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Pocket Mine is a game which developed by Roofdog. The game has been released since July 25, 2013. Unfortunately, it's only available in New Zealand right now. I don't have a NZ account, but I was lucky enough to get a code from the developer for trying this game.

Poket Mine is an endless digger game. However it's not an endless game like you might think. It gives limited movements for you, to dig the ground. As long as you play, you'll realize if this game not based by your skill only, but mostly it depends on your luck also your decision. Basically, you only have limited moves of pick here. However, you can upgrade it if you want more movements. You need to dig the ground as deep as possible. But, you need to collect some treasures too, as much as you can.

You might collect gold, silver, coral, also some rare artefacts or may be treasure chest. So, how to play the game? It's easy, tap where's the block which you want to dig and your character will move to that place and dig it for you. Sometimes, you will find a forbidden block which can't be dig by your regular pick. Don't worry buddy. There're so many power ups such as power strength (it makes you easier to destroy the stone blocks also can be used to destroy the forbidden block), dynamitea and granatte (destroy several blocks directly), healing block (gives one more move for you), etc. Those all will help you play the game easily.

There're 2 kinds of currency in this game. Ruby and money. Ruby is used for buying cards or "continue" mode after game over. Money is used for upgradding your pick. You can got ruby via IAP or done some free offers. Sometimes you can get it too from the treasure chest. Money can be collected from the game by digging the gems blocks. Everytime you play, you'll use 1 energy. There're 5 energies in total and will be recharged for several minutes.

Before you play, you'll be given 3 random cards. These cards are used for giving some power ups during a gameplay. You might acquired or bought some rare or legend cards. However, you won't get those cards in everytime you play. Since I have said before, if you got it randomly. Fortunately, you can re-shuffle the cards if you by paying for 5 bucks. Also, everytime you play usually you'll have one objective. If you can complete the objective, you'll be rewarded a key (to open the treasure chest) or another interesting prize.

This game is completely free to play, it's also has ads. You'll get some rewards (can be money, ruby, or treasure chest). I don't know when this game will be released worldwide. However, it must be soon at this year. If you're on NZ, so lucky you :), if not please enjoy the trailer video below. Cheers :D

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

NZ App Store Link: Pocket Mine, Free

If you're looking for a fast paced arcade game for spending your 5 minutes time or less. You might take a look into this game. Ztatiq isn't an easy game as it mights looks. However, it's not impossible too to be defeated. Keep learn and play, then you will see its way.

Ztatiq is a game which developed by Vector Cake. Yup, not a cupcake or cheese cake :P. Alright, your aim here is to keep your tiny square from any obstacles which blocked your way. For doing that, you need to tilt your device to dodge every walls and search the safety area to be passed by yourself. Ztatiq contains of 10 levels. Think of shorty? Wait, it's not as fast as you might think.

You can learn the pattern of this game. All you need to just do more practices and exercises. Don't you know if pratice makes perfect? You can gain multiplier to multiply your score by passed the Ztatiq area ("Small Square area"). However, you need to passed it continuously for gaining that multiplier. At least, passed 3 Ztatiq areas continuously and you'll get the multiplier. Unfortunately, it won't last long. You need to keep your tiny square to passed the Ztatiq areas or your multiplier will be reset from begin.

Firstly, you might think if the control isn't perfect enough for this kind of game. Hmm, I don't think so. The game has sensitivity control. Also after play for several times, you'll realize if the control works perfect for this game. Ztatiq teaches your reflex for quick reacting. Think fast, act fast. That's the key for success in this game. The right timing will bring the right result.

The game is available for free on iOS also Android. It doesn't have ads. At least until the latest version which I reviewed. It contains an IAP cost $0.99 (Normally $2.99) to unlock continue mode. Paid a buck for the dev if you love the game, but I don't recommend you to try the "continue" mode. It lacks of "Fun", but who knows?  Try it for free via the links below. Happy weekend :)

Graphics and Sound: 3.5/5
Gameplay: 4/5
Game Control: 3.5/5
Replay Value: 4/5
Overall: 3.75/5

App Store Link: Ztatiq, Free

Google Play Link: Ztatiq, Free

When I see the trailer for the first time, I think I was watching a DISNEY movie trailer. It made me so excited to see the actual movie. Unfortunately, my thought was wrong. It's a puzzle game... Yes, buddy it's a game... A game which developed by Thoopid, indie developers from Cape Town, South Africa.

Snailboy is an unique physics based puzzle game. Wait... did I just say physics? Don't worry friend, this one absolutely not an angry bird game. The game might uses 'catapult' concept, but definitely not an angry bird game. That has been a long time ago. Now, it's time for a snail to prove his existence as a hero.

Play as a snail which looking for justice? No no... not that... He looking for his perfect shells. All of his precious shells has been gone. Help him to bring back his shells.
The game is so easy to be played. You just need to pull, set aim for flinging the snailboy. You need to collect all the apples as quick as possible if you want to get 3 stars. Get the shell to unlock the next stages. Be careful with those spikes, bees, and bugs. It'll make you died.

So, what are you looking for from a physics game? Jump? Snailboy can jump. Slap? Yes, he can do that too, just swipe to make him walks.. slow swipe for small slap, fast swipe for big slap... but remember, he is a snail so he walks slower than you :P and the last one... Slide.. For doing that, you need to stick the snailboy in the mossy part, and he'll do the 'slide action'. Unfortunately, as a Superhero he can't fly... He's too fat for doing that. It'll be more cool if he can fly. LOL.

As you can see in the screenshots, I can't complain anything about the graphic. It looks great in my eyes. The background feels as good as DISNEY movie. Like I have said before, I think it's a movie not a game :P.
I was lucky enough can try this game before it's released.

The game consists of more than 40 levels and was planned to be released on iOS, Android also OUYA. The iOS version will be released at September 2013, Android will follow shortly after. About the price, I haven't know yet. Probably, about $1.99 - 2.99, but who knows. I'll confirm again once I got more info.

The game is out at App Store now. You can download it for $1.99 here

IGF Entry: Snailboy

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