Gummy Drop! in Review – Match 3, Quests And IAP, Oh My!

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Most of my experience with Big Fish Games has been in relation to hidden object games, at least when it comes to my iDevices.  I was intrigued by the release of Gummy Drop!, though, because I was told that it wasn’t a cookie cutter match 3 game, and as a devout fan of the genre I’m always looking for something that feels fresh.  The truth is that from a mechanics perspective there really isn’t anything you haven’t seen before, or at least that’s the case with as far as I’ve gotten.  What does stand out, however, are all the goals and extras that come with completing the levels.  Be warned that this is a free to play game, which means you’ll need a fair amount of patience or the willingness to spend some IAP to keep progressing after a while.
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Coming Soon… Tilt To Live: Gauntlet’s Revenge

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Tilt To Live: Gauntlet’s Revenge

Tilt To Live redefined the “dodge everything” genre of casual games, and Tilt To Live 2 took things up about 100 notches from the original (take the exaggeration with as much salt as you want – the point is that the games are awesome!)  Never content with resting on their laurels, however, the team at One Man Left has decided to expand one of their TTL 2 DLC expansions into a full blown sequel, and thus Tilt To Live: Gauntlet’s Revenge is born.  Rather than a simple arena affair this is an obstacle course style game, but there will still be plenty of stuff to dodge and ways to die.  I’ll bring you more details once I’ve actually had the chance to play the game, but in the mean time here’s a nifty little bullet point list from the developers:

•    Responsive tilt controls, calibrated your way.
•    Easy, Medium, & Hard modes: choose the length of your health bar
•    Challenging gameplay: experience the full spectrum of human emotion
•    Three gauntlets to conquer in whichever order you like!
•    Traps and enemies are shuffled for a fresh experience every retry.
•    Reach the finish line to take on an endless Bonus Round.
•    Show off your best pointonium haul on our Game Center leaderboards.
•    Challenging achievements dare you to master each gauntlet’s traps.
•    Unlock the final boss gauntlet to throw down with the Dot King himself.

You can expect this latest TTL twitch fest some time in October.  In the mean time, why not check out the rest of the series?

Tilt to Live One Man Left, Tilt to Live – $2.99
Tilt to Live HD One Man Left, Tilt to Live HD (TMA Review) – Free
Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous One Man Left, Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous (TMA Review) – $2.99

10 App Store Games To Watch [August 25 - 31]

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The long haul of the holiday season has begun, and there’s still no shortage of new games on the App Store.  I’ve been juggling between two games for the last entry in this week’s list, so here’s a bit about the one I didn’t pick.  The game is called Appointment With F.E.A.R., and it’s the latest collaboration between Steve Jackson and Tin Man Games.  You get to take on the role of a superhero, and the whole game is told in a comic book format rather than a more traditional book like the rest of Tin Man Games’ offerings.  You get to choose a superpower which will affect how you handle different situations, and you’ll also have to choose at certain times who want to help when multiple crises rear their head simultaneously.  It’s a nice departure from the typical gamebook, and I’d venture to say it’s probably a different superhero experience then you’ve had in electronic games before.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [August 18 - 24]

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I certainly did not rush out over the past couple of days to try and get an iPhone 6 / Plus, nor did I bother to pre-order one.  And, even though I’ve always wanted to go to Australia, I didn’t hop a plane to the land down under to get one either.  I did, however, upgrade to iOS 8, despite my usual rule of “wait a few weeks and let other sort out the kinks first”.  Anyway, regardless of whether you’re running the absolute latest hardware or iOS revision, like usual there are a slew of games out there waiting to be played.  So, without further ado, here are 10 more for you to check out…
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10 App Store Games To Watch [Aug 11 - 17]

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They can try to turn iOS devices into console quality machines as hard as they want, but at the end of the day they still do portable games best.  This week some of the most entertaining games were also the simplest, such as Freaking Shapes.  All you have to do is say whether one shape fits into another or not, but see how long it takes before you’re saying “it’s not as easy as it seems”.  Maybe you’d rather try your luck at FingerOut… and no, it’s not a game of obscene gestures.  Here you just have to lift your finger from the screen when the circle underneath it changes to yellow, but you do have to remember to leave all your other fingers right where they are at.  Then again, it could be that the traditional side scrolling infinite runner with basic jump and duck motions suits your fancy.  Airblower Kid fits the bill, with the small exception that you have to keep tapping the screen to make sure your paper airplane stays afloat.
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Secret Files Tunguska in Review: An Adventure Game Like They Used To Make

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While I’ll happily take any sort of adventure game for my iPad that’s half way decent, there’s something about the 80’s King’s Quest style adventure that can’t be matched by a first person point of view or lots of hidden object scenes and mini-games.  Apparently the developers behind Secret Files Tunguska get that, and as a result this is one of the best adventure games I’ve played on the iOS platform to date.  The story keeps you wanting to know more, the NPC interaction is plentiful but not overburdening, and the puzzles are intelligent and fun.  Add to that a polished interface and beautiful graphics and you can’t really ask for much more.  Well, a bit of background music would be kind of nice… Continue reading…

Earn to Die 2: More Motorized Zombie Hijinx Coming Soon

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At the end of 2012 I reviewed a game called Earn To Die, a post apocalyptic, get from point A to point B while running over zombies style game.  There were actually several games of this type released around the same time, yet while I managed to dismiss most of the others as derivative and uninteresting, there was something about Earn To Die that kept me coming back for more.  Nearly two years later Not Doppler has announced the sequel, and I for one am pretty excited.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [August 4 - 10]

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I’m pretty sure someone has made the weeks shorter, because I just don’t seem to have nearly enough time to dive into these new games any more. This week one of my favorites was not only a Flappy Bird style game, but the protagonist was a feline and I’m about as opposite of a cat fan as you can get. Still, Kitty Hates Water was cute, the controls actually worked (sorry, bad controls are not a “challenge” in the positive sense) and goals were actually attainable. For those of you that like the character building of an RPG but the pace of an infinite runner you can find PixelHero on the App Store. You have to level up with randomly generated perks every time you play, but in between runs you can permanently upgrade certain stats. Finally, one of the masters of creating true video game worlds is back with Godus. This is Peter Molyneux’s second foray into the iOS platform, and it’s much more to his gaming roots than his first product. If you like games like Populous you should feel right at home with Godus. Continue reading…

Spellfall – Puzzle RPG in Review – You Better Watch Out, Puzzle Quest

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Since the dawn of the match 3 / RPG hybrid Puzzle Quest has always been king of the throne.  In fact, I think it was the game that introduced me to this wonderful mash up of genres.  Now Backflip Studios has released Spellfall – Puzzle RPG, and while I’m hesitant to say that this contender has usurped the crown, it’s pretty amazing in its own right.  The battles are fast and furious, the rewards are plenty and the rune system is a really nice bonus.  The combat effects are among the best I’ve seen in this style of game, and the overall polish is quite impressive.  Chalk up another win for Backflip.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [July 28 - Aug 3]

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As usual I’ve tried to assemble as diverse a selection of games as I can, though I’ll admit that I leaned a bit heavily on the puzzle side of things this week.  Color Nudge is a match 3 game that actually makes you think a little bit about what you’re doing.  Limited moves, interesting board layouts and pieces that fall of the board when you slide a row are just some of the factors you have to take into account when playing.  Got Light? challenges your perception of color and ability to skillfully align objects.  Move stars and planets around so that each plant is lit by the appropriately colored star(s) without being bathed in another star’s light.  Galaxy Guardians is a cute shooter where you control a penguin saddled with heavy artillery.  The controls are a bit awkward, but at least it doesn’t feel just like every other shooter.
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