iOS

Marvel Pinball: Deadpool review

This afternoon I’ve mostly been playing the spanking new Marvel Pinball: Deadpool table, and I couldn’t resist having a quick blast on the old Star Wars tables while I was in there. Brilliant.

I should mention that I tested Marvel Pinball: Deadpool on the PS3, but barring an uncharacteristically shoddy port that flies in the face of everything Zen Pinball has released to date, you’re all but guaranteed a similarly enjoyable experience on your smartphone and/or tablet.

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Don’t Look Back iOS review

I described Terry Cavanagh as “either genius or madman – possibly both” when I reviewed the excellent VVVVVV last week, and he released what was officially recognised as one of the best smartphone games of 2012 in Super Hexagon.

As such, it made perfect sense (in my brain, at least) to check out Don’t Look Back (App Store/Google Play), thus checking off Terry’s entire smartphone arsenal (not including Super Gravitron, which is a minigame ripped from VVVVVV).

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Yo app spotlight

Yo app spotlight

Lewis Curdie  Jun. 21 at 17:00

I’ve occasionally been known to stray away from games and check out, y’know, apps, including Facebook Messenger, Catch Notes (RIP), Spotify

Here I’m scribbling a few hundred words about the latest inexplicable app-based phenomenon, namely Yo, which took just eight hours to develop. It exists to serve a single purpose: to allow users to send the word “Yo” to each other. No, I am not drunk, and no, I am not making this up.

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VVVVVV iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Jun. 18 at 17:00

VVVVVV iOS review

One of the best iOS titles of the past few years is easily Super Hexagon, a mind-boggling eye-melting twitch game from the brain of one Terry Cavanagh, who is either genius or madman – possibly both.

As such, I jumped at the chance to check out VVVVVV (App Store/Google Play), a critically acclaimed Cavanagh platformer that previously graced Windows, Mac OS and Nintendo 3DS. Spoiler alert: IT’S BLOODY BRILLIANT.

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Archangel iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Jun. 16 at 17:00

Archangel iOS review

I installed Archangel when it first touched down a few months ago, but it was put on the backburner following a handful of fairly negative user reviews and a subsequent price drop – now £1.49/£1.24 (App Store/Google Play) instead of £2.99.

Note to self: stop paying attention to other people, you fool. Turns out Archangel is actually pretty good.

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LEX iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Jun. 13 at 17:00

LEX iOS review

I recently included Kurt Bieg in Four indie mobile developers to watch, he having churned out 4 Thrones (a Solitaire variant with intriguing Game of Thrones logic), and the better-than-it-ought-to-be Hoots.

I’m pleased to say that LEX, a spanking new word game, is possibly my favourite Simple Machines release to date. Sales pitch below.

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All New Dreamdays iOS review

All New Dreamdays iOS review

Lewis Curdie  Jun. 11 at 17:00

Ok, class. Hands up how many of you have wondered how many weeks there are till Event X, and consequently found yourself flicking through your iPhone Calendar, using your finger to manually count? Obviously I can’t see your hands from here, so I’ll assume everyone has done that – myself included.

Some guy called Yao Liu has a solution to your countdown woes in the form of All New Dreamdays – Countdown to the Days that Matter (to use its full name). It’s kinda pretty good, though some of the functionality is a bit… off. EDIT: WAY OFF. Join me below for the official autopsy.

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Firefly Runner iOS review

Almost three years after it first touched down, Jetpack Joyride remains one of the best left-to-right endless runners on the App Store (and indeed Google Play), with tons of missions and game-changing upgrades and whatnot.

Red Kit Games’ Firefly Runner (App Store/Google Play) feels comparatively tame, almost like it’s been too busy smoking the wacky baccy to make any sort of effort.

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Glorkian Warrior: Trials of Glork iOS review

Hamburgers, tennis balls, basketballs, a talking backpack, ceramic cats, exploding birthday cake, and that eternal question: is a hot dog still hot if it exists in ice-cold space?

It can only be Glorkian Warrior: Trials of Glork/Laser Panic/Xenoscream/Alien Dance Party/Battle Patio. “You know what this Battle Patio needs? Less battle, more patio.”

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Clockwork Brain iOS review

I fondly recall playing Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training on the Nintendo DS till I got my brain age as low as it could go, and similarly Square Enix’s touchscreen Mensa Academy recently suggested I was somewhat of a genius. Hey, I’m just saying… *flexes brain muscles*.

Smart guys might also fancy checking out Clockwork Brain, an App Store title that sets out to “challenge your mind” with an array of “fun puzzles”. Yeah, that sounds about right.

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