Video Review – Tengami for iPad

Here’s my latest iPad game video review – of  Tengami. Let’s get paperin’!

Be sure to check in this weekend for your latest ’5 Under $5 iPad Games’ rundown.

Here’s an App Store link for Tengami; it’s currently priced at $4.99.

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iPad App Review – Astra Jigsaw HD

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Astra Jigsaw HD is a jigsaw puzzle app that provides an experience akin to solving a “real” manual jigsaw puzzle.  The app can be used by children, but it is also a very satisfying experience for adults who enjoy jigsaw puzzles.

The app comes with a free collection of 9 jigsaw puzzles.

Select a puzzle and touch the Open Jigsaw button.

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You can select the number of pieces, from 12 all the way up to over 900 pieces.  (I find between 200 and 300 pieces is a comfortable size to work with on the iPad.) There are puzzle shapes to select including the classic shape.  You can add a frame and decide whether to spread the pieces out.  In addition, to make the puzzle more challenging, you can choose to rotate the pieces.  To rotate, touch a piece with one finger and move another finger clockwise or counter-clockwise anywhere on the screen.

The Play Window

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Astra Jigsaw has 2 windows to work with.  Keep the pieces you are currently putting together in one window.  Keep the other pieces in the second window and you will have more room to work in the “working” window.   Touch the box at the bottom right of the screen to switch to the second window.  Touch the box on the second window to get back to the first.

You can select a group of pieces by “drawing” a box around them with your finger; you can then move them around or double tap to move to the other window.  To join pieces move them next to one another and if they fit, they will snap together.  When pieces are joined they will move together if you touch them.  This is useful when you have a lot of the puzzle completed as you can move pieces out of the way to make room for pieces you are working with.

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Asphalt 8 for iPad Review: Reach for the Stars

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I’m a huge fan of the Asphalt series. Many racing games have come and gone on the App Store, from the excellent Real Racing games, to a myriad of awful Mario Kart knockoffs, but the Asphalt games have enjoyed a vibrant life on the iPad that few series have attained. My investment in the series is high, and that’s why Asphalt 8: Airborne nearly broke my heart.

For those new to the series, the Asphalt games are highly polished speed racers. They incorporate many real world cars and locations while maintaing a loose relationship with real world physics. Since Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, this relationship was strained further with the introduction of a nitro boost system, allowing cars to surge at exhilarating speeds. Asphalt 8 shatters this relationship completely by introducing ramps that allow for jumps, twists, and barrel rolls that take cars soaring sky high.

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Pivvot for iPad Video Review – Stayin’ Alive

Surrounded by a groovy, neon-covered world pulsing with a rhythmic beat, there’s just one question on my mind: can I survive 100 seconds? This is one of the challenges that Pivvot presents. In this game, the controls are pretty simple: you are a circle moving along a twisting roller coaster track with the ability to rotate (or, if you will, pivot) around a smaller circle. The one rule: don’t touch anything.

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Pivvot is an everything-is-dangerous survival game with five increasingly difficult gameplay modes. The first mode is voyager, which serves as a sort of tutorial/adventure mode for teaching you about the different obstacles you will encounter in the second mode, endless. In endless, your goal is pretty straightforward: survive for 100 seconds, and you win. It’s a lot harder than you’d think. From there, you can unlock expert versions of both voyager and endless, and the unspeakably difficult berserk mode.

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Sky Gamblers: Cold War for iPad Review – Flying High

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For a while now, the dogfighting genre has been a staple of console gaming. Whether it’s Star Fox or Warhawk, battles in the sky have often been some of the best gaming experiences on home systems. These games demand cutting-edge graphics, tight controls, and lots of action on screen. So what happens when you bring all of this to the iPad? Can a game genre that has been refined on controllers and big screens be translated to a touch screen? There are a few hiccups in the translation, but for the most part, the answer is a resounding yes.

A large part of Sky Gamblers: Cold War’s success derives from the fact that this isn’t the first Sky Gamblers–the developer has had lots of practice to refine the experience. I had a blast playing Cold War all the way through its meaty campaign and its robust online multiplayer. There’s no shortage of content here, with dozens of planes and nine gameplay modes that can be played solo and seven that can be played either through local wifi or online. Whether you happen to be in the mood for a game of capture the flag or team deathmatch, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

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Kingdom Rush: Frontiers For iPad – This Is One Frontier That You’ll Want to Explore

Tower defense games are an always-popular gaming sub-genre on the iPad. Kingdom Rush, the original game, was always a cut above the tower defense pack. Stellar graphics, great soundtrack, tough (some might argue torturous) levels and bosses, all combined to make Kingdom Rush a triple-A tower-defense game. The recently released sequel Kingdom Rush: Frontiers HD […]

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Review — The Silent Age: Episode One for iPad

Most modern games can no longer afford to think one-dimensionly. It’s not enough to have a princess trapped in a castle with a giant lizard king; nowadays it’s about creating something complex, meaningful and different. That’s why indie games like Braid, Limbo and even Amnesia: The Dark Descent (as horror-inducing as that game is) have […]

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Today’s Best iPad App Ever: Petting Zoo

Petting Zoo is a fantastic storybook app for the iPad and iPhone. It features beautiful, fun, interactive animations of over 20 animals, and it’s bound to be a big favorite for kids and animal lovers of all ages. Here’s a slice of its App Store intro: From acclaimed author and illustrator Christoph Niemann comes this […]

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