If you consider yourself anything more than a solitaire player when it comes to computer games then you’ve probably played a Breakout clone or two in your time. Much like the tower defense genre there’s a pretty basic game play mechanic that most variants in this genre stick to, so just like in tower defense games it tends to boil down to window dressing. And boy is Acky’s window looking spiffy. There are power ups, pilots and pets, oh my! Create more than one ball at the same time, destroy random bricks to help you complete a level and try real hard to conquer the boards where you must hit all the bricks without touching the side and top walls. This may be “just” a brick breaker at heart, but there’s plenty of fluff to keep gamers happy. Continue reading…
One of the latest features of the App Store is the ability for developers to bundle up their software titles and offer that bundle at a reduced price. What’s really nice for the consumer is that if you own some of the games in the bundle already you can purchase the rest for a pro-rated lower cost so you still save some money. Many game developers are already jumping on this bandwagon, so I thought I’d point out a couple of recent one that I thought were interesting.
These days the “infinite” mold takes on many different shapes and sizes. You have your traditional runners, vehicular based romps, games where you’re constantly falling or in cases like this a flight to the ends of the universe (or at least to Mars). Cool graphics, jazzy music and a number of achievements give you reason to keep coming back, but the lack of upgradable anything seems to be curbing my enthusiasm just a bit.
Ever fancied yourself running the locales of Temple Run 2 with your favorite NFL player? Well now you can, assuming of course that your favorite player is either Colin Kaepernick from the San Francisco 49ers or Russell Wilson of Seattle Seahawk’s fame. Starting from October 10 until Thanksgiving rolls around, two new players will be released each week. If you purchase them while they’re available you’ll have access to them even after the week is up, but once the next set comes to the Temple Run 2 store you’ll be out of luck. For more information on this special event go here:
And if for some reason you don’t already have Temple Run 2, check it out here:
Imangi Studios, LLC, Temple Run 2 – Free
In a virtual App Store that sees thousands of new game releases a month, how is a company supposed to get noticed? Some feel they need to turn to publishers like Chillingo or BulkyPix, while others put their trust in PR firms. Apparently Nekki believes in the power of its own fan base. Shadow Fight 2 is the mobile sequel to their hit Facebook martial arts game, and so far it has seen 35 million downloads between iOS and Android devices. Nekki has amassed an amazing 160 million downloads amongst all of their games, which is quite impressive given that they has spent very little on advertising up to this point. Continue reading…
Most of my experience with Big Fish Games has been in relation to hidden object games, at least when it comes to my iDevices. I was intrigued by the release of Gummy Drop!, though, because I was told that it wasn’t a cookie cutter match 3 game, and as a devout fan of the genre I’m always looking for something that feels fresh. The truth is that from a mechanics perspective there really isn’t anything you haven’t seen before, or at least that’s the case with as far as I’ve gotten. What does stand out, however, are all the goals and extras that come with completing the levels. Be warned that this is a free to play game, which means you’ll need a fair amount of patience or the willingness to spend some IAP to keep progressing after a while.
Tilt To Live: Gauntlet’s Revenge
Tilt To Live redefined the “dodge everything” genre of casual games, and Tilt To Live 2 took things up about 100 notches from the original (take the exaggeration with as much salt as you want – the point is that the games are awesome!) Never content with resting on their laurels, however, the team at One Man Left has decided to expand one of their TTL 2 DLC expansions into a full blown sequel, and thus Tilt To Live: Gauntlet’s Revenge is born. Rather than a simple arena affair this is an obstacle course style game, but there will still be plenty of stuff to dodge and ways to die. I’ll bring you more details once I’ve actually had the chance to play the game, but in the mean time here’s a nifty little bullet point list from the developers:
• Responsive tilt controls, calibrated your way.
• Easy, Medium, & Hard modes: choose the length of your health bar
• Challenging gameplay: experience the full spectrum of human emotion
• Three gauntlets to conquer in whichever order you like!
• Traps and enemies are shuffled for a fresh experience every retry.
• Reach the finish line to take on an endless Bonus Round.
• Show off your best pointonium haul on our Game Center leaderboards.
• Challenging achievements dare you to master each gauntlet’s traps.
• Unlock the final boss gauntlet to throw down with the Dot King himself.
You can expect this latest TTL twitch fest some time in October. In the mean time, why not check out the rest of the series?
While I’ll happily take any sort of adventure game for my iPad that’s half way decent, there’s something about the 80’s King’s Quest style adventure that can’t be matched by a first person point of view or lots of hidden object scenes and mini-games. Apparently the developers behind Secret Files Tunguska get that, and as a result this is one of the best adventure games I’ve played on the iOS platform to date. The story keeps you wanting to know more, the NPC interaction is plentiful but not overburdening, and the puzzles are intelligent and fun. Add to that a polished interface and beautiful graphics and you can’t really ask for much more. Well, a bit of background music would be kind of nice… Continue reading…
At the end of 2012 I reviewed a game called Earn To Die, a post apocalyptic, get from point A to point B while running over zombies style game. There were actually several games of this type released around the same time, yet while I managed to dismiss most of the others as derivative and uninteresting, there was something about Earn To Die that kept me coming back for more. Nearly two years later Not Doppler has announced the sequel, and I for one am pretty excited.
Since the dawn of the match 3 / RPG hybrid Puzzle Quest has always been king of the throne. In fact, I think it was the game that introduced me to this wonderful mash up of genres. Now Backflip Studios has released Spellfall – Puzzle RPG, and while I’m hesitant to say that this contender has usurped the crown, it’s pretty amazing in its own right. The battles are fast and furious, the rewards are plenty and the rune system is a really nice bonus. The combat effects are among the best I’ve seen in this style of game, and the overall polish is quite impressive. Chalk up another win for Backflip.