Posts Tagged ‘3 Stars’

Mixt

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Clever color-mixing game. The goal is to fill enough of the slots on the bottom edge of the screen with the appropriate colored paint blobs. The trick here is that you often-times have to mix two globs together to get the right paint color. There is no color-blind option, unfortunately, but the gameplay is solid, otherwise.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Horror Racing

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Rock ‘n Roll Racing with somewhat awkward controls.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Dark Harvest

Friday, October 16th, 2009

This is a Bust-a-Move clone in which the mass of balls (say it 3x fast!) reacts to physics and spins. The artwork is really nice and moody, the story and theme is a nice change of pace, and the soundtrack is good. Unfortunately, for me, it just didn’t nail the fun factor. I felt that the role that skill played was too minor. It allows players to post bragging rights on facebook.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Flipside

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

This developer was obviously unimpressed with the sea of Match-3 clones on the app store that bring nothing new to the table. Their solution? Two-sided Match-3! Your AI opponent is playing a game on the backside or your map, so you have to be careful not to unintentionally make more matches for him or her than you do for yourself. Prior to play, I was worried that it would be too hard to identify the symbols on the back and it is, at first, but you do get used to it. I like it; not everyone will.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Alien Glyphs

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Predator anyone? This is a shape recognition game, in which shapes appear at the top of the screen that you must find and tap from the grid below, before the timer runs out. There are power-ups and detriment blocks that trigger if you don’t find the corresponding symbol in time. There’s not much too it, other than that, but it’s surprisingly good.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Zombie Pizza

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

What do zombies eat for dinner? Brains, everyone knows that. What you didn’t know is that they put ‘em on pizzas, with bones, hearts, and a succulent variety of other internal organs. Zombies are also very picky about how you make their pizzas; they have to be just so. You learn a small number of pizza combos that are popular and start throwing them together, as the delicious toppings roll off the assembly line. Score extra points if you complete a special order, shown on the ticket. Very clever, very fast, and very funny.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Stay

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Great graphic design, great soundtrack, and mildly entertaining gameplay. It is also less exploitable than the game it clones and is pretty much better in every way, actually.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Blastination

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Anyone that likes the core gameplay concept of this title, needs to get this game immediately; I can’t imagine anyone coming up with a better implementation. The graphics are just insane. The colors change every level and oftentimes you’ll see brand new effects too. The blocks in the background are constantly in motion and the explosions are perfect. Your goal is simply to collect all of the goodies on-screen, by drawing deflectors to guide the ball. The obstacles present are different each level. Every few levels you are given a new ability, like cross explosion, speed, or giant ball, that is triggered by tapping its icon. There are 120 levels, but they go pretty quick.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Alive 4-Ever

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Top-down, twin-stick zombiefest! If you’ve played iDracula or MiniGore, you know how this plays, but the powerups and progression feel a bit more robust. Prepare for 30 levels of mayhem, with fetch quests, escort quests, multiplayer game modes, and blood everywhere. It’s not deep, but it doesn’t need to be. Did I mention it involves killin’ hordes of zombies?!?

Update: It’s decent, but I can’t seem to get into it, for some reason. The art is good, they do have simple fetch missions and such, and a variety of zombies and weapons. They’ve also just added some new content, although I have yet to check it out. It’s very popular on the store, but I guess for me it’s just a little me-too, but it may not be for you-too.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Underground

Friday, September 18th, 2009

This game is oozing with style; completely original theme, presentation, creepy mood, storyline, insane enemy variety, maze elements, and freakin’ killer underground hip-hop beats. You are a grafitti artist whose spray can transforms into a space ship that fights enemy spray paint creatures on the side of a subway train. The side-scrolling shooter aspects will initially feel somewhat slow, but that was by design. If you go at this with the expectation that this will be Gradius, you will be be sorely disappointed. If instead, you are interested in the theme of throwback 80’s graffiti and underground hip-hop, you may just enjoy this sleeper.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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