Its hard to take the news out of our lives, but the recent Swine Flu outbreak has zapped a dose of ‘reality says’ into me. My wife and I just recently had a second wedding, which, in order for her family also to receive free a under-the-table tour, was held in Japan. Well, we arrived a few days early on a plane that should have gone to Seoul from Toronto to drop off our luggage, but because of the louts at Air Canada, was diverted to Tokyo. So, there we were with over 100KG of excess luggage including two beautiful Marinoni Fango cyclocross bikes, no where to stay and Air Canada’s mutant-attendants telling us that our next destination would not be covered. I grew 10 extra grey hairs in that near-death experience (I was about to kill someone, you see). But, this is not that story.
Chillingo (cue the sonorous angelic choir) are prepping the the App Store, their ranks of fans and the internet for another big hit. After their recent successes with CS.One and Knights Onrush, the publisher is moving to a dual-analogue style cartoon shooter. Minigore stars the survivor, John Gore in an quest to kill a slew of hairy creatures who want nothing less than to taste his flesh. If you need more information, pictures and a video, just follow the jump!
There’s a place for simple games on any system, and especially portable ones where you may sometimes only be able to play for a short burst. But there’s still something inherently ‘playable’ about those games, something that makes you want to come back and try again, or play just a little bit more. Toy Raid succeeded in being that type of game in a way that Dam Buster wants to be, but unfortunately, it just falls too short in too many areas.
I’ve been playing First Person Shooters (FPS) for a long time. Wolfenstein and Doom on the PC, and a whole host of console games. In some ways, Prey Invasion is a throwback to an earlier time; a FPS light on story. But then it looks more like a modern FPS (at least somewhere between Playstation and Playstation 2 graphics-wise). And maybe that’s exactly the kind of game I was looking for, because I enjoyed it immensely.
More and more, each foray into the AppStore games section is becoming a virtual equivalent to my experiences in the brick and mortar stores. You have a bunch of big name and popular games that are highlighted on either the frontpage or the easily accessible shelves of the stores. Then you have the bargain bin and back corners. Once in a while, you’ll find a hidden gem, but most of the offerings are mediocre at best. The problem is, there are tons and tons of mediocre offerings – it’s difficult to distinguish one from the other. Glandarius Wing Strike reminds me of those bargain bin games that fail to become diamonds in the rough.
I’m one of those people who’s not tired of World War II games. I’ve played lots of them, from First Person Shooters to Air Combat and Naval based games. And I still enjoy playing games with that theme, especially ones that bring something new to the table. iBomber succeeds in doing that, at least from my experience in the genre.
360°. A full circle. That’s what Kryzer Prologue is based off of! You control the flight path an inter-dimensional cyberspace glider as it vaporizes enemy units. Instead of traditional side scrolling or vertical shoot ‘em ups, Kryzer Prologue’s unique gameplay sets you in a circular play field as you rotate clockwise around the circle.
App Store FPS fans have a few great staples to sink lead into including the excellent re-tooling of the Wolfenstein 3D Classic which promises a coming port of the Wolftenstein RPG. The same iD responsible for Wolf are working (fastidiously it would seem) on their next killer FPS: the grand daddy if not founder of modern shooters: Doom.
Appbank, somehow got ahold of Wolfenstein RPG, a game that is still dungeon slinking rather than the tasting the free air of the App Store. It appears to be a hi-resolution port of the EA title of that has been firing up good ol’ RPG action in mobile users’ hands for some time. Thankfully, before Apple pulled Wolfenstein from the App Store, Appbank got away with a nice gameplay video and some screenshots. After a bit of drooling, I can officially declare that though I know nothing official, this game WILL be The Quest meets Wolfenstein in EA flavour. Mark me for a purchase when available and if it proves to be a quality title, then shove a tasty spot aside for this RPG.
Space Invaders is one of those iconic arcade games that conjures up fond memories. Released in 1978 by Tomohiro Nishikado (THANK YOU WIKIPEDIA!), this game combined quick reflexes and the ability to determine an invader’s trajectory. As Lrrr, in the show Futurama, said, “Instead of shooting where I was, you should have shot where I was going to be. Muahahahahahahaha!” This famous game has, like all famous games, inspired clones and spin offs. Brett Nova IV draws all of its inspiration from this arcade gem and adds a few twists to make things interesting.