10 App Store Games To Watch [3/15/16]

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Spring is in the air, more or less.  Thankfully, better weather doesn’t deter me from playing games.  After all, even on the nicest days it gets dark at some point.  This roundup features a couple of interesting hybrid games, as well as an interesting take on a style of RPG I’m not normally fond of.  Puzzle Siege is a tower siege game that uses an odd combination of 2048 and collapsing bricks for its puzzle mechanic.  Throw in the ability to level up your units and you have an extremely interesting mash-up that actually works quite well.  Dungeon Monsters RPG is a menu driven RPG, which usually tends to bore me before too long.  With the addition of 3D dungeon maps to explore, however, Dungeon Monsters RPG transcends the trappings of its peers and manages to hold my interest.  Defenders 2: Tower Defense CCG is a mash-up of, well, take a guess.  While the CCG part of the mix sometimes feels gimmicky, when you tack on the overhead map that you can explore it adds enough variety to the game to make it a fresh tower defense experience.
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Want To Chat With Taylor From Lifeline?

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Ever had the desire to talk to a fictional character? On March 22nd you’ll get your chance, at least if the character you want to chat with is Taylor from the first and third installments of the Lifeline series from 3 Minute Games. Just load up your favorite Twitter client on the 22nd and send your questions to @lifelinegame. Just make sure to include the hashtag #Talktotaylor so everyone can follow along on the fun.
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Lifeline: Silent Night in Review – Great Story, Minimal Game Play

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Lifeline: Silent Night is the third in a series of “interactive conversations” from 3 Minute Games.  On the plus side, this chapter of the series returns us to the adventures of Taylor the astronaut, because the second installment went off on some weird mystical tangent that was anything but engrossing.  The problem with Lifeline, and with this style of game in general, is that I feel more like I’m taking a psychological exam then playing an adventure game.  I applaud the fact that they take a completely different approach to telling a story, but in the end I find that the mechanism actually removes me from the narrative instead of drawing me into it.  It’s a shame, because the story deserves more.
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Venture Kid in Review: Modern 8 Bit Platforming Glory

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When I first saw the screen shots for Venture Kid I thought it was just going to be a cheap knock-off of Mega Man.  Even the main character looked like nothing more than a Photoshopped version of the Mega Man sprite from one of the 8 bit iterations of the game.  Still, as a fan of the series that obviously inspired this game I really wanted to give it a try, and I don’t regret it for a minute.  Since there’s not likely to be an iOS version of Mega Man (at least as far as original content is concerned), Venture Kid is a more than adequate substitute.  Smart level design, a decent variety of enemies and a difficulty level that will make fans of the famous blue robot feel right at home all come together to make Venture Kid a platform game worth playing.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [2/19/16]

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So I start this roundup with an apology.  In a couple of the early entries I made reference to Game Center with comments like “I think” and “there appears to be”, because the games indicated they supported Game Center but for the last couple of weeks at least I have been unable to log in to the service.  After a while I just gave up on mentioning Game Center.  I know that’s not really my fault, but somebody has to apologize for the fact that Apple seems to keep breaking their fundamental iOS applications.  Anyway, you’ll see a lot of familiar styles of game in this list, because I like what I like.  Just remember that the games make my list because they kept me entertained, not necessarily because they were of a particular game mechanic.  It just happens that those two things obviously collide more often than not.
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Fire: Ungh’s Quest in Review – Not Your Typical Caveman Adventure

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There were several adventure games in 2015 that stood out for one reason or another, but Fire: Ungh’s Quest was by far the most unusual one that still managed to be enjoyable.  A wacky plot, plenty of challenging puzzles and some crazy supporting characters has kept me engaged for the most part.  Unfortunately, the need for a walkthrough has been a bit of a turn off.  In the end though, helping Ungh recover his fire has been primarily been a rewarding experience.
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Air Attack 2 in Review – Sorry Sky Force, You’ve Been Replaced

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So how do you make a compelling scrolling shooter that works at all the right levels?  I could list a bunch of criteria here, but I figure I’ll just make this easy for both me and you and say “give Air Attack 2 a try”.  Much like Sky Force in 2014 (and much of 2015), Air Attack 2 will be the scrolling shooter to dethrone this year.  Between the extensive single player campaign and several special runs that allow you to compete against other players around the world, Air Attack 2 has plenty of game play to keep you busy.  And, while you might have to fly some missions over and over again to achieve all the goals, you’ll never get bored doing so.  If this is your type of game then you’ll want Air Attack 2 on your device right now.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [1/23/16]

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Welcome to my first roundup of 2016.  Of course you wouldn’t necessarily know it given the release dates of some of my choices, but with all the games I go through each week it’s often easy to overlook certain gems for a long time.  The way I figure it, as long as they are still available in the App Store they are still worth looking into, and that’s certainly the case for the oldest game on my list, Icycle: On Thin Ice.  Of course it doesn’t hurt that the game just received 7 new levels at the end of last year to complete the game’s story.  At any rate, as usual I hope you find something on this list that appeals to you, as I’ve had fun exploring each and every one of these games.
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Myths of Orion: Light from the North HD in Review – Another Fine Myth from G5

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Myths Of Orion: Light from the North HD was the second to last hidden object game released by G5 in 2015, and it has been a pretty decent way for me to end out the year.  It hasn’t been my favorite title I’ve played over the past 12 months, but it has certainly been entertaining working my way through the different lands in the game.  The story is interesting enough, though pretty standard for a fantasy game, and there are plenty of locations to explore and puzzles to solve.  I do wish the game would have been balanced more towards object puzzles than hidden object scenes or mini-games, but overall it wasn’t too skewed.  While G5 has stronger options in their collection, you could certainly do a lot worse than Myths Of Orion as well.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [12/29/15]

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Welcome to my last roundup of 2015.  Hopefully you’ve enjoyed my forays into the myriad of releases the App Store has to offer, and possibly even picked up a game or two that you might not have considered otherwise.  I’ve had a lot of fun trying out all of these games for you, and I look forward to an even more entertaining year in 2016.  If you celebrate then have a safe holiday, and we’ll see you in the new year!
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