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Reviews
League of Angels – Fire Raiders

By Dave McLean - February 26th, 2015

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More often than not, I play video games to relax. I’m not sure why, but given the choice between something new and something I have played a dozen times, I’ll usually choose the latter. I’ll played through Fallout: New Vegas five times (there’s literally nothing new left for me to find in that game) – but I keep going back to it. Games take the place of Reality TV for me, when I need something unchallenging, something that seems familiar even when I’ve never seen it before. Even though it’s a brand new title to me, Youzu Games’ League of Angels – Fire Raiders for iOS devices immediately falls into my category of “comfort games”. Although it seems like there are a lot of complicated elements and plenty to learn, the game almost plays itself on your behalf. Some people might want a lot more control and strategy than this title gives them – but I dug it, and the hours disappeared the first time I played it.

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Reviews
SteelSeries Stratus XL
Wireless Controller

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 31st, 2015

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​There are so many options for gaming now – more than there have ever been. Folks that like to chill at home can purchase a console, or build a gaming PC, while those who spend time on the go can rely on their tablets, laptops, or portable gaming systems (3DS or Vita, for instance) to help fill their gaming needs. Of course, most people can’t afford every system that they might want – and sometimes, practicality dictates that a tablet is the best option for one’s all-around needs. But tablets like the iPad have some decent games, and have a screen large enough to counter the need to squint – plus, with a relatively cheap attachment, can output their screen contents to an HDTV or projector. The only thing lacking in terms of the console experience would be a nice, wireless controller – unless, of course, you happened to own a SteelSeries Stratus XL. SteelSeries sent us one of these devices to check out – and after spending some time with it, I have to say that this controller does nothing but add to the positive ‎experience of gaming on iOS – and I’m not talking Angry Birds.

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Reviews
PAC-MAN Friends

By Dave McLean - October 5th, 2014

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It’s not a property you’ve thought about in a long time, but PAC-MAN really is a title that’s ripe for reinvention. Just think about Donkey Kong – a title from the same era that was reinvented not once but dozens of times (Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Bros., Dr. Mario, Mario Party, Wario Land, Paper Mario…) With all of the games squeezed out of some guy in overalls jumping over barrels and climbing ladders, surely we can make something exciting and new out of an eating-disordered yellow sprite and his undead nemeses, no? Well, Bandai Namco Games’ PAC-MAN Friends for iOS and Android.

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Reviews
Escape the Hellevator!

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 29th, 2014

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Some of the older readers might remember a show called The Twilight Zone. This television show was all about reality going askew, with one aspect of normality being played in a different direction, resulting in some thought-provoking drama. Of course, there were equal parts cheese in the recipe for the program as well, which sometimes resulted in a half-baked thriller that was more amusing than anything else – but the show was always entertaining. Fezziwig Games’ Escape the Hellevator! reminds me a lot of The Twilight Zone on many levels. With an interesting premise (and a fair amount of it’s own kind of cheese), this iOS/Android title will probably keep you entertained – though at the moment that might not be for as long as you might like.

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Reviews
Airheads Jump

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 9th, 2014

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Airheads Jump, by Crazy Labs and Tactile Entertainment, is a free-to-play tilt-based jumping game for iOS and Android that is far from complicated, but can easily hold your attention for short spurts of time here and there, making it a great time-waster for situations when you have some spare moments – just watch out for those ads!

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Reviews
The Phantom PI Mission Apparition

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 27th, 2014

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One of the nice things about tablets is the screen real estate available to the user. Touch-based games play especially well on these larger devices. So, it is no surprise that Rocket 5 Studios’ side-scrolling adventure, The Phantom PI Mission Apparition, is especially fun on the iPad. This amusing title has a cute story and is full of neat little puzzles, all of which are presented in a “point-and-click” type of format, making it an easy game to get into.

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Reviews
Spellfall

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 22nd, 2014

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It is incredible how many variants there are of the “match-three” type of hand-held game, and it is amazing how many of them are different enough to be entertaining. Backflip Studios’ Spellfall is one of the more interesting free-to-play match-three games that I have seen lately, blending both puzzle and role-playing game elements to give it some distinction. Game-play is enjoyable enough to offset the in-app purchases, making for a fun, strategy-filled experience.

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