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Mobile review round-up: 'After Burner Climax', 'Roar Rampage', more

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Released on Tuesday, Feb 12 2013

Each week, Digital Spy rounds up the biggest mobile gaming releases with reviews and trailers. In honour of Valentine's Day, this week's games offer a puzzling love connection, a love-struck alligator, a love of flying and, keeping with the theme... a dinosaur wearing boxing gloves.

Be Together

Platforms: iPhone, iPad
Price: 69p / $0.99

For the less cynical Valentine's Day game celebration we have Be Together, a physics puzzle game about reuniting two lost blobs in love. The blobs will roll around the stage at the whim of the environment, and players need to place ramps, bouncy clouds, and other objects to guide them to a successful reunion.

'Be Together' screenshot

© Chillingo Ltd / LinkGoGame

'Be Together' screenshot

© Chillingo Ltd / LinkGoGame



The game does a brilliant job of remaining accessible while the difficulty ramps up due to a dotted line that traces your path through the level. Should you fail the first attempt, the dotted line usually shows exactly where the plan went wrong, letting you fill in any gaps. And thanks to quick level restarts, the trial and error avoids becoming tedious.

None of the levels are particularly memorable, which is odd for a game based around trial and error. Even so, the game's 60 levels, along with a few bonus stages to unlock along the way, will keep players entertained enough to see it through to completion. Be Together is a fun, average mobile puzzle game, but there isn't really a shortage of those on iOS lately.


> Download 'Be Together' from the App Store




Where's My Valentine?

Platforms: iPhone, iPad
Price: Free

For those without a significant other to remind them, Disney swoops in to really encapsulate the essence of Valentine's Day with its holiday-themed iOS level pack. The standalone game features 12 levels filled with heart-shaped obstacles, with the puzzles split evenly between Swampy the Alligator and Perry the Platypus.

'Where's My Valentine' screen

© Disney Interactive

'Where's My Valentine' screen

© Disney Interactive



More than just the heart theme, Where's My Valentine? is a true expression of the holiday, which is to say that it is really meant as an advertisement to buy something else - in this case Where's My Water and Where's My Perry.

It serves as a good demo for Disney's other water puzzle games, introducing some of the more advanced level designs using steam and mines to give the small sampling of stage a wide breadth. It is really little more than a demo though, albeit a clever one.


> Download 'Where's My Valentine?' from the App Store



After Burner Climax

Platforms: iPhone, iPad
Price: £1.99 / $2.99

After Burner Climax brings Sega's revamped arcade jet fighter to the small screen. And while the game certainly loses some lustre in the translation from a sit-down arcade cabinet to a smartphone, there is still twitchy fun to be had.

'After Burner Climax' screen

© SEGA



The game is rather simple in the classic arcade sense. Players speed across a variety of landscapes while blasting as many enemy planes out of the sky as they can. Your jet is equipped with a machine gun, but the real firepower comes from missiles, which can be unleashed by painting the crosshairs over enemies and tapping away furiously.

After Burner Climax goes a little deeper than that with branching level paths and the occasional target enemy to unlock a secret route. There is also the titular climax ability, which slows down time to offer a screen-clearing barrage of missiles. But for the most part, the game sticks true to its arcade roots as you race to climb the leaderboards.

The controls can be rather twitchy, as aiming feels far too fast at times, but that is actually fairly accurate to the original feel of the game. In fact, After Burner Climax is probably the best adaptation Sega has made for smartphones compared to far less successful ports like Jet Set Radio. It can be rather shallow, but ultimately the arcade spirit remains intact for a fun mobile game.


> Download 'After Burner Climax' from the App Store



Roar Rampage

Platforms: iPhone, iPad
Price: 69p / $0.99

It's difficult to argue with a giant dinosaur wearing boxing gloves, and that's exactly what Roar Rampage offers. While the giant Godzilla-like lizard marches through cities, players control his glove-enclosed fist to punch everything in sight for total destruction.

'Roar Rampage' screen

© FDG Mobile Games



What makes Roar Rampage such cathartic fun is its method of free-form punching. Simply drag your finger around the screen and the dinosaur's fist will follow, matching faster swipes with more powerful punches. Occasionally you will also pick up makeshift weapons, like a monorail train, which can be swung about the screen like giant nunchucks to bash through buildings and swat at the pesky military like flies.

Along with the surprisingly long 45-stage campaign are bonus levels styled after Breakout. These levels are a rare treat where you have to punch a ball to break blocks to progress, and it's a shame there aren't more of them. All the while you'll be collecting gems, which can be used to buy power-ups and new looks for your dinosaur.

Roar Rampage is a mindless game in the best sort of way. It brings fun destructive action to your fingertips with a whimsical sense of humour.


> Download 'Roar Rampage' from the App Store

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