Second Chance Heroes review, doing Honest Abe justice….

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Throughout movies and lore, Honest Abe, Cleopatra, and Napoleon Bonaparte have been legends, or even further, immortalized. I loved learning about some of these icons in history, but I never thought that I would love to play with them in video games. However, Second Chance Heroes not only allows you to play with these characters, but they give a whole new name to the historical figures.

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This game feels a lot like Diablo 2 while playing, probably due to the camera angle. You select a Hero (there are 2 at first but you can pay real money for more or unlock some of the cheaper legends) and then you follow the storyline into the mall. Each mission is a different area and you must reach specific objectives to progress throughout the game. There are a host of different achievements and side quests to accomplish which complements game well, due to the several Heroes you can unlock. The main objective though, is to slash your way through zombies. I have to say, I really enjoyed playing Abe Lincoln and watching him slash through the hordes with a chainsaw. There aren’t any weapons to collect at this point, but there are boosts like health or speed, and each Hero comes with a couple of special abilities. (It was so gratifying watching the masses of zombies fly everywhere after using an ability) The gameplay get’s spiced up a bit with boss battles and an online co-op mode. (really took me back to the lan-parties i used to have with Diablo 2)

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If you are looking for an rpg element, there is one here, however it isn’t very deep. This game is more designed to give the player a fun arcade type of experience. Things like health and damage can be leveled once  the player has collected the right amount of experience, but nothing much more than that.

I was surprised with the stableness of the online play. There at times could be a lot of things happening on screen, which never slowed my phone, but also I never experienced any objectivity issues with other players, the game ran smooth. Many might hesitate to play due to the virtual controls, but truthfully the dual virtual analog stick worked nicely, I never had an issue movement or attacking.

The graphics in game were decent, however it was far from the best. Due to the amount of things going on, onscreen it was understandable that things were not on the same level as Infinity Blade. (In fact, SCH probably excelled considering.) In app purchases are in the game. I can understand Heroes needing to be bought, to be unlocked, after all developers have to earn a living too.

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Overall- ****Pure Genius**** 

For a dollar you can’t go wrong. This game is a tremendous amount of fun to play. I highly recommend it for people that are fans of the hack and slash games, or if you love history and want to have a little bit of fun. I am certainly glad I downloaded it, and can’t wait to keep slaying away!

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Shadow Blade Review- For all of the wanna be Ninja’s

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For the longest time I have been hankering for a platforming game for the IOS that actually works. Add to the fact that I have always wanted to be the green power ranger, and I often found myself sad and unaccomplished. Low and behold, Shadow Blade graced me with it’s presence and hope once again lifted my soul! (man, I am a geek sometimes)

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It is nice to finally play a game that is a platformer, but that isn’t an auto run game. I feel that lately developers have been cautious to do so because gestures and controls would be a hard thing to manage (and they are right it is) but also a hard thing for the players to grasp. Shadow Blade, while tricky at first, is a really great platforming game with controls that actually work. You can tell the developers for Shadow Blade put a lot of hard work in to this game and it certainly paid off. In Shadow Blade your job is to be a ninja, a freaking awesome ninja. You are on a journey to your sensei and must battle through hordes of enemies trying to stop you. Running and jumping is one part of the game, but killing your enemies, is a whole new aspect within this realm. Instead of jumping on enemies heads, you can use swipe motion gestures to slice enemies in half. On level 3, I started to truly feel like a ninja. Being able to jump and slice enemies in half and link brutal finishing moves together, was amazing. Swipe based gestures allowed more than one move to be performed as well. Arial attacks, stealth attacks, just plain old up the gut attacks, are all moves that you can master. This game is loaded with a ton of different levels that will keep you entertained. Each level comes packed with extra’s for the players to do. Collecting all the coins, killing all of the enemies, finding 2 different symbols per level, this game will keep you coming back for more.

Overall: ****Smart Play****

Fans of this genre of gaming should definitely go out and download it now. Beautiful artwork, peaceful music (which is interactive based on the coins you collect), and fun gameplay mechanics, make this game a no brainer for all of you “ninja”  types out there.

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Colossus Escape! Run for your life!

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Want a side scrolling hack and slash auto run game? Then we have an adventure for you! The devs. over at Adventure Moffee, have developed a fast paced gem with this one and we encourage everyone to check it out!

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.    When you think of auto run games you might think about games such as Temple Run or Subway Surfers (both great games in their own respects), however Colossus Escape (CE) combines those similar elements and adds a sword as well as lumbering foe’s that head straight toward you. Well, what do you do with the sword? Slash the onslaught, and stay focused enough to jump over obstacles so you don’t lose life, or get eaten by the Colossus, who is hot (see what we did there?) on your tail.(The Colossus is made out of lava)   CE also contains swipe strategy to create a deeper dimension to the game. When crossing various checkpoints in the game you are given instructions such as swipe quickly this way, or tap repeatedly here (There are various mini games that really “spice” up the action). In doing so, you will defeat the mini monster or boss and proceed to the next level. Things such as shields, and power-ups can be looted in mid run and placed on an alter in front of you acting like a spell system, this makes your journey much easier.

Now there are things about the game that will make some players annoyed, such as the advertisements that pop up right after the title screen, or right after you die, don’t take that to mean they interfere with gameplay (mid run) at all because they don’t! They just interrupt a smooth process otherwise. However the devs. at CE were smart and do what I think the gaming community should do and offer an ad. free version of the game for $1.99 (Hooray!!!!! this makes us all happy) Another thing that might bother some is the initial tutorial didn’t explain much. I was caught off guard for a bit when the directions for the mini boss appeared for the first time, add to that you only have five opportunities and then you have to start over from scratch, didn’t seem appealing at all. But all was eventually forgiven once I started to get the hang of things.

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Overall: ***Smart Play***

Download and try out this game! You will certainly be happy that you did. This game has beautiful 2D graphics, with great controls, and a fair amount of depth. Tac on the extra maps and characters that will be added soon as well as the leader-boards and you have a game that you will want to keep playing for a while.

Scratch that naval itch! (ships, not button) Assassins Creed : Pirates on IOS (Review)

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Ahoy Matey’s, time to give you our review  of ACP.

This game has all the makings of a really great game on the IOS market. Have you ever  thrown on an eye-patch, put a bandanna around your head, and grabbed an empty toilet paper roll to swing around like a terrifying cutlass? Well great news! This game allows you to be a pirate without requiring you to sacrifice the little dignity that you have left!

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Upon opening the app, the first thing that you notice, is the vast scenery and the beautiful ocean that comes to life even more thanks to the intense musical score that goes along with the game. I’m not one to really care about music, so when i mention music in a game that means that i really like it, or I really don’t. In this case, the music is great! The music and the graphics alone intrigue me enough to keep playing, Add to that, the actual gameplay has a fresh new take and Ubisoft has created a true gem. Throughout this game you will be battling and searching for treasures, as well as following an interesting story-line. The one area that I feel I could grow a little weary of, is the battle system. The battle system is unique in ways, your ship will have skills which will require you to do different things such as, aim a scoped shot to hit an enemy’s weak spot which will do critical damage, however in avoiding enemies attacks, I wish i had more free will to maneuver instead of the “tap to dodge” technique.

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Ubisoft has done a great job in fleshing out this game with content, things from searching and finding hidden treasures, to hiring new recruits that will provide skills (such as faster ship speed). They also have achievements for completionists, extra challenges for you to face during quests, and what seems to be collectible lore, in which as you collect messages in the bottle which will tell you about different pirates, and reward you for your findings. I have no doubt that that any “swash- buckling pirate lover” would fall head over heels for this game.

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Graphics: 5 out of 5

Ubisoft has done a great job of making picturesque games, and Assassins Creed Pirates is not an exception. Beautiful 3D colored graphics, will make you think you are actually captain of the high seas.

Gameplay: 4 out of 5

ACP is a great truly fleshed out game with content galore. The only reason it loses a point here is because they probably could have been a bit more creative with the battle systems.

Sounds: 5 out of 5

ACP delivers a knockout blow with the musical score. If you want to feel like a true captain then you need a great musical score to accompany you on your journey, and don’t worry this game delivers just that.

Controls: 4 out of 5

This game allows you to feel as if you are truly sailing your own ship. However there were times when I scratched my head because the steering of the ship wouldn’t quite read the direction I was swiping my finger. Other than that everything seems to work fine, and controls were fairly good.

Price: 5 out of 5 

$4.99 and no IAP’s. This game is a lot of fun, for not a lot of money! ’nuff said

Overall Score: **PURE GENIUS** (4.6 out of 5)

Any fan of Assassins Creed, or for that matter any fan of pirates, or any fan of games in general should download this app. You can sail your own ship, acquire new skills and capture a ton of BOOTY!

Fallback Friday: Fun Forever? Run Forever! Rayman Jungle Run….

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Whats up gamer’s, its time for our mythical, magical, marvelous new segment : Fallback Fridays. In this brilliant new segment, we want to review IOS games that were created some time ago (Normally more than a year ago but there will always be exceptions) We hope to review games that have stood the test of time, and that always keep us coming back for more.

Rayman: Jungle Run Review

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Everyone remembers jammin’  Rayman into your N64 and wasting countless hours of your life playing this game, and guess what if your were that person, I have GREAT NEWS! While this game is an auto-run game, it goes further than that. Running is not all you do in this fast paced, addicting game. For starters there are quite a few worlds that you play in, all together you get to run in 5 worlds, each world containing 10 maps (that is including a bonus map in each world). Rayman is on an adventure to collect all of the Lums that are scattered on each map. Lums are the little yellow *snitch* looking creatures, and there are 100 hundred of them on each map. If you are a completionist like me you will spend countless hours trying to get each and every last one of them (and an extra map is unlocked every time you catch all 100 Lums on at least 5 of the maps) . Rayman truly challenges gamers with maps that are constantly changing. There is always something new excited happening in this game it seems that a new challenge is presented on every single one of the 50 playable levels. How good can an auto run game be? Glad you asked because this is where Ubisoft really set the bar. Most auto run’s you are practically limited to jumping, but the Ubisoft team was able to add depth to the game by letting you unlock skills per world that you visit. These skills (no I won’t spoil them) each help add unique diversity to the levels that you play in. In one instance you may need to jump, then use a skill, then climb, then use a skill, all in a specific order to collect all the Lums. Skills truly set this game apart from any other auto run out there.

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AS if I havent said enough about the game, the reason we feel that Rayman Jungle Run has such high replay-ability is because each map has a timer, so for gamers with lightening fast responses you can keep trying over and over and over again to crush that fastest time record you previously set. Rayman is fun for all ages and it would be a shame to let this game go any longer without giving it a try!

Graphics: 5 out of 5

Do your eyes get sore from looking at ugly things? Well I have the cure! This game is absolutely beautiful. Colors splash objects move, things collide, and its all in 2D. Ubisoft certainly nailed the design and graphics on this gorgeous game.

Gameplay: 5 out of 5

Waiting in line at the store? Waiting for your gas tank to fill up? Tired of waiting for the theater movie to start? Rayman Jungle Run solves all of those problems. Not only can you pick this game up for 30 seconds at a time but you can also feel really accomplished in that time too, catching all the Lums isn’t easy and there is a great sense of accomplishment when you do.

Sounds: 3 out of 5

The sounds throughout the game are just as bright as the beautiful backdrop in which the game takes place. Rayman has sounds that “pop” right out of the speakers, and the 4 songs that are on the game are pretty catchy. Yes….that’s right 4 songs. I have sunk many hours into this game and as catchy as the tunes are, I had to mute it after about thirty minutes of hearing the same thing over and over again.

Controls: 5 out of 5

The controls on this game are spectacular. You cant find a more responsive game, and i never experienced any lag issues or encountered issues when I needed to press buttons rapidly, and multiple times.

Price: 4 out of 5 

$1.99 is a great price for the number of hours that you will undoubtedly sink into it. There are extra skins, characters, and levels that you can buy for an added price, but its certainly nothing that takes away from the gaming experience.

Overall Score: **PURE GENIUS** (4.4 out of 5)

Quick, beautiful and fun, this game is easy to play, low cost, and it keeps you coming back for more (after all this game was released in September of 2012). You should definitely download this game! It is certainly worth it, and we think you will be more than satisfied, running with your old pal Rayman.