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Flashback Game - skateboarding classic True Skate
True Skate has been around for two and a half years, a lifetime in mobile games. But the cool thing is that it’s still getting upgrades through $0.99 in-app purchased new levels. Unexpected, but very awesome.
In True Skate, the player controls a skateboard with two fingers, making this almost like a music timing game. Each move of the finger, or coordinated moves of two fingers lead to a trick or some sort of control of the board. Don’t worry, it sounds insanely hard, but the tutorial does a good job of guiding new players through the game.
It’s a very fun escape.
Posted November 25, 2015 by Jeff Scott
Lick This! - King of Tongue out now
They say the tongue is mightier than the sword, and in King of Tongue it’s mightier than much more.
Out now on iOS, King of Tongue is a cross between a platform battler and a rope swinging game. And it’s a blast to play. Tapping on a spot on the screen, the main player’s tongue shoots out and attaches to anything it can. If it’s a stationary object then the player starts going that way. If it’s moveable then the two objects start moving toward each other. Combining these two mechanics to fight the bad guys works out really well. It may sound stupid, but sometimes stupid is just what is needed to make a game fun.
Posted November 20, 2015 by Jeff Scott
Rocky Balboa Coaches You in Real Boxing 2 Creed
Vivid Games has released their much anticipated follow up to the awesome Real Boxing. This time round it is branded with the upcoming Rocky franchise spin off, Creed.
The graphics on this game are amazing — partially thanks to the Unreal Engine used. It’s also a very strategic game and not just a button masher like many similar games. Figuring out when to punch, when to guard, and when to charge ahead will be key in conquering this game. Look for open spots and choose the type of punch to fit that hole. Personally, I’m getting destroyed.
Overall a good free to play sports related game, great graphics, a great fit for boxing fans.
Posted November 18, 2015 by Jeff Scott
Touch Arcade Chooses Super Boys as their Game of the Week
Touch Arcade takes a look at Super Boys – The Big Fight by Mooff Games and awards it game of the week:
Super Boys is set up like a TV show fighting tournament, sort of like Smash TV, with an over-the-top announcer, a studio audience, and fabulous prizes. At first you’ll be confined to the single-player tournament which has you fighting up twenty floors of a massive tower with each floor containing four normal fights followed by a boss fight. Once you’ve beaten the first floor, you’ll be given a second character as a prize, and introduced to the mechanics of setting up and upgrading your own team of fighters.
If you’re a fan of fighting games or any of Mooff’s previous games, give Super Boys a try. It’s free after all. It does have a learning curve, but it’s worth sticking with. Especially make sure you pay attention to upgrading your characters and team stats, otherwise it can feel overly difficult. Once things click though, Super Boys is some of the most fun I’ve had on iOS in some time. Oh, and as an extra little bonus, Mooff’s entire iOS library is free right now, so it’s a good time to stock up on any of their games you might have missed.
Posted November 10, 2015 via Touch Arcade
Skylanders Again Brings Their Whole Console Game to iOS, and this time Apple TV in Skylanders SuperChargers
Activision has once again brought their entire console game for a Skylanders franchise title to iOS and now the new Apple TV. In this edition, evil has taken over and Skylanders must fight via land, sea, and air using an nearly endless list of unique and modifiable vehicles. This edition also includes support for but does not require the Skylanders SuperChargers starter pack, a bluetooth base station that includes a controller, a couple Skylanders characters, and a vehicle. The starter pack is available via Amazon for $69. There are also dozens more additional characters and vehicles available. Additional vehicles and characters are available to purchase in the game without the base station.
On Apple TV, the initial start-up time was about six minutes (will vary greatly based on your home internet speed), which isn’t great. But additional loads were not bad as they seemed to happen in the background as cut scenes were playing. Siri remote support is there, but a controller is pretty much required as the Siri remote support is horrible.
Overall the game is impressive, and well done. It’s a great look at what console developers can do on the Apple TV and iOS. Let’s all hope we will see more like this.
Posted November 9, 2015 by Jeff Scott
Templar Battleforce is a Battleforce To Be Reckoned With - Touch Arcade
Touch Arcade takes a long look at Templar Battleforce and loves it enough to give it 4.5/5 stars noting:
Battleforce takes place in the same universe as [Star Trader], but it has its sights set on a different genre. Instead of dealing with groups of ships traveling through the galaxy, Battleforce focuses on the Templar Knights, a group of elite warriors whose job is to protect their charges from anything that threatens them. It’s a turn-based strategy RPG, a genre with no shortage of quality entries on iOS, but it manages to make quite a mark anyway.
… I always get the impression that [Trese Brothers] carefully planned out the details of each of their games. But I feel like this is the first time where the initial execution has matched that design effort for this team, and the results are simply fantastic. Templar Battleforce is an easy recommendation to any strategy fan, even if the setting doesn’t do much for you. If you are into this type of space-faring ooh-rah, on the other hand, you’re going to be on cloud nine.
Posted November 6, 2015 via Touch Arcade
"Mobile gaming done with aplomb and intelligence" - Pocket Gamer on Beneath The Lighthouse
Pocket Gamer takes a look at Nitrome’s Beneath The Lighthouse and comes away loving it’s brutal gameplay, giving it a very strong 9/10.
Why are you curled up in a corner crying and laughing? – Because Beneath the Lighthouse is a mean game. Mean and brilliant. I don’t know if there’s a word for that, but there should be.
Er, okay. So what is it? – It’s the new game from Nitrome. It’s a puzzling platformer, but in classic Nitrome fashion it’s got a brilliant twist. The main character is a ball, and you move him around by twisting the 2D levels around.
Posted October 30, 2015 via Pocket Gamer
Killer FPS Afterpulse Released on iOS - equal parts amazing and annoying at the same time.
Afterpulse has been in soft launch for a while now and I’ve been tracking it. It’s a really impressive first person shooter but it’s not without it’s annoyances.
First let’s get this out of the way. The first person shooter gameplay is some of the best and most impressive ever seen on a mobile platform. The graphics are beyond console quality, the controls are pretty good (for virtual sticks), and the frame rate on the latest iPhone 6s+ is amazing. Metal graphics really do impress.
But that comes at a cost. It’s a free to play game that uses all of the old, tired, annoy the hell out of the player to get them to pay tactics. They haven’t learned anything from games that have progressed the free to play methods beyond energy systems and multiple currencies. Because of this the game is unbalanced and just annoying. Really it’s a pristine, amazing FPS wrapped up in a wad of old dirty clothes.
So why are we writing about this? Well I considered not mentioning it just out of anger from the annoying energy timer. But it’s Editor’s Choice on the App Store this week and the gameplay itself is really really good. It’s so good that I am putting up with the annoyances just to play it. But I do feel a little more dirty every time I play it.
Posted October 26, 2015 by Jeff Scott