App Reviews
StumbleUpon iOS review

StumbleUpon iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 3 at 16:00

I mentioned StumbleUpon (free @ App Store, free @ Google Play) in our recent feature Top 7 TV/movie/entertainment apps for iPhone, iPad and Android, where it appeared alongside the likes of Netflix and 4oD.

Here I’m making good on my promise to go into a little more detail, essentially concurring with the 200,000+ iOS and Android users who’ve rated StumbleUpon rather freakin' highly.

 Click here to read more...

1 Comment

Facebook Groups iOS review

Facebook Groups iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 24 at 13:00

I’ve written quite extensively about Facebook – in particular Facebook apps – here on Mobot, most recently in A trifecta of terribleness, a rambling feature covering the various irksome features of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and of course plain old Facebook.

Somewhat surprisingly, there’s now a third prong to the Facebook app assault (WhatsApp being entirely independent), with the introduction of Facebook Groups. What the…?

 Click here to read more...

1 Comment

République Episode 3: Ones & Zeroes iOS review

I was impressed by – though maybe not completely in love with – République Episode 1, and further won over by République Episode 2: Metamorphosis, ultimately musing: “If it continues improving like this, I might even be sold on the idea of it setting a ‘new benchmark’ for mobile gaming."

République Episode 3: Ones & Zeroes is available now through the App Store and Google Play, and – I’m pleased to say – it’s the best episode yet.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

République Episode 2: Metamorphosis iOS review

Rather stupidly, I’ve only gone and finished République Episode 3 before writing about Episode 2; forgive me for a moment while I try to get back into the pre-Episode 3 mindset… *vigorously rubs face*... Ok, I’m good!

République Episode 1 didn’t exactly blow me away, perhaps on account of the abundant hype; Episode 2: Metamorphosis is – as predicted – more of the same but a little better. Nice. Oh, and you Android users can now join in the fun via Google Play.

 Click here to read more...

1 Comment

Skullduggery iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 22 at 17:00

Skullduggery iOS review

As I’ve mentioned before, lying on the couch playing mobile games isn’t necessarily all it’s cracked up to be, particularly when a game drags on and on and on some more, and/or when it’s simply no good.

No such worries with ClutchPlay Games’ Skullduggery, a wonderful physics-based thingamajig with the skulls and the skulduggery and whatnot. Praise below.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

République: Episode 1 iOS review

I’ve had République in my virtual Must Review pile for a while now, and with the third episode arriving on the App Store later this week, and indeed all three episodes touching down on Google Play, I figured this was as good a week as any to turn the spotlight on Camouflaj.

There’s been a lot of talk – from the developers and critics alike – that République sets a new standard in mobile gaming, but I’ll be the judge of that. Verdict below.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

South Park Pinball iOS review

Every couple of months, Zen Studios comes along with a spanking new pinball table, most recently The Walking Dead, which was based on the Telltale videogame of the same name – as opposed to the comic (yes) or the TV show (YES).

The latest addition to their burgeoning arsenal is South Park Pinball (£2.49 @ App Store, £2.49 @ Google Play), which is, well, pretty much exactly what you’d expect.

 Click here to read more...

1 Comment

Heavy Metal Thunder iOS review

Choose your own adventure-style books work remarkably well on the old touch screen, as evidenced by the likes of Sorcery!, Sorcery! 2 and 80 Days, all three of those coming from inkle, incidentally.

Here, Cubus Games brings Heavy Metal Thunder to the App Store (£1.99), and it’s actually more at home on mobile than it is on paper. Abundant words below.

 Click here to read more...

1 Comment

el iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 13 at 17:00

el iOS review

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Whoever came up with this whole black-foreground-against-a-coloured-background thing has a lot to answer for. Once the domain of the indie gem, such games are now a dime a dozen.

Gree Inc’s el marks yet another example, and, eh, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. Join me below as I try to gather my thoughts.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

Daddy Long Legs iOS review

I spent a rather intense Tuesday/Wednesday this week battling my way through The Banner Saga, and while utterly fantastic (definitely one of the front-runners for Mobile Game of the Year 2014), I felt slightly drained afterwards.

As such, I decided to hunt down something altogether lighter for our final app review this week. Enter: Daddy Long Legs (free @ App Store, free @ Google Play).

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

The Banner Saga iOS review

I mentioned The Banner Saga earlier this year when King.com claimed the name was “confusingly and deceptively similar” to Candy Crush Saga, the former being a Viking-themed tactical RPG for Windows and OS X, the latter being an entirely original (ahem) money-grabbing match-three puzzle game for girls. You can see why people might confuse the two.

Anyway, less talk of ironic plagiarism claims; lots more talk of The Banner Saga, now available on the App Store for the entirely reasonable price of £6.99. Mobile Game of the Year? Yeah, probably. Join me below as I gush unreservedly.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

I Am A Brave Knight iOS review

If I told you I’d been playing something called I Am A Brave Knight, what kind of game would spring to mind? An old-school platformer like Lethal Lance? An endless runner? Some sort of physics-based thingy with three stars up for grabs in every level? An Infinity Blade-style swipe-a-thon?

The answer is actually E: none of the above. To be fair, it was a bit of a misleading question, as I Am A Brave Knight isn’t really a game at all. Full story below.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

Crazy Taxi City Rush – Hulkamania Takeover is a thing

For me, Crazy Taxi City Rush was definitely one of this year’s guilty pleasures, one of those games that maybe wasn’t that good (with hindsight, I might’ve been slightly generous in my 4.5/5 review), but that I couldn’t put down despite the abundance of other stuff I had fighting for attention.

Two reasons to go back to it: firstly, they’ve added a fourth city (I was going to say “in addition to the original three”, but that goes without saying). Reason the second: HULKAMANIA TAKEOVER, brother! That’s right, Crazy Taxi and Hulk Hogan have finally(?!) formed a tag team (free @ App Store, free @ Google Play).

 Click here to read more...

1 Comment

Deep Under the Sky iOS review

I have to admit, I’m quite terrible for judging books by their covers, or perhaps I should say: apps by their App Store descriptions. Something about Deep Under the Sky’s promise of “80 levels in four gorgeous worlds” had me thinking: ‘Here we go again.’

Note to self: stop with the judging. Despite my reservations, Deep Under the Sky has sexily slinked its way onto my Best Mobile Games of 2014 shortlist. It’s that good.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

Slender Rising iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 29 at 17:00

Slender Rising iOS review

To be perfectly honest, the whole Slender Man phenomenon had kinda passed me by; I hadn’t realised – until quite recently – just how popular the big weirdo is with those crazy internet-using kids (more below).

There’s no shortage of Slender Man apps on the App Store, but reportedly one of the best – and most terrifying – is Slender Rising by Michael Hegemann (£1.99). It’s scary sh*t, man.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

Light in the Dark iOS review

I’m still literally (not literally) drowning in review codes, but when the PR hounds come a-barking, I deliver delicious meaty review-based goodness. A bit like Pedigree Chum for PR people (I have no idea what I’m talking about).

Next up under the review microscope is Dreamgate Studios’ Light in the Dark (£1.49 @ App Store, £1.49 @ Google Play), a puzzle game that tasks you with the blocking and the bending and the bouncing of light beams. More below.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

Happy Cube Death Arena iOS review

And so to Happy Cube Death Arena by Tiny Titan Studios (free @ App Store, free @ Google Play). Love the name. Love the titular cube’s happy wee face juxtaposed with the murky environment. Love the idea of super-hard quick-fix gaming.

But does Happy Cube Death Arena deliver, or is it a case of giving a book slightly too much credit based solely on its cover? Answer on a virtual postcard below.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

Fotonica iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 22 at 17:00

Fotonica iOS review

A report from my Higher Physics teacher once declared: “Lewis persistently appears disinterested and is easily distracted, but consistently completes work to an incredibly high standard.” Story of my life.

Physics, protons, photons, Fotonica on the App Store. See what I did there? And that’s the first two paragraphs wrapped up in a neat little package.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

Duke Dashington iOS review

Short and sweet is a phrase that’s, well, never been used to describe yours truly. I’m more of a tall and tart kinda guy.

Jussi Simpanen’s Duke Dashington (Gentleman and scholar) definitely falls into the former category, however. It’s a bite-size gem currently going for £1.49 at the App Store, and while it doesn’t last long, it’s absolutely deserving of your attention.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments

Dodo Master iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 15 at 17:00

Dodo Master iOS review

Ever seen a dodo with a teapot on its head jump on top of a giant spider, causing it to explode in a burst of orange light? Me neither. Until last night, that is.

Dodo Master comes from the mind of Semir Saleh (and Semir only, he jokes modestly in his email), and it might just be one of the best platformers the App Store has seen to date.

 Click here to read more...

No Comments