I think the story of Robinson Crusoe, though sad, has in many respects a lot of romance to it as well. Certainly the prospect of having a Friday of your own 7 days a week is a tempting one. I’m sure many have dreamed or at least tried to imagine what it would be like. And when our imagination fails, us we have but the App Store to turn to. Thanks to G5 Entertainment – the masters of time management – a deserted island will become much less deserted with you on it in Youda Survivor.
I reviewed the original Virtual City (TMA Review) last year and found it to be an entertaining casual variation on the build-your-own-city theme. Though much closer to the Transport Tycoon franchise in spirit than SimCity, the mixing of various gameplay elements and the addition of quests to guide the development made for an excellent package. Building on this quest system G5 Entertainment has done what seems to be the fashionable thing these days and has gone freemium with Virtual City Playground.
What better way to start your day off than with a quality freebie. G5 Entertainment, publishers of the excellent Virtual City (TMA Review) and Supermarket Mania 2 (TMA Review) iOS games have dropped the first installment of their popular Treasure Seekers series to free.
Join Nelly and her younger brother as they unravel family secrets and face breathtaking adventure! Nelly’s grandmother was a pirate and Nelly wants to find the hidden treasure. When Nelly’s parents leave her and Tommy at home for a day in the city, she wakes up to search for him, but finds out that the door is closed and the lock is broken accidentally… This becomes a first quest she has to solve in a long puzzle quest forwarding her and her brother to a mystery of the ancient map of a treasure island! Test your skills with challenging puzzles that will take you from strange laboratories to the dangerous depths of the ocean. With its charming characters, engaging storyline and plethora of puzzles this game is irresistible to hidden object game fans, adventure game fans and anyone looking for a memorable gaming experience!
Normally priced at $2.99 and $4.99 for the iPhone and iPad, Visions of Gold is a solid hidden object game (HOG) that features more than 40 levels and an assortment of puzzles via mini-games. If you enjoy a good HOG even in the slightest, be sure to nab while the offer’s still good. App Store links below and video trailer after the break.
Well they’ve managed to do it again. Every time I get a game from G5 Entertainment to review I’m just a bit concerned that it’s going to fall into the “been there, done that” category. So far it has been needless worry, however, and Jack of All Tribes is no exception to that rule. This TM game takes a little different approach to the subject, where instead of having one central focus to work on, you’re jumping from one part of the island to the next, building up everything in your path. It’s just different enough to feel fresh, and the overall atmosphere is fun and playful in a way that really sucks you in.
If I wished to stick with my analogy of Jane’s Zoo (TMA Review) being a Time Management Lite game, then Supermarket Mania 2 would be Time Management Deluxe. While I love TM games I’m no expert at them, yet this is the first one in a long time that I’ve not been able to attain the expert level the first time around an almost any level. For those of you wondering – that’s a good thing. Usually time management game levels don’t take long to complete, and I don’t mind playing them 2 or 3 times to achieve the top ranking. Add to that all the little bells and whistles, and this is probably one of the best games in the genre to grace my iPod Touch’s little screen. Continue reading…
I’ll admit I’m a bit of a softy when it comes to Time Management games, because I don’t mind the fact that most of them have the exact same flow to their gameplay. Still, it’s nice when something takes a little bit different approach to the genre, and I think Jane’s Zoo handles that quite nicely. It does feel a bit like it’s geared more towards younger players, but I’ve always considered myself young at heart anyway, and I’m rather enjoying the change of atmosphere and slightly simpler game play. Hard core Time Management junkies might find it a tad too simplistic, but I think it makes a great casual game that’s an easy entry for those with no experience in the TM genre.
I know I’ve been touting in my last few hidden object game reviews about how I like the fact that this style of game is becoming more adventure game like as time passes. However, it’s still good to play a hidden object game every once in a while where the focus is on finding objects. That’s not to say that Romance of Rome doesn’t have any additional elements going for it, of course. I just appreciate the fact that the game remembers what it is like to be simpler in nature, without a mini-game lurking around every turn. Romance Of Rome is lots of fun, and despite the name isn’t very “girly” at all (okay, maybe just a little with the romance).
I’m not sure if I should feel so weak in the knees every time I turn on Supermarket Management HD, but golly I do. Time management games can be fun, but when they are made with as perfect a rhythm and the cutest of graphics as SMHDis , they are the sweetest of high school romances. What follows is a true love story.
Whenever people speak about a city-simulation game the first one that comes to mind is, of course the SimCity franchise: SimCity™ Deluxe (ChiffaN’s SimCity™ Deluxe review, shigzeo’s SimCity™ review). And stunned by EA’s glory, they often forget that the SimCity franchise, while the best known, is far from being the only city-building simulation out there.
Hidden-object games (HOGs) have got a firm foothold in the App Store. For those of you not familiar, these are games that centre around the necessity of finding specific objects on the screen and tapping on them. And while the whole concept doesn’t seem that intriguing at first look, the genre has blossomed in the last few years and found the iDevice in particular an ideal fit. Enter G5 Entertainment’s recently released Mushroom Age.