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by SimianLogic

Aceball

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Multiplayer saves an otherwise disappointing game.

When I saw the titel Aceball, I was expecting some sort of pong or breakout variant that somehow worked poker into the storyline. Sadly, there's no poker-esque gameplay mechanics--just a healthy dose of poker-themed characters. Aceball plays exactly like Pong (move your paddle up and down), but it's built as more of an arcade game. As the game goes on, obstacles appear on the gameboard to make things more interesting. Some are permanent, some can...

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by SimianLogic

World Molder

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Nice idea, but not so fun.

I think there's a really great game lurking under the surface of World Molder, but this just isn't it. There are some things that work well about the game. The graphics are decent, the music is good, and the animations are simple but effective. You play as a hooded figure moving through a floating-block world. There's no story to speak of--you're just a guy in a robe trying to find the exit across six worlds....

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by SimianLogic

Foosball for Two

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Impossibly hard, not fun

I may not be the best person to review a virtual foosball game--I'm horrible at the real world analog. I'm okay at guarding a goal, but when it comes to offense I'm purely in the "spin fast and hope" camp. Foosball for Two is for the serious foosball player--one who plays strategically. Each of the two sticks moves one pole of "kickers" (I'm sure there's a name for them, but I dont' know it). I...

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by SimianLogic

A Game of Tennis

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Another one? Really?

The best thing about A Game of Tennis is the menu. At first glance, it looks like some sort of trippy modern art display. If you focus a little more closely, it's actually a bunch of automated games of Pong--wait, sorry, "A Game of Tennis"--overlapping each other. The game does have a few bells and whistles which Aaron's Ping-Pong doesn't have--"advanced mode," networked multiplayer and online leaderboards. The problem with a really lame game having...

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by SimianLogic

Adventurer Pets HD

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Cute, but dull

I was really excited when I downloaded Adventurer Pets HD. The box art and screenshots looked slick, and I love a good platformer. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them. There are 4 pet avatars, all with nice animations and good personality--though there's no discernable difference in gameplay between characters (you could imagine the dog & cat being faster while the bunny & frog can jump better or something similar). It's a shame the game doesn't...

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by savamizz

sin(Surfing)

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The bastard offspring of Tony Hawk and Ski Free

Sin(Surfing) is simply more addictive than a day-after-Easter Peeps sale for a sugar junkie. As you're hypnotized by the ebb and flow of the oscilloscope, the vibrant hues of the background and the rhythm of a mellow, “arcadey” soundtrack, you might almost think that you're watching a really sweet screen saver. Honestly, that's a fitting description. There isn't anything particularly complex about sin(Surfing)- from its Atari-era graphics to its 3-button control scheme- and that's the...

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by SimianLogic

Crystal Crush

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Impressive Polish Could Make Up For Lackluster Gameplay

There's a lot to like about Crystal Crush, but ultimately it wasn't enough there to cover up the deficiencies in the core mechanic. The basic gameplay takes place on a hex grid. Three chutes (left, right, and bottom) are placed around the grid to dispense crystals. Depending on the game mode, these crystals deploy automatically or wait for you to press the A button. The destination tile on the grid will vibrate to let you...

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by platypusavenger

Melvin's Meltdown

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Flawed gem shows off great potential.

Pros: There are a number of things which Melvin's Meltdown does very well.  I found the art style throughout the game to be very charming.  The music was catchy and well-matched to the gameplay style, never seeming to get overly repetative.  The idea of chain reactions is on its face cool, and it falls into familiar Match-N puzzler gameplay styles.  There were also several interesting tweaks on the genre, including a resource management system which rewarded...

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by SimianLogic

Ladybird Galaxy

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Cute little game with party potential

I was a huge fan of the original Fusion Frenzy. It came out while I was an undergrad, and whenever a crowd gathered in a dorm room, Fusion Frenzy was the game that came out. Ladybird Galaxy answers the question: "What would happen if you took a single minigame, polished it up a ton, and made it cute as all hell?" While that may sound like damning the game with faint praise, I think this...

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by SimianLogic

Artoon

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Good, But Not Quite Great

Let me first say that I liked Artoon. It's a cute little puzzle game with a fair bit of charm. The game features a single player mode with 18 levels (and a tutorial), a simple multiplayer mode, and in-game achievements. The 18 single player levels are broken up amongst 5 varying worlds, each with its own style (a.k.a. renderer) and music. Each of them is farily unique and all of them remind me of Rez...

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by SimianLogic

Cubage

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Why not just get a Rubiks Cube?

The controls are fairly intuitive, the squares are nice and shiny, and the scrolling clouds in the background are a nice enough touch. The main menu doesn't respect the title-safe bounds on my TV. It's still usable, but that's the sort of thing that makes a game feel like amateur hour. In the end, the biggest question is why? I know a few people who can solve a Rubik's cube. I could probably be one...

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by SimianLogic

Aaron's Ping-Pong

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Who are they trying to kid?

I think my girlfriend said it best when I showed it to her: "I wouldn't pay 50 cents for that." Aaaron's Ping-Pong is Pong. And that's all. This is the sort of thing you might expect to be a special bonus feature on a real game, but to release this in this form is just insulting to our intelligence. The only original thing about this game is what they call "original music"--the sort of bumping...

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by SimianLogic

Word Soup

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Clunky controls ruin it...

...but it was only okay to begin with.  To be fair, Word Soup is a decent enough word game for a computer. Playing with the mouse would a lot easier than navigation around with the thumbsticks. The fact that you have to manually select each letter is a huge pain in the ass--it would be much simpler to just choose your starting letter and then "snake" out from that point. There are a couple of...

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