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iOS Watch List: Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes, Half-Inch Heist and Wide Sky

This week includes a port of an excellent DS game, a F2P heist game and an odd adventure featuring a hedgehog.

Well, they can't all be blockbuster weeks, right?

First up we have Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes. It's a long-awaited port, bringing Capybara's fantastic DS puzzle game to iOS. Unfortunately, the transition isn't quite so smooth as we would have hoped. It's still a story-driven puzzle game with RPG units acting as the match-three pieces, but the controls are inconsistent and need some work. There's also some strange in-app purchasing options, especially considering the $5 price and the fact that it came out on DS four years ago. But hey, if you don't want to lug your DS around in addition to your iPhone, your options are sorta limited.

Next is Half-Inch Heist. It's a free-to-play, survive-as-long-as-you-can game where you take on the roll of a tiny jewel thief trying to remove a haul from some sort of vault. Too bad the vault has some pretty high-end security systems and tries to blow you up the second you make your escape. Controls are as simple as dragging the diamond across the screen, weaving in between rockets and, eventually, robotic bees. Pretty nifty!

Finally we have Wide Sky, a game I really, really wanted to love. It has a hand-drawn look and a funny, entertaining story about a hedgehog. But, once again, controls are the issue here. There's a huge reliance on gyroscopic controls, and the rope mechanics, a key component of navigating the level, make very little sense. So, I guess, come for the groovy art, and leave before the gameplay starts killing your buzz.

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