I have admitted it before and I’ll admit it again: my gaming skills are far from admirable. Add that to inept puzzle-solving abilities, and I am a sad and frustrated lump of a gamer who can barely stretch his digital legs. Fortunately, I thrive on frustration and Connect2Media‘s Timeloop has plenty of it. It is a fun game which places you in the role of Nik, the robotic janitor of a mad-scientist who has just invented the time-machine. As they must, things go astray whilst Nik is cleaning. The result? The professor is trapped and Nik is left with the duty of freeing his boss and recapturing a litter of runaway kittens before time runs out.
In the wake of 1990’s The Secret of Monkey Island (TSOMI), adventure games became a dime a dozen in a market that craved another point and click quest to emulate LucasArts‘ masterpiece. The original game spawned four sequels – the most sincere proof of its market influence – and in 2009, has undergone a facelift, a re-imagining, and now, has been stuffed into the iDevice, waiting to be dug up iPhone gamers. But, fans of the genre or not, Monkey Island is a catch-all game. Funny, sarcastic and colourful, it is a riot which is sure to make become a hit with any gamer. A cursory glance at App Store reviews will prove how realistic that claim is; LucasArts’ genre-defining game is sitting at a cumulative 4,5 stars, or if you can’t suss out stars anymore, a strong Grab!
LucasArts, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, 7.99$, 351 MB
Every console and every mobile device needs its own platformer. I grew up playing the Spyro and Crash Bandicoot series on my PS1 which, in my opinion, were two of greatest series the gaming world had ever seen back when the 32-bit console wars were heating up. This time, the spotlight isn’t on the Playstation or Dreamcast; its on the 32-bit iPhone and the war has been over a long while.
This is not the critically acclaimed action RPG known as Mass Effect that was released on the Xbox 360 and PC back in 2007. Mass Effect Galaxy is EA and BioWare’s rendition of Mass Effect for the iDevice with a completely different story, gameplay, and characters (two of which will be appearing in Mass Effect 2). While Mass Effect Galaxy does not fully live up to its “Mass Effect” title, it is still an entertaining game that unfortunately suffers from a few aspects.
blacksmith games has recently sent us word of their very first iDevice title, an upcoming platformer called Plushed. Set in a fairytale world where a little girl is queen, you must take control of her royal plushies, travese through ‘haunted meadows and creepy castles’ and ultimately defeat the evil voodoo mouse and his gang of wacky minions. While we’ve seen this kind of story play out a million times before (save the princess, restore order to the kingdom), blacksmith games attempts to set themselves apart with some unique gameplay and a very likeable, not to mention reluctant hero in the bunny rabbit.
I’ve fired up Metallica for this one. Not a bit of Metallica – I’ve cued up the entire 80’s and 90’s discography onto my iPod , but am focusing on the particularly nostalgic And Justice For All and the Black Album. Probably a few of you will remember a great and bloody pleasure that had younger versions of ourselves hacking at monsters back in the 90’s. Yes, you have it – Golden Axe has been released at the App Store. This is the Golden Axe that with the sweeping arcs of a lethal blade, dispelled cartoon-esque hero/villian games that dominated the beat ’em up scene nigh on twenty years ago.
If you are like me and cannot tell your head from your tail especially when it comes to adventure games, you need a bit of help. Tetraedge, developer of RTMI have put together a wonderful walkthrough for us iPhone players with excellent pictures and a very helpful map. It is a long PDF, so put away your Baud 28.8kbps modems and strap on your 56.6kbps ultraspeed, because this may be a bumpy ride.
Tetraedge (Chillingo), Return to Mysterious Island, 4.99$, 263MB
There is nothing worse than realising that you forgot something. When my eyes started to go bad around age 12, I often forgot my glasses which I hadn’t yet registered as a need. It wasn’t long till I felt naked without them. I have felt the same about my Casio Calculator watches and later, even about my mobile phone. But Mina, Return to Mysterious Island‘s stalwart heroine faces much bigger challenges as she is shipwrecked with barely her skin on a less than friendly island in the Pacific Ocean.
Starving, alone and about to face many, many challenges, Mina is in a precarious state that balances on the edge of survival and a creeping sense of horror as she discovers more about the island made famous by Jules Verne.
If you are stuck, check out Tetraedge’s excellent walkthrough.
Chillingo’s Toki Tori (developed by Two Tribes) has already garnered plenty of praise and recognition on the iDevice for its impeccable gameplay and sweet visuals. Not only is it loads of fun, but it packs a healthy challenge for all gamers with its well designed puzzles. The good news? Chillingo has now released a free version of the platformer. The even better news? Toki Tori Lite includes brand new levels to help bring new gamers up to speed with the hit title. As a famous journalist from Kazakstan once said, “Naaaaice!”. Yes, Naice indeed.
From Young’s review of Toki:
There has been much hype around the release of this game. I can assure you that Toki Tori meets those expectations and more. It is a great game, well worth its price. It’s the Easter Egg Hunt that everyone was looking for, even if they didn’t know it.
Now that the lite version is out, with new levels to boot, there’s no reason NOT to download the game for a test drive. Check out some gameplay vids of the beloved Toki as well after the jump.
Chillingo, Toki Tori Lite, Free, 5.7MB