According to AppSpy’s review of the game, Chaos Rings III is a fun, sprawling JRPG of epic proportions — but unfortunately, it also seems to suffer from a bug that makes it crash at a specific boss, at least on certain devices.
The Geometry Wars go ever on, and according to Touch Arcade’s review of the latest title in the series, that’s not a bad thing in the least.
$4.99 is an utter steal for a game I happily paid $14.99 for. If you love dual-stick shooters, Geometry Wars, heck, games period: Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a must-buy. It’s one of my favorite games of recent memory and I’m so happy that it’s on iOS. Buy it.
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Dungeon Link is the latest genre mash-up from Gamevil. It’s a deep story driven RPG mashed up with a Flow-like game mechanic. With over 250 different heroes, special dungeons, raids, and PvP play, there’s plenty here to keep players interested for many many hours.
Who wants to play a game about a dodo bird on a murderous obstacle course? More like who doesn’t? From 148Apps’s 4 out of 5 star review:
Despite the colorful and actually rather pretty visuals, this is not an easy game. There are often branching paths to consider with no real time to consider them, and at times you’ll have to rely on trial-and-error to find your way through a few levels (stupid rocks popping up out of the ground…). Some clever concessions have been made, such as being able to choose the length of the dynamite’s wick and thus give yourself more or less time to complete a level at the cost of your end-run star rating, but be prepared to fail quite a bit. Of course, failure is to be expected when you’re a dodo with explosives strapped to its back.
Letter Tale is one charming-looking game, but according to Gamezebo’s review, its gameplay isn’t as inspired as its visuals.
This simplicity and lack of difficulty might label Letter Tale a children’s game, but some of the jumps and movements are delicate enough that even older gamers will find themselves frustrated as Ari tumbles down another cliff.
The game came out earlier this month, but Touch Arcade has just reviewed it. And like everyone else on the planet who enjoys good games, they love it. From the 5 out of 5 star review:
Grim Fandango at it’s heart and soul is about the story, and it is an amazing one. Even if you leave the awesome developer commentary off, you can tell that talented people poured their blood sweat and tears into it. For someone completely brand new to this game, you might need some patience and at times possibly an online walkthrough to help through the tougher spots. But remember, its not the toughest game, after all you can’t die in the land of the dead. If you ever thought of playing an adventure game, this is the rosetta stone that has been out of print for too long, go get it!
Cooking Mama games are all about perfectly executing a variety of dishes. From 148Apps’s lukewarm review of the latest installment in the series:
If you’re a fan of Mama, Cooking Mama Let’s Cook is a decent approximation of the DS versions. It’s nowhere close to a replacement, though. However, if you’re new to the series it’s a reasonably good place to start with no financial risk whatsoever.
Touch Arcade has a lot of nice things to say about The Last Warlock, a turn-based strategy game that adds tons of new ideas to the genre.
The game offers you the tools to come up with your own strategy, and the odds are pretty good your ideas are going to be at least a little different from anyone else’s. Is it balanced? Well, probably not, but it doesn’t matter too much because it’s terribly fun.
If you like one-touch games and olde timey muscular men with mustaches, you’ll probably dig Mr. Muscle. 148Apps gave it a try and came away mostly pleased. From the 4 out of 5 star review:
Mr. Muscle is a straightforward one-tap game where the goal is to last as long as possible. Sound familiar? In this instance, a bar bounces back and forth across the screen – and by extension, across a dotted line. When you tap the screen, the moving bar will split across that dotted line and each section will be absorbed into the weight on their respective sides. If you tap in the center this isn’t really a problem, but if you aren’t careful you can thrown the titular weightlifter out of balance.
148Apps has taken Sword of Xolan for a swing and came away quite pleased. From their 4 out of 5 star review:
Sword of Xolan follows a similar structure to other mobile platformers from developers like Ravenous Games. It’s broken up into two different modes – Adventure and Challenge – with the former itself being broken up into three acts. And each act is made up of several platforming levels and a final boss fight. You can simply blitz through everything in a rush to the end, but stages are really meant to be replayed.
The latest Temple Run-like game stars the Tomb Raider herself. Pocket Gamer weighs in on its pros and cons in their 5 out of 10 review:
Almost all of the cool things you “do” inLara Croft: Relic Run you’re not really actually doing. You’ll flip and dive and roll, leap onto planes and dive out of the way of the munching jaws of a T-Rex, but it’s pretty much all cut scenes.
And sure, it looks nice, but it fails to detract from the fact that you’re just playing another three-lane endless runner.
Pocket Gamer’s review of the tower defense game Crazy Kings notes that the app plays it safe by adding few new concepts. This is either good or bad depending on your view of tower defense titles.
Crazy Kings is symptomatic of the iteration culture on the App Store. It’s a little step forward, and if you like tower defence games you’ll probably lap it up. If you don’t, it’s just more of the same.
AppSpy’s video review of the retro-style sword-swinging platformer Sword of Xolan praises the game for its precise controls and hearty character, though the overall experience is reportedly a wee bit short.
Amazon is now bringing its games to iOS, and its latest release, from developer Wayforward Games, is Til Morning’s Light, a mystery game that’s reportedly not bad but not great. From Pocket Gamer’s 7 out of 10 review:
There are times when this feels sort of like a My First Resident Evil game. The puzzles aren’t particularly macabre, but they involve finding the right keys for the right doors, sliding blocks around, and combining items together.
And it’s a perfectly pleasant experience. There’s quite a lot of wandering around, but everything you need to find is highlighted in the gloom of the mansion, and the puzzles are never at point-and-click levels of obscurity.
Heroes and Castles 2 is a console-sized game squeezed down to a mobile platform. So it’s good, but it doesn’t quite fit, exactly. That’s according to Touch Arcade, whose 4 out of 5 star review says:
If you’re the kind of person who is willing to make sacrifices for console-style gaming on mobile, and doesn’t care if a game is a particularly good fit for mobile, then you’ll enjoy Heroes and Castles 2. If you need something that can be enjoyed in short bursts or can be dropped at a moment’s notice, if a lack of commitment is a feature not a bug for you, then I’d probably stay away from this. But please, whatever you do: play this on your iPad or whatever you’d consider your secondary device compared to the phone you use. You’ll enjoy the proceedings a lot more.
From Insomniac Games, the makers of Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive comes Digit & Dash, a mobile game that’s quite fun, according to Gamezebo’s review.
Overall, Digit & Dash is a solid, challenging, reflex-based game that is sure to challenge players of all experience levels. It’s just difficult enough to keep me from blazing through it, but it provides some nice safety nets that catch you not too far from your fall when you fail. And you will fail.
Do you enjoy bouncing on the tops of active volcanos? If so, you’ll love KANO, a game that lets you do just that. From 148Apps’s 4 out of 5 star review:
KANO is, quite simply, an extremely well-made game. The colors are vibrant, the style is impressive, and the sound effects have real impact. I mean actual impact. The noise you’ll hear when you manage to land a bounce dead-center quickly becomes a short-term goal for every single spin. It’s practically Pavlovian.
The latest in a loooooooong line of SpongeBob games to hit the App Store, SpongeBob’s Game Frenzy is a WarioWare-like title that’s full of micro-games. From Gamezebo’s 4 out of 5 star review:
This is exactly the sort of game I could see myself playing with my friends, back when I was nine; sitting around the living room, watching everyone try to get the farthest without messing up. I would have had a blast with SpongeBob Game Frenzy, and as it stands, grown-up me had a bit of fun with the game too.
Just don’t expect me to start watching the show. I had the game muted in a matter of minutes. There’s no way I could make it through a full episode listening to these characters speak.
Now 148Apps has rung in with its opinion on the game that has you hunt tofu instead of wildlife. Turns out they like it pretty well. From their 3.5 out of 5 star review:
There’s a fairly aggressive energy system in place that slows your progress, but really, Tofu Hunter isn’t a game to play for a long time anyhow. It’s a form of brief entertainment and stress relief, rather than anything to think too deeply about. For that reason it’s fine, if eventually forgettable.
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