As the year draws to a close I’ve started thinking about my time writing the weekly “10 Games To Watch” article, and I soon realized that I’ve been doing this since May of 2010. As such I thought I’d take a few moments to reflect back on my first year’s worth of articles and point out some of my biggest hits (and worst misses). That way, if you’re in need of a few extras games because of some new iTunes gift card burning a hole in your account, you’ll have some idea of the ones you missed that are worth checking into again – or avoiding, as the case may be. Continue reading…
One thing that’s both good and bad about mobile platforms is that they encourage developers to take franchises in whole new directions. Doom Resurrection is an on-rails shooter, Wolfenstein was turned into an RPG, and now we have Encore Of The Night (EOTN), a Castlevania adventure with a big twist. The problem is that, unlike the first two I mentioned, this one feels out of place. It’s not necessarily a bad game, but it just doesn’t resonate with the charm that is the Castlevania series. I’m trying really hard to get into it, but so far it’s more of a chore than a joy to play.
This week was almost a better one for iPad releases / ports than iPhone offerings, but there were still some solid looking titles on both fronts. For you tower defense fans comes one of the biggest science fiction licenses in the world – Star Wars: Battle For Hoth. I personally can think of some better uses for the property (where’s our iPhone version of Pod racing?), but I will admit that the thought of fighting AT-ATs is always intriguing. If you like scrolling shooters then you’re in for a treat, as one of my favorites in this genre has finally received a full version. Air Attack puts you in some serious 3D shmup combat, including taking on a pretty defensive castle. If you’re looking for a game with some unique play mechanics, check out Spider: Bryce Manor HD. The iPhone version was great, so I’d expect nothing less from the iPad port.
Aside from the Super Mario Bros. series (one we’re likely to never see on the iDevice), Castlevania remains one of the most popular and successful platformers yet to grace the iPhone/iPod Touch. While there have been no announced plans for a full-blown ‘n action packed Castlevania title to appear on the App Store, Konami is gearing up for the release of something that’s a first in the long-running series: Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night.