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The Best Games

This is going to be a rather short review because Peggle [App Store Link] is simply amazing and there really isn’t much to complain about. I got started on Peggle somewhat late–I never played the PC version and never got around to buying the iPhone version until a few weeks ago when it went on sale for $1.99 and I must say that I’m sorry I waited: Peggle is simply a must-own game for the iPhone. What is Peggle (if you’re one of the 3 people on Earth who doesn’t know about it)? Basically, each level has a certain number [...]

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Another awesome retro game making its way to the iPhone is Sword of Fargoal, originally for the Commodore 64. This is a Roguelike, and if you are anything like I am, know absolutely nothing about them and have never even heard the term before. Basically, you play as a rogue and try to make your way down the 20 floors of the dungeon until you reach the Sword of Fargoal, killing monsters and collecting gold to level up while acquiring potions and spells and avoiding traps, then you must make your way back up to the top in a  limited [...]

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Lexic [App Store Link] is one of approximately 10 million word games on the App Store where you have a grid of letters that you must form words from by dragging your finger around your iPhone’s screen. So why is it so good? Well, for one, it looks amazing. The amount of visual polish in Lexic is truly outstanding–let this be a lesson to all up and coming iPhone developers–you better get on top of your UI/graphic design or else face being blown out of the water by the likes of Kieffer Brothers. The fact that the gameplay is solid [...]

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Catan Review: Settle This

by panappticon on November 13, 2009

in Game Reviews,The Best Games

Catan for iPhone is a portable version of the award winning and popular (from what I read anyway, I’m no board game fanatic) Settlers of Catan board game that’s been made for the iPhone/iPod Touch with the full support of the man (myth and legend, naturally) who originally created the game, Klaus Teuber. Let’s just get a few things straight up front- The last board game I played was Monopoly about 3 years ago. I do not own any board games. I generally don’t like playing board games due to the difficulty in finding people to play with when I’d [...]

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This review is going to be short and sweet: Buy Orbital. Just do it, and do it sooner than later, because it’s currently on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99 (at the time of this review anyway–check out our Sales page to see if it’s currently on sale), but it’s easily worth way more than that for the amount of enjoyment you’ll get out of it. What is Orbital? I admit, the first couple of times I started the game up and played it I thought it was boring, mainly because I didn’t read the instructions. Basically, there is a [...]

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Soosiz [App Store Link] is pure magic and if you have even a slight inkling to play a platformer you’re doing yourself a great disservice by not owning it. That’s pretty tall praise, but from the moment you start playing Soosiz you’ll understand why it deserves that praise. Think Mario–not the silly spinoffs Nintendo made with Mario playing soccer or in the Olympics, or even in 3D. I’m talking about real platforming like the first few Mario games. Now, combine that with extremely creative use of gravity and wonderfully precise and simple controls, cute graphics, and a pretty decent soundtrack [...]

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It is a widely known fact that there are exactly 9,510,612,925,653 Tower Defense games on the App Store. A lot of them are the same basic game but with a different theme and some small twist here and there. Now though, there is a 9,510,612,925,654th Tower Defense game that’s actually worthy of being on your iPhone or iPod Touch–Bloons Tower Defense. What exactly is Bloons Tower Defense you ask? In a nutshell it’s Bloons meets Tower Defense, and it is awesome. Ok, so you already have 35 Tower Defense games on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Do you really need [...]

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Do you have an iPhone or iPod Touch? If so, do you have Doodle Jump [App Store Link]? Answering “No” to either of those questions requires a serious reconsideration of the priorities in your life–both are that amazing. What is Doodle Jump? It’s completely simple. Completely frustrating. Completely addicting. And completely ridiculously amazing. It’s as close to an ‘absolutely must buy no matter what’ game that there is on the App Store. You play as the Doodler (or as a Pygmy from Pocket God if you are so inclined) and have to get as high as you can by jumping [...]

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Let me save you some time: If you like Texas Hold ‘Em poker and you like Scrabble, just go download Word Ace [App Store Link]. There. You don’t even have to bother reading the rest of this review. For everyone else, Word Ace is probably worth a download anyway. Why? It’s free. You can play it online with your friends or strangers. And most importantly–it’s amazingly fun. Self Aware Games, developer of Taxiball [App Store Link], recently contacted me with a promo code for Word Ace Pro [App Store Link], the $0.99 version of the free Word Ace. Up until [...]

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geoDefense was (and still is) one of, if not the best Tower Defense game available on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The gameplay, the graphics, the sounds–everything about it was awesome. I’ve played a ton of Tower Defense games from Warcraft 3 custom maps to Defense Grid and several for the iPhone as well and nothing got me hooked quite as much as geoDefense. But now there’s an even better Tower Defense game out, and it’s the sequel to geoDefense, called geoDefense Swarm. Usually sequels are at best equivalent to, but unfortunately worse than the original. Then there are the [...]

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