Over the last few years I have become a big fan of hidden object games, even finding myself a frequent shopper at the Big Fish Games web site. For all the games that fall in this category that I’ve played, however, I don’t think I’ve played one quite as diverse, frustrating and satisfying as Mystery Manor: Hidden Adventure. If you’re defiant against in-app purchases (IAPs) or have no patience you’ll certainly want to avoid this game, otherwise prepare for the most interesting hidden object game experience you’ve had in a long time. If you’re really a fan of such games you’ll get hooked.
Few franchises have enjoyed such a cult status as the famous Monkey Island series by LucasArts. While the original trilogy is simply above all praise and the remastered versions of The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge (TMA Review) have already found their way onto iOS, the PC version of Escape from Monkey Island was a flop. That’s why when Telltale announced they were going to take over the series from LucasArts, the entire Monkey Island community held its breath. And only with the release of Monkey Island Tales 1 could fans finally breath…
I never thought I’d care much for games about growing plants, but like a lot of other things iOS devices have convinced me that such endeavors aren’t so bad. The latest such game to catch me attention is Drawin’ Growin’ by Taito, and this game is certainly different than the others I’ve played. Your task is “simply” to make sure the plants get the right amount of water or sunlight, depending on the color of their pots. However, your job is not as placid as it seems. Many things will get in the way of your success, and how well and quickly you deal with them will determine your ultimate rewards. There are times where the action can get a little overwhelming, but for the most part so far it’s been a pretty relaxed and interesting adventure.
My wife and I have recently developed a strong passion for all kinds of horror flicks. The recent couple off weekends were devoted almost completely to various zombiexploitation movies, from the classic Night of the Living Dead to Welcome to Zombieland. What could be better than watching a heap of zombies snack on helpless victims, right? I guess it’s time to see them burn! Well thanks to Corpse Granny you can take matters into your own hands and bring righteous flames to the shambling undead.
Unlike my wife, I’m not a huge fan of seafood. All those tentacles and scales – yuck. But what I do like is tactical strategy games, especially if there’s a bit of RPG element tucked in. Well it just so happens that an indie dev by the name of The Game Bakers have cooked up something for me to make even all the slimy creatures quite acceptable, at least in digital form. I’m talking about the unique iOS action strategy game Squids.
Slowly but surely, the App Store is being populated by all manner of Privateer-style games. We’ve already seen a superb space sim in Galaxy on Fire 2 (TMA Review), the original boardgame-like Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space (TMA Review), as well as a more adventure oriented experience in the amazing Warpgate (TMA Review). For fans of the latter, a new title recently hit the App Store that may well fill their spare time while waiting for a sequel – Galaxy Pirate Adventure. All aboard!
Dracula is definitely one of the iconic horror flick villains, popularized by the famous book by Bram Stoker. Though vampires in general have been part of folklore for hundreds and even thousands of years, he was the one who introduced the signature struggle between a sole hero and the vampire over a girl. In the three-part adventure - Dracula: Resurrection - Microids revisits this concept and this time you’ll have the chance to take down the evil Dracula yourself.
The Farm Frenzy franchise has always been a bit of a standout amongst the time management games that I’ve played. It’s more goal oriented than its brethren, and as the name implies, it can get quite hectic, pretty much on every level after the first four or five. It’s a nice change of pace from the typical storefront type management sims, though it might be a bit much for the more casual gamer. So far Farm Frenzy 3 is no exception to the rule, and it’s a great reminder of why the series is so popular. If you’re tired of serving food, running a boutique or managing a hotel, maybe it’s time for a bit of frenzy in your life.
Zombies and other types of undead have been among some of the more popular themes in all areas of pop-culture in the recent years – and the App Store is definitely no exception. There are scores of zombie games in all genres – from line drawing to action shooters, and card games to tower defense. Speaking of the latter, it has just been augmented by Bulkypix’s GRave Defense HD.
I think Crazy Escape is an extremely appropriate name for this latest puzzle game from Bulkypix. Thankfully, crazy isn’t always a bad thing. Your quest to help two penguins rescue a bunch of sheep will take you through some pretty zany shenanigans, and I wouldn’t expect you to get through the game without chuckling a time or two at least. It’s nice to know that the line drawing technique can be used for things besides simple war games and millions of Harbor Master clones.