While it’s a very different game from the original, Gamezebo loves it:
Players will find a compelling companion in Arika and an engaging set of challenges with multiple outcomes worth the time investment and necessary patience. To anyone bemoaning the empty tapping of today’s mobile games, Lifeline 2 offers a rich narrative experience sure to satisfy lovers of the written word.
Not much interesting to report in the FIFA 16 update from the Gamezebo review. They have the game down, now it’s just a matter of tweaks:
Overall, though, the experience of playing soccer in FIFA 16 Ultimate Team feels much like it did last year. The addition of online seasons is also guaranteed to be a popular one, and the head-to-head matches are smooth, presuming you have enough of a stable internet connection to handle them.
In general most reviewers raved about 3D Touch, the new cameras, 4K video, Live Photos, and that Battery life is unchanged (Wall Street Journal) from the iPhone 6 even though the battery is slightly smaller.
The iPhone 6S is the best smartphone out there, period. If you already own last year’s model, you might not find its new features compelling enough to upgrade. But, if you own an older iPhone, or an Android phone you’re ready to ditch, this new iPhone will make you much happier.
So I’m just going to put this out there, and then we can all handle the emotional consequences together: if you are thinking of buying a new phone, and you have anything older than an iPhone 6, you should buy an iPhone 6S Plus. It is the best iPhone ever made, and it is right now the best phone on the market. If you’re upgrading from an iPhone 5S or anything older, it will blow your mind. There just aren’t other companies that can roll out a feature like 3D Touch and make it work in a way that suggests the creation of entirely new interface paradigms, and every other phone maker needs to figure out exactly why Apple’s cameras are so consistent before they can really compete.
Pocket-lint is a little less gushing:
An iPhone S update year usually means a couple of new features that most people could take or leave, but the iPhone 6S is the most exciting S model for a long time. It bucks the usual trend, delivering a phone that will offer plenty to iPhone users new and old alike, with 3D Touch a principle new feature that will lead iPhone functionality going forward.
But overall I guess we can say it truely is the best iPhone Apple has ever produced (again).
The second generation of Anki AI car playset has launched. Anki Overdrive takes the amazing auto driving cars and pumps it up with better resonsiveness, a modular track system, and all new ways to play.
Rob Rich took a look at Anki Overdrive and loved it, giving it 4.5/5 stars:
The biggest thing that sets either Anki racing set apart from most other iOS racing games is that they’re a physical thing that you use an app to control, as opposed to a straight-up racing game. You need track, cars, and table/floor space to set everything up, and a second person in the room with you (with their own iOS device and a copy of the app) to play along if you’d prefer not racing against the computer.
Anki Overdrive Starter Kit retails for $149.99 and is available from Amazon now. Other expansion cars are also available.
Andrew Fretz took a look at Star Wars: Uprising and came away with a bi-polar review — it’s a great game for Star Wars fans, but others will find it a bit boring.
I have to apologize in advance if this review sounds a little bi-polar. See, I am a pretty big Star Wars nerd. Maybe I don’t know the plot of each of the EU books, but I grew up as many of you did with a love for this franchise and I’ve been a fan through the lean times and am definitely looking forward to movie episode 7 coming soon. As any good Star Wars fan can tell you, some times a product with the Star Wars label just doesn’t live up to the hype, and I am afraid that in many ways Star Wars: Uprising falls into this category.
In an amazingly long review, Tasos over at Touch Arcade gives Rebuild 3 an amazing 4.5/5 and notes:
Rebuild 3 is a really fun game overall with the kind of gameplay that keeps you coming back for more. I often stayed up later than I planned because I wanted to see if my city was going to survive the zombie onslaught or whether it would collapse, torn at the seams. Visually pleasant, with a lovely cartoon style that makes what would otherwise be a grim game pleasant to play, Rebuild 3 definitely entertains.
3.5/5 From Gamezebo for this CCG/Football mash-up game from Hothead.
Boom Boom Football deals with the biggest problem turning football into a video game right off the bat. It’s a complicated sport, but it doesn’t have to be. Hothead reimagines it with just seven players per team (three each on offense and defense, plus a kicker) and distills each game down to six individual matchups, with a seventh on hand just in case the score is tied and the contest goes into overtime.
Gamezebo took a look at Puzzle Craft 2, released last week from Chillingo. This followup to the great Puzzle Craft gets a fantastic 4.5/5 in the review. Reviewer Jillian Werner notes:
Ultimately, Puzzle Craft 2 is everything a sequel should be: it’s bigger, grander, and more engaging than its already-fantastic predecessor. It exists within very much the same world, aesthetics- and personality-wise, but adds so much content and variety that going back to the original no longer feels like an option. And trust us, we loved the original. But now we love Puzzle Craft 2, and we think it loves us, too.
Gamezebo takes a look at the newest in the Worms franchise, Worms 4. While others in the series have been released on mobile, this is the first to try to cater to the way people play on mobile quick burst of play. Seems as though it’s good, but still needs a bit of polish — like getting rid of those virtual buttons – Gamezebo gives it a 3.5/5 noting:
Worms 4 may irritate series purists, and it may intimidate newcomers a touch (its in-game tutorial and guide can use some work). Its server problems are disappointing, too. But if you approach it with an open mind, and if Team 17 applies a bit of polish, you may find this take-out version of Worms to your liking.
A pair of Deer God review in today from Touch Arcade and Pocket Gamer. Both giving it the equivelent of 60/100. Glen Fox at PG describes the game as:
The Deer God blends an awful lot of genres. It’s a platformer, roguelike, RPG, endless runner, and adventure all rolled into one.
Seems like that may be part of the problem as the game seems to be a bit muddled and confusing, yet there’s a heart of something potentially really good there. Both reviews point to bugs and odd design decisions that may be fixable — but will they be fixed? Shaun Musgrave at TA notes:
There’s something truly special at the core of The Deer God, but it’s doled out in moments of sublime pleasure surrounded by long stretches of frustration and disappointment.
Deponia is a point-and-click adventure game that puts you in the shoes of Rufus–who is quite the jerk–as he tries to escape his village of Kuvaq on the titular junk planet, Deponia. Along the way he stumbles onto Goal, a girl who just happens to be unconscious due to a damaged brain implant, which is something we can all relate to. From there, it’s adventure game wackiness with items, puzzles, and a pretty epic story that ends up spanning three PC games.
Dungeon of the Endless is an iPad-only rogue like that has great promise. Venturebeat takes a look and notes:
Dungeon of the Endless works well with the iPad interface and is a great game in its own right. Be warned if you’re unaccustomed to roguelikes. It can be discouraging starting over from scratch, so even though the action enticing, failure is so punishing it can be difficult to brush yourself off for another attempt. If you do get sucked in, however, you’re going to laugh at the piddling entry fee. $5 is mighty cheap considering the pleasures and ordeals that are waiting.
Zoombinis is a port from days of old and it’s ticking all kinds of memories for some. Touch Arcade notes:
In terms of its visual style, Zoombinis holds up rather well on paper, as the characters are all full of life and of course, timelessly cute. However, much like the gameplay, the animations are severely dated, and not even this mobile re-release can make them shine. Even all of the screenshots I’ve taken, despite their high resolution, look washed out and like a relic of the past.
If you have a child or an open mind for a edutainment, Zoombinis is worth checking out — just know that time doesn’t heal all wounds.
Sage Solitaire gets a very solid 4.5/5 from Gamezebo. And I couldn’t agree more. It’s the new release that has taken most of my free time this past weekend.
Solitaire and its many variations have been entertaining players for more than 200 years. Sage Solitaire is just the latest twist in the genre, and, like Pair Solitaire, it’s not hard to see how much fun it could be with a real deck of cards. I suppose that’s the hallmark of a real solitaire game: despite its digital debut, Sage Solitaire has the potential to grow well beyond the borders of a touch screen.
TA takes a look at the new Pocket God vs. Desert Ashes turn based RPG and gives it a solid 3.5 noting:
It’s all fun enough to play, and you can certainly sink a lot of time into it if you get into the swing. The maps are well-designed, and if you can find someone to play multiplayer with, you’ll get plenty of thrills. Taken as a single-player experience, I’m not sure if it’s going to be for everyone. There’s only one difficulty setting, and I suspect it’s too easy for most experienced strategy fans, while perhaps being a little too hard for newcomers lured in by the Pocket God name.
Bullet hell shooters are tough to get right, in that you want them to be challenging but not too challengin. This unusually punctuated one threads the needle nicely. From the 4.5 star review from 148Apps:
That’s the beauty behind .Decluster Zero: Bullet Nocturne. There’s so much going on when it comes to learning when to use your homing laser, when to activate charge mode, and so forth. A written tutorial makes things sound a little confusing but practice makes perfect here, with .Decluster Zero: Bullet Nocturne offering a varied selection of difficulty modes that really do make a difference. It’s a real delight.
Like most fare set in the Walking Dead Universe, Walking Dead: Road to Survival is a high-quality game, according to Gamezebo.
Overall, while The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is centered on the usual mode of delivery for mobile strategy games, the campaign gave me an engaging enough story and the combat was rewarding enough to where I feel comfortable saying that Road to Survival is a strong step in the right direction for the genre.