me, released cool casual game Redungeon.  It’s sort of an infinite runner with a rogue-like look and feel, upgradable characters and their trademark wonderful pixel art.  Vertigo Racing brings the world of high stakes single car racing to the iOS world, and boy do I mean high.  All the tracks are along cliffs, and it’s not uncommon to find yourself heading over them in the quest to go faster than you really should.  Circuroid brings the 80’s classic Tempest into the modern era, but like its predecessor it uses relatively simple graphics compared to its peers.  Don’t let that fool you, because the action can get intense and trying to unlock all the power ups quickly becomes addictive.
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Isoland in Review – We Got Shipwrecks, Pyramids AND Aliens

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The adventure game landscape seems to be leaning heavily towards hidden object games or room escape style game play, so I’m always thrilled to see what I consider to be a more traditional style of adventure game. It’s even better when that game is actually fun to play, and Isoland certainly kept me going until the very end… when I was thrown a bit of a curveball. I’m not really happy with how the game ended, which I’ll explain later in a bit of a spoiler-y way (I don’t know how else to do it), but despite that I still think Isoland is definitely an adventure worth the asking price and probably more.
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