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TouchTalk, Volume Five

Nano Ninjas Screenshot

Welcome back to a semi-regular feature here at GameCritics.com: TouchTalk. While this series was inspired by one of my old features, the Bargain Basement, I've got an all-new focus for an all-new phase in gaming. Rather than highlighting discounted gems in the used section of a retail shop, I'll be reviewing downloadable mobile games and apps that you might want to check out… and maybe some that you'll want to avoid.

Planets Under Attack Review

Swarm!

Planets Under Attack Screenshot

HIGH Taking out the second boss totally according to plan.

LOW The frustrating Collector missions.

WTF Why are there no Robot or Insect campaigns?

Defender Chronicles II: Heroes of Athelia Review

As Addicting as Halflings' Leaf–or Pie

Defender Chronicles II: Heroes of Athelia Screenshot

HIGH Addicting tower defense gameplay to while away the hours.

LOW Trial and error scenarios and bland high fantasy package.

WTF Does every fantasy character have to sound like Sean Connery?

Orgarhythm Review

Don't Lose the Beat

Orgarhythm Screenshot

HIGH When everything comes together, it's transcendent.

LOW Struggling to find the beat in Stage 10's godawful boss track.

WTF An experimental game like this should cost less...

Hero Academy Review

Battling Epically Slowly

Hero Academy Screenshot

HIGH Taking out an enemy's crystal in a single turn.

LOW Waiting for an opponent to submit their turn.

WTF Still waiting… two months later.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review

Long Absent, a Little Different, but not Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Screenshot

HIGH The resurrection of a long-absent, fan favorite franchise.

LOW Restarting after ten hours due to crushing poverty.

WTF Walls don't function properly in this universe.

FTL: Faster Than Light Review

Rogue Star

FTL: Faster Than Light Screenshot

HIGH Reaching the Last Stand with a fully-upgraded, fully-staffed ship.

LOW Getting destroyed by already-fired weapons after accepting a lucrative surrender.

WTF I am pretty sure the whole thing with the Zoltan emissary was in a Star Trek episode once.

Tokyo Jungle Review

The Pomeranian Generation

Tokyo Jungle Screenshot

HIGH My first run lasting over 30 years.

LOW The second Hyena mission in Story mode is pure awfulness.

WTF Why are there no omnivores?

Political Machine 2012 Review

Making a Toy Out of US Politics—Just like Real Life!

Political Machine 2012 Screenshot

HIGH Creating my Grace Jones candidate, complete with cape.

LOW Increases my cynicism of the electoral college as a system.

WTF "Gay Marriage?" Can't we just call it marriage equality yet?

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Nintendo Wii U and 3DS

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Nintendo 3DS) Screenshot

Presented without comment are some screenshots from the upcoming Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS. I think these images from the 3DS version speak for themselves.

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