Posts byChris Reed
Final Fantasy VII Review: "a glorious mess"
One of the most beloved and best-selling JRPGs of all time is now available on iOS, and 148Apps feels a bit on the conflicted side about it. From the 3.5-star review:
It’s still really cool to be able to play Final Fantasy VII on my phone, though. The inelegant interface doesn’t really get in the way of actually playing the game (just looking at it), and all the other mobile-centric tweaks (max stats, turning off encounters, cloud saves) feel right at home in a mobile port. There’s little reason to pick this version over the PC or even the PSN versions, but if you like the idea of reliving the 80+ hour epic on the go it’s not a bad choice.
Posted August 24, 2015 via 148Apps
Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 4 Review - "a low point for the series"
The fourth and penultimate episode of Telltale’s fine Tales from the Borderlands series of adventure games is out, and IGN found it to be the weakest installment yet (of a very good series). From the 6 out of 10 review:
The fantastic momentum that Telltale has built throughout the first three acts of Tales from the Borderlands grinds to a halt in Escape Plan Bravo. While I still adore this world and its fantastic characters, Episode 4 doesn’t capture the same intriguing story progression and amazing character development of its predecessors.
Posted August 24, 2015 via IGN
Ricochet Theory is Currently Free
Do you like physics games? Do you enjoy ricocheting balls off of things in a Pong-like fashion in order to solve puzzles? If you answered yes to either of those questions, hurry to the App Store and grab Ricochet Theory, a game that lets you enjoy both of those pastimes. It normally sells for $1.99 (with no IAP), but it’s currently free.
Posted August 24, 2015 by Chris Reed
Here's How to Play as a Walrus in Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon
Really, the headline of this piece gets right to the point. From Destructoid:
If you happen to be one of those arachnid-fearing folks, you’re in luck! Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon actually has an “arachnophobe mode” which can be unlocked in one of two ways: either by playing the game a lot and solving a bunch of mysteries, OR by simply entering a secret code.
In the settings menu, just go to Save Sessions, click on your current session, and change the name to “ROSMARUS”. Then reload the estate map and check out the spider selection screen and you should have unlocked the Odobenus rosmarus, or the common walrus.
Posted August 20, 2015 via Destructoid
Out Now: Frozen Synapse Prime
If you’re a fan of strategy games, you’re probably already familiar with Frozen Synapse, a great game that came out a couple of years ago. The developers have remade the game from the ground up, and it’s available now. From Touch Arcade:
According to the description of FSP’s PC version (which I expect will be more or less the same as the iOS version), the game now boasts a full 3D presentation that fleshes out the original’s minimalist art style into a game that has kill cams, cinematic replays and more. FSP‘s tactics also offer new options that didn’t exist in Frozen Synapse such as Slide, Sweep, Room Selection, and so on. Finally, FSP offers a “Replay Theater” that lets you rewatch your matches to figure out why that one guy got his face blown off. Now, the App Store description doesn’t mention a multiplayer mode (while the PC version has a pretty good multiplayer mode), so proceed with caution.
Posted August 20, 2015 via Touch Arcade
Dungeon of the Endless Review: A Well Done Genre Mashup
Dungeon of the Endless is out now on iPad, and 148Apps could hardly be happier. From the 4.5 star review:
I adore this game. Presentation-wise it hits all the right notes with a wonderfully moody – downright haunting at times – soundtrack, a slick pixel art style, and a surprising amount of humor with its characters. This was something that I used to envy PC folks for up until it finally came to the Mac (and now the iPad), purely based on the aesthetic.
Posted August 20, 2015 via 148Apps