Finger Balance – mini review

Getting a chance to review Finger Balance was an exciting prospect, the game looks like an original concept with an interesting control system. However, after playing the game for a little while, i’m left with mixed feelings. Initially the game doesn’t disappoint, it is fun, addictive and is great to just pick up and play. The graphics and audio are good, if not spectacular, but the physics engine is excellent – which is obviously extremely important in a game such as this. The controls are very precise, if a little too much so occasionally when the slightest twitch will send the ball flying. The addition of OpenFeint adds a nice level of re-playability. So far, so good.

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Zepi:Dark Review

Zepi takes a fresh look at the ‘Match 3′ genre, allowing complete freedom over where new objects come in. You are met with an appealing menu when you first open the app, and you may then choose from 3 different game styles: Graveyard, Metall or Gothic.  Each type has its own artwork and unique objects to match together keeping gameplay different each time.  This game differs to others in this genre in many ways, mostly positive; but the initial idea still remains the same – remove 2 or objects of the same colour to score points.  You can then add these scores to either local, or online leaderboards to show off your amazing skills.

In the gameplay, you are not restricted to having objects fall…

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Afterwing mini review

Afterwing is an arcade style 3D shooter set on 12 different islands, spread over an initial 3 worlds. Extra worlds are unlocked later in the game, as are 9 of the 12 levels.  The menu is simple to navigate with nicely displayed buttons and a background looped video of your space craft.  The aim of the game is to simply kill all of your opponents, usually between 15 and 20, and stay alive to the end.  It is all-against-all so there are a lot of bullets flying about but be quick to kill more than anyone else to advance to the next level. The bullets themselves adds a nice effect to the game as the long lines make nice patterns!  You may also choose to…

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Scales and Modes Mini review

Playing piano has always appealed to me, as has playing the guitar.  However, I’ve never got round to it, but fortunatly for you and me, along comes this great little app ‘Scales and Modes’.  It displays all the scales and modes you’d ever need with over 20 different ones and over 14 different root notes (including sharp and flat). My guess is that you could get quite accomplished using this.  The menu system is extremely aesthetically pleasing, using the texture of an ancient piece of paper and scrolled handwiriting to make your selections.

Once your fine tuned selection is made, you are shown a five line staff with all the notes on and then the same chord but in tabliture form –…

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Create a Mall

Create a Mall works like most other time management titles; complete the set goals in under a certain time limit for a better score.  However, it stands out from the rest as it focuses on just one mall at a time, unlike housing management where you have lots of buildings all at once.  By doing this, it means that the mall takes up most of the screen so you can really get close and personal with the action and tell shops apart.  The typical elevator music plays in the background which adds an excellent touch as do the animations of people walking, elevator doors openeing and builders working.

The shops themselves are very nicely detailed and differ from eachother boasting at least 2 variations of…

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Playground – A Day in the Park

With so many apps on the App Store, it’s easy to get lost in the many games that involve shooting or killing and hard to find one suitable for the younger generation.  Then along comes ‘Playground – A Day in the Park’, a very polished app intended for children aged between 1 and 3 years.  Boasting lovely, easy navigation menu and cute animals, you and your family can enjoy hours of entertainment.

The game consists of 4 mini-games each hosting lovely 2D artwork – the first, my favourite, is Bird on a power line. Simply swipe your finger over the bird and release to send the bird flying into the air and spinning round; good to make you laugh and…

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3D Brick Breaker Revolution 2 – minireview

3D Brick Breaker Revolution 2A couple of days ago the NEWRELEASES section threw up an interesting title, 3D Brick Breaker Revolution 2.  A sequel to the successful original, it offers the same breakout game play with 3D graphic stylings.  The App Store is beginning to see sequels more regularly now which begs the question, are they genuinely worthy of a new release?  The store is still a young place and sequels are unlikely to be released that long after their previous incarnation.  3D Brick Breaker Revolution 2 is just such a release, as comes out 10 months after the original.

The game offers a new array of obstacles, power-ups, hidden levels and special weapons.  There is also an assortment of new music, which vary…

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iBomber – minireview

iBomber is an excellent little game that just became free to download.  It puts players in the cockpit of a WWII Bomber and tasks them with various missions to destroy enemy positions.  The navigation controls are tilt based – fully configurable and can be calibrated to suit your favored normal device position – and bombs are dropped by tapping the large “bombs away “button.  There are 14 missions (unless there are some ive yet to unlock), most of which begin locked, each with 4 possible achievements awarded on completion.

The graphics are splendid, as is the audio and overall vibe.  The navigation controls are a little difficult to begin with, but if you tweak your settings it doesn’t take long…

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