Genre:  Simulation

Here Be Monsters Review: We can't stop here! This is monster country.

Apr 5, 2013

 As my kids would no doubt agree, there are two kinds of monsters: the scary kind that cause nightmares, and the friendlier kind that you see in kids' movies and TV shows. Here Be Monsters deals more with the latter than the former, combining a lot of things you've done in previous Facebook games along the way. Surprisingly, it actually turns out to be pretty fun.

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Don't Starve Review: Being hungry doesn’t seem so bad when you have hordes of spiders to worry about.

Apr 29, 2013

A few minutes ago when I sat down at my computer to start writing this review, I saw an enormous and terrifying spider crawl under my desk, and now I keep nervously glancing down at the floor around me every five seconds as I type this so I can scream and run away whenever he decides to come back out. In some ways, this is sort of what it is like to be scientist gentleman Wilson in the fantastic new survival adventure game Don’t Starve: always keeping one eye over your shoulder, your safety always in question, and never knowing when or where the next frightening creature is going to appear. It’s a good thing that playing this game is a whole lot more fun than sharing your workspace with an unwelcomed eight-legged guest.

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Ninja Village Review: Lead ninjas to victory and the restoration of the Shogunate in Ninja Village, the latest game from Kairosoft

Apr 26, 2013

The ninjas of Ninja Village aren't exactly what you'd expect of deadly assassins. In keeping with Kairosoft tradition, they're tiny, pixellated and actually kind of cute, and they spend most of their time bringing in crops, cutting wood and hanging out at the local tea house. They don't dress in black pajamas and hoods, although you can buy and equip them with hoods if you like, and they won't be scaling castle walls or disappearing in clouds of magical smoke. Mostly, they're just people living their lives in a small village.

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ZooVale Preview: Hang around with animals, build them some homes, and train them to fight in ZooVale.

Apr 25, 2013

When our lives get chaotic—say, traffic snarls up, work becomes frantic, or our toddler decides he or she is going to strip naked and tear down a city street in the middle of winter—we tend to say, “Man! Life is a zoo!” As it so happens, we humans really have no idea what it’s like to live out the zoo life. ZooVale, an upcoming cross-platform social RPG, should give us a glimpse of what it’s like to live as part of an exotic menagerie—though you can still expect some inaccuracies, like animals that walk upright. Animals don’t walk upright. Not while we’re looking, anyway.

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OOTP 14 Review: The long-running baseball sim is back and better than ever.

Apr 22, 2013

Fans of sports sims can be hard to please. They worship at the altar of realism, demanding it from their games. Oh, and they’d prefer those games to have nice interfaces, include tons of options and still be fun to play too. If it sounds like a daunting task to satisfy them, you wouldn’t know it from OOTP 14. The long-running PC baseball sim steps up to the plate and does all of the above, making it look easy in the process.

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iOOTP Baseball 2013 Review: The iOOTP series is back with another home run

Apr 16, 2013

It’s spring again, the time a young man’s fancy turns to love. At least it’s that way for some. For other men and women, thoughts are invariably turning to the new MLB season and how best to simulate it on iOS devices. The reigning and defending champion of mobile baseball sims is back in its latest iteration, iOOTP 2013, showing why it’s unlikely to be giving up the title any time soon.

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War of Mercenaries Review: War of Mercenaries may feel like Clash of Clans for Facebook, but this city building strategy game has its own charms.

Apr 16, 2013

War of Mercenaries is one of those games that may look a little too familiar when you first boot it up--specifically, it bears more than a passing resemblance to Kixeye's beloved Backyard Monsters and, more recently, Supercell's Clash of Clans. To its credit, it handles the popular concept well. Gone are the monsters and their suburban environs; in their place we have the trappings of medieval high fantasy and a host of memorable units. That might be enough to win you over if your preferences lean more toward high fantasy than Monsters, Inc., but be prepared to bring along some friends—the social requirements get demanding fast.

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Crime Connection Review: Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.

Apr 15, 2013

If anyone is ever in the mood for running a city under the auspices of organized crime they have plenty of options to get their fix in a family-friendly way via the App Store. Freemium mafia games are pretty much their own subgenre at this point. While Crime Connection isn’t without its own set of problems, it manages to stand up quite well against its peers.

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Crime Connection Walkthrough

Apr 15, 2013

Crime Connection is a crime simulation game from Taito in which you build and manage your very own crime group. Taking on your very own mafia could prove difficult but with Gamezebo’s quick start guide you’ll have all of the tips, tricks, and walkthroughs you’ll need to stay ahead of the game.

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Epic Pirates Story Review: Epic Pirates Story is a story about pirates, but it's really not very epic.

Apr 12, 2013

No sense beating around the bush about it: Epic Pirates Story, the first game from indie studio Epic Devs LLC, borrows heavily from the popular Kairosoft model, with colorful pixel art graphics, cute, chatty characters and simplified combat and city management mechanics. In fact, the game's description on Google Play specifically mentions that it will remind you of Kairosoft's work and if you're familiar with that particular oeuvre, it will.

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