Sonic Jump Fever

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 20th, 2014


Sonic Jump Fever, a free-to-play title from SEGA (available for Android and iOS), is a jumping platformer in which you guide your character ever upwards. The title is similar to Doodle Jump, albeit with a bit more flash. It can be fun at times, but the ever-looming micro-transactions have a tendency to dampen one’s enjoyment.

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By Jorge Figueiredo - July 19th, 2014


Recently, I reviewed an eBook called Kiwaka Story (by international mobile app developer LANDKA). The plot of the eBook revolved around four interesting animals from Africa and their quest to learn about the stars (specifically, the constellations). LANDKA has created a game (designed for iPod, iPhone and iPad) called Kiwaka, that acts as a spiritual companion to the eBook. The game is not built for the hardcore gamer; but it is a very cool way to learn about the constellations – especially if you have kids.

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Kiwaka Story

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 17th, 2014


Smallest Thumbs and I are suckers for a good story. Kiwaka Story, an eBook from international mobile app company LANDKA, tells a tale that can be enjoyed by the whole family. This app, which is designed for iPod, iPhone and iPad, is entertaining and educational.

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Brydge+ with Speakers
Utility and Then Some!

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 1st, 2014


While the iPad on-screen keyboard is fairly easy to use, it is still not perfect. I am particular when it comes to screen real estate – I like to see the big picture; plus, I also like the tactile feedback of a physical keyboard (although the LG G2 does a good job of emulating that feeling – at the cost of battery life). Out of all the different Bluetooth-enabled keyboards out there, one of the nicest that I have seen is the Brydge+ keyboard with speaker. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but it is definitely worth the money thanks to a high level of utility and a surprising bonus feature.

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Tiny Realms

By Rituro - June 29th, 2014


Not long after my interview with TinyMob Games’ Jamie Toghill, I was contacted by the team with an offer to come down to the studio and get my hands on an alpha build of TinyMob’s debut game, Tiny Realms. As someone who has been a fanatical devourer of video games since my first crack at Zaxxon for the ColecoVision1, the chance to get a sneak peek at a game from inside a developer’s walls is something of a giddy thrill for me. So it was that, nerdy glee barely contained, I hunkered down in TinyMob’s downtown Victoria studio with an iPad and a hot chocolate2 for a test drive of Tiny Realms.

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Worth i-Trying
Soccer Rally 2

By Dave McLean - June 5th, 2014


My second favourite thing about IceFlame’s Soccer Rally 2 is that it treats a ludicrous premise (playing soccer with cars) in a serious and dramatic manner. It offers beautifully-detailed vehicles that are highly customizable and handle like the real deal. And it hypes-up each match with a cinematic camera that sweeps across the field and then cuts back and forth between both vehicles as if you’re witnessing the face-off between the bitterest of rivals. It’s a game far more exciting than it has any right to be – thanks to this and to my number one favourite thing about the game: the soundtrack. It’s filled with high-energy dance and electronica which is so much fun that the game is worth downloading just for the music alone. I would give Atari’s E.T. game a good review if it had the same soundtrack.

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Second Glance
Faster Than Light: Advanced Edition

By Seán O'Sullivan - June 1st, 2014


Is there a place more precarious to humankind than the far reaches of space? Not only does the fatal lack of atmosphere preclude respiratory and auditory function, but it also necessitates the use of rudimentary, prone-to-failure technologies to prevent us from being exposed to the fatal nothing that’s out there. If you don’t want your blood to boil, freeze, and have your head explode, you’d best make sure that your technological umbilical cord is in full working order. Not only have millions of years of evolving on Earth made Homosapien bodies woefully ill-suited for spacefaring, but there are also the social considerations. Space is infinitely vast, and filled with indigenous creatures who don’t share our social constructs, so you’re always one faux pas away from having your head mounted on a space-mantle, or your atoms scrambled and reconstituted into space-fuel.

It is for precisely these reasons that spacefaring is the greatest, most intrepid adventure available to humankind, and there has been no game that’s done a better job of capturing this knife-edge tension than 2012′s Faster Than Light. Not even 1.5 years since the original’s release, developer Subset Games are back with a free expansion to the PC/Mac original, and an iPad port that brings the same grand adventures to the smaller screen.

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