Archive for December, 2012

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Magic Orbz review (iOS / Universal)

December 11, 2012

magic orbz title

10 word description: 3D ball bouncing, block breaking. 42 levels. Bonuses. Game Center.

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10 word review: Loads of fun – great evolution of the block-breaking genre.

magic orbz shop

You will like this if you enjoy: Block breaking / Arkanoid / Breakout style games.

magic orbz sharks

The good news: Very pretty, lots of variety in the 3D levels and items/obstacles. Controls work well, with two simultaneous options available. Plenty of content. Easy game but still a lot of fun.

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The bad news: Personally, I’d love to see a bit more depth to the level design, meaning the inclusion of pinball style challenges rather than the quality of the graphics. All you seem to be doing is batting the ball back, with the lush 3D environments never really being more than just decoration. Saying that, the game is still great fun as it is.

magic orbz you win

Arcadelife verdict: Although the gameplay is consistently simple, this cheerful, well animated take on block breaking is fun all the way and definitely worth getting if you’re after a Breakout style game that looks great and plays well on an iOS device.

magic orbz islands

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 9.5/10
Audio – 8.5/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 9.5/10
Fun – 9.5/10
Final rating – 92/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.0
iTunes link

Herocraft website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (iOS 6.0.1)
iPad (iOS 5.1.1)
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Mutant Mudds review (iOS / Universal)

December 7, 2012

mutant mudds title

10 word description: 2D action platformer. 60 levels, 5 worlds. Three parallax playfields.

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10 word review: Looks and plays well but can often be extremely frustrating.

You will like this if you enjoy: Old school (i.e. hard) platform games.

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The good news: Graphics & sounds are nice. Controls can be moved/customised. The three layer playfields add a nice touch.

The bad news: While the controls themselves work well, the mechanism for swapping from a jump to jet-pack mode is often annoyingly unreliable. I found the game to be too frustrating and consequently it is marked down on the “Fun” rating.

Look very closely and you can see the player character in the furthest playfield

Look very closely and you can see the player character in the furthest playfield

Arcadelife verdict: Initially seems like the best iOS platformer ever, then it gets way too annoying.

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Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 9/10
Audio – 8.5/10
Controls – 7/10
Content – 9/10
Fun – 4/10
Final rating – 75/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.0
iTunes link

Mutant Mudds website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (iOS 6.0.1)
iPad (iOS 5.1.1)