iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:57:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Taichi Panda has left soft launch and is now available in most regions on iOS and Android Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:10:59 +0000 Read More]]> Snail Games has officially launched its action RPG, Taichi Panda, on iOS and Android today, along with its first expansion.

The Teumesian Update features Taichi Panda’s first ranged class, Teumessa, the fox mage, who blasts her enemies from afar with powerful magic.

The level cap has also been raised and a new location added for higher levelled players, the city of Atlantis. There will be three new story chapters here that pick up right from where it last left off.

A new outfit system has also been added allows you to boost your stats and change your visual appearance by equipping costumes.


PvP fans amongst you haven’t been left out – in fact, you’re getting three new modes. Seabed Scramble is a 3v3 domination-style battlefield, Decathlon is an increasingly difficult ten round arena in which you face-off against opponents for prizes, and Guild Wars is your new hub of guild versus guild battling.

Also included in the update is a ton of new pets, systems, and gear.


Taichi Panda is an action RPG set in dungeons and features four playable characters, a skill-based combat system, PvP and co-op modes, and 12 chapters of single player plot.

From today, Taichi Panda is available in most regions on iOS and Android, following a successful soft launch.


It’s available now along with the Teumesian Update in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download] for free.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

]]> 0 Iconic for iPhone tests your ability to translate cryptic icons into words Thu, 04 Sep 2014 08:38:33 +0000 Read More]]> Iconic – Guess The Name Quiz From Picture Icons for iPhone is the latest game to join the trivia category in the App Store. If you’ve played Guess The Emoji [FREE] before you’ll feel very comfortable with the gameplay. In Iconic you are presented with hand-crafted icons that are cryptic in nature and the object of the game is to decipher its meaning.

The game presents you with icons and blank spaces to fill out the words. To make your life a bit easier there are jumbled alphabets to choose from to help you guess the meaning of the icons. If you get stuck you can choose to either post the trivia to your Facebook wall and have your friends help you out or use hints available within the game. Each correct answer earns you $1 (virtual game currency) and can be used to purchase hints. If you run out of the in-game currency, but still want to use a hint you can always use in-app purchase to get more $$$.

Visually the game is very minimalistic in its design and goes well with the iOS 7 flat theme. The user interface is intuitive and mostly gesture based.  Flow studio, the developers behind ‘Iconic – Guess The Name Quiz From Picture Icons’ (available for FREE) have included more than 200 hand-drawn icons in the game. The cryptic nature of these icons vary from representing the exact word to giving subtle hints to form the basis of your thinking to solve the puzzle.

The game requires you to have decent knowledge about movies, music, and  famous people. For example, if you haven’t watched the movie Dancing with Wolves or heard about the rock band Alice in Chains, it may take you a while to crack the puzzle. The developers have promised more categories in the future. After solving each puzzle you are presented with a short excerpt from Wikipedia which includes information about the movie, music or person you just guessed.

If you get stuck on a certain puzzle and run out of available hints and don’t want to buy coins, the only option left is to wait for your Facebook friends to help out or try being creative while searching on Google. There is no skip option. This sometimes can have a negative impact on the player. Being able to skip a puzzle and then coming back to it later could encourage the player to continue playing and then come back to the unsolved ones. The current version lacks this feature.

The game comes with a single player mode. There is no timer mode, no multiplayer and no achievements to unlock. It is unclear if the developers are working on these features. Adding different modes and achievements will further enhance the gaming experience and give the game a longer shelf life.

Once you start filling out the blank spaces with the available alphabets there is no way to rearrange them. You have to resort to tapping on the incorrectly placed alphabet and then replacing it. It would’ve been nice if the developers allowed the player to just drag and change the position of the alphabets.

Overall, Iconic for iPhone is a fun and challenging trivia game that successfully manages to ignite that ‘Ah! ha!’ expression.

Touch Reviews [rating: 3.5/5]

Iconic - Guess The Name From P...

by All in a Days Play

Iconic - Guess The Name From P...

Iconic challenges you to translate icons into words. Test your knowledge of visual language and pop culture in a ridiculously fun trivia game!

If you enjoyed Draw Something and Heads Up!, then you are bound to enjoy what Iconic has to offer. - AppAdvice

Iconic is very, very sleek. It's head and shoulders more attractive than any other guess-the-phrase game I've seen out there. - AppsZoom

If you’re fond of music, movies, history and wish knowing even more, Iconic is your app - 4.5/5, AppsRumors

We’re surrounded by icons, emoticons, smilies, and other symbols. The meaning behind them is universal: Stop, Go, Play, Shop, Smile, Like, Share. What if the names of your favorite bands, movies, and celebrities are displayed as clever icons?

Crack the visual code and combine clues with your icon smarts to impress your friends and fill your day with priceless “a ha” moments.

- 250 hand-drawn icons
- Categories include Movies, Music, and People (with more categories to come)
- Share any quiz on Facebook if you need help from friends
- Every solved puzzle includes a Wikipedia excerpt

Iconic is all about clear icons and beautiful, minimalistic design. Nothing stands between fun puzzles and your amazing trivia-solving skills :)

If you enjoy playing Iconic, please take a minute to leave a nice review, it really helps!



Iconic_screenshot_1 Iconic_screenshot_2 Iconic_screenshot_3 Iconic_screenshot_4 Iconic_screenshot_5 ]]> 0 VS. Racing 2 Review – Two Steps Forward and One Back for this Top-Down Arcade Racing Game Fri, 05 Oct 2012 14:26:21 +0000 Read More]]> VS Racing 2 review

Earlier this year we reviewed .vs Racing and thoroughly enjoyed it, the only flaw being the lack of online multiplayer and Game Center integration. Now though VS. Racing 2 has been released promising to address some of those issues and a lot more.

VS. Racing 2 is a top down arcade racer where you race your tiny car around 36 different tracks. Your car can, and will need to be, upgraded based on the coins that you earn competing in races. Don’t worry if you don’t like to have to tinker with your car though as all you can tweak is your speed, acceleration and off-road capabilities.

There are three modes to the racing, first up is the standard single player fare where you unlock tracks as you progress through winning races. Online multiplayer has also been addressed although this is not real time racing. Instead you get to set a time around the track and then challenge a friend to beat your ghost time. It’s an improvement on the original but still no replacement for full online multiplayer racing.

VS Racing 2 iPad

Finally there is local multiplayer racing and this time there is the addition power-ups that you can pick up on track and unleash on your opponents including mines, oil and speed boosts to name but a few. This is a nice addition should you have the occasion where you have a group of friends available to play locally.

Once again the controls work well with three options available for you to pick from, these are virtual buttons, virtual steering wheel and the accelerometer. All of these are work well and it will really be down to personal preference as to which one works for you. What would be nice if it was possible to control the sensitivity of these controls too.

VS Racing 2 iPhone

While the controls work well within the game the same can’t be said for the navigation menu’s which are sluggish. Sluggishness is also a problem in the loading of each level which considering the racing tracks are so small take a long time to load.

The tracks do look nice though, they show a good level of detail around the tracks should you ever find the time to look at it as you race around the track at speed. There are also multiple surfaces which directly affect how the car handles which you will have to take into consideration unless you want to go from 1st to 4th in a single corner.

VS Racing 2

With the addition of Game Center achievements as well as the ghost online racing this is certainly an improvement on .vs Racing, however the sluggish navigation and long load times let it down.

If you want to give it a try then VS. Racing 2 is available in the App Store for $0.99.

[rating: 3.5/5]

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]]> 0 VS. Racing Review – A Miniature Marvel of Top Down Racing Mon, 27 Aug 2012 19:29:04 +0000 Read More]]> VS. RacingVS. Racing for iPhone is the first game from Maciek Drejak Labs and is a top down racer which reminds me of the old school classic Super Sprint.

The game gives you a top down view of the racing track with you and your opponents taking up just a handful of pixels as you race around a variety of tracks that twist and turn around the screen.

The tracks are to scale with the miniature cars but despite their size they provide lots of detail, tricky corners, fast straights and various surfaces that affect the handling of the cars.

The game has a narrative in the single player mode where you play the role of Ryan, a rookie racing driver who you have to bring up through the ranks of five championships on your way to the World Championship Finals.

VS. Racing iPhoneWhile the narrative is fun it’s pretty irrelevant to the racing and luckily it doesn’t get in the way of it either. In fact you can move from race to race pretty quickly which means the action keeps coming thick and fast.

You have a choice of controls for your car which includes both touch and accelerometer controls. My weapon of choice was the touch controls which I found very responsive. You only need to worry about steering as acceleration is automatic.

Included with the auto-acceleration is a speed boost which helps you catch up if you are running behind the leader, however this is a double edge sword as this speed boost also applies to your opponents so large leads can be eaten into pretty quickly.

VS. Racing ReviewThis is no bad thing though as it keeps all of the races exciting right up until the last corner and while this may be a little frustration the speed in which you can replay the race means that you can get your revenge very quickly.

The multi-player options are local bluetooth & wifi and Facebook leaderboards which includes a Ghost Mode so that you can races against your friends ghost cars. These are fun alternatives to the single player mode but GameCenter integration and online multi-player would be nice additions.

If you enjoy racing games of all descriptions you won’t be disappointed with VS. Racing especially if you can grab it while it’s still free. With future free updates also promised this could be a real bargain.

[rating: 4/5]

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]]> 1 Mad Skills BMX Review – Pedal Your Way to Fun Filled Racing Mon, 20 Aug 2012 05:41:35 +0000 Read More]]> Mad Skills BMXIf you’ve been watching the Olympics which just recently finished you may be familiar to the excitement that took place on the BMX track. If so then Mad Skills BMX could be just the game you are looking for as it recreates the experience on your iPhone or iPad in a universal app that is available in the App Store right now for just 99 cents.

If you’ve already played turborilla’s other title Mad Skills Motocross then you will be pretty familiar with the game-play here although it’s a slimmed down version, both in the fact that you are using pedal power and in some of the features.

The game includes 40 different tracks and the first 11 will provide you with all you need to know about how to power and control your BMX. Controls are simple touch screen controls which you control using just two fingers via the left and right side of the screen.

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With these controls you get to manage the pedalling and the positioning on the bike which will enable you to wheelie, flip and ride the bumps at the fastest pace you can, and speed is of the essence as each race is against another competitor and it’s winner takes all.

The tracks are set across a variety of environments including the concrete of inner city, the desert and the forest and while the graphics are good it’s the physics of the game-play which really makes this game what it is.

I can’t begin to imagine what it takes to translate the physics of riding a bike in real life to the small screen and it’s obviously not easy as many have tried and failed, however, whatever it is Turborilla have found it as it feels great to ride and even crash in Mad Skills BMX.

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The art to winning the game is to keep your momentum up, hit the jump to early, or too late will result in giving your opponent all they need to take advantage and disappear off of the side scrolling screen. If you take a considerable lead over your opponent or find yourself behind you can see how far you are in-front or behind them via the gauge in the top left corner. You’ll have to respond quickly though if you are going to catch up.

Completing tracks will ultimately unlock the subsequent Intermediate, Expert and Pro levels through the single player mode of the game, you can upload your scores to compare them against your Facebook friends and post your scores to Twitter also. The Facebook leaderboards do add a degree of competitiveness but the promised GameCenter integration with the next update should improve that even further.

If you are looking for the tournament features that are available in this games big brother title Mad Skills Motocross then you are going to be disappointed as they haven’t found there way into this title yet but that doesn’t take away from the fun that can be had playing with yourself!

Mad Skills BMX 2d

More tracks are promised via future updates and if you don’t want to have to win your way through the existing tracks to unlock them you can unlock them via inapp purchase. You can also purchase custom bikes and riders should it take your fancy.

Mad Skills BMX {App Store, $.99} is an enjoyable game and while the addition of ghost riders to compete against would make the game even more addictive it’s still pretty addictive without it.

[rating: 4/5]

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]]> 0 Extreme Formula for iPhone 4 A shiny racer with not enough polish Mon, 24 Jan 2011 18:51:44 +0000 Read More]]> Extreme Formula iPhone Game

Extreme Formula [rating: 2.5/5]

When Extreme Formula fell into my lap for a review I was quite excited, I had been waiting for a racing game as good as the WipeOut range to be available for the iPhone for some time now and at first glance the futuristic graphics and dance music beats had me on the edge of my seat.

This was not to remain for long though as for while Extreme Formula has much packed in the execution has not been so well delivered.

There are mutiple racing options in Extreme Formula including online multi-player via GameCenter integration, however during numerous attempts I was never able to find someone to race against so I always returned to the single player mode to the single player options to see if things had got any better since the last time I bounced around the track.

Across the different racing modes you get to drive your futuristic machine around more than 20 different tracks, each one with it’s own unique undulations, power-up placements and competitors. The tracks look pretty good, certainly very shiny and new, however they also feel very staid and as you are racing around them they become rather tedious.

Extreme Formula iPhone

Not that you should be concentrating on your surroundings too much when racing as you should be gripped to your seat instead as your vehicle hurtles around the track. Unfortunately despite the relatively simple control setup the response between your actions and that of the car felt a little delayed and unresponsive.

This is highlighted especially during moments where drifting is required to get around tight corners, it just doesn’t seem natural and I ended up getting very frustrated.

It’s nice that the cars can be upgraded both from a performance and pimping point of view but while these tweaks are nice without the underlying gameplay to back it up it ultimately feels rather pointless.

Extreme Formula iPhone 4

Things do improve slightly when playing the game on the iPad, this is a universal app so you get the game for both the iPad and the iPhone for the one price.

After a handful of races things did start to improve slightly but not enough to put this game anywhere near the range quality racing games that are available in the App Store. At $3.99 it is less than some of the top quality games but that doesn’t make it anymore of an attractive offering.



$3.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Games
Updated: Jan 13, 2011
Current Version: 1.1
Size: 98.5 MB
Language: English
Seller: GOGN Entertainment
© 2010 GOGN Entertainment Inc.
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.

]]> 2 Lamp of Aladdin for iPad. An engrossing game that is difficult to put down. Mon, 27 Sep 2010 00:14:10 +0000 Read More]]> Lamp of Aladdin

Lamp of Aladdin [rating: 4.5/5]

Two Great Games for the Price of One Makes All Your Wishes Come True

We’re reviewed many hidden object games and match 3 type games as well here at but now we have Lamp of Aladdin which combines the story of Aladdin along with both a match 3 and hidden object game. Have corners been cut on both games or is this a perfect match?

The first thing you notice after tapping on the game icon to launch Lamp of Aladdin are the beautiful graphics and sleek menu system that spring to life on the iPad and make the game a pleasure to use.

Lamp of Aladdin uses player profiles to allow multiple instances of the game either allowing a single player to play the game in either of it’s two modes or allowing multiple players to play the game on a single iPad. The two modes that you can play the game as are Relaxed and Timed where the only difference is that in Timed mode you are up against the clock.

The game is played as the story of Aladdin is told via a collection of chapters along with gorgeous drawings and narration. This is engaging enough for most adults who already know the story but for younger children it adds an additional dimension to the game. Once the game has been completed the story can be played back in it’s entirety without playing the game.

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Each chapter of the story includes a hidden object puzzle followed by a match 3 game and completing both will move you onto the next part of the story. The hidden object part of the game has been implemented very well with multiple activities to be completed to in each puzzle.

Firstly the various objects are split into multiple pieces and find all the pieces of a certain object then allows you to use the object in the game to open, unlock and gain access to other areas that contain other items that you need to collect.

In addition to the main objects you need to uncover there are also multiple coins, gems and other such items that if found will unlock a range of awards. The objects are well hidden there are hints on each level to help you should you get stuck.

Once you’ve completed the hidden object part of the game move onto match 3 game for the particular chapter and this often consists of multiple puzzles that you need to complete to move on.

Lamp of Aladdin iPad

The match 3 part of the game is pretty standard stuff but their are a couple of twists that make it stand out. Firstly the task is not to clear the screen but instead to clear a path for Aladdin to walk through. As he does he will collect objects and special items that will enable him to clear the path faster. The additional twist is that each match 3 level is spread across multiple areas and you’ll need to use the special items in various ways to move between them.

As with most Chillingo games it is Chrystal enabled which adds leader boards and achievements to the game adding an additional challenge. The one downside to the game is that you can only play it in story book mode so you’re unable to play either the match 3 or hidden object parts of the game in their own just for fun.

That being said both parts of the game have been implemented superbly providing an engrossing game that is difficult to put down.



Reviewed on an Apple iPad

$1.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Games
Released:Sep 02, 2010
Reviewed Version:1.0
Size: 125 MB
Languages:English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish
Seller:Chillingo Ltd
Copyright © 2010 Fenomen Games
Requirements:Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

]]> 1 Trainyard for iPhone. A Line Drawing Puzzle Game on the Right Tracks (Review) Fri, 11 Jun 2010 20:17:03 +0000 Read More]]> Trainyard [rating: 4.5/5]

The iPhone’s touch screen has made a whole new genre of games possible and they are thriving in the app store, from Flight Control and Fare City to Harbor Master and Taxi Jam these apps are creating waves in the gaming market.

The latest to jump in to the mix is Trainyard which adds a puzzle aspect to raise the bar in this already power packed area.

The task in Trainyard is to move your trains from their outlet station to their goal station while performing certain tasks along the way, from avoiding obstacles to combining and mixing trains to match the colors of their goal station.

The game starts at a nice sedate pace with a great in game tutorial to help you along the way. The tutorial both demonstrates and allows you to perform the tasks as you play the game and it jumps into whenever a new ‘puzzle’ is introduced to the game.

As you progress through the 13 cities and over 100 puzzles the complexity of the puzzles becomes harder and harder and when the mixing of colors is introduced things take on a whole new level.

Playing the game is a pleasure too. You guide your trains to their respective destinations by drawing a line with your finger and the tack is laid beneath it. Do something wrong and you can either undo your last moves or erase the whole thing by shaking your device.

The graphics and menu’s are simple, clean and easy on the eye which make the game easy to play and understanding the puzzles is simple too even if the solutions aren’t.

One of my only problems with Trainyard was the color mixing aspect of it. As someone with red/green colorblindness some of the levels took a degree of trial and error but it is good to see that the developer has recognized this and has an update planned to make the game colorblind friendly.

The game is for a single player only and while there are also no leader boards you can boast about your successes via both Facebook and Twitter.

Trainyard is part line drawing game part puzzle game and the combination has been put together beautifully in this fun, challenging puzzle game that looks both great and plays wonderfully.

Trainyard will set you back $1.99 but it will be one of the best two dollars you’ve ever spent in the App Store.



Price: $1.99 (iTunes Store)
Category: Games
Released: Jun 10, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.00
1.00 (iPhone OS 3.0 Tested)
Size: 2.8 MB
Language: English
Seller: Matt Rix
© 2010 Matt Rix
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later.

]]> 1 Brain Shake HD iPad Game Review. Crazy lever pulling fun Sat, 24 Apr 2010 21:59:42 +0000 Read More]]> BrainShake iPad Game

Brain Shake HD [rating: 2.5/5]

A Fun Game That Lacks Longevity

Many people who are reading this review will have probably heard of a game named BopIt where a single player or groups of players pass around the toy and follow the instructions on whether to push, pull or indeed BopIt. Well for me I’m a little bit old school so my reference point is a game toy called Pass Me from the early 80’s where the premise was similar although it was all based on colors and numbers. Anyway, I digress, Brain Shake HD is similar to these games only in an iPad app form.

The game consists of four different levers that you have to switch, twist, pull and squeeze under the instruction of the robotic voice that commands you.

The graphics look great, very clear and sharp, unfortunately they never change, the game could have certainly gained by switching the graphics or background on a regular basis to mix things up a little.

The same could be said for the sounds, they’re effective enough but not enough variety. As the game starts it will instruct you to complete one of the actions, too slow and it’s game over, do it quickly enough and you’ll be instructed of the next action to perform.

The four levers will also rotate at times placing the levers in different corners of the screen as well as this you will be randomly instructed to shake the whole iPad, just make sure you don’t drop it! This process continues with things getting progressively faster and faster until you finally miss one of your instructions.

The game is fun but there is definitely room for improvement. For example there is no multip-player option which would be a lot of fun especially on a single iPad and I’ve also been unable to find a high-score table even though you get to enter you name each time you get a high score.

At 99 cents Brain Shake HD will certainly provide a dollars worth of entertainment and if future updates include a multiple-player mode as well as alternative graphics and more gaming styles this could prove to be a game that hangs around for quite a while.

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Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Updated: Apr 22, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.1
Size: 25.8 MB
Language: English
Seller: Mundomono
© 2010 Mundomono ltda.
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

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