Gangstar Rio: City of Saints

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Gangstar Rio: City of Saints, what a title. It’s like Gameloft felt like banking off of the upcoming release of both Saint’s Row 3 and Grand Theft Auto III. It’s no secret that the developer is known for making clones of successful IPs for the iOS. Last month we were graced with the Call of Duty version, Modern Combat 3. We tend to like these games and are glad to have Gameloft bringing these sorts of games to our favorite portable gaming platform.

This is a sandbox game where you can roam anywhere you want. You can do missions, or not. Do whatever you want. Kill whoever you want, take any vehicle you want. Yah it’s a lot like Grand Theft Auto, but to be fair Gameloft isn’t the first developer to copy that model.

We’ve played the other Gangstar games and immediately we noticed a difference with this game, the graphics were much better. You have many of options in driving a vehicle, but I prefer using the on-screen wheel and pedals. Default is accelerometer with pedals for gas and brake. There are a couple of other options as well. For us, driving could have been the deal-breaker because we love driving crazy in this sort of game. The coolest addition to this game type was an ATV, we love it. Don’t get us wrong we love driving the really fast cars as much as the next guy, but give us some off-road action any day.

we can’t speak to how long this game is, but it seems like a lot of time could be spent playing it. The downside of this game is that there is no multiplayer. We’re not counting off for that because we don’t care about multiplayer in this type of game, unless it’s co-op. Yes Gameloft, we would like to see co-op in this game, please!

Overall this is the best sandbox game we’ve seen from Gameloft and recommend a download if you like being naughty.

Gangstar Rio: City of Saints

Dreamland: Halloween Adventure Game HD

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Just in time for Halloween, Nevosoft releases a new adventure game. Dreamland: Halloween Adventure Game takes place in an abandoned amusement park. The player must traverse the park to find her missing brother.

For those not familiar with the genre, Adventure games involve a lot of exploring and finding items. Typically you’ll enter a mini-area and have to find everything on a list and for finding those things, you’ll be rewarded with an item that is needed to solve a puzzle somewhere else in the game.

This game adds something new to the mix as you’ll encounter mini-games along the way that will reward you with items that solve other puzzles. While playing we encountered a match three game and also jigsaw puzzle. There may be more types available in the full version of the game, but we only had the chance to review the FREE-to-Play version.

The environments and voice acting are very creepy and create a great tone for the game. This combined with beautiful visuals and soundtrack, make this a great game for adventure and thrill seekers alike. If you’re into adventure games this is definitely worth your time. (The Full Versions of the Game are on sale for Halloween)

Note: Full Version of the iPod/iPhone version is $1.99
Full Version of the iPad version is $2.99

Dreamland: Halloween Adventure Game HD

Tac Nayn: Demolition Nayn

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When this app hit the store we thought the name looked familiar.Tac Nayn is the evil version of Nyan Cat.  If you’ve played Nyan Cat: Lost in Space, you’ll recognize the character as the other playable skin in the game.  To put it into perspective, in that game when Nyan Cat gets the Superman cape powerup, he flies. When Tac Nayn gets the same powerup he becomes Darth Vader Kitteh.

At first glance, Tac Nayn: Demolition Nayn looks like just another jumping game.  Playing the game, instantly you find out how wrong that impression is.  First off, Tac Nayn enters from the right side of the screen and dashes towards the left side runs instead of the normal left to right found in most everything we do as Westerners.. In addition to jumping over tiny ravines, the player must tap on enemies flying past Tac.  If the enemies fly off-screen then the player will lose a life.  You start off with five lives but you can gain extra lives by tapping on Tac Nayn clones that fly forward randomly during the game.

Any self-respecting jumping game wouldn’t be complete without power-ups.  Sadly no flying capes as of yet, but Tac gets fun toys like rockets and even lazer eyes!!!  You’ll also get magnets that gather up enemies and explode after a few seconds, explosive barrels and wings that make you fly.  Collecting food gets the player bonus points.

Possibly the most humorous part of the game are the different animals that are made out of food like cakes, muffins, cheese, and hot dogs.

Overall this is a fun and addictive game.  It’s got a retro style to the graphics and a nice rockin soundtrack.  If you liked Nyan Cat: Lost in Space, you’ll love this game.

Tac Nayn: Demolition Nayn