Empire building games are all the rage nowadays, thanks to ubiquitous games like Game of War – Fire Age. Gameloft has released their new attempt at the genre, and 148Apps has weighed in on it, finding it decent but definitely not great. From the 3.5 star review:
For the casual player though, you’ll mostly be dipping in and out, simply to complete the lesser objectives of March of Empires and this is where things are less appealing. It turns into simple-looking busywork, which is nowhere near as exciting as what you could have experienced.
If you’re playing the unique puzzle game The Path to Luma, you might have found yourself scratching your head trying to figure out how to progress. Never fear, because Gamezebo has your back. From the article:
Some of the planets are bifurcated, and will need to be rotated different degrees for SAM to progress. Use landmarks such as pathways or waterways to match up and then test out degrees of rotation to open up new areas. Some levels will also give you different colored pipes to match.
Also make note of symbols and color-coding on receptor bases. Each base is matched to a device (for example, a solar spear base has triangles and turbine wind base has lines). These bases will give you a hint of what you’ll need to be looking for.
Do you need to read another review of Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon before you’ll buy it? Yes? Well here you go, from 148Apps’s 4 star review:
Like the first Spider, the best thing about Spider 2 is its atmosphere. Every level is beautifully crafted and full of spider-sized nooks and crannies to explore. The really neat thing about checking out every inch of each level is that everything is so detailed that players can put together a pretty good idea of what’s going on with the residents of Blackbird Estate, all without having things spelled out.
For players looking for a fun puzzle game with some environmental story-telling hooks, Spider 2 is a must play. It isn’t a completely reinvented version of its predecessor, but it builds on the core elements in ways that keep it feeling fresh throughout.
Gamezebo has gone and written the only guide you’ll need for Monsters Ate My Metropolis. If you’ve been playing the game and looking for ways to get ahead, you’d be doing yourself a favor if you read it.
The key to victory in Monsters Ate My Metropolis is taking advantage of elemental strengths and weaknesses. These “elements” are represented by the colors that border your cards: red, green, blue, and yellow. Red trumps green but is weak against blue. Green trumps yellow but is weak against red. Yellow trumps blue but is weak against green. And blue trumps red but is weak against yellow.
What’s better than a classic game? A classic game remastered for new hardware. Grim Fandango is an excellent adventure game from Double Fine that normally sells for $9.99. Download it now to get $3 off.
Do you like film noir stealth games? You’re about to find out when Calvino Noir launches on the App Store. Touch Arcade has looked into its crystal ball and predicted that it will come out on August 27, just after its PS4 launch. From TA:
The developers also gave new information about the game, revealing that the voice actors for the game include Wolf Kahler, who played in Raiders of the Lost Ark, andAnthony Howell, who voiced a few characters in Dragon Age: Inquisition. As for gameplay details, the developers talked about the challenge of balancing telling and showing the relationships between characters, but they feel that the game’s writer, Dr. Dejan Levi, met that challenge in his 12,000 word narrative that mixes classical noir with more recent cultural references. The trailer shows a more zoomed-out view of buildings than the original clips we saw, and, according to the developers, they made this chance to better show off the dramatic architecture they’ve worked on. The game looks very nice, and I’m looking forward to trying it out when it releases.
We’re huge fans of Monsters Ate My Condo, but this sequel yanks out the match-three gameplay of that classic and replaces it with a card battler. Is the result successful? Pretty much, says Pocket Gamer, in their 7 out of 10 review:
That’s not to say that it’s no fun at all, and the shift to a slower pace makes the game more tactical, and more accessible. But it doesn’t have that overarching sense of joy that rippled through the smashed towers of its predecessors. It’s worth a crack, and it does fizz every now and then with good ideas, but fans of the original might find the new direction a little off-putting.
Soccer hasn’t really caught on in the US in any meaningful way, so can a free mobile game spark a new wave of national popularity for the sport? Probably not, at least not this one. From 148Apps’s 3.5 star review:
This means that Score! Hero soon ends up quite fiendishly tricky and feeling much more randomly decided than most sports game. It’s still fun, but sometimes the infuriation levels will grow too much and you’ll start feeling like the game is out for your money rather than your satisfaction. Much like the rest of the series, it does a sound job of making soccer seem a little different from normal but Score! Hero’s heavy focus on in-app purchases is going to grate.
The numerous Adventure Time games on the App Store have been somewhat hit or miss, but more are good than bad. Rockstars of Ooo, the latest one, isn’t bad, but it’s not the cat’s pajamas, either. From Gamezebo’s 3-star review:
Rockstars of Ooo is good enough, but Adventure Time games shouldn’t just be “good enough” — especially a music game based around a show that’s so well-known for its tunes. But if you’re not as obsessive about Adventure Time as I am, and you’re just in the market for a decent mobile rhythm games with cute and colorful graphics, this one doesn’t bite.
A horrible mutant infestation has overrun the planet, and it’s up to you to exterminate the bastards. It’s Xenowerk, and it’s currently on sale for half off its normal $1.99 price. Grab it for a buck while you can.
G5 must hate money, because it’s constantly giving full games away for free. The latest selection is the time management sim Stand O’Food 3, a game about running around serving food to ungrateful slobs. Download it here for iPhone and/or here for iPad before the price rockets back up.
Whether you’re a fan of the core Borderlands games or not, you’ll still find plenty to love about Telltale’s adventure game. The fourth episode is set to launch on August 20. From Touch Arcade:
This episode will have you in control of Rhys and Fiona once again, as you have to search for the Vault beacon, conveniently located on the Hyperion moon base, while you’re on Pandora. Oh, and the villainous Vallory has a gun pointed at you, too. What kinds of wacky hijinks will they get into and out of this time? We’ll find out next week when the next episode of Tales from the Borderlands goes live.
I thought I’d never see the day. One of my first stories at Slide to Play, way back in 2009, was a preview of this game, a tabletop-style RPG that was supposed to come out early in 2010. Years passed, and we heard occasionally from the developer, but nothing concrete ever materialized. If the developer’s tweet is real, the impossible may be about to happen. (Also, it looks like a really cool game). From Touch Arcade:
That’s right. The game that was first announced back when a 3.5″ touchscreen for a phone was plenty big, and everyone thought the Apple tablet would be called the “iSlate” is finally coming out. This is actually a good year for games that otherwise seemed like vaporware, what with Forgotten Memories [$5.99] finally coming to life after it was revealed in 2009. And Dr. Dre just released a new album. 2015: the year of long-in-development projects finally coming to fruition! Or maybe the apocalypse is finally coming with all these seemingly-vaporware projects finally coming to fruition. I hope you have your doomsday bunker prepared, just in case.
Apocalypse Meow is a space shooter that stars a feline fighter pilot. It’s free to play, and 148Apps suggests you give it a shot. From their 4-star review:
That means that Apocalypse Meow: Save the Last Humans isn’t easy, but it is fairly satisfying. There’s always a new upgrade to pursue or a mission to tackle. It’s taxing at times, but the good kind of taxing. The fact you can get by without paying a thing for it is a particular advantage, although given its high quality I’d still be tempted to throw some money its way.
This week is a little slower than usual with interesting-looking iOS games launching tonight, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to play. Here are Gamezebo’s picks for the games to check out tonight. Read the article for details on each one.
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