All items tagged with "3/5"

MonsterCrafter Pro Offers Creativity, Battle, And Questionable Pet Ownership [Review]

Monster Crafter Pro

I have a really random PlayStation 2 game on my shelf called Magic Pengel: The Quest for Color. It came out in North America in 2002, and it was basically a game in which you drew your own Pokémon and then made them fight.

MonsterCrafter Pro by Naquatic
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: Free (promotional price)

Animal-abuse undertones aside, it was at least an interesting concept, and MonsterCrafter Pro follows in that same proud, if morally gray, tradition. But instead of drawing your murder-pets, you build them out of Minecraft blocks.

It’s a weird game for sure, but it has its charms.

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Time Gap Crams Every Free-To-Play Game Into One [Review]

Time Gap

Ambition isn’t a bad thing, but it can get in the way.

Time Gap by Absolutist
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: Free

Time Gap is a free-to-play title that tries to be all free-to-play games at once. It’s mostly a hidden-object game with a plot about the ghosts of famous historical figures guiding you on a mission to discover where all the people of Earth disappeared to, but along the way, you’ll also play minigames like the ones you tab over to during the day instead of working.

It does all of these things capably enough, and it’s an interesting compendium with a lot of variety. But in the end, it’s a free-to-play game, and it is free-to-play as hell.

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Puzzling Rush Expects You To Figure This Sh*t Out Yourself [Review]

Puzzling Rush

I really like it when a game doesn’t treat me like an idiot. It makes me feel smart and respected not to have to sit through a tutorial that explains the most basic tenets of the game like one character on CSI explaining to another what DNA is.

Puzzling Rush by Right Fusion
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: $1.99

But this appreciation has limits, especially when the developer doesn’t even bother telling me what the backstory is and why I’m fighting these people.

Puzzling Rush is one such game, and while I know that I don’t need much of a refresher on how match-threes work, it’s still mostly up to you to figure out how the hell to play it.

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Faif Combines A Lot Of Disparate Things Into Something Good(-ish) [Review]

Faif

Faif is a weird game.

Faif by Beavl
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: $1.99

It’s kind of like Bejeweled, only you’re not trying to match anything. And it’s kind of like a role-playing game, except you’re not really on a quest (or are you?). It’s sort of like gambling, but you don’t win anything, and it’s a smidge like a free-to-play game, but you don’t have to pay real money for the in-game currency.

All of these kindas and sortas add up to a unique experience that I think I enjoy, but I’m honestly not sure.

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Midnight Bite: A Cute Vampire-Stealth Title With Sucky Controls [Review]

Midnight Bite

You know how it goes: You’re up late, feeling a little peckish, and you don’t have anything in the fridge. What do you do?

Midnight Bite by Milkstone Studios
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: $1.99

I mean, I’d go to the store down the street and get some sour bears. And if you’re Draku, the star of Midnight Bite, you do the same thing. Except substitute “store down the street” with “village at the base of the mountain,” and substitute “sour bears” with “blood of the sleeping townsfolk.”

But he’s a little guy, and the humans are prejudiced against vampire children who stalk up in the night and murder them, so he has to be careful. And as the one controlling him, you also have to be careful because the controls are apparently also racist against the undead.

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Enigmo: Explore: You Have 30 Seconds To Relax [Review]

Enigmo: Explore

Developer Pangea Software’s well-regarded Enigmo series of puzzle games has been around for a while, and they’ve turned over development of the latest installment, Enigmo: Explore to a new team, but the idea is the same: See that liquid dripping from a pipe over here? Get it into that jar over there.

Enigmo: Explore by Team Chaos
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: $1.99

The game gives you a suite of tools to accomplish this, including trampoline-like items that the drops bounce off of and little cannons that can send them even farther. It’s up to you to decide which items in which combinations to use to complete levels, which offers you a decent amount of freedom when you’re playing it.

But a couple other features work just as hard against you, and it’s kind of a shame.

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Fright Fight Will Pummel You With In-App Purchases [Review]

Fright Fight

What do monsters, Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series of chaotic fighting games, and steampunk have in common?

Fright Fight by zGames
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: Free

Nothing, you guys. Absolutely nothing.

But those are all elements in Fright Fight, a new free-to-play, online-multiplayer brawler that has players controlling a variety of spooky monsters in fights to the death atop floating platforms. It’s chaotic, insane, and mostly fun.

It’s a Frankenstein’s Creature of disparate parts cobbled together, and the arcane force that brings it to lurching life is in-app purchases.

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Iron Man Is Jesus In Robo Nativity? [Review]

Totally not Iron Jesus.

Totally not Iron Jesus.


Alright, so the Iron Man-shaped hero in Robo Nativity is totally not licensed. I was unsure if he was supposed to be more like Mega Man until a helpful prompt informed me that for a minimal fee I could also play as War Machine. So, you’re definitely playing as Iron Man in this curiously named platformer-meets-endless runner.

Robo Nativity by Khary Menelik
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: Free

You start off running along the ground beneath various platforms. Enemies and obstacles require you to jump and fire as you collect as many gold coins as you can. As far as this being a nativity, you won’t encounter any babes in mangers, but the Mandarin-like baddies this not-Iron Man shoots do look a bit like wise men. So, don’t look for any new religions in Robo Nativity, unless you are way into the idea that Tony Stark is the messiah (I kinda am).

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You Might Have To Force Yourself To Keep Playing Lego Star Wars: Microfighters [Review]

Lego Star Wars Microfighters

Here’s the thing about touch controls: You’re controlling the game with the same thing you’re using to see what you’re doing. This creates a problem when your dumb, clumsy fingers start blocking your view and lead to cheap and preventable deaths.

Lego Star Wars: Microfighters by Traveller’s Tales
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: $0.99

Some games prevent this by putting the control areas off to the side or in an otherwise unused place on the screen, leaving the view clear. Lego Star Wars: Microfighters, the latest in the synergetic juggernaut of a series, is not one of those titles.

It’s surprising that developers and publishers as experienced as Warner Bros. and Traveller’s Tales would allow such a clumsy and stupid thing to happen, but here it is.

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Marvel Run Jump Smash! Reduces The Most Powerful Beings In The Universe To Powerups [Review]

Marvel Run Jump Smash

It’s been, like, a whole day since I’ve reviewed an endless game, so it’s a good thing they come out so regularly. I don’t even know how to handle games that don’t constantly scroll anymore.

Marvel Run Jump Smash! by Studio Ex
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: $0.99

Marvel Run Jump Smash! features cartoon-styled versions of Marvel Cinematic Universe characters (and some other superpowered guests) who are perpetually sprint after Loki, the adopted brother of Thor and villain from The Avengers, to reclaim the Cosmic Cube, which is what I will always call it because “The Tesseract” makes me cringe, and all of this just makes me sound like a giant nerd, but the point is that it’s an endless runner with superheroes.

It’s not a great one, but hey. Marvel.

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