The mass death of Sega games on the App Store and similar events have prompted AppSpy to ask a very important question: Is anyone preserving these digital games for future generations, or are they doomed to fade into distant memory?
Ire: Blood Memory is an action RPG that offers a pretty hardcore challenge, despite being free-to-play. Touch Arcade’s review praises it highly for its depth of content and gratifying battle system.
While there are issues with the menus, guides, and the occasional technical hiccups, this game is definitely a refreshing addition to the App Store and a game made for those who would call themselves “hardcore gamers.”
The original Fragger was a grenade-tossing blast. The sequel is out now, and 148Apps finds it not quite up to the level of the original, which released five years ago, by the way. From the review:
If I have one primary complaint with Fragger 2, it’s that it doesn’t use its most interesting features often enough. Gravity puzzles are usually a one or two-step process, and the propelled explosives are usually just there to say “hey, you see that guy who seems impossible to hit? Use this.” Also, for a physics-based game itseems awfully contrived how levels have very specific solutions that don’t really allow for much experimentation.
If you thought the original physics basketball game Dude Perfect wasn’t quite, well, perfect, perhaps the sequel will change your mind? Watch Lonnie take the game for a spin above. Dude Perfect 2 has soft-launched in Canada and should make its way to the US soon.
If you’ve been paying attention to iOS gaming for a while you may remember the hullabaloo around the original Smurf Village game, in which kids bankrupted their parents by buying endless amounts of Smurf Berries. That game now has a town-building sequel. From Gamezebo’s 3.5 out of 5 star review:
Smurfs’ Village and the Magical Meadow doesn’t offer the massive amount of content you might find in The Simpsons: Tapped Out, nor does it have the same level of humor or charm (though the Smurfs do have some amusing interactions in the aforementioned cinema scenes). Still, if you’re a fan of the franchise, or you have a youngster who loves the little blue gnomes, playing Magical Meadow is certainly preferable to, say, having tea and crumpets with Gargamel.
Rapture: World Conquest used to cost $2.99. Now the developer has made it free-to-play. Download it here.
Rapture – World Conquest is a fast paced real-time strategy game that puts you in the celestial shoes of a jealous god. Guide your followers through the ages and vanquish the unbelievers in the surrounding kingdoms. Send your armies to take over regions and expand your realm.
As your followers rise in numbers their adulation will provide mana allowing you to unleash devastating miracles – lightning storms, hurricanes, floods and other death from above. Conquer the globe and as the supreme deity you will lift your people up to heaven and leave your remaining enemies to the apocalypse.
Should you risk all on military engagements? On science and technical achievements? Or improve farming to boost productivity? Or perhaps your followers should spend their time praising you, giving you the power to unleash more miracles.
Inspired by classic god games such as Civilization and Populous, reinvented for short match times on mobile. There are dozens of missions, achievements and unlockable content.
You are a jealous god, wipe out the minions of your rivals, conquer the world and rapture your people.
It seems as if Aspyr is bringing Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords to mobile platforms. That’s if this ESRB rating is anything to go by. From Touch Arcade:
KOTOR 2 wasn’t made by BioWare as the original was, instead it was made by Obsidian Entertainment. There’s not as high a reputation due to the game being rushed into completion, which hurt its reviews as there was a lot of cut content and plenty of bugs, but the latter could certainly be fixed with cleaned-up ports to new platforms. And at worst, more KOTOR is not a bad thing. Plus, even at a $9.99 price point like the first KOTOR was, the cost-per-hour with this game is absurd. The original holds up really well, so get excited for this.
There are some great hidden object games up for grabs lately at rock-bottom prices. If you can handle one more, consider getting Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand that Feeds. It’s currently free, and it usually goes for $4.99 USD.
Sega warned us that a massive cull of its mobile games was coming, and Judgement Day has arrived. A significant chunk of its games are gone, including old Genesis ports like Altered Beast, as well as newer titles like Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2. The dead games reportedly no longer meet Sega’s standards for quality.
Sega promises that current customers will be able to re-download purchased games. And of the newly delisted apps, it says “while we have nothing to announce at this time, given the right situation, these titles may return in an updated form”.
The classic game Snake has been updated for mobile with Snake Rewind. However, according to 148Apps’ review of the game, Snake probably should have stayed in the past.
What doesn’t work so well for Snake Rewind is its control scheme. There’s a choice of swipes or taps but neither entirely succeeds, causing you to make mistakes that aren’t your fault. This is what’s going to ensure that Snake Rewind isn’t a game that’s quite as wonderfully nostalgic as you were hoping.
The classic mobile tunnel racer Boost 2 is currently free to download! It usually carries a $1.99 USD price tag. Grab it while you can; fast games have fast deals (that’s our way of saying it’s free for a limited time).
What’s more fun than the act of creation? Utter destruction and chaos. The latest update for SimCity BuildIt now has a trailer that shows off three new disasters: Killer robots, a Tesla coil-induced lightning storm, and a tornado that doesn’t know when to quit. The update is available now.
Want to know how you can save 20% on your iTunes purchases? It’s easy, buy iTunes gift cards when they are on sale. Here’s a $100 iTunes Gift Card card for $80 — that’s 20% off, the best deal we ever see.
Cooking Mama is cooking up a storm as usual. This time, she’s back on mobile with Cooking Mama Let’s Cook!, which Gamezebo says is a good title for curious young chefs.
Cooking Mama Let’s Cook continues the tradition of being a gesture-based cooking simulator. It’s very cute and adorable, but also very easy. The game is clearly designed for little kids who have a budding interest in what goes on in the kitchen, and for that audience, it’s pretty much ideal.
Summer’s not exactly a scary season, but there’s never a bad time for a good scare. On that note, hidden object game Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion is currently free to download. It usually costs $6.99 USD.
pCars: Dash and sin:speed are companion apps for Project Cars on the PC. Want to see what the apps offer? Want to know where and how to download them? AppSpy has a handy-dandy instructional preview video.
Age of Empires: Castle Siege is a Clash of Clans-inspired clan-battling game that utilizes the classic Age of Empires brand. Want to test your military mettle? Castle Siege recently received a Canadian soft-launch. No word on a worldwide release yet (though Windows Phone owners can grab it any time).
Rovio announced today a weeklong tournament in Angry Birds Friends to help raise support funds for the victims of the recent earthquakes in Nepal. Rovio hopes to raise 100,000 Euros during the tournament for relief efforts in Nepal.
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