TouchArcade's Scores

  • Games
For 2,202 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 18% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 10000000
Lowest review score: 20 Dexter The Game 2
Score distribution:
2,202 game reviews
    • 94 Metascore
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    Though Real Racing 2 may have a few things I'd like to see changed, it's without a doubt the current king of iOS racing games.
    • 87 Metascore
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    I have no doubt that a game of this magnitude will continue to evolve and improve over time with new content, gameplay tweaks, and bug fixes. Still, it's a thoroughly enjoyable game as it is now, and I don't only suggest Aralon for fans of Western RPGs or expansive open-world action games, but I think every iOS gamer needs to pick up this title just to experience what is possible on this constantly expanding mobile platform.
    • 96 Metascore
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    It's charm, level of polish, and stream of new mechanics and ideas will keep you invested, while its other qualities will probably make you wish that every game from this point forward could be as imaginative and intuitive.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The two things that really stand out about Reckless Racing are the stunning Retina Display graphics and the fun physics system.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Game Dev Story won't impress you with stellar visuals or an iPhone specific feature set, but it is a well thought out and thoroughly enjoyable time sink, and is even more intriguing if you're familiar with the last few decades of video game history.
    • 89 Metascore
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    There's a lot more to Dodonpachi too, like the absolute spot-on relative control system, the excellent brand new music for the iPhone mode, many OpenFeint achievements to unlock, multiple options and difficulty levels, hidden modes, and more. But the bottom line is that if you're a fan of shooters in any way, you'll want to pick up Dodonpachi Resurrection.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Archetype delivers one of the most robust, beautiful, and most importantly fun FPS experiences that can be had on the iPhone.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Carcassonne isn't a difficult game to grasp, but it does have an extraordinary amount of depth.
    • 80 Metascore
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    It boasts a tutorial that is incredibly approachable, making the game appropriate for even the most casual of puzzle gamers, while offering a top-end that's full of strategy, a bit of luck, and an entire trail of character development decisions.
    • 88 Metascore
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    This isn't the scariest game on the planet, nor is it the best put together. The combat in particular is a black eye. But there's a lot in Dead Space to keep you engaged and there's some points of great design that I think you'll appreciate - especially if you're daring enough to play this on your sofa with the lights off and some great headphones on.
    • 83 Metascore
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    This isn't the scariest game on the planet, nor is it the best put together. The combat in particular is a black eye. But there's a lot in Dead Space to keep you engaged and there's some points of great design that I think you'll appreciate - especially if you're daring enough to play this on your sofa with the lights off and some great headphones on.
    • 89 Metascore
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    A fantastic hybrid of Poker and RPG.
    • 92 Metascore
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    In the end, it's not really about how Chaos Rings does anything especially new, but rather how it takes all the pieces of a traditional role-playing game and packages it together in a way that feels natural to the platform.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Even though I've never been a huge fan of point-and-click adventure games, the story and all around high-quality production values of Broken Sword sucked me in like a good book.
    • 94 Metascore
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    A remarkable iPhone racing game. With licensed cars, control options that should make most people happy, and a very cool yet mostly superfluous driver profile and performance tracking system, Shift is a must-have for fans of the genre.
    • 94 Metascore
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    It's one of the most ambitious iPhone games I've played so far, and despite the questionable originality of the game I've really got to hand it to Gameloft for creating such an amazing iPhone experience.
    • 91 Metascore
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    The sheer amount of content, the amazing graphics, and gameplay that will keep you coming back for more whether you choose to follow the story or rampage through Liberty City on your own is absolutely amazing.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Eliminate is a great game, and I've really got to hand it to ngmoco for not only creating such an action packed multiplayer experience on the iPhone, but also doing it in a way that can be enjoyable for casual players who just want to dabble in the game for free along with hardcore players who have made Eliminate part of their daily routine.
    • 94 Metascore
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    If you are vaguely interested in a challenging rocket-paced racer with attractive and crafty level designs then you owe it to yourself to check out the break-neck paced racing and fresh visual design of Jet Car Stunts.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Whatever sort of gamer you are, don't miss Space Miner: Space Ore Bust.
    • 85 Metascore
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    But, really, what makes the game so well suited for the iPhone is its casual nature as compared to the typical roguelike. And that's not to say the game is shallow or light on dungeon crawling action, but rather we feel it's simply a bit more accessible to the typical gamer than, say, Nethack, Moria, or Rogue thanks to an economy of controls, spells, and the like.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Tilt to Live is a game that draws you in with its edgy personality and inescapable 'just one more go' gameplay.
    • 92 Metascore
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    The 88 Metacritic score of the original Plants vs. Zombies (complete with 100's from multiple sources) just goes to show how great this game is. The iPhone port is absolutely phenomenal, and even though it's lacking a few game modes, there's always hope for them to be implemented in the future either via an update or a DLC add-on.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The simple gameplay in Tiny Wings is sublime, but there's an intangible aspect to it that makes it a total joy to play.
    • 81 Metascore
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    It successfully scratches the MMORPG itch of party-based combat while being a completely pick up and play game single player game.
    • 86 Metascore
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    The game is incredibly well executed with excellent controls, has a ton of content and is a lot of fun. We highly recommend it.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Sword & Sworcery is an incredibly unique composition that almost makes you want to analyze it as if it were a movie rather than a video game, which not too many iOS games have ever made me do.
    • 85 Metascore
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    This game is just incredible. Every regular readers knows that I'm a retro nut, and Forget-Me-Not has retro goodness in droves.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Anything but a quick cash-in.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Oddly enough, Angry Birds Rio is anything but a quick cash-in.
    • 89 Metascore
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    It's easy to pick up, easy to put down, easy to resume, and a blast to play wherever. But more important than its breeziness, Coin Drop rocks.
    • 67 Metascore
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    Atari's Greatest Hits is absolutely one of the very best buys in the App Store.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Great Little War Game is the kind of game you can really sink your teeth into, which is rare enough. So I'm delighted to discover that it's also rich in features, good looking and full of humor.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Great Little War Game is the kind of game you can really sink your teeth into, which is rare enough. So I'm delighted to discover that it's also rich in features, good looking and full of humor.
    • 86 Metascore
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    The real magic lies in the emotional attachment to the characters and the whimsical sounds and visuals that permeate every inch of the touch screen.
    • 76 Metascore
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    A sharp little simulation game packed with depth and, oddly enough, a little emotion.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Tiny Tower is another great, free game from the guys at NimbleBit, and you should definitely check it out. Just try not to get too caught up in the lives of your little Bitizens – it's important to put the game down once in a while.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Even though you might already have a ton of similar word games on your device, the clever refrigerator magnet-powered gameplay feels surprisingly fresh, and makes the UI used in previously released word games flat out seem archaic in comparison.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Graphically, the game is pretty incredible.
    • 84 Metascore
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    With 40 levels to play, each with StarFruit to collect and ranks to earn, you'll get hours of fun out of Gesundheit!. It's a real charmer.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Jetpack Joyride doesn't need any kind of "if you like randomized endless games" or any other disclaimers. It is a game you simply must own.
    • 87 Metascore
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    It oozes character without beating you over the head with it, and, you know, its colors and contrasts also look pretty sharp on 'HD' devices.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Oh, there's even a whopping 23 music tracks, including some from the original, which brings back happy memories and the new tracks sound as great as the original ones.
    • 90 Metascore
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    If you have even a passing interest in puzzle or physics games, you need iBlast Moki 2 in your life.
    • 93 Metascore
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    If you have even a passing interest in puzzle or physics games, you need iBlast Moki 2 in your life.
    • 94 Metascore
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    It's ridiculous how much Anomaly has to offer and how natural it feels on touch devices. I don't think it's out of line to call it one of the best games on the market at the moment, as its easily one the visually sharpest, most well-produced, and executed out there.
    • 90 Metascore
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    It's ridiculous how much Anomaly has to offer and how natural it feels on touch devices. I don't think it's out of line to call it one of the best games on the market at the moment, as its easily one the visually sharpest, most well-produced, and executed out there.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Machinarium, as a whole, is remarkably tidy.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Getting through Another World is not a cakewalk; it's a difficult and challenging game.
    • 79 Metascore
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    jAggy Race is a fun casual game, but it's also an exciting and challenging game for competitive gamers who want to familiarize themselves with each track for better results.
    • 85 Metascore
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    I can't say enough about Tiny Heroes. It's a fantastic game, with few flaws to speak of. Challenging, but rarely frustrating, it had me returning to levels again and again to improve my score. By turning genre conventions on their heads, Tiny Heroes succeeds brilliantly.
    • 90 Metascore
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    I've had an absolutely fantastic time playing King of Dragon Pass. Its slow pace makes it a perfect mobile game.
    • 82 Metascore
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    It's amusing, varied, highly entertaining and excellent value for a dollar.
    • 84 Metascore
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    So seriously, go download Mage Gauntlet. The time you spent reading this review could've been much better spent playing this incredible game.
    • 86 Metascore
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    A rock-solid pseudo-port that plays extremely well on mobile and displays a measure of technical and mechanical grace none of us expected it to. Oh, and it's Universal and supports iCloud saves across devices -- icing on the cake, folks.
    • 80 Metascore
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    This is a stupid-fun game with some sharp features and systems that'll keep you invested and having a good time.
    • 89 Metascore
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    We put incredibly powerful devices in our pockets and on our laps daily, but rarely do we see games that utterly embrace this like Infinity Blade has. It's a showcase piece; a technically and visually gifted game that consistently delivers eye-popping stuff.
    • 93 Metascore
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    This is a game you flat out need to buy if you even vaguely consider yourself an iOS gamer. Not only because it's such an impeccable port of an important piece of gaming history, but because we need to vote with our wallets to tell Sega (and anyone else who might be watching) that this is the quality we demand out of retro games brought to the App Store.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Needless to say, the game part feels good as always, and the new aspects Blitz brings out in Bejeweled are solid and good, too.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Though it can be extremely frustrating, it rewards the player who pushes through the painful parts. Each time you replay a level you'll learn more, memorize more, become better at the game. The rush you'll get when you finally reach the end of a challenging level is worth the trouble, every time.
    • 75 Metascore
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    I'm surprised by how much I dig the virtual controls; Halfbot and Vlambeer did a heck of a job translating the action to the touchscreen and then making it feel as natural, and as split-second responsive as the game's PC and Mac counterparts.
    • 91 Metascore
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    The comprehensive career mode, wealth of maps, and tweaks to the arcade racing formula has made this game more enjoyable in the long term. Add in the amazing visuals and music, and there's not much to dislike here.
    • 92 Metascore
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    It's rare to find a game that does something so original so well, with every element of gameplay and design falling into place. Simogo has pulled it off with Beat Sneak Bandit. In my books it's a must buy, and such a shame it would be to miss out.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Spider was an amazing experiment in storytelling; Waking Mars raises the bar on quality in long-form iOS games. Neither should be missed under any circumstances. Get this game. Whether you adore it as I do or not, it's worth experiencing.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Angry Birds is the Super Mario Brothers of mobile devices, and Angry Birds Space is so successful in redefining the Angry Birds formula that everyone should give it a try.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Draw Something is a perfect witch's brew of Facebook integration, word scrambling, and asynchronous two-player Pictionary.
    • 75 Metascore
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    While it looks old, and has virtual joysticks, Max Payne is every bit the great game it was 11 years ago. I wish Rockstar had put more love into the port, but for costing me 1/25th of the original game, I'll cut them some budgetary slack.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Street Fighter IV Volt now has some serious competition, and it looks like the future is pretty bright for fighting games on the App Store.
    • 93 Metascore
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    A beautifully created action (adventure?) game that places you in the role of a spider who must spin webs in order capture enough food to make it to the next level.
    • 78 Metascore
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    There's a lot of things going on in Pocket Planes. There's simulation, there's strategy, and then there's the world that you've created and the people you might have interacted with along the way. While it's probably true that the game's mechanics will only keep your interest for so long, there's a lot of game here to like. More importantly, though, Pocket Planes is just ... fun. Game business doesn't need to inform game design, after all.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Regardless of whether you've been vaguely curious about Magic the Gathering or an experienced player, you need to try Magic 2013 on the iPad. For us veterans of the game, it'll also serve as a cruel tease and horrid reminder of how badly Magic Online needs an iPad port.
    • 92 Metascore
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    If you want native iPad support, I think the new Tiny Wings HD with its proper screen size and local multiplayer mode is totally worth forking over the extra few bucks.
    • 88 Metascore
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    It may not be as revolutionary as its progenitor but it's certainly capable of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the tower defense heavyweights in the App Store. SubAtomic Studios definitely have not lost their touch. Now, go buy it.
    • 86 Metascore
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    It's simply an amazing turn-based strategy game and a worthy sequel to the series.
    • 78 Metascore
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    This is a game you need.
    • 92 Metascore
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    There are a lot of reasons to love a game. Great challenge, fun with friends, gorgeous design-all good reasons. Despite its rough edges, Mikey Shorts gets to me because it brings me to a place where I can play and have a great time, without hitting walls, without getting frustrated, without having to pass it on to the next kid in line. It's a good feeling, one I don't particularly want to give up.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Yes, the price tag is rather astronomical when compared to bargain-bin, $0.99 titles but there's a reason for that. The World Ends With You: Solo Remix is not a game built for five-minute diversions; it's a solid game, one meant to leave a permanent impression.
    • 95 Metascore
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    Yes, the price tag is rather astronomical when compared to bargain-bin, $0.99 titles but there's a reason for that. The World Ends With You: Solo Remix is not a game built for five-minute diversions; it's a solid game, one meant to leave a permanent impression.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Minor control issues notwithstanding, Bastion for iPad is just as good, if not better than its console brethren. Every element that made the game so amazing and fascinating returns and the subtle refinements to various features in making the jump to iOS simply add to the experience.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Bad Piggies is awesome, and needs to be a part of your iOS game collection just as much as the rest of the Angry Birds series. Rovio nails the same accessibility of the Angry Birds games while taking the franchise in a direction that feels both totally fresh and entirely appropriate.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The distinctive sights and sounds are worth the effort.
    • 86 Metascore
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    If you enjoyed the first Monsters Ate My Condo, I think this is an upgrade that's worth your time and dollar. It looks better, it sounds better, and it still has that completely wacky style that's almost impossible not to love.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Let me be blunt: this game is a joy to play. Making these adorable little fellows happy is a delightful experience.
    • 93 Metascore
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    What I will say, is that you need to download this game now. Punch Quest needs to be on every iOS device you own. It's totally free, the only way the IAP could be less obtrusive is if they removed it entirely, and you'll fall in love with the game inside of the first minute of play. What's not to like about that?
    • 82 Metascore
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    I'm having an absolutely fabulous time playing Need For Speed Most Wanted. It's not the deepest racer in the world, but I've never felt that arcade racers need to come with loads of depth as they're all about just driving cars you'll never be able to afford, going fast as you can, and rapid-firing "that was awesome" moments: Three things Most Wanted totally nails in my book.
    • 87 Metascore
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    It's obvious that Psyonix put a lot of care and effort into ARC Squadron and it certainly shows in all facets of the game. With a ton of content, smooth controls and visuals worth talking about, there's little to not enjoy about ARC Squadron.
    • 88 Metascore
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    It's my favorite game in the series, and is well worth the status of 'must-play' for any iOS gamer.
    • 76 Metascore
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    It sounds cliched, but it's hard to believe I'm playing a game of this caliber on iOS. All too often we see games that sacrifice gameplay depth for visuals or vice versa. Other than a few minor glitches, Ravensword: Shadowlands is the real deal, and is an excellent open-world RPG with a decent story, ample content, deep character customization and beautiful visuals.
    • 86 Metascore
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    If you treat Anomaly Korea as more of an expansion pack rather than a full-on sequel you'll be pleased with the purchase. Even if you wanted more, I find it hard to believe that you can resist more pure Anomaly.
    • 85 Metascore
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    A world with gorgeous, complex puzzle games like this at the forefront is a world I'd be happy to live in.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Joe Danger is the complete package. It's the console-caliber game that everybody craves on their mobile device, except in this case the console it was made for is actually the iOS platform.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Mutant Mudds really has it all, and in terms of the slower-paced, exploration-based platforming games it's unmatched by anything else on the App Store.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Battle of the Bulge is a must-have for anyone with an interest in historical wargaming. It's only flaws are limited single-player replayability and the fact that it is so easy to start playing that some players may jump in expecting a Risk-like game, only to become frustrated when the game's nuances assert themselves.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Pixel People takes an apocalyptic future and makes it hopeful, cheerful and bright-if it's where freemium games are headed, we have a lot to look forward to.
    • 82 Metascore
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    You may get the sense that Little Inferno walks a fine line between satirizing our gaming habits and revelling in them. If you take it lightly, it works. Give it serious thought and you might find a bit of hypocrisy buried between the lines, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a game that sticks with you.
    • 87 Metascore
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    If you're willing to buy into Year Walk, to explore it's shifting landscape and learn its lessons, you'll find a tremendous game. I've never played anything quite like it.
    • 91 Metascore
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    It totally captures that gameplay niche of a game you can load up and play for a few minutes while providing a feel of progression that also makes the title suitable for substantially longer play sessions- Especially once you start to discover some of its secrets and other particularly effective techniques for maximizing your score.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Go ahead and give it a try. Spaceteam is fun, free, and guaranteed to be a hit at your next get-together.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Slayin may not have done much to quell my hopeless addiction to retro visuals, but it may have done me one better: it's raised the bar for all games like it.
    • 77 Metascore
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    When you take the sum of all the great things that Nimble Quest does, you end up with an excellent casual title that’s easily approachable while having just enough strategy elements to want to keep you coming back to beat your high score one more time.