Facebook and Match 3 and Town Builders, Oh My! I never would have expected that one of the most entertaining releases for me this week would be a port of a Facebook game, but leave it to Popcap to accomplish that feat with Solitaire Blitz. It is one minute competitive solitaire, and it’s rather addictive as well. Games like Triple Town and sliding puzzle games both make me go “eh”, but when you combine them in the likes of Alien Hive I sit up and go “hmm”. This game comes from the developers of Sporos, and it’s on track to be as laid back and intriguing as that game was. Finally, Warner Brothers brings us an iOS port of another Facebook game, this time a town builder based off of the legend that is The Wizard Of Oz. I haven’t decided if I’m going to delve into The Wizard Of Oz Game yet, but I am impressed that they were willing to actually integrate it with the classic film, even to the point of using the various characters’ film likenesses.
This was another week of well rounded releases in the iOS gaming world. Folks that like a little more spice to their fishing simulations should give Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale of Redemption a try. Sure you cast your line and haul up the fish like any other simulation, but once you them above the surface the big guns come out… quite literally. If you’re more of a golfing nut there’s Super Stickman Golf 2. 180 holes, 60 achievements and 28 hats will keep you quite busy, and then there are the two multiplayer modes. If you’d rather just take out your frustrations on loads of unnamed villains, Brotherhood of Violence might be right up your alley. It looks like it could have the makings of a modern day Streets Of Rage, which would suit me just fine.
Last week was a great week for iOS gamers. In addition to Mini Ninjas, endless runner fans could enjoy Sonic’s spin on the genre with Sonic Dash. It seems natural to bring Sonic’s “speed” to this genre, and you’ll also get the chance to play as Tails, Knuckles or Amy. There were a lot of interesting puzzle games this week as well, including the quirky sounding Monster Meltdown. This game has you playing a janitor that must round up escaped monsters by teleporting to switch places with them. If you’re looking for a bit of action you should check out Zombie Master World War. This pseudo-sequel to Zombie Master takes the action multi-player and global as you not only have to clean up a zombie apocalypse but you’ll have to take on other players as well.
I’m sure you’ve seen it on many mobile gaming sites, but the big release this week was Real Racing 3, the next installment of the realistic racing simulation series from EA and Firemint Studios. There seem to be many enhancements over previous versions, but the most notable thing is that it’s free to play with IAP support. Maybe you prefer a bit of an RPG experience but are looking for something different from the standard dungeon crawl. You should check out King Cashing 2, which if it’s anything like its predecessor will be surprisingly fun despite being based on electronic slots. Maybe you’d prefer a good old fashioned platforming experience. BulkyPix can fill your needs with Penumbear, a game about a teddy bear collecting bear with fairy friends that can manipulate light.
This past week was a great one for games, which correlates nicely with the fact that the impending snowstorm where I live will make it feel a lot like Christmas. One project I found rather interesting was The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain: Lost Chapters. This “sequel” to the 30 year old Gamebook was apparently officially sanctioned by the authors of the original tale, which is definitely a selling point. Unfortunately the game isn’t really ready for prime time yet, but I’ll be eagerly watching its progress. On the other hand, Alone In The Gloom 2 was a nice surprise and a worthy follow-up to the first installment. You once again must help a little critter escape a multitude of caverns, but your only “guiding light” is a flicker of lightening at the beginning of the level to show you the cave’s entire layout. If you’re tired of the infinite runner (and my constant babbling about them), you might appreciate Mr Jabbs: Epic Waste Of Time. Sure there is running and jumping, but you can also warp into many hilarious situations that sound like entertaining mini-games.
This week had a lot of titles that were both entertaining and cute, starting with the new puzzler Goats and Gadgets. Your task in each of the 40 levels is to get one goat to the desired apple, mastering all the different gadgets at your disposal and dealing with things like yetis and trolls. If platform action is more your style you might want to give Burt Destruction a shot. Spending just a little bit of time with this game was enough to realize the developers have some familiarity with classic platforming romps, and the sense of humor is actually quite funny. Now if you want something that’s just downright silly the Bunny Hill is the game for you. This 2D side view racer takes place between a bunch of cube shaped animals, and while there’s really not a whole lot to it before long you’ll find yourself tilting your device in a vein attempt to make your rabbit go faster.
One of my favorite titles released this week is actually a fairly straightforward port of an almost 15 year old game. Metal Slug 2 hit the App Store with guns blazing, and just like its predecessor proved that you don’t need 3D to enjoy lots of things blowing up. The action is intense, the visuals are quite detailed and turning into a zombie temporarily never gets old. For the puzzle aficionados we have Stick To It!, a game about knowing when to hold it and when to let go. Instead of swiping or launching or otherwise interacting to get your character from point A to its mother’s arms you simply touch the screen to make him stick and let go to let him roll. If you prefer your action in the sky instead of on the ground you should give After Burner Climax a try. This is a port of a 2006 game whose roots go back to the late 1980’s, and gives you the chance to pilot one of three sleek jets as you take on tons of enemies across more than 20 different landscapes.
It’s that time again. Actually, 2013 is going to be a big year for Tin Man Games, and they’re kicking it off with the release of Fighting Fantasy: House Of Hell, the next in their line of Fighting Fantasy adventures. This one takes place in a creepy mansion and in addition to all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect adds the element of fear to keep you on your toes (literally, it’s a new skill that gets tracked). Racing fans that like something besides the traditional Daytona type fare should check out Table Top Racing. This over the top racer actually takes the micro machines approach to the genre with 8 tracks, 10 different cars to unlock and upgrade and several multi-player options. If you’re looking for some lite strategy Monsterra could be just the game for you. The rules are simple, individual games go quite quickly and you can either play against the computer or another player depending on your preferences.
If you know who you’re going to call, raise your hand. That’s right, the Ghostbusters are back for their third adventure on iOS devices, and this time around the story actually unfolds based off of events from the first film in the franchise. The plus side is that the game has a lot of potential, but on the other hand it could turn into a grinding IAP fest. Speaking of grinding fests, if you’re a Diablo fan Dungeon Lore could be of interest to you. This quest based crawler offers class-less leveling, plenty to do and elementals to fight at your side. The real question is how turn based combat will affect the flow of the game. If you want a game you know will always be full of energy, check out Cracking Sands from Polarbit. This title is their attempt at a Mario Kart style game, and from everything I’ve seen so far it might just make iOS gamers go “Mario who?”
Well we’re finally starting to get some winter where I live, and in what can only be described as a coincidence the App Store is starting to feel a bit like Christmas again (the before part, not the few days when it’s closed). Foursaken Media has released a new game called Heroes and Castles that sounds like a real time castle defense game where you also get to directly control one of the forces that protect your castle. You can even join a friend to double the havoc you’ll cause. If you’d prefer something a little more lighthearted you might consider taking Momonga Pinball Adventures for a spin. This combination action game and pinball simulation has cute characters, cool 3D graphics and actually makes the concept of handheld pinball interesting… at least to me. And of course the die hard Temple Run fans can breathe deeply now, as the long awaited sequel to this classic is finally out. Temple Run 2 is bigger, flashier, and just as addictive as the original.