Picture it: Roswell, New Mexico, some time in the 1950’s. Aliens have crash landed and they just want to get home. Sophia Petrillo might tell a more fanciful tale, but you get the idea (though you might not get the reference). Anyway, The Marbians is a cute little marble puzzle game with an alien theme that’s actually both fun and challenging, especially if you want to get top scores, walk away with all the moon rocks, or both. Besides, this has one of the best soundtracks for this type of game I’ve heard.
I reviewed the original Virtual City (TMA Review) last year and found it to be an entertaining casual variation on the build-your-own-city theme. Though much closer to the Transport Tycoon franchise in spirit than SimCity, the mixing of various gameplay elements and the addition of quests to guide the development made for an excellent package. Building on this quest system G5 Entertainment has done what seems to be the fashionable thing these days and has gone freemium with Virtual City Playground.
Regardless of my complete lack of adoration for Flash-based games, it wouldn’t be fair to say nothing good has ever come out of them. Even more so, a few Flash titles have enjoyed release as standalone products over the years and have gained immense popularity. And no, I’m not talking about those millions of casual time-wasters. I’m talking about the unique masterpieces by Amanita Design – Samorost 1 and 2, which paved the way for the genius Machinarium. Well guess what? The latter has finally found its way onto the iOS as an iPad 2 exclusive.
In a rare feat of productivity and unlike many other authors of indie episodic adventures, Straandlooper, under the watchful gaze of Telltale, have released the final episode of the Hector series Beyond Reasonable Doom. I have already reviewed both HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 (TMA Review) and HECTOR Ep2 HD – Senseless Acts of Justice (TMA Review) and personally don’t see a single reason not to buy the final episode if you enjoyed the first two. But if you’re still in doubt – read on.
When STREET FIGHTER IV (TMA Review) first released for the iPhone, it redefined in many ways the arcade fighting arena on the platform. Granted, we did have some quality titles before that, like Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior (TMA Review), but the adaptation of the legendary franchise was the first to bring the true console experience to iOS. But one thing was missing, and a crucial thing for any arcade fighting at that. I’m talking of course, about multiplayer. Well, fans of beating your friends to a pulp, rejoice, as this has been remedied with the release of STREET FIGHTER IV VOLT.
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.
One of the more popular genres on the iDevices is Castle Defence. Available in a number of varieties, it always features a side-view of the action. But creative people are here to start traditions of their own, right? Well as least subzero.eu are. In their recent take on the genre with Zen Wars, they decided to freshen things up and offer a bird’s eye view of the events instead.
Growing up in Russia, one of the favourite school break pastimes was always a friendly game of Chapaev. Born out of a perverted version of checkers, we’d use figures made out of common stationary along with a checkers board – just about anything went!
Suffice it to say that when I was offered the chance to review Chapayev Pro for the iDevice, I was more than surprised, but pleasantly so. Now the whole world can be opened up to the amazing board game that is Chapaev.
Looking at the adventure genre on the iOS I can safely say that it has matured quite a bit. Over the last couple of years, we have seen both adaptations of classic PC titles, like Broken Sword: Director’s Cut (TMA Review) or The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, as well some all original ones created specifically for the platform – 1112 episode 01 / 02 / 03 and HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 (TMA Review) being the most noteworthy. The latter has even been picked up by Telltale and brought to almost all modern platforms, which quite a feat for a mobile release. And this family of games has quite recently been joined by Touch Detective, an original detective adventure.
The court of Louis XIV (no, not our Louis) is arguably one of the most romantic times in the history of France. Intricate plots, hidden agendas and devious politics rule when the King of Spain is at death’s doorstep. Join me in this unique opportunity to experience all the merits of old France and the court of the legendary Sun King in Versailles 2.