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Brandy Shaul

Brandy is an all-around gamer, equally satisfied playing on the Xbox 360 as she is on Facebook.

Monument Builders: Notre Dame Review

Jul 12, 2013

Monument Builders: Notre Dame marks the franchise’s fourth installment, as time management fans have previously followed along with the construction of items like the Eiffel Tower and the Titanic. Now, we’ve traveled to Paris to help construct the Notre Dame, a grand cathedral that takes quite a few hours to build across the game’s rather slow levels. Notre Dame feels like a step backwards for the series, but it’s not altogether awful.

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Dice Venture Review

Jul 8, 2013

On the outside, Netmarble’s Dice Venture looks like a cute reimagining of Monopoly, with anime-style character models, chat rooms, and free daily prizes. While that technically is the case (the game is rather cute and does play much like Monopoly), the rest of the experience is clunky, unfair, potentially unsafe, and downright un-fun.

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Myths of the World: Chinese Healer Review

Jul 4, 2013

Myths of the World: Chinese Healer is the first entry in a potential new series of hidden object puzzle games, and it definitely kicks the series off with a bang. Players take on the role of a famous Chinese healer with the power to manipulate seemingly normal items to create potions or cast spells. When the emperor’s son is struck with illness, it will be up to you to determine the cause and stop the traitor to the throne before it’s too late.

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Diner Dash Rush Review

Jul 1, 2013

Diner Dash Rush takes PlayFirst’s iconic time management franchise in a whole new direction. Rather than focusing on a down-on-their-luck business owner that needs Flo’s help to save their restaurant, Diner Dash Rush simply throws players into a daily grind as they’re challenged with earning as many points as possible using Flo’s new tools (and new look). Unfortunately, this is one experience that quickly turns from fun into one that has you asking “now what?”

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Calavera: Day of the Dead Review

Jun 26, 2013

Alan and Catalina are one step away from beginning their lives together. All that stands between the two lovebirds and the altar is Catalina’s father, who has yet to give his daughter away. When the couple travels to a small town in Mexico to receive her father’s blessing, their plans are rocked when Catalina is captured. In Calavera: Day of the Dead, it will be up to you to find Catalina and save the day. Thankfully, this is one journey you’ll definitely want to take.

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Secret Passages: Hidden Objects Review

Jun 24, 2013

While Secret Passages: Hidden Objects from Pocket Gems isn’t the first free-to-play hidden object game on iOS, it is one of the prettier options available. This mystery adventure takes players through secret passages connecting different eras and great civilizations as a young girl tries to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance years before. Secret Passages has lots of charm, and lots of lovely hidden object scenes to complete, but it ultimately suffers from its free-to-play model.

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Daily Collage Review

Jun 24, 2013

The hidden object genre has started to pick up steam on iOS, as developers are translating the free-to-play Facebook formula of games like Hidden Chronicles or Criminal Case into mobile experiences. These simpler, typically easier games tend to provide a great hit of hidden object gameplay while on the go, but unfortunately, the platform’s newest offering, Daily Collage, misses the mark every step of the way.

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Untold History: Descendant of the Sun Review

Jun 19, 2013

Untold History: Descendant of the Sun is a hidden object adventure game that focuses more on puzzles and backtracking than it does on traditional hidden object scenes. The game follows the title character, a young girl named Aarya, the Descendant of the Sun. As Aarya, you’re challenged to track down talismans and protect an ancient scroll before evil beings can find it first. The game’s locations make this one seem more unique than it ultimately is, but it still comes with some nice touches that make the experience a fairly enjoyable, albeit slow one.

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Namariel Legends: Iron Lord Review

Jun 10, 2013

Namariel Legends: Iron Lord has a rocky start, as its soft, blurry graphics don’t offer a promising environment for exploration. But once the game begins, however, players are launched into a fairly tense journey to save our hero’s uncle from the clutches of a robotic overload and his mechanical minions. Namariel Legends: Iron Lord isn’t a perfect experience, but while the game suffers from some technical issues, it’s still pretty fun where it counts.

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Chronicles of Albian 2: The Wizbury School of Magic Review

May 30, 2013

Chronicles of Albian 2 takes us back into the magical world of Albian, as players are challenged with repairing the Wizbury School of Magic by collecting hidden objects, selling them for a profit, and then using those earnings to upgrade walls, buildings, islands, and much more. Its predecessor’s charm and whimsy is definitely back in full force, along with some new gameplay elements that make this an experience not to miss.

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