Samurai II: Vengeance in Review – By the Way of the warrior is meant death, the Way of the warrior is death.
With some AAA titles from big name publishers released over the last few months in the Hack’n’Slash genre, it’s getting harder and harder to really stand out. But the authors of Samurai: Way of the Warrior (TMA Review) feel that they have enough standing behind them and released the follow up to their hit title with Samurai II: Vengeance. The eastern answer to the Eurpoean knights have always intrigued me, so I couldn’t help but check out this latest action-packed title.
Line drawing games have touched on a variety of topics, including bathroom duty, but the majority of them seem to focus on some sort of vehicle. Subrats takes a different approach, focusing on what is perceived as one of the lowest forms of life to skitter about on four legs: vermin. The game has a great sense of humor, it looks sharp, and best of all it is actually quite fun. Even if things that go bump in the night make you squeamish, Subrats is certainly worth a look if you enjoy a challenging line drawing game.
Up until now the “baddest” flower I’d ever seen was Audrey II from The Little Shop Of Horrors. Move over Audrey, because there’s a new plant in town that’s ready to usurp the throne. Its name is BIG BAD Flower, and it has been engineered to take over the world with an endless supply of bubbles and the swiping of its head. If you’re looking for an action game that has something different to offer, the quest has ended. Stop reading this review and go buy Big Bad Flower right now.
Tilt to Live is one of the latest games that has seen much success on the iPhone/iPod touch and now made the move onto the iPad as a separate HD version. Much like my latest review of Angry Birds HD, Tilt To Live HD is essentially the same as its iPhone and iPod Touch predecessor. Keeping that in mind, read on to see how this addictive game plays out on the iPad.
When Angry Birds first hit the App Store, it became an instant success. Its easy to pickup/hard to put down formula was a perfect match for its brilliant graphics and amusing comicbook style storyline. Now available for the iPad, it seems Angry Birds HD’s destiny is all but guaranteed to match its iPhone predecessor.
Pix’n Love Rush is a splendidly fun retro game published by Bulkypix, who is also responsible for many other iPhone games, the most notable being the critically acclaimed Saving Private Sheep (TMA Review). Pix’n Love Rush is officially in the action/adventure genre, but I find it to be more of a stripped-down platformer. In the game, you play as a pixelated creature (a cat?) whose sole mission is to score points and buy cake. Let’s take a look at why this “run & jump” game is one of the more addictive games on the device.
Ladies and gents, it’s Touch ‘n Go time at good ol’ TMA! If the ever was a conspicuous touching game, it would be CataGugl, a … flinckingly fast-paced arcade game of Australian proportions that’ll have your burning circles in your iphone’s glass like a good Swedish craftsman to fling Gugl (hmmm?) as far as you can across your screen. It’s simple to play: just haze frantic ellipses into the glass until the counter hits GO!, then release, and pray. Actually, you will have to deflate the Gugl at certain points in order to send him faster and farther.
Tayasui.com, CataGugl, 10.13MB – $0.99
It’s no secret that I love platform games, and it’s probably not a surprise either that I’ve been a bit under-whelmed with the offerings on the App Store. From a presentation point of view Wizzley Presto and the Vampires Tomb could easily raise those expectations. Sadly, poor movement controls and a lousy save system keep this one from rising above the crowd.
It seems that all over the App Store (and TMA) zombie apps have risen once again. I apparently am not immune to this resurgence either as before me today, I have Squish The Zombies from AQSystem, who also happen to be the co-developers of Infect Them All (TMA review). With a name like that it doesn’t take braaaaaiiinsss! to figure out that this is going to be an amusing little app.
A little over a year ago Knights Onrush (TMA Review) set the new standard for castle defense games with addictive gameplay, polished interface and superb graphics. Following up on the franchise, the developers later released A Quest Of Knights Onrush – a side-scrolling arcade title about the adventures of one of the knights in the original. And just recently, Chillingo released Knight’s Rush - the next chapter in the series, plunging the would-be pillaged knights through other dimensions.