Number Chef: A Tasty Old School Puzzler

Number Chef: A Tasty Old School Puzzler

Cooking goes well with a lot of things. It can go well with a burgeoning relationship, for instance. It can also work effectively with the radio, when it’s on in the background. Similarly, maths can also go well with a lot of things. Protractors, rulers, textboooks, etc. The list is comprehensive. However, I’ve never thought of combining the two, as they seem at cross-purposes. But taking a closer look reveals that they aren’t all that…

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Defend against a human army as monsters in Monster Castle out now on iOS and Android

Defend against a human army as monsters in Monster Castle out now on iOS and Android

Monster Castle launched last week on iOS and Android, and provides a totally unique twist on the tried-and-true tower defence concept. You have to recruit an army of monsters to defend against the evil knight Sam and his invading human army. These monsters have a vendetta against Sam, as they’ve just escaped imprisonment by him. First-off, you’ll have to build a castle base and equip it with weapons like crossbows, spike pits, or flamethrowers. You’ll…

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Facility 47: The Rare Beast Of A Mystery Game Done Well

Facility 47: The Rare Beast Of A Mystery Game Done Well

Any storyteller knows that mystery is a hard thing to do well. You can only keep someone continuously entertained by safe-vouching just the right amount of information. And, as the old adage has it, ‘you can’t bluff someone who’s not paying attention’. As hard as mystery is to do on the small and big screens, it’s nigh on impossible to do correctly as an app game. Or at least, that’s what one would think. However,…

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Rivers Casino Pittsburgh: A Home Away From Home

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh: A Home Away From Home

Martin Scorsese made a film called ‘Casino’ in 1995, starring Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci. I don’t recall a lot from the film (I’d bet Sharon Stone was in it), but what I do remember vividly is a scene where Joe Pesci and his friend get driven out to a cornfield and beaten savagely with a baseball bat until death. Now, of course, this isn’t indicative of all casinos by any means, but it certainly…

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Glowsticks At The Ready For A Starific Experience

Glowsticks At The Ready For A Starific Experience

If you’ve ever been to Cyber-dog in Camden Town, London, looked around at the strange, colourful, alien rave gear and wondered what it would be like if you dropped ecstasy, turned into a star and started playing a mashup of space invaders and pong, then the concept of Starific – Endless Arcade Reactor by developer Alex Gierczyk might seem somewhat familiar to you and not all together mental (like it is for the rest of…

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Feel The Wave Of Nostalgia Wash Over You With Snake ’97

Feel The Wave Of Nostalgia Wash Over You With Snake ’97

Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be, but try telling that to Snake ‘97 by dsd 164, the new retro-fitted Snake game for iPhones. We all remember the ‘90s fondly; it was a decade of well-intentioned afterschool specials, butterfly clips, girl/boy bands and, most importantly, it was when the mobile phone became a widespread and universal tool. With this came the obvious fashion challenges of matching your mobile case with your sunglasses for that day,…

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Bloons TD 5: A Towering Triumph Of Strategy

Bloons TD 5: A Towering Triumph Of Strategy

For those not in the know, a sub-genre currently dominating the mobile gaming market at the moment is Tower Defense. The gameplay consists of real time strategy, where the goal is to stop enemies reaching a certain point on the map. The essential mechanics of the game are found in the placement and positioning of the player’s personal towers. As a genre, Tower Defense goes way back to 1990 with Atari’s prototypical Rampart, while fans…

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Aquapolis: That’s Greek For Water City And It’s Pretty Damn Apt

Aquapolis: That’s Greek For Water City And It’s Pretty Damn Apt

My first introduction to the city building/farming genre, which at that point couldn’t even be called a genre, was the enchanting ‘Harvest Moon’ title for N64. I’d spend hours building up my farm, tending to the animals and growing crops. Life was peaceful on my farm. Perhaps a little too peaceful. And therein lies the problem with the farming genre. Nothing much happens. Sure, if you like to take it easy and use the games…

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Fight Or Half-Fight The Hordes With Clicker Heroes

Fight Or Half-Fight The Hordes With Clicker Heroes

There’s been a certain trend in app games lately, and that is the trend of idle RPGs. The idea behind idle RPGs is quite simple; it’s a gameplay system that removes the dreading ‘grinding’ aspect and replaces it with automatic leveling up. In other words, it’s RPG-ing with the dull parts removed. Because who likes leveling up characters for hours on end? Not today’s smartphone community, that’s for sure. However, while the idle RPG is…

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Music And Passion Are Always In Fashion With Parx Online™ Mobile Slots App Carnival In Rio

Music And Passion Are Always In Fashion With Parx Online™ Mobile Slots App Carnival In Rio

  I should have taken heed when Barry Manilow warned us all not to fall in love at the Copacabana by way of his cautionary tale of love and loss for the showgirl Lola. But I didn’t. I was drawn in by the glitz and glamour, the colourful beaded necklaces and the jaunty maracas and salsa. Just as I was reaching my zenith, intoxicated by the beautiful women in feathered costumes, my girl from Ipanema…

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Heed The Call To Adventure With New 7 Wonders Of The World

Heed The Call To Adventure With New 7 Wonders Of The World

Apparently, the Seven Wonders of the World have not always remained consistent. There’s the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which typically include Stonehenge, the Colosseum, the catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, the Great Wall of China, the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing, Hagia Sofia (points if you know what the hell that even is) and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. They’re the originals, the classics, if you will. But in 2000, a new initiative was…

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The Rise And Rise Of The Mobile Bingo App

The Rise And Rise Of The Mobile Bingo App

Bingo has always been big business. Though the younger generation might associate the concept with a game played at a glacial pace in a funereal retirement home lounge, the truth is it’s bigger than all that. It’s been a popular mobile game for a long time now, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.With the general rise of mobile gambling  over the last couple of years, mobile bingo accounts for up to…

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Why So Many People Are Hooked On Online Gaming

Online gaming has been on the rise for the last twenty years or so, with a major explosion occurring in the mid-2000s with the release of heavy hitter MMORPG World of Warcraft. Since then, online games have become a staple of video game culture, and are starting to become the defining iteration of modern day video games in the minds of developers and players alike. They span all devices and genres, from epic RPG quests…

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Get Lost In Space With Starry Night!

Get Lost In Space With Starry Night!

Despite sounding like it could be a Van Gogh-themed painting app (or indeed a Don McLean-themed musical app) and featuring a concept that wouldn’t be out of place in the final chapters of Revelations, Starry Night! is, fortunately or unfortunately, none of those things. It is, in fact, a minigame which relies on an addictive little hook to keep players engaged. We won’t pretend like we haven’t seen these sort of games before; there are…

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Collect ’em up MMORPG League of Angels – Fire Raiders is out now on iOS and Android

Collect ’em up MMORPG League of Angels – Fire Raiders is out now on iOS and Android

The mobile edition of GTArcade’s 2014 Facebook MMORPG, League of Angels, is out now on iOS and Android. As before, you’ll collect, customise, and send into battle a vast selection of heroes and angels but this time right from your mobile device. There are several different PvE and PvP modes to choose from, like arena battles, co-op team dungeons, and a few mini games. To succeed, you’ll have to level up, train, and equip your…

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EZ PZ RPG: Adventure Calls, Even When The Phone’s Off The Hook

EZ PZ RPG: Adventure Calls, Even When The Phone’s Off The Hook

Whatever the dream ends up being, surely a component of it is to make money while you sleep. What better way to work than that? In fact, it would be great to do a lot of things while you sleep; learn a language, hone your mind, etc. We spend how ever many minutes of our lives sleeping, you think by now we might’ve learned to do something productive with that time. While it may not…

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Mage Fight: Welcome To Wizard City

Mage Fight: Welcome To Wizard City

Have you ever heard of Tetris Syndrome? This term was coined in 1994 and describes the effect that occurs when people spend so much time and attention to an activity that it begins to pattern their thoughts and dreams. It’s christened after the hit addictive puzzler Tetris; people who play the game for prolonged periods may find themselves thinking about how certain shapes in the real world can fit together, like cars, trees or pedestrians,…

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