Cannon Cat in Review – In Space No One Hears Meow

Apparently the need to add “cuteness” to puzzle games isn’t going away any time soon, but that’s okay with me as long as the game is fun to play.  Thankfully that is the case with Cannon Cat, the premiere offering from new iOS developer Loqheart.  It would probably be more accurate to label the game action than puzzle, though there are definitely situations that will require a bit of thought if you want to score all the fish in a level.  However you want to classify the game it’s enjoyable and quite habit forming.

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Cargo-Bot, first iOS game developed entirely on iPad

On the surface, Two Lives Left’s Cargo-Bot looks like any other ordinary puzzle game, but beneath it all, it was created entirely on the iPad – making it the first iOS game programmed solely on an iOS device. Released earlier today, Cargo-Bot was made with Codea [$9.99], a touch-based programming app for the iPad.

Presenting Cargo-Bot. The first game programmed entirely on iPad using Codea™. Cargo-Bot is a puzzle game where you teach a robot how to move crates. Sounds simple, right?

It features 36 fiendishly clever puzzles, haunting music and stunning retina graphics. You can even record your solutions and share them on YouTube to show your friends.

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Kitten Sanctuary in Review – Another Enjoyable Match 3 Experience

When games set the bar so high in a particular genre, much like The Treasures of Montezuma 3 did for match 3 games, I often wonder if new variants are even going to be worth trying.  I was especially nervous about this one because I had played its canine sibling, Puppy Sanctuary, on the PC and didn’t really care for it.  I’m happy to report that not only is Kitten Sanctuary a much more interesting game than its puppy partner (or I didn’t give the other enough of a chance), but it can actually be quite addicting.  The whole Tamagatchi style interludes aren’t even that bad.

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Sticky Sheep in Review – Sheep Spinning Madness

I’m beginning to think developers are purposely making the tough puzzle games cute.  They do it to lull us into a false sense of security because of course a cute looking puzzle game is going to be easy.  It has to be for the kids that will invariably be drawn to it, right?  I can’t think of a more charming premise than a disgruntled sheepdog that dons a motorcycle helmet and goes all Evil Knievel to get the sheep he’s supposed to be rounding up to respect him.  Yet some of these levels can be quite maddening.

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Beat Sneak Bandit in Review – Sneak that Beat Up

While rhythm action games in the old-school vein of Parappa the Rapper have certainly seen their day, Simogo Games has come to the table with a lightly veiled reincarnation entitled Beat Sneak Bandit. The game takes place in the city of Pulsebury, in which you, The Bandit, have learned that all the clocks in town are being stolen. The suspect is none other than Duke Clockface: villainous owner of the mysterious Clockwork Mansion. Serving more as Batman than Bandit, you invoke vigilante law in an attempt to steal back the town’s clocks.

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Trundle Unlimited in Review – Cogs Can Be Mascots Too…

 

There is a list that sits on my desk that is infamous – at least to me – because it is the list of all the games that I have slated for review.  It’s not a bad list, mind you, but rather a constant reminder that I have a lot of playing to do.  The problem with this is what has compelled me to write this particular review.  I sat down one day at lunch to play one of those games that I’m supposed to review, and I spent about 10 minutes with it.  The game was fun, but I was ready to move on.  Then I decided to go back to Trundle Unlimited.  Before I knew it a half hour had passed and my lunch break was over.  I felt like I had been playing for five minutes.

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Azkend 2 HD The World Beneath in Review – Sequels Can Be Better

Not too long ago before this review I wrote a preview for Azkend 2, so I decided to start over and play the game on my iPad this time around.  I was about half way through the game on my iPod Touch, but the truth is that I’ve had just as much fun the second time around with this match 3 from 10tons.  Actually, I think it was a bit more entertaining because I found it easier to pull off massive combos on the larger screen.  Still, whether you’ve got an iPad or just a small screen device with which to play iOS games, Azkend 2 is definitely worth your time.

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Preview: Azkend 2


Thanks to the inspiration of such classics as Bejeweled there certainly isn’t a shortage of match 3 games on the App Store, but quality ones are an entirely different story.  For every Treasures Of Montezuma there are literally dozens that… well, just aren’t.  Thankfully 10 Tons rises above the ranks of “the others”, and with Azkend 2 kicks this particular series up a couple of notches [TMA's Azkend 1 review].

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Gardenscapes HD in Review – Second Time’s Still A Charm

Not too long ago when my mom was really into playing games on her computer she’d often tell me how she was finishing a game for the second or third time.  I never really got that, because between beta testing and reviewing I’m lucky if I get through a game once, let alone multiple times.  There are rare occasions where I get caught up in something I know I shouldn’t, though, and such is the case with Gardenscapes HD.  I’ve already finished the game on my PC, yet I find myself almost to the end of it on my iPad now.  It’s possible that I’ve even enjoyed it more this time around as well.

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The Tiny Bang Story HD in Review – Incredible Game That’s Over Too Soon

There’s something about the world of Tiny Planet that captured my attention from the very first game screen.  The Tiny Bang Story HD is not your typical hidden object game; it’s a bit light on story, and it assumes that you don’t need any handholding.  It can also get frustrating at times, even with something as simple as figuring out what to do next.  Through it all, though, I found myself hardly able to put the game down.  That’s even after playing the first chapter 3 times (once on my PC and twice on the iPad).  There were only two significant letdowns to the game – it ended too quickly, and the end was actually a bit anti-climactic. Continue reading…