Santa Rama: Christmas Mania in Review – Monetize The Children?

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Honey Tribe Studios has an interesting way of making social commentary, first on the plight of bees and then on the state of humanity as it revolves around money.  Their latest effort focuses specifically on the Christmas season, and while it may not be a message you want to hear it’s sadly true.  It’s also an entertaining game, at least in small bursts.  Can you help turn the tide of commercialism this holiday season? Continue reading…

Darklings: Gesture Based Action and an Odd Adventure

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The minute I began playing Darklings, I had a lot of questions. What is a Darkling? Where is my character and what on earth is going on? Out of all the iPad games I’ve enjoyed, this was definitely one of the strangest. That isn’t, of course, to suggest that it’s bad – in fact, I found the game surprisingly intuitive once I’d figured out more about the strange character at the bottom of the screen. This $0.99 iPhone/iPad game was created by MildMania, and is definitely on par with dark and quirky games like Limbo. When you load the app, you find yourself in control of a small character called a Lum, and it’s your goal to save him from surrounding monsters that have come to attack. Your character exists in a lonely looking universe where it’s constantly night time, and you’re surrounded by endless models.Adding to the mystery and spooky element of the game is the soundtrack. I immediately noticed the audio of the game when loading, and enjoyed it from the very beginning. Despite the initial confusion over the character and the purpose of the game, the soundtrack was superb and I quickly became engrossed in the story. Your ghostly little character, or ‘Lum’ needs to use his powers to get rid of all the evil Darklings. The dark characters surround your Lum and must be fought off using magical powers. Continue reading…

Vampire Ventures in Review – No Blood, But It Doesn’t Suck

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When I first saw this game I liked the screen shots but I thought it was basically going to be a “been there, done that” sort of match 3 game.  In some ways it really is, but it packs in so many cool features from other games in the genre that it doesn’t really matter.  Throw in great music and a story that ties everything together and you end up with one of the best match 3 games to hit the virtual iOS shelves in quite some time, if not ever. Continue reading…

Tilt To Live 2: Redonkulous In Review – Only The Name Is Silly

review-ttl2-1 A game has to be pretty special to make up words for its name and not have you go “now that’s silly”, and Tilt To Live 2: Redonkulous is just such a game.  It takes everything the original did and does it even better: intense action, crazy weapons and sometimes maddening achievements.  There are plenty of “dodge the enemy” style games on the App Store, but the Tilt To Live series are among the only ones that handle the genre nearly flawlessly. Continue reading…

Temptation. Episode 1 HD (Full) in Review – Can You Resist The Fog?

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Temptation. Episode 1 HD is another solid offering from G5 Entertainment.  The story keeps you engaged and there are plenty of rooms to explore and puzzles to solve.  The mini games can be a bit on the tough side, and the hidden object scenes are basically superfluous, but overall this is once again a job well done.  I do hope that if there is an episode 2 that it takes a bit more liberty with the whole concept of temptation. Continue reading…

Huge sale on Polaris Office from $19.99 to $0.99

It is that day where everyone is out buying the latest trending gadgets, clothes, and other Christmas gifts for their loved ones. However, I have opted to stay at home this Black Friday and enjoy some of the online deals that are already hitting the marketplace today before Cyber Monday even arrives. Since Black Friday hit early, I suppose some other big brands are also jumping in early to offer great deals online on some of the apps in iTunes. Namely, the one I am really raving about is the Polaris Office app for iPad or the iPhone.

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As someone who often travels and/or does speaking engagements, I don’t always have access to Microsoft Office from my laptop. Instead, I often have out my iPhone or iPad reviewing some of the notes I have made. The unfortunate part is that there are times I would like to edit my notes or make changes to some of the things I am writing on. The downside of using the iPad or iPhone has always been the inability to make those necessary changes. In fact, what you typically get is a picture-like image of a document. You can read it, but it’s often small print and never editable. With Polaris Office, they have made the impossible possible! Continue reading…

Geometry Dash in Review – Jump To The Rhythm

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For some reason there’s always a bit of apprehension that simple graphics and simple game play might make for a boring game.  You’d think I would know better by now.  Geometry Dash has pretty much no fluff, yet I can hardly tear myself away from it each time I start it up.  Even the game’s one stand out feature isn’t implemented particularly well, but I’ve just learned to enjoy what does work right.  I haven’t regretted playing Geometry Dash for a single moment, and I just hope that one day I get good enough to beat a couple more of the levels!

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [October 28 - November 3]

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Anyone out there tired of iOS gaming yet?  Hopefully not which is why you keep coming back here week after week.  Disney actually caught my attention this week with their latest original gaming IP Stack Rabbit.  Created by the folks that developed the insanely popular Where’s My Water?, Stack Rabbit puts an entirely new twist on the match 3 genre that’s definitely worth checking out.  Speaking of putting a new spin on things, Symmetrain takes the concept of “spot the difference” and tries to turn it into an arcade game.  Pay close attention as your train goes zipping past the randomly generated terrain so you can point out the difference between the left and right sides of the landscape as they go whizzing by.  If you’ve ever had a fear of carnival performers, now you can exact revenge with Burn The Lot.  This dual stick shooter has you hopping across the galaxy trying to thwart an intergalactic band of carnies that have some evil plan in mind.
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [October 21 - 27]

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I wish I would have had more time to spend with the candidates for this roundup because there were several titles I wanted to look at and just didn’t get the chance to fire up.  I certainly had a blast with many of the titles I did get to try, though, especially Vampire Ventures.  This match 3 game has just about everything you could want from the genre, and my only problem was forcing myself to stop playing the game.  If you’re more of a strategy buff you really should check out Combat Monsters.  This combination of collectable card game and turn based tactical strategy has a lot going for it, and you can dive in for free.  On the other hand, those desiring some good old fashioned arcade action need look no further than Ricochet: Retro Space Shooter.  This combination of Galaga, Missile Command and Breakout is not quite like anything I’ve played before on my iOS device.
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