Ah, Perry the Platypus. How surprising you’d get your own endless 3D running game. And by “surprising” I mean “completely unsurprising.” After all, Disney’s semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal of action (made famous through the hit TV show Phineas and Ferb) is a popular little fellah. Read More
The term “meltdown” brings certain connotations of dread with it. If the core of a nuclear power plant suffers a meltdown, that’s your cue to make peace with whatever deity you worship before everything you love is engulfed in a radioactive fireball. If a two-year-old kicks off a meltdown in the middle of a grocery store, plug your ears ’cause it ain’t going to be pretty. But Meltdown by Bulkypix brightens things up by allowing you to associate the word with an intense, if familiar, dual-stick mobile shooting game. Read More
In some games, the story is the backdrop, a means to get you from one action setpiece to another. In other games, the story is so deeply integrated into the action that it’s hard to imagine one without the other. In Sorcery 2, the latest choose-your-own-adventure storybook game from Steve Jackson, the story is the whole point of the game. Read More
Over the years, we’ve seen Star Wars adapted into an absurd variety of genres on iOS, from Hoth tower defense to cantina time management. Many of those games have vanished from the App Store like a dead Jedi, since they were developed by THQ before Disney acquired the Star Wars license, but we have a feeling that Tiny Death Star will make more of a lasting impact. Read More
One thing’s for sure: Simogo has no shortage of creativity or ambition. Their last game, Year Walk, was a Swedish folklore-inspired horror adventure with an insane companion app that went well beyond explaining the characters and symbols used in the game. Device 6, their latest game, is a more focused title, but no less original. It’s also a fantastic reading and gaming experience. Read More
Drop those g’s, because it’s time to go huntin’ and fishin’. Duck Dynasty: Battle of the Beards, a best-selling app based on the A&E reality series, is a surprisingly fun collection of rapid-fire minigames in the style of Warioware. This game exceeded our modest expectations, which were set a bit low due to previous TV tie-in apps, and the appearance of frog leg pie and squirrel stew on the menu.
The Bit.Trip series is a cult classic in the indie gaming scene. Mixing retro style graphics with a chiptune soundtrack and a brutal level of difficulty, it’s the perfect mixture of fun and originality. The standout game in the series is Bit.Trip Runner, where you control Commander Video by sliding, kicking, and jumping past any obstacles that block your path. Bit.Trip Run! is the highly anticipated sequel.
Forget about Retina displays, four-inch screens iPhone screens, and faster graphics processors. To enjoy Papa Sangre II, all you need is a basic iOS device, a great pair of headphones, and an active imagination. Then you can sit back and let Sean Bean be your guide through this eerie and fascinating land of the dead.
It took three years, but the tiny hero from Ninjump has finally reached the top. This side-scrolling endless runner uses a gameplay style that will be familiar to many mobile gamers, but what sets it apart are the clever power-ups that let you recruit giant birds, squirrels, and pandas to your side.
When it first launched a year ago, it was too easy to overlook Candy Crush Saga. This free Match-3 game looked like Bejeweled with a Candyland makeover, but after a year of topping the App Store charts, we couldn’t ignore Candy Crush any longer. Here’s our long-overdue analysis of how Candy Crush has crushed the competition to become one of iOS’s biggest moneymakers.
The wait is finally over: Activision has released the much anticipated map “Verruckt (Zombie Asylum)” as DLC for $4.99 in their recent 1.2 update, along with some other modifications that vastly improve the game. After crushing hordes of undead in this new area, we found it to be well worth the entry price. Read More
Gunner Z is one of the most micro transaction-obsessed games we’ve ever seen. Where Plants vs. Zombie 2 proved that developers could release a free game with an amazingly non-intrusive transaction system, this game goes in the exact opposite direction and essentially demands money to keep up with the game’s action. That’s a real shame, because while the core gameplay isn’t especially creative or diverse, this isn’t a bad shooter otherwise. Read More