GBA4ios…bringing all of your childhood favorites to your Iphone

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http://gba4iosapp.com/

For years people have been figuring out ways to relive classics on their phones. Iphone users have all been waiting for a decent emulator (Jailbreak free) to hit the market, and finally, we have one GBA4 Ios.

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This is not an app store app, but instead something you can download from your safari browser.(which then creates an app icon on your phone) Be sure to change the date back to sometime in January. (specific instructions on the site) Once you have the emulator downloaded, it is really easy and streamlined to download the rom games. Upon opening there should be a list, in the top right corner hit the plus button which should take you to a rom site, and from there search the game you desire by letter. After that, check to see if there are anymore specific instructions (may have to roll the clock back again for some)  then select download now. Don’t forget to go to menu, and save state when progressing through the game , not all games allow you to save in game.

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This is a great emulator to come to the IOS market and I have had fun reliving some old time classics with GBA4ios. It is still hard to believe that I am now calling some of the greatest games that I grew up with, classics, but that’s the way getting old goes. Enjoy this emulator while it lasts (may not be around forever)

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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.

Crazy Rambo review…why would you create this game? much less play it!

photo 1Locking your keys in your car. Watching Jersey Shore reruns. Spilling a pot of hot coffee on your crotch. We make mistakes as human beings, it is just what we do. In fact we are good at it. But one mistake you don’t have to make is playing Crazy Rambo. (Pure Playz to the rescue!)

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I am very unsure about what the developers were thinking when they created this….atrocity. This game is not at all worth your time. Don’t waste your valuable phone storage on this game! I am telling you loud and clear, downloading a hundred pictures of cats sleeping, would be better than playing this game.

Upon opening up the game, (the play through was pretty unbearable) you will notice several different national flags. It is important (if for some reason you ignore this review and still play the game) that you select the English flag. (not that there is any commentary but instructions) After you do this you may select a “gun wielding”, no doubt steroid infused hero. Gameplay for the game is pretty simple, after selecting a difficulty and a character, you stand on a platform and shoot enemies that are trying to attack you. Let to many enemies attack you and you die. You are supposed to get points by killing enemies and collecting money that floats entirely to quickly. There. That’s it. I just explained the gameplay to you in one paragraph.

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Controls to the game were suspect. I tapped an enemy several times and there wasn’t the slightest reaction. Jumping up to get the rewards never worked (and if it did you often times died) and the game crashed many times. The icing on the cake? The advertisements. I am not sure if there was process in which the ads were displayed on screen, but this game gets the “cake” for most annoying ad timing. Many times when an ad came up (it was a full screen pop up) the game froze. When it wasn’t frozen on screen, the “x” on the pop up screen was so far in the corner, that it is nearly impossible to close out the ads if you have a case on the phone. (most people do) Probably the worst offense of all, was the full screen ad that popped up in the middle of gameplay. No, the game doesn’t pause, you simply die if you are not quick enough to close it out.

This game….wow just….wow.

Overall: ****Disastrous Play****

Look if you have made mistakes before, that’s okay. I just want to help you avoid making more. And this would be a big one. This feels like one of those “cheap” run of the mill  gimmick games. Developers hurt the gaming community when they put out games like this. Nothing screams cash grab louder than Crazy Rambo does. I would advise you to stay away. Some people just want to “watch the world burn”

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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!

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.

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)

Shadow Era: Dark Prophecies…taking me back to the glory days of physical TCG’s

photo 1 Several times throughout my childhood I collected cards. Baseball cards, then moved to Pokemon cards, and then of course Yu-GI-OH. (Maybe sprinkle a little bit of DBZ’s trading cards in there for flare?) Well of course by the time I hit middle school those cards I could no longer play to be with the “IN” crowd.(Oh the fallacy) But alas, everyone can come out of the trading card closet because Wulven studios has brought us an offering that is not to be hidden, nor is it to be ashamed of. Shadow Era: Dark Prophecies!photo 3

When I first downloaded this game I had no clue what to expect. Truth be told I thought I was done forever with this genre of gaming, but quickly the old feelings of excitement and interest took over once again and I delved into the amazing world of Shadow Era. The first thing I noticed about the game was the amount of different starter decks they offered. Shadow Era allows you to choose a deck based on what type of hero you want to be. Hero’s range from warriors and magi to rouges and more, with each class having male and female characters.

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Each hero has unique abilities which can be used at various times throughout the match.  The matches are played similarly to many other software based TCG’s of this gen; sacrifice cards which give you resources so that you can play better cards. Once allies (minions) are on the battle field you then try and take out the opposing teams Hero to win the game. (Each hero has a specific amount of health points) Spells cards come in handy when you need to buff your allies or take out opponents allies. However, Wulven decided to add it’s own strategy spin on things. Regularly in TCG games you would have to attack minions before being able to attack the hero but here you can attack the Hero outright, leaving you to decide whether it is smart to attack early on and let your own Hero take all of the damage, or prepare for the long game and attack opponents minions to preserve your Hero’s hit points. The game looks great visually and it is easy to sink hours of time in, with such smooth gameplay mechanics. There were a couple of issues with the game, one time we experienced some lag while playing against the AI, it almost seemed to have froze mid attack, however the problem did fix itself eventually, and we were even able to finish that game. We suggest putting the speed all the way to 4, that seemed to help a lot when waiting for things such as card drawing and battle sequences. Our other complaint was the size of the cards on the screen. I could barely make out what some of the cards were and I had to do a bunch of extra tapping to see a full size image, but we were also playing on an iPhone and the size may be more suited for an iPad.

Boosters and card packs can be purchased in the shop using gold that can be earned through game play or crystals which can be purchased with real money. (Don’t worry it is only $2.00 for a booster pack) And finally, there is an extensive multiplayer mode. Duel with people you have never met and see how your custom deck stacks up to others, there is even talks of physical tournaments taking place.  For more info, on the physical tournaments  check out their website.(http://www.shadowera.com/content.php?202-Champions-of-Shadow-Era)

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Overall 4.6 ****Pure Genius****

If you are a TCG fan you should definitely download this game on your phone. Great depth along with the uniqueness and the glory of customizing your own deck cannot be beat. Add in the fact that the multiplayer mode is competitive and  physical tourney’s are starting, then there shouldn’t be anything stopping you.

Of all the mistakes we make in life….this one of the largest….Flappy Bird Review

So while we have been gone we have seen the popularity of an app. called Flappy Bird grow to insurmountable proportions. Are you telling me that this game is so popular that everyone in my circle has it on their phone? NO! Of course not, however it is designed to keep you craving for more. Flappy Bird seems like an innocent, lighthearted bird however it has a dark secret. That dang bird wants to eat all of your time away giving you some tiny glint of hope that you can beat your high score yet all the while that smug little bird is sucking out your soul.

3-***Average***

Shocked that I gave it a 3? Well don’t be, this game is frustrating but we have to admit that most of us have spent hours of gameplay time trying to crush our high score over and over again, yes instead props to the developers, and good luck to everyone out there that still has it on their phone.

Want an Indie game that will trip you out? Check out this one!

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Are you a hipster and proud of it? Are you a normal person looking for something fresh, exciting, or new? Do you want to play something that will appeal to your senses? (Minus taste&smell, weirdo) If you fit into any of those categories or just want to try something new out, then try out this game!

When I first opened up Melodive I was a little confused, though there were instructions at the beginning of the game I still wasn’t quite sure about the overall point to it. I actually think that was the purpose though. Melodive has a very free spirited feel to it, it let the player figure it out on their own. I personally loved it. For those of you driven by a need for a purpose in the game, don’t worry, because there is one. In Melodive you collect tiny colorful pieces (which are amazing to look at) called Melodium. Once the Melodium is collected musical beats will begin to play, this was one of the more creative ideas that I have come across in a while. I was addicted to not only the amazing colors and great 3d graphics, but the fact that I was adding beats and rhythms to the gameplay when I was playing had me hooked.

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Melodium offers 3 different modes to play in, Free mode (which trust me you will want to do if you are a beginner) In this mode touching the “ground” (I like to call them asteroids) won’t make you end that round like it will in arcade mode. In Arcade mode it’s just like I described except contact with the ground will end you turn. (The point is to try and to collect as much Melodium as possible. The third mode is Arcade mode except on ‘roids. (much faster!) The controls are definitley tricky to get used to, which hindered my gamplay experience quite a bit, but once you get hooked you will get used to them.

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**Pure Genius** (4.2)

With 3 different game modes, and 3 different rhythms that you can make, Melodium is a fresh new offering of which I haven’t seen in a while. Controls will turn away some, but if you give this indie game a chance I don’t see many getting disappointed with it.

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Fallback Friday: Fun Run Review…Mario Kart in the palm of your hands…

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Fallback Friday, where we review some retro classics!

Are you the competitive type that loves to rub everything in because you “know” you’re the best? Are you the quiet one that likes to sit alone and observe? Well it doesn’t what personality type you are!  Fun Run will make the gamer in you come out to compete. Anyone and everyone will enjoy this game!

I think that there are several gamers out there that would love to see Nintendo port a game like “Mario Kart” to an IOS device but unfortunately I don’t think that will be happening anytime soon, especially since it would need to compete against the 3DS, but maybe for now this game will tide us gamers over……Now don’t get me wrong; this is in no way able to compete to what Mario Kart is, we are just saying that there are some similarities between the two. The main similarities? The fact that you are in a race competing against your friends, and trying to blow them up at the same time.

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For some reason or another you begin off as a fox, we haven’t really seen any story line, nor do we think one is needed.  In fact, the only game mode available is with other people be warned (multiplayer randoms, or with your friends!), you need some sort of internet connection and we think in some cases that wifi is better.

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Anyways, you start off as furry little creatures and the goal, to get to the finish line no matter the costs. There will be things like obstacles and mountains to climb, but the main fun is when it comes to playing with friends. As you gather items throughout the race, you can grab things such as a saw blade, or lightening to decimate your enemy. Fun Run tries to add humorous gore animations, such as your sprite being sawed in half, or your head flying off, thanks to that annoying samurai sword so beware if you’re a parent. (I wouldn’t want my 5 year old playing, though the graphics are really corny) Another great aspect of the game is the money system. You win money by winning races, then you spend the money you earn on things  like new animals, (dont worry to our knowledge they all run at the same speed) hats, streaks ect. It was a great way to keep me plugged in. On top of that there is a rating system, based on how good you are (or not so much) you can earn rating points, to brag about with all of your friends.

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**Pure Genius** (4.3)

I have played this game so many times, and it has brought me many memorable moments, especially when I was with friends. There are IAP’s but only to add on more coinage, and it doesn’t hinder your play time at all. (Plus you earn coins every time you run so it’s strictly for the impatient) Don’t buy this game for graphics or sound, because the both will surely disappoint, instead pick this game up for a thrilling good time.