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
The juggernaut Call of Duty franchise has endured mixed results when branching out from consoles and PC. The zombie iterations had much success on iOS, but a re-hash of Black Ops failed miserably on PS Vita. iOS seems to be the lucky platform for CoD because Strike Team is a welcomed and refreshing entry that rivals the stagnant console versions in certain ways. Call of Duty: Strike Team provides an excellent first-person shooting experience while integrating an all new top-down tactical mode that steals the show. Read More
When Vin Diesel announced he was starting Tigon games during the era of the original Xbox, I scoffed and promptly forgot about it until the Chronicles of Riddick game arrived. It was actually an impressive game, but unfortunately that was about the last we heard from Vin’s foray into gaming. Until now. Tigon is back with another Riddick game, subtitled the Merc Files. It’s an iOS-only game centered entirely on stealthy game play. Read More
Type:Rider is a strikingly ambitious game. It’s a platformer that has you play as a pair of dots who jump, swim, and solve environmental puzzles to progress. It’s also an educational game that teaches you about the history of typography as you play. And it looks fantastic. So if you’re a word nerd, a history buff, or a platforming fan, this is a game you’ll want to play. Read More
Videogame content can cover a wide range of extremes. Whether it’s extreme depictions of violence, humor, or difficulty levels, if you’re a lover of the intense, then odds are you can find a game that fits your style. Transport Tycoon is a game that travels in a different kind of extreme, and that’s an extreme level of resource management. If dealing with menus within menus within menus, a distressing amount of unmarked icons cluttering your screen and an absolutely ludicrous level of detail to govern sounds like a fun night at home, then Transport Tycoon is the game for you. Read More
The goal of each level in Lead the Brave is to lead a knight to a treasure chest. There are no enemies to fight, and you can’t really lose. The only thing that a player battles in this game are the controls. But that’s not a complaint–that’s the whole purpose of this unique puzzle game. Read More
Old school pen and paper role-players have probably spent some time with Shadowrun. It was a brilliant melding of cyberpunk and fantasy, where orcs, trolls, humans, elves, and dwarves mingled with magic and technology in a universe that was as much about hacking networks as slinging fireballs. The biggest problem with the game—certainly its initial few releases—was the obscure rules that went with it. Read More
Freemium games have become a multimillion-dollar business, partly by draining lots of money from a small group of people. After the release of freemium movie tie-ins Hotel Transylvania Dash and The Mortal Instruments, Playfirst has moved further into the genre with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: Foodimal Frenzy. Cloudy 2 takes advantage of the freemium model by draining money from anyone who wants to play it for more than five minutes at a time.
Dogfighting is a form of fierce aerial combat that’s been around almost since the invention of the airplane itself. It featured intense aerial melees between dogged opponents performing death-defying, close quarters maneuvers in their vicious attempts to knock the other out of the sky. The style of fighting gained considerable notoriety during World War I and even produced a bonafide celebrity of sorts in the Red Baron. Now, from ColePowered Games, comes Six O’Clock High, an energetic and fast-paced game that seeks to recreate at least some of those oft romanticized days of yore. Read More