Dariusburst SP in Review – Everything Old Rocks It New Again

The week that DARIUSBURST SP came out I included it in my weekly “10 App Store Games To Watch” list and hoped that it would be half as good as another Taito “retread” called RayForce (TMA Review) .  Well, after spending some time with the game I’d wager to say it’s actually better.  At the very least they’ve handled the “too easy” issue amicably, but Dariusburst has a third game play mode, two fighters which need to be unlocked before use and a branching level system – all of which greatly extend the replay value.  Sure the initial run through can still be fairly short, but there’s a lot more reason to keep playing this one after you’ve beaten it.

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Drawin’ Growin’ in Review – Farmin’ Fairys Flourish Fauna…

I never thought I’d care much for games about growing plants, but like a lot of other things iOS devices have convinced me that such endeavors aren’t so bad.  The latest such game to catch me attention is Drawin’ Growin’ by Taito, and this game is certainly different than the others I’ve played.  Your task is “simply” to make sure the plants get the right amount of water or sunlight, depending on the color of their pots.  However, your job is not as placid as it seems.  Many things will get in the way of your success, and how well and quickly you deal with them will determine your ultimate rewards.  There are times where the action can get a little overwhelming, but for the most part so far it’s been a pretty relaxed and interesting adventure.

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Groove Coaster in Review – The Beat Is Mighty Fine

 

I’m not what you’d call a die hard fan of rhythm games, but there have been occasions where I’ve been quite intrigued with the concept – Thumpies (TMA Review) comes to mind in this regards.  I’m proud to say that I can now add Groove Coaster to that small list of games.  As I’ve been playing this new release from Taito I’ve tried to wrap my mind around how to describe it, and the truth is it’s not all that easy.  However you want to look at it, though, it’s one of the most engaging rhythm games I’ve ever played.  The best part is that even when you don’t care for the tracks, the game is still fun.

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MIKADO DEFENDERS in Review – Applying Sun Tzu’s Art of war to tower defence

With such an abundance of Tower Defense games on the App Store, it’s getting increasingly hard to stand out from the crowd. That said however, MIKADO DEFENDERS doesn’t have that problem – this latest title stands out on the publisher name alone. The legendary TAITO Corporation, previously known on the iDevice platform mostly for their reiterations of the classic franchises like SPACE INVADERS (TMA Review) and ARKANOID (TMA Review), has finally graced us with a title originally designed for the iPhone. Ooooh, I just can’t wait!

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Taito’s Mikado Defenders set to invade App Store

While Taito maybe well known in the App Store for their hit arcade games (i.e Space Invaders Infinity Gene, Bust-a-Move and Arkanoid), the one category of games they have yet to tackle is the hugely popular tower defense genre. Well that will soon change as Taito’s first iDevice defense game, Mikado Defenders, is slated to be released in the very near future.

In Mikado Defenders, players deploy samurai foot soldiers, archers, and other units, desperately attempting to defend their fortress from an all-out demonic attack. It’s tower defense, with a uniquely Japanese twist!

Set in the Sengoku Era, the historical backdrop and unique artwork give the game a most distinct flavor. Aside from the usual deployment of defensive units around the map, Mikado Defenders also allows players to fortify their castle with upgrades (barricades and turrets) and even recruit historical Samurai Commanders (each with special abilities). So far, the game looks immensely promising and could well be a surprise hit with TD junkies. We’ll certainly keep a close eye on this one and have a full review when it’s released. Meanwhile, take a gander at more piccies and app details after the gap.

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Bust-A-Move in Review – Classic Bubble Popping Brilliance!

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Bust-A-Move (aka Puzzle Bobble) is probably one of the most widely known games around. With releases on virtually every platform as well as arcade and mobile devices over the last +15 years, it’s hard not to find someone who hasn’t played it or heard of it. The game’s most recent conquest is found on the iPlatform. Puzzle fans, get ready for a new definitive addiction in your favourite genre.

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