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Guess the Emoji: Emoji Pops iOS review

Every so often a smartphone game comes along that is simply unavoidable, as it relentlessly poisons (sorry, that’s probably a tad harsh; infects?) Facebook News Feeds and twitter Timelines.

In days gone by it was Draw Something, then we had “hilarious” Bitstrips comics, and more recently Flappy Bird high scores. Humanity. The latest craze (yes, there is a point to all this rambling) is – to use its full name – Guess the Emoji: Emoji Pops, a free download from the App Store and Google Play.

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Surgeon Simulator iPad review

If you have a strong stomach and a spare £3.99 lying around, you might fancy checking out Surgeon Simulator, now available for ye olde iPad.

Surgeon Simulator tasks you with performing heart, double-kidney, eye and tooth transplants, and it’s every bit as difficult and horrific as that sounds, with - thank Jeebus - a generous dose of humour thrown in.

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Wave Wave iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 19 at 17:00

Wave Wave iOS review

When I think back over the toughest smartphone games I’ve ever played, Super Hexagon and Boson X spring to mind, games that were really super challenging, but – at the same time – entirely fair.

Joining those two is Wave Wave, a game that stakes a serious claim for Toughest Smartphone Game of All Time. It’s great.

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Word Forward iOS review

Word Forward iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 17 at 17:00

I do enjoy a good word game (Scramble With Friends is still in heavy rotation), so I jumped at the chance to check out Word Forward, especially with its encouraging abundance of positive user reviews.

Did I like it? Yeah. Did it blow me away? Nah, not so much. Let’s talk Word Forward below.

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Smash Hit iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 14 at 17:00

Smash Hit iOS review

Cynical old Jan described Smash Hit (free @ App Store, Google Play) as “Excellent !!!!” the other day, so I figured I’d shunt it up ye olde review queue and see what all the fuss is about.

You know what? He’s right. Smash Hit is excellent, and I have the pleasure of explaining why below.

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Stubies iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 12 at 17:00

Stubies iOS review

I’ve found myself at both ends of the gaming spectrum recently, with Riot Runners proving to be one of the worst smartphone titles I’ve ever played, and Device 6 being one of the best.

Here’s a little something that slots firmly in the middle. Meet Stubies, a game that’s completely and utterly… fine.

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PolyFauna iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 10 at 17:00

PolyFauna iOS review

While the App Review remit covers any and all apps, I’ve generally focused on games, though I’ve been known to go off on bizarre tangents encompassing bubble wrap, a flashlight, and even the music of a Californian string quartet.

Here I’m checking out – I don’t know what the heck it is – an “experimental collaboration” between popular beat combo Radiohead and Universal Everything, a “UK-based digital art practice and design studio”. I speak of PolyFauna, available for free from the App Store and Google Play.

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Out There iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 7 at 17:00

Out There iOS review

If there’s one thing I’ve learned this week, it’s not to give up on games when they initially prove to be incredibly frustrating. Calculords is a fine example of a game I would’ve gladly damned for all eternity at one stage, but one hour later I was literally jumping for joy having defeated two wily opponents back-to-back.

On a similar note, I could’ve easily scribbled a damning 2/5 review of Out There, labelling it a steaming pile of random horse poop, but it’s now one of my favourite games of the year so far. Go figure.

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Calculords iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 6 at 17:00

Calculords iOS review

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourselves for one of the most unique and oddly compelling strategy titles I’ve played in a long time.

I speak of Calculords, a game that deftly combines maths, card collecting and tactical turn-based combat. It’s really good. I think…

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Device 6 iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Mar. 3 at 17:00

Device 6 iOS review

Simogo's Device 6 picked up ‘Best Entertainment App (Gaming, Music, Sports, Video)’ at Mobile World Congress last week, so I figured it was a good time to go back and check it out.

Developed by the guys behind the excellent Year Walk, Device 6 doesn’t disappoint. Indeed, if I’d reviewed it upon release, it would’ve rightly featured heavily in my Top smartphone games of 2013 countdown. Let’s right that particular wrong now with a few hundred words about the awesomeness that is Device 6.

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