No DPad's Scores

  • Games
For 239 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Pro Zombie Soccer
Lowest review score: 25 Ace Tennis 2010 Online
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 239
239 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fastar! is not what most would expect of an Action RPG, nor is it what most would expect from Kooistra having played his previous app store releases - admittedly, the game left me scratching my head at first and it took me several plays to warm to it. Set aside such expectations, however, and Fastar reveals itself to be an excellent casual action game, well worth the paltry price of admission.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the definitive versions of Final Fantasy II and II are still the versions available for PSP, these ports are decent enough to suffice if you don't have one.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the definitive versions of Final Fantasy II and II are still the versions available for PSP, these ports are decent enough to suffice if you don't have one.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The perfect pick up and play sports game that focuses on the fun aspects of the game without being too technical.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With that said, I enjoyed Fruit Ninja HD and can't wait to see what else they have in store.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fruit Ninja is the perfect casual game that I thoroughly enjoyed. While there are minor problems I stated above, it's an overall solid appearance on the App Store and one that casual gamers shouldn't miss.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's cheap, filled with content, and looks really nice. Along with that, it comes packaged with 33 OpenFeint achievements, a lot more than the usual game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    On the surface, Heavy Gunner appears to be a shallow shooter, with the dual-thumb cannons only a gimmick. Taking the plunge beyond that surface, however, reveals the game to be quite deep, full of choices and with great replay value.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Great action, diverse gameplay and a superbly polished presentation make Sky Combat a winner.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The addition of a real story laid out in comic book styling really adds to the experience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Some may complain that the price is too high and others may say that it's just too simple. What I say is that it's just good, clean fun.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Eco Punk is a very charming and light-hearted game that is great fun and hard to put down.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Rarely do games accommodate so many different styles of gameplay while maintaining a perfect balance, but EVAC pulls it off.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, The Hero will have you clamoring for more as you will feel you need to save the city from more ill wills.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Highborn is a really strong game and I highly recommend you give it a shot, even if your not a fan of turn based strategy games, or you're tired of them. This is fresh, new, and seriously…how expensive is it really?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A bloody good time. The repetition and lack of social gaming support drag it down as a whole, but there's no denying the fun to be had with this game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While I usually shy away from social games, especially those Facebook-driven, Buddy Rush is undeniably fun.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Although there are no surprises for those familiar with this type of game, The Settlers does deliver where it is expected.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At first glance it looks like just another copycat, but dig a little deeper and you will find a complex game with much to offer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, despite some minor gripes that can be fixed with updates such as deathmatch multiplayer, or lock-on controls, Star Batallion is a great flight-sim package that is very arcade-like in execution at times, but offers solid twitch-gameplay and challenge, with great presentation and graphics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Competing against people online is quite exhilarating, and achieving 1st place is always a good feeling.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Carnivores Ice Age does nothing to improve upon its previous; all it does is provide hunters with an entirely new theme.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Such quibbles aside, Thumpies is a roaring good time and well worth checking out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. is one of the best dogfighting experiences on the iPhone, but it's still not enough to be the best we've ever seen. It's somewhat difficult and online multiplayer would be such an awesome feature. The storyline is very well done though, and the graphics were amazingly rendered.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Transformers G1 is a solid turn-based strategy game, but it isn't perfect by any means.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Twin Blades: The Reaping Vanguard is a great button-masher, and one of the prettiest games in the app store.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite some shortcomings, Chop Chop Ninja is overall a fun game, a welcome entry to the App Store's mostly underwhelming line-up of ninja titles, and likely to be the last sleeper hit of 2009.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While there is some lack of replay value, the overall game was very much worth that $1.99, a price not too far away from the minimal $0.99 price tag.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    PES 2010 is, at best, a good soccer game. There are a lot of feature and content problems that I know could have been nonexistent had Konami been more creative.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Tiny Wings is a good game. But it's extremely raw when it comes to options such as being able to listen to your own music, and it also left out GameCenter on its initial launch. The gameplay is addictive, though, and the artwork isn't too shabby.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game does a wonderful job of rewarding progress without sacrificing accessibility, challenges the player without resorting to cheap tactics or the whimsy of chance, and contains enough content to keep even the most avid puzzlers busy for some time to come.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All wishing aside, however, Crystal War is a beautiful, highly entertaining castle-vs-castle game, and one that I heartily recommend.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As match-3 games go, Puzzle Quest 2 is king of the hill.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While Raging Thunder 2 has its flaws, it's still one of the best arcade racers on the iPhone.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Designed specifically for the iPad, it plays better than any other dual-stick shooter I've tried on the device, it's gorgeous and I've been having a blast with it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Traffic dodge games usually feel pretty generic as the majority do nothing to innovate or enhance the genre in any way. Fortunately, there are a few gems out there like Hit N'Run that take a chance and do something a little different.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Speed Forge Extreme did a great job with executing with the controls, and the tilt was flawless along with the inclusion of touch controls; another yet flawless implementation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's really not much to the game, and the features are pretty much the same as any other Miniclip game: $0.99, GameCenter, and Retina graphics. And for those that downloaded iStunt, iStunt 2 is a welcome addition to the family.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Blocks Cometh is an easy recommendation, both to new players as well as to those who previously bought the knock-off. The game is attractive, challenging and rewarding, and nails that just-one-more-time addictiveness factor that makes games easy to pick up and hard to put down.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Can Knockdown 2 does everything a casual game should do: universal, GameCenter achievements, great graphics, and a simple gameplay mechanic. But, it does get old quickly, and there are only 12 achievements for you to work with.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All things considered, Fight Night Champion is well worth your time and money, provided that you're willing to adjust to the learning curve and you're looking for a fighting game that rewards persistence and technique over lightning-fast blitzkrieg victories and ridiculous special moves.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The verdict: Land-A Panda is quite average. But the tantalizing price point and the cute graphics seem to balance out the average gameplay, along with the ton of content involved.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Kami Retro deserves the critical praise it's been getting. It blends some quite familiar styles of gameplay into a distinctive little treat of a game, that's great for short sessions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Minor shortcomings aside, Who's That Flying?! is a wonderfully fun game and an easy recommendation. I've been having a blast with it!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    On one hand, it's beautiful, and the swipe controls work great. It's a bargain at $0.99 including the fact that it's universal, and the game does have its shining moments. Then there's the other hand, which includes the fact that it doesn't have GameCenter achievements, has terrible tilt controls, and that the time constraint does bother at times.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Provides an engaging and entertaining experience for fans of the collectible card-game genre.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Follows the footsteps of both Backbreaker Football and Backbreaker Football II with a fun and addictive gameplay, great animations, and great character models. The UI and other graphical elements do need some work, and the GameCenter needs a bit of fixing up to do.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Luxor is another solid marble shooter, but we still have yet to experience a marble shooter that has captured our hearts forever.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All of it is intriguing, interesting, and enjoyable; there's nothing like it on the App Store. It is a little repetitive though, and the graphics and animations really keep it back from being named one of the best on the App Store.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Swords and Soldiers could just be the next best castle defense game on the App Store. But the gameplay balancing really needs some tweaking as does some of the difficulty.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    9mm
    9mm includes some improved voice-acting, great online multiplayer, an interesting storyline, and an overall action-packed adventure that is sure to entice third-person shooter fans. Just note that the game isn't for everyone, and I personally thought the amount of language in this game was really unnecessary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Once you strip down the game to its bare core and reveal it in its true form, you get a relatively smooth online FPS with one gameplay mode. Poor animations add to the list along with the fact that replay value is limited, making for quite mediocre online play.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    For those looking for some action won't find it here; you're better off in space with Gameloft's NOVA or fighting Italian soldiers in Assassin's Creed II.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The point and click adventures that have too much dialogue do not appeal much to me, as I like to play my games and not read them; but I really did enjoy the story of Scarlett.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Angry Birds has a lot going for it, but is fundamentally flawed in execution.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's a great concept hindered by the lack of content and high price.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It really is sad that Splatterhouse did not receive wider recognition during its time, because it was a good game for its time. Hell, probably even a great one. However, really all side-scrolling beat-em-up games boil down to the same essential gameplay mechanics, and this game is those mechanics at their most basic.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    In summary, if you want a dual-stick shooter, you can do a lot better than Pirate's Treasure.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Split/Second is certainly a nice change from the more pure sim style racers out there, but it's defining feature lacks legs for long-term enjoyment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Asphalt series are getting old. That fact is quite evident in this review, and it just doesn't feel any different from Asphalt 5.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The developers should find the time to fiddle around with the difficulty, as that's the part that's holding this game back. Everything else, though, was definitely impressive.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Hardcore point and click adventure lovers will love this game, but with some of the difficulties in the touch controls and inability to backtrack to gather missed items, new point and click adventurers should not choose this as their first attempt at the genre.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    No real mind-benders here; just a lot of pushing stones, stepping on pressure plates and the like.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I wasn't exactly pleased with the generic material of the game, but it's an overall, well-done game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    And while Battle of Puppets has some positives, it's mostly draped in shallow gameplay.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    BioDefense is fun your first time through, but after that, it's hard to get back into the game again. It's definitely repetitive, as there isn't much variety within the missions, and there doesn't seem to be any unlockable items (except for the achievements, of course).
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A lengthy experience at a reasonable price.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    As a dual-stick shooter, Catacombs fails because it's not frantic enough. As an action game, it fails because the combat isn't very interesting. As an RPG, it fails because it's not deep enough. As an adventure and a game of exploration, it fails because there's no incentive to progress and nothing new to discover as you go.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It feels almost the same as last years. But hey, if you're a diehard football fan like me, there's no way you're not picking this up.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I'm totally bewildered as to why they didn't include online multiplayer, why they didn't add some more control options, and why they decided to take customization out.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Robot Unicorn Attack is a highly-addictive game that could have been better with the implementation of online leaderboards and some sort of competition.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Xenome is, in one word, raw. It's very raw, but it has so much potential that I actually cannot wait for it to finally blossom.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I liked the first one and was looking for some improvement in terms of replay value, but I didn't exactly get it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    But I must give credit where credit is due: if you're dying for another racer, GT Racing is solid.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The game is short on lasting appeal, and leans too heavily on MiniGore, but is nonetheless worth a look. A dual-stick stick shooter for casual gamers, Guerilla Bob is best taken in short spurts over time. Hardcore players tending to devour games in one or two sittings will quickly tear through the game and leave it in their dust.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Bottom line is, there's little to no improvement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Soccer Superstars is a fun, fun game that I enjoy. They got that part of the game down, but once it comes to the technical stuff, the game seems to fall apart.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The approach to gameplay feels about ten-years old. As in early Resident Evil games, players will often find the simple act of walking through a room cumbersome.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If you just can't live without some sort of sci-fi themed dual-stick shooter where you kill robots and there are different maps, it might be just the thing for you. But for my money, there are more exciting experiences available in this genre on the iOS platform.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Super Mega Worm is an enjoyable experience after the initial accommodation-period for the controls. While the upgrades provide incentive for replayability, the rather one-dimensional nature of the game keeps it at a "worth a look" recommendation. And remember to recycle kids. The Wyrm is watching you.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I enjoyed Super Turbo Action Pig; I love the name, game, and artwork. Gameplay is a bit unoriginal, but The Joystick Generals did a solid job of reinventing gameplay that hasn't exactly done well on the iPhone.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The repetitiveness usually comes as a side effect of a casual game that went slightly askew, and it seems to be that way with Superfall. I'm not saying that Superfall is a bad game; it's just not a great game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While it does feel Gameloft took a small leap backwards in terms of technological achievement, Splinter Cell Conviction is still a solid game that is enough to have some hours of fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Fun while it lasts. The controls need a lot of tweaking, and the swiping needs a ton of work in terms of sensitivity. I had high hopes for this game, and while it still contains an interesting storyline, the fundamentals need some tweaking.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Vanquish: The Oath of Brothers is a hack-and-slash button-masher with an excellent story, good controls, and striking visuals. I really liked it, but I do wish it had a touch more depth via customization so there was a reason to replay it beyond seeing if I could rack up 4,000 kills instead of just 3,500.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While the accelerometer is quite fluid, many of the games key controls are hard to access.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The AI is slightly under the AI for FIFA 10.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Overall, Cubed Rally Racer is just an okay game; casual gamers may find it a bit frustrating and ultimately quit for some other game.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The match-3 mechanics, in my opinion, are quite simple and a bit too unoriginal for my tastes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Somewhat bipolar: the boss encounters are well realized and refreshing, while the level-design only average at best.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The game does offer a ton of content, even if much of it on first glance appears repetitive. Tactile Entertainment just might have created your new constant companion.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I had a few moments of fun with it, and it definitely shows the progress Namco has taken on the iPhone. And above all else, I'm more than glad to see only one DLC item in there; one that is reasonably priced and makes sense.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This game is great… except for the controls.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If you never played the game before, are looking for a classic FPS, and already have DOOM and Wolf 3D then you will have a lot of fun with this as well.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Robot Rampage looks good, sounds good, but plays mediocre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    After a few hours, I can only describe the experience as boring and repetitive.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There's really not many variations in the game. With only one map, there's definitely room for improvement.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It is ABSURD that a game costing $4.99 should be so bogged down by in-app purchase, and all but require you to spend yet more of your money on expendible items.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I love Pulse: Volume One for one reason, and that's because it's unique.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Shadowgun is a bit more than a tech demo, but it's a lot less than an actual game.