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HARRY THE FAIRY [IOS] – REVIEW (71%)

Harry the Fairy is an explorer puzzle game released by Chillingo Ltd.

“He’s green…but not so mean. Meet Harry the Fairy, the loveably sprite on a mission to rescue his fairy friends. Follow him on an adventure through mystical and dangerous underground caverns as he avoids many dangers and eventually saves the day!”

This application gives you control of Harry, who is trying to track down his friends who have been kidnapped and trapped inside a group of underground caverns.

The game play is very simple. You are placed on a map and you need to find your way to the end of the level where your friend is locked in a cage. As you move through the level you pick up stars along the way and need to avoid some traps and dangers along the way. Dangers include spikes and drills.

You can get a shield to protect you are nearly every check point in the level, if you are hit without the shield it is game over for Harry, and you will be returned to the check point.

The game is control by either tilting the device or using a virtual joystick which centres where you place your finger on the screen. The controls, while the do work are not the greatest, sometimes you do not centre the joystick quite right and you find yourself drifting into a drill head.

For more, the main downside of the application was the real lack of excitement. Really all Harry can do is move and push things. You can drift around the map following the pathway for say twenty seconds on some of the early levels without even anything happening. Harry does not even fly very fast.

The graphics and sound are good, the graphics of harry are cute, but nothing truly outstanding.

On the upside:

  • Wacky and Loveable character.
  • Some nicely designed puzzles.
  • Universal App

On the downside:

  • Slow gameplay.
  • Intro movie is on YouTube, not in the application.
  • Only 28 levels, so a little short lived game.

Overall, this is a good game, but really I found it lacking in excitement. This one is really for people who want to solve puzzles and take there time about things. There is nothing wrong with the game design, and maybe it is just me, but I would have liked Harry’s wand to fire and for a few enemies just to have given the game something more than a feel of a slow exploration game.

Rating: 71%

Size: 29.0 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Harry the Fairy – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Game - Arcade, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

TWINGO! [IOS] – REVIEW (84%)

TwinGo! is a puzzle game released by Chillingo Ltd.

“The two Weather Twins, Fuyu and Natsu have lost the stars, now it’s up to you to help get them back. One is a glowing ball of flame and the other is made of ice, and you’re going to have to get them to work together in this unique, innovative puzzle game that will surprise you right to the end. “

The idea behind the game move Fuya and Natsu around a maze puzzle. This would be easy, if the twin creatures did not move at the same time. Swipe up and they both move upwards, and if there is a hole one will fall and you need to restart the puzzle again.

There are generally walls and other things on the level to block the moved of one, to allow you to navigate to the correctly coloured exit buttons that will spring you off the level and onto the next.

The puzzle are further complicated by having 3 stars on the levels to collect. On the first few levels this is very easy, however, as the game progresses if becomes more difficult to get all three. You may get one or two, but the third is often hidden away and will tax your mind to find a solution to get it, often you will give up and just move onto the next level planning to return later.

As you collect more stars you will unlock the later levels in the game.

There are 4 areas in the game, with around 30 levels in the first three and 15 in the last. Meaning you will be playing this game for some time. To keep things interesting the later areas begin to add powers to the stars, so they may freeze a creature for one movement, or make the creature move twice in one swipe.

The sounds and graphics are both very good, with a nice graphical style.

On the upside:

  • Very nice presentation
  • Tricky puzzles
  • Will keep you playing some time.

On the downside:

  • Some puzzles are very tricky, but you can skip if you are completely stuck, or select to see the solution after several more minutes.
  • There was a crashing issue with the app with iOS 5.1 that you may have heard about, but this has now been fixed and the app works fine.

Overall, this is a great puzzle game. There are no time limits so you can sit down and think about the solution. This is a game that some casual players will love. It lacks any real excitement, but I feel that for most people this is not an issue. Some of the puzzles will annoy, but generally they are solvable if you leave a star or two behind. Puzzle fans should take a look at this one, especially at the 69p price.

Rating: 84%

Size: 64.7 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: TwinGo! – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Game - Puzzle, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

COCO LOCO [IOS] – REVIEW (84%)

Coco Loco is a physics puzzle game with Angry Bird styling released by Chillingo Ltd.

“It’s time for the Cocoa Bean Guardians to ‘Mallow’ out. Take control of a troop of fearless marshmallow heroes as you set out to rescue your friends from the candy clutches of the nasty chocolate guardians. Traverse across strange wildernesses using each Marshies’ special skill and show those chocolate chumps that you’re not as soft as you look!”

Your people the Mallows have been kidnapped, dressed in strange clothing and tied up in various puzzle based levels and it is your job to free them.

Gameplay wise, Coco Loco borrows heavily from several of your favorite iOS games, bring them together in a very fun and entertaining way. 

The game offers four areas to play through each with 15 levels, so giving you 60 levels at this time, with the promise of more on the way.

Each of the Marshmallows have special abilities like flying fast and cutting through things, exploding and to make it slightly different slamming down on buildings from above.

Some levels do mix up the action a little by adding a chocolate cannon that can be fired Sprinkle style at the area.

There are so very good puzzles in the game, that need to be considered before using your limited characters to solve the level, but in the main most levels are straight forward.

The game is controlled in the standard Angry Bird method, pulling back, setting your aim and firing (batting) the marshmallow into the air.

For me, the game feels a little short, as I had finished the 60 levels in about 2 hours, there were still some stars to still get, but at this stage there is not much pushing you to play the levels again. Even if you are stuck on a level there is even Fluffy big dog that destroys everything on the level (like mighty eagle), I did not need to use this feature to complete the game.

The graphics and sound are very good, with the Marshmallows all having a bit of character.

On the upside:

  • Nice Marshmallow characters.
  • Fun to play.
  • Universal.

On the downside:

  • A little on the short side.
  • Not a well balanced game, some levels are too easy and several levels need excellent aim and timing.

Overall, this is a fun game to play and nicely designed. If Angry Birds did not exist this game would be flying up the charts as a top seller, however, due to the similarity a lot of people will just call this another Angry Bird clone, which is really is more than that. If you are looking for another good physic based puzzle game you should download this game, especially at the price as you will get your monies worth. 

Rating: 84%

Size: 19.3 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Coco Loco™ – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2012 in Game - Puzzle, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

SECUSTORE [IOS] – REVIEW (89%)

SecuStore is a password manager / secure storage utility released by MaKleSoft.

“Unique features like the built-in password generator and cloud synchronization make SecuStore one of the most powerful password managers out there. And its absolute flexibility allows you to use it for much more than just storing passwords. SecuStore is a cross-platform password manager / secure storage utility currently available for webOS, iOS and Chrome. Soon to be available in the Mac App Store!”

This application allows you keep all your passwords and other information safe and secure in one application.

The application lets you set up folder (sets) in which you can store the passwords and data. So you could have a work and home folder with different locking passwords containing the various data.

Once you have created a folder, with a locking password, you can begin to add passwords and data into the project. There are a number of pre-defined templates available or you can create your own. These templates include Internet, Pin, CreditCards, License Keys etc.

When you add data into the application you get the data set up by the template (so if a website – name, URL, login name, password and notes) If you have an existing account you can just type in the data you are already using. If you are creating a new account, then the application offers a random password creator which gives a list of weak to very strong passwords to select from.

All the data can be synced to other devices by the use of a dropbox account and the set up is very simple and quick.

The biggest advantage of this on the iOS is of course you do not have to remember all your password, just the one from the secure folder. Then you can copy the password and paste it into the website or accounts page that is asking for the data.

The user interface is very good and easy to use. 

On the upside:

  • Able to generate complex passwords and save them on the move.
  • One place for all your password, and they are available when you forget them.
  • Universal Application

On the downside:

  • Just do not forget your master folder passwords
  • Leaves you wishing that Advanced Browser was out of iOS too.

Overall, this is an excellent application for the keeping your passwords and other information safe and secure. For me 1password has been my password manager of choice for several years now, but MaKleSoft are expanding SecuStore all the time, with Chrome and webOS support with a Mac version on the way (which I hope is priced as reasonably as the other apps). At this price I think SecuStore may well replace 1password for me in the near future.

Rating: 89%

Size: 17.3 MB

Price (at time of review): £3.99

Link: SecuStore – More Than A Password Manager – MaKleSoft

 

ACES OF STEAM [IPAD] – REVIEW (70%)

Aces of Steam is a multiplayer top down air combat game released by Problem Bob.

“Do you have what it takes to become an Ace of Steam? Grab a controller to find out in this local multiplayer game for up to 4 players! To keep your CCE (Cloud Compression Engine) running you’ll need to collect clouds faster than you loose steam. If you run dry you’ll crash. And without water that means you’ll burn too.”

This game puts you in control of a steam power plane flying over a set landscape, your job to destory the other three planes on the map to become the sole survivor.

Gameplay wise, when you start the game you tap the controls at one of the corners of the screen to take control from the computer player. Up to four players can play, leave any corner untapped and it remains under computer control meaning that there are always four active players in a game.

You need to fly around the map (if you leave at the top of the screen, you return at the bottom) dodging enemy fire and any power ups attack. You need to shoot down the planes. The plane automatically fires, so you can focus on dodging and looking for power ups.

Power ups range from shields, dropping mines, being invisible and increasing speed. The power ups randomly appear around the screen.

If you play this game single player, the CPU player give a reasonable challenge level and games can be fun in small doses, however, you will end up the winner most of the time and there is no level settings that I can find to increase the challenge rating.

This game could have really come alive with the multiplayer mode, however, I found the lack of power ups and any really special powers could often make the paying experience a bit similar.

The game is controlled using a left and right button on the corner you are controlling.

The menu system is beautiful and well drawn, with a great steam punk feel and a nice story line for the pilots etc, however, it is hard to work out what opens what and really just contains the credits, the history, combat guide and starting the game.

The graphics and sound are both good with a WW2/steam punk feel.

On the upside:

  • Polished graphic.
  • Fun battles, in small doses.

On the downside:

  • A special ability for every plane would have been nice.
  • Lack of Difficulty levels, means single player gets old quickly.
  • Missions or a Campaign could really improve the game and take it up a level.

Overall, this is an interesting little game. The basic game itself is very solid, but it really needs more in the way of modes or challenges to really make it a must have. If you cannot get several players round the iPad the gameplay is going to be short lived.

Rating: 70%

Size: 4.4 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.49

Link: Aces of Steam – Problem Bob

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Game - Arcade, iPad, Reviews