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First started in late 2007, Kasey's Mobile Game Review (then just a regular feature of Kasey's Korner) started as a simul-post between here and IGN. Later I realized there's no reason to post it twice, when I can use the traffic on my own site. so, here we are, in 2010, and the mobile game industry has grown a bit. What do you think?

Mobile Game Review: Sushi Shuffle

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Sushi Shuffle by Superscape is a variation on the "match 3" genre, albeit with a good "flair" to it. Instead of picking a tile to shift, you pick a row (or a column) to shift, and you can shift as far as you want, up to entire length of the board (though you could go the other way, as it's "wrap-around". Clearly, the MORE piece you remove (more than 3), the more combos you remove at a time (you could make a move that got two or more aligned together), or even cause chains (remove one sets, others "drop" into place, and remove even more sets). Later levels introduce knives (fixes piece into place, so you can't shift that column/row), bugs (takes up room on the board), bomb (takes up room, but the only way to kill bugs, triggered by adjacent completed set), fugu (special fish, but spoils VERY quickly), bonuses like wasabi and ginger, and more.

There are three modes to the main game: chill, frantic, and kendo. Chill game is basically play as you wish, no time pressure at all. Frantic has penguins start lining up. If too many penguins line up... the restaurant goes POOF. Finally, Kendo mode has you play as one side of a state vs. state fight. Can you beat the average of the other state(s) to defend your state's honor?

Mobile Game Review: MX vs. ATV Untamed

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MX vs. ATV Untamed is a series of games from THQ where you race either the MX or the 4-wheel ATV around dirt tracks, making jumps and stunts as you go. The more stunts you make without falling off, the more "nitro" you get to go faster. So basically, it's impossible to just "race". You *have* to do stunts. So how did it translate into mobile? Not too well.

Despite what the title suggests, you can only race against your own class... Basically, MX 250cc, MX 500 cc, ATV 250cc and ATV 500cc. You start with only access to the small MX. If you complete the championship, you get access to two more. When you beat a second one, you get access to the fourth one.

And the race is 2D, sideview. In other words, no lateral motion at all, no turning. All you do is jump, land, and do stunts. Even the stunts are reduced... There's only two stunts: superman, and cordova. However, you can rotate forward or backwards... if you get enough air. Combine stunts with rotating is the key for getting the most nitro. This VASTLY simplified from the console version, which is 3D, and featured a LOT of stunt moves by combining the two analog sticks.