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It’s New Year’s eve and a lonely editor at TMA headquarters has been shackled to his desk, the key hidden away in a contraption worthy of the famous Leonardo Da Vinci. The only way of getting out is to finally finish his post on the best of the best of 2010. And since, as you guessed it, that editor is me and I really want to get home to my wife, here we go.
2010 has been an amazingly fruitful year for all things Apple. First we got hit over our heads with the iPad, which has revolutionized the tablet market and against all odds is selling like hot cakes all around the world. Then the whole Gizmodo-iPhone-leak story, culminating in final release of the completely revolutionary iPhone 4. Then the brand new iPod lineup along with the long awaited re-release of the Apple TV as an iOS device. The releases of RAGE HD and Infinity Blade (TMA Review) set a new bar for graphics on the iDevice and have reasserted the iPhone as the leading mobile gaming platform. And these are only the high-high level announcements, with lots more going on in the Apple arena.
For TMA the year has been fertile as well, with the opening of the forums and several new faces in the editorial crowd. Speaking of which, to give our dues to 2010, we’ve banded together and brainstormed out our favorite games and apps of the year. Whether you’ve had an iDevice for a long time or just got your shiny new iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad for Christmas/ New Year, these are some of the titles you must check out! So, without further ado, presenting TMA’s Staff picks for 2010.
Due to the temporary shut down of approvals and new submissions over the holidays, this past week’s 10 New Games to Watch list isn’t as abundant as most weeks. There were still some interesting looking offerings, however, so hopefully you’ll find something in here that might have slipped under your radar as you were shopping for the perfect Christmas game. Without further ado, here’s the roundup…
In the myriad of Tower Defense titles available on the App Store, only a handful truly warrant attention. Origin8′s Sentinel: Mars Defense and the sequel Earth Defense certainly fall into this category, having been critically acclaimed by both the press and iDevice gamers. Third time’s the charm they say and with the recent release of Sentinel 3: Homeworld the developers are obviously aiming for another hit TD game.
The way Twitter was buzzing, I wasn’t expecting nearly so many new releases this past week. In the same vein, there weren’t nearly as many titles that grabbed me as I would have liked. Still, I think I’ve managed to dig up a fairly diverse collection of titles for your gaming enjoyment.
If you’re an adventure gamer that doesn’t believe the genre is dead then you’re in luck, because Cop – The Case Of The Cloned Beauty Queen is a detective mystery with a long title and a lot of voiceover work – 330 minutes according to the iTunes. If you’re more of a 007 than a Colombo there’s Agents!, a game of espionage that attempts to rekindle the fun of the Spy Vs Spy shtick from Mad Magazine. Tower Defense fans can sink their teeth into Sentinel 3: Homeworld, Origin8’s latest chapter in their epic sci-fi series. And, for those of you who just can’t get enough of Facebook style social gaming there’s Hollywood City, the simulation that lets you try and recreate Tinseltown in your own image.
iTête à iTête – Interview with Guillaume & Romain from DotEmu – Bringing back the classics to the AppStore
In this bustling world of the triumph of modern technology, a recent trend has been a rapidly rising demand for nostalgia gaming. It isn’t that much of surprise if you come to think of it. After all, people who grew up on the classic games of 80′s and 90′s are now in the position of making decisions and spending money… Sometimes, a LOT of money… And this in turn gave rise to a new breed of companies, focusing their efforts on bringing the classic games to modern platforms. One of the more prominent players in this market has been DotEmu, known for porting titles for almost every platform imaginable, from modern PCs and Browsers to Smartphones of all breeds. And more recently – the iOS family of devices.
Joining me today are the co-founder and CTO of DotEmu – Romain Tisserand and his Head of iPhone applications – Guillaume Siorak. The topic at hand: the recent release of the cult classic – Gobliiins (TMA Review), along with more general talk of the iDevice world.
Well the big boys decided to come back and play this week, so there are quite a few new and interesting offerings on the App Store. Of course the magic is in the air with LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, released to coincide with the outbreak of the latest film. If you can’t get enough of him on the big screen, now you can control him and a bunch of his friends on the small screen in all their blocky glory.
If the Sci-Fi machinations of George Lucas are more your style there’s Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner, the first Star Wars game to use AR to enhance the gameplay. You get to take your seat at the guns of the Millennium Flacon and blast Tie Fighters out of the sky – what could be better? If you like shooting but prefer a grittier post-apocalyptic setting there’s Rage, the new on-rails shooter from ID Software that makes you the star of a TV show where you’ll be hunted by hungry mutants. And, in our weekly dose of “who has the best freemium MMO now” there’s Kingdom Conquest from SEGA, an MMO that combines RPG dungeon crawling, SimCity kingdom building and forging alliances to rule the world.
For the past few months I’ve been bringing you a list each week of what I feel are some of the most promising games to keep an eye on in the App Store (assuming you don’t already have them). This special edition of “10 To Watch” is a list of games that you should be playing over the upcoming Halloween weekend. Of course, there are enough games on the list that you should probably start playing them now. The big difference between the normal “10 To Watch” lists and this one is that here I’ve played a good portion of the titles in this roundup. Without further ado, here are my selections for Halloween iPhone / iPod Touch games…
Plants Vs Zombies, arguably one of the most addictive and awesome games for the iDevice, is now on sale for the very first time since its release on the App Store. The iPhone version of PvZ, normally priced at $2.99, is now $0.99. Meanwhile, PvZ HD for the iPad has dropped 50% to $4.99 (down from $9.99). Anyone who’s ever played PopCap Games’ iconic and beloved tower defense game will likely agree that PvZ deserves to be considered among the must-have apps for the platform. In fact, it’s also one of the first 12 inductees into the App Hall of Fame.
If you belong to the few iPhone/iPad gamers who’ve yet to thoroughly enjoy Plants vs Zombies, now would be a great time to take advantage of this Halloween Sale (through Oct 31st).
This week seemed to be more about the little guy than about big players releasing anticipated games. From the fine folks at Team Phobic we have GravBot, a freemium title about a little robot that can alter gravity and is on a mission to collect batteries. If you’re into line drawing and tower defense there’s Towers Vs. Dragons, the game that lets you construct the defenses and then lead the bad guys right into them. For RPG fans FDG has released Across Age HD, the iPad version of their Zelda clone that has lots of environmental puzzles and lets you switch between 2 characters. Finally, for the zombie lovers Appy Entertainment has provided a special treat in All-In-1 ZombieBox, a collection of 10 zombie apps that will keep you entertained with the undead for hours.
Aside from the ever increasing new entries into the App Store, one thing you can always count on are the heaps of price drops that appear on a daily basis. Earlier today, Chiffan’s Hot Steals and deals post highlighted some awesome $0.99 bargains, including Secret of Monkey Island 1 & 2 (heck, even TETRIS is now only $0.99!!). Even better of course are the Freebie deals, which we’ve hand picked for this roundup. Leading the way is Undercroft (TMA Review), one of the most notable old-school RPGs on the iDevice. With 5 hero classes to choose from and over 20 hours of gameplay, fans of the genre mustn’t miss out. Also free is Flight Doodle, an Up there (and high score) type game that’s filled with power ups, colorful visuals and an option to design and customize your own balloon.
Lots more titles that have recently gone from paid–>free can be found after the break. Remember, these deals are only valid for a limited time… so hurry!