Turn based zombie slaying, racing with big guns and location based gang wars are where it’s at this week. Tactical Soldier – Undead Uprising (TMA Review) turns zombie hunting into a thinking man’s game, which makes it different than just about any other undead simulation around. Death Rally brings the big guns back to overhead track racing, and you’ll get to go head to head with the likes of Duke Nukem (while he’s waiting Forever for his own game again). For the rebellious socialite there’s Mob Empire, a game that lets you check in to real world locations to use as your territorial bases of operation as you conquer the world.
It’s time for another Story as this edition’s lead game is Hot Springs Story, the quirky follow up to the widely revered Game Dev Story. You trade in your programming shoes for gardening sheers, but the end result is still the quest to be number 1. If you prefer futuristic sports brawls you might want to check out Speedball 2 Evolution, the iPhone update of a 20+ year old franchise. If you’re looking for a causal game that’s a bit different I’d recommend Slot Life: Haunted Mansion, and slot machine simulation with a story and some mini-games to augment the game play. For puzzle fans there’s RoboSockets, a game that’s part Tetris, part pipes and part match 3. That’s a lot of parts!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the App Store is once again littered with great deals. While the sales not nearly as massive as the one we witnessed this past Christmas, there are still plenty of quality games that can be had for merely a buck. Gameloft’s Valentine’s Blowout event is still in effect, and SEGA has dropped a handful of their (classic) games to the dollar mark. As always, the entire roundup can be found within, but do hurry – these deals won’t last for long…
Update: ** Denotes apps newly added to roundup.
The big players are still pretty quiet right now, but there was plenty of indie muscle showing last week. Turn based strategy game fans can find lots of action in The Pantheon Cycle: Shrouded Aspect, the first in a planned series of games. If you missed it on the iPhone, one of the coolest zombie games and most amusing soccer themed games has made it to the iPad in the form of Pro Zombie Soccer Apocalypse Edition. For gamebook adventure fans there’s a fresh take on the genre thanks to Fabled Lands HD. Finally, if you’re looking for a quirky adventure game that’s heavy on puzzles, check out Hamlet or the Last Game without MMORPG Features, Shaders and Product Placement. If nothing else, it’s got a great name.
Star Wars is definitely one of the pillars of science-fiction. The original trilogy revolutionized how the general public perceive the genre and has left it’s trail in almost all areas of life – be it toys, CCGs, books or videogames. Even on the iDevice the franchise has left quite an impression, with Star Wars The Force Unleashed and the recent Star Wars: Trench Run being the most noteworthy titles. And now they have been joined by arguably the best Star Wars game on the iDevice to date in the form of a Tower Defence – Star Wars: Battle for Hoth.
Hello there, folks! I’m finally back from my long deserved vacation in the wonderful Italian town of Rimini. I know, you missed me Anyhow, I won’t bore you with descriptions of the wonderful time I had. Instead, allow me to tell you about a game that has kept me entertained during the long flights there and back as well as in some lengthy train trips. I’m talking, of course, about a recently released TBS by the name of Highborn.
Hot on the heels of the iPhone 4 launch, Apple is showcasing a brand new feature page on iTunes dubbed “The Best Games You’ve Never Played“. Presumably aimed at brand new iPhone 4 owners/App Store users (or those who who don’t follow the games section too closely), the list includes more obscure titles like Deadball Specialist, Dungeon Scroll, PonPonPanic and Warblade. Of course, these types of roundups can be very subjective, but it does appear that Apple has done a pretty good job with its selection. Admittedly, I have yet to personally try all 50 games, though here are 10 that I have played and thoroughly enjoyed:
- Chillingo Ltd, Pro Zombie Soccer – $0.99
- Straandlooper, HECTOR: Badge of Carnage (TMA Review) – $3.99
- GAIA, Sword & Poker 2(WW) – $3.99
- One Man Left, Tilt to Live – $0.99
- TAITO , Space Invaders Infinity Gene (TMA Review) – $4.99
- Lucasfilm, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition – $7.99
- Alley Labs, Meteor Blitz – $2.99
- SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd., Hills and Rivers Remain – $4.99
- David Bentley, The Impossible Game (TMA Review) – $0.99
- David Whatley, geoDefense (TMA Review) – $1.99
With over 30,000 games at the App Store, it likely wasn’t an easy task for Apple to come up with “only” 50 titles. Regardless, here’s the App Store link to the Best Games You’ve Never Played.
There are plenty of castle defense games out there, so what would make you choose one over another? Ease of control, amount of features, and replayability are certainly all contributing factors to such a decision – and I’m sure you have your own as well. You might find those factors in Battle of Puppets, but what attracts me most to this game is theme and style. I can guarantee that you’ve not seen anything quite like this before in the realm of castle defense games, and while I’m not a big fan of the genre, Battle Of Puppets makes me want to explore it just a little bit more. Feel free to discuss this review of Battle of Puppets in our forums.
One of the major projects this last Christmas has been the AppVentCalendar. An initiative, organized by Blacksmith Games and joined by a number of developers, each of which made their app free for one day. The results were so succesfull, that Blacksmith games, together with: ICS Mobile, creators of Navy Patrol: Coastal Defense; Tapjoy, creators of TapDefense; and the leading iPhone social platform, OpenFeint, have decided to launch FreeAppADay.com – where the same principle is going to run 365 days each year.
TMA has a pretty gnarly selection of editors and contributors from around the globe. And in the spirit of giving and taking, we would like to share our favourite App Store games with you. Strap on your safety belts and get your pens in order because this article is about to shed light on the darkest of our gaming secrets.