Think Fast in The Dark Matter

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The Dark Matter
Price: Free
Rating:
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

The Dark Matter is an arcade-style app that challenges you to survive an onslaught of dark matter within the universe. Sporting a retro appearance, this app is featured in almost 150 different countries.  

Features:

The Dark Matter, from Leven Lab, may have a scary sounding title, but make no mistake about it, this is actually a really fun and entertaining game.

In this app you’re challenged to think quickly while you bounce your way through the universe, being quick to fly into power-ups and other helpful matter while also carefully avoiding the “dark matter” that’s strewn throughout the game.

Control within the app is via finger tapping, and quickly making decisions is essential for any significant survival.

When first starting out within the app, some basic minimal instruction is provided. However, after a few quick lines, you’re pretty much on your own to figure out how to dominate the game.

Flying into the wrong things or letting yourself crash to the ground results in a round ending. Controlling yourself within The Dark Matter is easy to understand in theory, but I definitely found it more difficult to successfully execute within the game; this is a very fast-paced app.

Despite its fast pace, however, I was very pleased to not run into any lag while playing the game.

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The Dark Matter iPhone App Review

The Dark Matter iPhone App Review

This game is a thrill for anyone with memories of old school arcade games, it does not disappoint.

The graphics of The Dark Matter are perfectly reminiscent of your favorite retro games; details are kept to a simple minimum, with just enough intricacy of design to keep you impressed but not so much that you feel overwhelmed.

Since much of this app’s focus relies on color-based coding for “good” and “bad” matter, differentiating between items you should fly into and those you should attempt to avoid is not difficult at all.

The overall layout of The Dark Matter is equally simple to navigate.

Value:

This is a free app. It offers a fun, fast-paced challenge for anyone who enjoys retro graphics and quick thinking.

It’s an easy game to understand, yet addictively difficult to master. However, even though The Dark Matter can be downloaded and played for free, your entertainment gained by playing this fun app does come at the cost of being forced to watch somewhat frequent in-app video ads.

Since these ads tend to be around 30 seconds long, it can feel difficult to really find a good, sustainable rhythm between game attempts.

The Dark Matter iPhone app requires iOS 8.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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Mech Dungeon for iOS Features Dangers at Every Turn

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Mech Dungeon
Price: Free
Rating:
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Mech Dungeon is a fun and creative new game that plunges players into the dark depths of a gloomy maze.

Created by Act1 Corporation, this game is part maze, part first person shooter, and offers lots of gameplay potential for players.

Concept and Gameplay:

If you’ve ever played dark dungeon crawlers like Doom, Mech Dungeon has the same feel. You never know what’s lurking around the next corner and you have to be prepared to kill or be killed.

New players are treated to a tutorial that goes over the basics of movement and combat. Motion is controlled by buttons on the screen and you have to individually dictate your character’s motion by tapping.

Combat requires you to tap to shoot or swipe for melee.

Mech Dungeon goes beyond dungeon grinding for a high score, which I was really pleased to see.

You can work to upgrade your character and improve their stats using loot found while playing. The one downside is that if you die, you lose any loot you’ve acquired.

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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Mech Dungeon iPhone Game

The strongest feature of Mech Dungeon is character customization. As you play the game you’ll earn loot which can be spent on upgrades.

One feature I wish Mech Dungeon could include is different difficulty levels. New players will find that enemies can knock your health down pretty quickly, which makes it difficult to upgrade your character.

This isn’t an issue for fast players who are really amped up about beating baddies, but casual players might get a bit frustrated.

Value:

Mech Dungeon can be downloaded from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone and iPad. I couldn’t find any in-app purchases, but ads do appear at the bottom of the screen while you’re navigating the game menu.

Overall, Mech Dungeon will definitely appeal to gamers who like dark atmospheres and surprises at every turn.

It requires quick reactions so you don’t die, but I really like the fact that you can work on customize your character to make them tougher to take down.

mech_dungeon.jpgMech Dungeon requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Bomb Planets and Wipe out Galaxies in Planet Assault for iOS

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Planet Assault
Price: Free
Rating:
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Retro style games seem to be a nice mix of old graphics and new technology. The concepts are typically pretty basic, but techniques can be very difficult to master.

Planet Assault is a challenging and addicting game for iPhone and iPad that requires you to use an arsenal of bombs in order to destroy planets.

Created by Diggidy, Planet Assault is one game that will probably frustrate you more than once, and keep you coming back for more.

Concept and Gameplay:

The game starts you off with a useful tutorial, but the trickiest thing to learn about the game is how to use your bombs correctly. The goal is to launch your arsenal into the universe and destroy the bases on the planets.

This might sound easy, but obstructions such as asteroids tend to make this way harder than it should be.

If you do manage to successfully destroy a planet in Planet Assault, you can move on to the next level. If you’re lucky enough to have bombs left over, they’ll carryover with you.

Planet Assault is a mix of strategy and pure luck. The game made a little more sense when I learned that additional bombs have to be unlocked either by watching ads or purchasing bomb packs.

I definitely feel like game mechanics are tweaked so that you burn through bombs faster, which is quite a shame because the game has tons of potential.

I struggled just to get past level I, and by the time I started level 2, I only had two bombs left and couldn’t play without wasting time with ads or shelling out money.

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Planet Assault iPhone Game

There are nine different bombs to choose from, with capabilities ranging from shield destruction to carpet bombing. Most of the battle is getting the bomb to actually reach the planet you’re trying to destroy.

Planet Assault does include a variety of gameplay modes, which is a little bit of a saving grace in a game that somewhat sets users up to fail. The artillery range allows users to hone their skills and practice with each bomb type.

Survival mode ups the pressure a bit so users have to make sure every shot counts. Journey mode is the most immersive of the three and features 200 levels across 8 galaxies.

Survival mode has procedurally generated levels, so it is not tweaked to blow through bombs.

In Journey mode, each level is specifically designed to be completed with the bombs you are provided with for that level.

Value:

Planet Assault is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. According to the games page on the App Store, you’ll also need to be running iOS 10 in order to play.

Overall, Planet Assault is a fun and challenging game that has quite a bit of potential.

It’s easy to see that things are excessively difficult so that users burn through bombs faster, but by no means is the game impossible to play.

Planet Assaultplanet_assault.jpg requires iOS 10.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Build Mad Math Skills with DetecThink

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DetecThink – Math Puzzles
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by MC

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

DetecThink–Math Puzzles is an incredible app that challenges kids to use their math skills to solve mysteries.

This app is a very cool combination of ingenious design, compelling game play, and solid pedagogy. But most of all it’s a total blast to play and makes math fun.

Features:

If your child loves the idea of being a crime-solving detective, then DetecThink, by Intellipath Games, might be just the app for them.

However, instead of only presenting children with an exciting, engaging storyline in which they’re the primary protagonists, DetecThink also doubles up as a math skills-building app.

Specifically, throughout the app players are challenged to solve math problems in order to advance; from letting down a drawbridge to piecing together clues, working out basic math problems is essential to successfully completing DetecThink.

This app also offers very customizable features for both parents and children; parents are able to set up up multiple accounts for multiple children, have updates on their kids’ progress sent to them via personalized progress reports, and adjust settings to allow for different levels of difficulty, based on an individual child’s math skills.

“Detectives” within the app get to set up their own names and choose the appearance of their character.

Appearance and Layout:

DetecThink iPhone App Review

DetecThink iPhone App

The graphics of DetecThink are appropriate for its target audience. The characters are somewhat cartoonish, but still adequately detailed.

While in-app graphics might be a bit boring for older children, most players of this app will probably be perfectly pleased with its appearance.

The number of options to change your detective’s outfit/features is impressive, and the different puzzles within the overall storyline offer detailed enough graphics to keep things interesting for most target-age players.

The layout of this app is also easily navigated, both for parents and children.

Value:

DetecThink is free with in-app purchases, however, these purchases appear to unlock the whole storyline (for $4.99) and provide in-app help for your personal detective character.

While $4.99 sounds like a relatively steep price to pay to fully complete and enjoy a game (since what child wants to only play a game part way?), the educational value of DetecThink is well worth this price, particularly for children who struggle with enjoying mathematics.

The parent report system also is helpful for allowing parents to see their child’s progress through the app, showing them just how much their investment is being used.

download (20)DetectThink–Math Puzzles requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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Zoom Along for Fun & Thrills in Endless Rush

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Endless Rush – A Sunborn Rising Game
Price: Free
Rating:
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by MC

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Endless Rush – A Sunborn Rising Game is an exciting game that challenges your reaction times and quick-thinking skills.

Free through the iTune Store, Endless Rush manages to be quite charming even though it’s also quite a challenging game.

Features:

Guiding your furry, winged body through the air is your main goal throughout Endless Rush, by Neoglyphic Entertainment Inc.

However, this is easier said than done; you’ve also got to successfully fly into some nectar pots to collect them while also avoiding traps throughout the forest air.

Endless Rush is a finger/tap guided game, making it very easy to control your character. The game starts out pretty slowly; at first I had a hard time figuring out why the game was even named “Endless Rush” as the “rush” part of the game definitely seemed to be lacking.

But hold onto your hats, the game picks up the pace a little further into it, and before you know it you’re flying along on a thrill ride being forced to quickly make decisions to either fly into or fly away from various items (or traps) in the air.

Once you get going, Endless Rush really is a fun game to play. I was particularly impressed that I didn’t run into any in-app lag throughout the game; everything flew along very smoothly without any delays.

Appearance and Layout:

Endless Rush iPhone App Review

Endless Rush iPhone App

The appearance of Endless Rush is definitely a very well-executed part of this app.

The graphics are perfectly fitting with the fun, cheerful mood of the game; cartoonish characters are also detailed enough to keep things interesting throughout the different levels as well.

While this isn’t the most detailed app, the details that are thrown into each level make it very easy to appreciate the difference between nectar and traps, between the things you want to fly into and the things you’ve really got to work on avoiding.

The layout of Endless Rush is also pretty easy to navigate, again making this app an easy one to pick up and start playing right away.

On-screen instruction blurbs are also provided during the initial stages of the game, and these are very helpful for guiding new players as well.

Value:

As mentioned previously, Endless Rush is a free game. It’s very easy to understand, jump right in and get the hang of quickly.

In-game controlling is smoothly done without any frustrating lag. Graphics are fun and appropriate for the overall tone of the game.

The developers have really done a great job with this game, although it could use an “experienced” mode. The game starts out pretty slowly, which is helpful the first one or two times you play it but after that it tends to feel like something you just want to get past, and this might make it difficult for some players to really feel any strong desire to play through these beginning stages.

Overall, if you don’t mind a fairly slow and unchallenging start to a game, then Endless Rush might be worth checking out for you.

download (19)Endless Rush iPhone app requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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