The Settlers II on the PC was, probably, one the best games I’ve ever played. No wonder they recently released The Settlers II 10th Anniversary. I got acquainted with the series with the first installment back in 1993. Back then it was also known as Serf City and it came in a CD loaded with literally thousands of shareware games. With plenty of expectations, can this famed RTS live up to the hype?
Last week, we touched on some of Gameloft’s upcoming iDevice games. One of them was a completely rebuilt port of the critically acclaimed RTS classic ‘The Settlers’ and the good news is that it has arrived at the App Store sooner than expected. Unlike some of the other well established genres (TDs, puzzlers etc), we have yet to see a steady flow of quality and must-have RTSes on the iPhone.
Gameloft, The Settlers, $6.99, 227 MB
Fast, gaudy, and ultimately, cliffhanger, Asphalt 5 proves that Gameloft’s progenitive grasp on the racing genre hasn’t slowed down. Purist racing sim fans may take issue with its arcady, over-the-top racing engine, but if I may be so bold, I would like to declare Asphalt 5 the series’ best game, and a technological marvel for the iDevice. Racing on this platform has never been this fun, nor looked this good.
Gameloft, having recently released a pair of highly anticipated titles in Ashpalt 5 and Earth Worm Jim, are at it once again with the announcement of more great looking games. The Settlers, a critically acclaimed RTS series for the PC and one of the more popular in the genre, will be making its way onto the iDevice (with optimized gameplay for the platform). Rogue Planet, developed by 1112’s Agharta Studios, is a very promising futuristic TBS (turn-based strategy) that I’m hoping will be the iPhone’s answer to the big N’s Advanced Wars. Finally, Castle Frenzy, another castle defense type game, looks to wow fans of the genre with some snazzy visuals and unique gameplay. All in all, Gameloft have lined up 3 App Store titles that will surely have i-gamers whet with excitement. Be sure to check out the videos and more info after the break.
Earthworm Jim, for those dying to relive their 16-year old days — or more likely in the case of a majority of iPhone gamers, for those who want to sniff out the platformers their parents played — is out and causing a stir among former Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, ABC, and U2 fans who, while proclaiming nearly unilateral praise for the app, divulge too much personal information. Gameloft’s labours have beefed up the heroic platformer, allowing the discount-greedy iPhone generation to enjoy the game that refocused the platform genre on gameplay and antics. General fanfare is positive with the current 1.0 build gobbling up a disproportionate number of enthused 5 star one-liner reviews at the App Store. My current favourite among them is this: “Brings me back to 1994 before all my dreams were crushed by the real world. Graphics are pimp.”
If that doesn’t scream BUY ME!, I don’t know what will.
I’ll make no secret of the fact that the venerable arcade hit, Asphalt 4: Elite Racing ranks highly among my favourite iDevice racers. Its combination of good graphics, playable physics, and selection of racetracks and cars is still a well-ordered kind of good. Well, its successor, whose beautiful fps you see above should be hitting the same store this week or when Apple’s arbitrary publishing arm hits the coveted ‘yes’ button. Asphalt 5 preserves the same great arcade feel while upping the race and graphics engine to 11.
If you have an questions, you won’t get answers from me till about a week after its debut – till then I’ll be snowed under a great rubbery deluge of burning tyres!
You know, when Diablo first came out on the PC in 1996 it not only started a revolution in the industry, but in many lives as well. I had to go to extreme, and I do mean EXTREME lengths to play it since my home computer bailed out, screaming something about video card incompatibility (yep, those were the days before DirectX was a standard). So I had to go to a nearby computer shack and cut a deal with them. I did some minor work and in return I was allowed to play the game on one of their demo machines. How’s that for a legendary game! Honestly, looking at the overall quality of games on the “Jesus” phone I never really expected to see even a decent incarnation of Diablo-style gameplay for at least a couple more years. But Dungeon Hunter swept away my doubt…
RPGs? Check. Action titles? Check. Sports Games? Double check. Gameloft, one of the leading game publishers at the App Store, already have a handful of sports apps covered on the iDevice: Real Tennis, NFL 2010 and Real Soccer 2010 to name only a few. Now you can also add baseball to their resume. Bearing the name of Yankees star shortstop Derek Jeter, Gameloft hope to clean up the competition with Real Baseball’s solid 3D graphics and realistic gameplay elements. While specific details are scant at the moment, we’ve been provided with some screenshots and gameplay trailer for your eyes to feast on.
The other good news? Gameloft are also holding a contest that involves you, a baseball and a video cam for a chance at one of 10 prizes, including 3 iPod Touches just waiting to be won. Sweet. More after the jump.
Another day, another Gameloft game release. The game company has come a long way with much success. My thumbs are blistered and my wrists bloodless and the culprit is one of Gameloft’s excellent games. The latest bloodletting addition to Gameloft’s pantheon of time consuming games is Blades of Fury.
Despite good racing physics and AI, the Asphalt series has lived in the shadow of longer standing, better-known racing franchises. This year, however, Gameloft are packing the next installment with enough visual horsepower to give the big boys skid marks and its own franchise a boost across the finish line.
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