Iron Man Is Jesus In Robo Nativity? [Review]

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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).

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

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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.

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

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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.

Dungeon Keeper Really Wants To Reclaim Its Former Glory [Review]

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You tap on floating icons to interact with rooms or harvest resources.
You tap on floating icons to interact with rooms or harvest resources.

Dungeon Keeper on iOS is a free-to-play re-imagining of the classic Bullfrog Productions/Peter Molyneux PC game from the late ’90s. I really loved old school Dungeon Keeper as a kid, and it is one of the few tower defense/strategy titles I’ve ever enjoyed. So, no pressure on this iOS version, right?

Dungeon Keeper by Electronic Arts
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: Free

Unfortunately, the mobile version of Dungeon Keeper suffers from very predictable free-to-play problems. Expanding your dungeon was never totally carefree in previous version of the game, but as your imps work to clear out 3×3 or 4×4 spaces for new rooms, they’ll quickly plow through soft rock which takes a matter of seconds but suddenly run up against walls that can take an entire day to knock down! So the breakdown is a few seconds, four hours, or 24 hours. That’s not well balanced at start.

Darwin’s Theory Doesn’t Quite Get Evolution [Review]

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You can't move pieces around on the board which makes connecting speciality animals difficult.
You can't move pieces around on the board which makes connecting speciality animals difficult.

Darwin’s Theory is a simplistic match-three puzzle game charging you with the task of evolving insects into lizards (yes). You start off with a grid of caterpillars and snails. Each turn you can put different animals down on the grid, with the hope of matching three of them up. Of course that would be just too easy on its own.

Darwin’s Theory by Viacheslav Fonderkin
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPad
Price: Free

You’ll also have to contend with the only moving characters on the board, or the bacteria. Once you trap them in a square, they’ll turn into berries. And somehow, those berries turn into oysters. Seriously, I don’t know. Darwin’s made of magic.

Line Knight Fortix Is Alright Once It Stops Fighting You [Review]

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Line Knight Fortix

1981’s Qix is one of those games that just won’t die. It’s come out in its original form no fewer than four times, most recently in the Nintendo 3DS handheld’s retro-game marketplace Virtual Console in 2011 (in Japan, anyway). I’ve also seen versions of it as minigames in titles like Bully. It’s a long-lived game with a lot of versions.

Line Knight Fortix by Nemesys Games
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: $0.99

And here’s another one.

Line Knight Fortix is a new variation on the old territory-capturing game with a medieval skin including dragons, ogres, and castles. The same basic idea of carving out and capturing territory before enemies cross your path and kill you remains, but you can also unlock weapons and generally just run around being all knightly and cool.

It has a couple playability issues, but it’s mostly decent.

Pac-Man For iOS Will Munch Up Your Time [Review]

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More than 30 years old as a concept, and one of the very first iOS games to be released in the App Store back in the day, Pac-Man is a genuine O.G. of the gaming world.

Pac-Man by Namco Bandai Games
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Price: Free (currently) w/ in-app purchases

With Apple currently giving it away for a limited time as part of its “App of the Week” promotion, we at Cult of Mac thought the time was right to pay homage by revisiting one of the all-time-greats.

So how does it measure up here in 2014?

Alpha 9 Is A Fine But Familiar Mix Of Boggle And Tetris [Review]

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Alpha 9

Fans of word games are always looking out for new apps that will let them arrange letters and clear blocks or cross things or whatever else people do when they’re using text as game pieces. Here’s another game that lets you do that.

Alpha 9 by Simorobo
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: $1.99 (launch sale, reg. $2.99)

It’s called Alpha 9, and it’s basically Boggle plus Tetris. Your goal is to form words of at least three letters in order to clear lines from a board to keep the letter blocks dropping from the ceiling from piling up to the top of the screen.

That’s Wall Mode, anyway. It has another game type, but they’re both pretty average.

Battle Supremacy Has An Eye For Detail But Not For Controls [Review]

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Battle Supremacy

It’s been a little while since I reviewed a tank game, so I picked up Battle Supremacy, a new tread-and-turret action title from the developers of Sky Gamblers out today for iOS devices.

Battle Supremacy by Atypical Games
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: $4.99 (special launch price)

Battle Supremacy takes place during World War II and features authentic vehicles and locations. It’ll have you participating in campaigns in both the European and Pacific Theaters. If you can stop firing long enough to look around, you’ll see birds in the sky and fish in the water. And you can run over absolutely anything that gets in your way. It’s an action-packed, detailed game with incredible graphics.

And honestly, I thought it was kind of boring and clunky.

Massacre Cute Things And Grin In Apache Candy [Review]

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The Apache helicopter in Apache Candy is more like a friend to Jay Jay the Jet Plane than a fierce combat copter. He’s the little pink and purple avenger that could, and all he wants is to collect candy.

Apache Candy: Battle of Candy World by Rusdi Rozak
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Price: Free

Apache Candy is another infinite side-scrolling shooter on iOS, but the cheery graphics are what drew me to it. It reminds me of the retro game Twinbee and other cute-em-up shooters that have you blasting your way through screen after screen of adorable-yet-lethal enemies. Apache Candy is nowhere near as deep–you’re really only collecting candy and trying not to die–but the look was enough to satisfy.