Recommended games in Simulation
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
Downtown Showdown - "turns city building into competition" - AppTrigger
There’s nothing quite as pleasantly surprising as a mobile game that starts out looking like one thing and morphs into something else. Downtown Showdown, the second release from Colopl for the western market, is like that. Early on, it seems like just another Sim City-style city-builder, but as you play more, it reveals some more competitive DNA.
That’s because you’re not only trying to build the best city you can, but also to take sides in the conflict between rival businessmen Zach Gold and Bill Banks. On top of that, there’s also a very real competitive multiplayer element, where you have to recruit attacker units to muck up cities built by other players and compete to see who can build the best city in a limited amount of time.
Posted January 19, 2016 via AppTrigger
Decade old Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories ported to iOS - Perfect 5/5 from Touch Arcade
These games were all phenomenal when they were released, Rockstar knows what they’re doing when it comes to porting them, and it’s hard to beat the price to hours of potential gameplay ratio, particularly when considering you can play a GTA game nearly infinitely if you enjoy just rampaging around the city, getting your wanted level up, and seeing how long you can survive. Of course there’s loads of side quests too, giving you even more to do in a game that’s already packed with content.
If you’re into the idea of playing a GTA game but aren’t sure which one to get, I’d definitely start with San Andreas first. It was designed with the scope of console play in mind, and I think the game world is just a little more interesting. That being said, if you’ve been playing along with every GTA release Rockstar has made on iOS over the years, Liberty City Stories is every bit as must-have as the rest of them.
Posted December 17, 2015 by Jeff Scott
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
Football Manager Touch 2016 gets top marks at Touch Arcade
Despite the 3D engine disappointment, the game still stands as the king of manager games on iOS and an extremely-easy recommendation to anyone even remotely interested in sports. The game’s depth is probably incomparable to anything on the App Store, its replayability probably unmatched too, and the entertainment it offers ranks up with the best gaming experiences I’ve had on any platform. SI has put a lot of work to make the game play better on tablet, and it shows as it’s definitely the most tablet-friendly manager game to date.
While the game will entertain every player who enjoys deep management games, it truly shines when you actually know football and follow it. Why? Because there’s a sense of vindication when playing FMT 2016 that I don’t think I’ve ever gotten from another game. When that no-name player you got into your digital team at the beginning of the year ends up becoming a big signing for a real-life big team merely a few months later, then you can proudly say “I called it.” Outside the ‘moral satisfaction’ that such moments bring, they also show the game’s realism in terms of player representation, another reason why playing this game and watching the real sport end up merging together in a fabulous amalgam of sports entertainment.
Posted December 15, 2015 via Touch Arcade
A Tale of Survival - A good old fashioned RPG
Ever long for simpler times? Times when games were games? Check out the survival RPG A Tale of Survival. It’s a retro-inspired, randomly generated, survival simulator. The player must craft items, gather food, and fight nature to survive as long as possible.
Posted October 15, 2015 by Jeff Scott
Out Now: Need For Speed: No Limits
Made by the geniuses behind the Real Racing series, the Fire Monkeys, Need for Speed: No Limits is available now in the App Store and Google Play. It’s sort of the arcade racing answer to Real Racing 3 — but not nearly as arcadey as the Asphalt series from Gameloft.
And while there are endless things that annoy me about this game (energy timers, idiotic upgrades like fuses to tires, and the repetitive track), I have always loved NFS games and I find I’m drawn to this one too.
Warning that it employs all of the most annoying free to play tactics that EA has become known for.
Posted October 1, 2015 by Jeff Scott
Out Now: Bridge Constructor Stunts from Headup Games
Stuntman and engineer in one? No problem with Bridge Constructor Stunts!
Build imposing ramps and loops to reach your goal in the diverse stages. But building structures alone isn’t enough this time: you sit behind the wheel of the vehicles yourself and have to maneuver them skillfully to the goal. Collect stars, complete daredevil jumps, flips and spectacular stunts, leaving behind a trail of destruction across the entire level to beat the high score. But you can only do all that with perfectly constructed bridges and ramps.
Posted September 24, 2015 by Jeff Scott