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Time To Wreck It!: Wreck-It Ralph Review

Time To Wreck It!: Wreck-It Ralph Review

As gamers, we've all become familiar with the tie-in title. These are usually released in conjunction with a movie or TV show to widen its exposure, and historically they're usually pretty sub-par.

However, Disney's Wreck-It Ralph subverts this trope because it's in the unique position of being based off of video games. That's kind of hard to mess up.

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Wreck-It Ralph is a series of three (soon to be four) arcade games that feature characters and environments from the movie.

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Game Review: Shoot Em Up + Rave = Beat Hazard Ultra

Game Review: Shoot Em Up + Rave = Beat Hazard Ultra

I've been enjoying video games for most of my life, and some of them come with a seizure warning before I start playing. This is to make sure that people who are prone to seizures or headaches know that there is a large amount of strobe effects in the game they're about to start.

I've never felt that been susceptible to the problems the warnings are meant to address, but then again, I hadn't played Beat Hazard Ultra, either.

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Do The Twist: Pixel Twist Review

Do The Twist: Pixel Twist Review

For all the shooters and racing games that mobile fans see, there's another subset that seems specifically made for the touch environment. "Zen" games are popular because they're relatively simple, can be played in short bursts to cure boredom, and ultimately allow their audience to sit back and relax. Pixel Twist fulfills all three of those criteria.

Pixel Twist starts off quite simple: you're given an exploded view of an image, like a lime, painting or game controller, and by moving the camera around you can line up the pixels so that they form a complete picture.

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Hyperwave Review: There's A Lot To Like About Lasers

Hyperwave Review: There's A Lot To Like About Lasers

There are only so many permutations of the scrolling arcade shooter, but that didn't stop developer CatfishBlues from taking a swing at it with Hyperwave. This is a top-down game that could pass for the spiritual successor to Space Invaders. You have to pilot your lone craft against all the glowing horrors of space to defend humanity. At least that's what the backstory is supposed to be. It's really just an excuse to shoot stuff, but that's okay.

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A Blast From The Past: A Review of Chrono Trigger for Android

A Blast From The Past: A Review of Chrono Trigger for Android

If you were a gamer in the 90s, there was a good chance you either owned or had played a Super Nintendo. While the debate still rages on about whether that machine or the Sega Genesis was superior, it can be safely stated that the SNES had some amazing role-playing titles.

Chief among these was Chrono Trigger, a game by a group of developers so storied that they were labeled a "Dream Team."

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Zombiewood Review: Please Insert $1.99 To Complete This Title

Zombiewood Review: Please Insert $1.99 To Complete This Title

French developer Gameloft has a complicated and contentious history with Android. Initially the company refused to put its games on Android, then only offered them through its own store before finally getting into the Play Store. Like other devs, Gameloft has started pushing in-app purchases pretty hard, but the games are usually quite high-quality. In this game, you play as a stuntman fighting off the zombie invasion through a number of film sets.

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Sumioni Demon Arts Review: Great Ideas And Awesome Style Brought Down By Poor Controls

Sumioni Demon Arts Review: Great Ideas And Awesome Style Brought Down By Poor Controls

Despite the fact that tens of thousands of games are available on Android, most of them are easily placed within genres that have been around for decades, or they simply copy the conventions of mobile-friendly games (tower defense, runners, physics games, etc). IT's refreshing to see a game like Sumioni: Demon Arts, which combines traditional platforming with the kind of touch-enabled gameplay mechanics that's only been possible for a few years.

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Razor Salvation Review: The Only Salvation Comes When You Stop Playing

Razor Salvation Review: The Only Salvation Comes When You Stop Playing

This game seems to have everything going for it. It has an alien invasion, destroyed cityscapes, big guns, and Tegra optimization. By all rights, Razor Salvation should be a killer game. This title isn't free and it's a big download, so you should know what you're getting into. Let's see if it's worth your time.

Gameplay

The premise of Razor Salvation is epic, but poorly explored. The gist of it is that aliens have invaded Earth, and you have to land your dropship in various locations to save as many humans as possible.

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Review: Glu Mobile's "Indestructible" Is Anything But Bulletproof

Review: Glu Mobile's "Indestructible" Is Anything But Bulletproof

In the realm of dual-stick shooters, Android’s offerings seem to be plentiful. However, one company’s name stands out due to their past success: Glu Mobile’s Gun Bros is a franchise that many gamers will recognize. Gun Bros seemed to have it all: an addicting premise, no shortage of customization, and perhaps most importantly, controls that didn’t suck. I’ve played my fair share of Gun Bros, so when Glu announced that they would be releasing a similar title (only this time, with cars!)

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Wild Blood Review: A Good Action Game With Giant Swords And A Little Lag

Wild Blood Review: A Good Action Game With Giant Swords And A Little Lag

Gameloft has been releasing high-end games on Android for the last few years, and some of them have been quite good. However, just as many of them have had serious issues that rendered them unplayable for me. Wild Blood will cost you some serious cash up front, but it promises an epic action-adventure story with killer graphics. Does it deliver?

Story And Gameplay

Reading the description for Wild Blood makes a good first impression.

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