App Reviews
The Walking Dead Pinball iOS review

Hey guy. If you’re looking for an opinion on The Walking Dead Pinball, you’ve come to the right place. See, at the time of writing, I’m number two in the world. THE WORLD *flexes finger muscles*.

Following hot on the heels of Doctor Strange and Deadpool’s outings, Zen Pinball brings Telltale’s The Walking Dead to the table (pun intended). The Walking Dead? Good. Pinball? Good. Put them together?

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Dream Revenant iOS review

The solitary quote on the Dream Revenant App Store listing comes from Kotaku, with the reviewer revealing that he played the game “on a whim” and 90 minutes later found himself crying. Oh, you big wuss.

It mightn’t reduce you to tears, but Dream Revenant is an undeniably emotive experience – surprising for a game that initially appears to be a simple, eye-friendly tech demo.

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Super Crossfighter iOS review

Fans of retro shooters might recall something called Super Crossfire, released on the App Store in 2011. Radiangames (Luke Schneider) has recaptured the rights to it, and given the game a sexy makeover.

The result is Super Crossfighter (£1.49 @ App Store, £1.18 @ Google Play, £1.49 @ Windows Phone Marketplace), one of my favourite games of the year so far.

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Cognition Episode 2 iPad review

I started playing Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, Episode 2: The Wise Monkey (Cognition Episode 2, for short; deal?) a few months ago, but abandoned ship when I got kinda stuck and realised I likely wouldn’t finish it in time for my review deadline. Er, that was back in September 2013.

Fast-forward 11 months and I randomly decided to go back to it, freeing up 1.1GB of vital space on my iPad and enjoying myself immensely in the process.

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Xibalba iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 15 at 17:00

Xibalba iOS review

Woah, I got caught up reading about Xibalba there. In addition to being the name of a Southern Lord hardcore band (good lord, that’s heavy), Xibalba is – primarily – the name of the underworld in Mayan mythology, loosely translated as “place of fear”.

It’s also a rather fantastic retro FPS (first-person shooter) on the App Store, available for… wait for it… free. No adverts, no in-app purchases, just free. Go get it.

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Mighty Adventure iOS review

I’ve noted before that it’s worth sticking with a game, even when it doesn’t immediately click. Calculords is a fine example of something I found almost unfairly difficult at first, only to declare it “one of the most unique and oddly compelling strategy titles I’ve played in a long time”.

Sadly, the opposite phenomenon is also a possibility; something that initially seems pretty cool can quickly turn poop, and that’s exactly what happened with Pixel Trap’s Mighty Adventure.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon iOS review

Know what I really enjoyed? The Guardians of the Galaxy movie. I reckon they did a stellar job of introducing what was to many a brand new strand of the Marvel universe, while deftly servicing Guardians aficionados with geek-friendly references.

Here we’re looking at the obligatory Guardians of the Galaxy app, The Universal Weapon (£1.99 @ App Store, £1.78 @ Google Play, £1.99 @ Windows Phone Marketplace), though to be fair, it’s actually very much its own thing – rather than a cheap, half-hearted cash-in.

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Crazy Taxi City Rush iOS review

I generally love Sega stuff, and have incredibly fond memories of the Crazy Taxi games on the Dreamcast (and to a slightly lesser extent on mobile). On the other hand, I generally loathe freemium nonsense, so when the two came head to head in Crazy Taxi City Rush (App Store, Google Play), I was tempted to sidestep it entirely, fearing something akin to the utterly forgettable Sonic Jump Fever.

For some reason (maybe it was the surprising abundance of positive reviews), I decided to bite the proverbial bullet this week, and I’m glad I did. S’pretty good, man.

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Munin iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 6 at 17:00

Munin iOS review

Credit to Munin’s PR guy for badgering me about my long-promised review. I have an ever-increasing backlog of stuff to work through; you don’t ask, you don’t get. Or at least you’ll have to wait for several weeks.

Anyway! I’m pleased to report that Munin is entirely fine – possibly even bordering on quite good at points.

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80 Days iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Aug. 4 at 17:00

80 Days iOS review

Two of my favourite App Store games ever are Sorcery! and – you guessed it – Sorcery! 2, a couple of choose your own adventure fantasy interactive novel type thingies from the mind of Steve Jackson.

Developer inkle has hooked up with beautiful lady and – more importantly – incredibly talented writer Meg Jayanth for a little something called 80 Days, a similar(ish) outing that puts you in the shoes of Jean Passepartout, Phileas Fogg’s valet, as they attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days or less. Brilliant.

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Sharknado: The Video Game iOS review

# Go go go go go go go /Run away from the sharknado /It’s your greatest foe foe foe /Don’t wanna get eaten by the sharknado #

You all know what a sharknado is, right? It’s a rare meteorological phenomenon whereby a tornado sucks up loads of man-eating sharks from the ocean, carrying them inland and inevitably causing untold damage with the horror and the biting and the screaming.

In celebration of Sharknado: The Second One’s television debut on Syfy this week, Other Ocean Group has fired out Sharknado: The Video Game on the App Store – the only official Sharknado game.

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Urban Trial Freestyle iOS review

Console arcade hit Trials recently made the leap to mobile in the form of Trials Frontier, but was largely watered down and coated in sickly freemium sugar. In a subsequent conversation with a mate, we conceded that a faithful conversion would probably be too ambitious for ye olde touchscreen.

But wait! What’s this? Urban Trial Freestyle (don’t say Trials plural, ahem), a game that’s more Trials than Trials.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rooftop Run iOS review

Here’s a fine example of just how old I am: I can remember when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were known as the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in the UK, because “ninja” had explicitly violent connotations. Or at least, that was the word on the street; we couldn’t exactly “google” it in those days. Indeed, a quick cyber-search confirms that to be the case.

Anyway! Where were we? Ah, yes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rooftop Run on the App Store (where it’s currently free, usually £2.49) and Google Play (£2.42). Let’s do it.

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The Bearded Hero iOS review

Supposedly beards are on their “way out” again, which means they’ll no longer be synonymous with fashion-conscious youths, and once again be the domain of the comic book-reading super-nerd. As it should be.

Here’s one guy who almost certainly won’t be shaving, lest he become simply Hero. I speak of The Bearded Hero, and you can play his debut app outing for £1.49 at the App Store.

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Blackwell 1: Legacy iOS review

Hey, you know what’s fun? Point and click adventures, and they just so happen to work fantastically on ye olde touchscreen, as evidenced by… that one with the ginger FBI lady. Ah! Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller. Good stuff.

Developer Wadjet Eye Games has released a bundle of excellent point and click adventures on the App Store, and the first one I’m checking out is Blackwell 1: Legacy. It’s real good, man. Real good.

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Paperama iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 16 at 17:00

Paperama iOS review

I really should stop reviewing free games, as it’s always the same story: you’re out for a “free” meal but you have to wait several hours between courses unless you pay extra, and not forgetting the surcharge for cutlery.

I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this. Meet Paperama. It’s free on both the App Store and Google Play! Yes, FREE… to download. Lots more rambling below.

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Sonic Jump Fever iOS review

Remember the original Sonic Jump? It first appeared about 18 months ago, and scored an entirely decent 4/5 in my November 2012 review. “Sonic Jump won’t change your life,” I crooned. “But there have been far worse games in Sonic’s history.”

Enter: Sonic Jump Fever (App Store/Google Play). Is it worthy of a similarly decent score, or one of those “far worse games”? Spoiler: somewhere in the middle.

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Heli Hell iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 9 at 17:00

Heli Hell iOS review

One of the Ten Commandments of Gaming states that Bullet Hell is Awesome: projectiles flying all over the shop, things constantly exploding, over-the-top heavy metal soundtrack with wailing solo; what’s not to like?

Phoenix HD proved that western developers are capable of producing top-notch bullet hell fun for mobiles and tablets, but Heli Hell... *sigh* Can you see where I’m going with this?

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Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS: first impressions

I love Capcom; like, love Capcom. I own a PSP. I own a PS Vita. Hell, I even own Monster Hunter 3DS, yet I’ve never – somehow, against all logic – played a Monster Hunter game.

Until now, that is! Enter: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS (to use its full name), available for £10.49 on the App Store. Is it worth the price of admission? Hell yes!

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Hooligans iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 4 at 17:00

Hooligans iOS review

Bit of a luxury complaint here, but I’m literally (not literally) drowning in review codes for apps these days, and obviously me being me, I’m just blasting through them – largely – at random.

So when a PR cutie – Empress of Babedom, Bestower of Compliments – pops up and says, “Hey, what about my game?” Well, you put that game to the top of the list. Enter: Hooligans.

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