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posted: 12/28/2013 7:31 AM

App reviews: Batman, Devil's Attorney

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By Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post

Batman: Arkham Origins

Fans of "The Dark Knight" might relish the chance to fight off the baddies of Arkham in their free moments, but this game doesn't provide much stimulation for mobile gamers. In fact, it mostly demands a lot of stamina from your pointer finger, which is responsible for the bulk of the tapping, swiping combat. And although enemies vary in appearance, the game requires little from its players on the strategies. The app also offers up plenty of upgrades via in-app purchases, which gives you access to better suits and other powers. But overall, the mobile version of this game channels more of the "Bang!" "Pow!" style of the older Batman than the edgy hero of the reboot. Free, for iOS devices. Android version is in development.

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Devil's Attorney

At first glance, a strategy game based on courtroom drama might not seem like a game worth paying for. But "Devil's Attorney," which puts players in the shoes of an '80s-era lawyer with more charm than scruples is exactly the kind of mobile game that those with hope for the platform's future should support. Quick wit and vivid settings make up for what can be admittedly repetitive gameplay. The humor imbued throughout the game makes it more than a little bit fun to be evil -- and everyone needs an outlet now and then, right? $1.99, for iOS and Android devices.

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