10 App Store Games To Watch [4/13/16]

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So after making a splash for releasing some of the biggest mobile devices on the market, Apple is reversing their trend with a new 5 SE phone and a smaller iPad Pro.  Such a fickle consumer base us iOS junkies are.  At least that hasn’t diminished developers’ desire to release games in any way.  Once again littered with fun, casual games, this edition of the roundup had several games that were more like really strong starts than fully fleshed out contenders.  Yarn!, 3-2-1-Zombies! and Gun Boat Havoc are all games to watch because they are headed in the right direction, and maybe some gentle nudging from enough players will encourage the creators to add in some extra features and make these games real contenders in their respective genres.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [3/15/16]

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Spring is in the air, more or less.  Thankfully, better weather doesn’t deter me from playing games.  After all, even on the nicest days it gets dark at some point.  This roundup features a couple of interesting hybrid games, as well as an interesting take on a style of RPG I’m not normally fond of.  Puzzle Siege is a tower siege game that uses an odd combination of 2048 and collapsing bricks for its puzzle mechanic.  Throw in the ability to level up your units and you have an extremely interesting mash-up that actually works quite well.  Dungeon Monsters RPG is a menu driven RPG, which usually tends to bore me before too long.  With the addition of 3D dungeon maps to explore, however, Dungeon Monsters RPG transcends the trappings of its peers and manages to hold my interest.  Defenders 2: Tower Defense CCG is a mash-up of, well, take a guess.  While the CCG part of the mix sometimes feels gimmicky, when you tack on the overhead map that you can explore it adds enough variety to the game to make it a fresh tower defense experience.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [2/19/16]

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So I start this roundup with an apology.  In a couple of the early entries I made reference to Game Center with comments like “I think” and “there appears to be”, because the games indicated they supported Game Center but for the last couple of weeks at least I have been unable to log in to the service.  After a while I just gave up on mentioning Game Center.  I know that’s not really my fault, but somebody has to apologize for the fact that Apple seems to keep breaking their fundamental iOS applications.  Anyway, you’ll see a lot of familiar styles of game in this list, because I like what I like.  Just remember that the games make my list because they kept me entertained, not necessarily because they were of a particular game mechanic.  It just happens that those two things obviously collide more often than not.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [1/23/16]

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Welcome to my first roundup of 2016.  Of course you wouldn’t necessarily know it given the release dates of some of my choices, but with all the games I go through each week it’s often easy to overlook certain gems for a long time.  The way I figure it, as long as they are still available in the App Store they are still worth looking into, and that’s certainly the case for the oldest game on my list, Icycle: On Thin Ice.  Of course it doesn’t hurt that the game just received 7 new levels at the end of last year to complete the game’s story.  At any rate, as usual I hope you find something on this list that appeals to you, as I’ve had fun exploring each and every one of these games.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [12/29/15]

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Welcome to my last roundup of 2015.  Hopefully you’ve enjoyed my forays into the myriad of releases the App Store has to offer, and possibly even picked up a game or two that you might not have considered otherwise.  I’ve had a lot of fun trying out all of these games for you, and I look forward to an even more entertaining year in 2016.  If you celebrate then have a safe holiday, and we’ll see you in the new year!
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10 App Store Games To Watch [12/15/15]

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Casual is the name of the game in this roundup, and Ketchapp leads the pack with two entries this time around.  The thing is, no matter how much developers want to turn iDevices into portable next gen consoles, at this point the devices are still at their best when running simple, addictive games.  Whether it’s strategy lite in the form of Crystal Crusade, twitch action thanks to Taptical Breach or good old fashion Gameboy like side scrolling shooter fun via Toritoma., there should be something here for everyone.  And if not, be sure to let me know what you like and I’ll see what I can do for the next roundup.
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10 App Store Games To Watch [12/1/15]

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So it’s two down and one to go in terms of the big end of year holidays (I’m not counting New Year’s since the holiday is technically January 1st).  If you’re already planning out your Christmas gifts, just buy all your friends that have iOS devices iTunes cards and point them to my App Store roundups.  It’s a win-win situation.  And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, get yourself an iTunes card and go nuts!  Of course most of the games I cover tend to be of the free variety, but maybe you could use this season of charity to support a struggling indie dev by purchasing some IAP in one of the free titles.  No matter how you look at it, just make it all about the games.
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Almost 13 iOS Games To Play On Halloween 2015

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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]

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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]

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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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