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Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World for iPhone and iPad – Interstellar Point & Click with Brian Blessed

Would you like to see Brian Blessed in a point and click adventure game? How about the next best thing; a Brian Blessed analogue with red hair? Well folks, it just so happens that you're in luck. Kaptain Brawe has all the bombastic grandeur of the thespian man-mountain, and he has the same habit of SPEAKING IN ALL CAPS for EXTRA DRAMATIC EFFECT. Joy!

Paper Monsters for iPhone and iPad: Hero Made of Cardboard Avoids Fate Worse than Origami

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They might tell you something different at the job centre, but origami is an incredibly valuable skill. Making an accordion out of a P45 is a great way to stick it to the man. And bank managers love it when you fold a five pound note into a shirt, right before their very eyes. Consequently, we approached Paper Monsters with trepidation. Surely this platform adventure wouldn't dare cast aspersions against our favourite pastime? Would it?

Triple Town for Android and iOS: Bad News Bears take the Match Three Puzzler Crown

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Sweeping generalisation alert. The pecking order in video games goes something like this – PC gamers look down on console gamers; console gamers look down on app gamers; and app gamers look down on social media gamers. One play of Triple Town however, an iOS and Android port of the Facebook phenomenon, and all notions of sneering superiority are quickly dispelled. It's just a great game, regardless of the platform it originated on.

JAZZ: Trump's Journey for iPhone and iPad – A Stylish Romp through the Golden Age of Jazz

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We've always believed in the potential of video games. As a medium, there's no limit to the kinds of stories it can tell or the emotions it can explore. That said, it's still a surprise to play something like JAZZ: Trump's Journey. On the one hand it's just a platform adventure. On the other, it's a loose retelling of the early life of Louis Armstrong, the great jazz musician, Hollywood star, and sometime civil rights activist. And it's utterly amazing.

Hero Academy for iPhone: The Asynchronous Multiplayer Battle Chess You've Been Waiting For

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Asynchronous gaming is a clunky phrase to roll around the tongue, but the time-shifting technique is perfect for the hectic social calendar of the modern player. Hero Academy is a great example; a turn-based tactical battle game where you make your moves and forget about them for a while until the other player responds. It's like playing chess by post, but snail mail is replaced with the magical ether of the electronic interwebs.

Time Ducks for iPhone and iPad: Why Did the Chicken (and the Tiger, and the Baboon) Cross the Road?

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By any definition of the word, Time Ducks is an ugly-looking game. The stick pixel style, the horrible clash of colours, the jagged movement. If it were possible to play it with a bag over the touchscreen, it'd be a small mercy. Nevertheless, it's a clever puzzle game where you use time-shift techniques to escort animals through traffic. Frogger meets Braid, anyone?

Crazy Hedgy for iPhone and iPad: A Hedgehog that Runs and Jumps, and Has a Mean Left Hook

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Games company Sega will take one look at Crazy Hedgy and probably have cause for concern. Not because the title character is a hedgehog – aside from species, he bears no resemblance to Sonic the Hedgehog. But because the core concept of tilt and roll appears to have been lifted verbatim from another of their major franchises, Super Monkey Ball. Is replacing monkeys with hedgehogs enough to keep the lawyers at bay?