RayForce in Review – Awesome but short and pricey…

I’m always on the lookout for the perfect scrolling shooter and I’m beginning to think such a beast doesn’t exist.  Fortunately, while not as a whole unblemished, RayForce has many of the qualities I’d expect in my ideal candidate.  On the other hand, it has a couple of big discretions that actually push it back below some of my favorite iOS jaunts.  So enough with the opening paragraph rhetoric already, let’s find out what this game is all about!

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Taito set to release the Invadercade, a Space Invaders gaming cabinet

Playing SPACE INVADERS on the iPad will soon look a whole lot sexier early next month when Taito releases the INVADERCADE in Japan, a $200US arcade cabinet with (wait for it…) one joystick and a single button. Of course, it’ll be decked out with your favourite Space Invaders theme. Likely inspired by ThinkGeek’s own iCade that went on sale a few months ago, Taito is hoping this one-of-a-kind gizmo will catch on with fans of the retro shooter. Though for double the price of the iCade and being restricted to essentially one game, it’ll be hard to imagine the Invadercade selling like hot cakes if it ever does come stateside. Well, at least the cabinet serves as a charging dock and is equipped with stereo speakers and a headphone jack as an added bonus. Check out the demo video after  the break…

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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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Space Invaders Infinity Gene in Review – Evolution To Near Perfection

1978′s monumental game, Space Invaders, is a game that almost everyone should have played at least once in their life. Though I’ve played the original several times coin-op at arcades and pizzerias, I wasn’t its biggest fan. I found the graphics bland and the music dull. However, for 1978 it was an amazing feat for the budding video game business. Now, in 2009, a new Space Invaders game, Space Invaders Infinity Gene (or SIIG for short) – is out. And it rocks. This game not only draws my attention more than a fly to a lightbulb, but is my favorite shooter game of all time.

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WaterWays in Review – Stuck In The Mud?

waterways1Meet Patch. He’s a cow, but he’s not just an ordinary cow. Ok maybe he is, but he has a very important job, which is to stop the world from flooding. Our water system, the Caretaker 3000, hadn’t been properly maintained and now it’s sprung a leak. It’s up to you to help Patch stop the leak from flooding the land.

Developed by Rough Cookie and published by TAITO Corporation, WaterWays seems to be a unique puzzler game. After playing a few levels I realized that this game was similar to Conniption Entertainment’s “Pathways”, however TAITO’s WaterWays utilizes the features of the iDevice to create a slightly complex twist…

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Space Invaders in Review – Overly Nostalgic?

spaceinvaders1I actually expect to be cursed for even writing that title, because I know there are a lot of people who love this game and explicitly hope that whenever a new device is released,  Space Invaders is ported, or emulated so that they can play the historic space shooter on the new piece of hardware. I myself was introduced to this game when I was still very young on my family’s Apple II.

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Cooking Mama in Review – Great little game for kids and teenagers!!

cookingmama1Cooking Mama really doesn’t need any introduction; it’s been one of the more popular games on the Nintendo platform, both the Wii and the NDS. However, there is problem – some “serious” gamers think that Nintendo consoles are really for kids due to the fact that that they lack violent games such as Gears of War. Hence I applaud Taito for porting Cooking Mama to the iPhone/ iPod Touch platform, because this way the game can be played by more gamers.

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