Recommended games in Top-Down Shooters
Pocket Troops is a 'bite-sized war game' - 4/5 from Gamezebo
Pocket Troops is the sort of bite-sized war game that makes for a good fit on a mobile platform. It’s involved enough to keep your attention, but hands-off enough that you don’t really feel like you have to hover over it at all times. Plus the tiny, angry army dudes are adorable!
As simple as it is and as little direct interaction as there might be, I do think Pocket Troops is pretty enjoyable. It’s ideal for playing a few minutes at a time, whenever you have a spare moment and the desire to. And I do loves me some soldier training and upgrading. But it’s definitely not going to blow anyone away with its strategic depth.
Posted December 14, 2015 via Gamezebo
Icycle: On Thin Ice from 2013 Updated -- Now even more amazing
(Editor’s Note: Icycle, one of the best games of 2013 has been updated with a new chapter including 7 new locations.)
Are you familiar with the works of a man named Saul Bass? During the ’70s and ’80s he was one of the most iconic graphic-designers/artists the nation had ever seen. His surreal and spacey style graced movie posters, corporate logos, and even movies themselves which included the title sequence for Hitchcock’s Psycho. He has been imitated, revered, and homaged endlessly over the years (check out the title sequence for the Spielberg movie Catch me if You Can for an idea) and it’s not hyperbole to say that he’s one of the most influential artists of the modern era.
The only knock I have against Icycle, and it’s a minor one, is that the controls are a tad too floaty. Dennis just kind of casually moves along the landscape and his jumps tend to not be precise enough to achieve the razor-edge timing that a lot of the levels require. In certain levels Dennis uses an umbrella to glide himself through the obstacles and it’s easy to accidentally activate the umbrella instead of jumping or vice-versa as they’re both controlled by the same button. It’s far from a deal breaker, and with enough practice you can get a handle on things, but in a game that requires such accuracy, the almost laissez-faire nature of the controls can be a bit annoying.
Icycle is unlike anything I’ve experienced in a long time. I could go on and on about the game, but the bottom line is that if you’re looking for a stand-out mobile game which will defy your expectations at every turn, then Icycle is the game for you.
Posted December 14, 2015 by Erik Carlson
Air Attack 2
AirAttack 2 is the game that’s so nice I wrote about twice. It really is that good. It’s still crazy sometimes to think about getting a game of this quality for a couple of dollars, as it could easily sell for ten or twenty times that on a handheld like the 3DS or Vita. While free to play and disposable gaming are common in the mobile world, every once in a while titles like AirAttack 2 come along and make you remember why you love mobile gaming in the first place.
Posted December 14, 2015 via Touch Arcade
The World Ends With You: Solo Remix Updated for iOS 9 (finally)
When the original The World Ends With You came out for the Nintendo DS in 2008, it quickly earned its place as one of the best role-playing games on the platform. The game was made by Square Enix, but it’s a far cry from their traditional fare of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. The setting, story, and combat system make the game more modern and streamlined. And now it’s on iOS.
Naturally, the iOS port removes one of the screens from the equation, but they’ve done such a great job of putting the game on a single touchscreen that you’d never know anything was missing. The setting is a modern-day Japanese city, so the characters have cell phones and walk through streets crowded with modern people with modern problems. Cars and construction equipment populate the fighting areas, and store fronts and urban art play roles in the story.
This is a deep, meaty RPG that can easily eat up dozens of hours of your time. As Square Enix has been known to do, they’re is charging a lot for the game, but it’s well worth the cost. If it’s still too much for you to swallow, you can always wait for a sale. But for serious RPG fans, The World Ends With You is a definite Must Have.
Posted December 14, 2015 by Chris Reed
Collectible card game World of Tanks Generals "feels fresh and new" - 4/5 from Gamezebo
World of Tanks Generals is different enough from most card games that it feels fresh and new, yet should easily appeal to a very specific breed of gamer that already exists. After learning the basics I started looking at the cards as actual tanks rather than cards, and I was casually pulling off tank maneuvers like the Desert Fox himself. World of Tanks Generals is a great card game for casual players and card game enthusiasts alike — but for the more casual player, it might take a little longer to play than what they’re used to on mobile devices.
Posted December 11, 2015 via Gamezebo
Run from a cloud of death and zombies in post apocalyptic ZED
Running through the world, picking up the occasional gun and jumping over anything in the way is the only way to avoid the cloud of death.
The dark and ominous side-scrolling runner ZED is out and it will have you running from a cloud of death and shooting zombies. ZED has some amazing environmental art, even with most of the world being depicted in silhouette.
Posted December 10, 2015 by Jeff Scott
Devouring Stars will fill you up
Games that let you abstractly play God are always fun. In Devouring stars, a real time strategy game released today from Bulkypix and Nerial, you get to pit galaxies against each other in a quest to rule the universe.
Strategy does play a big role in this game — deciding what types of galaxies to use, how to combine then, how big to grow before attacking, or to just escape, they all matter. It’s a well done game with great graphics that reminds me of a different take on Galcon.
Posted December 9, 2015 by Jeff Scott
The Incorruptibles - It’s like Clash of Clans on super hard mode
I’ve been harsh on Clash of Clan clones at times. But that one game really has spawned a whole new genre. They aren’t really simulation, they certainly aren’t city builders, they are something unique.
The Incorruptibles has taken the basic idea of Clash of Clans, base and army building to conquer other territories and multiplied it and made it a lot tougher — in a very good way. The main differences are a much better single player campaign, with a lot more to do than build and collect. A large map to conquer with varied battles and layouts. And troops that are controlled and their numbers adjusted in the middle of battles. Overall it makes The Incorruptibles much more of a strategy game than Clash of Clan-like games have ever been.
The Incorruptibles is out now on iOS and coming soon to Android, highly recommended.
Posted December 8, 2015 by Jeff Scott