Liberation Maiden in Review – Nothing Old School About This Shooter

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About all I knew of LIBERATION MAIDEN going into it was that the game was a shooter and that it was a port from another system.  This is definitely a game that has been under-promoted in my opinion.  As much as I love scrolling shooters, I’ve realized that my iOS experience with the genre has never lived up to its potential until now.  Liberation Maiden certainly isn’t perfect, but it’s unlike any shooter you’ve played on your iPad to this point.  The final boss battle alone almost makes the whole game worth it, as it was one of the most intense experiences I’ve had with this genre on a mobile device.  The price tag is a bit hefty relatively speaking, but if you’re a die hard scrolling shooter fan you should seriously consider this one. Continue reading…

10 New App Store Games To Watch [March 4 - 10]

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Last week was a great week for iOS gamers. In addition to Mini Ninjas, endless runner fans could enjoy Sonic’s spin on the genre with Sonic Dash. It seems natural to bring Sonic’s “speed” to this genre, and you’ll also get the chance to play as Tails, Knuckles or Amy. There were a lot of interesting puzzle games this week as well, including the quirky sounding Monster Meltdown. This game has you playing a janitor that must round up escaped monsters by teleporting to switch places with them. If you’re looking for a bit of action you should check out Zombie Master World War. This pseudo-sequel to Zombie Master takes the action multi-player and global as you not only have to clean up a zombie apocalypse but you’ll have to take on other players as well.

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QuestLord in Review – Retro Done Right

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When I was in high school I spent a lot of time playing games like Bard’s Tale and Might & Magic (back when they were RPGs and not strategy games).  After spending some time with QuestLord I remembered why I used to like these games so much.  Sure 3D open ended worlds are nifty – I guess – and there’s no question that action / RPGs have their place in this fast paced mobile world.  Still, there’s something to be said about old fashioned tile based world exploration, and it manages to engross me just about every time.  QuestLord is no exception to that rule.

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Sporos in Review – Puzzling And Relaxing All In One

Sporos is one of those games that makes you wonder why they haven’t done something like it before.  The game is like a chain reaction puzzler except that instead of trying to destroy objects and clear the board you’re attempting to fill the board with the few objects you’re given.  It’s a clever take on the genre, and if it’s been done before I must have missed it.  Whatever the case I’m glad I’ve been introduced to the idea now, and Sporos is certainly a great starting point for getting acquainted with this type of gameplay.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [February 18 - 24]

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This past week was a great one for games, which correlates nicely with the fact that the impending snowstorm where I live will make it feel a lot like Christmas.  One project I found rather interesting was The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain: Lost Chapters.  This “sequel” to the 30 year old Gamebook was apparently officially sanctioned by the authors of the original tale, which is definitely a selling point.  Unfortunately the game isn’t really ready for prime time yet, but I’ll be eagerly watching its progress.  On the other hand, Alone In The Gloom 2 was a nice surprise and a worthy follow-up to the first installment.  You once again must help a little critter escape a multitude of caverns, but your only “guiding light” is a flicker of lightening at the beginning of the level to show you the cave’s entire layout.  If you’re tired of the infinite runner (and my constant babbling about them), you might appreciate Mr Jabbs: Epic Waste Of Time.  Sure there is running and jumping, but you can also warp into many hilarious situations that sound like entertaining mini-games.

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Metal Slug 2 in Review: Who Needs 3D?

I’m all for the latest trends in technology.  In the end, though, I just want my games to be fun.  If there’s one thing the METAL SLUG series has proven over and over again it’s that you don’t need the latest 3D accelerated graphics or quad core processor to make an enjoyable game.  In fact, as a whole it seems like ports of older games provide some of the most intense scrolling shooter experiences available on the iOS platform.  Besides, there’s something about awesome pixel art and classic 90’s video game tunes that’s hard to beat these days.

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Mushroom Wars in Review: Spores Are Fungis Too

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I’ve always been partial to turn based strategy games because I tend to have difficulties processing everything that’s going on all at once when the action is real time.  However, I began taking an interest in the real time side of things again when I was introduced to what I call “strategy lite” games where you basically have one screen full of stuff to deal with and the action is mostly relegated to simply trying to take over your opponents’ structures.  With no resource management, no complex troop management and advanced quests providing fun but unnecessary diversions, games like Mushroom Wars still provide a decent level of strategy but supply it in a nice pick up and go package.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [February 4 - 10]

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One of my favorite titles released this week is actually a fairly straightforward port of an almost 15 year old game.  Metal Slug 2 hit the App Store with guns blazing, and just like its predecessor proved that you don’t need 3D to enjoy lots of things blowing up.  The action is intense, the visuals are quite detailed and turning into a zombie temporarily never gets old.  For the puzzle aficionados we have Stick To It!, a game about knowing when to hold it and when to let go.  Instead of swiping or launching or otherwise interacting to get your character from point A to its mother’s arms you simply touch the screen to make him stick and let go to let him roll.  If you prefer your action in the sky instead of on the ground you should give After Burner Climax a try.  This is a port of a 2006 game whose roots go back to the late 1980’s, and gives you the chance to pilot one of three sleek jets as you take on tons of enemies across more than 20 different landscapes.

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [January 28 - February 3]

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Chillingo’s Pixel People

It’s that time again.  Actually, 2013 is going to be a big year for Tin Man Games, and they’re kicking it off with the release of Fighting Fantasy: House Of Hell, the next in their line of Fighting Fantasy adventures.  This one takes place in a creepy mansion and in addition to all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect adds the element of fear to keep you on your toes (literally, it’s a new skill that gets tracked).  Racing fans that like something besides the traditional Daytona type fare should check out Table Top Racing.  This over the top racer actually takes the micro machines approach to the genre with 8 tracks, 10 different cars to unlock and upgrade and several multi-player options.  If you’re looking for some lite strategy Monsterra could be just the game for you.  The rules are simple, individual games go quite quickly and you can either play against the computer or another player depending on your preferences.

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