10 App Store Games To Watch [6/1/17]

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Sorry I’ve been gone so long, but I assure you it’s not because of a lack of games worth playing.  Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with a more regular schedule for a while now, assuming that developers still turn out some games that work with my ancient iPad 2.  So without further ado, and because I don’t want to prolong this pointless intro any more, here come the games…
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10 App Store Games To Watch [2/20/17]

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So we’re over half way through February, and I’m still waiting for winter to hit.  Nah, I’m just kidding; I’m perfectly content with the less than frigid weather we’ve been having in the Midwest this year.  Luckily the weather has no bearing on playing iOS games, and once again I have what I hope is a diverse collection of products for you.  A lot of these even came out in the last month or two, so maybe you’ll actually believe that I play recent games on occasion.  There were several entries in this list that pleasantly surprised me, but I think the one that rises to the top is Evil Factory.  Not only is the game both a blast (pun not intended) and a challenge, but I could easily see this one showing up on one of the consoles that used to be popular when I was a kid, which at least for the moment makes it even cooler.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [1/22/17]

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The wait is over – my first roundup of 2017 is officially here.  So as not to disappoint, I made sure that nothing I covered was released after the end of last year!  Seriously, though, I’m trying to catch up just a bit as always, and as long as a game is still available and fun to play I figure it’s worth covering.  I continue to try and bring you a diverse lot of games, and this time around I dug up a couple with a bit more substance, including an adventure game and a tabletop style RPG.  I think you’ll find a few things in here to help get your 2017 game playing season off to a good start, so let’s kill the chit chat and get to the games…
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10 App Store Games To Watch [12/21/16]

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Well folks, another year is almost over, and this is officially my last roundup for 2016. It’s been a great year for iOS games, and I look forward to seeing what the New Year has to offer as well. Hopefully you’ve gotten at least a few hidden gems out of everything I’ve shared over the past year, and my sincerest desire is that you’ve thanked at least one indie developer for all the work they’ve put into providing you with some decent entertainment. I think this current collection of games is probably one of the most diverse that I’ve had in a while, and every game here is worth checking out before 2017 rolls in. Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and I can’t wait to start rounding up iOS games for you in 2017!
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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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