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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: World Cup iPhone apps

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Tried a bunch of them to stay up to date with the 2010 World Cup and finally settled on two that were stable, rich and had sensible user experiences.

Goal.com

Very rich app, that tells you what you want to know – live scores, match timetables (for your timezone), scores for each stage and latest news. Live scores are up to the minute, so you won’t miss a goal if you’re not in front of your TV.

The added bonus is that beyond the World Cup, Goal.com also serves live scores, results, fixtures and news for other leagues like the Champions League, EPL, Serie A and Bundesliga. Handy all-in-one for football fans.

International Football

Straightforward app for the latest World Cup live scores, results and fixtures. The UI is fancier than Goal.com’s and to some extent works well in focusing attention on latest scores and results.

The offering feels a little more limited, although they have plans to serve other leagues in future. In the meantime, it’s a good app if all you need is the your latest World Cup fix in a quick prominent display.

The choice between the two probably comes down to UI preference.

Written by tokyotribe

June 27, 2010 at 2:48 am

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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