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At our house, we have a collection of every console built by Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, plus a few by Sega and Atari. I’ve been a console gamer for years, but recently I’ve found myself playing more on my iPhone and iPad than I have on my PS3 or any other machine connected to my living room TV.

But what about you? Are you a console gamer or are iOS games the way for you? Let us know in the poll to the right!

You can go to the App Store today and buy hundreds of games for your iPhone. And although we’ve had a few console games make their way to our pockets (Sonic the Hedgehog and the Grand Theft Auto series come to mind), there are still some juggernauts that have yet to make their appearance. Our favorite Italian plumber comes to mind, but so do a lot of other characters from the Nintendo universe.

So how do you feel about console games and the iPad? Do you think we should have more of them, or do you like having your games be iOS exclusive? Let us know in the poll to the right!

Prior to everyone playing Call of Duty, and way before Halo was a household name, Activision reigned supreme in the first few generations of consoles with titles like Pitfall taking the lead. It’s been 30 years since we saw Pitfall, and even though there have been a few variations on the concept,  nothing has really stuck like the original.

But now, there’s Pitfall! for iOS. When I first discovered the game, I wondered if it was going to be a solid port of the original in all its low-tech glory, or another attempt to translate the game to a new format. Well, it’s a little of both. Let me explain after the jump.  (more…)

I was having lunch with a friend the other day, and somewhere around the time the check came she started making fun of my age. “Were you born in the ’70s, Kevin?” Why yes, I was. I owned an Atari 2600. I still own every console Nintendo has produced, including the original NES. I’m old school and proud. That’s why when I first discovered MANOS – The Hands of Fate I became a bit giddy. Here it was, a console game in the vein of the original NES, but on my iPad and iPhone. How much better could it get? Let’s find out after the jump.  (more…)

Some of you may remember 1992. It was a more whimsical time when arcades were still around (although not heavily used) and consoles ruled the gaming world. Back then, I was a comic book collector and one of my favorite titles was The Uncanny X-Men, a Marvel brand that’s since been turned into movies, TV shows and everything in between.

In those times we all were waiting anxiously for an X-Men video game to show up on the consoles or in the arcades, and finally it was here. X-Men became a big hit in my town, and I remember spending many an hour slapping joysticks trying to go further and further in the game. But now that it’s available for the iPhone, is it worth the purchase? Does it stand up to the test of time? Let’s find out.

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The iOS platform has been quite successful over the past few years, and because of the extensive amount of games available in the App Store, it’s even been called a threat to other portable gaming consoles like the Sony PSP and the Nintendo DS. But while Nintendo has Mario and Sony has Grand Theft Auto, there really wasn’t any game for iOS that made traditional console gamers really excited. iOS seemed to be destined for a life of games made for the average person, not hardcore gamers.

Then came Epic Citadel, a demo made by Epic Games that took the same Unreal Technology found on consoles and put it in the hands of iPhone and iPod Touch owners everywhere. We were promised that Epic Citadel was just the start of things, and that soon, we’d have a full-on game that took place in the same environment, and we should be ready.

Well, it’s here. It’s called Infinity Blade and it’s been receiving very positive reviews since its release. But can a game with this much hype live up to its reputation? Let’s take a moment and find out.

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