Pudding Monsters HD in Review – No Bill Cosby But Still Fun

Cut The Rope was one of the first games to be billed as an “Angry Birds killer”, and while I don’t believe it quite made it to that status, there’s no denying the game’s impact on the mobile puzzle game genre.  The developers are back with an entirely different concept in Pudding Monsters, but the important thing is that the game is just as entertaining as Cut The Rope.  Gamers looking for a challenge might be a bit disappointed, as the current level sets are a bit on the easy side overall, but those looking for a cute casual gaming experience are sure to love the whole package. Continue reading…

Super Dragon in Review – Cool, But Not Really Super

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Super Dragon is another physics based puzzle game, but at least it doesn’t have the same “topple buildings and defeat the opponents within” type feel that the Angry Birds movement spurred.  This time around you play a dragon that simply wants to get his teeth back so he won’t be laughed at by all his friends.  Naturally, though, your teeth end up in all sorts of precarious spots, and it’s to you and your fireballs to figure out how to get them back without knocking yourself out in the process.

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Dungeon Story in Review – Have I Heard This Tale Before?

The concept of combining the RPG with match 3 mechanics seems to be pretty popular, though few entries come close to either Puzzle Quest for a more hardcore experience or Dungeon Raid for the casual folks.  Still, many of the options at least offer a few things that make them worth giving a chace, and Dungeon Story is no exception.  While there are no quests to speak of, it’s more persistent than Dungeon Raid in that you can build up your character between plays.  It still provides a more casual experience than Puzzle Quest, however, because even if you get “stuck” in a dungeon all you have to remember between sessions is that when you come back there is another monster to fight.

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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.

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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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Rovio’s Bad Piggies arrives for iPhone, Mac and Android

Rovio’s next big hit has arrived and there are no birds in sight. Rather, the misunderstood pigs from the Angry Birds franchise star in this innovative puzzle game - Bad Piggies.

The Bad Piggies are after the eggs again — but as usual, nothing is going according to plan! Can you create the ultimate flying machine and steer them safely to their destination? Those tricky pigs have a few objects they can use, but they need your help to turn these into the perfect transportation!

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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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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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Rovio’s Amazing Alex arrives on iOS

With a billion Angry Birds downloads under Rovio Entertainment’s belt, the Finnish developer has released their first non-bird-slinging game on the App Store: Amazing Alex. Sure enough, it’s another physics puzzler, but this time with an Incredible Machine-style twist.

Meet Amazing Alex! This whiz kid has a boundless imagination and a houseful of fun toys that can turn anything into an adventure!

From cleaning up his room to battling cardboard robots in his backyard, Alex creates amazing chain reactions to get the job done with the maximum amount of fun! Now he has some challenges for you — and he wants to see the most creative solutions YOU can create!

Amazing Alex features 100 challenging levels across 4 locations and you can bet Rovio will be providing free updates in the future with even more levels. Best of all, players can create their own with 35 interactive objects and share them online with other gamers. The iPhone version of the game goes for $0.99, while the HD version for the iPad sells for $2.99. Check out the launch trailer after the break.

Amazing Alex Rovio, Amazing Alex - $0.99
Amazing Alex HD Rovio, Amazing Alex HD - $2.99

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Valentin – The Valiant Viking in Review – Paper Vikings Are Vikings Too

In January of last year a unique new puzzle game called Cardboard Castle hit the App Store. If I were to quickly summarize Valentin – The Valiant Viking I’d say it was a “spiritual successor” to Cardboard Castle, even though it’s not by the same developers. The game has a similar knack for silly solutions to thoughtful puzzles and the visuals were clearly inspired. Still, Valentin does an excellent job of standing on its own two feet, and it throws a wrinkle or two into the mix to make sure it is a completely different game.

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