Gamers that remember the “good old days” have a lot to check out this week. Blazing Star blasts onto the iOS from SNK Playmore, and faithfully recreates some side scrolling shooter memories from the Neo Geo era. If you’re more into stealth and sabotage you might like Spy vs Spy, the reboot of the old Commodore 64 / Atari computer game that pits two bumbling agents against each other to see who can recover the top secret briefcase first. Play the updated version, or switch to the pixel perfect retro mode for lots of nostalgia. And, while it’s not really a remake or reboot or anything, Giant Monsters Ate My City might just remind you why you used to love the wanton destruction you could cause in the old favorite Rampage.
2K Games doesn’t have a huge catalogue of titles on the App Store, but they do have some of the most well known games in their respective genres. And now, for a very limited time, all of 2K’s iOS offerings are on sale for only $0.99. Sid Meier’s Pirates! and Civilization Revolution are among the most addictive games I’ve played on the iPad and this is the first time that they’ve dropped to the dollar mark. For sports fans out there, NBA 2K12 and NHL 2K11 will be able to get their hoops/hockey fix on the small screen. The ‘Summer Sale’ is on for only 3 days and will end Monday, July 30th. iPhone and iPad links after the break.
There’s a popular saying that “there is nothing new under the sun”. The video game industry is a prime example of this, as most popular games these days can be broken down into a handful of categories, and it’s not uncommon to see the word “clone” in a review. Still, with all the games that are released on the App Store each week, there are a few that feel fresh due to atmosphere, mechanics or some other aspect of the game. Knights of the Round Cable happens to be one such game.
In the beginning it seemed like most of the adventure games popping up on the App Store were ports, but now we’re seeing more and more original IP make its way to the iOS platform. About To Blow Up Part 1 is one such game, and it’s clear the developers have a heart for the genre they’ve embraced. The game is quirky, interesting and above all fun. Unfortunately, it’s also a tad on the short side. Thankfully it leaves you wanting more in a good way.
The App Store had a lot of good new games to offer this week, but casual arcade games seemed to be in particularly good supply. Chillingo unleashed Jelly Jumpers on us, and while it feels like a standard “climb from object to object as high as you can” style game, I still found myself becoming addicted to it. Daily challenges, plenty of achievements and a continually growing score multiplier are enough to keep me coming back. Follow The Rabbit is a cute, blocky puzzle game where you must collect coins, dodge enemies and ultimately keep sight of the elusive white rabbit. It also has the distinction of being the first Armor Games iOS release that is not a port from their existing library. Great Big War Game is the sequel to Great Little War Game, and it looks to continue the “lack of Advance Wars” fix that many of us mobile gamers need. With 50 single player missions and online capabilities, you should be fighting the good fight for quite some time.
Steam’s awesome seasonal sale is back and once again, PC/Mac gamers can score top notch titles at up to 75% off. 9 featured deals are rotated on a daily basis, and today you’ll find the likes of Fallout New Vegas (now $4.99) L.A Noire (now $4.99), Total War Mega Pack (now $12.49) and more available for your gaming pleasure. Also impressive is their “Pack Deals“, where you can pick up a an entire catalog of games from over 20 publishers for one low price. One such example is the SEGA Hit Collection, which includes 72 games for a low price of $49.99 ($454.57 at regular price). The Steam Summer Sale will only lasts for 3 more days, so be sure to head over and take advantage of these amazing deals while you still can.
Update: Here’s a wicked deal if you’ve been waiting for a severe Civilization V price drop: Civilization V ($7.49 — 75% off), Civilization V Game of Year Edition ($12.49 — 75% off) and Civilization Collection ($24.99 — 82% off). They’re compatible with both Macs and PCs, and you have until tonight midnight (July 21st EST) to snag yours.
Fieldrunners 2, the sequel to arguably the most celebrated tower defense game on iOS and one that ushered in a wave of TD games onto the plaform, has finally arrived on the iPhone. Developer Subatomic Studios spent the past several years creating Fieldrunners 2 and it clearly shows, with gamers treated to over 20 new levels and 20 unique, upgradable weapons, along with 3 different type of levels (Sudden Death, Time Trial, and Puzzle) and Retina Support to show off the gorgeous hand painted artwork. Currently, only the iPhone version is available ($2.99), with plans for an iPad release in the future. I’ve only logged about an hour or so thus far, but have already found it to be terribly addictive. Perhaps best of all, there are no IAPs to suck your iTunes credits dry; instead virtual currency can be earned in-game to buy items. Check out the extended gameplay video after the gap.
Subatomic Studios, Fieldrunners 2 - $2.99
Looking for the latest app sales and deals for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad? Here’s our roundup today for the most recent freebies and price drops that are worth checking out. As always, they’re only good for a very limited time.
Physics based puzzle games are here to stay, and the desire to have a cute mascot is apparently not going away any time soon either. Thankfully Jar on a Bar has a third element that will hopefully ultimately make it a good seller – it is very addictive. The game even goes beyond that, however, as it takes a familiar concept and adds some mechanics that make it a whole new experience. I would be willing to say that it is probably the best game I’ve played in its genre. So let’s find out just what it is…
With a billion Angry Birds downloads under Rovio Entertainment’s belt, the Finnish developer has released their first non-bird-slinging game on the App Store: Amazing Alex. Sure enough, it’s another physics puzzler, but this time with an Incredible Machine-style twist.
Meet Amazing Alex! This whiz kid has a boundless imagination and a houseful of fun toys that can turn anything into an adventure!
From cleaning up his room to battling cardboard robots in his backyard, Alex creates amazing chain reactions to get the job done with the maximum amount of fun! Now he has some challenges for you — and he wants to see the most creative solutions YOU can create!
Amazing Alex features 100 challenging levels across 4 locations and you can bet Rovio will be providing free updates in the future with even more levels. Best of all, players can create their own with 35 interactive objects and share them online with other gamers. The iPhone version of the game goes for $0.99, while the HD version for the iPad sells for $2.99. Check out the launch trailer after the break.