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Helmets can't be all that comfortable when you're a skeleton.
In this edition of Pocket Takes: a new iPad edition of that old copy of Stratego that's gathering dust in the family room, a "hardcore restaurant sim" that is very hardcore indeed, and a tower defense...

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Faulkner, we hardly knew ye.
The Great Fusion is a quirky, spunky, independent game and it won’t let you forget it, not for one moment. Even supposing its design were marvelous, I bet you wouldn’t be able to marvel at it nearly as much as the...

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Review: Shifts

07 Feb 2013 0
  • iOS

Video games have taught us wrong. To wit: there is no such thing as a suicide mission. Impossible odds are actually calculated to leave a significant margin for possibility. Leonidas wins. John Henry lives. Your first-person shooter hero can single-handedly take down an army and the RPG quest-giver doesn't really...

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Crash of heroes.
Ported over to iOS from previous Nintendo DS and Xbox Live Arcade versions, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes ought to be a wonderful addition to the iPad strategy gaming universe: it looks great and the core gameplay is very appealing.

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Review: Dungeon Lore

31 Jan 2013 0
  • iOS

Wow, security at this Alice Cooper concert is *tight.*
Game designer Jordane Thiboust, in a recent piece for Gamasutra, took on the unenviable task of categorizing RPG subgenres (with a delicious cake analogy), trying to define what makes certain RPGs “good.” A title like Dungeon Lore...

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Another life of crime because of in-app purchases.
What could be more delightful than a satirical take on freemium games built by Double Fine, the inheritors of the Lucasarts comedy game tradition? Quite a lot, as it turns out.!--more--Management games in the post-Zynga era have typically...

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"For this, you do not thank."
I offered Phil a chance to review Riven last week. He came back to me with the following caveat. "I'm an avowed, on-record foe of Myst and its sequels.

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You take the blue die, we go further down the rabbit hole.
It's been said that the scariest thing for a comedian on stage is to make the audience laugh without knowing why.

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Review: Space Agency

18 Jan 2013 0
  • iOS

And I'm floating in a most peculiar way...
Space Agency is my new counterexample to the claim that games should always privilege gameplay mechanics over theme, presentation, and enthusiasm. Frequent the same online gamers’ haunts that I do, and you’ll eventually become involved in a well-meaning...

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Review: The Fleet

11 Jan 2013 0
  • iOS

The gripping hand.
We've talked more than once about touchscreen devices being a natural venue for Lucasarts-style point-and-click adventure games. With Pendulo Studios making a big push on iOS and releases from Wadjet Eye and Jane Jensen en route, we're going to be doing a lot...

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