Zombie Wonderland 2 iPhone/iPad review

Zombie Wonderland 2 iPhone/iPad review

Jonathan Lester  Jan. 18, 2012 at 17:00

Zombie games are all well and good (and starting to get a more than a little staid, if I'm honest), but they never seem to answer a simple question.

Who's going to clean up the mess afterwards?

Well, Zombie Wonderland 2 has the answer. You are. But at least you get to make the mess first.

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Woody Woodpecker iPhone/iPad review

Woody Woodpecker iPhone/iPad review

Jonathan Lester  Jan. 17, 2012 at 17:00

Tiny Wings was one of 2011's best mobile games: a serene, soothing and charming experience that relied on only a single finger to navigate its procedurally-generated worlds.

However, a new bird has decided to try and unseat Tiny Wings from its lofty perch... and it's none other than Woody Woodpecker himself.

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Risk, the iPhone port of the classic strategy game, is currently enjoying a nice risk-free (heh) price tag of 69p thanks to an EA daily deal. Risk: The Official Game For iPad is also down to £1.49. The term 'armchair general' has never been more appropriate.

 

Fantasy Defense HD iPhone/iPad review

Fantasy Defense HD iPhone/iPad review

Jonathan Lester  Jan. 14, 2012 at 17:00

There are more tower defence games on the App Store than there are stars in the sky, fish in the sea or iPad 3 rumours on the internet.

And Fantasy Defense is one of the very best. Not because it does anything new, but because it does everything brilliantly.

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Strange Adventures In Infinite Space iPad review

Strange Adventures In Infinite Space iPad review

Jonathan Lester  Jan. 13, 2012 at 17:00

Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Turtle; its ten year mission, to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilisations... and plunder their riches in twenty minutes or less.

Strange Adventures In Infinite Space is still fondly regarded by many PC gamers as a masterpiece of random timewasting, and the iPad app proudly continues the tradition.

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Street Wrestler iPhone/iPad review

Street Wrestler iPhone/iPad review

Jonathan Lester  Jan. 11, 2012 at 17:00

Let me tell you a story about a little game called Lucha Fury. This miserable XBLA app was so apocalyptically terrible that it only survived a few weeks before being de-listed; so bad that it was stricken from our records, the marketplace and our memories.

But there's a happy ending to this story. Candybox Studios have revamped and refined the concept and characters into a new iOS app... and it's not bad at all.

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Streetbike: Full Blast iPhone review

Streetbike: Full Blast iPhone review

Jonathan Lester  Jan. 10, 2012 at 17:00

Streetbike promised to be a reckless and raucous throwback to classic arcade bike racers; offering the same visceral moment to moment thrills and accessible controls of its venerable forebears. Excited? You bet we were.

Chillingo's latest effort may swagger like an ornery leather-clad biker, but sadly, the truth is much more pedestrian.

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Backyard Bounce iPhone/iPad review

Backyard Bounce iPhone/iPad review

Jonathan Lester  Jan. 9, 2012 at 17:00

Chillingo certainly love their 2D physics-based puzzlers. We've thrown ninja stars, cut ropes to release prehistoric balls, dragged a rope to save some birds and rolled a ravenous spherical panda after ice lollies to mention but a few. Now it's time to guide some basketballs to their hoops with gravity, street smarts and an entire warehouse full of building supplies. Here we go again.

And we couldn't be happier. Physics puzzles are perfectly suited to the iPhone's capabilities, and Backyard Bounce is another clear example of why the genre has plenty more to give.

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Draughts! In! Spaaaace! Or checkers, if you prefer the American version. Either way, that pretty much sums up Galaxy Battles HD, which allows you to throw down with up to five other players and enjoy some crisp visuals in the process. Better yet, Galaxy Battles HD is now free on the App Store - saving you £1.49.

 

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The aliens are landing, and it's up to you to stop them dead with your powerful upgradeable ground defences. I'm talking, of course, about UFOlocaust, which features 25 levels of imaginative tower defence and high-def optimisation for the iPhone 4/iPad. Better yet, it's also FREE until the end of the weekend on the App Store. There are no IAPs, no ads - just a decent free game.

 

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4X games - that is, space strategy games - have been enjoying a renaissance of late, and the iOS App Store has its own seminal masterpiece in the shape of Ascendancy. It's an incredibly deep and infinitely replayable tactical experience, though the complex interface requires a fair bit of perseverance to master. Running a space empire isn't easy, after all. But it is cheap as chips, thanks to a weekend sale that will save you 80%. Ascendancy demands your attention, especially considering the £3+ major saving.

 

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Machinarium is one of the best adventure games of recent times; a thoughtful, beautiful and cerebral journey through a perfectly-realised world. And brilliantly, you can also save 60% if you buy the iPad 2 version before January 9th. Absolutely worth full price, and unquestionably worth buying now.

 

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Burn It All is a great little puzzler that's surprisingly deep and does exactly what it says on the tin. You'll burn stuff. All the stuff, if possible. And you can now download it for free on the App Store, saving yourself 69p. Considering that it's a universal app, you'd be mad not to take advantage of this offer.

 

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Jetpack Joyride is one of the very best mobile games of the year: a never-ending cavalcade of single-finger goodness that caters for completionists and casual gamers alike. We awarded it top marks in our full review, and for a limited time, you can get it completely free on iOS. Do it. Do it do it do it. Do it.

 

Superman iPhone/ iPad review

Superman iPhone/ iPad review

Jonathan Lester  Nov. 27, 2011 at 17:00

Run! There's no time! Leave the valuables, leave the kids, we have to leave right now! A Superman game is coming!

Wait, sorry - not this time. Usually the arrival of a new Superman game is cause for frenzied panic, wailing and gnashing of teeth... but Chillingo seems to have done the impossible.

They've made a good one.

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In many ways, Dark Meadow is a mash-up of Infinity Blade and Silent Hill; with slick combat and addictive character creation set in a dark and deserted hospital. It's scary stuff... and it's now only 69p on the App Store. Our Dark Meadow Review should clue you in on the compelling, disturbing shenanigans.

 

Bang! HD iPad review

Bang! HD iPad review

Jonathan Lester  Nov. 21, 2011 at 17:00

Any ornery cowpoke worth their spurs knows that the Mexican Standoff is the best bit of a Spaghetti Western. As the lawman, renegade and outlaw stand their ground, eyes narrowed and eager for the kill, it's difficult to hear the music over the stressful grinding of teeth.

Bang! The Spaghetti-Western Board Game condenses this brilliant piece of movie history into a card game worthy of Clint Eastwood himself, and the iPad version distinguishes itself as a cross-platform multiplayer gem.

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Want to save some money on a lengthy iPad JRPG? Then look no further than Eternal Legacy HD, which will set you back £0.69 on the app store for a limited time. It's not a perfect game, but you'll save a couple of quid and net plenty of content for the tiny price. Why not check out our Eternal Legacy review before taking the plunge?

 

Kinectimals Windows Phone 7 review

Kinectimals Windows Phone 7 review

Jonathan Lester  Nov. 20, 2011 at 17:00

Dave Braben and Frontier Developments haven't quite gotten around to making a true Elite sequel yet. Instead, the legendary designer been leveraging his technical prowess into rendering the cuddliest, fuzziest, wuddliest kittens possible. As opposed to, you know, attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.

Luckily, Kinecimals was pretty good. And so is its mobile version.

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Extraction: Project Outbreak iPhone review

We've been beside ourselves with anticipation and excitement ever since Shortround Games showed us Extraction: Project Outbreak at last month's EA Showcase. This elite team of ex-AAA developers promised to marry the accessible thrill of shooters with strategy and tactics; all while using the iPhone and iPad's touchscreen interface to deliver an experience that couldn't work on any other platform.

It was a remarkable claim, and one that seemed too good to be true. But what's more remarkable is that they've absolutely pulled it off. Extraction is one of the best downloadable games of the year, and it's time to tackle the specifics head-on.

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