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Tetris + Candy Crush Saga = Sorus Shield - Out now on iOS
Sorus Shield is an interesting beast. It has obvious influence from Tetris — but it’s also more of a level based puzzle game like Candy Crush Saga. And it works!
In this game the pieces move from bottom to top and match in the familiar way. The difference being that pieces can move freely when parts of them are matched. This game also riffs on the Tetris model by having multiple varieties of obstacles and variations on the theme that are added as the levels increase.
All in all, Sorus Shield is a fun little game that works really well on mobile.
Posted November 27, 2015 by Jeff Scott
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
Mech shooter Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade Will Please Many
The latest in the Warhammer super-genre is out in this free to play mech battler. Taking command of an Imperial Knight mech in this shooter / battler is pretty epic. The graphics are pretty good, but the game is not without issue. Then again, what game is?
Mobile-centric bite sized missions and constant upgrades to the mech repeat as the player navigates through an endless set of missions to help retake a planet. It’s a shooter lovers perfect mobile game, that’s for sure. But it left me wondering what if the free to play mechanics weren’t so strong and the game had a stronger story and action focus?
Those with an iPhone 6s or 6s+ can take advantage of 3D Touch to have extra control of the weapons, as shown during the iPhone 6s launch keynote. This game will please many — but I found that the missions were just too short, and the required upgrades too numerous for the game to be enjoyable for me.
Posted November 20, 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
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
Flashback Game - Blue Defense: Second Wave
Every once in a while I want to take a look back at an older game that many new players may have never heard of. Let’s take a look at Blue Defense: Second Wave.
Blue Defense: Second Wave was released in September, 2010 and is the follow-up to Blue Defense, also from Cat in a Box Games. In these unique shooter games, players face wave after wave of increasingly more difficult alien ships. Both games feature a very innovative accelerometer based control scheme where the device the game is being played on must be rotated to change the angle of shooting. The game can be thought of as a rotating Space Invaders.
In another interesting, and rather morbid unique feature of this game, the players score is actually the planet being defended. The more aliens that land, the lower the population. The safer the population is kept, the more they reproduce and increase the population.
This updated version still works great on iOS 9, even though it was last updated in 2014. Give it a shot!
Posted November 6, 2015 by Jeff Scott
Track Bigfoot and other wildlife as a photographer in Bigfoot Hunter
Bigfoot Hunter from R2 Games is a new photo hunt type game where the display of the phone is a window to wilderness. Lifting and turning the phone is used to target and frame photos of wildlife, different creatures will be assigned each level. In addition, capturing a photo of the elusive Bigfoot yields bonus points.
Great art, unique controls, and a fun game combine to make Bigfoot Hunter a great little diversion.
Posted November 5, 2015 by Jeff Scott