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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
Game Insight Releases X-Mercs To Cure Your Turn Based Blues
X-Mercs is a new and interesting take on the typical turn based strategy game like X-Com. For one, it’s free to play. There are also PvP raids in the game (ala Clash of Clans) that can add way more interest to the game.
All in all it’s a really well done game with amazing art and great gameplay.
Posted October 19, 2015 by Jeff Scott
An Infinite Runner and A Shooter Fell Down a Well — Downwell Rocks
First time I saw this game I almost dismissed it. Almost.
Luckily for me I decided to give it a try because I had heard the name mentioned. Wow am I glad I did. This is a great game. The basic premise of the game is that the main character is falling down a well — and a gun is the only thing available to slow down the fall. Along the way there are gems to be gathered, upgrades to be bought, and power-ups to be earned.
It’s a little gem of a game, in spite of how it looks. Give it a shot.
Posted October 15, 2015 by Jeff Scott
Out Now: Max Ammo from Mantis Shrimp
DEFEND THE EARTH
Play the most insane action shooter today! Shoot, upgrade and craft your way through hundreds of levels of intense blasting action, with loads of new challenges every month! It’s just you versus the Reptor Empire, and you’re going to need Max Ammo!
Are you ready for an all-out, high-octane thrill-ride? Will you swear to protect the planet at all costs? Are you ready to blow everything up? If the answer is “HELL YEAH!”, you may be ready for the biggest, best and most badass shooter on mobile!
Forget about awkward controls! This brand-new game is designed exclusively for your mobile device – just swipe to dodge and tap to fill the enemy with lead. Get ready for tight controls, big action and Max Ammo!
Posted October 8, 2015 by Jeff Scott