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Review: Dariusburst SP

Review: Dariusburst SP
★★★★★

Taito's latest horizontal shoot 'em up in raises the bar for the aquatic-themed space shooting games on iOS, offering an arcade-quality experience with unrivaled depth and breath on the platform.

Hookshot Inc's Simon Parkin engages the robo-cod and comes out smiling.

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Review: ZiGGURAT

Review: ZiGGURAT
★★★★★

It starts above cloud cover on the summit of a tired mountain.

It ends there too, of course - in every crowd-control games you play to postpone the ending - but the beginning is always more important than the ending.

That's where the hope lies.

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Review: Super Stardust Delta

Review: Super Stardust Delta
★★★★

Housemarque offers up an effortless Vita delight with a downloadable sequel to a PSN classic. Super Stardust Delta offers dual thumbstick controls, intriguing uses for front and rear touchscreens, and the best wave design the series has seen to date.

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Thoughts on Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

Thoughts on Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
It's rare that you discover a game that stuns you with its originality.

Ghost Trick is a game that unlocks a secret, separate branch in a well-trod genre and stands boldly in its newfound territory – a separate, stand-out entity in the gaming churn.

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Review: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

Review: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
★★★★

Wario’s one of the patron saints of Hookshot Inc. WarioWare may have come out on a cartridge and cost significantly more than $15 in the shops, but its toast-catching, shark-jumping, dog-touching agenda paved the way for thousands of iOS and Android oddities.

Now, thanks to the Virtual Console, we can write about him legitimately.

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Review: Warp

Review: Warp
★★★★

Trapdoor, the makers of this fine stealth puzzler, clearly love Valve. It comes through in the game’s beautiful, minimalist visual design; it is there in the sterile lab setting, and it transmits via the carefully crafted physics tasks. This love also radiates from the game’s irreverent sense of humour.

Warp is funny and clever and involving. It touches at gameplay tropes that Valve has always embraced.

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Review: Beat Sneak Bandit

Review: Beat Sneak Bandit
★★★★★

Beat Sneak Bandit sees developer Simogo performing some rather dangerous gene-splicing experiments involving stealth gaming and rhythm action mechanics.

Luckily, though, it looks like the designers know what they’re doing.

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Review: Radballs

Review: Radballs

With its too-cool-for-school New York design aesthetic and a searing electro soundtrack from Commodore 64 producer Neil Voss, you might expect Glow Interactive's first iOS game to be a case of style over substance.

But Hookshot Inc.'s Simon Parkin discovers its fashionable front clothes a smart, durable puzzle game that mixes Lumines with DJ Hero to mesmerising effect.

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Review: PuzzleJuice

Review: PuzzleJuice

★★★★★

There are some games that you just know came about because someone down the pub said, "hey wouldn't it be great to combine [incredibly successful game X] with [equally successful but slightly different game Y]!?" And then, instead of going home, falling asleep on the sofa and forgetting all about it, they actually sat at their computer and wrote it. PuzzleJuice is one of those games.

But, wait, damn, that's not a bad thing.

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Bastion in a browser

Bastion in a browser

It's Bastion! And it's running in a browser! And it's still brilliant!

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Midas beckons you to enter its web of sin. Please go in.

Midas beckons you to enter its web of sin. Please go in.

Goldfinger was the man, the man with a Midas touch. A spider’s touch. (Trombone. Trombone.) Now, though, you too can turn a lady to gold! You don’t even need paint. Just a lovely, sad, free and fiercely clever online puzzle game called Midas.

Your mission? Why, to touch the hand of your beloved. The problem? Everything you touch turns to gold – from the ground you walk on, to the blocks overhead, to the pretty lady you’re in love with. Thankfully, however, a quick dabble in a block of blue will nullify your golden touch – at least until the...

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