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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Shooty Skies - Arcade Flyer - App Review

Shooty Skies - Arcade Flyer for Apple iOS and Android is actually a clone that stretches all the way back to the 80’s arcade classic, 1943 The Battle of Midway, which in turn was based on historical events of World War II. The game is heavy on pixels and boasts some modest replay fun. (cont'd)
 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

Shooty Skies - Arcade Flyer plays in portrait, and like the arcade original, you’re tasked with taking to the skies and blasting the crap outta anything that moves. The graphics look like someone popped acid then went for broke with both guns a-blazing. You’re flying atop unicorns that poop rainbows and an array of kooky enemies that hurl game controllers, sickles and anything that isn’t bolted down in this pixel paradise. This is what it looks like if Fruit Loops and Rainbow Bright have a love child inspired by Picasso.

The action is non-stop, er, well, until a projectile connects with ye ol’ magic unicorn, then it’s toast city. The animation certainly has plenty to render and moves at a good clip. Each time you bite it, you’re offered the chance to resume from whence you left off for the cost of a few meager gold pixel coins, which will cost you real coins outta your own pocket, or credit card, as the case may be. Or you could watch a video and earn some coins on the cheap. Either way, you’re gonna be hitting that replay button often and hurling expletives at your screen like a crazy homeless person muttering incoherently with an imaginary friend.  

Shooty Skies - Arcade Flyer is one of those time killers you’ll play while waiting in line, sitting in a doctor’s office on alone in your room on a Saturday night. It’s good fun and I love its arcade roots and over the top eye candy visuals; it’s nummy-nummy.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bubble Genius - App Review

Bubble Genius app for Apple iOS and Android is a clone of the hugely successful app, Panda Pop. The objective of the game is to shoot colored bubbles into a puzzle comprised of... yup, you guessed it, more bubbles. The play is fun and energetic and suitable for players of all ages and skill levels.(continued)
 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

Bubble Genius isn't forging any new ground here, but what it does do rather well, is entertain. You see, there's this gal named Penny, and she's got all sorts of kooky contraptions. I was actually wondering if she was named after Penny from the Big Bang Theory, seeing as they're all geniuses that we know and love. Yes, I know Penny from the TV show isn't one of the geniuses, but that's usually how this stuff works when borrowing from popular franchises, but I digress.

Back to Bubble Genius, the game is played in portrait and there's a collection of bubbles at the top of your screen, traveling upwards off screen. Below that, stands Penny and her trusty robot... cat? Dog? R2-D2, George Jetson, something or other. Anyways, your mission, is to launch bubbles from Penny’s remote controlled bubble shooter and try to hit matching bubbles in the puzzle above. If you make contact with 2 or more matching bubbles, they all burst and disappear. The bubbles are arranged in clusters, and if you strategize and aim high, you can get big clusters of them to drop and burst in a huge chain reaction. Remember, always aim high.

You get 2 balls in a rotating carousel, and can select which of the two you’d like to shoot. Then of course, there’s special power-ups, explosive bubbles and a whole boat load of special effects that make bubbles go pop. The graphics are very cool and the animation is entertaining. If you keep an eye on Penny, she does all sorts of goofy things. Oh, and there’s fuzzy monsters trapped in some of the bubbles, and you gotta pop all the surrounding bubbles to free them. Like I said, it’s a lot like Panda Pop.

Bubble Genius is lively, lighthearted and certainly entertaining. This is one of those apps that you can keep on your phone and come back to it whenever you have some time to kill. It’s lots of fun, and totally better than popping those plastic bubble wraps that come in shipping boxes.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pivvot - App Review

Pivvot app for Apple iOS and Android is a super cool replay game that’ll have you jonesing for more, like an addict twitching for a fix. Guide your pivoting pixel ball along a twisty-turny line laden with geometric perils. This one is highly addictive and lots of fun for replay fans of all ages. (continued)

 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

Pivvot presents in landscape mode, though it almost doesn’t matter which way you hold your gizmo, because it’s a psychedelic trip either way. You see, there’s this deceptively simple looking line that zigzags through a plain background of alternating hues; it bends and twists every which way, and all you gotta do is hang on for the ride. Attached to that line, is a short straight line with a lone pixel ball attached to the end of it. Your mission, is to pivot and turn that pixel ball on a stick so as to navigate through an array of spinning and pulsating obstacles. Just ride that wave till ya can’t ride no more; go as far as you can and best your last score before invariably biting it, dying a gruesome pixel death. Disclaimer: you will bite it often, and hit that replay button like a hopeless meth head.

The controls use your favorite two digits to make the magic happen; just tap either side of your screen to rotate your pixel on a stick clockwise or counterclockwise, as the case may be. The graphics look like someone popped some acid and puked pixels all over my retina display; very kaleidoscopic and funky eye candy visuals. The animation is lively and energetic, effectively drawing you into the play and keeps you twitching for more. I was particularly fond of the text readout that lets you know how many times your sorry ass died on any given level. Yup there’s checkpoints along the way, so you can pick up from where you left off with each successive replay, not that it’ll help you much. The sounds feature lively music that effectively add to the angst and imperative.

Pivvot is good clean fun, though I really can’t see anyone but a Rain Man type playing this for hours on end, and no doubt crushing it like there’s no tomorrow. I can’t help but go back to this one again and again; it’s just that friggin’ diabolical. Play it if you dare.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nitro Nation Online Apple iOS - App Review

Nitro Nation Online for Apple iOS is a super cool, need for speed sorta drag racing game with killer graphics, addictive play and some kick ass cars to unlock and try. This one offers some high octane fun for racing fans of all ages and improves upon the Android version to deliver play that's on par with CSR and Fast & Furious racing apps. Go hard, go fast, or go home with your tail between your legs. If virtual racing is your bag, then this is the app for you. (continued)
 Official App Store Link: Apple iOS

Nitro Nation takes place on what looks to be the mean streets of Los Angeles at night, with a beautiful city skyline in the background. The stage is set for a good old fashioned street race between two rival racers. A large crowd is out to watch the event and it’s you against computer and live online opponents. The cool thing about this one, is everyone is on a level playing field, unlike other games, that often match-up lesser cars against tricked out beasts that you can never beat. Yup, there’s plenty of cool upgrades to be had, but the fair play option is cool because you could be racing against a 12 year old or a blue-rinse granny, and everyone has a fair shot of winning. It all comes down to precision and skill; hit those perfect shifts at the precise moment, blast your nitro strategically, and you can come out victorious.

The play starts you off with a sporty Alpha Romeo to get you going, which is cool since other apps start you off with crap economy cars that nobody in their right mind would trick out, let alone race; it kinda kills your street cred if you’re racing a car with a baby seat in the back and PTA stickers on the bumper. Nope, most all of these rides are ‘roided out muscle cars, from chic Euro sportsters to good old fashioned, gas guzzling American beasts. Yup, you’ll have to dip into your lunch money or parent’s pockets if you’re the impatient type and want to buy a shiny new car, pronto. But you can also exercise patience and prudence and earn your ride like in the real world. Either way, there’s loads of cool cars here and, mommy-mommy, I want them all! (continued)

The heart of the app here is naturally the racing, and the mechanics of play will be familiar to any fan of racing apps. Basically, the races feature head to head match-ups in both story mode, and direct challenges. There’s a gas pedal on the right, with a gearbox graphic just below that; rev the engine and hit that sweet spot for a perfect launch. Once you burn rubber off the starting line, the gas pedal disappears, leaving just the gearbox for shifting while racing. The pared down controls lend themselves well to players of all skill levels. The lower center portion of your screen is where your RPM and speedometer readouts display, featuring high impact fonts and feedback. There’s a circular graphic around the tachometer with colored sections for yellow, green and red, denoting the best places to shift. Naturally, you want to grind them gears when the RPM needle is in the green, so as to hit a perfect shift and maximize your acceleration; this is where virtually all competitive races are won and lost. The color coded shift zone gets smaller as you climb into higher gears, thus making it more challenging to hit those perfect shifts. Over revs will cost you more lag time than early shifts, but both are a buzz kill, to be sure; so look sharp and shift with precision.

The controls feel responsive, allowing for expert play, and naturally, there’s loads of menus and upgrades to click through; all functionality was copacetic. The graphics feature eye candy visuals with glistening paint jobs that reflect chic evening lighting quite nicely. This is one of those games that’s as fun to look at as it is to play. The animation is clean and renders well, with outstanding illusions of speed, throttle and acceleration that’s sure to quench any adrenaline junkie’s penchant to go hard and go fast. The plumes of smoke and burning rubber were a nice touch. The soundscape goes for realism, with screeching tires, testosterone driven engine wails and realistic ambiance.

The plot for these apps is usually pretty lame, but this one builds upon the Android version to deliver a decent story that’s worth following. It’s also worth noting that the quality of the story graphics has been bumped up a notch, trading the cheesy drawings that played on stereotypes for more photo realistic characters that are pleasing to the eye. If the story is too much of a buzz kill for ya, just stick to the guts and glory of head to head racing and ignore the set dressing; either way, there’s a lot of game to be played here, so this one will keep you busy a good while.

My advice with games like this, is find one you love and stick with it, because there’s no sense spreading yourself thin over several apps. Focus on one and sink your money and time into mastering it, unlocking all the cool upgrades and as many cars as your pocketbook can handle. Just don’t be an idiot and spend more on your virtual ride than your real one. The definition of irony, would be playing this while you ride the bus, with nary the ability to scrounge up the coin and afford a real car of your own.

I was particularly fond of the cool car trivia graphics that display between rounds, delivering some interesting factoids and tidbits about all your favorite cars, I just wish they stayed onscreen long enough to actually read them, and offered a click through feature for those who simply don’t care and want to get straight to the action.

Nitro Nation Online for Apple iOS is the drag racing app you've been waiting for. It combines the best elements of CSR Racing and Fast & Furious to deliver a quality game unto its own. This one is not to be missed and sure to be a hit with racing fans of all ages. Why are you still sitting here reading this? Hurry up and download it already! See you at the finish line, suckers.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

TETRIS® Blitz - App Review

TETRIS® Blitz app for Apple iOS and Android reboots this retro classic puzzle game and turns it into an action packed replay game, with timed rounds and loads of excitement. If you love Tetris, then you’ll absolutely love this new iteration. And if you don’t love Tetris, then buzz off, cuz you’re not a true gaming aficionado and might not know a good time when you see it. (continued)
 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

TETRIS® Blitz app displays in portrait to reveal a typical Tetris gaming environment, reimagined for a modern gaming world. Old school Tetris had old school mechanics that suited the play well and catapulted it into iconic gaming status. This revamped version of that classic removes the slow and plodding mechanics of the original to add timed rounds of play, online multi player, lightning fast reflexes and need for speed imperative. As per usual, geometric shapes appear at the top of your screen, and your objective is to place them at the bottom of your screen, and interlock and arrange them so as to complete horizontal lines, which then disappear, row by row. If you’re messy with your arrangement, the geometric shapes will pile up and reach the top of your screen, thus ending the game. And now for the new stuff….

The first new innovation here, comes in how your geometric shapes are placed. Classic Tetris is a thinker’s game, offering ample opportunity to plot and strategize your best moves as the geometric shapes slowly descend to the bottom of your screen. Alternatively, this one instantly shows you several ghost placements for your shapes, and all you need do is tap one to instantly place your block into position. If you don’t like the suggested placements, you can hit the toggle button on the left to reveal some alternatives. The advantage of this instant block placement, is it encourages rapid-fire speed play; tapping and placing shapes in rapid fire succession. The objective here is to clear as many horizontal rows as possible within a 2 minute time limit.

To up the fun even more, this newfangled Tetris adds special power up blocks that explode with color and vibrancy, clearing rows in mass succession. And unlike classic Tetris, empty spaces accrued along the way can be filled with falling pieces left behind as rows disappear. There’s also a final flurry at the end of the game that earns extra bonus points.

The graphics feature neon glow sorta visuals that are oozing saturation and dripping vibrancy. There’s a lot of juicy eye candy to devour here, and it’s all very inviting and captivating. The animation is fast pace and energetic, effectively adding angst and imperative to the play. The sounds are upbeat, energetic and lively, effectively upping the enjoyment of play and adding to the urgency. The controls use rapid fire screen taps to deliver the goods and all was copacetic.

TETRIS® Blitz does a great job of rebooting this classic puzzle game to create something wholly new and original, while retaining the familiar and addictive mechanics that made this one a classic to begin with. This one is on my personal short list and it’s really cool to have a newfangled version of this gaming classic to rediscover and enjoy.   


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Discover O - A Minimalist Game - App Review

Discover O - A Minimalist Game app for Apple iOS and Android is a cool puzzle game that requires lightning fast mental acuity and skillful motor function. Swipe a colored dot into the matching quadrant of an orbiting circle and try to best your last score. This one has a heavy replay value and addictive mechanics that’ll leave you twitching for more. (continued)
 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

Discover O - A Minimalist Game app displays in portrait to reveal a colored dot, nestled within the center of an orbiting circle that's comprised of differently colored quadrants. Your objective, is to swipe your little colored dot into the matching quadrant of the containing circle, and repeat as many times as you can before ultimately screwing up and biting it. The mechanics of play are deceptively simple and heavy on replay value. Just keep swiping and sliding as fast as you can to make as many matches as possible. Oh, and to make things trickier, your little colored circle gets smaller and smaller, until it ultimately disappears, thus ending the game. Speed and imperative are definitely part of the mechanics here, and you only have a limited amount of time to make each match. The play gets faster and faster as you go along, so failure is eminent.

The controls use cutting edge directional screen swipes to make the magic happen, and all was copacetic, so there’s no blaming that when you suck at this game. The graphics feature jaw dropping visuals, like a lone dot with alternating hues, contained within a circle comprised of 4 differently colored quadrants - do I hear any oohs and ahhs out there? The animation is actually lively and energetic, adding to the addictive quality of play. The sounds feature basic punctuation and added some mild entertainment value without being tediously repetitious and annoying.

Discover O - A Minimalist Game app for Apple iOS and Android is a quality replay game that’s sure to entertain for a little while at least. The mechanics are fast paced and addictive, and the play is challenging; perfect for those tedious moments waiting in line, or in a doctor’s waiting room, without being so enthralling that you lose track of where you are. Enjoy!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tiltagon - App Review

Tiltagon app for Apple iOS and Android is a zippy, trippy good ol' time, featuring a pixel ball balancing act atop hexagons gone wild. Tilt and move your mobile gizmo every which way and try to keep that pixel ball a-rollin' across a topsy-turvy maze with Timothy Leary, acid trip sorta graphics. If all that sounds like fun, then this game is for you. (continued)
 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

Tiltagon app is a accelerometer based maze game of the replay variety, as seen from an aerial point of view, looking directly down on the action below. As the story goes, a lone little pixel ball is perched atop a wobbly hexagon maze and must traverse perilous drops, spinning arms and an array of booby traps to chase down a pixel square and keep on going and going until you can't go no more. You have a limited amount of time to make your way over the wobbly terrain and run over that pixel square, lest the floor drop out from under you and it's game over. Each time your ball collides with the roving square, it disappears and teleports itself to the next adjacent hexagon, and you gotta hunt it down all over again, all within a set time limit. Starting to get the picture?  Just keep going and try to best your last score, or rip out a few follicles to vent some frustration.

The graphics are of the trippy, psychedelic variety, featuring alternating hues and colors, oozing vibrancy and dripping saturation. The animation is lively and energetic, successfully delivering urgency and imperative, along with clean renders for good measure. The sounds feature an annoying score that's the stuff mute buttons are made of, along with appropriate punctuation to the play which is actually effective, if not for the crap score. The controls are pristine perfect; just hold your gizmo flat and parallel to the floor and tilt away. The illusion and accuracy are both spot on and make this one shine; by far the best element of the play here.

Tiltagon app for Apple iOS and Android is challenging, fun and maddeningly delicious. The enjoyment factor may well be directly relative to your current sobriety, however, this one remains fun for puzzle fans of all ages. Great party style app, but also perfect for solo moments of play when you've got a few precious life moments to burn.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Smash Monsters - City Rampage - App Review

Smash Monsters – City Rampage app for Apple iOS is a super cool combat game with mild puzzling elements to up the ante. This one takes the age old childhood comic book debate of "who’d beat who" in a head to head matchup, and rolls it all together into one, action packed, entertaining game of mass destruction. This one stars all your favorite mythic beasts and is sure to enthrall little boys of all ages; oh okay, and some little girls too. (continued)
 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

 Smash Monsters – City Rampage app displays in portrait to reveal a 3x3 city grid, populated with futuristic looking skyscrapers. The visuals are very much cartoonish and look like a comic book come to life. As the story goes, every mythic monster you can imagine, and a few you’ve never seen before, have all teamed up to create a Justice League of sorts, whose singular mission, is to wreak havoc and deliver madness, mayhem and destruction to these puny and feeble civilizations. There’s Godzilla, King Kong, a hulking Cyclops and a Wolfman on steroids, for good measure. You attack cities in teams of 3 and select your squad before each round. You can also earn additional monsters along the way and mutate your own just in case these aren’t menacing enough for you.

The play involves slashing and crashing the city skyline in horizontal and vertical attacks. Your objective, as if that’s not obvious, is to destroy all structures and towers on the 3x3 grid, leaving nothing but smoldering rubble in your wake. To do that, just select the monster you’d like to use, swipe across a row of buildings you want to demolish, then sit back and revel in your monstrosities’ power and might. Strategy and logic come into play because you can trigger some cool chain reactions and make the most out of your destructive abilities. Precision and accuracy counts in this is a turn by turn combat game, and once you give the city your licks, their mighty military takes a few swipes of their own. This is one of those games where everyone, yes even inanimate buildings, all have a health meter hovering overhead. So watch the status bar of your enemies, and plan your attacks for the best strategic outcome, and maybe keep an eye on your own health meter too, lest one of your monsters kick it and die mid-battle.

The controls use screen swipes and taps to deliver the goods and all was copacetic. The graphics are iconic and simple, yet still retain some nice details and saturation that draw you into the play. The animation has a lot of satisfying explosions to render, with spectacular bursts of pixels erupting all over your Retina display. This one feels action packed, despite adhering to typically plodding, turn by turn mechanics. The sounds feature some testosterone driven aggression that suits the play nicely and adds some appropriate punctuation in all the right places.

Smash Monsters – City Rampage app for Apple iOS has lots of levels to unlock and conquer, so this one will keep you busy a good while. Plus, there’s all those cool monsters you get to play with. This one is as fun to look at as it is to play.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Nitro Nation Stories - App Review

Nitro Nations Stories app for Android is a cool drag racing game with high quality graphics, decent action and a stilted plot. Think Fast and Furious Legacy, but not quite as slick. This one’s good fun if you're willing to invest the time or kick in some real money to help speed things along. (continued)

 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

Nitro Nations Stories aims to be a balls to the wall, go for broke sorta drag racing game. It checks off all the right boxes and hits all the bullet points, but still comes off a tad sluggish and unrefined. I suspect that’s by design and aimed at encouraging you to visit the garage and earn some upgrades or outright pay for them. I think that tact is fine and dandy, but not at the expense of sacrificing quality play. We all know that a 100k sports car is gonna handle better than a 15k hatchback, but that doesn’t mean the wee-weedoo hatchback shouldn’t scream like a banshee and make me feel some G’s. It also makes for a better bait and hook to give your players a taste of what your game can really do up front, so in short, I’m giving this one the benefit of the doubt that the handling, precision controls and the illusion of speed all get better as the game goes along and upgrades are accumulated.

The play itself follows a loose plot that’s often peppered with stilted dialog that will make anyone with the maturity of an adult cringe. It all goes for a very underworld, anti-establishment, down on “the man” sorta attitude. The Fast franchise plays the same tact, but with expert Hollywood writing that at least makes it all come off very slick and chic. The good news is, the plot means nothing to the game really, so long as you don’t mind delivering the odd package without asking any questions, capiche?

The meat and potatoes of the play, the drag racing, is lively and energetic overall, but again, feels a tad held back. The controls use directional arrows for left and right lane changes, and a virtual gas pedal on the lower right; both felt a tad spongy. The gas petal is replaced by a gearshift icon once the race gets rolling, and all you gotta worry about is shifting and steering. Watch the horizontal RPM meter along the bottom of your screen and hit the shift icon at the precise moment for optimal acceleration. It’s hard to get the revs just right for a perfect launch at the start because the RPM needle flops like a flailing fish, but I got lucky a couple times and hit a couple perfect starts. Scoring perfect shifts while racing is challenging but doable. The funnest part of the racing, was the combative style against your opponent; side swipes and bumper kisses are encouraged.

The graphics feature a hybrid of CGI realism and iconic pop art that’s pleasing to the eye, and at times, stunning. The biggest flaw in the visuals is the high noon style lighting which is the most unforgiving and shows all flaws.  Fast & Furious and CSR Racing both take place at night, where you can create the illusion of pristine graphics much easier, along with eye catching wet asphalt that reflects the light, and lens flares that twinkle off candy coated paint jobs. The visuals here are great, just not as good as the other two apps. The animation is top notch, rendering the illusion of speed well, despite the sluggish controls. The sounds go for a mix of realism and a Gen-X score that’s catching without grating on the nerves over time. Make no mistake, the demographic here is young.

Nitro Nation Stories app for Android is top notch but still has room for improvement. It’s all nitpicky stuff at this point, but if you wanna compete with the greats, then those battles are won and lost in the details. My best advice with games like this, is pick one you like and stick with it. That way you sink your time, and possibly some money, into developing one game and dominating the field, rather than spreading yourself thin and sucking at most everything.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Boom Dots - App Review

Boom Dots app for Apple iOS and Android is a simple replay game that’s actually playable and addictive, which is saying a lot for this genre. Launch small dots vertically into a large, horizontally moving dot to make them both go boom. Yup, it ain’t called Boom Dots for nothing. Keep launching and booming and go as long as you can to best your last score. (continued)
 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

Boom Dots app displays in portrait to reveal a single screen action shooter game. There’s a small dot at the bottom of your screen, and a large one that swings and moves laterally across the center of your screen. The top and bottom edges are populated with jaggy spikes, and your mission, is to launch your little dot vertically upward and try to make impact with the large dot, making them both go boom with spectacular bursts of pixels and modest colors. If you miss the mark, then your little dot goes boom on the jaggies above, thus ending the game.  Your objective, is to make as many big dots go boom as you can before ultimately messing up and hitting those jaggies above. Ok, so it’s not rocket science, but it’s wholly playable and oddly addictive.

The controls use a cutting edge lone screen tap to deliver the goods, and all was copacetic in that department. The graphics feature jaw dropping visuals, like, dots… and more dots… and jaggies… and that’s about it; like I said, the sorta stuff you wanna write home about. The animation is simple yet effective, delivering some truly entertaining booms and pixel bursts when those dots collide and go splat everywhere on your screen. The sounds are as cutting edge as the rest of this game, featuring bongs, swooshes, and ga-boingy boings to round out the soundscape and keep things interesting.

Boom Dots isn’t going to entertain you for hours, nor maybe even minutes. However, it is totally addictive, thanks to the quality mechanics and physics. This one delivers all the goods expected of a simple replay game and indeed had me hitting that replay button, fast and furious. This one is ideal for short bursts of play whenever you got a couple minutes, or even just a few seconds to burn.


Corridor Z - App Review

Corridor Z app for Apple iOS and Android offers a hellish high school experience like no other. Think you had it tough trying to fit into the right click and be one of the cool kids? Well, how about trying to outrun them same cool kids after they’ve been turned into ravenous, brain devouring zombies. Yup, this is one of them feel-good sorta games that gets you all warm and fuzzy inside, that is, when it’s not making you crap your pants in outright fear. This one delivers some genuine frights and spine chilling good fun. (continued)
 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

Corridor Z displays in portrait to reveal an apocalyptic sorta high school experience. As the story goes, your entire school has been turned into throngs of mindless zombies out for blood; your blood. The police and National Guard are all outside, trembling in their boots and afraid to come in and rescue you, so the whole place is on lockdown and it’s up to you to fend for yourselves. There’s only 3 survivors; a jock, a cheerleader and a useless soldier whose fresh outta courage. Your mission, is to take turns running each of these hapless survivors and try to make it to the school’s exit and escape to safety.

Disclaimer: this school is like the Hotel California, and there ain’t nobody gonna make it outta here alive, but you can have some fun, and die a grisly and gruesome death trying; and real gamers wouldn’t have it any other way. (continued)   

The game is essentially an endless runner, seen from the ominous point of view just ahead of your runner, looking back at the chasing zombies in hot pursuit. The view of the action is truly unnerving because you can see that throng of ravenous brain eaters as they get closer and closer to your hapless victim – er – I mean runner. Sure, let’s pretend there’s at least some hope of escape, when we all know what’s really gonna happen to this poor running sap, sooner or later.  The innovation here, is you’re swiping left, right and above to grab debris and objects and topple it onto the floor behind you as an obstruction to slow down those relentless chasing zombies. Yup, you’ll have to navigate some hairpin turns too, and there’s an occasional weapon to pick up off the ground and use while running full tilt, not that they’ll do you much good. The play is action packed and never gives you a chance to breathe, well, except for those blood curdling dying gasps as you flail and scream and are eaten alive. Like I said, this is a feel-good sorta optimistic game, and if you believe that, then I got some snake oil here with your name on it and I’ll sell it to ya for your lunch money.

The controls use directional swipes to deliver the goods, and all was copacetic. The graphics feature dramatic lighting which only makes them ravenous zombies look all the more terrifying. The animation is clean for the most part, but does feel a tad slow and laggy too. The most unnerving sequences by far, were when the zombies finally get you in their deformed, mutant clutches and tear you apart, limb from limb. The sounds truly added to the enjoyment of play and made my hair stand on end.

Corridor Z app for Apple iOS and Android is truly a frightening and unnerving little runner game. It delivers some genuine frights and is good fun. Just don’t play it before bed; consider yourself warned.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Machinarium - App Review

Machinarium app for Apple iOS and Android is a weird little puzzle game that looks like something straight out of Mad Magazine. Help a misfit robot solve a series of unusual puzzles to win the round and save the day. This one will certainly test your mental acuity and requires patience, logic and strategy to master. (continued)
 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

Machinarium presents in portrait mode to deliver a very weird looking gaming environment indeed. As the story goes, you’re helping a little robot through a series of single screen mazes, laden with hidden objects, and mechanical triggers to figure out. Some objects you find can be combined and used together, so it pays to poke around and see what’s what. Each level has pictorial hints that help point you in the right direction, along with a playbook that offers even more help, but choose wisely, because each hint can only be used once. The puzzles themselves require you to touch and poke things and figure out where the movement is, in search of that magic trigger that just makes everything else fall into place. The play is heady and will certainly tweak your noodle, however, it’s also highly entertaining too, largely thanks to the unusual presentation.
The controls use screen taps and slides to make basic menu selections and poke around your environment, and all functioned well. The graphics possess a lot of nice detailed and nuanced artistry that’s pleasing to the eye and highly unusual. The animation has some interesting triggers and movement to render, but for the most part, the mechanics remain simple and straightforward. The sounds offer minimal punctuation, rightly placing focus on the puzzle at hand.

Machinarium app for Apple iOS and Android is a cerebral game that’s sure to make you think and keep you guessing, clear through to the end. I recommend this one highly and had a lot of fun playing it.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Slashing Demons - App Review

Slashing Demons app for Apple iOS is a gruesome replay game with some modest entertainment value. Slash an endless tree made up of demonic eyes and long slobbery tongues to go as long as you can and best your last score. This one isn’t about much, but presents well to deliver a solid replay game with a unique twist. (continued)
 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

Slashing Demons presents in portrait mode to reveal a bent and twisted gaming environment that’s surely possessed. As the story goes, there is no story to tell. All you need to know is, your in-game avatar is a sword slinging bad ass on a mission to chop down this endless tree of demonic faces. There’s weird looking jaundiced eyes, mutated growths and extra-long slobbery tongues that appear on the left and right sides of this endless tree. Your objective, is to just slash at the base of the tree, thereby shortening it one step, causing the whole tree to get lower with each slash. As the tree gets lower and lower, those slobbery tongues get closer and closer, and if one of them manages to lick you, then it’s game over. So you gotta dodge from the left and right sides of the tree to keep on slashing while avoiding those slobbery tongues as they get lower and lower. The play is fast paced and a little frantic. If you hesitate too long without slashing, it’s game over, so look sharp, avoid the slobbery tongues and just keep slashing like a madman.
The graphics use left and right screen taps to deliver the goods, and all functioned well. Tapping either side of the screen will switch your stance to that side of the tree, while cutting off the bottom portion of this endless demon tree. The graphics are indeed gruesome and gross, so sure to be a hit with little kids and fright fans. The animation is smooth throughout, though admittedly, doesn’t have much to render. The sounds will send chills down your spine for sure.

Slashing Demons app for Apple iOS is a solid replay game. Yup, there’s several tree slashing games out there, but none quite like this. This one stands alone in an overcrowded genre to deliver some gruesome fun.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Silly Sausage in Meat Land - App Review

Silly Sausage in Meat Land app for Apple iOS and Android is a goofball game about a really looooong and stretchy wiener dog on a mission. Collect all the gems while avoiding all the jaggies that make you go ouch. This one makes absolutely no sense, but then, most really good games never do. Retro gaming fans are sure to find this entertaining and addictive. (continued)
 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

Silly Sausage in Meat Land app displays in landscape mode to reveal a side scrolling environment of the endless variety. Your mission, is to take this stretchy little canine on a walk, of sorts, collecting all the green shiny gemstones. Why? Who knows? Maybe this little mutt trades them in for doggy treats; a puppy's gotta eat. Whatever the case, just swipe the direction you want this little thing to go, and his torso gets longer and looooonger until you tap the screen, then his hind paws release and catch up to the rest of his body. To change directions mid-stretch, just swipe in any direction and the doggy's head will follow, stretching that long body more and more.

You can actually bend and wind this doggy pretty far without ever making him go pop, however, there's jaggies out to get you, and if they touch any part of the dog before he retracts to his normal shape, it's game over. Good news is, there's several dog houses to seek refuge in along the way, which double as checkpoints where you can restart the game if you mess up.  Checkpoints will cost you some of your recently collected gemstones, or you can watch a video instead and save those valuable gemstones to purchase stock in the Milk-Bone corporation.

The controls use the aforementioned screen swipes to make this mutt go, and all was copacetic. The graphics stick close to their retro roots, presenting neo-pixel graphics that go for a nice blend of old school visuals while retaining some modern details. The animation is a tad crude by design and doesn't have much excitement to render, however, it's kinda fun to see just how long and windy you can contort this poor little twisty dog. The sounds feature retro MIDI style music that's marginally entertaining, until it isn't, at which point, the mute button is your friend.

Silly Sausage in Meat Land app for Apple iOS and Android isn't going to entertain for hours on end, however, as an occasional time killer, it's good clean fun. There's lots of mazes to conquer here, so if you get hooked, there's plenty to keep you busy. And maybe when you’re done, send that poor mutt to the chiropractor for a much needed adjustment.


Spherik - App Review

Spherik app for Apple iOS is a deceptively simple replay game with one finger controls. Bounce a pixel ball through a series of 6 orbiting layers that get smaller and smaller, while spinning you right round baby, right round, like a record baby, round round, round round. Make it to the center point as many times as you can before biting it. Disclaimer: you will bite it often. (continued)
 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

Spherik app is a game with a mission, and a simple one at that. The app presents in portrait mode and does not display as well on iPad as it does on iPhone, but remains wholly playable on both. As the story goes, there’s a circular puzzle front and center, with 5 additional layers contained within, each smaller than the next and nestled within each other, all comfy cozy. Each layer orbits independently, moving in alternating directions. But wait, there’s more! Each layer is populated with pixel balls that move a different speeds. Your mission, is to leap your lone pixel ball through the gauntlet of alternating orbits to reach the center space as many times as you can without touching any of the other pixel balls along the way. Still not convinced? Ok, here’s one last tidbit for ya: you can’t hesitate too long or it’s game over, so look sharp, act fast and move your little pixel ass already, cuz time is a-waistin’.
The controls use a lone screen tap to bring on the thunder, and if you think bouncing a lone pixel ball is riveting, then this is the stuff adrenaline was made for. The graphics feature orbiting white balls on a pale blue backdrop, and all the alternating orbits was sorta mesmeric, if only you had the time to admire the beauty. The animation has some cool burst effects to render whenever you make it to the center of the puzzle, so consider that your reward for a job well done. The sounds are of the silent, nonexistent variety, so if playing in silence is your bag, then this one’s got you covered.

Spherik app for Apple iOS is a replay game, through and through. Nope, it’s not very memorable. Yup, it’s fun when you’re bored, or waiting for a doctor’s appointment, or perhaps a tad sloshed and ready to giggle at anything. However you come to it, enjoy.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Fast & Furious: Legacy - App Review

Fast & Furious: Legacy app for Apple iOS and Android is a testosterone driven car racing game that goes straight for the jugular. Yup, this one is basically just a really slick and cool commercial for a really slick and cool movie, however, the play remains engaging and fun, and stands on its own as a viable and worthy racing game. Fan of the films or not, this one is fun. (continued)
 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

Fast & Furious: Legacy app presents in landscape mode to reveal a dramatically lit, metropolitan environment. There’s slick cars with candy coated paint jobs, shiny wet pavement that glistens in the city lights and enough testosterone to make you test positive for steroids. The game features a modestly entertaining story that walks you through some plot points taken right out of this popular movie franchise. Some of your favorite film characters make appearances here, creating some decent glue to hold all the different gaming elements together. Essentially, this is just an endless runner style game, only we’re driving really cool CGI cars that most of us can never afford to drive in real life. The good news is, the insurance premiums are reasonable.

The play involves head to head drag racing through the city streets of Los Angeles, Miami and Tokyo, just to name a few. There’s a lot to unlock and try here, so this one will keep you busy a good while. There’s also some good cop chasing sequences, where you gotta outrun the boys in blue, and smash a few squad cars along the way while you’re at it, all without doing pesky jail time and adding reams of paper to your rap sheet. Just go hard, go fast, or go home with your tail between your legs. This one is ideal for racing and “Fast” franchise fans of all ages.

The controls use screen taps to deliver the goods, and all was copacetic. The graphics are rich with outstanding details and dripping with saturation and subtlety. The animation is outstandingly entertaining, offering excellent illusions of speed, aggression and heart thumping stunts. This one goes for broke, then takes out a hefty loan just so it can double down on the visual overload.  The sounds feature enough aggression and testosterone to make the most humble of beings turn into a speed freak adrenaline junky.

Fast & Furious: Legacy app for Apple iOS and Android is loads of good, clean fun. Okay, so outrunning the cops isn’t exactly wholesome, but as a need for speed, go for broke sorta racing game, this one checks off all the right boxes and delivers the goods. It’s fun, fast, frantic and fabulous. Enjoy.  


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