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Many of us remember the old times of video games. The days when Mario and Bowser duelled to the death, when Donkey Kong had just began running around the jungle with his companions, and when Pokemon and its cards were the talk of the middle school. If you’re too young for such things, you can always go grab an old Game Boy and cartridges from Amazon to try your luck on some of these titles. They’re definitely worth the time.

But if you already had your fun back in the day, you’re undoubtedly looking for something new. A new device to play things on, perhaps? Or maybe you want a new indie game that’s has such large pixels on the screen you can see the days of old within them. Whatever the case, there are a lot of great games on the App Store that may just fit what you’re looking for. Let’s take a look at some of them. (more…)

The music player built into the iPad is perfectly fine. It does everything you need it to do, and it’s easy to use. However, it could be argued that what is missing is an element of fun. And that is where the Beat Blaster app steps in. It’s designed to have that retro Hi-Fi look and feel, and pulls it off rather nicely.

It isn’t just about looks though. Beat Blaster has a nice array of features that allow for music playback in the style of a Hi-Fi from the late Eighties. But it does let you get on with choosing some songs from your library and playing them just like you would from the Apple music player. The main difference being, Beat Blaster does it with style. Does it work for the long term though? Could it really be used as a replacement for the default music player? Lets take a look.

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Rocketcat Games are no strangers to the App Store, creating a series of games based on hooks and travelling throughout the world, often with some awesome hats. They recently branched out from this hook-swinging series with Mage Gauntlet, an action-RPG with retro stylings and enough pixel art to make anybody who’s used an SNES wax nostalgic.

While originally released only for the iPhone, an update has brought this game to the iPad (and, with it, a much improved app icon) and today I’m going to take a look at how well Rocketcat Games can take advantage of the larger screen size and see how well the game holds up a month later.

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Sega managed to pivot fairly well. Once Nintendo’s main competitor, pushing out advanced technologies and games all at once, the company went from being the number two console manufacturer to a software-driven company in the last decade. While they may be known for a few things, perhaps their most famous creation is Sonic the Hedgehog.

The blue, formerly-tubby hedgehog has a thing for speed and has found a new home on iOS. Sonic CD, a fan favorite, was recently released for the iPhone and iPad. Is this game worthy of all the hype, or has Sonic lost his running shoes? Let’s find out.

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Another World, also known as Out Of This World in the US, was a massively influential game originally developed for the Commodore Amiga which eventually found its way on to many other platforms like SNES, Megadrive, and even Mac.

Having been a huge fan of the original version on the Amiga 500 and not experiencing the game in at least a decade, I jumped at the chance to revisit this retro classic. Twenty years is practically ancient in the world of gaming, so how well does Another World hold up in the 21st Century? Let’s take a look…

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