10 App Store Games To Watch [March 10 - 16]

 

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It took me a while this week to find some games I could really sink my teeth into, but there were some out there.  Braveland is probably one of the best turn based strategy games I’ve come across in quite some time.  The battles are fun, the little story snippets along the way are often amusing, and the visuals are well done and nicely animated.  Pocket Gunfighters is one of the latest offerings from Gameloft, and it should be a great example to future developers of shooting gallery style games.  With more than 50 gunmen to unlock there’s plenty to keep you busy, and it’s even worth it to die once to watch ninjas do a happy dance at your disgrace.  Tower defense fans should check out Mad Dan – Puzzle TD.  Among its features the game boasts 150 different levels, and you can play the whole thing for free.
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Toast Time in Review – When Breakfast Fights Back

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The idea is simple: protect the clock from a swarm of aliens for a designated number of seconds.  The thing is you’re just a toaster, so you do what toasters do best.  Each tap of the screen has you ejecting a nicely cooked piece of bread with the intention of either flinging yourself to a more accessible spot or taking out a slimy critter before it gets too close to the clock.  You start with your basic slice of white bread, but you can change your weapon by shooting creates that appear from time to time on the screen.  Crates also help you unlock new weapons and outfits, so be sure to get as many as you can per level.

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10 App Store Games To Watch [March 3 - 9]

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There were a lot of interesting looking games last week which was good because with all of the snow still falling in my area it should feel like Christmas in the App Store.  Besides the games I’ve detailed below, last week saw the release of Jolly Grim Ep 1: The Hamster and The Ring.  This card based RPG follows a boy tracking a hamster that has stolen an invisibility ring through a land full of fairy tale characters.  You know you’re in for a treat when the first recognizable character you meet is Little Red Riding Hood, who happens to be working in a Taco shop.  Bloo Kid 2 is the successor to the cool Bloo Kid.  The game has the same cool graphical look and 8-bit style soundtrack, but the gameplay is more Mario-esque this time.  Jungle Rumble is the latest offering from Gamerizon.  It has the same great graphics that make the Chop Chop games look so cool, you get to continually consume meat like in Chop Chop Caveman, and there are several nifty weapons for you to get your hands on.
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Galaxy Run in Review: Out Of This World Fun

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Galaxy Run is a one screen, one button platform game from Spiel Studio, the folks that brought us the cool “launch an object” game Propel Man.  Generally I get into this style of game play pretty easily, and I like the progression of game mechanics Galaxy Run employs as well as the space motif.  The main problem I have with the game is that there seems to be a strong lack of difficulty, at least in the initial sets of levels that come with the game.  Thankfully the bonus worlds start to fix that problem, but I think the initial six worlds could use a bit of balancing.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [February 24 - March 2]

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Is it over yet?  I hate to keep harping on this Flappy Bird fad, but all the annoying clones make it really hard for me to find new quality games.  Anyway, Chillingo’s release for the week was a Duck Hunt style game call Duck Destroyer, which at first begged the question “why?” in my mind.  Once I played it, however, I realized it was one of the best of the genre that I’ve played on my iOS devices so far.  If you like simple card games but don’t want to admit to playing solitaire, 9-line is a great alternative.  It’s easy to learn, supports both single and multiplayer modes, and even throws a little strategy in to boot.  For the budding zoologists in the crowd Nimble Bit offers Disco Zoo.  Unlike most zoo simulators I actually enjoyed this one for more than 5 minutes, in large part due to the fact that you actually have to find the animals that you’ll place in your zoo.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [February 10 - 16]

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Despite the fact that about 30% of the new release entries seem to be Flappy Bird clones, I did manage to find what I think is a rather interesting collection of iOS games for your idle time.  In addition to the games I’ve detailed below, Chilibite Entertainment released Tower Tapper, a NinJump style game where you try and help a snail reach his date.  The concept is cute, the graphics are well done and it’s actually pretty fun.  I also quite enjoyed Bridge Me, a simple game about trying to help a man build bridges to get across chasms.  There’s not much variation to game play, the graphics are simple and there are no achievements or power ups, yet it still held my attention a lot longer than Flappy Bird did.  And, for those that like to get back to the basics Chillingo released a silly matching game called Jelly Love.  The main gimmick is that you can move a block around anywhere instead of just swapping with its neighbor, and the jellies are just really cute.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [February 3 - 9]

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You know the drill. A lot of games came out, I checked out as many as I could, and now I’m telling you about 10 that I think might be worth your while. Once I get back into the swing of things these intros might get more elaborate again, but until then let’s just get on to the games…
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Shadow Blade in Review – Old School Action With Modern Looks

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Amongst all of my past console excursions, the one that I remember with the most fondness was my time spent playing my Nintendo Entertainment System.  A franchise that kept me entertained if not a bit frustrated was Ninja Gaiden, the tale of a ninja named Ryu that kicked butt and liked to do back flips.  At first glance one might feel that Shadow Blade is a modern interpretation of this classic series, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  After spending some time with the game I’m not so sure if it’s meant to be an homage to or simply inspired by the old favorites, but either way the game is quite entertaining.  It also manages to pretty much conquer the issues most action games have with controls on a touch screen device. Continue reading…

Crazy Chicken: Pirates in Review – More Tame Than Crazy

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While some developers have come a long way towards making playable FPS games on touch screen devices, the shooting gallery style game is really a much more pleasant experience for said hardware.  One franchise in particular that has always brought entertaining installments to this genre is Moorhuhn, aka Crazy Chicken depending on where you live in the world.  One recent edition to the franchise is Crazy Chicken: Pirates for iOS devices, which as of the writing of this article has been subtitled Christmas Edition for the holidays.  It has all the wackiness you’d expect if you were familiar with the brand, and three different game play modes to boot. Continue reading…