Sparkle 2 in Review – Lame Name, Incredible Game

When it comes to certain genres like marble poppers, there’s not a lot of variation to be expected in actual game mechanics, unless you create some sort of mash up like what has become popular with match 3 games.  What does set one entry apart from another is the presentation, and in that regards Sparkle 2 excels even more than its predecessor did.  There are a couple of other things that make it rise to the top, though, so don’t think I’ve been unduly distracted by glittery things.  In the end, the Sparkle franchise continues to be my favorite marble popping addiction. Continue reading…

King Oddball in Review – KISS Would Be Jealous

Far be it from me to judge, but I honestly didn’t expect a game about a giant rock chucking other rocks with its tongue to really be any good.  Enough levels that I’ve lost count later and I’m seriously hooked on King Oddball.  The silly premise and cool visuals are enough to draw you in, while the simple mechanics and challenging levels will keep you coming back for more.  I’m already a big 10 Tons fan, and this game not only furthers that relationship but it has cemented a place firmly in the top 3 titles of theirs that I like.

Continue reading…

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.

Continue reading…

Heroes Of Kalevala in Review – Virtual Villagers meets match 3?

The App Store is littered with match 3 games, so one would think we’ve had enough of them by now.  The truth is that there’s always room for another match 3, as long as that game either plays exceptionally well or brings something new to the table.  Fortunately, Heroes of Kalevala does both, making it a refreshing addition to the genre – or is it a village simulator that just happens to use match 3 boards as its means for resource gathering? Continue reading…

Abundante! In Review – Journey to the Jungle

For those of you that are getting fed up with match three games, you might want to look away now. Although in actual fact, developer 10tons’ Abundante! (also the publishers behind the amazing Azkend) is a match four game. Considerably different from other games of its type, Abundante! has you venturing deep into the jungle, and beneath the earth.

Continue reading…

Boom Brigade in Review – Trace, Boom, Bang!

review-boom-brigade-main

The iPhone really is the king of the Pick-Me-Up gaming platform, especially if you just want to knock off a half our or so. Having said that, not many games at the AppStore are even worth losing a half-hour, let alone their asking price. I’m glad to say that today’s app, however, is. So, without further ado, I shall present Boom Brigade by 10tons Ltd.

Continue reading…