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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies

DoraPhoenix Wright games have always been sort of brilliant. A series of visual novel-style mystery adventure games originally for Nintendo's handhelds, they mostly feature around the titular protagonist, defense attorney Phoenix Wright, as he struggles to prove the innocence of the clients he's representing in every bizarre case he comes across. The series has already made the jump once to iOS, but the release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is still a bit of a surprise given that the game originally appeared on the 3DS just last year... though not an unwelcome surprise by any means! With the first episode free to play and the others available individually for $5.00USD (or grab all four at once, not including the bonus mission or outfits, for the discounted price of $15.00USD) as optional in-game purchases, there's never been a better time to pick up this smash-hit series that balances comedy with murder, cross-examination, exploration, and more. With a clean, intuitive interface and some silky smooth graphics and playback, this is one port you don't want to miss whether you're a fan of the series or a newcomer.

NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the iPad Air. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.


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Loot Clicker

SatoriA gathering of assassins, cultists, elders and the miscellaneous undead? No, it's not a production by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. It's Loot Clicker, the new incremental idle game from TrampolineTales! Loot Clicker takes the standard creature encounter formula typically found in roleplaying games and streamlines it, then presents it on a grand scale. With money earned through farming, you're recruiting a party from among eight different character classes to lay to rest everything that's wrong with the world from insects to malevolent spirits, and using the money earned to recruit still more. Each class has its own properties, which influence what sort of creatures you'll encounter, and will claim their own proportion of the wealth they generate. Encounters will also net you loot, different types of equipment which add buffs to your stats. Predominantly these will be chests and sacks for each of your class types, but you'll occasionally get mouse pointers to increase your clicking effectiveness, potions to add temporary boosts to it, and scrolls that provide major temporary buffs.


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Rating: 3.8/5 (29 votes)
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Spore

AllyStumpy Games' Spore is a... a... hmm. It's definitely not related to that other game called "Spore", but other that that it's a... Well, let's walk through this together. The game takes place upon a miraculous spore-world floating in a glorious cavern, which you must defend against the meteors that come crashing towards it. So it's a tower defense game, then. But you must do this by clicking on and shooting at the meteors, which clearly makes it a shooter game. But what's this? You have autoclicks, and the spore-world grows stronger as time goes on? So it must be a incremental game! Gah! Let's just say that Spore is a wild, unfettered, genre-blending arcade game, and leave it at that. Rapidly click on meteors to defend your fungal homeworld, and button mash on the glowing clouds to give yourself extra powerups. Keep the spore safe, and it will start to grow energy-shooting plants that will take some of the load off your fingers. It's a fast-paced, addictive, and very, very glowy game, and beyond the difficulty of pinning a genre onto it, it's quite an atmospheric experience.


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Rating: 4/5 (21 votes)
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Royal Warfare

DoraToday, on "Well, What Did You THINK Was Gonna Happen?", the people of the fantasy kingdom in Idengames' realtime strategy defense game Royal Warfare react to the sudden appearance of zombies and skeletons everywhere by putting them to use as cheap manual labor. I mean, what could go wrong, right? But, shockingly, once the powerful undead were everywhere across the land, they turned on their tasty (itchy) human masters, and were assimilated into an army by the evil Darth Lords. Surprisingly, as the game begins, you assume control of the remnants of the royal army not to attempt to rout the evil forces, but to get the heck out of Dodge. (Hey, all those civilians can totally fend for themselves, right?) In each level, your job is to keep enemies from both killing your men and reaching the other side of the field... each fallen soldier and escaped enemy costs you one heart, and if all your hearts are lost, it's game over, man. Click to direct your soldiers around the battlefield, either selecting targets manually or allowing your army to attack whatever comes within range. You can direct and issue commands while paused, too. With the case you get from fallen foes, you can hire more units between enemy waves. Different soldier types have unique abilities, and as you play, you can not only improve those abilities, but unlock more, and more unit types as well.


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Rating: 3.1/5 (56 votes)
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Arendel

DoraThe whole premise behind Selfdefiant's escape game Arendel is that you and your friends thought it was a swell idea to go inside an abandoned asylum late at night, so I'm not entirely convinced you didn't deserve it (or at least a Darwin Award) when the doors slammed shut and trapped you inside. Now you're surrounded by a bunch of glowy purple orbs and enough locked doors with colour-coded keyholes to make me think you've been captured by an Umbrella Corporation villain, so if you want to find your way out, it's time to get to puzzle solving. Don't mind the skeleton hands, they're here to help. To play, just click to interact when your cursor changes, and deposit items in your inventory at the bottom of the screen to pick them up, or click an icon again to hold an item for use. Once you have something to hold them in, the purple orbs can be gathered to purchase things from the shadowy figure at the front desk... just, uh... maybe don't sign any contracts it offers you. Don't mind the timer... it's just there to keep track of how long it takes you to find a way out.


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Rating: 3.5/5 (34 votes)
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Range of the Dead

Johnny123 A far cry from the deluge of spray-and-pray shooters that pass across our screens, Range of the Dead (intended to bridge the gap between Lab of the Dead and an upcoming sequel) is, paradoxically, a zombie game with some brains. Rather than load you down with weapons and watch you blast away, the game requires some forethought, like a chess match with bullets. Each zombie stands dutifully still as you draw a bead with your on it with your cursor from hundreds of yards away. You have to factor in wind and distance that change drastically with each kill, with the occasional grenade toss minigame to shake things up. You can alter your projectile's path mid-flight with the [WASD] buttons but there's no substitute for good aim. It's like a slower, calmer, more thoughtful Dead Zed 2. Oh, and by the way, it's also free for iOS and Android, just in case you need to get your zombie slaughter fix on the bus to work.


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Weekday Escape

elleOnce again it's time to take a break from all the hassle and fusses of the week with Weekday Escape—three terrific break-sized escape games all for one low introductory price of: free. What's more, if you act now, I'll throw in a few snarky remarks and a hastily written introduction to set the mood to Just Right. That's not just re-purposed bovine waste I'm selling you, folks. I mean, what would you rather be doing now: a) Whatever it is you're currently doing or b) Playing games? If you chose b, then you've chosen correctly. Keep reading and you'll even get a bonus fourth game just for being a loyal JIG customer. That's right, you get seven bunches of grapes in Funky Land's whimsical design, a bowl of the most delicious instant noodles found only in this special internet offer, and an adorable water-shooting duckling along with all these special bonus features. But wait, there's more: you can have all this plus impress your friends with your escaping expertise and witty comments, and all you have to do right now is click...


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Rating: 3.8/5 (40 votes)
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invert_selection

Lori.hThey say that your brain needs exercise, just like your body. Games like 2048, Concentric Holic, or even a good escape the room game, like Gatamari Escape #22, can feel like you just made your brain run forty flights of stairs. They're the type of games that you can feel your gears grinding to figure out the solutions. But, sometimes your mind muscles need less of a brain-throbbing workout and more of a soothing yoga session. Invert Selection, by Elio Landa, is that yoga session. With its peaceful music, soft graphics, and simple, yet enjoyable, puzzles you'll feel like you've had a day at the sauna then a day at the track. The goal of this puzzle game is to highlight the goal area using the actions it gives you. Add and subtract the area, or invert what you select, to match the faded shape in the background. Each level only gives you so many actions and gives them to you in the order it wants you to follow. No chance to rebel here. Remember, it's a peaceful game.


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Rating: 2.7/5 (38 votes)
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Stolen Sword

TrickyOne afternoon, a knight decided not to wait until night to take his nightly knight-nap. And while the knight benightedly knight-napped alongside his knight sword, a wizard came along and stole . Thus when the knight woke from his knight-nap, he realize his knight sword had been sword-napped! The knight chased the wizard to the wizard's castle, only to get zapped with a nightmarish knight-spell. The knight could no longer jump, only knight-fall from ceiling to floor as his personal gravity was reversed. But only a weak knight would let that stand in his way, so off to recover his sword he goes! Stolen Sword is a gravity-bending puzzle platform game that will flip you so much, you might have trouble telling between night and day.


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Rating: 4.1/5 (61 votes)
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Ice Room

DoraButton, button, who's got the button?... well, apparently Yonashi does, because the escape game Ice Room is full of them. Coloured buttons. Twin buttons. Round buttons. Start buttons. Square buttons! Oh, and there's a polar bear, too. To play, just click to interact when the cursor changes, and click an item in your inventory to either highlight it for use, or to view it close up with the "about item" function. There are actually only a handful of things for you to pick up and use, and with a small, contained space, the emphasis here is on examining your environment for clues. Unlike, say, TomaTea games, you're not going to get any feedback as to whether you've seen a solution for a puzzle, and some of the solutions are, um, innovative, to put it mildly. Just experiment, pay attention to your surroundings... and maybe turn your volume down a bit, because that machinery is startling.

Jam Spotlight: GBJam 3

DoraHow many of you actually remember the Game Boy? I mean the original, heavy-as-a-brick, takes-a-million-batteries and no colour-having Game Boy? Do you remember using the screen-shift glitch to cheat at Link's Awakening and being called Thief by the shopkeeper? Do you remember how amazing it was when you got your very own Pikachu, just like Ash? They're things that were revolutionary at the time if you'd grown up on a diet of Joust, but these days they're practically prehistoric. Nobody actually wants to play old school Game Boy games, right?

Wrong, sucker! With the GBJam 3 over at GameJolt and over 250 games (and counting!) available for play and voting, it's pretty clear there's still life in the old girl yet. Below the break we'll highlight just a few of the free browser games the talented developers of the Jam have produced. Play them, then play all the other GBJam 3 games, and make sure to vote for your favourites! Of course, none of them could really be Game Boy games... most of them are far too clever and actually fun and also don't cost forty bucks, for one thing. It'll be hard not to hold that against them but, gosh, I'll try. What are your favourite entries in the GBJam 3?


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Mayan Prophecies: Blood Moon

DoraYou know you're in for a treat when the opening cinematic of a hidden-object adventure features a lady straight-up shanking a massive god straight through the heart, and things only get better from there. In EleFun Games' Mayan Prophecies: Blood Moon, you play US Coastal Guard Alexis, who one night is awoken to discover the city has a little jaguar problem. Turns out some lunatic is going around turning people into the big cats in a bid to resurrect an ancient evil deity, because some people can't have a normal hobby, and you'll need the help of your transformed buddy Gregory and Sofia, the whitest Mayan priestess you've ever seen, to petition the help of the Moon Goddess before it's too late. You'll search for hidden-objects, solve puzzles, save a manatee, find a fascinator for a mermaid, discover the weirdness that is the Good Boy/Bad Boy skull lock (how do you even commission something like that?)... oh, and command your shapeshifted, mind controlled best friend to fetch things for you like a dog through the help of a magic talisman. With customizable difficulty, a handy instant travel map, and the option to play mahjong instead of hidden-object scenes, Mayan Prophecies: Blood Moon has all the bones of a solidly constructed casual adventure, with the meat of an absolutely bonkers story wrapped around them. Just the way I like 'em.


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Rating: 4.3/5 (40 votes)
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Stealth Bound Level Pack

DoraRemember Yuri Shapkin and Vladislav Kim's adorable and clever stealth puzzle platformer Stealth Bound? You know, the game that proved stealth could be silly and wasn't the sole domain of broody masked guys lurking on rainy roof tops? Well, they're back with the Stealth Bound Level Pack which, as you might have cunningly deduced, is a pack of levels based on the original game. Using [WASD] or the [arrow] keys to move, climb, and jump, with [Z] or [L] to interact, your goal in each level is to slip past any guards or defenses and make it to the exit once you flip the switch to open the door. As before, there are blocks to be dragged and keycards to be gathered, and while you can knock out some guards temporarily, security in heavier gear can't be tangled with, so you'll need to hide from them. Make it through as fast as you can with all three stars for the highest score. Sound easy? Well, let's throw in banana peels. Chewing gum. Security cameras. Moving platforms. Laser fields.


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Rating: 3.9/5 (58 votes)
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Particle Clicker

AllyYou know what would taste good right about now? A cookie. And by cookie I mean science. Because for CERN's Summer 2014 Student Webfest, Gabor Biro and crew have put together a loving Cookie Clicker homage with delicious chocolate Higgs bosons in every bite. Particle Clicker (available via the GitHub open source page and the official site) unashamedly models itself on Cookie Clicker and other popular incremental idle games, but this idle diversion is educational as well as engrossing! You're a hotshot scientist with a particle accelerator and theories to prove. Click on your simulated particle accelerator to run tests and gather data. The more subatomic particles you discover, the more your reputation grows, and the more sweet, sweet grant money you earn. And more grant money means more workers, and coffee for your workers, and better PR, and yet MORE workers which means more data which ultimately means more SCIENCE. And every breakthrough discovery you make comes with its own info tab explaining the real-life science behind it! Although Particle Clicker is straightforward about the inspiration it takes from Cookie Clicker, the way the game is laid out makes it feel as much like a simplified simulation game as it does an idle game.


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Rating: 4.1/5 (72 votes)
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Snail Bob 7: Fantasy Story

DoraEveryone's favourite danger-prone invertebrate is back again with a Neverending Story type twist in the point-and-click puzzle game Snail Bob 7: Fantasy Story by Andrey Kovalishin. When Snail Bob's bedtime story lands him in a freaky fantasy world filled with magical dangers, he needs your help to guide him safely to the exit in each stage. See, all Snail Bob will do is keep moving forward regardless of what's in front of him unless you tell him not to. (What do you expect from a creature who can be fatally caught with a cup of flat beer?) Hitting [spacebar] will make Bob retreat into his shell, while the buttons in the upper left corner will tell him to turn around or speed up. You can also interact with a lot of other things within the environment itself, like buttons and switches, simply by clicking on them if your cursor changes. (Be warned that clicking the portraits of other Snail Bobs scattered throughout the levels will open a new window to the sponsor's site to play the corresponding games.) Doing so could lower a drawbridge or open a door to allow Bob to pass through. Some levels will need a little help from Bob's ant buddy, who you can direct to hit buttons you can't manipulate yourself, and still other levels will cause Bob to undergo... changes. Just keep an eye out for the three stars hidden in each level if you're a completionist, and you'll have Bob home in no time. I know this shortcut through the Swamp of Sadness. It's perfectly safe. We'll even go on horseback!

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