February 22, 2012

Puzzlejuice by Colaboratory

(4.8/5) Puzzlejuice for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad is a word game with some elements of Tetris mixed in. The goal of the game is to create letters by matching three or more colors on the falling blocks, and finding words in those letters. The graphics have a dark background theme, with white letter-blocks and colorful falling blocks. The game is very entertaining, and is great for both Tetris fans and word game fans alike. I would definitely recommend Puzzlejuice to all of my friends, because of the great graphics, sound effects, and addictive gameplay. Puzzlejuice is available for $1.99 on the iTunes app store. http://itunes.apple.com/app/puzzlejuice/id457273926?mt=8

League of Evil 2 by Ravenous Games

(4.9/5) League of Evil 2 for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad is the much-awaited sequel to one of the best platformers on iOS. You play as a "super agent", a man fused with technology and has been sent on a mission to kill scientists, members of the "League of Evil." The controls are some of the best I've seen on a mobile game, and the graphics are an amazing upgrade from the pixel art of it's predecessor. There are five worlds, each with 20-21 levels. There are also customizable costumes, one for each world theme. There is an occasional crash, which can be slightly annoying. In conclusion, League of Evil 2 is an astounding sequel to an already amazing game, and is definitely worth your $0.99. However, there are a few bugs that need to be fixed, but the developers are already hard at work on bug fixes. http://itunes.apple.com/app/league-of-evil-2/id493832593?mt=8

February 20, 2012

Launch Center by App Cubby

(4.6/5) Launch Center for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad is a handy app that allows almost any app to be launched from one spot. The user interface is very nice, with a mostly wood-textured background and simple menus. The app crashes occasionally, and requires the app to be deleted and reinstalled when this happens. However, you can launch third party apps from Launch center, ridding you of the need to search for the individual apps. The app is generally very good, and is only $0.99 on the app store. However, if you don't feel like spending a dollar on an app that lets you launch other apps that you have installed, that's your call. Launch Center is a handy app, whether you need quick access to your apps, or are too lazy to search for each app. http://itunes.apple.com/app/launch-center-tap.-tap.-go!/id488626436?mt=8

February 12, 2012

Raid Leader by Crescent Moon Games

(4.3/5) Raid leader for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad is a real-time strategy game heavily influenced by Mika Mobile's Battleheart. The graphics are in 3D, and all of the characters are very well-designed. The music never changes, so you had better like the rhythm. The main goal of the game is to use your three characters (a warrior, a hunter, and a mage) and their various abilities to kill a boss. The game's difficulty level increases steadily throughout the levels, and your coins must be spent wisely on useful abilities. There are a total of 15 levels, all of which are centered on defeating one or two large monster(s). Overall, Raid Leader is a game that is possibly even better than the award-winning iOS game Battleheart. For only $0.99, Raid Leader is definitely a game worth your money. http://itunes.apple.com/app/raid-leader/id492317406?mt=8 

Mission Europa Collector's Edition by Banshee Soft

(3.9/5) Mission Europa Collector's Edition for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad is a combination of a first-person shooter and an RPG. The game is about a man and his crew going out to rescue some miners you had lost contact with. You are forced to fight for your life, and your sanity. The game has 3D graphics, and looks great on even the first generation devices. The game has online multiplayer, and a single player mode with a large amount of gameplay time. The music in the game has some great electric guitar and other instruments. All of the 5 chapters and other exclusive items are included in the collector's edition. The standard edition costs $1.99, with the chapters included as IAP. Overall, Mission Europa Collector's Edition is definitely not the best FPS or RPG out on the App Store, but for $4.99, you will get a whole lot of fun. http://itunes.apple.com/app/mission-europa-collectors/id419050879?mt=8

Tweet Land by WHY Ideas

(4.6/5) Tweet Land for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad is a game that "plays with reality." The game is centered around a pixel-art "Route 140" and a driver in a red convertible. You must avoid hazards and collect helpful items that appear based on real-world tweets from around the world. No Twitter account is required to play the game. New hazards are added to the list of keywords each new level, and there is a form for suggesting an event or new keyword. The game has great pixel art all throughout the game's menus and levels, and the chiptunes really add to the retro feel of Tweet Land. The controls are just a simple virtual joystick, which is pretty self-explanatory. There is a total of 24 levels, with more on the way. I would definitely recommend Tweet Land, for the sole fact that it is something very rare in the App Store-something unique and original. For only $1.99, you can start "playing with reality!" http://itunes.apple.com/app/tweet-land/id491102570?mt=8

Willy Wiener and the Tunnel of Doom by MobiDojo LLC

(4.0/5) Willy Wiener and the Tunnel of Doom for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad is a game which requires both timing and tilting. The tunes in the game are reminiscent of ragtime piano rhythms. The graphics are done well, and the text is an Indiana Jones  style font. For the first section of each level, you must tilt your device to move Willy left and right, avoiding monsters and other hazards. The second section is slightly similar to Angry Birds. You must launch Willy through both moving and non-moving obstacles, and attempt to land inside the donut. In conclusion, Willy Wiener and the Tunnel of Doom is a fun but slightly difficult game with a sense of humor. The game is available on the App Store for $0.99. http://itunes.apple.com/app/willy-wiener-tunnel-doom/id483283595?mt=8

February 4, 2012

Monster Wars by Liv Games

(5/5) Back in April of 2011, we reviewed Liv Games's Legendary Wars, and gave it a 5/5. Now Liv Games is back with the follow-up to Legendary Wars, Monster Wars for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. In Monster Wars, you control a team of monsters attempting to defeat the heroes of the previously mentioned Legendary Wars. The graphics have the same style as its predecessor, and the music has a great medieval-times soundtrack. The game is chock full of levels, some extremely difficult, and some amazingly easy. Between levels, you can go to the "crypt" in order to upgrade monsters abilities and armor. The game is very addictive, and a great sequel to the already awesome Legendary Wars. For only $0.99, I would definitely recommend Monster Wars to anyone. http://itunes.apple.com/app/monster-wars/id443819138?mt=8 

February 2, 2012

Penguin Palooza by Polarbit Games

(3.7/5) Penguin Palooza for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad is a game that is extremely similar to a mini-game in New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS. You must draw trampolines under penguins to prevent them from falling into the cold water below, while eating fish and attempting to reach the other side of the iceberg. The gameplay is very simple, you only have to slide your finger to make a trampoline, and hope the penguin(s) land on it. After a penguin bounces on it, the trampoline will disappear. The music is cheerful, and is somewhat fitting for the game's setting. The graphics are good, with some 3D characters, and some 2D. Overall, Penguin Palooza is a good iDevice clone of one of my favorite mini-games in one of my favorite Nintendo DS games. Penguin Palooza is available now for only $0.99. http://itunes.apple.com/app/penguin-palooza/id476274861?mt=8