Tag: arcade

TapBoom! game literally keeps you tapping and booming

TapBoom is a rare game in that the title pretty much explains the entire story. You have a square and you have a line. The line moves quickly toward the square and then past it. When the line is at all touching the square, tap the screen. If you're too early or too late, you lose. Otherwise, tapp...

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P.A.C.O. is why you should never help bandits escape prison

P.A.C.O., an acronym meaning "prison action climbing obstacles," is yet another game that falls into the genre of ridiculously simple to play yet ridiculously challenging and addictive. The one-armed bandits are trying to escape from prison switching from ladder to ladder and you're helping them ...

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Recall where the fox buried the eggs with Chicken Recall

Chicken Recall is a free game that requires good memory and concentration. In an typically peaceful green pasture, a fox comes along and steals the chicken's eggs. As part of the game, it buries them in various piles, which expand into larger rows and columns as the game progresses. As the chicke...

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Mr. Particle-Man is a refreshing, retro blast

I don't consider myself a gamer in the sense that I avidly play games on a regular basis. I just play them for sheer enjoyment or to pass time, especially when something is trendy and addictive. Every so often a game comes along that reminds you why you play them in the first place. One of those ...

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Space Beats Saga is a universally stellar time killer

Space Beats Saga is an arcade-style iOS game, and no it doesn't follow the story of an intergalactic DJ. It's deceptively straightforward: you're in a rocket traveling through the universe and you have to dodge cosmic rays that come in your path before you free yourself from the clutches of solar...

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Bloxland Story: an engaging game about blocks

Bloxland Story is an arcade-style game for iOS with a classic look and feel. The object of the game is to complete as many puzzles eliminating similar blocks to eventually rescue Blox, whatever that is. There's a standard Story mode with 40 stages - 8 levels in 5 worlds - to complete and a Surviv...

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Pentumble really sticks with you

Pentumble is an exciting platformer where you face many dangerous obstacles in your race against time to get the most stars in each level. Players must avoid hitting spiky wheels of death, fire, and other such ominous elements in a quest to reach the star at the end of each level. This is a peri...

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Astra: no one can hear you refuel in space

Astra is an endless runner in space that uses just two buttons. The art style is reminiscent of Galaga and similar retro arcade games. Your mission is to fly the Astra spaceship as far as you can into deep space while picking up fuel points and avoiding fuel voids. An interesting mechanic in Ast...

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BubbleSum is a game too hard to pop

BubbleSum for iOS is a quick and simple numbers game. The goal of is to test hand-eye coordination. The game requires iOS 7.0 and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. In BubbleSum, bubbles with numbers drift upwards from the bottom of the screen with the goal of equaling a hundr...

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Double Dragon Trilogy is a throwback to addictively frustrating gameplay and early in-app purchases

The Double Dragon series is incredibly important to video game history. As one of the pioneering titles in the "beat-em-up" genre, it introduced millions of quarter-pumping arcade junkies to street brawls augmented with throwing knives and whips. The first time I remember swearing in front of my p...

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Ninja Theory partners with Chillingo to publish Fightback

Ninja Theory is an excellent game developer based in the UK that's produced Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and the recent Devil May Cry reboot. Now, Ninja Theory is releasing its first iOS title, Fightback, which EA studio Chillingo will publish. Fightback, as you can see above, looks like a fair...

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Daily iPhone App -- Zoombies: Animales de la Muerte is cute, arcade fun

Zoombies is a fascinating little game. It's made by a company called High Voltage that is probably best known for the Conduit shooter series, though they've been making licensed games for years (I remember visiting the studio for a tour back when I lived in Chicago -- they were based out in the ...

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Daily iPhone App: After Burner Climax brings high flying action to iOS

After Burner Climax was originally an arcade title, part of the old After Burner series (that was installed in an actual sit-in unit that spun around as you were flying -- pretty neat!). The title made the leap to Xbox Live Arcade and PSN a few years ago, and now Sega has released this version ...

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Doodle Jump getting an Arcade version, plushies via licensing deal

Doodle Jump has been moving along at a much slower pace than Rovio's Angry Birds lately, but of course it's one of the other early success stories from the App Store. Developers Lima Sky have updated the game almost constantly since its launch (including just recently to make it compatible with...

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Daily iPhone App: Super Hexagon is a wild ride

Terry Cavanagh is one of my favorite game developers. He's probably best known for his retro, mind-bending platformer VVVVVV (yes, that's its name, six Vs in a row), but he's made a number of other great titles, including the somber Don't Look Back, and the wild cat-based MMO ChatChat. Now, he'...

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