If you consider yourself anything more than a solitaire player when it comes to computer games then youâ€™ve probably played a Breakout clone or two in your time.Â Much like the tower defense genre thereâ€™s a pretty basic game play mechanic that most variants in this genre stick to, so just like in tower defense games it tends to boil down to window dressing.Â And boy is Ackyâ€™s window looking spiffy.Â There are power ups, pilots and pets, oh my!Â Create more than one ball at the same time, destroy random bricks to help you complete a level and try real hard to conquer the boards where you must hit all the bricks without touching the side and top walls.Â This may be â€œjustâ€ a brick breaker at heart, but thereâ€™s plenty of fluff to keep gamers happy. Continue reading…
One of the latest features of the App Store is the ability for developers to bundle up their software titles and offer that bundle at a reduced price.Â What’s really nice for the consumer is that if you own some of the games in the bundle already you can purchase the rest for a pro-rated lower cost so you still save some money.Â Many game developers are already jumping on this bandwagon, so I thought I’d point out a couple of recent one that I thought were interesting.
While I might not have been reporting on them so much in the past few weeks, that doesnâ€™t mean there have been any less new game offerings in the iOS world.Â Iâ€™ve decided to change things up a bit, however, and instead of tying each installment to a specific week, Iâ€™m just going to bring you the games that Iâ€™ve currently been playing.Â So, without further ado, here are 10 App Store games to watchâ€¦
These days the â€œinfiniteâ€ mold takes on many different shapes and sizes.Â You have your traditional runners, vehicular based romps, games where youâ€™re constantly falling or in cases like this a flight to the ends of the universe (or at least to Mars).Â Cool graphics, jazzy music and a number of achievements give you reason to keep coming back, but the lack of upgradable anything seems to be curbing my enthusiasm just a bit.
Ever fancied yourself running the locales of Temple Run 2 with your favorite NFL player?Â Well now you can, assuming of course that your favorite player is either Colin Kaepernick from the San Francisco 49ers or Russell Wilson of Seattle Seahawkâ€™s fame.Â Starting from October 10 until Thanksgiving rolls around, two new players will be released each week.Â If you purchase them while theyâ€™re available youâ€™ll have access to them even after the week is up, but once the next set comes to the Temple Run 2 store youâ€™ll be out of luck.Â For more information on this special event go here:
And if for some reason you don’t already have Temple Run 2, check it out here:
Imangi Studios, LLC, Temple Run 2 – Free
Are you a fan of Dead Trigger 2?Â If so itâ€™s time to find out how you compare with all the other trigger-ites.Â Madfinger Games is currently holding a competition called the Ithaca Tour that takes place in five cites across Europe (and since Iâ€™m a little bit late to the party two of them have already passed).Â Each leg of the competition takes place over a weekend in October except the final destination which starts on Halloween and continues through the second of November.Â Join the fray, wrack up some big scores and try to qualify for some cool prizes including an Nvidia Shield!Â Note that you will have to have a Dead Trigger 2 account which requires either a new signup or a Facebook account.Â For more details on the contest you can check out the official Berlin page, which is the next stop in the competition:
And, just in case you don’t already own the game:
MADFINGER Games, a.s., DEAD TRIGGER 2 – Free
In a virtual App Store that sees thousands of new game releases a month, how is a company supposed to get noticed?Â Some feel they need to turn to publishers like Chillingo or BulkyPix, while others put their trust in PR firms.Â Apparently Nekki believes in the power of its own fan base.Â Shadow Fight 2 is the mobile sequel to their hit Facebook martial arts game, and so far it has seen 35 million downloads between iOS and Android devices.Â Nekki has amassed an amazing 160 million downloads amongst all of their games, which is quite impressive given that they has spent very little on advertising up to this point.Â Continue reading…
Most of my experience with Big Fish Games has been in relation to hidden object games, at least when it comes to my iDevices.Â I was intrigued by the release of Gummy Drop!, though, because I was told that it wasnâ€™t a cookie cutter match 3 game, and as a devout fan of the genre Iâ€™m always looking for something that feels fresh.Â The truth is that from a mechanics perspective there really isnâ€™t anything you havenâ€™t seen before, or at least thatâ€™s the case with as far as Iâ€™ve gotten.Â What does stand out, however, are all the goals and extras that come with completing the levels.Â Be warned that this is a free to play game, which means youâ€™ll need a fair amount of patience or the willingness to spend some IAP to keep progressing after a while.
Tilt To Live: Gauntlet’s Revenge
Tilt To Live redefined the â€œdodge everythingâ€ 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 â€“ the point is that the games are awesome!)Â 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: Gauntletâ€™s Revenge is born.Â 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.Â Iâ€™ll bring you more details once Iâ€™ve actually had the chance to play the game, but in the mean time hereâ€™s a nifty little bullet point list from the developers:
â€¢Â Â Â Responsive tilt controls, calibrated your way.
â€¢Â Â Â Easy, Medium, & Hard modes: choose the length of your health bar
â€¢Â Â Â Challenging gameplay: experience the full spectrum of human emotion
â€¢Â Â Â Three gauntlets to conquer in whichever order you like!
â€¢Â Â Â Traps and enemies are shuffled for a fresh experience every retry.
â€¢Â Â Â Reach the finish line to take on an endless Bonus Round.
â€¢Â Â Â Show off your best pointonium haul on our Game Center leaderboards.
â€¢Â Â Â Challenging achievements dare you to master each gauntlet’s traps.
â€¢Â Â Â 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.Â In the mean time, why not check out the rest of the series?
The long haul of the holiday season has begun, and thereâ€™s still no shortage of new games on the App Store.Â Iâ€™ve been juggling between two games for the last entry in this weekâ€™s list, so hereâ€™s a bit about the one I didnâ€™t pick.Â The game is called Appointment With F.E.A.R., and itâ€™s the latest collaboration between Steve Jackson and Tin Man Games.Â 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 Gamesâ€™ offerings.Â You get to choose a superpower which will affect how you handle different situations, and youâ€™ll also have to choose at certain times who want to help when multiple crises rear their head simultaneously.Â Itâ€™s a nice departure from the typical gamebook, and Iâ€™d venture to say itâ€™s probably a different superhero experience then youâ€™ve had in electronic games before.