Blowfish Meets Meteor in Review: A Brick Breaker, And So Much More

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The brick breaker genre has never been a particular favorite of mine, but just like with most other styles of game play, if a certain offering is well designed I can definitely be entertained.  Such is the case with Blowfish Meets Meteor, which would have caught my attention with the name alone.  Smart level design, power ups that serve a purpose rather than just being bombarded at you and a wacky atmosphere make this one of the best brick breakers I’ve played.  The main down side is that some levels can be frustratingly challenging, even to the point where I couldn’t earn a single gem in the three gem rating scheme. Continue reading…

10 App Store Games To Watch [May 19 - 25]

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This week’s games had a lot of interesting features, but one trait that surfaced in a lot of the entries was good old fashioned pixel style graphics.  Defend your Crypt brought this look to the “treasure defense” genre.  Despite only having seven different types of traps to work with this game offers quite a bit of strategy and proves to be a frantic challenge even in the early levels.  PixelGolf is what I would have imagined had Sierra Online made a miniature golf game in the late 80s.  The level designs are lots of fun, and you can play up to 4 players on the same device or online.  Super Surf Bros brings you pixel waves and fun in the sun.  Play a gnarly campaign mode and work your way to number one in the big surfing contest or take on a real opponent for head to head wave action on the same device.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [May 12 - 18]

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The flood of new games on the App Store is still going strong, and as usual I’ve tried to provide you with a decent list of options so you don’t have to wade through them all yourself.  While I attempt to keep the genres pretty diverse I found myself including three match 3 style games this time around, including the movie tie-in Godzilla – Smash3.  There’s no direct city trashing, but by making matches you’ll still get to unleash plenty of stomping, smashing and atomic breath style destruction.  Speaking of movie tie-ins, Warner Bros released an interesting little FPS based off of Edge of Tomorrow: Live.Die.Repeat, which is actually kind of fun to play if you don’t mind dying even more than you might in a typical FPS.  Speaking of movie tie-ins, Warner Bros… sorry, bad joke (at least if you know what the movie is about).  A company I wasn’t familiar with released a PvZ clone called Humans vs Zombies, and I honestly expected it to be a cheap knock-off that I’d delete after a level or two.  As it turns out, I think I actually like it better than PvZ, so if you can’t get enough of that style of game play, don’t let HvZ pass you by.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [May 5 - 11]

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This week presented some challenges in terms of finding games that I wanted to talk about, but in the end I think I managed to pull out a decent, well rounded list.  My favorite from a pure silliness standpoint was WreckMan: Rise Of A Hero.  You control a wannabe stunt biker riding an alien artifact that has been attached to the end of a chain protruding from a helicopter, in effect making it a highly mobile wrecking ball… and you have a talking rabbit for a companion.  If you’re one of those folks that just wants to pull your hair out but would like to do it playing something that’s actually fun you should give Lumena a try.  It’s one part rhythm game, one part reverse breakout and very easy to die on.  On the other hand, maybe you just want to have fun storming the castle.  CastleStorm – Free to Siege is 150 levels of high quality castle defense with 3D cut scenes, a hero you can directly control and lots of projectiles to toss at your opponents.
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Pahelika: Secret Legends in Review: Questing For A Mystical Book

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I’ve already written may reviews on adventure games, yet in spite of, or maybe because of that I’ve been struggling with how to start this one.  Something I’ve noticed with most adventure games these days is that they struggle to provide a decent balance between story telling, puzzle solving and any of the various extras like hidden object scenes or mini games that they choose to throw in.  Pahelika: Secret Legends seems to do a pretty decent job in terms of game play because it’s mostly puzzle solving with just a few mini games thrown in, which is the way I like it to be balanced.  It even does a decent job of trying to present a story, though most of the communication outside of cut scenes between levels is just your character describing where he’s at.  Still, Pahelika is overall a decent adventure game that just suffers from a few niggling annoyances. Continue reading…

10 App Store Games To Watch [April 28 - May 4]

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Bet you can’t guess what I’m going to talk about this week!  Drat, you probably said games, didn’t you?  The long list of games that I didn’t get to talk more in-depth about this week included Dwarven Den – The Mining Puzzle Game from Backflip Studios.  This cute underground puzzler tasks you with rescuing your friends, finding a bunch of loot and avoiding dangerous monsters, all in a limited number of moves.  Lethal Lance from BulkyPix is an homage to the good old days of shareware PC games.  You know, back when Duke Nukem was fun without being in 3D.  If you’re looking for something just plain weird you will want to check out Sheepidoo.  I’m not really even sure how to explain this one, but if you’re willing to throw caution to the wind it should put a smile on your face.
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Splash Dash in Review – Infinite Isn’t Just For Running Any More

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These days it’s not uncommon for several infinite runners to come out in a single week.  The problem is trying to figure out which ones are worth playing.  Lucky for you I’m a huge infinite runner fan, so I try to do a lot of the leg work for you.  Unfortunately even a lot of the better entries in the genre any more are starting to feel the same, but there are still some that are worth playing.  I happen to think one of those is Splash Dash.  The game feels kind of like a third person 3D Frogger, and it’s hard to go wrong with that. Continue reading…

Bridge Me in Review – Creative But Needs More Subtance

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Quite often I only play certain games because of the weekly roundup that I write, and such is the case with Bridge Me.  It’s not that I necessarily didn’t want to play it, but I download so many games in a given week that I only ever get around to trying a small fraction of them.  In this case I’m glad that I did take Bridge Me for a spin.  The game is pretty basic and can get repetitive after a while, but the concept is cool and it definitely has a lot of potential. Continue reading…

10 App Store Games To Watch [April 21 - 27]

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This was a great week for games, and I don’t even think I got through half the games I wanted to play.  Among the games I didn’t get to tell you about below was Horde of Heroes, the latest offering from Everplay.  Yeah it’s another one of “those” match 3 / RPG hybrids, but there’s something about it that I just really like, and you get to smash moles.  The increasingly popular topic of stealthily stealing objects is covered in Third Eye Crime: Act 1.  This stylish noir game lets you confiscate priceless works of art, with the wrinkle that you can actually tell what your opponents are planning to do.  Another thought provoking entry is the puzzle game Meqanic.  All you have to do is make the bottom pattern look like the top pattern… using letter tiles that you have to determine how they interact with each other.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [April 14 - 20]

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Unfortunately I didn’t get to bring you a fresh list of games last week because there were certainly a lot of new ones to choose from that looked good.  Thankfully the same can be said for this week, starting with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.  This foray into one of Blizzard’s most famous IPs brings us a slick mobile trading card game with a solid single player campaign as well as multi-player capabilities.  1001 Ninjas – Spikes jump is retro both in looks and game play.  Not only does it feel like a modern day NES game, but the difficulty is tremendous because of good level design and not just a bad control scheme.  If you are in need of another physics based, sweets collecting puzzle game you might want to try Cookie to Me-The Cookie Borrower’s Diary.  Rubbery sponges, bags full of air and exploding tomatoes are only the begging of what you’ll use in order to help your little avatar collect all of her sugary cookie treats.
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