10 App Store Games To Watch [11/25/16]

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If you live in the U.S. then Halloween is a distant memory (relatively speaking), Thanksgiving just passed and Christmas is around the corner. After that comes the uncertainty of a new year and, this time around, the transition to a brand new leader of the country. One thing that remains the same, however, is the fact that you can always find new games on the App Store. Most of the games in this list pleasantly surprised me, as I knew little about them before taking the plunge to try them. I think the one that caught me off guard the most, however, was Mikey Jumps. I actually was aware of this one and quite excited about it, but after initially playing it felt it didn’t really live up to the Mikey name. Then after spending a lot more time pressing the “play again” button and constantly getting knocked down three quarters of the way through a given world, I realized that it might just be the best Mikey game yet. Oh yeah, and there are nine other games on this list as well!
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Forgotten Places: Lost Circus in Review – No Scary Clowns Here

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I have already reviewed the second Forgotten Places game a while back, but I was impressed enough that I decided it was time to check out the first one.  I have to say that I’m a bit disappointed we may never see a third entry in the series, because for the most part I didn’t want to put this one down.  What intrigued me the most was that unlike some series where subsequent entries seem to vary only in content, with the Forgotten Places series the two entries feel like completely separate games.  I think the second game, Regained Castles, offers a bit more polished of an adventure game experience, but Forgotten Places: Lost Circus is still a charming adventure game in its own right.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [11/8/16 – Election Day Edition]

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In the United States it is election day today, so I’m too busy watching day old comedian commentaries to write a good intro.  Suffice it to say that unlike the election there should be no surprises here, especially if you’ve read any of my roundups in the past.  As always I’ve tried to compile a diverse selection of games that are primarily on the free(mium) side, so hopefully there should be something here that appeals to your sensibilities.  Again, completely unlike the current election.  Okay, that was my last dig on the election.  Now on to the games…
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Halloween Roundup 2016

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It’s that time of year again: apple cider, pumpkin pie and a chill in the air.  No wait, that’s Thanksgiving… wow, they’re like twin holidays separated by almost a month!  Anyway, I’ve tried to make it a custom to release a horror themed roundup to coincide with the tradition of Halloween.  Unfortunately, due to some unforeseen circumstances I didn’t get to spend quite as much time on it this year as I would have liked, and as a result it’s only 7 games long instead of the usual 10.  Plus, I will admit to using a couple of games I’ve written about in the past to make things go a bit quicker as well (I promise none of these were in last year’s Halloween roundup, though).  So enough excuses and babbling – on to the games! Continue reading…

10 App Store Games To Watch [9/19/16]

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I hope you guys are ready to get your game on, because as usual the App Store doesn’t disappoint when it comes to mobile entertainment.  My good buddies over at Nitrome, none of whom actually know me, released cool casual game Redungeon.  It’s sort of an infinite runner with a rogue-like look and feel, upgradable characters and their trademark wonderful pixel art.  Vertigo Racing brings the world of high stakes single car racing to the iOS world, and boy do I mean high.  All the tracks are along cliffs, and it’s not uncommon to find yourself heading over them in the quest to go faster than you really should.  Circuroid brings the 80’s classic Tempest into the modern era, but like its predecessor it uses relatively simple graphics compared to its peers.  Don’t let that fool you, because the action can get intense and trying to unlock all the power ups quickly becomes addictive.
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Isoland in Review – We Got Shipwrecks, Pyramids AND Aliens

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The adventure game landscape seems to be leaning heavily towards hidden object games or room escape style game play, so I’m always thrilled to see what I consider to be a more traditional style of adventure game. It’s even better when that game is actually fun to play, and Isoland certainly kept me going until the very end… when I was thrown a bit of a curveball. I’m not really happy with how the game ended, which I’ll explain later in a bit of a spoiler-y way (I don’t know how else to do it), but despite that I still think Isoland is definitely an adventure worth the asking price and probably more.
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60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure coming September 22nd

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If nothing else, Mad Max showed us that a post-apocalyptic future can be really bad.  Apparently, the folks over at Robot Gentlemen decided to toy with the idea that even a grim future – which just happens to take place in the 1950’s – can be sprinkled with humor.  If Home Improvement took place in a Fallout type atmosphere, that might give you some idea of what to expect from 60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure.  After receiving much acclaim for the PC version of their game, Polish developer Robot Gentlemen decide to bring their sarcastic survival adventure game over to the iOS platform in all of its 50’s PSA inspired glory.
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Lifeline: Whiteout in Review – The Series Keeps Getting Better

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Whiteout is the fourth installment of the Lifeline series, following two outings in space as well as a wierd tangent in some mystical otherworld.  This time around we follow the progress of V. Adams, a man trapped in a snowy wilderness that has no idea who he is.  He’ll communicate his situation to you, and in turn you’ll give him advice as to what course of action to take next.  These games are very much like the old fashioned Choose Your Own Adventure books in that there is no inventory to keep track of or puzzles to solve.  Up until this installment that has been a big issue for me, because the lack of those elements really makes it feel like there are no consequences for your actions.  However, I finally ran into something in Whiteout that I had not experienced in this series before: death.  Amazingly, that makes a world of difference in how I perceive the games.
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Tiny Passengers in Review – Clay Characters Catching Cabs (sort of…)

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Tiny Passengers is about cute clay characters, budding friendships and the need to pile as many people as possible in quirky rides.  It’s primarily a quick reflex game, but even when you’re not playing puzzle mode it helps if you can plan ahead a little bit.  The atmosphere is clearly geared towards children, but as an adult I can say that the older set should get some enjoyment out of it as well.  Plus, if you happen to have kids then it’s something you can share with them on your iOS device.  The game can get repetitive over longer play sessions, but for small bursts of time it’s a nice diversion from the typical fare you’ll find on the App Store.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [8/28/16]

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The intro has always been my least favorite part of the roundup to write, but I suppose you have to start somewhere, right?  My addition from this list is most definitely Micro Machines.  The game is based off of a series of small scale cars from the 80’s and 90’s, and after spending more time with the game than I should I’m half tempted to see if I still have my old collection somewhere.  Unfortunately Micro Machines requires you to be connected to the internet, but it is definitely worth it.  Tower Knights! is an interesting take on the tower defense genre.  You have one tower to protect, and you play in a 360 degree environment (to an extent).  If the “flat map” variety of tower defense has left you a bit bored, you’ll want to give Tower Knights a try.
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