Payback in Review – Great Expectations

It’s tempting to judge a game by the companionship it keeps. Payback falls victim to this by the obvious comparisons to the original GTA I and GTA II. It has the immense task of measuring up to one of the greatest and well recognized gaming franchise in current history. So, does Payback meet these great expectations? Does it deserve a place in the App Store pantheon of great games? Is it worth spending $6.99? I say yes. Payback is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive gaming experience the App Store has to offer.

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A-Go-Go Square in Review – Go-Go or No-Go?

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Let me begin by saying I love Qix style games.  I remember playing them in arcades… Yes, I know it’s hard to believe but us “elderly” folks actually used to go to arcades to socialize and play games, rather than in our basements talking through headphones with our friends who are in a different household, or over 2 iphones via wifi.  But this isn’t a history lesson.  It’s simply to point out that I hold a special place in my heart for these type of games.  Perhaps unfortunately and/or unfairly, I also come in with certain expectations.

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JetSet – A Game for Airports?

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Have you seen the Tom Hanks movie, Terminal?  Did you like his cooked accent?  How bout the terrible politics between his home country and homeland security USA that kept him locked up?  How about the slomance? Terminal – liked, loved or hated – is actually moot to this review; JetSet:  A game for Airports, is nothing at all like the movie.  And your role in the game?  Nothing Hollywood, just a security guard in inspections.

International flyers, JetSet has the answers to the questions that plague your about airports, security and fashion.  Forget what you think you know.  Why?  JetSet will teach you all you need to know.

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Downhill Bowling in Review – Mario-Kart meets Bowling

downhillbowling1Being from New Jersey, there’s something about bowling that stirs the soul. The sights, the smells, the horrifically colored shoes… they all appeal to he suburban part of my heart. The App Store has given us a few good games that seek to emulate this experience. They seek to translate the feel of the ‘lanes’ to a mobile experience. Downhill Bowling, though, strives for something far grander.

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Blue Attack! in Review – Neon Colored Wonderful

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There is a word I rarely use when reviewing a game: exceptional. Yet, Blue Attack! rightly deserves this description. John Kooistra has managed to create a game that reaches a level of polish, gameplay, and affordability that sets it apart from most others in the SHMUP (Shoot ‘em up) genre and within the landfill that is the App Store. This is one game that definitely rises above the rest.

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Photogene in Review – Photoshop Mini in my Palm!!

photogene2I was a little sceptical when this category of apps debuted on the iPhone/ iPod Touch platform. The reason was because I have access to my computer every day, and when I know I have taken photos with my device, I’ll immediately sync them back with iPhoto. So I was thinking “why do photo editing on the phone when I have a 20” screen at home and iPhoto?” Well, apparently, some people don’t have access to a computer on a daily basis, or that they are always on the road, or just wish to modify the photo with friends on the spot. Whatever the reason, I decided to take a look at Photogene…

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