Stickbound in review – Not overly spellbound with the gimmicky stick

Platform games have always been a staple of my gaming diet. I much prefer playing a Super Mario Bros. or a Mega Man than a Call Of Duty or Resident Evil. I was quite intrigued when I read somewhere that Stickbound was a “casual platformer”, and suddenly I wanted to give it a try. Guess I should have read the iTunes description instead. Stickbound is not a bad game, but it’s really just a “go for as long as you can” game with stick propulsion as a gimmick. Once the gimmick wears off, unfortunately, there are much more engaging entries in this genre to play.

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Crazy Penguin Party in Review – Don’t Leave Home Without It!

One of the reasons I wanted an iPod Touch was because I got to play this adorable little game on my brother-in-law’s iPhone – you shoot penguins out of a catapult and try to hit as many polar bears as you can. I love polar bears in general, and in this game these bears were delightfully big, burly and totally huggable. That game, Crazy Penguin Catapult, was one of the first ones I bought as soon as I had my own iPod Touch.

Crazy Penguin Party will be instantly familiar to anyone who has ever tried Crazy Penguin Catapult. You have the same hardy penguins going head to head with pot-bellied polar bears – only this time, there’s a lot more going on. Feel free to discuss this review of Crazy Penguin Party in our forums.

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Price Drop: Age of Tribes FREE for a Day!

Today is a wonderful day. Along with Last Front: Europe, Age of Tribes has dropped to FREE! Age of Tribes, a line-drawing adventure, is a ticklish blend of Lemmings and Flight Control which puts you in the role of a tribal leader who must lead your followers to safety against scary odds and dangerous terrain. At 199 pennies cheaper than its usual price, now is a great time to click the iTunes link:

Age of Tribes Fancy Factory, Age of Tribes – Free

Get them now or check the official description after the gap.

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Collider in review – Rolling balls for physics fun

I’ve never been a real big fan of physics based games, especially when they involve setting up all kinds of contraptions and gizmos to do things. On the other hand, ones that involve manipulating several balls of different types to get them to certain places tend to intrigue me on occasion. One such puzzle game, and one of my favorite puzzle games on the Pocket PC, was Obulis. I think I’ve found another such game in Collider for the iPhone. The concept is simple, but some of the puzzles can be fiendishly challenging. At the same time you’re not weighed down with 50 different options on each level. That’s my kind of puzzle game.

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Babel Rising is FREE today only!

BABEL Rising, a game that has captivated the attention of the recently interviewed Frédéric Aloé from Coladia, has just been updated with two new game modes available via in-app purchases and has been set FREE for a day in collaboration with the FreeAppADay.com project. Grab it below or check the screens and description after the gap.

BABEL Rising BULKYPIX, BABEL Rising – Free

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3D Rollercoaster Rush New York in Review – One Hell of a Ride!

3D Rollercoaster Rush New York, as well as having a terribly long name, is a terribly good game. And I’m a poet… etc, etc. Anyway, it’s one of those games that is difficult to classify in terms of genre, but I’d say it’s a casual arcade type of game. Basically, it’s your job to guide a rollercoaster along a number of tracks suspended high above New York City. Except, as you’d expect, it’s not quite that simple. There are ups, downs, loop-the-loops, tunnels, sections of missing track and much more! You must get your coaster and its passengers from one end of the track to the other safely, but with maximum thrills and excitement.

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3D Brick Breaker Revolution 2 – Nothing Revolutionary Here

The brick-breaking genre of game has been around for years… before I was born, in fact. Nevertheless, it remains a decent, if not overly exciting way to pass the time. The gameplay can’t be beaten for simplicity, but there are so many genres of casual game these days that the old classics have got to be something special to keep up. Unfortunately, 3D Break Breaker Revolution 2 isn’t. It’s just a standard brick-breaking game with no revolutionary features. Feel free to discuss this review of 3D Brick Breaker Revolution 2 in our forums.

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Blast Off in review – Have You Seen My Astronaut?

I never realised that being an astronaut was such a dangerous profession, but apparently it’s pretty easy to get lost and end up floating around in space. At least, that’s what Blast Off would have you to believe. As captain of a space ship it’s your job to retrieve lost astronauts and get them back safely to wherever it is they belong. Thankfully that’s not important to complete the game, but if it makes you feel better just make up a home base for them. Blast Off combines physics, thought, determination, and tiny but cool little graphics to make a fun outer space action / puzzle game. Feel free to discuss this review of Blast off in our forums.

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Zombie Recycling Inc. : Rotten Red in Review – the head on the floor

Watch out, they turn up too!

I actually screamed like a boy scout; it was a pitiful squeaky screech which accompanied the fiftieth time my zombie’s head exploded on the cold hard floor. The option was to jump on a belt of chainsaws, knocking one by one down and while saving the head, vivisecting my zombie’s floor-bound body. Zombie Recycling Inc. : Rotten Red is still as good as its sibling, Moldy Green, but it’s harder, more frustrating, and takes way longer to finish (I haven’t yet done this). Whether it will be worth it to you depends on skill, gaming tenacity, and good ol’ fashioned fluke. Feel free to discuss this review of Zombie Recycling Inc. : Rotten Red in our forums.

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