Genre:  Simulation

Hotel Story Review: More like a stay at a two-star inn, less like a sleepover at the Overlook.

Feb 14, 2013

If hotels could talk, what kind of tales would they tell? Maybe the bar would wax poetic about the travelers it served from around the world. The sheets, on the other hand, would just scream, and scream, and scream. Hotel Story for iOS doesn’t feature any talking fixtures; despite its name, it’s just a hotel-building sim. There’s little here that you haven’t experienced before, though it’s relaxing to watch your little guests bustle from place to place.

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Prisonhood Preview: Even prisoners can’t escape the demands of being social!

Feb 7, 2013

While most of today’s popular social games are based around the nonthreatening settings of farms and recreational villages, some might say that there’s no bigger sense of community than in a maximum security prison: if only because there’s not much else to do but get to know the other guys who are stuck in there with you!

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Coin 'n Carry Review: There's a lot to do in Coin 'n Carry, but none of it is very compelling.

Feb 4, 2013

Without getting too deep in a review of a free-to-play browser game, we’re all looking for a purpose in life. FrogDice took this idea and put it into Coin ‘n Carry, where there’s a reason for everything. Mini-games, crafting and shopkeeping live together in perfect harmony, which is great. The only problem is that it isn’t quite as fun as it sounds like it should be.

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Car Club: Live Preview: Car Club: Live, the new and improved version of Car Club: Tuning Storm, roars onto the interstates of the App Store in February.

Jan 31, 2013

Do you like cars? Do you like tuning them up and then taking them out to see what they can do? Then you might just like Car Club: Live, the "fully upgraded" successor to last year's Car Club: Tuning Storm. The new game promises even more customization options than big-budget franchises like Need For Speed or Gran Turismo, with hundreds of replaceable parts like bumpers, roofs, doors, hoods and more, all gloriously rendered in high-polygon, 3D models.

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Junk Jack 2.0 Preview: With an improved inventory screen and support for multiplayer action, Junk Jack is coming back in Junk Jack 2.0!

Jan 28, 2013

Originally released in late 2011, Junk Jack is a 2D sandbox game of exploration, building and survival for iOS devices that bears more than a passing resemblance to the indie mega-hit Minecraft. In fact, the developers actually thank Minecraft in the App Store description, acknowledging that without it, "This game would not exist."

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Ghostbusters Walkthrough

Jan 25, 2013

Ghostbusters is an action simulation game from Beeline Interactive and Capcom, wherein you will be given the opportunity to create and manage your own ghostbusting team. In order to keep things running smoothly, you’ll need all of the help you can get beforehand. With Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide, you’ll have all of the tips, tricks, and walkthroughs you’ll need to stay ahead of the game.

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Ghostbusters Review: The Ghostbusters are ready to believe you—but they’re going to hand you off to some apprentices, if that’s OK.

Jan 25, 2013

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, it is prudent to call the Ghostbusters. Unlike the rest of the population, they’re ready to believe your story about the demonic Chinese-crested dog living in your fridge. The bizarre events and devilish creatures that define the Ghostbusters movies have made for mixed success on video game platforms across the years. Beeline takes another crack with Ghostbusters for iOS, and the results are fun, if a little predictable and safe.

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Hotel Story Preview: Run your own hotel, build facilities, and keep guests happy in Hotel Story.

Jan 23, 2013

Every hotel has a story. Consider the Overlook Hotel, a lovely structure with a rich history that’s nestled in a secluded pocket of the Rockies—uh, actually, let’s talk about a tamer hotel. Let’s talk about your potential hotel. Hotel Story is a building/simulation game that’s coming soon to iPhone and iPad. It offers an exciting taste of the hospitality industry, and you won’t have to deal with blood-filled elevators or haunted midnight masquerades.

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Space Agency Review: In which One Small Step can send you careening wildly in the wrong direction.

Jan 22, 2013

How many children have looked up at the stars at night and dreamed impossible dreams of being an astronaut? If you were ever one of them, then your iDevice now offers you the chance to find out just how impossible it actually is, all thanks to Space Agency.

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Cart Life Review: “Here upon I begin the new life which I chose to live.”

Jan 22, 2013

Cart Life is special.  Not because it is “a retail simulation for Windows,” but because of everything it doesn’t tell you in that one-line description.  Because it’s a game about mundaneness, tedium, exhaustion, and disappointment that still manages to be engaging, moving, and inspirational.

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