The original Tilt To Live was an abstract and creative take on top-down shooters, where your single arrow had to avoid increasingly aggressive red dots. By triggering onscreen explosions and other power-ups, you had a fighting chance at survival. Tilt To Live 2: Redonuklous is not as absurd as the title suggests– it’s more of the same quirky action, with only minor improvements. (more…)
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Last week, the first generation of iOS 7 controllers were officially revealed to the world and immediately became available for purchase. First we went hands-on with the Logitech PowerShell, and now we’ve had a chance to extensively test the MOGA Ace Power controller. While the Ace Power has more buttons and joysticks than Logitech’s controller, the flimsy plastic feel, limited battery, and spotty support on the App Store make us question whether it’s really the future of iOS gaming. (more…)
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The perfect mobile game shouldn’t try to replicate a console or PC experience. There are exceptions, like the amazingly deep XCOM: Enemy Uknown and Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, but the most successful iOS games are easy to pick up and play, with bright and appealing graphics, and a huge amount of content and depth. Rayman Fiesta Run matches all of these criteria, making it another Must Have platformer. (more…)
Nintendo deserves all the credit for inventing and refining the Zelda series over the decades, but some iOS developers have taken those original ideas even further. Action-adventure iOS games like Horn, Lili, and Bastion (originally on XBox Live Arcade) have a lot in common with the Zelda games, but Oceanhorn is the most sincere imitation yet, and it’s a perfect fit for the platform. (more…)
Hot on the heels of Moga’s Ace Power recently-announced iOS 7 controller, Logitech has just announced their own iOS controller, called the PowerShell. We had a chance to go hands-on with the device this week at Logitech’s headquarters in Newark, California, and our initial impressions are very positive. (more…)
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After game developer American McGee corrupted Alice in Wonderland with a gothic-horror makeover, we couldn’t wait to see what twisted designs his mobile studio Spicy Horse would come up with on iOS. Discussing an upcoming collaboration with DeNA, McGee offered us a hands-on preview of The Gate, described as “Pokemon in Hell” with several familiar free-to-play elements. (more…)
Over the years, we’ve seen Star Wars adapted into an absurd variety of genres on iOS, from Hoth tower defense to cantina time management. Many of those games have vanished from the App Store like a dead Jedi, since they were developed by THQ before Disney acquired the Star Wars license, but we have a feeling that Tiny Death Star will make more of a lasting impact. (more…)
Drop those g’s, because it’s time to go huntin’ and fishin’. Duck Dynasty: Battle of the Beards, a best-selling app based on the A&E reality series, is a surprisingly fun collection of rapid-fire minigames in the style of Warioware. This game exceeded our modest expectations, which were set a bit low due to previous TV tie-in apps, and the appearance of frog leg pie and squirrel stew on the menu.
The Star Wars universe provides a unique opportunity for game developers to place familiar characters and settings into any genre they choose. Just this year, we’ve reviewed a Star Wars console RPG, collectible card game, and second Angry Birds spin-off. Now Disney has recruited Tiny Tower creators Nimblebit to build a Star Wars version of their popular freemium tower-building simulation. We spent some time with Tiny Death Star, which is available now in New Zealand and will be blowing up the entire planet soon.
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Every week, dozens of new games launch on the App Store. We can’t review all of them, but we always keep an eye out for the surprise indie gems that we think could be the next big hit. Here are this week’s picks, which will let you pan for gold, infect humans with a zombie virus, and fight monsters while only half-dressed.
Forget about Retina displays, four-inch screens iPhone screens, and faster graphics processors. To enjoy Papa Sangre II, all you need is a basic iOS device, a great pair of headphones, and an active imagination. Then you can sit back and let Sean Bean be your guide through this eerie and fascinating land of the dead.
It took three years, but the tiny hero from Ninjump has finally reached the top. This side-scrolling endless runner uses a gameplay style that will be familiar to many mobile gamers, but what sets it apart are the clever power-ups that let you recruit giant birds, squirrels, and pandas to your side.
When it first launched a year ago, it was too easy to overlook Candy Crush Saga. This free Match-3 game looked like Bejeweled with a Candyland makeover, but after a year of topping the App Store charts, we couldn’t ignore Candy Crush any longer. Here’s our long-overdue analysis of how Candy Crush has crushed the competition to become one of iOS’s biggest moneymakers.
This year’s iPhone lineup split in two directions: You can purchase a lower-cost iPhone 5C, with a colorful case and the same processor as the iPhone 5, or opt for the high-end iPhone 5S, with a handful of flashy new features like thumbprint recognition and slow-motion video capture. Apple recently loaned us an iPhone 5S so we could determine whether this elite device is worth the extra money to average users.
For the past ten weeks, we’ve been bringing you our guide to the best iOS games since the launch of the App Store in 2008. These series each represent milestones in mobile gaming, whether they’re versions of big-name PC and console games, or original games built just for mobile. With the success of App Store gaming, we’re certain these series will continue to grow every year, along with brand new ones we haven’t heard of yet.
A great game can invent a brand new world for you to explore, but Galaxy on Fire lets you travel to dozens of worlds, with all the empty space between. This lengthy, complex, and utterly gorgeous sim lets you pilot among the stars, visit far-flung locations, mine asteroids, and blast away space pirates. Between Galaxy on Fire 2 and its extensive add-on pack, Valkyrie, this is one of the best series you can buy for iOS.
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After 10 weeks, our 50-part feature on the Best Game Series on iOS concludes with Call of Duty. This mega-franchise has always been a bestseller on consoles, and all of its notable iOS ports have reached the top of the App Store charts as well. While it’s not always realistic– no super-soldier can heal a bullet wound just by ducking behind cover– this high-energy series is consistently thrilling.
When the App Store first launched, the iPhone’s most notable gaming features were its tilt controls and lack of buttons. Taking advantage of this unique design, Lima Sky’s Doodle Jump required very few button presses and a lot of tilting. This simple platforming game was a success, creating a viable genre of “vertical platformers” and a hand-drawn art style that has been extensively imitated.
After years of pioneering the downloadable, episodic adventure genre, Telltale Games struck a chord with Walking Dead, a series based on the comic books and AMC TV show. Walking Dead: The Game received numerous Game of the Year awards, including the International Mobile Gaming Awards Grand Prix and Excellence in Storytelling awards, which Slide To Play helped decide.