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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

 

FANCY PANTS [IOS] – REVIEW (88%)

Fancy Pants is a level based platform game released by Chillingo Ltd.

“Join Fancy Pants Man in his first ever portable outing on the App Store as you help rescue his little sister, Cutie Pants, from the worst pirates ever.”

There are lots of levels to explore as you go about your quest. There are lots of enemies and dangers as well. To start the game you have no weapon to fight with and need to slide and jump onto the heads of the enemies to attack them. Later you gain a weapon and can then attack using special moves.

There are several weird and wacky things that happen in the game that should at the very least make you smile.

As you progress in the game you unlock new heads, pants and weapons graphics to put onto Fancy Pants Man, these have no effect on gameplay, but can produce some nice looks.

Gameplay wise, you will enter an area jumping and fighting your way to the exit and your goal. There are three stars on every level to collect, but these are often hard to get to. Always there, but inches from your reach.

The levels are really nicely designed, being challenging, but not impossible.

The game by virtual buttons for left and right movement (additional arrows appear for up and down when swimming) and buttons for jump, slide and attack.

The graphics and sound are very good, the artwork is basic and wonderfully simple at the same time.

On the upside:

  • Well designed platforms and “puzzles”.
  • Cute characters.
  • Universal

On the downside:

  • Getting the stars to get to the new worlds is tricky leaving your in the main storyline for a while, but the modes and levels can be replayed to try and get better results and those stars.
  • The weapon takes a while to turn up, something my son never stopped complaining about.
  • Ctystal tab at the bottom of the screen during menus.

Overall, this is a wonderful platform game which I really enjoyed playing. The strange cartoon drawing styling works really well and makes for loveable characters. This game will keep you playing for some time and loving every moment. Well worth downloading especially at the 69p price point.

Rating: 88%

Size: 269 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Fancy Pants – Chillingo Ltd

 
 

IBOMBER DEFENSE PACIFIC [IOS] – REVIEW (77%)

iBomber Defense Pacific is a tower defence game released by Chillingo Ltd

“Get ready to take the battle to the enemy and win the war! iBomber Defense Pacific is the latest game in the hugely successful iBomber series. The iBomber series moves out to the Pacific as you fight a whole new enemy in an effort to secure territory on the Pacific Rim.”

This is a follow up to the successful iBomber Defense, and really is more of the same. You are now based in the Pacific rather than Europe.

This game puts you in command of the army in a WWII setting, you have to set down defenses to protect you bases from attack.

The game does not offer much new in the tower defense style of game, it does have the enemy attacking your towers, so they need to be repaired or can be destroyed. Also you can set the line of sight the tower uses. This can be helpful and annoying. If you suddenly notice that after an upgrade your tower is no longer firing at the road, and you find the line of sight is pointing off into the jungle.

Some of the tower do not fire, but instead produce special items like bombs. These can be pulled onto the screen and dropped. These are built over time, but will maximise at the number of towers you have, so if the build more they will queue and not become available until the others are used first.

There are the usual upgrade options which you slow gain as your leadership improves.

There are also perks that can be purchased. These can add to range, damage or give a special item at the start of the level.

The game is nicely presentation, with small, but functional graphics. This is also a universal title.

On the upside:

  • Nicely designed interface.
  • One of the better tower defense games out there.

On the downside:

  • If you spend money incorrectly or place something wrongly, you are quickly punished.
  • Some enemies seem a little too fast, as even with several maxed out towers I could not stop them.
  • Line of Sight firing can confuse gameplay if you did not realise you have moved it.

Overall, this is a solid tower defense title. If you are a fan of the original then you will be happy with the follow up. Despite the improvements it had many of the same issues as the original for me. For me the line of sight option confused the game a little more than the original, but you learn to live with it.

Rating: 77%

Size: 108 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.99

Link: iBomber Defense Pacific – Chillingo Ltd