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This week’s selections sound like they were pulled straight from the “popular kids” section of gaming. You have a brand new farming sim (at least to the iOS platform) called Green Farm that comes to you courtesy of Gameloft. On the other hand, if tower defense games are your thing you have your choice of Army Of Darkness Defense or Stop The Knights, both of which sound like they take a bit darker but more comical route to the genre. Finally you have something completely different – at least given the developer – in the form of a physics puzzler called Bug Chucker (TMA Review) from Cyan Worlds, the creators of such treasures as Myst and Riven.
This week’s lineup includes ball rolling bliss, the next World Of Warcraft (maybe), and a little bit of controversy. First up is Gears (TMA Review), the game that has redefined what users will expect from ball rolling games. If you catch it while it’s still on sale for 99 cents you’ll be getting a great deal, but if not it’s still worth the asking price. For those of you waiting on a true 3D fantasy MMORPG, the wait might finally be over. Gameloft has released Order & Chaos Online, and from the screen shots and description it looks like they’ve made every attempt at bringing World Of Warcraft home to your iOS device. If you prefer to live on the edge there’s Unpleasant Horse and Snuggle Truck, a couple of games that tangled with Apple because their original submitted content didn’t quite sit with the overlords of “good judgment”. They’re available now, however, so hopefully the content didn’t veere to much from what was originally intended (though it’s pretty safe to say in one case it did).
For years and years various conspiracy theorists have been theorizing about Earth having a soul, or Gaia as it is sometimes called. This soul, encompassing all life on the planet, is thought to be dormant, waking up only on extreme occasions to protect Earth from danger. It turns out they were not talking exactly about Earth. In the near future, mankind spreads across the nearby cosmos and finds a planet with a unique gas, allowing it to reach new heights in science and production. But the Evil Angry Planet is definitely not too happy about this.
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.
About a year ago, Plants vs. Zombies (TMA Review) made its way onto the App Store with much fanfare and it was highly acclaimed across the board by both critics and the general public. With its mind-boggling success, it was only a matter of time that look-alikes would popup. If anything, I’m a bit surprised that it took as long as it did. Nevertheless, regardless of how KillingZone Defense may resemble PopCap’s famous twist on the tower defense genre at first glance, it turns out to be a rather different game altogether.
It’s quite interesting to note the torrent of Tower Defense games that has been flooding the App Store for last year or so, is slowly but surely slowing down to a trickle. And more and more of the new releases try to do more to distinguish themselves from the crowd in one of the most populated genres. While some try to leverage famous franchises like Star Wars: Battle for Hoth (TMA Review) or The Lord of the Rings: Middle-earth Defense (TMA Review), others go for features like Sentinel 3: Homeworld (TMA Review) or Guns’n'Glory (TMA Review).The recently released Epic War TD is definitely one of the latter…
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!
The Pantheon Cycle: Shrouded Aspect in Review – Simply doesn’t measure up to the competition… even one released 2 years ago.
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.
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.