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!

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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Bug Heroes 2 review- Greatest iphone multiplayer game this year !

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For the longest time I have been waiting for a 3D multiplayer game to come out for the iphone. I remember a couple years ago playing some truly terrible games on my ipod touch. Well times have drastically changed, and here in early 2014, we might have the best multiplayer game for the rest of the year.

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Bug Heroes 2, is an epic strategy game. This game has a mixture of League of Legends and the movie Bugs Life all rolled together in one. Honestly I never expected a game like this to hit the IOS market so soon. Strategy fiends will love this game. There are a few types of gameplay here, and our review will focus primarily on the main gameplay and the multiplayer aspects.

The main point of gameplay in BH2 is to protect your food source from being infiltrated by enemy bugs. Your food source will be guarded by turrets, and as you go along in the mission it will be important for you to upgrade the turrets to help you better fight against the “grubs” that are attacking you. As your Hero kills enemies you gain experience, gaining experience allows you to unlock skills to use in the midst of combat. You can choose any skills that you want and if you choose correctly, it can change the tide of battle. If one hero is to  “boring” for your expertise, then you will enjoy knowing that the game allows you to take two Heroes out per battle. This is great if you enjoy mixing, healing and tanking together or want to try something “dangerous” and take double tanks to battle.

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No need to worry about a limited selection of Heroes, this game has over 25! And just like LoL, you will need to learn about them all so that you can be truly dominant in this game. Also, each character can be unlocked without having to drop any cash. (Although patience is a must)

Moving to the multiplayer portion of the game. It is epic. You and your teammates can take on AI, and survive waves of enemies as well as capture and hold certain enemy points. The objective is to stay alive as long as possible, and offers the same rpg elements that the other mode does. You and your teammate will need to choose wisely though, this time around you can only choose one Hero to battle with (per person). You can also battle 1v1 or 2v2 (same game modes except against humans) if you would like. Toss in what is sure to be fun local wifi play, and you really cant ask for more. Foursaken has done a great job thus far with the servers, and they seem to be pretty stable, minus a couple of lag issues. (which is to be expected with any online game at launch)

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Overall ****Pure Genius****

Look, at a $.99 price point this game is a must have. The rpg depth you get as well as the great strategy and stunning multiplayer gives you more than you will ever pay for. Not to mention the great graphics and pretty funny voice overs.

Galaxy Conquerors….Giving “Galaga” a run for it’s money….

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Are you over the age of 45? Do you still rock a mullet or wear parachute pants? Do you still toss in a couple of quarters every time you pass an arcade to play the Galaga/Pacman combo machine? Well great news. Raven Castle Studios has released the top down scroller known as Galaxy Conquerors (GC) and it is a ton of fun for all.

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Upon first opening up the app, I was skeptical at what the app would offer. Top down scrollers were big at one point, but it being 2014 I thought that era of gaming was over. Well hours of gameplay later, I realized that I was very mistaken. Always stick to the age old adage that “one should never judge a book by its cover”. The first thing I noticed when actual gameplay begun was that the graphics look great. They aren’t mind blowing, but they certainly do a great job portraying all of the action that goes on on-screen. If you haven’t played a top down shooter you should know that your ship normally has an auto fire that constantly shoots. While shooting enemy ships, power ups will drop; these power ups are useful and sometimes necessary to complete the level. GC does a great job of adding a wide variety of enemies to defeat as well. Throw in missions that require you to transport ally ships and face intense bosses, and you have a marvelous game that will keep you busy for hours.

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If your worried that this game might be to easy, don’t be. As you progress through the storyline and play various levels, you will need specific powerups and boosts, to get past the bosses. GC has a unique currency system that works well with the game. When defeating enemies it would be smart to collect any items that you can, some of these will be currency used to upgrade your ships weapons. It is a must to have these in the later levels of the game.

Motions and controls worked pretty well with the gameplay. Unfortunately there were a few times when I swiped my screen and my ship would not go far enough in the desired directions. This only happened a couple of times, and overall the gameplay was very smooth. Also if you are looking for a gripping story, this is not it. (Pretty stinkin’ corny)

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

This is a great version of a modernized top down shooter. If you are having “nostalgic cravings” or are a young gun wanting to play old school, check this game out. It should make many people happy to know that this game does have game center support! This game will entertain for hours.

Honorbound review! JuiceBox Games’ stunning rpg for IOS….

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If there is one type of game that we would like to see more of on the mobile market it would be the turn based rpg. Golden Sun for Gameboy Advanced was our “jam” back in the day. It has been great to see some of the Final Fantasy games to hit the app store but we are were still looking for something completely new and “fresh” to sink our teeth into. If you are a gamer that share some of the same “cravings” that we do, then look no further, Juice Box Games has created an rpg that we can all enjoy.

Honorbound is deeper than one might think. Upon opening up the game you realize pretty quickly that Juiceboxs’ mobile offering is not paper thin (like some other apps). In fact this game is probably one of the deepest games we have played in a while.
Honorbound gives you the option of selecting what type of Hero you want to start with. All of the normal Heroes are offered but they also include a few renditions of their own. It is certainly nice to see game developers breaking the trend of the same 4 or 5 Heroes. (Don’t get me wrong, the warrior class will always have a special place in our hearts). You can also summon allies that are “captured” in battle, this adds a whole new level of depth to the game because you can customize them as well.(Its also cool seeing what other players use as allies in pvp mode) Once you have selected a Hero you go through a “tutorial level”. This level is great because it teaches you how to play, but also lays down the plot-line. That’s another great thing, you actually feel like your accomplishing something and moving forward throughout the game with an intriguing storyline, you aren’t just “grinding” your way to a final boss.

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The combat in the game works the same as most other turn based strategy games,  Heroes and allies, versus  enemies and each side takes a turn using a skill or choosing an enemy to attack. This same type of combat system is used in pvp mode as well, except the opponents are stronger and more skilled than the regular AI. By defeating other players you can earn gold as well as xp. We did have our qualms with the matching system for pvp, it seemed that to often we would be matched up against players that were a higher level than us. (The game gives you an option of 3 different users that you can choose to battle and every time you back out of a battle lobby it uses an energy point which takes time to replenish.)

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Wondering about skills and what not? Don’t worry, this game comes loaded with unique abilities to master and different skills to level up. Obviously you want your Hero trained for battles, but there are many other perks that should also be trained such as: more energy, a higher percentage gold, and the abilities to train your allies. You can train these abilities through researchers. The higher the level of skill that they are training the longer it will take to train them. (of course you can speed this up by using diamonds aka, in game currency)  We won’t touch on everything here, so you should go download the game. (This game offers great variety)

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Unfortunately the one area that we feel is held back is the energy system. Whenever you move across a map an energy point is used. Now we know developers have to make money, we just wished that it wasn’t in the form of IAP’s.(one price fits all) Great news is that your energy level can be increased by training, and you can earn “diamonds” by gaining achievements. (though there are few) Though this system isn’t ideal, it shouldn’t stop you from downloading the game.

Overall: ****Pure Genius****

Honorbound is an awesome game that offers a lot of depth and great story “freshness” to the rpg market. Fun battles, powerful Heroes and great pvp will keep you entertained. If you are craving an rpg that fits in your pocket, then you should check this game out!

Want to use some of that pointless knowledge you have? Check this game out!

Think you know it all? Well now you can put all of that so called knowledge to the test!

Quiz Up

Quiz-Up a new way to put that knowledge to the test!

Quiz-Up a new way to put that knowledge to the test!

Finally a game that allows you to do something with all of that pointless knowledge you have!!!!! Want to challenge all of your friends at a heart pumping fast paced quiz game??? Quiz up allows you to do all of that plus more! In this game players compete against one another and try to answer questions before time runs out. Player can choose from over 300 topics, ranging from various tv-shows, to things such as science or even math. As players compete they gain experience and level up, allowing the different titles to symbolize status and how much you know about the topic. Though Quiz Up will keep you coming back for hours and hours many may be turned off due to repetition of some of the questions during the quiz. Not to worry though, the creative minds at Quiz Up update the game regularly and allow players to create topics and information of their own.

Overall Score: **Smart** (4 out of 5)

A game boasting over 250 topics, Quiz Up will keep your mind challenged for a long time. Add to that, you are going up against your friends for bragging rights and you have a great play here, sure repetition occurs on occasion throughout the game but it is absolutely nothing that should keep you from downloading this awesome game, add to the fact that the current price is free, and you cant go wrong!

Bridge Me…Cheap, boring and shallow. (You deserve better)

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Lately there seems to be an influx of “cheap” pix-elated games hitting the IOS market. Flappy Bird was one, and now many of the developers have copied Flappy Bird in a “get rich quick” scheme. At least in that regard “Bridge Me” is not a knock off of Flappy Bird, though it shares the same graphics quality, and the similar sound of a coin being collected each time you build a bridge. (Thank you Nintendo) “Bridge Me” and all games alike have become shallow, there is no story line, no interesting achievements, no unlockables, just a leaderboard. (Which could be nice if enough people play)

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So to start, you are a builder, who builds bridges to walk across platforms. You build bridges by pressing the hammer button in the bottom center of the screen, as you do, a wood plank begins to build vertically and it is your job to calculate when to stop building the bridge. Build the bridge for to long and you will walk off the other end of the platform, build it to short and you don’t make it to the other side. Every few levels, there are different types of “challenge bridges” which are different but overall pretty easy to get past.  Luckily the developers thought to add that bit of flavor to this portion of an otherwise, bland, offering.

Now don’t get me wrong, people will play this game because it has all of the makings of a game that casual fans will want. Grandma’s across the world will “dig” the aspect and understanding that the game offers nothing more than the press of a button. We believe though, that while there will always be this type of market for this type of game, that it is time to for developers to work a bit harder and pour more into their product (like many are beginning to do) so that they can truly connect with their users.

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 Overall: ***Weak Play***

I would expect a game like this from a developer who was just beginning to create their first application. (Including this one they have 4) This game fits a stereo type of a casual gamer, and when we see products like this we don’t feel like the developer put much effort into their work at all. Even if they had added some sort of depth with achievements or some more creativity in level design the results would have been better. Next time just show us that you care about what you’re doing.

Naughty Kitties review! If Cats were actually this cool they would be more popular than dogs

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Now I know that by the title alone, many will come in here with guns a’blaze ready defend the rights of cats to the death. But hold on a sec, I didn’t say cats were bad (for heaven’s sake I’m sure I will end up with one soon), they are just not as popular as dogs! Anyways, this isn’t a review about which domesticated animal is your favorite, but instead about a game in which dog lover’s and cat lover’s alike will have a ton of fun.

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Man, game developers for IOS are getting more and more creative now-a-days, and the devs over at Coconut Island are certainly leading the way. Naughty Kitties at first glance seems as if it would be repetitive after playing for a while, however it is far from it. What you have are your kittens, riding on a space ship (pretty normal so far) when all of the for no good reason enemy ships start blasting you down! (I can feel the PETA rage now) Low and behold though, the Kittens have come prepared and start laying the plank right back. In this side scrolling strategy you are given an option of which kittens you want fighting for you by “draging and dropping” them onto the ship from a queue box. Skill and timing are required so that as soon as another kitten is ready to fight you can replace them and they can get to work without any harm being done . Match up kittens of the same type and watch them unleash super powered attacks. This actually becomes more tricky when you unlock more kittens because the queue randomly assigns a type of kitten so you will never know what kind you are getting. Intense boss battle’s will keep you on your toes and leave you feeling accomplished afterwards.

Perhaps the largest surprise for me was the fact that after I was done playing the first tutorial I was given a host of different customization options. (RPG depth) and like any good creepy cat lady, this game had a bunch cats to choose from. Whether it be cats that helped repair ships, shoot machine guns, fire rockets ect. they could all be used at your disposal. (If you have unlocked them) You could buy different ships which each had different perks, you also had a choice of which cat to lvl up as well! Which was certainly tough at times.(Do I want more repair or more damage???) Coins that you earn ended up paying off in a big way.

Though this game was great, it did have a few drawbacks. You basically play on an energy based system. After you run out of “hearts” (use up one per level) you can’t play unless you purchase more with real money, or you wait patiently until your energy is replenished. Now I understand that developers need to make money and I totally agree that they should, I just wish there was a set price for the game, and that if we pay for something, that it would be more content.

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 Overall: ****Pure Genius****

This is a great game! You certainly should take the time to play it and download it! This brings a fresh new experience to side scrolling strategy, and it mixes great with the RPG elements that are added in. For those of you that don’t like kittens I think you should put your differences aside and check out this game! (You will be lost in the fun gameplay to realize you’re playing with kittens)

Smash Bandits Review….(kind of a wreck)

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I am pedal to the metal for games that are innovative, creative, and new….no doubt about it. Smash Bandits seems like it has all the makings for something like that, something new, fun and exciting, yet if falls flat. I think there are many mobile gamers are out there  hungry for something that involves the same mechanics and gameplay as Burnout or Twisted Metal (Man do I miss those games) but this isn’t it. Smash Bandit is a game in which you are tasked with staying away from the cops, and causing as much mayhem as possible. While hightailing it from the popo the environment destructible and it is your job to destroy as many things as possible and the larger the object you destroy the higher your TV ratings go, thats right TV ratings. You are being filmed by a sky copter and you have to keep the audience’s attention or else they will get bored and watch the 50th rerun of Everybody Love Raymond.  In the game you are given a vehicle, you can buy different vehicles (there isnt a huge selection), upgrade the vehicle and buy power-ups. (Some cost real money, which is a bummer) Smash Bandits does try and add a cool flare to the game by adding the A-Team van and even add a mini storyline (ish) to the game.

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The real issue I have with the game is the fact that you have to play vertically the whole time. (gives the game some sort of cheap feeling to me)  To add to the strange positioning of the phone, the whole control system seems gimmicky. You have to hold the accelerate button down then swipe my finger in the direction I want my car to go, it just doesn’t make hitting objects fun or easy. (You hit many objects in the game, just not the ones you want) The game seems shallow and I didnt really want to play it more than 10 mins, but if you are a completionist there is plenty of things to do.

"I pity the" people that play this game

“I pity the” people that play this game

**Average**-(2.7) 

Mediocre graphics, Sketch Controls, Shallow Gameplay, and IAP’s hamper what could have been a really fun game idea. While there is some fun to be had for some of you, i feel that most should not waste the space on Smash Bandits.

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Embrace your inner Sensei….Clumsy Ninja Review

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As a former black belt myself (starting this post off with a lie), I have come to appreciate art forms that allow you to become a better karate master. In this game you can become a Sensei (kind of) and you help your “clumsy” ninja train. As you train your ninja, he/she eventually gets better and better at…you nailed it…..karate. Many people will enjoy this game, the ninja, for all intents and purposes, is a cute little guy that reacts to whichever way you swipe the screen. There were many times when I accidentally swiped my finger across the phone quickly which sent my Ninja flying across the environment, so I tried not to do that to many times because I felt bad, but then there were also those times when I really just wanted to throw something, and I picked him. (Don’t worry I felt remorse afterwards).

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There are many ways to train your ninja, from jumping on a trampoline, to kicking a punching bag and ect., each of these things give your ninja experience points and with those you can level up and your ninja is less clumsy. There are unlockable items, belts, outfits, gear other what not that can all be purchased with patience!!!!! (or with real money, but come on just wait for like a week!) At the end of the day there are several fun activities for you to do with your Ninja such, purchasing balloons and tying them to your ninja to watch him float, ect. however I  was just bored with it after about 15 mins of playing. This game will be great for some, but for those that want a deeper game, this one isn’t for you.

He is the real sensei

He is the real sensei

Overall Score: **Smart** (3.5 out of 5)

This game will keep many people entertained for a good long while, however if you are like me and want something different, then it won’t. While there are many fun “goals” for you to accomplish, it just feels to repetitive. It is nice that the game is free on the app store, but the in app purchases are pretty large. The graphics are great and the controls are responsive! If you just want a quick smile or have some sort or weird ninja obsession (which is totally different from my Batman obsession) Then check this game out.