Recommended games in Adventure
Crashlands "Holy Wompits, This is Amazing" - 5/5 from Touch Arcade
Crashlands is simply an excellent game that is a lot of fun to play. Every time I open the game to check something really quickly for this review, I end up playing it for another hour. It’s the most enjoyment I’ve had with any crafting game, and is honestly one of the best games I’ve played on iOS. It’s exceptionally rare for a game that has both open world emergent gameplay and a linear main quest to not drop the ball on one of those things or the other, but Crashlands nails it on all counts. Consider this one an absolute essential.
Posted January 21, 2016 via Touch Arcade
Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy is "a quiet gem" - 4/5 from Pocket Tactics
Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, published by Slitherine, has ships. A gritty, granular turn-based smorgasbord of ships. Having jumped from PC to iPad, one of 2015’s better strategies has arrived intact.
Star Hammer touts a hefty sixty-odd mission campaign beyond its skirmish component. Single player offers a few temporary twists in branching sorties. While these are minor divergences to encourage repeat playthroughs, the campaign is straightforward and offers a decent upward difficulty swing. Introductory operations have players shunting small fleets about, completing entry-level objectives like protecting salvage operations and fending off scant Nautilid marauders to blood their ships and gain fleet experience. Command points are awarded for completed missions, thereafter used to bring more hardware into the vacuum. By the later stages of the game, it’s a case of musing over fleet composition; what vessels to bring out and who to leave on the bench.
Posted December 15, 2015 via Pocket Tactics
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
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
Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to Star Wars: Commander
Star Wars: Commander is arguably the best Star Wars game for mobile right now. Yet it seems to be the least appreciated of the three main ones. The other two big ones are just plain boring repetitive gatcha games. While it can be said that Star Wars: Commander takes a lot of inspiration from Clash of Clans, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
If you haven’t given Star Wars: Commander a try yet, now’s a good time to hop in with the new Force Awakens content added including two new characters and a new planet.
Posted December 3, 2015 by Jeff Scott
Frozen Shadows expansion hits Temple Run 2
Temple Run 2 has been the perfect example of an endless runner. It has everything a fan of the genre would want — variety in gameplay, characters, and now an even bigger monkey!
With over one billion downloads already, is there anyone who hasn’t played this yet? This expansion to Temple Run 2 brings the nearly three year old game is a welcome sight for fans and those new to the game as well. It refreshes this game and just maybe introduces it to a new group of players.
If you haven’t played it, give it a shot. If you have, now you have a reason to play it again.
Posted December 3, 2015 by Jeff Scott
Touch Arcade gives Aralon: Forge and Flame 4/5
Taken as a complete experience, I enjoyed Aralon: Forge And Flame enough that I made my way through the game in only a few sessions. I can’t say I was completely satisfied in the end, but I had a lot of fun along the way, more than you might expect from my critical breakdown of the game’s various working parts. That’s the way it usually is with this kind of game, though, isn’t it? If you can overlook some flaws that have persisted through this whole line of games from Crescent Moon, you’ll probably enjoy this return to Aralon quite a bit. On the other hand, if you weren’t wowed by their previous efforts, you’ll likely be even less wowed with this game. Forge And Flame is quite good, especially considering its scope, but it’s not quite great.
Posted December 3, 2015 via Touch Arcade
A pretty little adventure — Brave & Little Adventure launched
This very well animated adventure game, Brave & Little Adventure will be familiar to Tiny Thief fans. It’s got all the charm of that game and even better graphics.
The story unfolds while playing as little red riding hood through a series of screens filled with puzzles and multiple characters. Each of the levels has one or more puzzles to solve and hidden objects to find. A fun little adventure and very well illustrated.
Posted November 30, 2015 by Jeff Scott