10 App Store Games To Watch [1/14/15]


Welcome to 2015!  Last year was a great one for iOS games, and I fully expect this one to be even better.  For the first roundup of 2015 I tried to include games that were a bit closer to the article’s release date, but you’ll see one that snuck in which has a bit of mileage on it.  The way I figure it, if the game is still selling in the App Store it’s still worth reporting on.  Sit back, relax and get ready to start downloading some new games! Continue reading…

10 App Store Games To Watch [August 4 - 10]


I’m pretty sure someone has made the weeks shorter, because I just don’t seem to have nearly enough time to dive into these new games any more. This week one of my favorites was not only a Flappy Bird style game, but the protagonist was a feline and I’m about as opposite of a cat fan as you can get. Still, Kitty Hates Water was cute, the controls actually worked (sorry, bad controls are not a “challenge” in the positive sense) and goals were actually attainable. For those of you that like the character building of an RPG but the pace of an infinite runner you can find PixelHero on the App Store. You have to level up with randomly generated perks every time you play, but in between runs you can permanently upgrade certain stats. Finally, one of the masters of creating true video game worlds is back with Godus. This is Peter Molyneux’s second foray into the iOS platform, and it’s much more to his gaming roots than his first product. If you like games like Populous you should feel right at home with Godus. Continue reading…

10 App Store Games To Watch [March 10 - 16]



It took me a while this week to find some games I could really sink my teeth into, but there were some out there.  Braveland is probably one of the best turn based strategy games I’ve come across in quite some time.  The battles are fun, the little story snippets along the way are often amusing, and the visuals are well done and nicely animated.  Pocket Gunfighters is one of the latest offerings from Gameloft, and it should be a great example to future developers of shooting gallery style games.  With more than 50 gunmen to unlock there’s plenty to keep you busy, and it’s even worth it to die once to watch ninjas do a happy dance at your disgrace.  Tower defense fans should check out Mad Dan – Puzzle TD.  Among its features the game boasts 150 different levels, and you can play the whole thing for free.
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10 Great “After Christmas” Game Purchases


So I was asked if I could try to compile a list of what I thought were the best games of 2013.  To be perfectly honest, that’s a pretty hard thing for me to do, especially given the fact that I rarely get the chance to finish most of the games I play.  Instead, I’m going to present to you a list of games that are definitely top notch and that I think I worth investing your time in.  They may not necessarily be the best of their breed, but they are ones that stick out in my mind for one reason or another.  And be warned right now, there will probably be some that you’d expect to see on this list that won’t show up, in large part because I probably have not even played them yet.  Now that we have the ground work laid, let’s get on to the games…

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [September 30 - October 6]


Some people don’t consider iOS devices real gaming platforms, but since I started writing reviews for my iPod Touch and iPad I barely look back at all the other electronics sitting in my house.  The adventure game category is covered when you get first rate releases like The Cave from Ron Gilbert and Double Fine Productions.  The master of Monkey Island brings his wit to spelunking with a cast of crazy characters and plenty of oddball puzzles to solve.  If you prefer your humor a bit drier and tied to the zombie apocalypse then you might want to give Zombie Apocalift a try.  There are still quirky characters, but in this game you have to deal with hordes of undead while trapped in an elevator.  If you just want to indulge in a lighthearted puzzle game you should give Happy Hills 2: Bombs Away! a try.  This sequel has 160 levels, some new ways to get rid of the blocks and an endless arcade mode for when you want to relax your brain a little.
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10 New App Store Games To Watch [June 10 - 16]


This week’s selection of games was full of fun little surprises, including a movie tie-in that I actually really enjoy. First up, though, is a rogue-like game called Quadropus Rampage, which I almost picture what it would be like if they made an action version of Squids. The game has lots of redeeming qualities, but it’s almost worth it just for the goofy names of all the weapons. If you’re looking for something completely different you might want to try Rescue Me – The Adventures. As the name implies the game involves rescuing people, but the mechanics are clever and it can be quite humorous at times. Now about that movie tie-in: the game is Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Instead of trying to recreate the movie in a game this is simply an infinite runner that takes place in the Despicable Me universe, but there are enough movie references to satisfy fans and it’s just loads of fun.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [June 3 - 9]


So many new games, so little time to play them all.  This was an big week for tower defense fans as there were at least 4 sizeable releases in the genre.  One of my all time favorite TD games was Kingdom Rush, and now we have the sequel in Kingdom Rush Frontiers.  With more than 18 tower abilities, 40+ monster types and 9 heroes to select and cultivate, this game promises to be bigger and better than its predecessor in every way.  Speaking of sequels, the cubes are back in Cubemen2.  In addition to everything else this installment might bring to the table, the game already offers a mind blowing 1500 user designed levels to play.  Com2Us has stepped into the fray with Defense Technica.  One standout feature of this offering is the use of tower cards which can be combined to create some unique defense structures.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [May 27 - June 2]


Well, I broke my “report on the little guys” mantra this week by bringing you the low down on what was probably the two biggest releases of the week, but it couldn’t be helped. Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic has been around for a while, and from what I gather it’s not only a top notch RPG, but it’s one of the best outings the Star Wars IP has to offer in terms of video games. You start as an agent of the republic, but where you end up is full dependent on what you want to get out of the game. If you prefer fantasy to sci-fi I hear that Warhammer Quest is a pretty cool option. It looks like a beefed up board game, has the advantages of an electronic game system, and you’ll never loose any pieces. Finally, one I didn’t mention elsewhere in this article was World War Z. Sure it could be just another zombie shooter, but given Phosphor Games’ track record I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt. Besides, I’m eager to see how the handle their first free roaming first person game.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [May 20 - 26]


I’m surprised at how many weeks in a row the App Store has had a strong release list, especially since most of the games aren’t coming from the “big” publishers.  One of my favorite games this week was Something Has Changed, a minimalist game in terms of aesthetics and instructions.  What it does really well is challenge you to quickly adapt to ever-changing rules, no matter how slight those changes might be.  Dead Ahead is a fun new infinite runner zombie game from Chillingo.  It has some stylish visuals and lets you run over zombies with a motorcycle.  Strategy fans might want to check out Pirates vs Corsairs: Davey Jones’ Gold.  This game provides the goals of Risk in a slightly more lighthearted atmosphere, and you get to dodge sharks and Krakens to boot.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [May 13 - 19]


This was another week where there were a lot more options than I had slots available to talk about.  I didn’t want to upset the delicate balance of the list by including two infinite runners, but another one that caught my attention was Blade Journey.  Combat, some interesting terrain design and a health and mana system make this much more than a simple Temple Run clone.  On the surface Evilot looks much like a Plants vs. Zombies spin-off.  Be careful, though, because some Triple Town style mechanics could mean you suddenly don’t have defenses where you thought you did, providing for an interesting layer of strategy.  Turbo Racing League is a joint effort between PikPok and Dreamworks Interactive to promote the new animated film Turbo.  More importantly, playing between now and the middle of June will give you a chance to enter a contest with a million dollars worth of prizes!

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