The holidays are sneaking up, and there’s nothing worse than being stuck in a lineup with nothing to do … so why not bring your iPhone along and get some gaming done?
This week, we saw some blockbuster titles hit the App Store, so come in and grab some fun!
Sound familiar? Renegade Kid’s “12-bit” platformer made its debut on Nintendo’s 3DS, and has since made big plans for platform jumping, visiting Windows and now the iOS App Store.
The game is the charming story of Max and his struggles against a meteor-borne invasion of mud monsters. The levels play out in fairly typical platforming fashion, with unlimited ammo for his water cannon and three hearts, but there’s also a time limit for each and — most importantly — each level contains a secret stage. To fully complete the game, each level must not only be traversed, it must also have its secret stage discovered and conquered.
The combination of gameplay layers and the overall polish of the design and controls make this a truly spectacular game, one that feels like a steal at just one dollar. If you always wanted to try Super Mario Sunshine in 8-bit form on your phone … well, this is it!
Ah, Vice City. Believe it or not, it’s been ten years since the classic Grand Theft Auto title was first released on the PS2. Like GTAIII before it, Rockstar has decided to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the games by re-releasing them on the iOS App Store — an amazing treat for fans.
The game has made the transition unscathed — in fact, it’s improved! — with updated graphics and some adjusted targeting and firing controls to help make the experience appropriate for the touch-based interface. All in all, the changes are welcome and represent a smart decision on the part of the developers to make sure the port feels native.
Besides all the gameplay wonders and sweet updates, you’ll also find iCloud saving and a neat custom playlist feature that lets you name a playlist “VICECITY” in iTunes and fill it up with music, then select it to play while you’re gaming. If you have an iPhone 4 or newer, you shouldn’t miss out on this amazing urban adventure.
It’s always nice to revisit game worlds that you’ve come to love. Hardland, from the first Minigore, is one such world — a world that is now plagued by zombies!
John Gore, the tenacious protagonist, is going to have his hands full fighting off the horde in a variety of environments. Weapons abound, all of them upgradeable, and you’ll be able to access no fewer than 20 playable characters. There are incredible boss fights too, and the procedurally generated animations and AI patterns make for fights that are unpredictable and exciting.
The blocky art style is beautifully rendered, and the sheer amount of content on offer ensures that you’re likely to get sucked in for hours playing this one. Go kill some zombies!
Like its cousin, Call of Duty, the Modern Combat series has brought action-packed first-person shooting to the App Store for years now, and its latest installment — Zero Hour — is a wonderful showcase of the iPhone’s maturity as a legitimate gaming machine.
Multiplayer has always been the focus of these games, and to that end, Gameloft has rethought the multiplayer experience giving you a specialization system, a new loadout system (with a ridiculous number of possible combinations), and a profile. For the first time ever, they have also switched over to the powerful Havok engine, allowing for incredible graphical fidelity and absolutely impeccable animations and lighting effects. The gameplay remains as taut and compelling as always, with some improved voice acting helping to lend some legitimacy to the fluffy plot.
With diverse environments, large maps, and a robust multiplayer system, shooter fans will find a lot to love in the new Modern Combat 4.
Building off of the wildly successful gameplay of Tiny Wings, Unknown Orbit brings the idea into a 3D universe, where you play in outer space as a comet.
Using planetary gravity and geography to propel yourself onwards, you must launch yourself around the solar system collecting snow balls to keep your icy core from being melted by the sun. It’s a solid tweak to the formula and provides a strong incentive to perform well and to aim for impressive combos. It’s relatively easy to rack up huge point scores, which makes this game a particularly fun one when it comes to competing with your Game Center friends for a leaderboard position.
The visuals have the same stripy look as Tiny Wings, but there’s enough detail to give the planetoids a suitable sense of realism. The controls are finely tuned, and experiencing the world in 3D makes launching yourself upward even more exhilarating than it was in Tiny Wings. Peaceful, beautiful and rewarding, this simple game gets both thumbs up.
What Have You Been Playing?
Have fun with these titles, friends. We’ll bring you another cool set next week, so come back! Have a great weekend and leave us your comments if you’ve been enjoying the games or want to suggest a different title.