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I don't know if this will be released for iOS or not. (I'll update it soon after I know it) So far, its only planned to be released for PC, MAC, Linux, PS 3 and XBOX Live. There're three chapters, and the first chapter will be released on July, 2013. You can start your pre-order here. However, you must be wonder why I decided to put this game here since it's not for iOS (Let's wish this coming to iOS too). Because.... I just amazed by prologue of the game which I played few hours ago on my iPad, and since it's made by indie too. That's not fault to put it here ;)

The Raven Prologue is available in 2 languages on AppStore, Deutsch and English. Since, I don't understand Deutsch, I played the English one. I know that the game is a prologue only. Only one screenshot showed in AppStore. However, no doubt I began downloading....

Played in the first time, I start amazed caused by the silhouette artworks. Basically, this is point and click adventure, but since this only prologue, you won't interact with many things.
Let's start the story here, You'll help Inspector Nicolas Legrand to apprehend the Raven. Who is the Raven?
Raven is a master thief who uses raven mask. If you think that Raven will give the thing which he has stolen to the poor folks. Definitely, you're wrong. Raven loves to make all polices looks fool. Looks like he enjoys it a lot.
Actually, Legrand got a letter from Raven. Raven make him to include in his game. Legrand know something. Unfortunately, no one believes this. People just think that Legrand has big obsession with the Raven..
Until... he got a clue from the one who bring a Raven's letter, and in the same day, Legrand want to finished all of this, he went to the museum and short story, he succeed to kill the Raven... Really?

No way, this is just prologue, is that the true Raven or there's 2 same persons at that time.... and 4 years later, the true mystery just begin... Raven is back..?!
The Raven series will comes with beautiful 3D graphics, so different with this prologue. The prologue uses silhouette arts. However, don't think cheap on this one... The music, vocal actors are well deserved. You just need about 15-20 minutes to finished the prologue. Try the game, and you won't be disappointed..
Here some screenshot from the actual Raven Game

Hey, I'm back again to bring more new games. Unlike the previous one, this time was weak for great games (indie games). I don't have too many of great games to be shared. Also, one of them are indie too and quite popular. Here is the list

3. Air Dodger by Oleg Kapitonov released May 13, 2013

Price: Free

Yes, as you can see from the title. Air Dodger is a game that you must dodge from all your enemy on the space. You don't have any gun. That's why you need to use your enemy's fire (gun) to re-attack them all. The gameplay mechanic is quite unique. It's similar with Astro Shark gameplay but not really. Basically your enemy will shoot you, and the fire will follow your movement no matter you go. That's why you need to take advantage of that to attack your enemy back. Use their gun to attack them back. Got it?
Since, it's a freemium game, you'll be see so much of upgrades which can be buy via coins. You'll get some coins during the gameplay, but it's far enough to get all the upgrades. You might be love grinding, but I think it'll be a long long time. However, the game give other technic for you to get more items by steal other player's items.. Well.. well I don't know this will be bad or good thing. Alright , just judge this one by yourself. FYI, this game is for iPad only.

Graphic and Sound: 4/5
Gameplay: 3.5/5
Game Control: 3.5/5
Replay Value: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5

2. Tasty Tadpoles by Mark White released May 9, 2013

Price: $0.99

It's probably the most popular indie game for this week. Actually, I don't think I need to write it here, but since it's an indie. I'll put this one here too. What can I say? The game is so fun, the first stage is bit too easy to be finished. Fortunately, start from the second stage until third stage, you'll find the game is so much fun. If you think you're too easy to defeat all the levels (75 levels). Don't worry, there's puzzle mode which limit your tap count to move. So, watch out your steps :). About the graphic, you'll found the game has nice graphics too. It's on 2D but as you can see it has high quality and performance graphic as well as Cut the Rope or Where's my Water graphic. Not the drawing style but the class and the prestige?? engg, seems I hooked too much into the graphic... lol The game is quite cheap, one buck only and don't have any IAP.
Alright, I'm not give this game more compliment again. Just try this game and decide it by yourself.

Graphic and Sound: 4/5
Gameplay: 3.5/5
Game Control: 4/5
Replay Value: 3/5
Overall: 3.63/5

1. el Qubador HD by Eleni Vrochidou released May 14, 2013

Price: Free

It's probably one of most unique puzzle game which I ever played. I don't know if there's might be any other game with similar game mechanic with this one. Please tell me, if there's any information that I missing :). The gameplay is quite unique, you roll the box by swipe the screen, each side of the box has it's own color and you must drop the same color in the box side with the same color token. You also can mix the color too, such as green was the mix of blue and yellow, purple is the mix of red and blue. You get a + score when you step in the right color, and - score if you step it wrong.
You might think the game is easy enough, but it took 3 times for me to clear the first level... What a shame.. lol. You can passed the level if only you completed all 3/ 4 main goals. Unfortunately, some of goals just unclear enough for me. There's no more tutorial or statement that explain how to complete the goals. All you can do is just try and guessing only. For example: do frenzy movement... Hello, what is that? There's no information about that on tutorial. Oh, actually it's a "mode" when you done 3 or 4 combo in a row.
One more, the GameCenter didn't work well for this version (HD one). I hope the developer fix this problem asap.

Ps: This is not a new game, the SD version has been released since December 2012. However, the HD version is quite new, that's why I re-write about it again here.

Graphic and Sound: 3.5/5
Gameplay: 4/5
Game Control: 3.5/5
Replay Value: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.63/5

So, Tasty Tadpoles and el Qubador got the same score;
However, I should choose one, the winner is

Tasty Tadpoles

el Qubador is a great puzzle game, however it's still need some fix in several parts. That's why I choose Tasty Tadpoles as this week's winner

Hi, let's take a look some awesome games which released last 2 week..
Sorry for late posting, I got internet trouble in several days this week..

6. OddPlanet by Piotr Krol released May 3, 2013

Price: $0.99

A limbo and oddworld style inspiration. I haven't played both of those games yet, but I hear the great review of them.
Okay, this game has beautiful arts and strong concepts. Unfortunately, the control might decrease the pleasure of the game itself. I don't say if it has poor control, the control works good. Movement and Action buttons are worked well. However, the jump control doesn't flexible and quick enough to be used. It's not kind of control which can worked together with other control in the same time. I mean it becomes "choked" to be used. You can't do jump in the middle of the air, moreover to combine it with the movement button for a quick action. That's mean it's clearly enough that you must take the right point for doing jump action, .
Every levels also force to be done by exact movement in the exact points. For example: If we jump from a platform, and took 1 more step from which it's actually has been set. You'll be fail and die easily.. The jump control also feels unnatural, since it doesn't look like you jump to the front-side. It's more looks like you jump to up-side.
I can see if this game has big potential. However, the lack of inflexible control may decrease the pleasure for playing this game. No hints button, means that you should take a look and think more for solving each levels. I love how its worked actually, but sometimes it's bit frustrating. As example: your character should climb (jump) to the tree which has the fetus ballon, use the ballon in the river for helping your character reach the higher platform or the one which your character should walk slowly to avoid the branch cracked.

About the art, its beatifully created. I know if the dev looks like want to put dreaming effect for make the game more cool. Yes, that's true, but it'll be better if only the background which got dream effects, not for the silhouette of the game (main part). It just made the game graphics look blurry and have poor quality (not HD or Retina).
Update: The graphic is more better after the latest update, but still not HD enough
About the music: it's quite ambient, so not much comments for this one.

The developer promise to make some improvements for this game. Let's see and I'll update this article later after the update released.

Graphic and Sound: 3.5/5
Gameplay: 4/5
Game Control: 3/5
Replay value: 3/5
Overall: 3.38/5

OddPlanet is a game which has big potential. This game just first episode only. If, the developer can make more improvement for this game, especially for the control and graphic.
Also bring more story line, I believe this game can be showed up as it must be later.

5. Blaster X HD by 2GMG released May 1, 2013

Price: $2.99 -> $0.99 (Limited Time, for early adopters)

I just impress with this game by looking in to the graphics only. Seriously, the game has beautiful graphics. After read the description, I knew that this game made by 2 guys only, that's why the developer named 2GMG which has meaning of Two Guys Making Game. So, I decide to buy this game. Since, it's indie and it's need much support.

Alright, basically, this game has really simple concept. It was bounce ball concept. Yes, Blaster X is bounce ball game with advanced gameplay.

You need to collect all orbs in every level with the lowest number of fling as low as possible. You can control the ball for short time by drag your finger near the ball smoothly, as you can see, there'll be an elastic band which related in to the ball and use that wisely to collect all the orb with one step only, to gain all 3 stars. That orbs are source of energy for the ball, collect the same color will help you to gain higher score.

I just amazed with how much levels inside this game, about 400+ level which divided into 9 world.. Yes, quite much to be played for more than an hours. I found this game is quite hard at the first time, but I was wrong. I got the trick to play this game perfectly, so far I could collect all 3 stars in first 5 worlds, and now I realize that I need to a new trick to play in Horizon world.

Unfortunately, you can't unlock the new world before you finished all the levels in the previous world. Also you should get at least 1 stars for each levels. That's why ,you might feel bored because of the same background for each levels in one world.

Moreover, there's no music here, only sound effect of the bouncing ball. Don't worry, the sound effect won't make your ears bleeding.
This game isn't universal, so only iPad users who can play this game.

Graphic: 4.5/5
Gameplay: 3/5
Game Control: 4/5
Replay Value: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.75/5

4. Blindscape by Gavin Brown released May 1, 2013

Price : Free

This game probably one of my reason falling in love with iOS gaming so much... You might not seen kind of this game anywhere else, moreover its available for free.
Blindscape is an audio adventure game, where you play a role as a blind person and need to escape by listening to the audio instruction only. There's no graphic here, but at least it's full retina black .. lol

However, don't worry. This game can prove that graphic isn't a must thing for a game.
The 10 minutes of gameplay will give you a new sensation of audio gaming experience. Although, it's short you can feel that the last ending is beautiful enough, I'm not giving any spoiler here, just try the game , and you won't regret it. For playing this game, just listen to audio instruction, and tap the screen on left or right side. If you feel confused, there's hint button to hep you.

Sound/ Music: 4/5
Gameplay: 3.5/5
Game Control: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5

I just hope there'll be more kind of unique games for iOS in the future.A game that's not usual as other games.

3. Skim it! by Flippin Pixels released May 1, 2013

Price : $0.99

Skim it! is an arcade game that might make you remembering your childhood. Throw the stone in the water, and let it skims and hits the ships. It's an endless skimming game. The game has simple control only swipe
(up) to throw the stone and tilt your device to control it. The game has 3 main time; morning, noon and night. Actually, there's no spesific difference between those all. It just change the background and season only. However, that's make the game more pleasure to be seen. I don't like monotone backgrounds. For the graphic, it's on  3D , not bad though some inner lining is too sharp. The things that I don't like, I need to start it again from beginning after game over if you don't want to pay 50 coin for continuing the game. I hope in the next update, I can choose the day I want to start, I don't mind if I should pay more coins for that.

Graphic: 3/5
Gameplay: 3.5/5
Game Control: 4/5
Replay Value: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5

2. Mystic Hospital by released May 3, 2013

Price : $2.99

I don't know much about horror game, actually. However, this one is kind of horror game which combine adventure with puzzle. It's an escape game. You need to solve every puzzle before the time runs out.
Unfortunately the clue just too general and no hints button after all. This game made me so frustrating. There're so many rooms here, and I should explore it one by one before the time runs out. Are you serious??
I tried to search some information about this game, but no specific clue yet.
I don't say this game is not worth of all.
However, the game needs an update, especially a hint button. Yes, just that's all.

Will update later... :)

1. Mirrors & Reflections Puzzles by Frozax Games released May 4, 2013

Price : Free

Do you bored with a flow free kind game or something similar?
If you take a look in to this game, you might think it has similar gameplay as Flow Free, but seems you're wrong.
The game definitely worth a look. The idea might not a something new, but for a free, this game is really worth. You should connect one light to other light but you need to set the mirror to reflect all the light. Seems easy?
Don't worry, there're so many free levels to be tried. If you want more, just purchase another packs via IAP.

Graphic: 3.5/5
Gameplay: 3.5/5
Game Control: 4/5
Replay Value: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5

And the winner is (Drumroll please....)

Blaster X HD

Congrats... :D

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