This week’s New Games to Watch roundup was pretty well dominated by the little guy, though a few high profile games managed to break through. If you haven’t gotten your racing fill with Death Rally then fasten your seat belts, because Race After 1977 is heating up the tracks this week. Even if you’re tired of putting the rubber to the road, this one might be worth checking out. For those of you that still don’t have your fill of Pac-Man there’s Pac’N-Jump. In this game you’ll take Pac-Man to new heights. There were a lot of tributes to the “old days” this week, but none so full-featured as Atari’s Greatest Hits, which gathers over 100 games from both the arcade and Atari 2600 console and puts them snugly in one interface. Of course, the only one you get for free is pong…
The iPad 2 launch is mere hours away and as expected, the App Store is littered with great deals. EA has launched their own iPad 2 Sale and all EA Mobile iPad games have been slashed up to 70% off. Even Gameloft has thrown in a few HD titles that can be had now for $0.99. If you already have an iPad or are planning to buy one this afternoon/in coming days, be sure to check out the entire roundup below. And as always, these deals are only good for a limited time, so act fast!
As part of EA’s own “Deal of the Day” promotion, YAHTZEE™ Adventures is now Free for one day. Fans of Yahtzee will no doubt enjoy this classic game that’s been given all new play modes : Adventure, Battle, Duplicate and Rainbow. Other notable freebies include Garage Inc, Monkey Dash and iAssociate 2 HD. Be sure to check out the complete list below… but do remember that these deals are only good for a limited time!
A rare guest in our laboratory tonight, we welcome a member of the tactical turn-based strategy. The genre itself has seen various implementations on the iDevice, from the excellent Battle for Wesnoth (TMA Review) and Highborn (TMA Review) to the more obscure titles that have languished in the App Store. Personally I’ve always been quite fond of such games, ones that truly challenge the mind and strategic skills of the player. That’s why even despite the less promising screenshots of The Pantheon Cycle: Shrouded Aspect I still took it for a spin, hoping against hope it will prove me wrong.
Enjoy time management games on your iDevice and haven’t picked up Cooking Dash yet? This great follow up to one of the most successful in the genre (Diner Dash), is now free for a limited time! We reviewed Cooking Dash a while back and found it to be just as enjoyable and addictive as any in the highly popular “Dash” series. Other freebies worth your time include Vikings Can Fly! and The Rise of Atlantis HD. Be sure to check out the complete list below… but do remember that these deals likely won’t last very long.
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.
I’m so happy to see a strong flood of games coming in again. My iDevice was starting to get bored (just kidding). At any rate, action RPG lovers should give Gameloft’s freemium adventure Sacred Odyssey: Rise Of Ayden a try. Rumor has it that the game feels sort of like an iPhone Zelda, and there’s nothing at all wrong with that. If you want some dry British humor with your physics puzzles than you might want to take Monty Python’s Cow Tossing for a whirl. It combines classic Holy Grail shenanigans with the game play style of certain disgruntled fowl to hopefully bring you a hilarious wall crumbling experience. Addicts that just can’t get enough of the actual Hasbro toy should check out Bop It!, the iDevice implementation of said game that offers several new gadgets to play with, as well as 4 solo and 4 multi-player modes. Finally, those that aren’t sick of zombie games yet can sail the 7 seas with Zombie Isle, the story of a human pirate captain that happens to have a crew of undead minions. And no, Jack Sparrow won’t be popping by these seas any time soon.
The New Year’s parties are finally over! There basically hasn’t been an outstanding week of new releases since Christmas, but this past week was pretty nice. Of course the big news was Dead Space (TMA Review), and while I don’t always get to try the top contenders right away, I’ve been able to sink my mitts into this particular one. I like it – a lot. Nostalgia buffs should check out Pac-Man Battle Royale, which supports up to 4 pac-men at once and lets you eat both ghosts AND your opponents when you swallow the power pill. Zombie Café takes the typical restaurant simulation to low places, and if you’re not careful the staff just might eat the patrons. Finally, horror / adventure game fans finally get the chance to dig deeper into the mystery of Project H with Hysteria Project 2 (TMA Review), but be warned – you might be left with even more questions this time around.
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.
I thought the last roundup was crazy for new releases, but this past week was probably the largest I’ve seen for new games since I’ve started this weekly 10 to Watch article, and there were at least twice as many new games as the biggest prior week. That made it all the more difficult to decide what to talk about, since I knew a lot of these games have been in the spotlight since before their release. As always, I think I’ve come up with a decent cross section of games to mention, and since my choices are so many and it’s Christmas week I thought I’d even throw in a couple of extra ones for your reading pleasure. As such I think I’ll keep the intro short and sweet, and just let you discover the games as you read through the rest of the article.