Almost 13 iOS Games To Play On Halloween 2015


It’s that time of the year when creatures go bump in the night and devour all the excess sweets in sight.  Thankfully if you’re not into that there’s plenty to keep you busy on your iOS device.  For the first couple of years as I was doing the roundups I put together a special Halloween edition as well, but that sort of fell by the wayside.  Now it’s back, though I figured since everyone is covering the spookier side of the holiday offerings, I’d take a look at the lighter end of things.  I also tried not to make the subject matter in terms of featured creatures fairly diverse, because I’ll begrudgingly admit that Halloween is NOT zombie-centric.  Finally, you might be wondering about the title.  I wanted to get this published before Halloween, but I like the idea of 13, since that is kind of Halloween’s number.  So check back over the next couple of days and you might find an addition or two to the list.  Hope you enjoy it and find something entertaining to play over this Halloween weekend.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [10/20/15]


Halloween is almost upon us, but for those of you who might not like to be scared here’s a list of 10 fright-free games that can still entertain you on the eve of all things creepy.  It has been a while since I found a scrolling shooter as engaging as Sky Force 2014, but Steel Grit does a pretty good job of filling in the gap.  It’s not quite as polished, but the levels are well made, there are multiple ships to unlock and upgrade and you actually get to tap some adversaries into oblivion instead of just guiding your ship to destroy everything.  Max Capacity does a good job of making elevator simulators a cool concept.  Random upgrades make the game a fresh experience every time, and you have to love a designer that takes a queue from Willy Wonka and makes elevators that travel sideways.  The biggest surprise on this list was Lunar Flowers, which at the risk of sounding extremely sexist looked like a “girly” game from the screen shots.  It turned out to be an engaging puzzle game that at times proved challenging and ultimately sucked me in until I finally completed it.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [9/25/15]


No, I haven’t ordered an iPhone 6 anything yet, and I have no plans on getting an iPad Pro right now (I have enough problems with my hands going numb using my regular sized iPad).  I also haven’t scored an Apple Watch yet.  I do, however, have 10 more games to tell you about.  As my passion for match 3 / RPG hybrids had finally started to burn out I found Hero Emblems, and now I’m addicted once again.  Thanks a lot, @AppUnwrapper.  If Breakout style games are your thing you’ll definitely want to try out Sketch Breaker.  You can put the paddle wherever you want, and it has some of the most unique board designs this side of Anodia.  I even managed to dig up another online game I enjoy called Walking War Robots.  Giant robots, no idle banter and the chance that I can actually come out on top occasionally is a winning combination.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [9/7/15]


As usual I’ve tried to provide you with a list of entertaining games to play, but the big surprise this week is that two of them are based off of iconic licenses and manage to transcend their genres to provide extremely fun games.  Ghostbusters Puzzle Fighter takes the extremely over-saturated match 3 genre, adds in plenty of incarnations of the Ghostbusters franchise and treats the whole thing with enough respect to make it a worth addition to the most avid match 3 player’s sprawling collection.  Spider-Man Unlimited tackles the Temple Run style infinite runner in much the same way, and the incorporation of multiple versions of Spider-Man and his most famous villains is a great touch.  On a non-licensed note, one of the best strategy games to hit the App Store in some time made the list as well in the form of Galactic Keep.  If you want to learn more about what went into this game, check out my interview with one of the development team here.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [8/18/15]


I got another list of games for you.  Many of the entries this time are variants of popular games that have been cloned to death, but games like Sword & Dragon demonstrate how you can put an extremely fresh spin on a stale concept.  Scrappy Cat, on the other hand, actually proves that borderline annoyingly difficult can actually be fun as well.  And then there’s Mountain Goat Mountain, which just goes to show that goats really are cool.  In the end, I don’t think you’ll go wrong no matter what you choose from this list.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [7/27/15]


The summer’s drawing to a close, at least as far as school is concerned in our area.  Thankfully the App Store doesn’t care if there are kids around to play its games or not, and the new offerings are still flowing on a daily basis.  One of my favorites this time around is Rush Star – Bike Adventure, an over the shoulder “infinite runner” style game with some cool motorcycles and intense level design.  If you prefer to do your racing on the water you might want to check out Driver Speedboat Paradise, a game that somewhat pays homage to the arcade classic Hydro Thunder but offers so much more game play.  Maybe you’re just not into motor vehicle games at all, in which case you might consider MicRogue, a game that looks like a rouge-like but plays more like a puzzle game.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [6/30/15]


What do Stan Lee, Alexey Pajitnov (you know, the Tetris guy), and 8 other creators have in common? They’re all on the list this week. Stan Lee has already given us so many cool Superhero based properties in one medium or another, and with Stan Lee’s Hero Command he just keeps on giving. You take control of one of three (or technically 4, since one choice is twins) new characters and make your way through several missions that come straight from the cheesy and loveable imagination of one of the industry’s greats. Multicross, on the other hand, is the next evolution of Tetris, which so many before have claimed to already have developed. It figures that it would take the man behind the original to create this next great addiction.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [6/14/15]


This roundup is still loaded primarily with casual games, but at least there were some that put a fresh spin on old genres.  Brickies is a brick breaker game, but it adds a pong like element and some nifty power ups to put a fresh coat of paint on a tiring game mechanic.  BUBBLA – chain reaction does something similar for the chain reaction genre, forcing you to not only clear the playing field but do it in a way that maximizes points and allows you to collect the elusive golden fish.  Ball King, on the other hand, takes the concept of rapid basketball dunking and quite literally turns it on its side, complete with pixel graphics and plenty of non-basketball items to shoot.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [5/27/15]


Okay, I know I should be going out more to enjoy the warmer weather we’re finally getting in my part of the world, but then the sun messes up my view of the iPad screen!  Once again I’ve divined 10 App Store games that I think you’ll enjoy, and for the most part they fall under the “casual” category so you can spend five minutes with them or hours on them if you get hooked.  Just remember if the latter happens it’s not my fault.  I didn’t make you download the game and give it a try.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [5/13/15]


It’s that time of year again. Yep, that time when you should be going outside and enjoying nature but if you’re like me, you’re probably staring at some sort of glowing screen instead. Thankfully iOS developers have no respect for the seasons, so there’s just as much to play now as there was over the holidays. Casual gaming is somewhat the order of the day in this roundup, but I still think just about anyone could find at least one title in this group that would interest them. And as usual most of the games are free, so it can’t hurt to at least try some of them. Continue reading…