As we approach the end of the year, more big brand-name games are expected to launch on a weekly basis. Even if you don’t have any credit in your iTunes account, you can still download at least three of them right now. Read on for more details about the latest big-name IPs for iOS.
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At last week’s iPhone 5S unveiling, Epic also announced Infinity Blade III, the latest in their groundbreaking swipe-combat series. iOS gamers won’t have to wait long to download IB3, since it’ll be available on the App Store next week, but we had a chance to play through it a few days early. The good news is that Infinity Blade III is still a stunning-looking game, and it adds a few minor features that complement the combat.
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In the past few years, Glu Games has moved from making paid games like Super KO Boxing 2 and Cops & Robbers to freemium downloads like Contract Killer, Deer Hunter Reloaded, and Stardom: The A-List. But before freemium gaming was as common on the App Store as it is now, one series changed the way we looked at free-to-play games. Glu’s Gun Bros set the stage for action-focused free games, with optional payments for bigger weapons, which has divided opinions among players.
If you love playing games, you’re probably also interested in the creative process that goes into making them. From dreaming up a concept to writing the code and hunting for bugs, Kairosoft’s Game Dev Story lets you take control of the game-making process in a clever simulation. Since 2010, Kairosoft has continued to regularly release engaging, cutesy sims for iOS, letting you run your own spa, space station, racetrack, and more. Here’s our guide to the best of Kairosoft on iOS. (more…)
The main character of Grand Theft Auto IV used his in-game cellphone to manage contacts and menu options, and now Rockstar is making the leap to your real-world iPhone with the Grand Theft Auto: iFruit app. This free app tie-in for GTA V provides a “second screen” experience, letting you customize your vehicles and train a virtual Rottweiler for use in the main game.
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From our very first hands-on preview of Cut The Rope, we knew we were looking at something special. It only took a few seconds to grasp the simple mechanics and playful physics in Cut The Rope: You just swipe on the screen to snip a rope, which will feed a hungry monster named Om Nom. Over the years, ZeptoLab has expanded this basic concept with new obstacles that make reaching three stars on each level a true challenge.
2K’s answer to GT Racing: Motor Academy and Real Racing 3 recently arrived on the App Store. 2K Drive is a realistic driving simulator that features licensed cars, real-world locations, and online multiplayer. For those gamers who were opposed to Real Racing 3’s freemium pricing model, 2K Drive costs a hefty $6.99 to download, with optional in-app purchases.
Most games let you live out incredible adventures, like wielding an ancient sword and slaying giant foes, driving a finely-tuned race car, or parachuting into a warzone and single-handedly destroying the opposing army. However, there’s one series that lets you pursue life’s more achievable goals, like finding a job or decorating your home. Here’s our guide to The Sims on iOS.
To celebrate the launch of the new free-to-play Star Wars game, Force Collection, we’re giving away three pieces of official Star Wars merchandise to our readers. The pack includes stormtrooper earbuds, a Skywalker Ranch mug, and a die-cast Yoda figurine. Read on for instructions on how to win.
Certain big-name games have been anticipated on the iOS App Store since the day it opened for business, like Square-Enix’s monumental Final Fantasy series. You can download Final Fantasy I, II, III, IV, and V all on iOS, in addition to other RPG classics like Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger, but Square-Enix also released an exclusive RPG series just for mobile gamers. Here’s your guide to the sci-fi, combat-heavy world of Chaos Rings.
When it come to casual action games on iOS, one company has found incredible success: Australia’s Halfbrick Studios. Every one of their games is simple to pick up and play, with bright colors and appealing characters, and they’ve resonated with App Store gamers. Fruit Ninja alone has become a best-selling phenomenon, but Halfbrick has continued to innovate and expand with each new game.
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Last year, a pixelated beat ‘em up called Fist of Awesome (from the creator of Hard Lines) reached its Kickstarter goals to undergo development for PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and Ouya. After months of fighting bears and “punching up” the humor, the developers have let us know that Fist of Awesome is nearly ready for wide release. We had a chance to go hands-on with this absurd, highly entertaining brawler, so read on for details.
For gamers who grew up on point-and-click adventures, the return of this sophisticated genre to the App Store has been extremely satisfying. Deep, story-driven adventures are perfect for long plane or train rides, and the touchscreen allows you to tap your way through detailed scenes. We’ve already covered Myst and Monkey Island in our 50 Best Game Series, but there’s another great adventure series that you should know about on iOS: Broken Sword.
Straandlooper Studios, the Irish animation studio responsible for creating Hector: Badge of Carnage, has revealed three brand-new game concepts. But don’t expect these to be available soon– Straandlooper says they are still seeking funding, so these games are still very early in development. (more…)
Today’s installment in our 50 Best Game Series on iOS is Diner Dash, the series that started the time management craze. In these frantic real-time strategy games from Playfirst, you control a waitress, Flo, as she takes customer orders, delivers platters of food, then cleans up the mess and collects the check. Over the years, Flo has taken on some lucrative side jobs, and even opened her hotel to monsters. (more…)
If we had to pick the all-time best game series regardless of platform, Sid Meier’s Civilization would definitely make the list. However, this is a tribute to the best iOS game series, and there’s only been one Civ game released on iOS so far: Civilization Revolution. 2K Games definitely deserves credit for their contributions to the turn-based strategy genre, so we’re including a few more of their greatest hits as well.
It’s appropriate that we’re paying our respects to the GTA series now, with the fifth installment arriving in just two weeks on consoles. If you ever needed a series to point to as proof that mobile games are catching up with consoles, it’s Grand Theft Auto. From Chinatown Wars to Vice City, there’s something perfect about bringing sociopathic mayhem with you wherever you go.
Who hasn’t heard of Angry Birds? One of iOS’s truly breakout hits, Angry Birds has become a cultural phenomenon, with a full range of licensed lunchboxes, snacks, clothing, toys, and more available for purchase. There’s even a movie in the works, due out in 2016. We’ve been following this physics puzzler series since day one, so read on to see how Angry Birds has grown and changed over the years.
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As part of our 50 Best Game Series on iOS, we’ve covered Modern Combat and Dungeon Hunter, both Gameloft knock-offs of popular console and PC franchises. Gameloft’s sincere flattery extends to the Halo series, which they have reverse-engineered like a piece of alien technology, bringing their own epic sci-fi first-person shooter series to mobile devices.
As a bonus for our wonderful readers, we’re going to select one lucky person to receive a backpack full of cool iOS gaming swag. This kit includes gear from the iOS games Supreme Heroes, Plants vs Zombies 2, Tetris, Mechwarrior Tactical Command, Ultima Forever, and more! Read on for the full rules.
At the Unite 2013 conference in Vancouver, a professional gathering for developers using the 3D engine Unity, the Unity Awards recognized this year’s outstanding efforts in visual and gameplay design. Most of the games are only available on PC or Mac OS, but two of them are well-known iOS games: The Room and Year Walk.