Cooped Up is a bird-flinging game that has you boost your birdie ever upwards on slingshot-like wires. The goal is to eat worms and things and avoid enemies and obstacles. Lonnie takes it for a spin above.
The latest in a loooooooong line of SpongeBob games to hit the App Store, SpongeBob’s Game Frenzy is a WarioWare-like title that’s full of micro-games. From Gamezebo’s 4 out of 5 star review:
This is exactly the sort of game I could see myself playing with my friends, back when I was nine; sitting around the living room, watching everyone try to get the farthest without messing up. I would have had a blast with SpongeBob Game Frenzy, and as it stands, grown-up me had a bit of fun with the game too.
Just don’t expect me to start watching the show. I had the game muted in a matter of minutes. There’s no way I could make it through a full episode listening to these characters speak.
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Dungeon Link is the latest genre mash-up from Gamevil. It’s a deep story driven RPG mashed up with a Flow-like game mechanic. With over 250 different heroes, special dungeons, raids, and PvP play, there’s plenty here to keep players interested for many many hours.
Now 148Apps has rung in with its opinion on the game that has you hunt tofu instead of wildlife. Turns out they like it pretty well. From their 3.5 out of 5 star review:
There’s a fairly aggressive energy system in place that slows your progress, but really, Tofu Hunter isn’t a game to play for a long time anyhow. It’s a form of brief entertainment and stress relief, rather than anything to think too deeply about. For that reason it’s fine, if eventually forgettable.
If you like racing games and don’t mind a grind — albeit an addictive one — this is a game you’ll want to check out. From Pocket Gamer’s 7 out of 10 review:
Nitro Nation is designed to make you into a slobbering addict, and it does it very well. It’s almost dangerously simple to pick up and play, and that desire to shave seconds off your time becomes habit-forming in a few plays.
It’s not a racing game. It’s barely even a game at all, if you’re going to be really critical. But it still manages to bite-sized slices of fun and thrills, and sometimes that’s all you want.
Telltale’s Game of Thrones series continues with the fourth of six episodes coming soon. From Touch Arcade:
Telltale continues to deliver on all fronts (maybe, some would say, on too many fronts) and has just announced that it’s continuing its saga of the Forrester family with the Game of Thrones [$4.99] fourth episode, Sons of Winter, coming to mobile soon. I don’t want to give away what disasters will befall the characters in the fourth episode, but you can go here if you don’t mind spoilers. What I can tell you, and it’s not a spoiler since you can see it in the images below, there will be dragons!
The original Fragger was a grenade-tossing blast. The sequel is out now, and 148Apps finds it not quite up to the level of the original, which released five years ago, by the way. From the review:
If I have one primary complaint with Fragger 2, it’s that it doesn’t use its most interesting features often enough. Gravity puzzles are usually a one or two-step process, and the propelled explosives are usually just there to say “hey, you see that guy who seems impossible to hit? Use this.” Also, for a physics-based game itseems awfully contrived how levels have very specific solutions that don’t really allow for much experimentation.
If you thought the original physics basketball game Dude Perfect wasn’t quite, well, perfect, perhaps the sequel will change your mind? Watch Lonnie take the game for a spin above. Dude Perfect 2 has soft-launched in Canada and should make its way to the US soon.
If you’ve been paying attention to iOS gaming for a while you may remember the hullabaloo around the original Smurf Village game, in which kids bankrupted their parents by buying endless amounts of Smurf Berries. That game now has a town-building sequel. From Gamezebo’s 3.5 out of 5 star review:
Smurfs’ Village and the Magical Meadow doesn’t offer the massive amount of content you might find in The Simpsons: Tapped Out, nor does it have the same level of humor or charm (though the Smurfs do have some amusing interactions in the aforementioned cinema scenes). Still, if you’re a fan of the franchise, or you have a youngster who loves the little blue gnomes, playing Magical Meadow is certainly preferable to, say, having tea and crumpets with Gargamel.
Rapture: World Conquest used to cost $2.99. Now the developer has made it free-to-play. Download it here.
Rapture – World Conquest is a fast paced real-time strategy game that puts you in the celestial shoes of a jealous god. Guide your followers through the ages and vanquish the unbelievers in the surrounding kingdoms. Send your armies to take over regions and expand your realm.
As your followers rise in numbers their adulation will provide mana allowing you to unleash devastating miracles – lightning storms, hurricanes, floods and other death from above. Conquer the globe and as the supreme deity you will lift your people up to heaven and leave your remaining enemies to the apocalypse.
Should you risk all on military engagements? On science and technical achievements? Or improve farming to boost productivity? Or perhaps your followers should spend their time praising you, giving you the power to unleash more miracles.
Inspired by classic god games such as Civilization and Populous, reinvented for short match times on mobile. There are dozens of missions, achievements and unlockable content.
You are a jealous god, wipe out the minions of your rivals, conquer the world and rapture your people.
It seems as if Aspyr is bringing Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords to mobile platforms. That’s if this ESRB rating is anything to go by. From Touch Arcade:
KOTOR 2 wasn’t made by BioWare as the original was, instead it was made by Obsidian Entertainment. There’s not as high a reputation due to the game being rushed into completion, which hurt its reviews as there was a lot of cut content and plenty of bugs, but the latter could certainly be fixed with cleaned-up ports to new platforms. And at worst, more KOTOR is not a bad thing. Plus, even at a $9.99 price point like the first KOTOR was, the cost-per-hour with this game is absurd. The original holds up really well, so get excited for this.
Thanks to the Avengers and co., you can’t open your eyes without being bombarded with ads for superhero stuff these days. Why not embrace the heroism and play Marvel Mighty Heroes on iOS. That’s what Lonnie did, so give it a look in the video above.
The original Knights of Pen & Paper was pretty amazing. The sequel does its best, but comes up a little short. But don’t hold that against it. From Gamezebo’s 4 out of 5 star review:
Knights of Pen and Paper II tries hard to recapture the magic of its predecessor by simultaneously reveling in and poking fun at RPG tropes, but while there’s still plenty to admire, it’s not quite as engrossing as the original.
The zombie-themed goat physics game Goat Simulator GoatZ is not a bad game, says Pocket Gamer, but it hasn’t quite lived up to its endless potential. From their 6 out of 10 review:
GoatZ, then, is essentially more Goat Simulator, but smaller and with a new layout and an end-of-the-world zombie apocalypse theme. That’s either the biggest recommendation or the biggest warning I can give you.
The Guitar Hero reboot promises to be quite unlike most of the games that came before it. For one thing, it will have a full plastic instrument version available on iOS, if the marketing is to be believed. If you’re into that sort of thing, you’ll probably be interested in knowing that Activision has announced 24 songs that will appear in the game. Here’s a sampling of the songs headed our way, but check out Touch Arcade’s article here for the full list.
The Rolling Stones – “Paint it Black”
Skrillex – “Bangarang”
The War on Drugs – “Under the Pressure”
Black Veil Brides – “In The End”
Rage Against the Machine – “Guerrilla Radio”
Castle defense games come and go, but Heroes and Castles 2 is here to stay. At least that’s how 148Apps views it in their 4.5 out of 5 star review.
It has this interesting sense of progression that makes every game feel like you’re accomplishing something, whether it’s taking over a new outpost so that you can start using priests or fighting through a few waves to save up for an upgrade. It can also be played in bite-sized chunks or for extended sessions, whichever you’re in the mood for, without losing any of its appeal.
A new social RPG based on the Walking Dead has soft launched in Australia, which means it should be making its way Stateside before too long. Check out the gameplay video above. From Touch Arcade:
This social RPG will have you building up a team of survivors with different abilities, fighting off other survivors and walkers, while building up your camp to become stronger. The game also boasts plenty of decision-making and story choices to make as you play.
If you’re into Tiny Tower-like tower management games, you’ll want to check out for Towering Oceans, which launched today. Watch the video above to see what you’re in for, and download it here for free.
In celebration of its 10th birthday, YouTube has posted a list of the most-watched video games of all time. Most of the games aren’t too surprising, except perhaps Five Nights at Freddy’s, which takes the number 8 spot. It is pretty fun to watch people play it; just check out the goofy video above. Here are the rest:
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