EA really is and always has been one of the best game developers out there. I’ve waxed poetic before about their overwhelming success across virtually every platform available and they show no signs of slowing down yet. Their latest title that came across my iDevice is FIFA World Cup. I had seen this title at the top of the charts at launch and instantly added it to my “must have” list. Read on to see if EA finally dropped the ball, or if they were able to get another Gooooooooooooaaaaaaaaalll!!.
It must be Spring fever – games are dropping in price like no tomorrow to free. Just in – Auditorium by Electronic Arts has also been set FREE! I reviewed the game back when it first released and was completely captivated by the amazing experience, second to none on the iPhone. It is the ultimate relaxation game and has been my absolute favourite puzzle game since. Enough said – get it now!
Spore Creatures is the highly anticipated sequel to Spore Origins, and rides high on expectations that this version will be as good as, if not superior to its predecessor. Those familiar with the original are in for a pleasant surprise – Spore Creatures offers a different kind of experience. While Spore Origins is mainly about survival and evolution, Spore Creatures focuses on exploration, puzzle-solving, quests and interaction with other creatures and both friendly and hostile engagement with each. Aptly called an ‘evolutionary adventure’, Spore Creatures focuses on evolution but gives it a variety of twists on the otherwise familiar gameplay – incorporating other game elements into a unique storyline.
It’s hard to imagine the real-time strategy genre without the famous Comand & Conquer series. While the game that started it all was Dune 2, Command & Conquer was the one that really put it in the charts. The great story, amazing graphics (for the time of course), superb FMV cutscenes and distinct factions basically made the genre of Real Time Strategy games. And now the franchise is finally on the iDevice. Will Command & Conquer™ RED ALERT™ for the iDevice prove that it IS possible to play RTS games on the iPhone? Let’s find out!
When Command & Conquer was released several months ago it got very mixed reviews (by the way, look forward to our review soon). While EA has nailed the interface dead on and the basic mechanics were all there, the amount of content was widely criticized, especially considering the lack of C&C’s most attractive feature: multiplayer. They later remedied in part the last issue in the 1.1 update by adding local multiplayer over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth but the other issue remained – the game featured only 5 campaign missions for each side and 2 skirmish maps. Well, without much fanfare EA has released a DLC content pack entitled Emperor of the Rising Sun which adds a whole new playable side with new units and a whole new 5 mission campaign. And all of that for just (?) $2.99.
Full DLC pack details with screens after the gap.
I’ll be honest, I probably never would have got EA’s Trivial Pursuit if I hadn’t downloaded it for free on a promotion. However, I have to say that having spent some time with this classic trivia game, it is a fantastic App Store offering that will be staying on my iPhone for a long time to come.
I’ve spoke before about the popularity of board games being ported to the iPlatform. From The Game of LIFE to Boggle, people have just fallen in love with the idea of being able to play and experience all the games they loved on the iDevice. At the front of this explosion in popularity is Electronic Arts. Title after title, some of the best board games ever have successfully been redesigned for the iDevice. Now EA have chirped in with Battleship, their rendition of the classic. Hit or miss? Read on.
Sims3 is already a great game for the iDevice. But EA aren’t about to stop with fishing and baking. The Sims3 World Adventure will bring a host of new features to the simulation franchise including: famous destinations, loads of new goals, much more custom content, and the ability to import your favourite characters from Sims3! Look for it at the App Store … sometime. We will keep you posted.
In the meantime, read TMA’s review of Sims3 and if you haven’t already, download it!
More screenies etc., after the gap:
Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear is the port of the popular PC game to the iDevice, where we follow the adventures of Rupert and Emma as they go on an expedition set in the ruins of ancient Egypt. The game is packaged as an engaging adventure story that combines hidden object and match three, two popular genres, with an RPG-like element thrown-in.
“Mmmmm… Frosted pink donut and the Simpsons iPhone game …”
That was my own Homer moment when I first found out that the much anticipated Simpsons iPhone game wa soon to be released. And when it was finally out, I realized I was out of credits and immediately tweeted “I WANT!!!” to the rest of the world. Desperate for a sign from heaven, I was eventually blessed with a complimentary code which allowed me to download one of the games I have been waiting for since the iPod Touch came out.