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Quick Look: The Train Episode 2 for iPhone

Despite the fact that adventure games seem to work quite well on portable devices, it’s still rather difficult to dig up many for the iOS platform that aren’t either ports of games from other platforms or room escape games. The Train is one such series that is unique to the iOS platform, and the commitment in raising the bar of quality in story and visuals can be seen between parts 1 and 2. I enjoyed the first installment, but this one was even better. Unfortunately, the interface sort of went the other direction a bit. I still think the game is worth trying if you’re an adventure game buff, but you’ll need a bit of patience to get around some of the issues that the controls have.

Quick Look: Cover The Sheep for iPhone

Ever wonder which falls faster – a wolf or a sheep? Well, there might not be completely accurate physics here, but Cover The Sheep could just help you answer that question. If not, at least you’ll have fun along the way. You must guide some poor sheep to safety using balloons, parachutes, and whatever gadgets are laying around on the playing field. Watch out for nasty wolves, collect tasty apples, and all will be well.

Quick Look: Crocodile Crossing for iPhone

Are you ready for the next great pig adventure? No, it doesn’t have anything to do with some foul birds! It’s actually a fun casual game from Crawl Space Games where you help a bunch of pigs cross various bodies of water without getting eaten by a sinister crocodile. It’s simple enough for kids (or you adults who haven’t gotten far beyond solitaire), yet challenging enough for more advanced gamers as well. Crocodile Crossing proves once more that Crawl Space Games has lots of goodness to offer the casual gamer.

Quick Look: Mobile Cloth – a revolution against touchscreen fingerprints

Is your screen so fingered up that you can actually see the grime in the glare of your overhead lights? Is your method of cleansing – the corner of your shirt or a tissue from the kleenex box – just not working for you? You might just want to check out Mobile Cloth then. These cloths do an excellent job of keeping your screen clean with just a swipe or two, and don’t require any external dampening to work. They’re reasonably priced, will last a long time if properly taken care of, and are quite portable.

Quick Look: Amerzone Part 1 for iPhone

I’ve enjoyed adventure games for a long time, but Amerzone was one of those that just eluded my grasp for many years. I was quite excited that they finally ported it to the iPhone, yet even once I had the game installed on my device it took a while before I finally dug into it. Once I did I was met with a rather hum drum experience. Basic puzzles, little NPC interaction and a very short play time made part 1 of the Amerzone saga a lot less than I’d hoped for.

Quick Look: Mixzle for iPhone

There are lots of “sliding puzzle” or “15 puzzle” style games on the App Store, but the genre doesn’t personally appeal to me. Every once in a while, however, a developer uses the base mechanic of the sliding puzzle game and makes an interesting mash-up. Mixzle is one such case. While the fact that you’re locked into the sliding mechanic can sometimes get frustrating, the physics twist actually makes it worth playing.

Quick Look: After The Fall for iPhone

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]One thing I like about the collection of games under the ArianeSoft label is that it’s hard to look at any of them and say “this is clearly a clone of xxx”. After The Fall Puzzle is no exception to this rule. One might argue that it feels like Dungeon […]

Quick Look: Velocispider for iPhone

With a name like Retro Dreamer, one would expect nothing less than quality old school gaming from these guys. One look at Velocispider cements this theory. The audio and visual elements make the game look like a 80s console shooter with a facelift, and the game play should induce quite a bit of nostalgia in older gamers. Not to mention the fact that it’s just plain fun.

Quick Look: Monty And The Mugwumps for iPhone

The Corona SDK is a powerful tool that has given people with little programming background the ability to create some interesting iPhone games. One of the more recent efforts that has utilized this tool is Monty And The Mugwumps, a puzzle game about a hero that looks like a yellow asterisk trying to save all his little friends that have been captured by some goofy looking evil creatures. The game is deceptively simple looking, when in fact it is a challenging entry in the ever expanding action / puzzle game genre on the App Store.

Quick Look: Golden Axe III for iPhone

I love playing ports and emulated games, because so much of what is considered “classic gaming” is the stuff I grew up with as a kid. Golden Axe is no exception, as part one of the trilogy was the first game I owned when I bought my first SEGA Genesis. For that reason I enjoyed playing through that game on my iPod Touch. Part two was interesting because I don’t think I had played it before, and while not a revolution, it was certainly a step up from the first part. As I started playing the closer of the trilogy, however, I began to feel underwhelmed. With no prior experience on this game and the fact that it has now aged 15+ years… well, read on to get the whole picture…

Quick Look: Battle Bunny for iPhone

I was hoping Battle Bunny would be the start of a comeback for Pocket Monkey Games. Instead, it ends up being just a ho-hum entry in their growing collection of side scrolling, button mashing games that all start to feel the same after a while. It’s not their worst entry by far, but… well, just read on to find out…

Quick Look: Save Yammi for iPhone

Take one cute little creature, throw in a healthy dose of sweets and rope, and sprinkle with a generous portion of physics, and you end up with… Save Yammi. Of course you knew that because you saw the title of the review, but I bet you expected me to say something else! Anyway, this is certainly one of the most entertaining physics games I’ve played in a while, despite it’s similarities to another top ranking title that shall remain nameless (until you read the review). I would definitely recommend that you try and help Save Yammi…

Quick Look: The Train episode 1 for iPhone

With the newly released episode 2 on the App Store, I decided it was time to take a look at episode 1 of The Train. What I found was an intriguing foundation for a world of magic gone awry, a dictatorship waiting to be overthrown, and odd characters that begged to be explored further. The game is fairly short, and the puzzles are almost too difficult at times, but in the end I still found it to be an adventure worth taking.

Quick Look: Burn It All for iPhone

Rope, wood, and three different colors of flame – ah, the joys of virtual arson. Burn It All is a puzzle game from BulkyPix that challenges you to do just what the name implies. You must completely burn everything on the screen that can be set aflame, and you only have a certain amount of time to do it. Rocks, bats and water drops will try and stand in your way, but three different types of flame with different abilities will help you get the job done. And you’ll love every minute doing it.

Quick Look: HDMI Cable With “Active Technology”

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Are all cables created equal? I ask this simple question since the price of a HDMI cable can range from around $4.00 to $100.00 plus. From a simple visual inspection, most HDMI cables look very similar in that they have a common connector on each end, a specific length of cable […]

Quick Look: Paper Munchers for iPhone

Paper Munchers is proof that the food chain works just fine, as long as it’s aided by a bomb every now and again. The big monsters are hungry, and it’s up to you to feed them as efficiently as you can. This is a different take on the physics puzzle concept that’s both fresh and fun. That is, of course, unless you run out of bombs. But, as a last resort, there are always in-app purchases for that.

Quick Look: Collision Effect for iPhone

My first inclination was to say that Collision Effect is like the Seinfeld of gaming – a whole lot of something about nothing. Then it dawned on me that it’s more like an interactive fireworks display with points. Now I don’t know what it is – except for the fact that it’s a whole lot of fun. The game can get really frantic, and that’s when it is at its best. The game is part action, part puzzle, and completely addictive.

Quick Look: Supermarket Scramble for iPhone

I’ve played many match 3 games before, and I’ve also enjoyed one or two grocery store time management games, but this is the first I’ve dabbled in a combination of the two. It turns out that the mix works quite well! There are a couple of limitations that the random nature of the food drop and the interface place on strategy, but overall the two concepts blend together nicely and actually make for a rather challenging game.

Quick Look: Treasure Seekers 3 – Follow The Ghosts for iPhone

It seems you can’t keep a good treasure hunter down. Nelly and Tom are back for yet another globetrotting adventure. This one starts out as a quest to recover a missing jewel, but quickly turns into a mission to settle supernatural forces around the world. It’s certainly a worth successor to the Treasure Seekers franchise, with it’s nice blend of puzzle solving, hidden object scavenging and mini puzzle distractions. It would be nice if it weren’t so hard to find your objectives on screen sometimes, but otherwise it provides for quite an enjoyable romp.

Quick Look: Front Runner for iPhone

Scrolling shooters are getting to be a dime a dozen these days on the App Store, so it takes something a little bit special to stand out from the crowd. Front Runner is charming and actually has a pretty decent upgrade system, but it doesn’t really offer anything new in the way of game mechanics. The bigger problem, however, is that there are some nasty bugs that get in the way of truly enjoying the experience. Still, if you can weather the problems and are really in the mood for another shooter, you could certainly do worse than Front Runner.

Quick Look: Turtle Fly for iPhone

In the movie UHF Weird Al posited that turtles were nature’s suction cups, but have you ever seen one fly? Now’s your chance with Turtle Fly for the iPhone. This is another in the growing line of “animals artificially geared up to fly as far as they can” style games, but it has enough going for it to make it worth trying even if you’ve experienced some of the others. There are a significant number of upgrades to work on, and the graphics are pretty cool. How far can you make this turtle fly…

Quick Look: Neon Mania for iPhone

Let’s be honest – did you ever think you’d be playing a game based off the simple concept of tracing pictures? Me either, but that’s the theme behind Neon Mania from Vivid Games. Turns out it makes for a pretty decent casual gaming experience. Anyone looking for some action is probably going to be bored, but if you’ve decided that it’s time to expand your horizons beyond solitaire and Minesweeper, this might be a good place to start.

Quick Look: Desertic for iPhone

You still won’t see pigs flying yet, but there are cows with wings in this crazy action game from the iPhone / iPod Touch. In Desertic your mission is simply to keep up to three plants at a time growing. You’ll have a blistering sun, exploding cactus and more trying to keep you from this goal, however. If you’re looking for something silly and a bit different, Desertic is probably a good choice for you.

Quick Look: Animal Pop for iPhone

So what do you get when you combine bubbles, cute forest critters, and gadgets that seem like they came out of the ACME offense catalog? Why you get Animal Pop, of course! This fun match 3 style game adds a couple of neat twists to the formula, and despite only having one game play mode does a good job of holding your attention. You probably won’t play it for hours on end, but it makes for a nice filler when you’re not looking for a deep experience. It’s also a good game for kids to play.

Quick Look: Sparkle The Game for iPhone

I like the marble popper genre, though I don’t get overly excited when a new entry arrives. There really hasn’t been one that caught my attention since Aqua Pearls… that is, of course, until I finally tried Sparkle The Game. I have enjoyed this game so much, and it seems like these past few days I’ve ended up playing it no matter what I started out to do on my device. If you haven’t tried it yet, maybe now’s the time!

GIVEAWAY: A Free Copy of WiFi2HiFi to 3 Lucky iPhone Users

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] NOTE: GIVEAWAY DEADLINE EXTENDED to April 24, 2011. Technobrains is giving away licenses of WiFi2HiFi to 3 lucky iPhone users. WiFi2HiFi for iPhone is a new app allowing users to stream computer’s music to any audio dock or home music system connected to your iPhone. Some of the features […]

Quick Look: Ninja, Please! for iPhone

I had high hopes for this game. The idea of insulting deadly assassins alone should have been worth the price of admission. Ironically, the game was pretty much what I had hoped it would be. Sadly, there’s one overriding issue that makes all I had hoped for not worthwhile. Read on to find out what’s got me bummed about Ninja, Please!

Quick Look: Chop Chop Caveman for iPhone

The Chop Chop Universe is back and better than ever with its sixth installment – Chop Chop Caveman. This is the perfect combination of platform and light puzzle solving for the player that’s somewhere between a complete n00b and a hardcore veteran. The graphics are awesome, the music is good, and it’s an all around fun time to be had. Plus the game is universal, so you can enjoy some prehistoric stomping on both your iPhone and iPad.

Quick Look: Tiny Wings for iPhone

If you’ve not heard of Tiny Wings by now then you’re probably the type of person that doesn’t play much more than solitaire or minesweeper on their mobile devices. While it might not have been for long, this little gem managed to dethrone the mighty Angry Birds and make it to a #1 spot in the App Store charts on iTunes. The honor was well deserved, as Tiny Wings took a simple concept and managed to make it into one of the most addictive games I had played in quite a while (and I play a LOT of games on my iPod Touch). Read on to find out why the game hypnotized me so…

Quick Look: Escape Rosecliff Island for iPhone

One thing I’ve enjoyed about more recent hidden object games is their tendency to drift towards traditional adventure games in terms of game play. However, it’s still nice to play a good old fashioned “hidden objects as the focus” style of game, and that’s exactly what Escape Rosecliff Island is. The visuals are very nice, the mini-games are amusing and don’t get in the way, and the item hunting is challenging but not frustrating (for the most part).

Quick Look: Dark Woods for iPhone

Dark Woods is a “reboot” of a game I reviewed in 2009 called Mystical Woods. I really want to like the Woods series, and I was pleasantly surprised by the improvements in Dark Woods over Mystical Woods. Still, the game is lacking that special something it needs to make it to the next level. So what is that “something”? Read on to find out…

Quick Look: Burn The Rope for iPhone

So are you tired of Angry Birds and Cut The Rope, and think you’ve extinguished all of your choices? Turns out you’re in luck, because a while back Big Blue Bubble released a little gem called Burn The Rope. Now while you might think by the name that it’s a blatant ripoff of something else, it just so happens that Burn The Rope is quite unlike any other puzzle game I’ve played on my iOS device – I’m sure you’ll find out the same. Keep reading to see what Burn The Rope has in store for you…

Quick Look: Knight’s Rush for iPhone

The folks at MoreGames Entertainment have done a wonderful job of making relatively simple concepts entertaining, and Knight’s Rush is certainly no exception to the rule. This is the third game in the “knights” series, and it is just as fun as the other two. The world is quite fetching, the game play is hectic and fun, and the character customization is surprisingly deep for this style of game play. If you haven’t tried this rush yet, you’re definitely missing out.

Quick Look: Air Supply 1bit Run for iPhone

By now I figured I’d be bored with the whole “run as far as you can” genre of games, but as it turns out some of them are actually improving on the concept. My latest addiction in this arena is Air Supply, and just by looking at it you’d think it took a step backwards in the visual department. However, the graphics are actually pretty slick, the music is awesome, and the game is just plain fun. Now if you need actual details, simply read on…

Quick Look: Clumsy Bob for iPhone

The “distance running” genre has exploded on the App Store, and like so many crowded categories it often gets hard to distinguish one game from another. Clumsy Bob certainly sticks out from the crowd thanks to a few subtle difference like (1) Bob is an elephant, (2) he jumps instead of runs, and (3) there are rats that can eat him whole. These are just a few of the nifty elements to be found in this cute take on the genre. Unfortunately, there’s also one issue that could make Clumsy Bob a bit of a party pooper. Read on to see why not everything is coming up roses in Bob’s world…

Quick Look: Blast Monkeys for iPhone

What do you get when a developer writes a game because they want to, and not because they are concerned about being the “next big thing”? You get Blast Monkeys, of course. The irony of this is that given some spit and polish, I think this could be the “next big thing”. Maybe it’s too short in it’s current incarnation to tell, but personally, this is one of the most enjoyable puzzle games I’ve played in quite a while. And since it’s free, you don’t have to take my word for it – try it yourself and see.

Quick Look: Eggs In Space for iPhone

I’ve tackled a lot of extraterrestrial foes in games, but I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve had to deal with alien eggs. Turns out they’re a pushover-easy if you know how to handle them just right. Sorry, I crack myself up with these bad puns. Let me just wipe the egg of my face and direct you to the review. Bet you didn’t see that one coming, did you?

Quick Look: Bubble Pets for iPhone

In my opinion the Whack-A-Mole genre has been pretty stale from day one. There have been a couple of exceptions, however, the latest one being Bubble Pets. This take on the concept is not only fun, but it pays a nice homage to old school computer games and NES era music. Bubble Pets is a must for both forthright and closet casual gamers.

Quick Look: Hysteria Project for iPhone

The Hysteria Project is interactive FMV horror done right. The video looks good, the setting is quite creepy, and the interactive elements are well suited to the small screen of the iPhone. This game has been around for a while, but was pulled temporarily and then resurfaced in anticipation of part 2. If you haven’t partaken of this project yet, now is the perfect time to do so.

Quick Look: Wackylands Boss for iPhone

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be the nasty, feared final boss of a video game, now’s your chance to find out with Wackylands Boss from Chillingo. You’ll take on the role of a fledgling bad guy and work your way up to head boss by taking out all the innocents and stopping the other monsters that get in your way. As you progress you’ll be able to morph your monster and give it equipment to bolster it’s badness. Can you become the ultimate villain? If not, you can at least have fun trying.

Quick Look: Super Blast 2 for iPhone

The developers behind Super Blast 2 first wowed me with their inaugural iPhone effort Bloomies. It’s not that Bloomies was an outstanding game, but rather that they managed to keep me engrossed by a fairly basic plant simulator. As a result I had high hopes for Super Blast 2. What I got was a pretty typical shooter with graphical inspirations from Bloomies and some decent but “seen ‘em before” power ups. Consequently, Super Blast 2 ends up not being much of a super blast.

Year in Review 2010 Quick Look for iPhone

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] January Rail Adventures Arctic Shuffle 2 Gas Tycoon Imp or Oaf Digit Defenders Retro Fighter Gold Miner Joe Ten Pin Championship Bowling Starball Skee-Ball Watermelon! February Dead Man’s Dungeon iGuardian APPDOPE Website Hellkid Twice! Daisy Mae’s Alien Buffet Radial 50 Arachnadoodle Thumpies Meltdown – Radioactive Platformer Slugwars March Tilt […]

Quick Look: Song Shaker for iPhone

It’s time to shake, rattle and roll with GameGou’s latest iPhone offering, Song Shaker. In this unique game you shake your way to victory as you try to reproduce your favorite songs with rhythmic accuracy. Don’t worry if you don’t know the notes, however, the game takes care of that part for you. I love the concept, but I think the whole shake mechanic could use some tweaking.

Quick Look: Clock Blocks for iPhone

To all those who say Flash is bad for the iPhone, I would direct them to games like this. Clock Blocks is a unique action / puzzle game that’s quick to pick up, hard to put down, and yes, has it’s origin in the world of Flash. I hope we see more quality Flash games like this ported to the iOS platform.

Quick Look: Go Usagi for iPhone

Go Usagi brings us a variation of a nice little puzzle type we haven’t seen in a while: the “redirect to the exit” style puzzle. The game features a bunch of cute little rabbits that are trying to escape, and often a group of mean (but somewhat cute anyway) aliens that are trying to stop them. Everybody is in constant motion, and it’s your job to route the rabbits to the exit on each level while keeping the aliens away. It’ll take keen observation and proper planning, but I’m sure you’re up to the task.

QUICK LOOK: Bose L1 Compact System for Musical Keyboards

Rating 3.33 out of 5 [?]Buying electronic equipment has always been a challenge for those with a limited budget. Many of us tend to forget or do not take into consideration the added cost of accessories that are critical for the long term enjoyment of a given device. This holds true with musical keyboards. Higher end musical […]

Quick Look: MEEBLIP Mono Digital Synth Module

Rating 4.33 out of 5 [?] All I can is WOW! A digital synth module that provides the ability to create 80′s analog synth style mono sounds quickly and play them via a MIDI keyboard. This is something that is certainly lacking from many synths on the marketplace the past decade or so. I grew […]

Quick Look: Thin and Sexy MP3 Player From Sony

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]       Sony Mp3 Player The 16GB S Series Walkman® Video MP3 Player from Sony is more than just a music player. It sports a 2.0 inch TFT color display that also plays videos ( QVGA 240 X 320).  Comes with a built-in FM radio and a pair of […]

Quick Look: Cowon X7 MP3 Player

Rating 3.50 out of 5 [?] Cowonx7 MP3 Player Cowon X7 MP3 player This unit is much more than a MP3 player with a large screen. The Cowon X7 is a complete multimedia player with a 4.3 inch 16 million color TFT touch screen. Comes with 2 GB of flash operating memory and at least […]

Quick Look: Vikings Row! for iPhone

Apparently their coffers weren’t as tight as they thought, because some poor Vikings have lost a night’s worth of plundering. In Vikings Row! it’s up to you to help them recover their gold by guiding their ship through 48 perilous levels. There’s a lot to like about this game, but the control scheme was enough to put a bad taste in my mouth.

Quick Look: mScribble for iPhone

I’m sure that when you were younger, a good number of you used to wave your hands in the air like you were directing the triumphant finale of a master symphony orchestra set. mScribble for your iPhone / iPod Touch does you one better, as it lets you create music with the swipe of a finger. I don’t normally get into apps that aren’t games, but mScribble has a certain something that keeps drawing you in.

Quick Look: Drop Dead for iPhone

I’m sure I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again – match 3 games are a dime a dozen on the App Store (yeah, I know the lowest you can go is 99 cents). Still, I find myself inexplicably drawn to the concept, and feel the need to try every one out that I can get my hands on. Drop Dead heightened the necessity by having a zombie theme. There’s nothing really original about the game, but it does what it does well, and the zombies are just really cool.

Quick Look: Dice Tower for iPhone

Usually tower building games test your twitch reflex by having you drop sections from above and try and keep an ever leaning structure in balance. Dice Tower takes a more intellectual approach to the subject, using dice and simple rules to govern where the dice can be placed. If you’d like more of a cerebral challenge when it comes to the virtual construction business, Dice Tower is the place to be. I wonder when Donald Trump’s gonna move in?

Quick Look: The Secret Of Grisly Manor for iPhone

I love getting promo codes for no reason, though I rarely take a code if I don’t know what it’s for. In this case it came from a trusted friend, however, so I decided to give it a shot. Turns out the code was for The Secret Of Grisly Manor, and I have no regrets for my greedy claim. The adventure’s a bit short, but it’s loads of fun and looks really sharp. If you like adventure games I’d seriously consider giving it a shot.

Quick Look: Dust Off Your Old Cassette Tapes With the Tape Express Plus

So when was the last time you listened to something on a cassette tape?

With digital music having taken over the marketplace, the old cassette tapes are no longer something worth keeping. Some of you may still have some old cassette tapes with rare songs that are either not available in digital format or hard to find. Now you can preserve these old cassette tapes and transform them into digital format very easily. Ion Audio has created the Tape Express Plus which allows you to quickly transfer your cassette tapes to digital audio format (mp3).

Quick Look: Tappi Bear All In 1 for iPhone

I don’t normally look at kids’ games because I don’t let my kids use my iPod Touch and I obviously don’t relate too much to them any more. I’m a big fan of TaPlay, however, so when they sent me a code for Tappi Bear All In 1 I decided to give it a go. I think it would be a great game for younger kids, and it might even keep the parents occupied for a few minutes every now and again after the kids go to sleep.

Quick Look: Dungeon Core for iPhone

Games where you’re descending a pit or jumping higher and higher seem to be pretty popular on the App Store, but after a while they all begin to feel the same. Thankfully Dungeon Core brings something different to the table with some lite RPG elements. On the other hand, a poor save system and iffy control responsiveness tend to diminish the experience a bit.

Quick Look: Vampire Origins for iPhone

For some reason vampires haven’t been nearly as popular on the App Store as zombies, even though in my opinion they are a much cooler undead villain. There have been at least some attempts at dealing with this minion of the night, however, one of the more recent being the game Vampire Origins from Chillingo. As a survival horror game it kind of lags behind the competition like Resident Evil or Zombie Infection, but it still has a lot of promise. If you prefer vampires to zombies, or are just looking for something different, you could certainly do a lot worse than Vampire Origins.

Quick Look: Jewels Maker for iPhone

Look ma, another ball rolling game! Yeah, but there’s something about this one that I like, despite some issues I’ve had with it. Maybe there’s some sort of subliminal message buried in the music. Who knows? What I do know is that despite failing repeated times on some levels, I’m always ready to come back for more. I think you will be too…

Quick Look: Monster Dash for iPhone

There are plenty of run and jump games on the App Store, and most of them involve some mix of involuntary running and voluntary jumping. Unfortunately, too many of them don’t offer much else, save a different look or various obstacles to jump over. Thankfully Monster Dash brings something new to the table, as you get the opportunity to blast away monsters while you’re, well, running and jumping. It’s a small change, but it makes all the difference in the world.

Quick Look: Lorax Garden for iPhone

The world of Dr. Seuss comes alive once again on your iPhone and iPod Touch. This time you get to help the Lorax replant several gardens that have been devastated in the hopes of attracting the local wildlife back. The engine is built around the same one used for Flower Garden with a few embellishments that really make it work well. This really seems more like a simulation than a true game, but it’s still fun and worth your efforts.

Quick Look: Pigs Vs. Wolves for iPhone

Looking for a lighthearted strategy game that’s easy to get into but still provides a challenge? Want something with lots of units and little resource management? Need a game that makes you think but doesn’t keep you at your screen for hours at a time? Pigs Vs. Wolves might just be for you. To top it all off you get a Hulk pig. What could be better?

Quick Look: Chuck Gnome for iPhone

I’m not really sure where to begin with this game. Sure you’ve seen something like it before, but nothing quite like it. It is gnome slinging, target hunting fun that’s addictive and frustrating and captivating all at the same time. The hero is a garden ornament, the villains look like paper cutouts, and the overall feel makes you want to believe it’s a kids’ game. I can assure you that there’s enough challenge for the kid at heart trapped inside an adult’s body, though. If you’re looking for a unique, entertaining experience involving short bearded men and big rubber bands, you need to get this game. The rest of you ought to check it out as well.

Quick Look: Jump-O-Mania 3D for iPhone

The thought of jumping around on big metal stilts with springs actually sounds kind of cool, but with my luck I’d probably break my neck. Thanks to Digital Worlds I don’t even have to risk it, because now I can do the same thing on my iPhone / iPod Touch. Sure it may not provide the same physical thrill, but it won’t send my HSA into a tailspin either. This game is a lot of fun and it’s sure to keep people like me that aren’t so coordinated busy for quite some time.

Quick Look: Golvellius – Valley Of Doom for iPhone

I’m a fan of the retro games movement, regardless of whether it’s a new game made to look and act like an oldie or an old game brought up to speed to work on new systems. You would think, then, that Golvellius would be a natural fit for me. The question is, does it fit like a glove or that nasty pair of spandex that you can’t ever get off? Read on to find out…

Quick Look: OddBlob for iPhone

OddBlob is a pretty appropriate title for this quirky little game. You play the titular character, a cute purple blob with arms and big buggy eyes. Your job is to get from one end of each level to the other, chomping food along the way and avoiding pits that will cause you to tumble to your doom. I have to confess that I was not a big fan of this game at first. As I played it more for the purpose of writing this review, however, OddBlob really began to endear itself to me. While there’s nothing mind blowing about the game, it has a certain charm that will keep you coming back for more.

Quick Look: Police Range for iPhone

Since Astraware just released the Windows Mobile versions of Police Range and OddBlob I thought it might be nice to finally review the iPhone versions, which I have put off for way too long. First up is Police Range, a decent looking but ultimately average gallery shooter. My guess is they were shooting more for realism, but personally I would have preferred a little bit of flash.

Quick Look: Steamballs for iPhone

Steamballs brings a unique element to match 3 games, as it requires more strategy than brute force tile swapping. You build the playing field one ball at a time, and must keep everything in balance in order to achieve optimal results. A cool steampunk atmosphere and rockin’ music suck you in, and thoughtful, challenging game play keep you coming back for more.

Quick Look: iSlice Cut It Up! for iPhone

When I first saw the screen shots for iSlice I thought it looked kind of like a bizarre Qix clone. The reality is that iSlice is more like a Qix evolution, and honestly I find the game a lot more fun. It definitely gets frustrating at times, but in the end there’s a great feeling of satisfaction for completing each level, especially if you can solve it in the required number of slices to get a gold medal. Of course, there are times where you’re just happy to complete a level. Either way it’s both challenging and entertaining, and it has a nice audio / visual presence as well.

Quick Look: Babeorella for iPhone

Apparently the temporary ban on Daisy Mae scared off developers, because the only other game of that style staring an “ambitious” action heroine that has really surfaced in the last few months is Babeorella. I decided to see how a robot demolishing seductress would hold up against an alien bashing one, and I do believe there’s enough room in the iDevice world for both to fit comfortably, aerodynamics aside. The only problem is that the Babeorella experience is a bit marred by finicky controls and repetitive… well, everything. Still, it has a few charms that make it worth crushing robots for a while at least.

Games I Like for 6/18/2010

Another day, another group of games for my series entitled “Games I Like”. This time I take a brief look at Super 7, Racer and Yipe 5. 3 games that don’t require loads of free time at any given moment, but still give you the satisfaction of having played something worthwhile.

Quick Look: Fastball 2 for iPhone

Hey, it’s another “rolling ball” game, and a sequel no less. That’s true, and it’s even a bit simplistic feature-wise compared to some of them, but the game is fun. Every time I start a level I can’t get myself to put the game down until I’ve finished the level. The graphics are nice, with two different themes to choose from, and the music is quite enjoyable. Maybe you’ve got room on your device for one more “rolling ball” game after all…

Saturday Specials: The “It’s An Edition” Edition

Yes, it’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for another installment of Saturday Specials! This week I take a look at Sorter, a game about sorting colored bombs into like colored bins. What kind of sicko makes a bomb look all nice and pretty? On the flip side we have Buzz2 Chaos, a spot the difference game that’s a little bit more than your average spotter. Read on to see if these titles are worth your time…

Quick Look: Color Swing for iPhone

From the folks that brought you Fly-Flap, the humorous fly swatting game, comes a new twist on match 3 – Color Swing. The game is carried out on a cylindrical playing field, and sports both a quick reaction mode and a laid back strategy mode. This game could easily be the next step in match 3 if they could just get their “tap to select a match” responsiveness a bit more accurate. Still, it’s a fresh new take on the genre that deserves a look-see at least from die hard match 3 fans.

Quick Look: JH 13 Pro Custom Earbud Headphones From JH Audio

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Headphones or more precisely earbud headphones have been around for many years. Most people nowadays buy digital music players that come with earbuds that are standard fair. Most sound good since they are designed to work with the paired digital music player. So what happens when the listener wants to improve the overall sound […]

Quick Look: Up With A Fish for iPhone

“Look ma, no hands!” I suppose that’s a lot easier to do when you’ve got the hat of a cat and the balance of… well, I still don’t know how he manages that part. Anyway, the developers of the iPhone sensation Scoops have teamed up with Oceanhouse Media to bring you the officially licensed Cat In The Hat game Up With A Fish, which takes the object stacking genre into a wacky new world.

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.

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…

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