Facebook and Match 3 and Town Builders, Oh My! I never would have expected that one of the most entertaining releases for me this week would be a port of a Facebook game, but leave it to Popcap to accomplish that feat with Solitaire Blitz. It is one minute competitive solitaire, and it’s rather addictive as well. Games like Triple Town and sliding puzzle games both make me go “eh”, but when you combine them in the likes of Alien Hive I sit up and go “hmm”. This game comes from the developers of Sporos, and it’s on track to be as laid back and intriguing as that game was. Finally, Warner Brothers brings us an iOS port of another Facebook game, this time a town builder based off of the legend that is The Wizard Of Oz. I haven’t decided if I’m going to delve into The Wizard Of Oz Game yet, but I am impressed that they were willing to actually integrate it with the classic film, even to the point of using the various characters’ film likenesses.
CARROT, the quirky todo list “with a personality”, has received its next major update (V3.0) and adds three most-requested features from its users: the ability to set reminders/due dates, repeating tasks and Siri Integration (have Siri add tasks into CARROT for you). But since this is not your ordinary todo app, these first have to be unlocked by actually completing tasks on your list (mark tasks as completed, score points and level up). Think of it as an incentive to get productive. Just don’t expect it be as complex as Things (TMA Review) or OmniFocus; it was designed to be fast, simple and most of all, fun to use. CARROT is now free for a day as well, so grab it for your iPhone, unlock all the goodies and get busy.
SEGA has dropped prices on a number of their Sonic themed games for the weekend to just a dollar, and they include Sonic CD, Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Ep. II (both of which were $4.99) and Sonic Dash. Titles from from other publishers – both big and small – have also knocked off a few bucks off their games. Most of the deals are likely good through Monday, so have a look at the full list of app sales after the break.
This was another week of well rounded releases in the iOS gaming world. Folks that like a little more spice to their fishing simulations should give Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale of Redemption a try. Sure you cast your line and haul up the fish like any other simulation, but once you them above the surface the big guns come out… quite literally. If you’re more of a golfing nut there’s Super Stickman Golf 2. 180 holes, 60 achievements and 28 hats will keep you quite busy, and then there are the two multiplayer modes. If you’d rather just take out your frustrations on loads of unnamed villains, Brotherhood of Violence might be right up your alley. It looks like it could have the makings of a modern day Streets Of Rage, which would suit me just fine.
About all I knew of LIBERATION MAIDEN going into it was that the game was a shooter and that it was a port from another system. This is definitely a game that has been under-promoted in my opinion. As much as I love scrolling shooters, I’ve realized that my iOS experience with the genre has never lived up to its potential until now. Liberation Maiden certainly isn’t perfect, but it’s unlike any shooter you’ve played on your iPad to this point. The final boss battle alone almost makes the whole game worth it, as it was one of the most intense experiences I’ve had with this genre on a mobile device. The price tag is a bit hefty relatively speaking, but if you’re a die hard scrolling shooter fan you should seriously consider this one. Continue reading…
Last week was a great week for iOS gamers. In addition to Mini Ninjas, endless runner fans could enjoy Sonic’s spin on the genre with Sonic Dash. It seems natural to bring Sonic’s “speed” to this genre, and you’ll also get the chance to play as Tails, Knuckles or Amy. There were a lot of interesting puzzle games this week as well, including the quirky sounding Monster Meltdown. This game has you playing a janitor that must round up escaped monsters by teleporting to switch places with them. If you’re looking for a bit of action you should check out Zombie Master World War. This pseudo-sequel to Zombie Master takes the action multi-player and global as you not only have to clean up a zombie apocalypse but you’ll have to take on other players as well.
Flexbit’s bestselling Fantastical for iPhone has received its first major update after 3 months of release on the App Store and some of the most requested features by its users have been implemented. Chief among them include the ability to set multiple alerts when creating events, support for Time zones and my personal favorite, going to a specific date by tapping and holding the red title bar at the top. The app is also on sale now, dropping a buck to $3.99 for a limited time. Besides being a great companion to Fantastical for the Mac, the interface on the iPhone makes it a snap to navigate around your schedule and its natural language engine for entering events is simply, well, fantastic. The full log of what’s new after the break.
Google’s Field Trip app is now available for the iPhone. First released on Android several months ago, this location discovery tool runs in the background of your phone. As soon as you get close to “something interesting”, an iOS notification will let you know of the POI in question. Select from a local feed of things you’d like to see, and Field Trip taps into numerous publications (Zagat, Cool Hunting, Atlas Obscura etc) to help you discover places/experiences under categories like Architecture, Food & Drinks, Offers & Deals, Movie locations and more.
If you’ve always wondered how much it costs to drive to work each day, this is one freebie you need on your iPhone. Fuel Monitor has dropped to free (down from $1.99) and it not only shows you the cost of a trip based on the latest gas price and car model, but also speed, gas used, average consumption, distance and duration.
Unlike other apps that calculate gas prices, this is the only app that uses your GPS to calculate the exact amount, rather than you having to guess the trip’s distance. Fuel Monitor identifies your location and gives you accurate information. Fuel Monitor bases its calculations on consumption data provided by manufacturers, and enhances this data by integrating additional information such as your driving style, traffic jams, accelerations, braking and more.
I’m sure you’ve seen it on many mobile gaming sites, but the big release this week was Real Racing 3, the next installment of the realistic racing simulation series from EA and Firemint Studios. There seem to be many enhancements over previous versions, but the most notable thing is that it’s free to play with IAP support. Maybe you prefer a bit of an RPG experience but are looking for something different from the standard dungeon crawl. You should check out King Cashing 2, which if it’s anything like its predecessor will be surprisingly fun despite being based on electronic slots. Maybe you’d prefer a good old fashioned platforming experience. BulkyPix can fill your needs with Penumbear, a game about a teddy bear collecting bear with fairy friends that can manipulate light.