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QuikReview: Puzzlequest for iPhone

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If you like jewel-matching puzzle games(like Bejeweled) and you like fantasy RPG quest games, then Puzzlequest is the game for you.

Pick a character class, choose your skills, then travel around the world map picking up quests to complete and level-up. Battles are fought through jewel-matching puzzles that generate mana you can use to cast spells.

Quests follow a fairly engaging storyline that’s light enough to pick up whenever you feel like it, with a large array of side-quests to keep you going for a while.

And the game gets deeper still with levels of skill specialisation and citadel-building (which unlocks new spells) that you can delve into if you want.

All in all, a deep and engaging game with long gameplay potential, good for a long-term campaign as well as the time-killing puzzle battle now and then.

Plus, you never really die in the game – you just have to retry the battle again, which guarantees addiction for sure.


Written by tokyotribe

June 27, 2010 at 5:37 am

Posted in Games, iPhone, QuikReview

QuikReview: Song Summoner Encore Lite for iPhone

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Fun little turn-based RPG ditty from Square Enix. The hook is that the characters in your party are generated using tracks you select from your music library. Yes, that’s a little gimmicky, but fun, nonetheless, to find out who you’ll get next. So far I’ve landed myself a C-rated archer and a B-rated monk.

Final Fantasy tactics fans will find the character classes and battle mechanics familiar, and you can generally count on Square Enix for a fun storyline.

Not sure yet how deep the free lite version goes, but the high $9.99 price of the full version is keeping me from upgrading right away.

Verdict: Worth a go on the lite version for free and waiting for the $9.99 full version to go in the bargain bin.

Written by tokyotribe

June 20, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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QuikReview: Command & Conquer Red Alert for iPhone

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Good RTS fun on the iPhone with EA’s Command & Conquer Red Alert.

Lots of fast-paced action, kitschy graphics, great sound effects and an apt, if sometimes monotonous soundtrack. And you even get your own hot Russian military babe commander to guide you through the game.

Touch controls are playable for an RTS, but you might find it a tad frantic swiping through the map, selecting units with your finger and reinforcing groups if you’re more used to swift mouse selection and keyboard controls.

On the downside is the short single-player campaign for each faction – only 5 missions of about 20 minutes of playtime each – which means most gamers will get through a faction’s campaign in about 2 hours. That isn’t much gameplay for the $6.99 list price, but OK for the current $2.99 sale price.

Verdict: Pick it up while it’s still on sale and play through it like a rabid war dog. Then do whatever you can to get that blasted tune out of your head.

Written by tokyotribe

June 20, 2010 at 10:41 am

Posted in Games, iPhone, QuikReview