10 App Store Games To Watch [8/18/15]
I got another list of games for you.Â Many of the entries this time are variants of popular games that have been cloned to death, but games like Sword & Dragon demonstrate how you can put an extremely fresh spin on a stale concept.Â Scrappy Cat, on the other hand, actually proves that borderline annoyingly difficult can actually be fun as well.Â And then thereâ€™s Mountain Goat Mountain, which just goes to show that goats really are cool.Â In the end, I donâ€™t think youâ€™ll go wrong no matter what you choose from this list.
Mind The Arrow: Match The Dots [7/29/15] â€“ You canâ€™t get much simpler than this.Â You have a circle with dots on it, and a diagram in the left corner that shows you witch dots need to be tapped.Â There is one caveat, however, and thatâ€™s the arrow inside the circle.Â The arrow is your guide to which dots need to be tapped, and before long the diagram starts rotating so the arrow in the diagram isnâ€™t pointing in the same direction as the arrow on the playing field!Â If thatâ€™s not enough of a challenge for you, at some point the playing field will start rotating as well.Â Throw in a timer and suddenly this simple premise becomes rather challenging.Â The game offers a leaderboard and 16 achievements via Game Center, and there are plenty of color schemes, arrow designs and circle types to unlock to keep you occupied for quite some time.
Thumbspire Inc., Mind The Arrow: Match The Dots – Free
Scrappy Cat [7/27/15] â€“ Scrappy Cat is a one tap platformer.Â It always amazes me when a developer can make a good game based around a single input, and this is the perfect example.Â You tap the screen to jump and then hold in order to cling to whatever surface you might come in contact with.Â If you then let you youâ€™ll slide, which can often help you adjust your location to make the next appropriate jump.Â Your cat is in constant motion unless you run into or jump off of a wall, which will reverse the kittyâ€™s orientation.Â You start the game with 9 lives, but once youâ€™ve used them all up the first time you can only get 3 lives at a time unless you complete a level with all of your lives in tact.Â There are 18 levels to complete, each with their own leaderboard.Â Thereâ€™s also a leaderboard for the best overall ranking in the game.Â The graphics and sound arenâ€™t going to blow away cutting edge junkies, but if youâ€™re old school like me you should get a kick out of the audio / visual design.
Totebo Ltd, Scrappy Cat – Free
Dungeon Quest Rival – explore the underground monster world [7/27/15] â€“ I think itâ€™s time for my â€œmerits of a shorter titleâ€ article.Â In the mean time, this is an interesting little game.Â You explore a bunch of randomly generated rooms in an increasingly growing tower with the intent of fighting the end boss for all the glory.Â Sound familiar?Â What makes this game interesting is that as you finish each set of floors â€“ in the first level there are 3 floors, for example â€“ you have the option of going on or returning home (assuming youâ€™ve unlocked the next set of levels).Â If you go home you must spend some gems in order to keep the goods youâ€™ve collected, but regardless of your spending habits you lose all of the stats youâ€™ve worked to build up.Â To add insult to injury, you only have a limited number of moves, and when you run out its back home for you, which means saying goodbye to all of your stuff again.Â Thankfully when you do work it out to where you keep your equipment you can use gold youâ€™ve found to upgrade it, and if you somehow manage to score an excess of diamonds (or buy them via IAP) you can add bonus slots to use more items or get some special equipment to make your journey last longer.Â This game definitely wonâ€™t be for everyone, but if youâ€™re a dungeon grinder you should be in seventh heaven.
Jason Saxon, Dungeon Quest Rival – explore the underground monster world – Free
Sling Kong [8/5/15] â€“ Sling Kong is a silly arcade game about flinging poor critters from peg to peg, hoping to avoid all the nasty obstacles that donâ€™t play nicely with their delicate bodies.Â You start out with a monkey, and as you earn coins you can play the prize game to see if you can win other animals.Â Occasionally you get the chance to earn coins by watching an ad, and after increasingly longer intervals you get the opportunity to play the â€œmagic spinâ€ to earn some additional loot.Â It would be nicer if they dispensed with that and put more coins actually along the route that youâ€™re flinging your animal, but in the end Iâ€™m not sure what youâ€™ll use the coins for once youâ€™ve earned all the animals anyway.Â The traps range from opening and closing blocks to flowers that spew fire at you, as well as the ever popular spinning blades of doom.Â What I like the best is that eventually the peg youâ€™re hanging on will start beeping and disappear, so while youâ€™re reactions donâ€™t need to be instant there is a bit of urgency to the whole process.Â In addition to collecting the animals there are two Game Center leaderboards, one for score and the other for prizes won.Â Hopefully future updates will include new animals and some achievements to earn, but for what it is already Sling Kong is pretty fun when you have a few minutes to spare.
Protostar, Sling Kong – Free
Mountain Goat Mountain [7/16/15] â€“ This is like Qbert meets Temple Run with a goat.Â Once you get past my mostly erroneous comparison youâ€™ll find that Mountain Goat Mountain is really pretty entertaining.Â It is like Qbert in the sense that the board is laid out in an isometric tiled format that seems like a crazy set of stairs.Â And, just like Temple Run it is infinite (or at least my lack of ability to get to the end of the level tells me so).Â And, just like in Temple Run youâ€™re collecting coins to buy new characters, which in this case just happen to be goats.Â So far what Iâ€™ve seen as far as â€œaidsâ€ are the coins that you get you new goats, springboards the jump you a few levels higher on the board (usually), and springs that give you a bit of an extra jump as well as some armor temporarily.Â There are definitely a lot of things trying to kill you as well, like logs, boulders, snowballs and of course simply inadvertently jumping off of a cliff.Â The gamer offers a leaderboard and 22 achievements via Game Center, so you have something to do besides collecting all the cool goats.Â The best part of the game is the visuals, which are not only cool to begin with, but so far change with each new goat.Â Iâ€™m not sure how many goats there are altogether, but thatâ€™s potentially a lot of cool themes.
Zynga Inc., Mountain Goat Mountain – Free
Puzzle Dragons: Jewel Quest [8/13/15] â€“ In the scheme of things this is probably one of the most basic games of this style to come out in a while, yet I find myself oddly addicted to it.Â I like the fact that it has gone the minority route of using the â€œclear tiles by tapping a groupâ€ mechanic instead of the more traditional tile swapping mode.Â I also appreciate that it has forgone the increasingly annoying 10 levels of tutorials whether you want them or not road, though it would be nice to at least have an optional help screen that you could pull up.Â The characters do not always conform to the standards for this type of game, and even better is the fact that the art style itself is unusual and nice.Â It has kind of a â€œpixilated watercolorâ€ feel to it, whatever that might mean to you.Â The game uses an equipment tree similar to Devious Dungeonâ€™s in that each area that you can upgrade only has one path of increasingly powerful items, but in this case you can switch to previously purchased ones if you wish.Â I havenâ€™t tried to mix it up much yet, but apparently the different weapon, skill and armor types react uniquely to the various creatures.Â I think this game has a lot of potential, and hopefully if they intend on updating it theyâ€™ll add some sort of reference so that you donâ€™t have to go to the iTunes description to find out exactly whatâ€™s going on in the game.
LV1, Puzzle Dragons: Jewel Quest – Free
Bird VS Zombie [8/13/15] â€“ Itâ€™s been a while since Iâ€™ve had a â€œthank you for not being Flappy Birdâ€ installment, but this game certainly qualifies.Â The mechanic will feel intimately familiar, and thereâ€™s no doubt youâ€™ll die repeatedly.Â However, the control is tweaked enough that you actually have some control over it, and while you die a lot youâ€™re not croaking every couple of flaps.Â This game also provides you with something â€œmeaningfulâ€ to do â€“ on one side your job is to eliminate all the zombies, while on the other hand you must infect every human.Â Yep, there are actually two factions you can play for, and each even has their own set of birds to unlock!Â Granted I think the powers each bird have basically parallels that of the opposing force, but itâ€™s the thought that counts.Â There are 54 birds to collect altogether, and a bunch of quests to complete as well, so running out of things to do shouldnâ€™t be an option for a while.Â The game does have Game Center integration, but as of the writing of this article I donâ€™t think itâ€™s working correctly.Â Hopefully that will come in an update, because it looks as though they plan to provide both leaderboards and achievements.Â The best part is that unlike itâ€™s long lost predecessor, this game gives you lives, so itâ€™s not a â€œ1 hit youâ€™re doneâ€ phenomenon.Â The clones keep coming, and Iâ€™m glad that there are still those that like to stretch the boundaries of what this type of game should offer.
RAIN&D Inc., Bird VS Zombie – Free
Mechanosaur Hijacks the Moon [7/29/15] â€“ Games where you spin around a planet to protect it from incoming projectiles are nothing new.Â Mechanosaur takes an entirely different approach to the genre, however.Â Instead of shooting down the projectiles before they get to the planet, you must use the gravity of the moon you control to attract the asteroids away from the planet.Â To make things a bit trickier, your moon only travels in one direction, as one might expect from a body orbiting another body.Â The only thing you can do is hold the screen to speed up and let go to slow back down, so you have to be able to anticipate where the asteroids are going to be when they enter the planetâ€™s orbit.Â This isnâ€™t so bad at first, but it gets much more complicated when you start facing asteroids that split apart, double back or simply teleport to another part of the screen.Â As you progress through the game youâ€™ll earn â€œmeanings of lifeâ€ that do things like give you a percentage increase in score.Â Youâ€™ll also unlock more devious asteroids to contend with.Â The game has one leaderboard and 26 achievements through Game Center, but the biggest challenge comes from actually mastering how to handle each new type of asteroid.
XperimentalZ Games, Mechanosaur Hijacks the Moon – Free
Sword & Dragon [6/29/15] â€“ The 2048 genre is one that is proliferated with â€œIâ€™m not the same but I really amâ€ clones.Â Sword & Dragon is one of the rare entries that truly break the mold.Â In fact, aside from the sliding of tiles and the accumulation of numbers on similar tiles, Sword & Dragon is really its own beast.Â Each board has a heart, and when that heartâ€™s count goes down to zero you lose.Â To protect the heart you have swords, and you must use them to slay the dragons that would rip your heart apart.Â The game is heavily dependant on direction, so if you slide the heart into a dragon youâ€™re safe, but the other way around means bye-bye vital organ.Â There are also gold bricks that you can collect by sliding your sword into them and potions that will increase the points on the heart when you slide the heart into them.Â Fortresses donâ€™t harm anything but can get in the way, and they can be disposed of with swords just like the dragons.Â Unlike the potentially unending nature of a regular 2048 game Sword & Dragon has distinct levels with goals, and also has a three star system depending on the score you achieve.Â 2 leaderboards and 20 achievements via Game Center round out this entertaining little package.
Iyoda, Sword & Dragon – Free
Circix [3/24/14] â€“ I think I did pretty good staying current this time around, but Iâ€™m going to dig into the vaults a bit for the final entry.Â Youâ€™ve probably played a game like this before: the board is filled with objects that each contain a number in them, and you have to create links between the objects such that each object is joined by the number of links that it contains.Â The premise is quite basic, and I havenâ€™t run into anything overly challenging yet in terms of the individual puzzles.Â What I like about the game is you do have to think about it a little bit, but itâ€™s not so taxing that you canâ€™t relax while playing it.Â It does start to get more demanding as the boards get bigger and objects can be linked to other objects multiple times, but thereâ€™s never anything that makes you want to pull your hair out, or at least that Iâ€™ve encountered yet.Â The game comes with over 200 free levels, and you can buy additional packs if you canâ€™t get enough of it.Â If youâ€™re looking for a game that will work your mind without raising your blood pressure, Circix would be a good choice.
Russell King, Circix – Free
Well that wraps up another edition of games to watch on the App Store. As always, if thereâ€™s something youâ€™ve played recently that you feel should be part of this list, please leave a reply to this post. Previous weekly installments of our App Store Games Roundup:
- 1o App Store Games To Watch [7/27/15]
- 1o App Store Games To Watch [6/30/15]
- 1o App Store Games To Watch [6/14/15]
- 1o App Store Games To Watch [5/27/15]
- 1o App Store Games To Watch [5/13/15]
- 1o App Store Games To Watch [4/2/15]
- 1o App Store Games To Watch [3/13/15]
- 1o App Store Games To Watch [2/19/15]