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IT’S THE POWER OF THE KEYBLADE
Roughly 14 years ago I entered the world of Kingdom Hearts. An unlikely pair, Square Enix and Disney were fused together in a way that shook the world. There is no denying that the game changed my life, or at least altered it in ways that allowed my imagination to flourish.
Since that first instalment there have been countless titles across many platforms that all tie into the main theme; the heart. The heart hold tremendous power and the key to the entire series.
Before I get carried away by the story, I’ll admit now that this game isn’t for casual gamers, it’s more for die hard fans and those that have dipped their toes into the world of Square Enix or any of the Final Fantasy games. The gameplay is dynamic and feature rich and involves synchronisation, dress grids, levelling up weapons and many other additional tidbits that prove useful to the progression of the story. It’s a game that lends itself to the side story of Kingdom Hearts 1& 2 and the upcoming console game that’s still in development.
If you’ve ever played any of the Kingdom Hearts series I strongly recommend you play this one, it’s fun, familiar and the battle system is pretty neat for a side scrolling 2D mobile game.
Purely out of my love for the games, this is another 5 Taps from me.
THIS ONE IS ON US, YOU’RE WELOME.
Okay, some time back I reviewed the second instalment of this game. Kingdom Rush: Frontiers was an iPad exclusive during it’s release and for me, that would have been a good enough reason to buy an iPad. It’s a little dramatic but I couldn’t be more serious.
So recently I was browsing the App Store and came across the games again, I was super excited to find that the original game was now available for the iPhone, and having a 6S Plus seemed so fitting! It was free and from the minute I downloaded it, I haven’t been off since! The gameplay is pretty much the same as what i said in my last review, it’s a tower defence game in which you stop the enemies from going through the check point. It’s clever, it’s beautifully animated and the easter eggs that are hidden in the game provide moments of joy!
Get it whilst it’s free and to point out, the limited screen size of the iPhone doesn’t take anything away from it’s appeal. If you’re looking for a game that doesn’t require an internet connection, minimal loading times and constant entertainment, this is the one for you. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed!
Another 5 Taps from me.
CANDY CRUSH, WITH POKEMON. IT’S A WINNER.
One thing we can almost all agree on, Pokemon has been mega successful throughout the last 20 years. The games are almost 8 generations in and the word Pikachu has slipped off the edge of every tongue around the world, regardless of your age, gender, ethnicity or sexuality, it’s global appeal transcends social and economic norms. Nintendo and the Pokemon company have created a behemoth of a brand and it still to this day, impacts my life and many others around me.
Hopefully by now you’ve experienced one of the games on any of the consoles, whether that be a DS, 3DS, a Nintendo Wii or a Wii U, if you haven’t, you’re either living under a rock or you’ve ignored the mainstream media for the last two decades. Get on board, play one of their games then come back to me here, i’ll show you what to do next.
I don’t know about you, but my favourite Pokemon has always been Squirtle, it comes from my childhood, I once wanted a turtle of my own and to name it Squirtle as a baby, Wartortle as a teen and then once it got older, it would be aptly named Blastoise. Sounds fitting right? Short story, it didn’t happen. So maybe this is where my love for this game comes from.
Let’s get into it, the game is pretty basic, you match different Pokemon in lines of 3 of more to defeat the opponent and potentially catch them. The more you catch the better chance you have at defeating the bosses at the end of each stage. You get to see cute animations, some cool mega evolutions and every so often you’ll see a familiar face you’d completely forgotten about. It’s not the smash that Pokemon were hoping for and the game is pretty dated compared to the rest of the App Stores’ offering but just for the nostalgia i’ll let it pass.
I’m more looking forward to Sun and Moon, but for now this game provides a little bit of fun and easy gaming.
From me, it’s a modest 4 taps.
RELIVE THE SPLENDOR OF THE DISNEY CLASSICS
So here we go. Another post about Disney and it’s heavy presence on the app store, but this time, it’s simple trickery and lending of an already popular brand provides many moments of accomplishment, annoyance and nostalgia. The original Crossy Road was a massive success for the team at HIPSTER WHALE in 2014, they even got their own segment to show off their app at an Apple conference. To me, they’ve already made it. With that in mind, they seemed content with the app they had, I never imagined the team at Disney to even consider approaching such a popular, yet in comparison, tiny developer. I couldn’t have even imagined what they’d create together. But alas, they’ve made magic.
Fundamentally the game is the same as the iteration before it, but it’s the Disney spin that provides the most fun! All you have to do is tap, swipe left or right to dodge various obstacles and get the highest possible score you can. It’s basic. It’s simple. What keeps me compelled are the endless Disney characters that i’m so familiar with. You start with the original Mickey Mouse and from there you unlock parts of your history that you’d forgotten about. I’ll keep those under wraps for you as I don’t want to ruin the fun but you’ll be pleasantly surprised and the smile that comes with it stretch from cheek to cheek.
The game has so many little easter eggs and different ways to boost your score, it’s a game that just keeps on giving! Well done HIPSTER WHALE and Disney, you’re union has brought me much joy and awakened the child inside of me, I’ll probably die of excitement when I unlock my favourite Disney character! Until then, please keep the additional content coming! 5 Taps from me!
FEED HERBIVORES AND CARNIVORES WITH YOUR FINGERS
Well, this game is for you. It’s cute, it’s simple and did I mention it had dinosaurs?! The objective of the game is to create a theme park for your guests, an enjoyable place for them to see the dinosaurs, have a cup of coffee and to spend as much money as possible.
You start off with a little budget to buy your first dino. After that it’s up to you to decide what you spend and on what. The more your park has, the more visitors you get, eventually you’ll be bringing in the big bucks and you can pimp your park out as much as you want.
You have the option to build all sorts of attractions, from a coffee shop to a balloon stand, it’s all at your fingertips.
It’s a completely free to play game, no in-app purchases or adverts. Just you, your dinos and your finger.
The developers are still working on updates, like extra content and dinosaurs but it has a decent amount of tasks to keep you occupied.
I’m gonna give this app 3 taps, it’s great, but it still has so much more to offer.
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KEEP ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’
Everyone loves those simple games that just get you fuming in less than a minute of playing them right? me neither. Roll is a Free App available from the App Store and was brought to us by Gourmet Pixel Ltd. I decided I’d download a random App to review today and wow this one really pissed me off. I thought it’d be something simple to keep me busy when I was travelling to work or something but…No, The game infuriates me which would never be good in the back of a taxi.
Why does it infuriate you so much Nathan? Well I’ll tell you why and lets be honest It’s not going to be pretty. The game starts off with two balls which you need to put back into their original slots by tilting your phone around, sounds simple enough? well the first level is easy and you’re loving life. Then the madness happens they add another ball and the game suddenly becomes a challenge, not to mention the timer ticking away at the side of your screen.
There is nothing I hate more than a timer telling me how long I have to complete something which is slowly driving me insane. I wouldn’t mind but when you do get the balls in the right slot you can knock them out with another ball but alas if you put the wrong colour in the wrong hole the game is OVER and you must try again?! I think I got up to level 3 or something and got too annoyed to play any more. This game might be right up some of your streets but it certainly isn’t up mine.
I’ll not be playing the App again for the good of my health, Roll you’ve scored a very annoying 2 taps from me.
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APPARENTLY KATE MOSS‘S FAVOURITE GAME
Dumb Ways To Die is a game brought to us by Metro Trains Melbourne Pty Ltd. The App is free from the App Store so you won’t be needing to pull out your wallet any time today 😉 The game it’s self is very similar to the old Idiot Test on the internet/iPad. You go through stages in which you have to react quickly before the timer at the top of the page runs out.
Now I’m always dead awful at these games as they require some sort of precision but this one is brilliant. The game starts off slow and your aim is to gain points. The more you gain the better the prize gets that you unlock, from new characters on the start screen to music videos and much more.
You can gain points by completing stages fast and also by doing absolutely nothing the game sometimes rewards you. The more you play the faster the game gets and you’ll find yourself having to move your finger to clean up vomit from your screen at a super fast speed, everyone’s dream right? I knew it. The levels are well designed and always have a fun idea behind them, like having to duck from a bear attack or simply tapping away some wasps wanting to sting your face.
This App is right up my street and for that I’m giving it a great 4 Taps. You’ve got to download it and give it a try, it really is addictive!
I have to say Nathan, you really do pick your games. Definitely think they designed one of the characters after you ;).
Enough of the virtual flirting and back to the reason i’m here. Dumb Ways To Die was kind of a flash in the pan for me, I tried it when it first appeared on the App Store and I loved the quirkiness. After a while though I felt the game lacked any sort of continuous excitement, the levels were just the same, but faster, like everything was playing in a loop. Loops get boring.
On a positive note, I liked the UI and the animations were smooth and fluid, entirely from a design perspective, the game looks great.
Maybe I just don’t like death or I’m being unfair, I challenge you to make your own decision and try it out. Sorry DWYD, you get 1 tap from me. Peace.
- Dumb ways to die, the game! (goldenquake.wordpress.com)
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HOW LARGE CAN YOU GROW YOUR OWN CITY?
I can honestly say this is the most light hearted, time consuming game I have ever played on my iPhone.
It looks cute right? For most parts it is, there are bears, castles, churches and little people that bob about. Then, it gets ugly, these horrid little ninja bears come along and just do nothing but get in your goddamn way!
Okay, i’ll get back to the review, this game holds a little space in my heart. I first downloaded it a couple of years ago because a I saw a friend playing it and thought it looked cool. From that day I never looked back. The gameplay is basic and original, the goal – the larger the city you build, the more points you score. Simple. You build the city by matching three or more game-pieces: combine three grasses to make a bush, three bushes to make a tree and so on, eventually your city will be filled with cathedrals, houses and castles!
It sounds simple, but also with the grass and so on, you are given bears – little cute ones. However, these cute little bears are there for a reason, to get in your way as much as possible. You’re just about to place your last piece of grass to make a bush and BOOM, out pops a bear. That means i have to place my grass somewhere else, I don’t want to place my grass somewhere else but thanks to this bear I have to. Don’t worry though, they move around so eventually you get to make your bush.
How do you get rid of the bears you ask? You trap them. Surround them with grass or whatever you want and when there’s three of them trapped together, they die and form a Church. I wonder what three Churches create?
The bears have cousins, evil cousins. Horrible horrible relatives. With that i’ll say no more.
It’s free to download so there’s nothing to stop you from trying it out. You won’t be disappointed, and that I can promise you. There are in-app purchases but none of them are necessary if you’re just looking to waste a few minutes.
You tick every box for me Spry Fox, have 5 taps from me.
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Switch and match your way through more than 300 levels
Candy Crush is brought to you by King.com Limited who to be quite honest must be dead happy with themselves making allegedly over a million dollars per day! They’ve built themselves quite an impressive game that is basically EVERYWHERE you look. Whether it is a notification on Facebook or your friends face stuck to their iPhone whilst you try to make a conversation with them. I’ll never forget that moment I turned to one of my friends and said what are you playing? “Candy Crush” and that was it, I lost 3 weeks of my life. Candy Crush has over 300 levels and plenty of different types of candies to keep you occupied for months. It’s a lot like Bejewelled (who wasn’t obsessed with this?) where you have to match up candies in order to take them off your screen, any 5 year old could play it.
Each level has a different task and a different amount of moves to do it in. Candy Crush is a Freemium app but sometimes requires a little help from your Facebook friends to help you continue, alternatively though you can purchase a pass to skip these blockades or if you’re good you can try your hand at 3 boss like stages which may require you to wait around for lives once in a while. With me being a non-Facebook user that was always a problem but I’d always keep checking back when I knew I could just to get my fix. I’ve recently dragged myself out of the spell that is Candy Crush but eventually I’ll end up going back.
My rating for Candy Crush is a solid 4 taps out of 5, they lose out on a point for all the damn waiting around I had to do!
Candy Crush. That’s all I have to say. When i was younger, i had this woman who was like a mum to me, she fed me, she loved me and cared for me when i was unwell. I say it in past tense because that’s exactly how it is. I introduced my mum to Candy Crush a couple of months back and it’s consumed every moment of our precious time together ever since.
Okay I joke I joke, the time me and my mum spend together could never be shadowed by Candy Crush, but i won’t deny the countless of requests and passes i receive from that one woman, I don’t know where she finds the time. I swear i once received one in the early hours of the morning when she was asleep, which proves she has found an alternative universe where Candy Crush is installed in every human brain in the world (it’s a bit far fetched but i don’t care).
One thing i am jealous of though, the developers are rolling in it now off a basic idea spruced up with candy and colourful images.
I only have 3 taps to give you, but I doubt you care, you’re a millionaire.
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Kinda like a musical Tetris with better music. Much better music.
The aim of the game is to create blocks, made up of the little balls that fall onto your screen. The description on the App Store goes like this “addictive, beat fueled action puzzler for your iPad, iPhone and iPod” (for those of you who have iPods, I suggest you get an iPhone already). The game boasts some original musical scores exclusively for the app, produced by Neil Voss (of N64 fame) there are also guest appearances from Com Truise, Misfit Chris and Daze.
The visuals are beautiful, the colours literally burst out all over your face. I’d keep a wet wipe handy. The only downside to this app, it still isn’t optimized for the iPhone 5 screen…why? I do not know, the iPhone is now a year old. Come on Glow Play, get your act together!
Well done Glow Play, you’ve given us another 4 taps.