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…
I’m so happy to see a strong flood of games coming in again. My iDevice was starting to get bored (just kidding). At any rate, action RPG lovers should give Gameloft’s freemium adventure Sacred Odyssey: Rise Of Ayden a try. Rumor has it that the game feels sort of like an iPhone Zelda, and there’s nothing at all wrong with that. If you want some dry British humor with your physics puzzles than you might want to take Monty Python’s Cow Tossing for a whirl. It combines classic Holy Grail shenanigans with the game play style of certain disgruntled fowl to hopefully bring you a hilarious wall crumbling experience. Addicts that just can’t get enough of the actual Hasbro toy should check out Bop It!, the iDevice implementation of said game that offers several new gadgets to play with, as well as 4 solo and 4 multi-player modes. Finally, those that aren’t sick of zombie games yet can sail the 7 seas with Zombie Isle, the story of a human pirate captain that happens to have a crew of undead minions. And no, Jack Sparrow won’t be popping by these seas any time soon.
The New Year’s parties are finally over! There basically hasn’t been an outstanding week of new releases since Christmas, but this past week was pretty nice. Of course the big news was Dead Space (TMA Review), and while I don’t always get to try the top contenders right away, I’ve been able to sink my mitts into this particular one. I like it – a lot. Nostalgia buffs should check out Pac-Man Battle Royale, which supports up to 4 pac-men at once and lets you eat both ghosts AND your opponents when you swallow the power pill. Zombie Café takes the typical restaurant simulation to low places, and if you’re not careful the staff just might eat the patrons. Finally, horror / adventure game fans finally get the chance to dig deeper into the mystery of Project H with Hysteria Project 2 (TMA Review), but be warned – you might be left with even more questions this time around.
The big players are still pretty quiet right now, but there was plenty of indie muscle showing last week. Turn based strategy game fans can find lots of action in The Pantheon Cycle: Shrouded Aspect, the first in a planned series of games. If you missed it on the iPhone, one of the coolest zombie games and most amusing soccer themed games has made it to the iPad in the form of Pro Zombie Soccer Apocalypse Edition. For gamebook adventure fans there’s a fresh take on the genre thanks to Fabled Lands HD. Finally, if you’re looking for a quirky adventure game that’s heavy on puzzles, check out Hamlet or the Last Game without MMORPG Features, Shaders and Product Placement. If nothing else, it’s got a great name.
This week was once again “dominated” – and I use the term loosely – by the indie developer. Hopefully everyone is going to get over their New Year’s indulgences soon and start turning out some cool new games. To start off this week we have Road Blaster, another port of an 80s laser disc game, this time mashing Japanese Anime and Mad Max. If world conquest is more your style you might give Pocket Pandemic a try, which gives you the opportunity to infect the world with a virus you create. Adventure game fans should check out Bygone City 3 Adventure Game (an awkward title to be sure), though for the complete picture I recommend picking up the first two parts as well. Finally, castle defense / TD fans that are tired of the “same old same old” should check out Smack A Seal – just make sure you’re not within reach of any PETA militants.
Sorry for the absence of a “10 To Watch” article last week, but I could really only come up with 3 or 4 games that I actually wanted to write about. Thankfully things have picked up a little bit this week. Those looking for a platform game fix have a few choices this week, most notably the baby carriage tale called Grimm or Capcom’s MaXplosion, where the protagonist can make himself explode. If you like strategy games you might want to take Metal Brigade Tactics or Ascendancy for a spin. The RPG fan can take on Com2Us’ latest Inotia yarn, appropriately titled Inotia 3.
Due to the temporary shut down of approvals and new submissions over the holidays, this past week’s 10 New Games to Watch list isn’t as abundant as most weeks. There were still some interesting looking offerings, however, so hopefully you’ll find something in here that might have slipped under your radar as you were shopping for the perfect Christmas game. Without further ado, here’s the roundup…