Seoul is shaping up to hit 33 degrees tomorrow and it is still June! My friends, summer is upon us all. Even Canada has hit somewhere above 3 degrees already and with one more week of the sunny summer months, is guaranteed one more day without need of parkas and toques. Someone also told me that Moscow has just had their first thaw in 10 years! Congratulations! On this special event, Connect2Media have given away a glimpse at their hot summer release agenda which, more than matching Seoul’s weather, is hot!
I’ve fired up Metallica for this one. Not a bit of Metallica – I’ve cued up the entire 80′s and 90′s discography onto my iPod , but am focusing on the particularly nostalgic And Justice For All and the Black Album. Probably a few of you will remember a great and bloody pleasure that had younger versions of ourselves hacking at monsters back in the 90′s. Yes, you have it – Golden Axe has been released at the App Store. This is the Golden Axe that with the sweeping arcs of a lethal blade, dispelled cartoon-esque hero/villian games that dominated the beat ‘em up scene nigh on twenty years ago.
There’s a place for simple games on any system, and especially portable ones where you may sometimes only be able to play for a short burst. But there’s still something inherently ‘playable’ about those games, something that makes you want to come back and try again, or play just a little bit more. Toy Raid succeeded in being that type of game in a way that Dam Buster wants to be, but unfortunately, it just falls too short in too many areas.
I’ve been playing First Person Shooters (FPS) for a long time. Wolfenstein and Doom on the PC, and a whole host of console games. In some ways, Prey Invasion is a throwback to an earlier time; a FPS light on story. But then it looks more like a modern FPS (at least somewhere between Playstation and Playstation 2 graphics-wise). And maybe that’s exactly the kind of game I was looking for, because I enjoyed it immensely.
Cameltry is an old Taito game from the 16-bit era, that debuted on the Super Nintendo and then branched out into various other consoles including handelds. The goal is to navigate a ball through mazes of varying difficulties and to a goal. When you start up Cameltry, you will see floating balls and a moving maze background and a prompt to “Touch screen” which will take you to the main menu.
I’m one of those people who’s not tired of World War II games. I’ve played lots of them, from First Person Shooters to Air Combat and Naval based games. And I still enjoy playing games with that theme, especially ones that bring something new to the table. iBomber succeeds in doing that, at least from my experience in the genre.
360°. A full circle. That’s what Kryzer Prologue is based off of! You control the flight path an inter-dimensional cyberspace glider as it vaporizes enemy units. Instead of traditional side scrolling or vertical shoot ‘em ups, Kryzer Prologue’s unique gameplay sets you in a circular play field as you rotate clockwise around the circle.
The heading of Zenonia’s App Store page hails it as the return of classic action RPG[s]. While this is a lofty statement to make, GAMEVIL put their money where their mouths are and brought us a game that fulfills this statement. After a few hours under my belt, I can safely say that there is nothing to adequately compare Zenonia with that is offered in Apple’s App Store.
Assassin’s Creed – Altair’s Chronicles published by Gameloft under license from Ubisoft Entertainment is a 3D stealth/action game developed for your idevice. You take on the role of a Master Assassin known as Altair in a prequel to the 2007 console game Assassin’s Creed. Your mission is to locate and turn over to the Order of the Assassins, “The Chalice” an object so powerful it could bring an end the Crusades. The device is currently being held by the Templar. You discover the location of the object early in the game, but before you can recover it, you must first find three keys being held by three separate individuals in three separate locations of the holy lands. With this knowledge you set out to accomplish your mission.
To create a true 3d Action RPG for the iDevice platform, certain aspects have to be in place. Of these aspects, the most important (in no particular order) are control, level building, visuals, enemy types, story, and action elements. Caster fits into the Action RPG genre and excels in may ways. It is a solid game and a great first release by developer Elecorn.