One Epic Knight in Review – All We Need Is A Holy Grail…

Okay, you’re probably getting sick of reading about infinite running games right now.  Unfortunately, they are sort of my genre-level addiction at the moment, so you’ll just have to bear with me until the phase passes on.  At least I’m just trying to share with you the quality titles, and there’s no question that One Epic Knight falls under that category.  Brought to us by the folks that designed the creative tower defense game Tiny Heroes the twisted humor of the developers carries on to this offshoot title.  From the opening calisthenics to the nice dent you leave when you collide with a wall, One Epic Knight is all about being epic… epically funny that is.
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Switcheasy’s exec folio case in Review – A pretty and uniquely thin case for the new iPad / iPad 2

iPad cases are a dime a dozen and finding the perfect one for your precious iPad is no easy task. Personally, I’d been content with simply using the Smart Cover with my new iPad while at home (and the ZaggFolio with Keyboard case when traveling). Well that was until I’d carelessly dropped the iPad while picking it up, no thanks to the magnetic cover that detaches itself just a bit too easily. Thankfully, the screen didn’t crack, though it did get several visible scratches. Needless to say, it was time for a real case, one that provides enough protection and functionality, yet looks sexy at the same time. Meet Switcheasy’s exec iPad case.

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Canyon Dash in Review – Needs More Adrenaline

Lately I’ve been touting how sometimes it seems like the simplest games are the most engaging.  Unfortunately simplicity can have just the opposite effect, and I think Canyon Dash is almost to that point.  The concept of a runaway mine cart on a dangerous track has always been intriguing, but there’s not much more than a concept to go on here.  It’s not that Canyon Dash is a bad game, it’s just that there are other offerings on the App Store that make the renegade mine cart notion a lot more entertaining. Continue reading…

The Lost City in Review – Found It And Love It

One of the staples of my game playing diet growing up was the adventure game, whether it entailed a text only affair like Zork or a sprawling 16 color extravaganza such as King’s Quest.  Sadly, it seems as technology has gotten better the gamers’ taste for epic narratives and thoughtful puzzle solving has diminished, or so the folks in charge would have you believe.  Thankfully the mobile renaissance has rekindled the spark for puzzle games, and amazingly enough it seems even for the full fledged adventure game.  One of my favorite original IPs in this genre where iOS devices are concerned has always been The Secret of Grisly Manor, and after playing through its spiritual sequel – The Lost City – I can’t wait to see what this developer offers up next.

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Parker Planner 1.4 in Review – Solid Start but Can’t Wait for 2.0

There are two kinds of people: one who cares about productivity apps, the other not so much. If you are among the latter, you may consider skipping this review. But if you – like me – enjoy checking out the latest attempts in raising ones productivity levels, then you may already have heard about Parker Planner. Ethan Parker and his team left the paper planner business in order to concentrate on creating the perfect day planning app. Let’s see how far along they are!

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Worm vs Birds In Review – It’s Not An Angry Birds Clone!

Team 17 made the idea of militaristic worms amusing, and of course we have Rovio to thank for the prolifiration of birds in way too many physics based games.  Now Chillingo brings the two together in its latest published puzzle game, Worm vs Birds.  I was a bit worried this was going to be another Angry Birds style game, but instead it plays a lot like Stupid Zombies, and quite frankly has me just as hooked as that one did.  Three star junkies can rejoice as well, because this game really makes you work hard at earning that last star on some levels.

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Knights Of The Round Cable in Review – Round and Round We Go…

There’s a popular saying that “there is nothing new under the sun”.  The video game industry is a prime example of this, as most popular games these days can be broken down into a handful of categories, and it’s not uncommon to see the word “clone” in a review.  Still, with all the games that are released on the App Store each week, there are a few that feel fresh due to atmosphere, mechanics or some other aspect of the game.  Knights of the Round Cable happens to be one such game. 

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About To Blow Up Part 1 in Review – Adventure Game or Really Interactive Cartoon?

In the beginning it seemed like most of the adventure games popping up on the App Store were ports, but now we’re seeing more and more original IP make its way to the iOS platform.  About To Blow Up Part 1 is one such game, and it’s clear the developers have a heart for the genre they’ve embraced.  The game is quirky, interesting and above all fun. Unfortunately, it’s also a tad on the short side.  Thankfully it leaves you wanting more in a good way.

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FitEar To Go! 334 earphone in Review – nonpareil

Zip, ziiiip, wiiiiii, a mosquito. Chuka chuka chuka katakatatata, the Tsukuba Express plowing back to Akihabara. Click click click, my evil shoe-wearing neighbours on the eighth floor dancing up a spell. Summer’s heat amplifies each sound. So does after-work debauchery. So does Arcade Fire. And Markus Schulz’ Progression, Vibrasphere’s Lungs of Life, etc. and so on. Especially at the wee hours of 0:00 to 5:00. I get on fine after that. There goes my sleep. And whereas sometimes, screwing earphones into my ears helps me zone out and catch some zzz’s, screwing in the fabulous, new FitEar To Go! 334 zones me in, like never before. Hello Music!

It’s nice to meet you, I’m shigzeo, zombie.

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Jar On A Bar in Review – There’s A Dr. Seuss Joke Here Somewhere…

Physics based puzzle games are here to stay, and the desire to have a cute mascot is apparently not going away any time soon either.  Thankfully Jar on a Bar has a third element that will hopefully ultimately make it a good seller – it is very addictive.  The game even goes beyond that, however, as it takes a familiar concept and adds some mechanics that make it a whole new experience.  I would be willing to say that it is probably the best game I’ve played in its genre.  So let’s find out just what it is…

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