The people at Adult Swim aren’t right in the head. Sure, their nighttime lineup for Cartoon Network is pretty sweet, but the games they make for the iOS platform are just nutty. Should I be surprised to discover that Amateur Surgeon 2 makes me feel a bit uncomfortable?
Yes, it’s a lot of fun to play, and sure, it’s quick and fast paced. But at what cost? Will you come out of the game having lost a little bit of your decency and maybe even your sanity? Join me as I see how deep down the rabbit hole we can go. (more…)
When I heard that EPOCH. was made using the UnrealEngine, the same engine used to create the high-resolution graphics of the award winning Infinity Blade apps, I was excited to give it a try. While I’ve always enjoyed shooter games and great graphics, my one concern was that the game might have an underdeveloped storyline. Some games can still be fun with a weak storyline if the gameplay is captivating enough, so my question was, what approach did the developers of EPOCH. choose to take?
Playing as a robot soldier in a post-apocalyptic world, this game fits in with so many doomsday games that are popular right now. So, was it all explosions and stunning details but lacking in depth? Read on to find out. (more…)
It’s hard to improve on the slingshot style of games already out for iOS. Angry Birds and others like it already have that niche pretty well locked up. To get attention, a game will have to bring something more than cute critter flinging action to your fingertips. If the game boasts an engaging story, that’s even better.
Catapult King tries to hit all the slingshot buttons, while creating a fun medieval storyline and a small cast of entertaining characters. With fun, fresh gameplay and a new take on the physics puzzler, Catapult King is trying to take the slingshot game formula to new heights. But does it knock down the competition or miss the mark? (more…)
Zynga. Say the name, and some people turn up their nose in disgust. These are the people who brought us FarmVille and CityVille, right? Who wants anything to do with them?
Well, you might change your mind once you check out Horn. Built using the Unreal Engine, the game is part Infinity Blade, part The Legend of Zelda and tells a pretty interesting story. But is it worth your hard earned cash? Let’s go on an adventure and find out. (more…)
Almost two months ago, we ran a review about Pocket Planes, the popular game where you play as an air traffic controller and coordinate planes across the world. I loved the review, so I picked up the game and played it. A lot. For a long time. And at one point, I realized that it was more about maintenance than fun, so I was confused. Turns out, that repetitive action in a video game has a name: Grinding.
The fictional nation of Camatuga has been devastated by a huge earthquake leaving the town’s population stranded! Built upon five islands, the only way in or out is via the network of bridges that criss-cross the landscape, but all 30 have been completely destroyed. It is up to you to rebuild the transport infrastructure and get the nation back on track … No pressure! (more…)
Prior to everyone playing Call of Duty, and way before Halo was a household name, Activision reigned supreme in the first few generations of consoles with titles like Pitfall taking the lead. It’s been 30 years since we saw Pitfall, and even though there have been a few variations on the concept, nothing has really stuck like the original.
But now, there’s Pitfall! for iOS. When I first discovered the game, I wondered if it was going to be a solid port of the original in all its low-tech glory, or another attempt to translate the game to a new format. Well, it’s a little of both. Let me explain after the jump. (more…)
I was having lunch with a friend the other day, and somewhere around the time the check came she started making fun of my age. “Were you born in the ’70s, Kevin?” Why yes, I was. I owned an Atari 2600. I still own every console Nintendo has produced, including the original NES. I’m old school and proud. That’s why when I first discovered MANOS – The Hands of Fate I became a bit giddy. Here it was, a console game in the vein of the original NES, but on my iPad and iPhone. How much better could it get? Let’s find out after the jump. (more…)
Summoner Wars is based on the popular card/board game of the same name by Plaid Hat Games. It makes its debut on iOS as the first free app from the developer Playdek, Inc., and takes you into the war-torn world of Itharia, as a Summoner of various factions that are battling over the Summoner Stones.
The game is one part deck building — like Magic the Gathering — and one part board game, perhaps with some loose similarities to chess. Decks are built, cards are drawn, armies are summoned and the enemy is faced creating interesting strategical and tactical situations. Use your Summoner Stone after the break. (more…)