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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…

Category: App Review

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…

Category: App Review

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…

Category: App Review

Simulation Vs. Arcade Racing Shootout!

Saturday, February 8th, 2014 | Author:

Ashphalt_8_Airborne_Large_IconIt’s been a while folks, so I thought I’d toss it up and bring you two reviews in one in the form of a shoot-out. Hang on to your hats. Here we go!

There’s nothing like the feel of a stick shift in your hand and slamming through gears and hearing the roar of your engine as your car slowly inches past the racer with the “1st” icon above your head. That smile that creeps across my face as I take that gold cup… The cheering of the not-even-rendered-on-screen crowd… I love racing games as much as anyone, but here are two distinct categories that generally fall into Arcade or Simulation.

I’ve recently thrown myself onto the tracks of two great racing games: Asphalt 8 and Real Racing 3. Which one takes the lead? Well strap in, check the pressure on your NOS tank, and let’s hit it. Article Continues…

Category: App Review

Get ‘Unreal Speed’ With the OWC Envoy Pro EX

Friday, January 17th, 2014 | Author:

PR_EnvoyProEXThe elegant, ultra portable OWC Envoy Pro EX has seen its share of praise lately. In fact, back in November, the Envoy Pro EX was named an International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree by a group of independent designers and engineers.

But one recent review of the portable storage solution particularly caught our attention.

Daniel M. East of layersmagazine.com took the Envoy Pro EX for a spin and gave the “fast and remarkably small” external solution a perfect score of 5. East noted the blazing speed of the Envoy Pro EX, saying “Even after testing a number of storage brands and models that feature SSD drives, I wasn’t prepared for the unreal speed of OWC’s Envoy Pro EX: It’s a portable SSD solution that outperforms the desktop SSDs.” Article Continues…