Posts byShawn Leonard


Modern Combat 5 Hands-On Preview

One of mobile’s biggest fist-person shooter franchises is revving up to drop another helping of modern military conflict on iOS gamers. In a move that surprises absolutely no one, Modern Combat 5 is in the works and it’s shaping up to be the biggest, most bombastic installment of the game to date. Gameloft had an early version on display at E3, and I was able to go hands-on with it. (more…)

    Football Heroes Hands-On Preview

    When I sat down to play Football Heroes, the pitch from the game’s creators at Run Games was somewhat weird. At its core, Football Heroes starts by drawing heavily from Tecmo Bowl’s classic and simplistic style of football. The next thing was infusing that proven formula with MOBA-inspired special attacks, like in League of Legends. Quite the unusual mix, but I parked the hype, and tried out Football Heroes for myself. (more…)

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      Hands-On with Konami’s Upcoming Games

      I recently spent some time touring Konami’s upcoming slate of mobile games. There were a wide cross-section of games across multiple genres. That said, all of them had one thing in common: They will all will be launched with a free-to-play model. Hate it or love it, this is the new normal and Konami’s showing proves this new normal can be exciting based on it’s Summer 2013 lineup. (more…)

        Bloodmasque Hands-On Preview

        Amazing games like Chaos Rings and Song Summoner prove that when Square Enix puts their minds to developing a role-playing game for mobile devices, fans have reason to get excited. Bloodmasque is next in line, and it places you in the role of a vampire slayer traversing 19th century Paris. While story is always a key feature of RPGs, Bloodmasque’s big hook is letting you become a key figure in the story, literally. (more…)

          Crazy Chicken: Pirates Hands-On Preview

          One of the more interesting little gems I saw at E3 was from Polish developer Teyon Games. Crazy Chicken: Pirates is a casual iOS game that draws upon the Moorhhuhn universe, which is very popular Germany. The distinct visual style of the game is eye-catching, but the gameplay offers an interesting fusion of Where’s Waldo and Duck Hunt. Crazy combination, right? I thought so too. (more…)

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            Plants Vs Zombies 2 Hands-On Preview

            Plants Vs. Zombies 2 was on display at EA Mobile’s showcase, and was much to see. A lot of dismay was expressed over the game moving to a free-to-play model, but from what I played, there is good reason to step back from the ledge and give it a fair shake. Coming this July as an iOS timed exclusive, the team at PopCap has made some interesting additions that change the cadence and feel of Plants Vs. Zombies, in a good way. (more…)

              Fightback Hands-On Preview

              Ninja Theory is best known as the developer of console hits like Heavenly Sword and Devil May Cry, so it’s exciting when they turn their attention to the mobile space. Their upcoming iOS game is Fightback, a side-scrolling action game that features a generic ’80s action hero guy looking to save his helpless, kidnapped sister. (more…)

                Asphalt 8: Airborne Hands-On Preview

                It’s easy to criticize Gameloft for pumping out sequels as quickly as they do. The easy armchair analysis would argue the short time between sequels slows the innovation curve. True or not, there’s an argument on both sides of the fence. Where there is no argument is in Asphalt 8: Airbourne is legitimate effort to not retread the past. Even Gameloft’s most bitter critics will have to tip their cap for what’s coming this time around. (more…)

                  Deus Ex: The Fall Hands-On Preview

                  Deus Ex on mobile seems like and odd combination. Generally speaking, Deus Ex has always been the grown-up shooter/RPG– there’s no running around recklessly circle-strafing the AI to death here. The gameplay is thoughtful. For that reason, the franchise has garnered a fierce following that is understandably skeptical about whether iOS and Android can handle hosting Deus Ex: The Fall. (more…)

                    Man of Steel Hands-On Preview

                    I took a stop by the Warner Bros Interactive booth to check out what’s on display. Was it a bird? A plane? No, it’s licensed mobile game attempting to leverage the excitement around the new Superman movie! (more…)

                      FIFA 14 Hands-On Preview

                      The FIFA franchise has historically offered a great simulation of soccer on mobile. For the most part, the essential gameplay and feature modes tend to closely mirror its console brother. FIFA 13 was an elegant and satisfying soccer game we loved. Naturally, I was eager to see what an extra year can do for the best portable soccer game around. In FIFA 14, the series makes bold moves to rethink how soccer should be played on a portable device. (more…)

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                      Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic iPad Review

                      It’s hard to believe it has been 10 years since Bioware delivered their landmark epic, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR). Developed as the first Bioware RPG on the original Xbox, it was an original sprawling journey that was completely faithful to the Star Wars universe we all love. The idea of playing this game on an iPad seems impossible, but with the efforts of Aspyr Media, KOTOR is on iOS fully intact. (more…)


                      Gun Commando Review

                      Ripstone’s Gun Commando has a certain kind of charm. It’s a game that harkens back to the days of Doom, Marathon, and Quake, when things were much simpler and the adrenaline rush came from picking up a gun and simply mowing down anything that moved. In the modern shooter landscape, when we’re surrounded by load outs, regenerating health, multiplayer, and other mechanics designed to add depth, we explore the question of whether there is still a place for a game like Gun Commando. (more…)


                      Star Command Review

                      All of you space-loving Star Trek fans that always wanted to run your own spaceship, lean forward, because Star Command may be the fix you’re looking for. As a game given life from a successful Kickstarter campaign two years ago, Star Command has finally arrived, albeit nearly a year and a half later than originally promised. The past is the past, but the game is finally here. We dive in to explore whether the wait was worth it. (more…)


                      Soccer Superstars Review

                      Even with the World Cup frenzy starting to taper off due to our US national team falling to the hands of the floptacular Ghana squad, there’s still reason to celebrate. Soccer seems to be growing in popularity among US sports fans; local bars and pubs around our neighborhood have been packed. Not one to miss out on a unique opportunity, Gamevil has recently launched Soccer Superstars, their take on the world’s most popular sport. Does Gamevil continue their streak of excellence, or does this one veer left of the goal? (more…)


                      Ninjatown: Trees of Doom Review

                      While the list of games that are known for that ‘one more time…’ quality is slowly getting larger, not many can dispute that Doodle Jump is right up there on that list. Simple and deep at the same time, we’ve killed many hours trying to push our high scores into the stratosphere. We mention this because now there’s a new game that conjures those same ol’ snuggly feelings. Meet your next timesink: Ninjatown: Trees of Doom. (more…)


                      Real Racing 2 Review

                      When you think about the meteoric rise of iOS as a gaming platform over the past couple of years, there are a handful of crucial developers that deserve much of the credit. Firemint is one of them. Besides giving birth to the casual juggernaut that is Flight Control, they also proved that simulation style racing titles could work with Real Racing. After much hype, anticipation, and frothing, Real Racing 2 is finally here. Oh, happy day! (more…)


                      Real Racing 3 Review

                      The Real Racing franchise has been a tentpole fixture on iOS since the platform’s inception. With a bounty of licensed cars shredding up the most realistic tracks and vistas, we have always come away extremely satisfied with the end product. Real Racing 3 is the latest edition, and it’s published by Electronic Arts for the first time. With EA’s strong performance with their free-to-play model across games like The Simpsons Tapped Out and The Sims FreePlay, we’re not shocked Real Racing 3 is following suit. With a feature set that promises to be the biggest simulation racer to date on iOS, we anxiously checked under the hood of Real Racing 3. (more…)

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                      Baseball Superstars 2013 Review

                      Like clockwork, a new year ushers in a new spin on Baseball Superstars, the preeminent baseball franchise on iOS. Known for its unique take on combining cute anime-style presentation with deep RPG elements, the series has amazed us by finding new ways to stay engaging over the years. Baseball Superstars 2013 makes some some noteworthy changes this time around, but we’re not so sure if those changes were for the better. (more…)


                      NBA 2K13 Review

                      NBA 2K is the top brand for basketball gamers all over the globe. The attention to detail in the gameplay systems, signature style of players, and authentic touches to create a true simulation experience are but a few reasons why the franchise is beloved. The series first arrived on iOS last year with a solid mobile version, but NBA 2K13 looks to take things up a notch to create the most full-featured simulation experience out there. Does 2K succeed? We break it down like a Kobe Bryant crossover and spin move combination. (more…)

                        Need for Speed: Most Wanted Hands-On Preview

                        Earlier today, we were able to check out the progress of Need For Speed: Most Wanted, the newest mobile racer from EA. Much like its traditional console brethren, this iOS racer returns to the premise that has you avoiding the cops while beating out your rivals. While Need for Speed: Most Wanted is still several months away, we were very impressed with what we saw in its incomplete state. (more…)

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