The ‘90s was when the fighting game craze was at its peak. You had Capcom’s Street Fighter II and Midway’s Mortal Kombat leading the charge, not only at arcades across the country, but these franchises also had remarkable ports created for the home consoles as well. SNK was another company that threw its hat into the fighting game arena, and had some respectable franchises as well. Read More
The original Tilt To Live was an abstract and creative take on top-down shooters, where your single arrow had to avoid increasingly aggressive red dots. By triggering onscreen explosions and other power-ups, you had a fighting chance at survival. Tilt To Live 2: Redonuklous is not as absurd as the title suggests– it’s more of the same quirky action, with only minor improvements. Read More
The perfect mobile game shouldn’t try to replicate a console or PC experience. There are exceptions, like the amazingly deep XCOM: Enemy Uknown and Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, but the most successful iOS games are easy to pick up and play, with bright and appealing graphics, and a huge amount of content and depth. Rayman Fiesta Run matches all of these criteria, making it another Must Have platformer. Read More
Nintendo deserves all the credit for inventing and refining the Zelda series over the decades, but some iOS developers have taken those original ideas even further. Action-adventure iOS games like Horn, Lili, and Bastion (originally on XBox Live Arcade) have a lot in common with the Zelda games, but Oceanhorn is the most sincere imitation yet, and it’s a perfect fit for the platform. Read More
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.