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App Review: Hungry Hal

Hungry HalEver since zombies learned to run fast instead of ambling around like idiots, they've become a lot more efficient in their efforts to digest as many brains as possible, and Hungry Hal (iOS & Android) is probably the most athletic zombie you're likely to meet. Having recently been infected by the walking dead, the only way for Hal to survive is to chase down the few remaining humans and eat their brains.

Hungry HalHal doesn't even stop to chew, which is a recipe for indigestion if nothing else, but this is the apocalypse, and with obstacles and missile-firing helicopters in his way, good table manners are the least of his worries.

As Hal runs from left to right, swiping up or down will move him between one of three paths, which allows him to avoid obstacles and catch fleeing pedestrians while collecting bones along the way. You will have to move fast to keep eating, because if the diminishing 'brain meter' reaches zero, Hal will starve to death and the game is over.

Hungry HalChasing hapless humans through the street is every bit as fun as you might expect, and gnawing on their grey-matter when you catch them is made all the more rewarding by the humorous quips and screams they unleash as they become your dinner.

This isn't a game that takes itself too seriously, but a serious effort has gone into the presentation, with some smooth animation and plenty of humor that will make you chuckle often, unless you're dead inside. Graphically, both the characters and the backgrounds are well polished with a distinctive cartoon style, and with the exception of some minor pop-in issues, Hungry Hal is a well executed game that looks great on your phone or tablet.

The ability to spend collected bones on various upgrades is a welcome addition that adds some variety to the gameplay; with items like the 'Gold Brain' to extend Hal's life, a magnet to attract more bones, and our personal favorite, a scooter which allows you to run people over at high-speed, splatting them into the screen.

If you're looking for a zombie game that's a little bit different, Hungry Hal is a challenging and addictive time-killer with bags of brainless humor and one that's easy to recommend.

Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: FREE
Appseeq Listing: http://www.appseeq.com/app/1054/hungry-hal
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hungry-hal-zombie-2d-infinite/id925522862?ls=1&mt=8
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.elfgames.hungryhal

App Review: Luigi The Baker Goes Chopping Mad!

Luigi The Baker Goes Chopping Mad!Mamma Mia! Who knew making pizza could be so challenging? Armed with the sharpest of knives, Luigi the baker is tasked with chopping and slicing an endless column of delicious pizza to feed the villagers; who apparently just witnessed a zombie attack resulting in insatiable hunger pangs that can only be satisfied with pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers and lashings of melted cheese.

pizza_shot0Luigi may have been a little over-generous with the cheese however, as huge goops of the stuff are spilling over the sides and must be avoided at all costs. Tapping the left or right of the screen causes Luigi to switch sides and chop away at the looming tower of pizza while avoiding the extra cheese as it approaches from above.

It's a simple gameplay mechanic that we've seen in other mobile games, but fans of the genre will be pleased to know that Luigi The Baker for iOS and Android is every bit as fun and addictive as you might expect, requiring fast reactions and dexterity to get a high score, and if you score highly enough, you can unlock an extra character to chop away with.

pizza_shot1The pizza only moves down each time you chop, but that doesn't mean you have much time to think, as the timer bar depletes while you wait, encouraging you to chop as quickly as you can. This creates plenty of challenge while allowing you to find your own pace.

The game is nicely presented with a cartoon-style background and hunks of pizza flying off in all directions, and while the interface is kept as simple as possible, everything is well polished and easy on the eye, even if the game itself is not so easy on the thumbs.

Luigi The Baker Goes Chopping Mad! is a fun and addictive way to kill some time on your iOS or Android device, and it's well worth a download. Grab it and start chopping!

Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: FREE
Appseeq Listing: http://www.appseeq.com/app/1021/luigi-the-baker-goes-chopping-mad
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/luigi-baker-goes-chopping/id924259880?ls=1&mt=8
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.captainspinksgames.luigithebakergoeschoppingmad

App Review: Adrian Ant and The Sugar Factory

adrian antEating too much sugar can be bad for you, but it's also bad for ants, and when Adrian the Ant finds himself in a sugar factory, you'd expect him to spend his time eating sticky buns - but not this ant. Adrian is on a mission to collect coins so he can take part in an auction to raise awareness for sugar addiction. Yep, that's the storyline.

adrian antAdrian Ant and The Sugar Factory is an endless runner for iOS and Android that involves tapping the screen to help our pinchy protagonist jump around on platforms while avoiding gaps and sour nasties like lemons and poison, with a goal to collect as many coins as possible.

The game features some nicely drawn cartoon style graphics with highly detailed and colorful backgrounds, although this can make it harder to see approaching hazards in the foreground leading to some unexpected deaths, but part of the challenge of this game is having a keen eye and fast reactions.

antshot1Longer taps of the screen will make your ant jump higher, so judging the height and distance of the next platform as well as the actual timing of your jumps takes considerable skill to master. Luckily, there are plenty of power-ups to help you, which you can buy with coins you collect throughout the level.

There's a global leaderboard to share your score and see how you compare with other players around the world, which adds a competitive element, giving you another reason to keep coming back for another play.

Adrian Ant is a nicely presented game that's easy to pick up and play, and as addictive as chocolate cake, but getting a decent score is no picnic, so even seasoned fans of the genre will find plenty of challenge here.

Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: FREE
Appseeq Listing: http://www.appseeq.com/app/996/adrian-the-ant-the-sugar-factory
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adrian-ant-sugar-factory/id929447625?ls=1&mt=8
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.captainspinksgames.adrianantthesugarfactory

App Review: Party Light

partylightIf you like to be the center of attention at parties, you might also like to turn your Android phone into a flickering light-show that will guarantee you won't go unnoticed, and it's easy to imagine a room full of people waving this app around as it fills the room with colored lights and moving patterns that could turn any drab dance-floor into a strobe-filled rave.

The app includes more than 20 visual effects, each selectable from a fairly simple menu, and the speed at which these dance around the screen can be controlled by sliding from left to right on the screen.

party lightThe speed controls are a welcome addition particularly because many of these effects involve a lot of rapid flickering that epileptic party-goers might not appreciate, so the ability to turn things down a notch is a good idea.

party lightMost noteworthy of the features in this app, are the LED strobe effect, which flashes the LED light on your device, and the ability for visualizations to change to the beat of the music by recording ambient sound via the microphone.

Party Light creates a dazzling light-show you can take with you to music events, and will appeal to Android users of an outgoing disposition whose phone never leaves their hand - what you hold in your other hand depends entire on the type of party you frequent.

Platform: Android
Price: FREE
Appseeq Listing: http://www.appseeq.com/app/863/party-light-free
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=xdebugx.partyLightA

App Review: Bulwark

bulwarkA Bulwark, for those who don't know, is a defensive wall - it's also the name of a new tower defense game for Android, Windows, Mac and Linux. In this review, we'll be looking at the Android version to find out what makes it special.

The goal of the game is to defend your base with a variety of turrets and defensive equipment placed strategically around the map to stop a horde of enemies from attacking.

bulwarkThere are a lot of games in this genre, and Bulwark makes a solid attempt to stand out from the rest with the addition of 24 unlockable achievements which can be earned over 20 levels with 4 distinct themes (Grasslands, Ice/Snow, Industrial and Space).

You can earn cash for destroying enemies, which can be used to purchase better defenses - and you'll need to manage your resources carefully if you want to progress, as this game is unrelenting from the outset, requiring all the strategy and planning you can muster.

bulwarkViewed from a top-down perspective, Bulwark features some good-looking stylized 3D graphics and an interface that makes good use of the screen-space on smaller devices. As you'd expect, there are plenty of meaty explosions and special effects which makes the whole experience pretty exciting, and equally devastating when the enemy breaches your defenses.

If you've never played a tower defense game before, Bulwark is a great introduction - and if you're a seasoned fan of the genre, this game won't disappoint. Overall, a well polished and challenging game that will keep you occupied for many hours.

If you want to check out Bulwark for other platforms, you can grab it on itch.io via the official site: lunarwolfgames.com

Platform: Android
Price: $1.63 / £0.99
Appseeq Listing: http://www.appseeq.com/app/782/bulwark
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fallen.defenddestroy