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Stack Rabbit

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 21st, 2014

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There is a concept called “the decay of fact”, where things that we think to be true actually have a good chance of not being true in a decade or so (due to new scientific findings and what not). That being said, there are some facts that are irrefutable, and will never change from being true. One such constant is the cuteness of bunnies. Disney’s Stack Rabbit (for iOS) incorporates this well-known rule into a free-to-play matching-type puzzle game to great effect, resulting in a fun and addictive experience that eventually becomes quite challenging.

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Worth iTrying
Man At Arms

By Dave McLean - February 18th, 2014

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Inert Soap’s Man At Arms owes an obvious debt to Kingdom Rush. It’s stylistically very similar, although the graphic design isn’t quite as “cartoon-pretty” (which is not a failing, but a deliberate design choice). Both games also share the same medieval/fantasy slant on the tower defence genre. But then, Kingdom Rush owes a debt to the Gemcraft series, and Gemcraft is probably indebted to a half dozen other games Iā€™m not even aware of ā€“ and sure, every tower defense game is ultimately the spawn of an old Atari game called Rampart. We live in a world that’s well-stocked with tower defence games, so it would take a pretty amazing game to revolutionize the genre. Unfortunately, Man At Arms is not that game – but it does offer up enough novel twists to make for an interesting entry into the genre.

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Worth iTrying?
Monster Jam

By Dave McLean - February 3rd, 2014

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I’m trying to rile myself up and be angry at GameMill’s Monster Jam, but videogame rage is for the young and all I can muster is disappointment. I feel like a teacher shaking my head at a bright student’s squandered potential. There’s the shell of a perfectly good game here: the graphics are solid; the varying play modes show that it involves more than just large cars crushing small ones; and the voice-over that enthusiastically growls, “Monster Jam! As Big As It Gets!” when you first boot up suggests there’ll be some of that classic monster truck banter throughout (“SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! AT THE LACKAWANA ARENA ā€“ COME SEE THE BEHEMOTH TAKE ON THE OBLITERATOR!”) I was legitimately excited to play this at first. But weary resignation set in around the three minute mark.

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Reviews
Belkin
Express Dock for iPad

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 30th, 2014

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The typical solution for charging recent iPads, is a simple matter of plugging the included USB cord (with Lightning connector) into your computer. You can also, if it is included, use the wall adapter to keep your iOS battery levels in the green. Another solution would be to employ the use of one of Belkin’s latest charging products, the Express Dock for iPad, which consolidates the functions of several different products. While it may not be for everyone, it is a compelling solution to issues involving usefully charging your Apple tablet.

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Worth iTrying
Codename Cygnus

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 12th, 2013

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I have never really needed a lot of sleep. When I was growing up, I used to listen to the radio on Sunday nights. From 10 PM to midnight, one of the local stations used to host a comedy hour followed by an hour of old-timey radio plays. Shows like The Shadow, Lights Out and The Adventures of Harry Lime would keep me entertained in a way that television or videogames never could. The folks at Reactive Studios must have grown up with radio plays as well, because their iOS game, called Codename Cygnus, plays just like an old-fashioned radio drama, with a little bit of a twist.

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Reviews
Intuos Creative Stylus

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 21st, 2013

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A good drawing tablet is such a great asset if you’re planning on doing any drawing or graphic design on your computer. Wacom arguably has the corner on the market for both consumers and professionals with their various products. From the simple (and relatively affordable) Bamboo line to the amazing (and expensive) Cintiqs, folks have plenty of choice. Of course, with so many people owning iPads and iPad Minis now, will the average consumer actually spend the coin on buying yet another device to play with, even if that device might be useful? Without a stylus of some kind, detailed sketching can be a little more challenging on an iPad. Luckily, Wacom has produced something of a compromise with the Intuos Creative Stylus. At the risk of spoiling the ending of this review: this thing is draw-some!

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Worth iTrying
Disney Infinity: Toy Box

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 20th, 2013

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Avalanche Software and Disney did a great job with the console release of Disney Infinity. I’m sure that those of you who have an Infinity figure would have noticed the character card nestled in the package with the statue. Every figure has one of these cards (Play Sets included), which include a code that you can use to “unlock” the character by logging into your Infinity account and entering the code into the appropriate area. Once unlocked, Disney Infinity characters can be used with the new Toy Box app for your iPad, so you can take your adventure to go (for free, no less)! While it is not as good as the console experience, Avalanche Software and Disney make a decent go of an app that is flexible and fun!

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