ROTii in Review – Vacuuming Doesn’t Always Suck

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Back when I was an avid console gamer I used to love 2D platform games. Castlevania, Mega-Man, Super Mario Bros.: there was just something about the format that really resonated with me. When touch screen, mobile gaming took over my electronic life I drifted towards scrolling shooters, because generally speaking the controls seemed to handle themselves better than most platforms when you didn’t have the aid of a tactile controller. Still, whenever a platformer looks like it has promise I’m more than willing to give it a try and ROTii is just such a game. ROTii certainly has many of the qualities that remind me why I like the genre so much, but there are also a few issues that keep it from rising to the top.
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Android Games Roundup [7/15/18]

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Another roundup is here and it hasn’t even been 2 months yet!  I know, I’m shocked too.  I was hoping things would pick up a bit, but life has this funny habit of continually getting in my way.  At any rate, I actually included an additional game in this roundup, and eventually I might get back up to the 10 game quota I had in the iOS days.  I tried to pick a nice variety of genres again, and I finally got to try out a game I’ve been wanting to play but that wasn’t compatible with my old Apple device.  I also found a couple of nice RPG lite games for those who like the grinding but don’t have hours at a time to invest in a mobile game, and a cool motorcycle game that reminds me just a bit of one of my SEGA Genesis favorites.  I apologize for the lack of corresponding iOS links this time around, but iTunes isn’t cooperating with me at the moment.
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Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends in Review: Not Quite So Legendary

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By now it should come as no surprise that I love adventure games, and while I continually refute the claim that they are “not dead yet”, it is hard to argue that the genre is feeling a bit stagnant lately, especially on the mobile front.  Even G5, whom we used to be able to count on for some fun Hidden Object / Adventure games seems to have resorted mainly to updating a couple of F2P offerings every now and again.  Thankfully Artifex Mundi is still delivering, and I recently got the chance to play one of their latest, Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends.  I can’t say it was my favorite offering, but it was a solid game with an enjoyable if not fairly standard fantasy plot.
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Android Games Roundup [6/9/18]

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I’m finally back again… again.  Hopefully it will be for more than a single installment this time around.  As usual I’ve tried to bring you a mix of various game styles.  I found a new infinite runner with a cool nautical theme, and a match 3 game that I’m enjoying almost as much as Homescapes (see my first Android Roundup).  On the other hand, I was disappointed with an escape game that had a lot of potential and a mine cart racing game that didn’t feel like the developer had put much effort into it.  And if you’re wondering and can remember that far back, I’m still working on King Oddball, though I’ve finished the main and hidden worlds and am now working on all the special missions.
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Android Games Roundup [4/10/18]

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I really wasn’t sure how my transition from iOS to Android was going to go, but luckily once you’ve got a game running the underlying OS really doesn’t make much difference. I do miss the bigger iPad screen for some games, but otherwise I’ve adapted quite well (though I did have a running start thanks to my stint with an iPod Touch before getting my iPad). For this outing I found a new scrolling shooter to add to my favorites list, I reacquainted myself with an old favorite from the SEGA Genesis days, and I spent more time than I should have with a game I already spent a lot of time playing on my iPad. And there were a few other games thrown into the mix as well. Enjoy!
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Tin Man Touts Tantalizing Tales

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It’s no secret that Tin Man Games is one of my favorite mobile developers. After all, they were the ones that most successfully brought one of my favorite childhood pastimes to the mobile screen – the gamebook adventure. I was somewhat saddened when they switched from their incredible electronic book format to the board game style of Warlock of Firetop Mountain (though don’t get me wrong, that looks like an incredible game), but now they’re back to their roots with Fighting Fantasy Classics, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic.
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Android Games Roundup [2/20/18]

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Welcome to my first roundup of 2018! Sorry I’m a bit late to the party (does nearly two months count as fashionable?), but life has a funny way of not letting you do what you want to sometimes. Anyway, I’ve shifted gears a bit, because honestly I was getting tired of things just flat out not listing my iPad as a supported device or not NOT listing it but the game really not working on it anyway. Plus, I got a new-ish Android phone for Christmas, and it actually plays a lot of those games I just mentioned in the last sentence. So, my first collection of summaries is actually about Android games, though if there is an iOS version available I will provide a link for that as well. Just remember, I played all of these games on an Android phone, not on my iPad 2.

Also, I decided to do something else that I’ve not done with a roundup before, or at least not with roundups on this site. Instead of just listing games I liked (though that will still probably be the majority of what shows up), I’m actually going to mention games that I didn’t care for so much either. You should be able to tell the difference pretty readily, but just in case I’ll conclude each summary with a “Play” or “Pass” designation. And here’s a slight spoiler: Homescapes, Fastlane and Into The Dead 2 deserve a couple of extra “plays” added on to the end of my verdict. I play each of them almost every single day, which hasn’t happened for a long time even with the games that do still run on my iPad 2. So, without further ado, let’s actually get to the reviews…
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Abi: A Robot’s Tale in Review – Dystopian Robot Adventure Gaming Anyone?

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I grew up on adventure games, and while there seems to be a resurgence in popularity of the genre (disregarding the underground movement that argues they never went away), I still get really excited every time a new one pops up that isn’t filled with hidden object screens or scores of mini-games that are either mind numbing or frustratingly executed.  Abi: A Robot’s Tale definitely has more of an old school feel to it, at least in terms of game play… up until roughly the last third of the game.  I’m still rather intrigued by where this series might go – at least I hope it’s going to be a series – but I trust that future installments will steer away from where this one ended up.  Keep on reading and all will soon become clear.
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Cherrypick Games partners with National Breast Cancer Foundation

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If you like time management games, you should give My Hospital a try.  It has a thriving online community and developers that actually like to get feedback and implement changes based on user input.  Now you can throw “fostering awareness of breast cancer symptoms and treatments” into the mix.  Beginning November 16th, Cherrypick Games has entered into a partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to bring awareness of this potentially fatal disease to its players, as well as giving those players a chance to help with the cause.  Unfortunately, it’s not exactly clear what this partnership entails, but I’m sure you’ll find out if you play the game, and it’s free for iOS and Android devices, as well as for MacOS.

My Hospital: Build and Manage Cherrypick Games S.A., My Hospital: Build and Manage – Free

Touch My App Store Roundup [10/22/17]

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Welcome to the not really all new, once again renamed latest edition of my App Store roundup.  When I first started this was a weekly (mostly) publication, and the games I covered generally came out in the week prior to my post.  Then it finally got to the point where I was covering a mix of older and new games, so I dropped “New” from the title.  Finally I even chopped off the date range, simply putting the date of the post in the title instead of the range that supposedly encompassed the games I was covering.  Now I’ve decided to go with the simple moniker “Touch My App Store Roundup” because, quite frankly, I won’t always be talking about 10 different games.  I thought maybe if I cut down on the quantity I could get the article out more often.  However, there is no need to fret, because the quality won’t be compromised in any way. Continue reading…