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Quick Look: Virus Laboratory for iPhone

Taplay is small potatoes in the iPhone community right now, as are most indie developers, but if Virus Laboratory and their more recent release, Monster Mayhem, are any indication, they’re here to stay and play. Virus Laboratory takes a game concept made famous by the smartphone game Jawbreaker and actually makes it interesting. The basic objective is to keep the screen clear of viruses by tapping on groups of three or more of the same color, but in Virus Laboratory you have to collect the viruses to make medicines which act as your power ups. There’s actually some strategy and planning involved, and it’s fun and fast paced to boot.

Quick Look: 180 for iPhone

I love match 3 games, but it seems like lately innovations with the genre have come by taking the game outside of the genre (Puzzle Quest and Lt. Fly are great examples of this). Thankfully, Headcase Games took a step back and tried to remember what made the concept of match 3 games so appealing – the matching. They took it a step further, though, and introduced the concept of pieces with two sides, opening up a whole new field of thought for this type of game. If you’re a match 3 fan at all, you need to grab a copy of 180 and get ready to think outside the box.

Update: Sudoku 2 for iPhone

While I don’t have the time to do this for every game, occasionally I go back and look at an update for a game I reviewed to see if it would make a difference in my final verdict. As chance would have it an update for Sudoku 2 was released not too long after I posted my review, and it just happened to address my chief complaint about the game. So, check out my update, read the original review, and then go get the game (it’s free right now).

Quick Look: Hand Of Greed for iPhone

Hand Of Greed sounds like it should be an Assassin’s Creed or Prince Of Persia type game. Instead, it’s a “simple” tap the objects type game where you just have to avoid traps and beat the timer. You can do that in your sleep, right? Wrong! For such a simple concept this game is insanely challenging and quite addictive. I really wasn’t sure I was going to like it before I started playing, but now I’m wondering why I ever doubted it.

Quick Look: Tap Tap Balloon for iPhone

Tap Tap Balloon has all the makings of a solid casual game. A simple concept, quick game play, nice graphics – it all seems to fall into place. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed it, I struggled to find a decent way to hold the device and be able to play the game well at the same time. I also found the required timing to be a bit frustrating. Still, if you can overcome those hurdles the game can be fun to play.

Saturday Specials: The Puzzle Page Edition

For this week’s Saturday Specials, which is just fashionably late, I take a look at 3 vastly different puzzle games, two of which there’s a good chance you’re not familiar. They are all fun, though you might argue that even within the realm of puzzle aficionados they are somewhat limited in appeal. Whatever the case, I enjoyed them, and just felt like passing on the details to you. Check out the full article to find out what made my list of The Puzzle Page Edition…

Quick Look: Equilibrio for iPhone

Back in the day, rolling ball games weren’t quite so much a dime a dozen. When they weren’t quite as common, one came along that decided to be different. It dispensed with long levels filled with traps and bad guys, and instead focused on short levels that simply had traps. Everything relies on moving the ball left and right – there is no explicit jump. The levels are pretty consistently well designed, the controls are quite responsive, and different material types for the ball make for some interesting puzzle solving. In short, the game is fun.

Quick Look: Comet Racer for iPhone

I always dread the day when I get a game from a developer I love that I just don’t care for. Unfortunately, that day has come with Comet Racer from Donut Games. It has some indications that it belongs in their family of games, but in the end the individual parts don’t add up to a Donut Games whole. Read on to find out why, then go check out one of their other games.

Saturday Specials: That’s Special Edition

It’s that time of week again. Yeah, you guessed it, the time I missed by a day. This week’s Saturday Specials have nothing in common, other than the fact that I liked them. To find out why, check out my reviews of Dragon’s Lair, Pet Shop Girl, and Hoggy.

Quick Look: Fruit Ninja for iPhone

Did you know that ninja don’t like fruit? Me neither, but it would seem they are so passionate about it that they go out of their way to slice ‘n dice fruit whenever they can. That’s the simple premise behind Fruit Ninja, but it sure is a lot of fun. There’s nothing earth shattering about this game, but once you start you won’t want to stop.

Saturday Specials: Bottom Of The Bin Edition

Sometimes I wish I had a policy of “giving me a code doesn’t guarantee a review”, because I hate writing less than stellar commentary on small independent games. At the same time, I guess that’s the chance developers take when submitting software to reviewers. Today’s Saturday Specials contains two games that were sent to me not on my request, and unfortunately I didn’t care for either of them. I know you’re dying to find out what’s at the Bottom Of The Bin…

Quick Look: The Simpsons Arcade for iPhone

I was beginning to have my doubts that there would ever be a good Simpsons game aside from the 1991 arcade version. That would be too bad for a property with such a long and prosperous history as America’s premiere prime time cartoon family. Thankfully EA Mobile decided to treat the source material with some dignity (yes, I realize this is the Simpsons), and as a result we have The Simpsons Arcade for the iPhone. It may still be a shadow of it’s true arcade cousin, but it’s by far the best home version of a Simpsons game available to date.

Quick Look: Birdie In Trouble for iPhone

Recently I reviewed Kilk Games’ first iPhone offering, Fastball, which was a fun but ultimately run of the mill ball rolling on a platform type game. Thankfully their second game has a little more oomph to it. Birdie In Trouble is a puzzle game where you have to help a bird that looks an awful lot like Tweetie get across a series of trees. The visuals are cute, the music is pretty rockin’, and the puzzles are challenging yet fair. In short, I say “sufferin’ succotash – go get this game”.

Saturday Specials: Rotten To The Core

Hey, I finally got one of these posted on Saturday! Today I’m going to look at games that center around what is probably one of the most popular topics in the iPhone gaming world right now – zombies. Zombies make great bad guys, because in their standard portrayal they are mindless and slow, so they’re fun to dispatch and they won’t run away because they get scared. Besides, you’ve got to admire any bad guy that has a fetish for eating brains. Guess that would be the ultimate brain food, huh?

Quick Look: Guess The News for iPhone

I’m not much for keeping up on the news, mainly because it tends to be a bit on the depressing side. However, a game based on current headlines can’t help but be dynamic and exciting, and that’s exactly what you get from Guess The News by FingerArts Games. As long as you can connect to the internet you can get fresh new puzzles every day. Who knew fill in the blank could be such fun?

Quick Look: Glade for iPhone

It amazes me that developers can still find ways to make certain genres seem fresh, but that’s just what Pastel Games has done with Glade, their venture into the world of “dodge ‘em all” games. Fluid control, cool weapons, and the “drifting” bonus are nice little touches that make this entry in an increasingly crowded genre worth your time.

Saturday Specials: The Late, Late (Almost Like The Next Day) Edition

The concept of Full Motion Video games was a fad that never really took off, and if you go back and look at some of the “highlights” of the genre you’ll understand why. There have been a couple of attempts to revive the genre on the iPhone, one of which is the two part Odyssey series. In this week’s Saturday Specials I take a look at whether these games have succeeded in revitalizing the FMV experience or just proved why it faded away…

Quick Look: Trap Master for iPhone

It’s time for another “dodge it all” type game for your iPhone. Trap Master takes a slightly different approach to the genre, however, with a more methodical implementation of traps and the necessity of collecting treasures. 3 game modes and 19 OpenFeint achievements to earn will guarantee that you stay busy for a while, and cool graphics, a decent soundtrack and “I can do better” game play will keep you coming back for more.

Saturday Specials: Would You Like A Roll With That?

Sometimes the best ideas are the simple ones that make use of the special features a device has to offer. Such is the case of the three titles in this week’s Saturday Specials roundup, which use the iPhone’s accelerometer to move a round object through a series of platform filled levels. Unfortunately, concept and execution don’t always see eye to eye in these selections.

Quick Look: Spirit for iPhone

Spirit is once again proof that simple can be fun. As much about atmosphere as game play, Spirit will suck you in and put up a good fight before letting you go. The music alone makes Spirit worth the price of admission, but the randomly generated creature sets and the continual prospect of discovering a new creature will keep you coming back. Does your iPhone have Spirit?

Quick Look: Flu Fighter for iPhone

I loved Dr. Mario for my Nintendo when I was in college, and now I’d love to have a mobile version for my iPhone. Realizing that a true port is not going to happen, I look to the clone makers to satisfy my cravings. Unfortunately, none have yet. Flu Fighter comes the closest so far, but it still has some issues that prevent it from being the final answer. Read on to find out why…

Quick Look: Fly-Flap for iPhone

It’s time to get your exterminator’s hat out, because the air is full of flies that have nothing better to do than torment you by laughing and sticking their tongues out at you. Thankfully you can pop these flies to dispose of them, or if you’re feeling generous to other wildlife you can feed them to the spiders. Either way you’ll have a lot of fun doing it. A campaign mode gives you structured goals, while arcade mode has you swatting more and more critters per level. Are you ready to squash some bugs?

Quick Look: Boardwalk Games for iPhone

I’ve always wondered what people’s fascination with carnival games was, given that you could buy the same stuffed animals for half the price at your local Wal-Mart. After spending some time with Boardwalk Games from Skyworks, however, I’m beginning to get it. Sure it’s not quite the same feel as actually hurling a physical object towards more physical objects and not even feeling bad when you knock them down, but it does a good job of representing. I’ve also found this to be one of the more entertaining carnival style games that currently exists on the iPhone.

Saturday Specials: Chillingo Catch Of The Day

In my second installment of Saturday Specials I take a look at some older Chillingo / Clickgamer titles. These were games that slipped under the radar (one for good reason), and I figured better late than never to tell you about them. I’d definitely suggest adding Potpourrii to your collection, especially if you’re a match 3 fan. As for the others, well, at least I’ll hopefully give you some food for thought.

Quick Look: Tilt To Live for iPhone

Tilt To Live is a great example of the necessary evolution of the “dodge ‘em all” genre of game play. No longer do you have to take your invasion of privacy by unwanted elements lying down. Now you can fight back with some really cool weapons. It’s time to tilt to live…

Saturday Specials: The 99 cent Smorgasbord

Ever bought a game at the App Store just because it was 99 cents? I do quite often, and I decided I wanted to share my thoughts on some of them with you. This is hopefully going to be a regular feature for me now on TechnoBrains, but I thought I’d start it out with a random sampling of games I picked up “just because” they were 99 cents.

Quick Look: Slug Wars for iPhone

Rating 4.33 out of 5 [?]First there were bazooka toting worms, then came angry snails, and now we have Slug Wars.  Unlike the first two which are clearly Scorched Earth clones, however, Slug Wars takes a simpler approach to the strategy genre.  Unfortunately, while the game looks good and has some interesting unit types, it’s […]

Quick Look: Meltdown – Radioactive Platformer for iPhone

Meltdown was great when it came out on my PocketPC in 2006, and four years and a platform change haven’t made it any less enjoyable. Your mission is to guide Em-cee through 100 levels of reactors that are just dying to go into meltdown before you can flip all the necessary switches. The one button control makes it perfect for the iPhone, and the challenge in later levels is certain to keep you busy for some time.

Quick Look: Thumpies for iPhone

Standard rhythm games don’t really do a whole lot for me. Thankfully some developers are willing to look outside of the box and come up with something that skirts the realm of rhythm but in the end becomes something entirely different. Such is the case with Thumpies from Big Blue Bubble, and the result is a game that is fun, crazy, and quite addictive. The controls could use a bit of tweaking, but otherwise Thumpies is an absolute blast.

Quick Look: Arachnadoodle for iPhone

If you liked Spider: The Secret Of Bryce Manor, prepare to meet its little brother. If you’re not familiar with Bryce Manor you’re in for a treat. Prepare to guide the little doodle spider through 32 levels of web building fun. The graphics are fun, the music is upbeat, and best of all the rooms can actually be challenging to beat! This is a great game for beginners and somewhat seasoned puzzle gamers alike, and it’s also good for the whole family.

Quick Look: Radial 50 for iPhone

Want a new perspective on the breakout game genre? Radial 50 takes the classic concept of brick breaking and sets it in a 360 degree playing field. The visuals are nice, the music is pretty rockin’, and there are plenty of levels to challenge you. Just don’t expect this to be the game to convert you if you’re not already a fan of the genre.

Quick Look: Daisy Mae’s Alien Buffet for iPhone

Hey look, another dual stick shooter to get excited about. Well, Daisy Mae’s Alien Buffet actually kind of is. It turns out there’s actually more to this game than the Daisy Duke like charm the heroine attempts to exude. With a cool retro sci-fi theme, some interesting weapons at your disposal, and control options to ease the beginner in, there’s a lot to like about Daisy Mae. Besides, dual Tommy guns are always awesome!

Quick Look: Twice! for iPhone

I’m not a fan of the type of game where all the pictures are hidden and you have to flip tiles over two at a time to try and find matches. However, if I could find one that really thinks outside the box, I might be willing to spend some time with it. Unfortunately, Twice just isn’t the game. It’s too bad really, because I’m a big fan of Herocraft’s work. I just couldn’t get into this particular game. It’s not bad, it’s just not for me.

Quick Look: Hellkid for iPhone

Hellkid is another entry in the ever growing genre of “keep running, jumping and swinging” style games, and for me it’s one of the more addictive ones. It sports a cool main character, a slick environment, and some wicked arm extending. It just needs a few obstacles and a couple of additional environments to take it to the next level. I’ve certainly had some fun with it, though.

Quick Look: iGuardian for iPhone

I once speculated that any scrolling shooter had to be a good game, right? One should always know better than to make such blanket statements, and iGuardian is the proof in the pudding (whatever that means). The game play is lackluster, the visuals are decent but low end compared to most other offerings, and the sound feels like it was just kind of thrown together. Fortunately there are plenty of alternatives in this genre, but I always hate having to count one out.

Quick Look: Dead Man’s Dungeon for iPhone

I’m not a big fan of the FPS genre, but it seems like a 3D dungeon crawl with the protagonist wielding guns should work reasonably well, right? Unfortunately, Dead Man’s Dungeon just doesn’t quite make the cut, especially considering some of the more recent 3D fare to hit the iPhone. The basics of the game just aren’t that interesting, and bland level design and mediocre graphics weigh it down even more. With some more work there could be something interesting, but right now it’s just not a whole lot of fun.

Quick Look: Watermelon! for iPhone

When I first saw the screen shots for Watermelon I thought to myself “I HAVE to try that game!” Turns out I was right. Watermelon is probably one of the most bizarre games I’ve played on my iPod Touch to date, and it’s also one of the most amusing. The game looks and sounds like a modern NES game, the character and concept are straight out of Shrek, and the action is fast, furious and addictive. In short, you should want this game too.

Quick Look: Skee-Ball for iPhone

Can an electronic skee-ball game really be fun? There’s no stray hands grabbing your tickets by accident, no fear of random flying balls hitting you in the head, no attendant climbing up the machine because a ball (or some other foreign object) got stuck somewhere it shouldn’t have. Turns out that despite the absence of all that, this particular skee-ball implementation is a blast! You should just go get this now, but if you really need a review…

Quick Look: Starball for iPhone

Apparently Quantum Squid Interactive didn’t get the memo that Tilt To Live was going to be THE “avoid all the enemies” game on the App Store, because they came up with their own entry in the genre. I had the opportunity to take a pre-release build of the game for a spin, and while it was fun, I felt the subtitle “Simply Addicting” might have been a bit of overkill. It seems they decided to up the ante a bit. With multiple difficulties, 3 different themes and OpenFeint integration, Starball has a chance of grabbing the throne away from the one that would be king.

Quick Look: Ten Pin Championship Bowling for iPhone

Ten Pin Championship Bowling is a solid if pretty much uninspired implementation of bowling for the iPhone. The game looks decent, and the controls are pretty easy to navigate. Lack of a computer opponent and the annoying need to go back to the main menu between each game you play gets a bit frustrating after a while.

Quick Look: Gold Miner Joe for iPhone

For the first time since I’ve started reviewing Donut Games games, I find myself unable to say “they did it again”. Gold Miner Joe is not by any means a terrible game, it just doesn’t seem to me to have the certain “something” most Donut Games offerings posses. I grew to like the game a bit more as I continued to play it, but overall it never really gripped me.

Quick Look: Retro Fighter for iPhone

Scrolling shooters are one of my favorite things, so I’m usually willing to give one a try. Retro Fighter was no exception, and it actually proved to be a pretty fun experience. The visuals are interesting in their simple way, and the levels have a nice bit of variety to them. Controlling the ship in the 360 degree levels is a bit cumbersome, but all told Retro Fighter makes it pretty easy to blast alien scum.

Preview: Pro Zombie Soccer for iPhone

So how do you defeat wave after wave of menacing killer zombies? Why, with your trusty soccer ball of course. Or so it goes with Pro Zombie Soccer, anyway. This tongue-in-cheek look at zombie slaying games is colorful, the music sounds great, and best of all it’s loads of fun.

Quick Look: Digit Defenders for iPhone

Sitcoms always teach you that there’s never a good use for math. However, apparently it can help against an imminent invasion, as witnessed in the game Digit Defenders. This game has a nice mix of math problems from a variety of different levels of learning, but it’s really geared more towards reinforcing concepts than actually learning them. Still, what a way to reinforce mathematical concepts!

Quick Look: Imp Or Oaf? for iPhone

Have you ever wondered how to tell the difference between an imp and an oaf? Well, thanks to Gilded Skull Games you can take a crash course in just such a subject with an app for your iPhone appropriately titled “Imp Or Oaf?” Kids will probably love it. Adults just looking for a casual game to play might want to look elsewhere.

Quick Look: Gas Tycoon for iPhone

There have been a number of implementations of the “pipes” style of game on handhelds over the years, and they mostly tend to play the same as one another. Like a lot of these sub-genres, then, it really becomes a matter of which one you like best. For me, Gas Tycoon is one of the better implementations I’ve played in the past couple of years. It’s nothing fancy, but there are a lot of challenging levels, there’s no timer so you can think about what you’re doing, and you actually get rewarded for beating a level in the fewest number of moves possible.

Quick Look: Arctic Shuffle 2 for iPhone

Sometimes there’s a bit of truth to the old adage: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It. Such is the case with Arctic Shuffle 2 for the iPhone. There are a couple of tweaks that were made to enhance the game play, but overall it’s basically the same as its predecessor, just with different level designs. That’s quite all right, because it’s still great fun to play.

Quick Look: Rail Adventures for iPhone

Evil has taken over the mountain, and you must escape before it ensnares you as well. In Rail Adventures you must ride a mine cart through five areas of the mountain, trying to make your way to the bottom and freedom. Fight everything from giant bats to spooky ghosts, and be sure to jump over the junk lying on the tracks…

Quick Look: Spider Hornet Smash for iPhone

The spider’s back, and this time it’s hornet hunting season. Spider: Hornet Smash is somewhat of a lite version of Secrets Of Bryce Manor in that it gives you a feel for the controls of the game, but it’s really a new game mode that doesn’t exist in the full game. It’s more action oriented than Bryce Manor, but just as fun. If you’ve not played Bryce Manor, you really need to check this out. If you have played Bryce Manor, you should still check this out. It’s free, so it’s a win-win situation.

Quick Look: The Mystical Woods Of Darkness for iPhone

The developer of The Mystical Woods Of Darkness likens the game to the classic Castle Of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse. I will admit that I can understand the inspiration, but the unfortunate reality is that Mystical Woods is a far cry from the quality of the compared title. However, I think there’s a lot of promise for the game, so hopefully some sales will encourage the developer to put additional time into creating a more polished product.

Quick Look: Rat On A Scooter XL for iPhone

“Look ma, a rat on a scooter!” “Don’t be silly, son, rats can’t drive scooters.” Apparently she’s never peered into the warped minds of the folks over at Donut Games, because they would probably disagree with her. And so we have Rat On A Scooter XL, a game that’s actually a full fledged spin-off of a mini-game from another Donut Games title. Turns out it’s just as addictive on its own, and this time there are more modes of play to keep you entertained.

Quick Look: Elf Command for iPhone

Let’s see: so far on the iPhone we’ve had Santa killing rogue elves, demonic children and zombies (?). How about something a little more lighthearted? Welcome to Elf Command, the game that sees Santa’s Workshop automated with robotic elves that must move presents from conveyor belts to collection platforms before time runs out. It starts out easy enough, but eventually builds to a frantic pace that will give most gamers a run for their money. It’s cute, it’s Christmas-y, and it’s free, so what do you have to lose?

Quick Look: Action Hero for iPhone

The folks over at Donut Games know a thing or two about making a slick presentation. Fortunately, they can usually back it up with some addictive game play as well. Action Hero is no exception to the rule. Sure it’s “just” a run and dodge style game, but it’s a run and dodge game done with style.

Quick Look: Trigger Happy Christmas for iPhone

I know Santa’s supposed to be the jolly old sole in the big red suit that loves everyone, but sometimes he just has to take matters into his own hands. Especially when the elves develop sharp pointy teeth and nasty dispositions and threaten the very fabric of Christmas. Welcome to Trigger Happy Christmas, the game that wonders “what happens when Santa decides there’s no more mister nice guy?”

Quick Look: Crush Bunny for iPhone

What do you get when you cross disaster movies with rabbits? Why you get Crush Bunny, of course. Your job is to protect innocent, unaware bunnies from the perils of falling asteroids and rogue bombardier rabbits. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. And as it turns out, it’s actually pretty fun.

Quick Look: Crazy Turkey Blast for iPhone

Thanksgiving may be over, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had hunting turkeys on your iPhone. That is, of course, if you have Crazy Turkey Blast from EZone.com. The shooting may be standard fowl fare, but the prize system and immense number of combination of themes will keep you coming back for more.

Quick Look: Teh Internets for iPhone

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to pilot your own ROFLcopter, now is your chance to find it. Thanks to Insurgent Games and Teh Internets, you can navigate the inner reaches of the internet, dodging popup windows and defeating trolls as you try to rescue LOLcats. And don’t worry, you’re not alone if you don’t know what any of this means. Just read the review…

Quick Look: Santa’s Run for iPhone

It’s time to deliver the packages! Yes, this is yet another game focused on the theme of helping Santa get the presents out to all the little boys and girls. However, this one has a rather interesting control scheme. It’s fun to look at and listen to, and overall enjoyable to play.

Quick Look: Finger Sling for iPhone

It almost sounds like a contest for flicking boogers, but Finger Sling is not that kind of app, thankfully. It’s actually a nice little action / strategy game that takes the “king of the hill” recess game concept and applies it to balls. The game is simple, quick and fun, and it looks pretty sharp too.

Quick Look: Transylvania for iPhone

Sometimes it’s fun taking a trip down memory lane, especially when it comes to playing the computer games we used to play when we were kids. Unfortunately I don’t remember too much about the game computer game Transylvania when I was young, but after playing it on the iPhone I can see why I liked it back then. Now another generation of players can see what adventure games used to be like as well.

Quick Look: Attack Of The Dust Bunnies for iPhone

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Have you ever wondered what happens to dust bunnies when left unchecked? Apparently they don ninja outfits or start riding roaches, and either way they like to do combat with rejected army equipment. At least, that’s what Blue Omega Mobile would have you believe in their “point and shoot” game […]

Quick Look: Gold Keeper for iPhone

Ever wanted to walk in the hooves of a demon and defend hordes of gold against human thieves? Of course you have… well, maybe not. Now you can, though, thanks to Gold Keeper for your iPhone from Digital Worlds. Turns out its actually a bit of fun.

Preview: Finger Sling for iPhone

Finger Sling sounds like something a child does when they have a rogue booger, but in fact it’s actually a simple yet engaging action game coming soon to your iPhone. How long can you protect the white ball from all the attacking brown balls? That depends on how accurate your slinging is. Read the full preview to figure out what this crazy reviewer’s talking about…

Quick Look: Hockey Allstar Shootout for iPhone

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]I’m all for mini-games.  For example, Skyworks has several that pretty fun, including some in the sports category.  Unfortunately, there’s a point at which mini becomes too mini.  I suppose for each person that line is different, so it does end up being somewhat of a judgment call.  For me, […]

Quick Look: Crazy Chicken Deluxe for iPhone

Chicken hunting has never been quite as fun as when you’re hunting the crazy chicken. This light and colorful game is sure to keep you amused as you try and pluck chickens from the sky (or wherever else they might be hanging out). The graphics are wonderful, the game is easy to pick up and play, and at a minute and a half a session, you’re guaranteed not to get bored.

Quick Update: Frootrees Halloween Edition for iPhone

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]You can read my review of the original Frootrees here.  Suffice it to say you probably should if you want to know about this game, and you probably want to know about this game because it’s a lot of fun.  Anyway, just in time for Halloween Tin Man Games released […]

Quick Look: TriColor for iPhone

You got your match 3 in my Tetris! Those of you old enough know where this argument is going, and for the rest, let’s just say that at a minimum you could describe the game TriColor as a cross between Tetris and match 3. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any features to set it above either of those types of games, and in fact is a bit lacking in comparison. I guess if you’re a no frills player TriColor might do, but for anyone else you might consider the many alternatives present in the App Store.

Quick Look: Cows In Space for iPhone

Have you ever thought about helping with the rampant problem of collecting cows in space? Me neither – I didn’t even realize we were having such a problem. Apparently we are, though, and thanks to Donut Games you can aid in free-floating cow retrieval by trying your hand at Cows In Space. Ready for another addictive Donut Games game?

Quick Look: Frootrees for iPhone

Did you ever think picking fruit from a tree was boring? You’ve obviously never done it the Frootrees way before. This is one of those rare games that’s kid friendly while at the same time challenging for adults. And I guarantee you’ll never look at fruit the same again.

Quick Look: GumDrops for iPhone

Are you a Dr. Mario fan saddened by the fact that game will never grace your iPhone screen? GumDrops might help you pass the time in Dr. Mario’s absence. Solid controls will get you hooked, and four different game modes will keep you busy for quite some time. Gumdrops with expressive faces and some classical music help seal the deal.

Quick Look: iPlutoid for iPhone

Are you looking for something different in a scrolling shooter? iPlutoid is definitely the game for you. iPlutoid takes the scrolling shooter genre to the third dimension in a fashion similar to Speroids, though it kicks things up a couple of notches. This game is certainly worth checking out.

Quick Look: Robo for iPhone

Robo is a fresh take on the “mirrors and lasers” style of game. You must push lasers, mirrors, boulders and bombs around each level, trying to clear a path to the exit so you can leave. 76 levels of challenging traps await, with excellent graphics and a rockin’ sound track to keep you entertained.

Quick Look: SpeedQUEST for iPhone

When I was growing up I used to love role playing games, especially when you had to spend a lot of time building up your characters and solving quests. Nowadays I don’t have the time for such epics any more, but I still like the idea of fighting monsters, collecting treasures, and saving hapless people. It seems that at least one developer has tried to accommodate me in the form of SpeedQUEST, or as I like to call it “speed dating for the RPG crowd”.

Quick Look: Horseshoes Pro for iPhone

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]I was never real big on playing horseshoes when I was a kid, probably because I wasn’t very good at it.  Something about chucking a metal quasi-ring at a barely protruding metal pole that sat yards away that just didn’t click with me.  As it turns out, I’m not very […]

Quick Look: Did I Download That? Part 2

Did I Download That? Part 2 takes a look at two very different but fun games. Harvester gives you the chance to play an alien collecting Earth specimens with your UFO. In Napsters you must wake up all the sleeping critters in each level without giving them too much light.

Quick Look: Blockit! for iPhone

Protecting your bubble at all costs is your mission in Blockit! The trick is that you only have three blocks to place between your bubble and the incoming spikes, so you have to be careful when placing and replacing blocks. The concept is sound, but lack of variety keeps this from being entertaining for very long.

Quick Look: 7 Deaths for iPhone

The story of 8 “warriors” locked in combat should have the makings of a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon epic. Unfortunately, while the characters are interesting and the dialog witty, the action in 7 Deaths is repetitive and ultimately lacking.

Quick Look: Connected for iPhone

Hey, you got your sliding puzzle game mixed with my connect the pipes game! Welcome to Connected, the next generation of the pipes genre of games. Even if you’ve played 100 other pipes style games, Connected’s unique method for moving pieces around the board makes this another one you should add to your collection.

Quick Look: Skyscrapers for iPhone

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]I’m glad that Skyworks is continuing to work on non-sports related games, because they are actually turning out some interesting “pick up and play” type games.  This time around we have Skyscrapers, where the goal of the game is to build – you guessed it – skyscrapers.  It uses a […]

Preview: Underground for iPhone

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]I admired the developers of Circuit.Strike.One for trying to make a game that couldn’t be mistaken for your traditional shooter.  I guess I’m too old fashioned, however, because I really couldn’t get into that game.  Then along comes Underground, which is about as traditional as you can get – at […]

Quick Look: Card Drop for iPhone

Tired of the same old solitaire, but looking for a mobile card game to pass the time between heavy hitting games? Card Drop from Kuyi Mobile is just the game for you. A soothing melody, some reflex-inducing action and simple play mechanics make for a nice diversion from whatever’s on your mind.

Quick Look: iBzoing for iPhone

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]I feel like I’m saying this more and more lately, but it’s more true every day: the App Store is over-saturated.  So what’s a game to do to stand out?  Sadly, it doesn’t always take originality, because if that were the case iBzoing should have earned more attention.  Of course, […]

Quick Look: Icy Escort for iPhone

Do you know where your baby penguins are? Apparently not, as Icy Escort sees you jumping your way through 30 platformed levels trying to find them. Can you reach each one before the time runs out and earn your 3 stars for every level?

Quick Look: Super Collider For iPhone

Long before the iPhone flash gamers were mindlessly amusing themselves with the genre of game where you simply move an object around an area and try to avoid all the other objects in that area. Now Pixel Mine has spruced up that concept in the form of Super Collider, and for the most part have done a really good job. There’s just a fairly annoying integration problem with the AGON social networking service that rubs me the wrong way with this game.

Quick Look: A Quest Of Knights Onrush for iPhone

In an effort to make sure that you don’t forget about their stellar castle defense game Knights Onrush, Chillingo has released a promo adventure called A Quest Of Knights Onrush. Basically a “run and slash until you die” mini-game, it’s amusing in short bursts. The up side, however, is that there’s plenty of potential should they decide to make a full game out of it.

Quick Look: Board@Work for iPhone

Bored at work? Have an iPhone or iPod Touch? Unfortunately, I don’t think this will help your situation any. Board@Work is a match 3 game that dares to be different, but ultimately doesn’t make a splash in the sea of match 3 games in the App Store.

Quick Look: Ali Jabs for iPhone

Ever wondered about the man behind the saying “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”? Now’s your chance to learn more with Ali Jabs, the interactive source of information about Ali’s life and career. Just don’t expect too much punch after the first couple of times listening to his quotes.

Quick Look: Enigma for iPhone

Do you have what it takes to discover the sequence? I sure didn’t, as Enigma proved to be a Mastermind clone that couldn’t match up to the original. I love the concept behind this style of puzzle game, but Enigma didn’t allow me to enjoy it.

Quick Look: Crime Spree for iPhone

Feel like trying to outrun the fuzz and gather up some bags of loot? That’s just what you’ll get to do in Crime Spree for the iPhone. As Skyworks continues to expand beyond it’s sports games beginnings, it’s nice to see that they get the concept of casual games with other motifs.

Review: Minigore for iPhone

It’s time to “get your gore on” with Minigore, the latest survival shooter published by Chillingo. The game play is frantic, the visuals are stunning, and the music is incredible. Plus, it feels like a cross between Tim Burton and Tom & Jerry. What more could you ask for?

Quick Look: Touch Plant for iPhone

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]One thing I’ve loved about mobile computer platforms is that they are filled with indie developers.  That means that you’ll see all kinds of things that you won’t see on consoles simply because the developers aren’t tied to the philosophy “we have to make a buck”.  Such appears to be […]

Quick Look: Arrowhead Chase for iPhone

Ever wanted to chase that guiding arrow that tells you which direction to go in a maze? Now’s your chance with the aptly named Arrowhead Chase. The control scheme is novel, but once that wears off the game loses much of it’s appeal. Find out if it’s worth pursuing or not…

Quick Look: Hexagon Labs for iPhone

Ready to take over the world one hexagon at a time? HeroCraft was kind enough to port their Othello clone Hexagon Labs over to the iPhone, and it’s every bit as fun as it was on the Pocket PC. And, you get to learn some cool scientific facts between each level!

Review: Zombies Vs. Sheep

Ever think that sheep were tougher than zombies? Ever care to find out? Well, whether it’s ever crossed your mind or not, Radiolaris is prepared to give you an answer with their latest iPhone offering, Zombies Vs. Sheep. I would suggest that this is one question you seek out the answer to.

Quick Look: World Cup Air Hockey for iPhone

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Here we are again, with yet another Skyworks casual sports game.  This time around it’s Air Hockey, and as with most of their sports titles it’s pretty well constructed.  I’m just not sure that it has enough to offer that other Air Hockey games don’t.  There is a head to […]

Quick Look: Hotfield for iPhone

Are you in the mood for another high octane scrolling shooter? Do you want a ship that can invoke “bullet time”? Hotfield might just be your candidate, then. Unfortunately, there’s not much besides bullet time in the list of innovations here. Hotfield is definitely a solid title, but don’t come here looking for revolution (or even evolution).

Quick Look: Bubble Shuffle for iPhone

With word games constantly flooding the App Store, one wonders if we really need any more. I was hoping that Bubble Shuffle would prove that we did, but unfortunately it didn’t really deliver the goods. Read on to find out why I felt Bubble Shuffle should be left floatin’ with the fishes…

Quick Look: Mental Blocks for iPhone

After several sports mini-games, I wondered what else Skyworks was capable of. I found out in the form of Mental Blocks, a modern variant of a tried and true “remove the blocks from the screen” puzzle game. After playing Mental Blocks I’m looking forward to more non-sports Skyworks offerings.

Quick Look: Ball Rush Aqua for iPhone

In my humble opinion, Ball Rush Aqua was probably the best Arkanoid clone on the Pocket PC. Now that it has made its way over to the iPhone there’s still a lot to enjoy about it, but it feels a bit sluggish compared to some newer offerings like Ball Slam Fantasy. Still, if you like the brick breaking style of game, Ball Rush Aqua has a lot going for it.

Quick Look: Supernova Blast for iPhone

So you want to take out the universe a few stars at a time? Supernova is the game for you. This outer space themed chain reaction game will provide you with 250 levels of explosions galore. Can you beat each level under the solvable limit, or do you need to use the allowable amount of moves to conquer the galaxy? Give Supernova Blast a try and find out…

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