Category: App Reviews

PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Tamagotchi L.i.f.e.

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Every Friday is a flashback for us here at PadGadget. We love digging through our memories to come up with classic arcade games, retro photography, and whatever makes us feel like a kid again. Last week, we cheated a bit by introducing you to a game that didn’t actually come out decades ago, but it did look and feel like it. We liked Jones on Fire so much that we felt it earned a place on Flashback Friday.

This week, we are flashing back to about 15 years ago, when handheld virtual pets were about the biggest thing since Pogs.

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Use King Oddball’s Tongue to Destroy the World – iPad Game Review

kingoddballKing Oddball is a fairly basic physics based puzzle game. If you’ve played a game like Angry Birds, you will be able to jump right in, because it’s essentially the same concept: use a projectile to destroy targets.

The King is a giant rock with a crazy long tongue, which you can use to hurl smaller rocks and boulders at a range of targets. The game incorporates simple one-touch controls, so you need to combine proper timing with a tap on the screen in order to squash enemies like tanks and helicopters.

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Nihilumbra Brings Together Platform Gaming And Poetic Literary Style – iPad App Review

Nihilumbra LogoNihilumbra was one of the App Store’s best games of 2012. It is visually stunning, emotionally compelling, and offers unique gameplay set to a traditional platform background.

Players control “Born” who was created out of nothingness and is constantly on the run from The Void. Travel deep into caves, across blizzard-like snowstorms, and into lush, green forests to help Born discover his true identity and nature.

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Help Raise a Baby Vampire in Le Vamp – iPad Game Review

levampEndless runners seem to be a genre that I never tire of, especially when they manage to incorporate fun new gameplay elements. Le Vamp is one such endless runner, starring an adorable baby vampire that needs your help to grow up.

In Le Vamp, the little vampire will run forward endlessly. It’s your job to feed him tasty, tasty blood pigs while avoiding dangerous foes like the evil meat monster Le Wurst, the Pumpkin Pile, and sunbeams.

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Kingpin Lanes Offers Up a Virtual Bowling Alley – iPad Game Review

kingpinlanesKingpin Lanes is a bowling simulation game that’s designed for hard core bowling fans. Because it uses the Unreal 3D engine, Kingpin Lanes has impressive graphics, resembling a real bowling alley, from the lanes down to the included Pro Shop.

In this bowling game, you will use simple, easy touch gestures to bowl. A swipe on the screen allows you to orient the ball, while arrows let you decide where to stand. After choosing a position and an angle, a forward swipe will launch the ball down the lane. The idea, of course, is to score as high as possible with strikes and spares.

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Sit Down, Strap In and Get Ready for Snoopy Coaster – iPad App Review

Snoopy Coaster LogoThe Peanuts Gang was one of those comic strips that I loved reading in my dad’s newspapers as a kid. He would carefully fold the front page in half and then into thirds for prime one-handed reading while he drank his coffee. I would steal the comics page and spread it out across the living room floor, smashing my elbows into Family Circus and the advertisement page.

The Peanuts Gang was always one of the first strips to read, next to Garfield and Calvin and Hobbs. When Snoopy Coaster launched in the App Store, I was excited to have the chance to go on a super speedy adventure with Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the madcap kids, just like I did on my living room floor so many years ago.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Fetch

Fetch 4Every week, it seems like Apple has found the most innovative, unique, and interesting game ever. Then, the new Editor’s Choice spotlight comes out and it outshines the previous one. Last week, Apple gave us an amazing photo editing app. Repix is more than just a digital filter app. You can add effects to designated areas with stylus drawing controls.

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Super Stickman Golf 2 is a Hole in One – iPad Game Review

stickmangolfSuper Stickman Golf 2 is a follow up to developer Noodlecake’s original Super Stickman Golf game, which debuted in late 2010. The first game was a runaway hit thanks to its simple gameplay and multiplayer capabilities, and Super Stickman Golf 2 offers up more of the same along with a few improvements.

On the surface a golf game does not sound particularly revolutionary or exciting, and the Super Stickman Golf series does not sport particularly eye catching graphics, but Super Stickman Golf 2, like the first game, is amazingly addictive. Make sure to keep an eye on the clock while you play or you might just end up playing through the night to get that last set of holes under par.

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Smash All The Things in Roll: Boulder Smash – iPad Game Review

roll1Sometimes, simplicity is what makes a game great. That’s certainly the case in Roll: Boulder Smash, which is exactly what it sounds like. Yes, this is a game where you control a giant boulder, smashing and destroying everything in your path for points.

If you’ve played ball rolling game Katamari you will notice similarities, though the goal in Boulder Smash is to destroy rather than collect, an ultra fun concept. This is a tilt motion game, so you will tilt your iPad to roll the ball, knocking over everything you can. Read More »

Tired of Waiting For Your Buddy? Match-Up! By Big Fish Can Help – iPad App Review

Match up LogoDo you love playing multiplayer games but hate waiting for your friend to remember to take his turn? Are you constantly “poking” your opponent to make the next move? If you want to play against real players but don’t want the game to last a week, you are the perfect candidate for Match-Up! By Big Fish.

This app includes three different types of games, each with different types of tournaments. You can win big against your opponents and use your chips to enter into more challenging competitions.

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