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Review: Knife Toss by Crawl Space Games

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C’mon, admit it… you’ve always wanted to run away and join the circus, haven’t you?  Well, okay, me neither, but the circus is still pretty cool.  Now, thanks to the game Knife Toss from Crawl Space Games you can experience two of the coolest parts of the circus at once – knife throwing and clowns.  Of course, depending on your aim the clown won’t be so happy, but it’s all good fun none the less.



Biblicious feels like a real game show - great fun!

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Biblicious gives me the feeling that I’m participating in a real game show - I like that! The host sounds like the guy from Let's Make a Deal or one of those other game shows, which is really effective in setting the mood. 

The questions are fun - some easy and some challenging - so anyone with a bit of knowledge of the Bible should enjoy playing. And what a clever way to learn something new about the Bible. When you get a wrong answer, it gives you the scripture reference so you can look it up and learn more.  



Spirit for iPhone and touch

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 Spirit, designed by programmer Marco Mazolli, is the kind of retro-looking game that I gravitate towards, pun intended. The crisp vector-like graphics, airy music, and retro game grid is like playing a trippy version of Tempest, Star Castle, and Tron all rolled together (some of my favs from the 80s). The only problem is that Spirit becomes too dificult in the early levels, and there is a definite lack of power-ups or extra lives to sustain you into the higher levels.



Portable Spelling Teacher!

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First Words Deluxe offers kid-friendly illustrations and entertaining sound effects that capture the interest of young children as they learn to recognize letters and spell more than 100 words.



Angry Robots Welcome!

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Have you ever wanted to be a giant robot in your life? Do you need some stress relief?Then I think I have a solution for you, and a fun one at that. I saw in a forum last week that someone had made a post about a new game called “Robot Rampage.” It’s basically a side scrolling game where you are a giant robot and your job is to destroy the city, block by block. I had read that the cost was half price at .99, so I bought it. I can’t stop playing this game. As the robot, you can step on things, punch things, and you have a laser that comes out of your eye. Pretty cool hah? 

Well you’re going to need it because the humans are ticked that you are making the city into a big parking lot. To get to the next block, you need to destroy the buildings in your way. Not a big deal because you can punch, stomp and fire. The problem comes when you also have to deal with tanks, helicopters, foot soldiers, jet bombers, and nuclear missiles on your journey. One of the other cool features is that you can also listen to your own music library if you want. I do not think you will be disappointed. The developers did a great job creating this game. I am not sure if anything else lies ahead in further levels, but bring it on.

 

 



Review: B-Boy Beats by Tag Games

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I claim to be disinterested when it comes to the whole “follow the rhythm” genre, but if developers keep making variants like B-Boy Beats and Thumpies, people are going to start calling me “DJ Liar Liar Pants On Fire”.  I’m no good at the game, and I can’t even play it the right way, which has gotten me stuck on a level that absolutely requires me to play it the right way.  Despite that, I still find myself taking breaks from games that I’m actually supposed to be reviewing in order to play this one.  As a result, I figured I might as well take the time to review B-Boy Beats, so at least I can feel like I’m accomplishing something.



Review: Panzer Panic by Handy Games

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I try to hold on to this firm belief that you can’t go wrong with a tank game.  Unfortunately, as any genre gets more crowded in the App Store there’s more opportunity for bad as well as good examples of how a particular type of game should be done.  I think Panzer Panic falls somewhere squarely in between.  It’s actually kind of a nifty game, and I really like the visual style, but the control scheme is very counter-intuitive to the fact that you actually have to control all of the tanks manually.  A better balance between controls and game play is required before this game can truly shine.



Farm Frenzy - gaming fun for those who like games

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"The fun never stops as you grow grass, feed chickens, collect eggs and take your produce to market. From there, you'll spend the money you earn on additional buildings that produce exciting new products, including delicious steaks, tasty cakes and quaint down home apparel."



Geeks of the world unite!!

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Geeks of the world unite!  It takes some guts and skill to develop a game around Erwin Schrödinger classic cat experiment designed to illustrate the incompletenes of the theory of quantum mechanics. Enter SouthPeak Games vision of Schrödinger's Rat (.99).  Head spinning yet?  Your IQ might just end up a couple points higher on the Wechsler Scale if you play this game a lot.



Review: The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain by Big Blue Bubble

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I recently reviewed An Assassin In Orlandes, and at the beginning of the review I gave my condensed version of the history of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” game.  I probably should have saved that for this review, since the Fighting Fantasy games were really the forerunners of the modern movement of combining interactive reading and role playing in books.  Much like the Gamebook Adventures from Tin Man Games, Big Blue Bubble has done an excellent job in recreating this genre for the electronic world.  The stories aren’t quite as interesting as the first Gamebook Adventures, but the reading segments are smaller which allows for more frequent fighting, so it really becomes a matter of what you are more interested in pursuing: prose or parlay.



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