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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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Interviews
Isaac Forman
Triplezero

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 24th, 2014

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Recently, I reviewed a clever word puzzler called Hexiled Word Challenge. I was pretty impressed with the game and was lucky enough to have Isaac Forman (one half of the development team at Triplezero, from Adelaide, South Australia) answer some questions about the game. Check it out!

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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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Reviews
Hexiled Word Challenge

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 19th, 2014

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I spend a fair amount of time playing Words With Friends. It’s a neat Scrabble clone that allows me to stretch my brain muscles a bit – but the down side of the game is that I need to wait for other people to take their turns. Enter Triplezero’s free-to-play word game called Hexiled Word Challenge. Hexiled is more like Boggle than Scrabble, and is easy to pick up and play. As an added bonus, it is a single-player game – so I don’t have to wait for anyone! The game-play is sound, the production is great and it is addictive – to a point.

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Reviews
Sherlock: The Network

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 8th, 2014

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If you have never watched the BBC hit Sherlock, you are missing out on one of the best incarnations of Sherlock Holmes ever. Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson) portray the famous consulting detective and assistant in a way that is simply pure magic. The show’s brilliant writing and great production value make it an exceedingly entertaining venture, and even though each episode is 90 minutes in length (three seasons – three episodes per season), they go by very quickly, and can be watched multiple times (to catch the things that you might have missed). There are more episodes of Sherlock on the way, but they’re not due for a while yet – in the mean time, The Project Factory has created an awesome game for iOS and Android devices that will help keep you sane during the wait. Welcome to Sherlock: The Network.

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Reviews
SpellGrid

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 6th, 2014

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I am something of a word game nut. I love games like Scrabble and Boggle – pretty much anything that allows you to take a limited form factor and get creative with it. So when I fired up SpellGrid Labs’ minimalist word game, I felt right at home. If you are a word game enthusiast, then SpellGrid will be right up your alley. Even if you’re not a word-savvy individual, SpellGrid is easy to learn, fun to play, and it’s free!

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Fashionably Late Reviews
Pocket Mine

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 5th, 2014

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Canadian Developer Roofdog Games’ Pocket Mine (for iOS and Android) has been out for quite a while. I picked it up earlier this year and have not really been able to stop playing it due to its fun and addictive nature. Pocket Mine is one of those free-to-play games that strikes the perfect balance between fun, challenge, and in-app purchases. That might be an odd thing to say, considering my stance regarding the “freemium model” that some developers employ, but it’s definitely true.

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