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Game Reviews

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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I’m going to be reviewing I Dig It: Expeditions [App Store Link], the sequel to I Dig It [App Store Link] next, but before I review Expeditions, I thought it would be fitting to play through I Dig It first just so I can compare the two in the review of the sequel. I Dig It had been sitting on my iPhone for a couple months, purchased during one of my random bouts of game purchasing frenzy due to all the positive word of mouth it had received and I just never set aside the time to play through it [...]

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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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Santa’s Run Review: Like Paper Toss for Santa

by panappticon on December 21, 2009

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Santa’s Run [App Store Link] is basically a game similar to Paper Toss, except you play as Santa trying to get presents to people’s houses instead of throwing paper into a garbage can. Overall the mechanics are a bit different–instead of just flicking and releasing like in Paper Toss, you simply drag the present to one of three concentric rings to indicate which building you are going for and adjust for left/right position taking into account the wind speed and then release to see if you make it. Overall I prefer Paper Toss’ mechanics more and that game is overall [...]

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Earth Dragon [App Store Link] is really difficult for me to review and I’ll get to why in a bit. First off, you control a dragon (and an adorable one at that!) and have to collect coins, destroy castles, and kill archers and wizards by either burning them alive or eating them (typical dragon stuff you know). The controls are relatively simple–you flap your iPhone back and forth to gain altitude and you tilt sideways to the left or right to swoop down and control lateral direction. The graphics are done in a somewhat old-school style and are cute for [...]

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Thirty One Review: A Fast Paced Card Game of Win

by panappticon on December 7, 2009

in Game Reviews

Thirty One [App Store Link] is a card game for the iPhone & iPod Touch that I’d never even heard of before I received a promo code from its developer. The object of the game is to get the sum of the 3 cards in your hand to 31 (or as close to it as possible) and hope that when you or your opponents knock, you aren’t holding the lowest sum. Overall I really enjoy Thirty One. It’s a simple, fast paced, and pretty addictive card game that’s easy to pick up and play whenever you have a spare few [...]

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uBoot Review: Das Boot on Your iPhone…

by panappticon on December 6, 2009

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…ok not really. But still, uBoot [App Store Link] for the iPhone is a simple, fun game with a soundtrack that will remain forever burned into your brain on permanent loop (whether that’s a good or a bad thing depends solely on your perspective!). There are 3 different gameplay modes–Sailor, Captain, and Seawolf. Each mode grants more and more flexibility in terms of your offensive and locomotive capabilities. At its core, uBoot is simply a ‘travel through this tunnel and don’t hit or get hit by anything’ game–somewhat similar to Jetman Jack, Boost, and probably 100 others. In uBoot, you [...]

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Dan Deadman vs. Hangman Review: Sadistic Hangman

by panappticon on November 24, 2009

in Game Reviews

Dan Deadman vs. Hangman [App Store Link] is a pretty simple classic Hangman game with a twist–instead of being drawn in a simple doodle-style (like so many games are nowadays), it instead features cartoon-style visuals that bring to life the precariousness of the soon-to-be-executed’s (maybe!) situation like never before. The bottom line is it’s a hangman game with cartoon-style execution scenarios and while it’s well executed overall, I’m not sure it would be a game that would entice anyone not already interested in a hangman-style game to play it. Similar to a game like Battleship, you either want to play [...]

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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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