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iOS Review: Punny Puzzle Party Time!

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 | Author:

Battle Gems Logo - 350It’s no secret that my love for the puzzle genre is sort of like the Grinch’s heart – two sizes too small. It’s time I rectified that matter with Artix Entertainment’s new puzzle game “Battle Gems”. Will it be a quirky combo of my less-than-loved puzzle games and my adoration for fantasy RPGs? Read on to find out!

All right. I get that this is a new game, and I also know that Artix isn’t the biggest game studio around and this is the first venture they’ve had into the mobile market. That being said: PLEASE TEST YOUR GAME ON MULTIPLE DEVICES BEFORE YOU LAUNCH IT! I couldn’t even get past the character creation without the game freezing on my iPad 2. I had to push the random button and hope it didn’t crash before I found a setup that I was happy with. And even then, if I wanted to play the game I needed to click play, select “no” to using Facebook, return to the main screen, and click Play a second time. Brilliant. Article Continues…

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While I Await iPad Repair, My Take On the State of Gaming

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 | Author:

StateOfGaming1Sorry folks, no review this week. Sadly my iPad came down with a severe case of “child-itus”, and the screen looked like a gorgeous spider web. Luckily, OWC just happens to offer a fantastic Turnkey Repair Program for the iPad 2. So while our wondrous team of install technicians make my device all pretty again and resurrect it from taking a critical hit from my level 2.5 Human Child, I figured I’d put some thoughts out there until I can get back to my regularly scheduled reviewing.

This is an article I’ve wanted to write for a long time. And, frankly, I expect a lot of pushback on this article in terms of conflicts of opinion, so here’s the disclaimer: I am by no means doing anything but representing my own personal opinion and this piece is nothing but entertainment and me stirring the proverbial pot in hopes of making some developers cringe and say “yeah… he’s got a point.”
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Classic RPG Goodness With Tales Of Phantasia? Nope.

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 | Author:

mzl.msovtctbI’m a sucker for pixel art. But, I think I’ve discussed that a few times on the OWC Blog already. And I think it’s also pretty apparent that I love me a good RPG. Great, got that established and out of the way.

Growing up I had a Sega Genesis and later in life I picked up a Super Nintendo (SNES). But sadly, today’s title eluded me until later in life. I had instantly fell in love with its unique combat system and fairly good story. But I have got to say, Namco/Bandai’s title was absolutely destroyed in this iOS port. Get ready to dual-wield shields in order to defend yourself from this onslaught of fail with Tales of Phantasia.

I think at about four or five points during this play through I nearly gave up. This wonderful tale of a young swordsman was dragged through the muck, stepped on, run out, and then beaten with a baseball bat. The amount of awful that slapped me around through the screen of my iPad blew my mind. Article Continues…

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Just Getting To Know ‘You Don’t Know Jack!’

Saturday, March 8th, 2014 | Author:

YOU-DON’T-KNOW-JACKLarge“You Don’t Know Jack!” Actually that’s a lie, more likely than not, you know quite a bit. But all that becomes rather relative in Jellyvision’s/Jackbox Games’ multiplayer trivia game.

YDKJ for the iPad is the next game in a very long line of games that have been living on the consoles of my generation for a long time. To see a free version of YDKJ for the iPad is amazing. So get ready to be slapped around with some sarcasm, because well… You Don’t Know Jack!

What can I say? I love tongue-in-cheek humor and sarcasm. And Cookie, the game’s host, is never shy about dishing out shovels of it at you. Every answer in the game, right or wrong, has a snarky response that will have you laughing. Article Continues…

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Military Tactics Meets Cute ‘N’ Cuddly In RAD Soldiers

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 | Author:

mzl.nkiviokcGuns. Grenades. Knives. What’s the mental picture you’re painting right now? If you’re me, it’s probably something akin to Weird Al Yankovic dressed up as Rambo. Certainly not what you’d expect from what I’m playing in this week’s review.

The game is a tactical “shooter” that has you controlling military units in turn-based missions. The concept appealed to me, so I thought I would give it a go. Brace yourself for RAD Soldiers.

OK, so before we get into the meat of what this game is. I have to tell a personal story. Last night, our Internet wasn’t working at home (100 percent my fault, playing with custom firmware is fun!) and because of such playing, this game was about as easy as winning the Indy 500 while running barefoot. Everything in the game needed Internet access. Want to shop? Go online? Want to get a skin for your soldier? Go online. Oh, look a mystery prize dropped on the map what’s inside? AN ERROR TELLING ME TO GO ONLINE. Introducing the iFrisbee! Article Continues…

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