Zombie Quest HD – Mastermind The Hexes! in Review – Good Idea, Not Enough Content

I have to confess that I did not know what type of game Zombie Quest HD was when I agreed to review it, but the allure of undead participants and a quirky board game were too much for me to refuse.  I was a bit surprised to discover that it was simply an Othello variant, but then it turned out to be quite an amusing twist on the original.  Then it was over, just as I was really getting into it.  The changes from its inspiration are welcome additions, but for this game to rise above the rest it at least needs to either expand its level set or make multi-player more than just hot-seat, if not both.

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After a weekend with the iPhone 5, here’s what I think of the latest Apple device

After countless browser reloads on UPS’ tracking page and waiting for the UPS truck to show up, my pre-ordered iPhone 5 (Black/Slate 32GB) finally arrived on Friday afternoon. Upon opening the box like a slobbering kid in a candy store, I was greeted with a familiar looking iPhone, one that was noticeably taller, but not wider. Despite reading all the reviews online and hearing about how it’s 20% lighter, I was still taken aback by just how much lighter it actually felt in my hand. It almost felt like I was picking up an iPhone made entirely of plastic. And the fact that it’s 18% slimmer is also immediately apparent when held. All in all, the iPhone 5′s form factor is just sleek and sexy as hell. Factor in that I skipped the 4S, this was one heck of an upgrade.

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Tap The Frog 2 – Kiss It, But Don’t Expect A Prince

In my humble opinion, if ever there was a style of game that shouldn’t be so fun or addictive, it would be the mini-game collection.  After all, doesn’t such a design simply mean that the developers couldn’t come up with enough material for a full fledged game?  Well, okay, I am being a bit harsh, and I really don’t believe that, but it still amazes me that I fall so easily for this type of gameplay.  The latest captor of my time is Tap The Frog 2, and this game is insanely addictive – even though concept wise it’s so simple a little kid could grasp it with ease.  I just wish I had the native iPad version, because I find that my overcompensated fingers like the big screen better.  Thankfully, the app is remarkably playable on 2x mode on my iPad 2.
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Edna & Harvey: The Breakout in Review – Crazy About The Looney Bin

I remember fondly spending a lot of time with adventure games back in the 80s and early 90s when the likes of Sierra Online and LucasArts reigned supreme.  TellTale Games has done a good job of recapturing that magic, as has Bulkypix with their recent release of Yesterday.  Now you can add Daedalic Entertainment to that list with Edna & Harvey: The Breakout.  This adventure game about a young lady and her bunny has humor to rival the best Sam & Max installment, artwork that is quite delightful and some great voice acting.  There is plenty of game play as well, which oddly enough might be its biggest detractor – there’s almost too much to do.  Still, this is one nuthouse I don’t mind visiting.

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Jurassic Park: The Game 2 HD in Review – Not exactly the family-friendly theme park

I think few franchises have ever captured the imagination of the public like the famous Jurassic Park trilogy by Steven Spielberg. Books, toys, even theme parks – the world has seen it all. And even a couple of video-games, though they weren’t really worth mentioning. Until now that is! Telltale has struck again, taking an age-old intellectual property and twisting it in new and interesting ways. As a serialized interactive movie adventure none-the-less.

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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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