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The “Fury Unleashed”

By Brandon Miller, Staff Reporter

May 29, 2020

If you’re spending quarantine like me, you have probably been playing a lot of video games to pass the time, whether it is online with friends or by yourself. Despite how fun those games might be, it’s always fun to mix things up now and then with something new. With this thought in mind, I went in...

Disney’s greatest disappointment: the Sorcerer’s Arena

Disney’s greatest disappointment: the Sorcerer’s Arena

By Syeda Rizvi, Editor-in-Chief

May 5, 2020

“Disney Sorcerer’s Arena,” an app released on March 24, has an average of 4.7 stars on the app store. I hoped this game would prove to be a worthy activity that would eat up some time during my quarantine. However, like many things in life, the best thing about this app is the way it looks—and ...

New app “Twisty Arrow” hits the bulls eye

New app

By Adam Schwartz, Page Editor

September 13, 2018

The app “Twisty Arrow” tests both accuracy and patience. This game requires users to shoot a given amount of arrows onto a circle that continuously spins at different speeds as one progresses through the game. As the player advances through the levels, the difficulty changes. At the start of e...

“Bit Blaster”: basic, but patchwork nonetheless

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

April 17, 2018

In the allure of clearing the way to the top of the leaderboard, arcade games are known for their replay ability. Repetition of levels is prevalent in this draw, a design concept treated no differently in “Bit Blaster”. In the hopes of bringing arcade-like features to the mobile environment, the ...

Puzzle game ‘EDGE’ unlocks players’ decision making skills

Puzzle game 'EDGE' unlocks players' decision making skills

By Colin Haroutunian, Staff Reporter

March 23, 2018

Hanging off of the edge of a block to deduct time, or being shoved off the edge of a level are two defining characteristics of ‘EDGE’. Despite the puzzle games’ simple graphics, the content grows in its complexity overtime, as to keep the player intrigued for later, unlockable levels. With over...

Challenge and speed make “Downwell” a blast

Challenge and speed make “Downwell” a blast

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

February 7, 2018

Blasting through the depths of a well while surrounded by durable enemies, players will be pressed into split-second decisions and quick reactions to overcome the high-speed challenge of “Downwell.” With 2D graphics and ‘gunboots’ to support the player, the only way forward is down. Beginni...

Go Plane: Great concept, poor execution

Go Plane: Great concept, poor execution

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

January 26, 2018

Set above a blue sky, the controllable plane in mobile app “Go Plane” can actively dodge incoming rockets through the swipes and movement of a player’s finger. The app features a variety of unlocks and is packed with possible challenges, unfortunately caused in part due to multiple technical issue...

Constant Track

Constant Track

By Adam Schwartz, Staff Reporter

January 25, 2018

Rider is an app that tests a gamer’s reaction skills. This game makes users follow a constant path, with small obstacles arising during the game, which can make it hard for players to advance and increase their scores as they play more. One unique feature is the bike-flipping part of the game. The bi...

‘Assembly Line’ is simple, yet addictive

'Assembly Line' is simple, yet addictive

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

January 10, 2018

Recently updated on Dec. 24 by its developer Olympus, the free app Assembly Line makes up for its lackluster, simplistic graphics in return for a game built around the creation of a variety of logic-based assembly-line processes. The major objective of the game is to create an efficient virtual assembly...

“Color Ballz” is challenging fun

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By Allison Lackner, Business Manager

October 16, 2017

The player sits there wondering where the time went after playing Color Ballz. The new updated version of this game is highly addictive for all ages. The player just wants to keep playing in hopes of beating their previous score. This app is an updated version of Arkanoid with a colorful twist....

‘TBH’ app proves to be popularity contest

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By Emily McCloskey, Intern

October 16, 2017

Only available in certain states including Michigan, TBH is an app used by many high schoolers to see who likes you and why. In the app, classmates can choose students for different polls based on what they think best fits one’s personality. When first opening the app, it generates through your ...

Super Mario Run shows potential

Super Mario Run shows potential

By Hannah Zalewski, Intern

September 29, 2017

If an addicting game that requires little effort on the player's part is what people are looking for, then Super Mario Run could be the perfect match. Super Mario Run consists of four intertwined games: World tour, Toad Rally, Kingdom builder, and Remix Ten. Campaign mode, or World Tour, allows players t...