10 App Store Games To Watch [11/25/16]

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If you live in the U.S. then Halloween is a distant memory (relatively speaking), Thanksgiving just passed and Christmas is around the corner. After that comes the uncertainty of a new year and, this time around, the transition to a brand new leader of the country. One thing that remains the same, however, is the fact that you can always find new games on the App Store. Most of the games in this list pleasantly surprised me, as I knew little about them before taking the plunge to try them. I think the one that caught me off guard the most, however, was Mikey Jumps. I actually was aware of this one and quite excited about it, but after initially playing it felt it didn’t really live up to the Mikey name. Then after spending a lot more time pressing the “play again” button and constantly getting knocked down three quarters of the way through a given world, I realized that it might just be the best Mikey game yet. Oh yeah, and there are nine other games on this list as well!
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10 App Store Games To Watch [11/8/16 – Election Day Edition]

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In the United States it is election day today, so I’m too busy watching day old comedian commentaries to write a good intro.  Suffice it to say that unlike the election there should be no surprises here, especially if you’ve read any of my roundups in the past.  As always I’ve tried to compile a diverse selection of games that are primarily on the free(mium) side, so hopefully there should be something here that appeals to your sensibilities.  Again, completely unlike the current election.  Okay, that was my last dig on the election.  Now on to the games…
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10 App Store Games To Watch [9/19/16]

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I hope you guys are ready to get your game on, because as usual the App Store doesn’t disappoint when it comes to mobile entertainment.  My good buddies over at Nitrome, none of whom actually know me, released cool casual game Redungeon.  It’s sort of an infinite runner with a rogue-like look and feel, upgradable characters and their trademark wonderful pixel art.  Vertigo Racing brings the world of high stakes single car racing to the iOS world, and boy do I mean high.  All the tracks are along cliffs, and it’s not uncommon to find yourself heading over them in the quest to go faster than you really should.  Circuroid brings the 80’s classic Tempest into the modern era, but like its predecessor it uses relatively simple graphics compared to its peers.  Don’t let that fool you, because the action can get intense and trying to unlock all the power ups quickly becomes addictive.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [8/28/16]

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The intro has always been my least favorite part of the roundup to write, but I suppose you have to start somewhere, right?  My addition from this list is most definitely Micro Machines.  The game is based off of a series of small scale cars from the 80’s and 90’s, and after spending more time with the game than I should I’m half tempted to see if I still have my old collection somewhere.  Unfortunately Micro Machines requires you to be connected to the internet, but it is definitely worth it.  Tower Knights! is an interesting take on the tower defense genre.  You have one tower to protect, and you play in a 360 degree environment (to an extent).  If the “flat map” variety of tower defense has left you a bit bored, you’ll want to give Tower Knights a try.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [8/11/16]

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Please don’t fall out of your chair when you realize it has barely been a couple of weeks since I published my last roundup (at least if you’re reading this when I first post it).  This time around the majority of the games I selected are family friendly, but three in particular were made with the younger set in mind.  Highlights Monster Day is, as you might suspect, a window into a day in the life of a little monster.  It helps young kids get a grasp on what an average day for them might be like, and it actually has a couple of scenes with some fun physics interaction going on.  If you’re kids are musically inclined, or you want to give them the chance to be, Mussila – Musical monster adventure is a good place to start.  Among other things, this game teaches kids to identify instruments by their sounds, recognize different rhythms and tell which notes are which on a piano keyboard.  Finally, Family in Puzzle House is a game whose genre is near and dear to my heart.  This is a great way to introduce your kids to the wonderful world of adventure games, and I actually found it interesting enough to complete it myself.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [8/1/16]

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The App Store continues to be flooded with new games, and I continue to try and dig out the ones that aren’t some variant of slots or a game that was “loosely” based off of a template from a “learn to code in 12 easy steps” online course.  I found another online game that suits me in the form of ION Space.  It’s a dual stick space shooter that handles my two biggest multiplayer pet peeves perfectly: there’s no chat option, and each game forces you to start fresh so you’re not bullied by the folks that play it 80 hours a week to your measly 2 hours.  Kitten Squad gives Legend Of Zelda style game play a social bent.  Thankfully the “save the animals” aspect is presented fashionably and not shoved down your throat, and while the levels can get a bit repetitive it still manages to provide some old fashioned console game fun.  The Counter Of Death is akin to taking the limited control scheme of Dragon’s Lair and applying it to a Kung Fu game.  It’s surprisingly entertaining, and thanks to the restrictive controls is much more accessible on the touch screen than many full blown action games.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [7/6/16]

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If you’re like me it’s the middle of summer right now, so shame on you for not taking advantage of what is hopefully nice weather outside.  Now that I got that out of the way, let me tell you about some of the games I’ve been playing recently.  My electronic sports skills are about on par with my real life ones, which is to say basically non-existent.  Thankfully One Tap Tennis eases the pain by providing a fairly entertaining racket experience that only requires a well timed touch on the screen – and you get a zombie as one of your playable characters.  For those that are hooked on the 2048 genre like I am, Retro Knights: 2048 proves to be an interesting variant to the formula.  As you swipe to make combos you’re actually building an army which you can upgrade and then send out to defend the village that you live in.  Squaredance is for those that like a little thought with their action.  Slide pieces around to match ones of the same color and clear them from the board, but watch out for all the dastardly obstacles that will keep the pieces apart or in a worst case scenario destroy them.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [6/8/16]

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This roundup seemed to feature several dungeon crawl / exploration style games, which isn’t all that surprising given that I really like that type of game play.  While none of them were particularly revolutionary in what they offered, they all had one or two features that felt unique to their peers.  The Greedy Cave is a rogue-like that forgoes equipment wearing out and minimizes the concept of perma-death.  As a compromise, however, whenever you leave the dungeon the only items that you can take with you are ones that have been branded “golden”, so if you find something you really like that didn’t come that way you’ll need to seek out a statue that can apply the “golden touch”.  Dynamons is a Pokemon style game, but instead of giving you an overworld map to explore like an old fashioned RPG it uses a progression map like you’d find in a Candy Crush style game.  While it might seem like you lose half the gaming experience that way, it actually makes for a nice mobile game that you can play for a few minutes here and there and not forget what you’re trying to accomplish in the in between times.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [5/17/16]

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Yep, it’s time for me to get all opinionated on you again. This roundup’s theme seems to be “cool variants of games you’ve seen before”. There’s an interesting adventure game called The End of the World by Sean Wenham, an extremely retro looking arcade game titled Tomb of the Mask that’s lots of fun, and even a multi-player game you can enjoy with your kids that’s focused around square shaped fowl called Duck Bumps. There’s a nice variety of games in this group, so as always I hope you’ll find something that appeals to you.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [4/28/16]

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Several of the games for this edition of the roundup came in pairs.  CarsBattle and On The Run are both vehicle based games, though one is more like an infinite runner and the other lets you drive like a maniac and blow everything up… okay, at times there’s a bit of that in both games.  If you like the undead there’s Chill Out! Zombies and Zombie Maze: Puppy Rescue, both oddly enough featuring zombies.  The first is a quirky Flappy Bird clone, and the second is a neat puzzle game that can prove really challenging at times.  Versus Run and Exodus really have nothing in common in terms of game play.  Instead, they are both published by Ketchapps, and they both have that casual addictive quality to them.  And just for kicks I threw in a mini retro-review as well.  It’s actually a game I’ve written a full review for in the past, but I thought after all this time I’d check it out again and see if it still lives up to my original lofty sentiments.
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