While there were probably a few games that were a bit more “high profile”, as far as I’m concerned the big story this past week was One Single Life, the game where you literally get one life to complete the game. If at first you don’t succeed… you’re locked out and can’t play the game any more. If that’s a little too intense for you, why not try the portable version of You Don’t Know Jack, one of the most entertaining electronic trivia games around. If you just want to frag your friends in one of the most recognized video game horror universes ever there’s Resident Evil Mercenaries Vs, Capcom’s first foray into the iOS online market.
This week’s New Games to Watch roundup was pretty well dominated by the little guy, though a few high profile games managed to break through. If you haven’t gotten your racing fill with Death Rally then fasten your seat belts, because Race After 1977 is heating up the tracks this week. Even if you’re tired of putting the rubber to the road, this one might be worth checking out. For those of you that still don’t have your fill of Pac-Man there’s Pac’N-Jump. In this game you’ll take Pac-Man to new heights. There were a lot of tributes to the “old days” this week, but none so full-featured as Atari’s Greatest Hits, which gathers over 100 games from both the arcade and Atari 2600 console and puts them snugly in one interface. Of course, the only one you get for free is pong…
Turn based zombie slaying, racing with big guns and location based gang wars are where it’s at this week. Tactical Soldier – Undead Uprising (TMA Review) turns zombie hunting into a thinking man’s game, which makes it different than just about any other undead simulation around. Death Rally brings the big guns back to overhead track racing, and you’ll get to go head to head with the likes of Duke Nukem (while he’s waiting Forever for his own game again). For the rebellious socialite there’s Mob Empire, a game that lets you check in to real world locations to use as your territorial bases of operation as you conquer the world.
This week saw some pretty notable releases, one of which was exclusive to the iPad. Top billing this week goes to Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, which almost sounds like a medieval Sienfeld – a game about nothing. Still, the artistic nature of the game is supposed to be top notch, and it has garnered a lot of positive attention. For those who are a little more traditional there’s Final Fantasy III, the iOS port of the Nintendo DS remake of the 1990 NES game from Square Enix (then just Square). Got it? Next up is City Of Secrets, a tap and explore adventure game that pays homage to the greats from companies like Sierra Online while creating a world all it’s own. Finally, for the kid in you – or the kid you have at home – there’s Max And The Magic Maker, a platform game where the main character can make objects appear simply by drawing them with his trusty writing utensil.
As always, this week’s roundup is an interesting collection of games from a broad spectrum of genres. In the “we need another remake” corner is Tapper World Tour, the return of the famous drink slinging bartender. This time he’s brought along his daughter and has decided to take us to several locations around the world. Winning the coveted “first time for a franchise” award is Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard, an original installment of the series for your iPhone. Now you can be stealthy wherever you go. If you prefer the “is this a necessary license” category there’s Doodle Jump: HOP The Movie, a familiar game with a new protagonist that’s starring in his own feature film this summer. Finally, the “is it a rip-off or not” prize goes to Pilot Winds, the game that could conceivably dethrone Tiny Wings in the distance flying category.
This week’s games to watch include a 2004 game of the year, a multiplayer dual stick shooter, and of course, some zombies. First up is Painkiller Purgatory, an iOS port of a PC game that won some awards back in its day. It sounds like the iOS port has some work before it’s ready to claim any mobile prizes, but that’s why it’s one to watch. If games like Minigore and iDracula left you feeling a bit lonely you might want to sink your teeth into Raiding Company, the first iPad dual stick shooter to support 4 players simultaneously. It may not have Lara Croft, but it sounds like some serious tomb raiding fun none the less. And, for those of you that can’t get enough of the undead there’s Zombie Revolution, the game where the humans have gone to far and you have to lead your zombie hordes to victory by pushing the humans away.
This week had some very interesting releases, one of which was a rather pleasant surprise. Double Dragon, the forefather of modern side scrolling brawlers, has finally made its way to the iPhone. If you’re into 2D beat-em-ups, this is one not to miss. For time management fans there’s a new entry called Fruitville, though it’s probably selling the game way short to label it as time management. The online gangster wanna-bes should check out The Godfather Empire to see how a real mafia story plays out online. And, for those of you that want something you can toggle playing with NBA Jam, EA has released Fight Night Champion, the first iPhone installment of their award winning boxing series.
It’s time for another Story as this edition’s lead game is Hot Springs Story, the quirky follow up to the widely revered Game Dev Story. You trade in your programming shoes for gardening sheers, but the end result is still the quest to be number 1. If you prefer futuristic sports brawls you might want to check out Speedball 2 Evolution, the iPhone update of a 20+ year old franchise. If you’re looking for a causal game that’s a bit different I’d recommend Slot Life: Haunted Mansion, and slot machine simulation with a story and some mini-games to augment the game play. For puzzle fans there’s RoboSockets, a game that’s part Tetris, part pipes and part match 3. That’s a lot of parts!
It feels like it’s 1985 again with this week’s lead-in, Back To The Future Ep. 1 HD (yeah, you thought I was going to mention that silly RTS first, didn’t you?) I was a huge fan of the series that spawned this adventure game, and the inclusion of Christopher Lloyd to reprise his role as Doc Brown is just icing on the cake. Oh, and I suppose there’s that Starfront: Collision that’s been making some waves as well, huh? If you’re into RTS games, this is probably THE iPhone game to get right now. On the other hand, if you like your games a bit more simple and lighthearted, you’d do well to check out Zombie Runaway or Pixel Pig, a couple of casual games that could bring out the juvenile in all of us.
This week’s “New App Store Games to Watch” list felt kind of like the first week of the new year. There weren’t a lot of heavy hitters releasing games, though there should be enough new faces out there that you’ll find something of interest for your iDevice. The biggest name in the roundup belongs, of course, to NBA JAM [TMA Review], one of the most successful and popular arcade games ever. If you grew up on a steady diet of this 2-on-2 hardwood action, this EA release has likely found a way to your iPhone’s springboard already. Other titles featured within include Chocolate Tycoon, Carnivores: Ice Age and Sky Combat. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the complete roundup…