Is it over yet? I hate to keep harping on this Flappy Bird fad, but all the annoying clones make it really hard for me to find new quality games. Anyway, Chillingo’s release for the week was a Duck Hunt style game call Duck Destroyer, which at first begged the question “why?” in my mind. Once I played it, however, I realized it was one of the best of the genre that I’ve played on my iOS devices so far. If you like simple card games but don’t want to admit to playing solitaire, 9-line is a great alternative. It’s easy to learn, supports both single and multiplayer modes, and even throws a little strategy in to boot. For the budding zoologists in the crowd Nimble Bit offers Disco Zoo. Unlike most zoo simulators I actually enjoyed this one for more than 5 minutes, in large part due to the fact that you actually have to find the animals that you’ll place in your zoo.
Despite the fact that about 30% of the new release entries seem to be Flappy Bird clones, I did manage to find what I think is a rather interesting collection of iOS games for your idle time. In addition to the games I’ve detailed below, Chilibite Entertainment released Tower Tapper, a NinJump style game where you try and help a snail reach his date. The concept is cute, the graphics are well done and it’s actually pretty fun. I also quite enjoyed Bridge Me, a simple game about trying to help a man build bridges to get across chasms. There’s not much variation to game play, the graphics are simple and there are no achievements or power ups, yet it still held my attention a lot longer than Flappy Bird did. And, for those that like to get back to the basics Chillingo released a silly matching game called Jelly Love. The main gimmick is that you can move a block around anywhere instead of just swapping with its neighbor, and the jellies are just really cute.
You know the drill. A lot of games came out, I checked out as many as I could, and now I’m telling you about 10 that I think might be worth your while. Once I get back into the swing of things these intros might get more elaborate again, but until then let’s just get on to the games…
Did you miss me? I know it’s been a while, and I’ve missed bringing you the latest in iOS game releases, so now I’m back to once again give you the scoop on what games the App Store has to offer. As always there were a nice variety of games released to the App Store last week, and since this is my first week back on the job in a couple of months I’m just going to skip the summation and jump right into the games…
Anyone out there tired of iOS gaming yet? Hopefully not which is why you keep coming back here week after week. Disney actually caught my attention this week with their latest original gaming IP Stack Rabbit. Created by the folks that developed the insanely popular Where’s My Water?, Stack Rabbit puts an entirely new twist on the match 3 genre that’s definitely worth checking out. Speaking of putting a new spin on things, Symmetrain takes the concept of “spot the difference” and tries to turn it into an arcade game. Pay close attention as your train goes zipping past the randomly generated terrain so you can point out the difference between the left and right sides of the landscape as they go whizzing by. If you’ve ever had a fear of carnival performers, now you can exact revenge with Burn The Lot. This dual stick shooter has you hopping across the galaxy trying to thwart an intergalactic band of carnies that have some evil plan in mind.
I wish I would have had more time to spend with the candidates for this roundup because there were several titles I wanted to look at and just didn’t get the chance to fire up. I certainly had a blast with many of the titles I did get to try, though, especially Vampire Ventures. This match 3 game has just about everything you could want from the genre, and my only problem was forcing myself to stop playing the game. If you’re more of a strategy buff you really should check out Combat Monsters. This combination of collectable card game and turn based tactical strategy has a lot going for it, and you can dive in for free. On the other hand, those desiring some good old fashioned arcade action need look no further than Ricochet: Retro Space Shooter. This combination of Galaga, Missile Command and Breakout is not quite like anything I’ve played before on my iOS device.
The biggest problem I had with the roundup this week was that there were so many games that came out last week that looked interesting I didn’t know where to start when it came to testing to see which ones to include. I think I’ve given you a pretty well rounded list to work off of, though. Some intriguing ones that didn’t make it on the list this week include the new adventure game offering Device 6. It’s actually kind of hard to tell how this game works, but anything that seeks to reinvent the text adventure sure has my attention. Another one that has me excited is Rabbids Big Bang. This is a great IP, and I’m thrilled to see them in something on iOS devices besides a virtual pet simulator. To round out the intro I’ll mention D&D: Arena of War. It’s supposedly the first F2P mobile game set in the D&D universe, so if you’re a Forgotten Realms fan or just like D&D in general you might want to check it out.
The eve of tricks and treats draws closer and there are certainly plenty of games geared towards the season popping up on the App Store, but that’s for another day. The surprise hit from this past week for me was Chef’s Story – Time To Cook! This match 3 game is real time multi-player, it makes you collect ingredients in order to develop boosters, and it’s quite an addictive affair. A close second was the new platform game published by BulkyPix called Type:Rider. This homage to the history of literature didn’t look like much in the iTunes description, but once I started playing I was mesmerized. Of course if you prefer to just blow things up without putting much thought into it, Death Tour is right up your alley. It will take some patience to level up enough so you can make it through the campaign, but there’s definitely no shortage of carnage to be found here.
Some people don’t consider iOS devices real gaming platforms, but since I started writing reviews for my iPod Touch and iPad I barely look back at all the other electronics sitting in my house. The adventure game category is covered when you get first rate releases like The Cave from Ron Gilbert and Double Fine Productions. The master of Monkey Island brings his wit to spelunking with a cast of crazy characters and plenty of oddball puzzles to solve. If you prefer your humor a bit drier and tied to the zombie apocalypse then you might want to give Zombie Apocalift a try. There are still quirky characters, but in this game you have to deal with hordes of undead while trapped in an elevator. If you just want to indulge in a lighthearted puzzle game you should give Happy Hills 2: Bombs Away! a try. This sequel has 160 levels, some new ways to get rid of the blocks and an endless arcade mode for when you want to relax your brain a little.
Guess what? A whole bunch of new games came out last week, and I was there to download and try out as many as I could. Crescent Moon Games released Fading Fairytales, a turn based strategy game set in a world where dark forces threaten to tear apart everyone’s favorite childhood stories (sounds awfully familiar). Surprisingly the game is free to play, and it looks to put an interesting spin on all the fables you remember from your youth. Mines Of Mishap is a new hack ‘n slash that doesn’t actually start you off fighting bats, rats or goblins. You can have multiple save slots for each of four character types, there are 40 different gems to discover and upgrade your character with, and you can play co-op with up to four players over WiFi. As usual there were plenty of infinite runners released over the week, but one that caught my eye was Buddy & Me. Visually it looks like an interesting interpretation of The Neverending Story, and unlike most runners that have two characters in this one they work cooperatively instead of having to control them both in separate circumstances.