Popping games, by principle, is a game mechanic that is very easy to learn and play. There are also a lot of variations to the basic premise of “popping” things on screen. Even though it’s easy to learn, mastering these games can take time, and the difficulty ramps up if you introduce new elements to the game. Continue reading “Splash It!”
There are a lot of cool apps that are part of the iOS app library. While there are a lot of free apps that you can download, there are also a lot of wonderful apps that you need to buy in order to use. There are some app developers that offer their paid apps for free for a limited time and you need some resourcefulness to find out about these offers.
If you want to get more info about paid apps that go free you can try using 3 Magic Shots. This app has a simple aim, provide daily information on paid apps that is offered for free for a limited time. This app, which is available exclusively for the iPhone (sorry, no iPad version), gives daily updates on three apps that become available for free. The interface is quite clean – with three icons representing the three apps featured for the day. Touching on an app icon provides you with more information about the app – how it is trending worldwide, a score that is based on the usability of the app, its functionality, user friendliness, quality of the app and how much time they think you’ll spend with the app. This is actually a unique feature of 3 Magic Shots and one of its selling points. Other features include the ability to share the app on your Facebook or Twitter account and a link to a YouTube video of the app being used. It’s quite nifty and you wont’ get lost. If you decide you want to download the app you can just touch the bottom right tab and it will open up the App Store.
It would’ve been awesome if more than three apps are made available every day since there are a lot of apps that turn free daily. But that’s a minor gripe for an app that does what do well.
Casual games are a huge part of the iOS app arsenal – and there’s a reason they’re so popular. Casual games are easy to pick up and play and it’s also easy to stop. It makes for the perfect formula for when you’re bored during a commute or when you’re waiting for a meeting or appointment. You can then just close the game when something important needs your attention.
Casual games exploit various game mechanics and one such example is TennisSolo, a game developed by Anix LLC. TennisSolo is the quintessential example of a casual game. You can pick it up anytime and stop at any point. Continue reading “TennisSolo”
Gangstar Rio: City of Saints, what a title. It’s like Gameloft felt like banking off of the upcoming release of both Saint’s Row 3 and Grand Theft Auto III. It’s no secret that the developer is known for making clones of successful IPs for the iOS. Last month we were graced with the Call of Duty version, Modern Combat 3. We tend to like these games and are glad to have Gameloft bringing these sorts of games to our favorite portable gaming platform.
This is a sandbox game where you can roam anywhere you want. You can do missions, or not. Do whatever you want. Kill whoever you want, take any vehicle you want. Yah it’s a lot like Grand Theft Auto, but to be fair Gameloft isn’t the first developer to copy that model.
We’ve played the other Gangstar games and immediately we noticed a difference with this game, the graphics were much better. You have many of options in driving a vehicle, but I prefer using the on-screen wheel and pedals. Default is accelerometer with pedals for gas and brake. There are a couple of other options as well. For us, driving could have been the deal-breaker because we love driving crazy in this sort of game. The coolest addition to this game type was an ATV, we love it. Don’t get us wrong we love driving the really fast cars as much as the next guy, but give us some off-road action any day.
we can’t speak to how long this game is, but it seems like a lot of time could be spent playing it. The downside of this game is that there is no multiplayer. We’re not counting off for that because we don’t care about multiplayer in this type of game, unless it’s co-op. Yes Gameloft, we would like to see co-op in this game, please!
Overall this is the best sandbox game we’ve seen from Gameloft and recommend a download if you like being naughty.
Zombify Me does exactly what you would expect by the app’s title. The app zombifies anyone in the picture, usually by replacing the eyes and mouth. There are four faces available, but the end result is not all that horrifying.
Also there are no filters, colors or frames in this app. True, these aren’t things advertised in the title, but they are helpful when it comes to adding a Horror theme to a picture like this. Just slapping some bloody eyes and rotted teeth over someone’s face doesn’t make it a good Horror Photo app.
Overall, the effects that are added by the app are decent enough, but there are other similar apps that have more options for the same price.
Just in time for Halloween, Nevosoft releases a new adventure game. Dreamland: Halloween Adventure Game takes place in an abandoned amusement park. The player must traverse the park to find her missing brother.
For those not familiar with the genre, Adventure games involve a lot of exploring and finding items. Typically you’ll enter a mini-area and have to find everything on a list and for finding those things, you’ll be rewarded with an item that is needed to solve a puzzle somewhere else in the game.
This game adds something new to the mix as you’ll encounter mini-games along the way that will reward you with items that solve other puzzles. While playing we encountered a match three game and also jigsaw puzzle. There may be more types available in the full version of the game, but we only had the chance to review the FREE-to-Play version.
The environments and voice acting are very creepy and create a great tone for the game. This combined with beautiful visuals and soundtrack, make this a great game for adventure and thrill seekers alike. If you’re into adventure games this is definitely worth your time. (The Full Versions of the Game are on sale for Halloween)
Note: Full Version of the iPod/iPhone version is $1.99
Full Version of the iPad version is $2.99
A few weeks ago, we reviewed a game that set the bar higher for other iOS developers. Little did we know, Modern Combat 3 : Fallen Nation would answer that call without even hearing it. The bar hasn’t just been raised with this game, it’s been vaulted. Modern Combat 3 is just so much better than anything else we’ve every seen in the shooter genre.
The graphics in this game are so flawless, it feels like we’re playing something on XBOX 360 or PS3, instead of an iPad. The controls are the typical left thumbstick to move around and use of most of the right part of the screen to move and aim. There is a button to fire, one to crouch, one to run, and another for grenades. A button towards the top allows the player to switch weapons and/or reload. Basically it’s the same control scheme as previous Modern Combat games. The controls are easy to learn even if you’ve never played the series before.
The campaign was played very briefly and what we experienced was fast paced and it was only the tutorial level. We can’t wait to dive in and start a Let’s Play series on it. While a lot of our friends are playing Battlefield 3, we opted to wait for this and we’re happy with our $7 game compared to a $60 game. Especially with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Halo: Combat Evolved 10th Anniversary right around the corner.
Multiplayer had a great consistency in the connection via wi-fi. We experienced no lag at all while playing it. The game allows up to twelve players in a lobby and there are six maps and seven game modes to play at launch.
This is a great time to own an iOS device that is a recent generation. If you don’t have something past a 4th generation iPod, I’d suggest it’s time to upgrade for games like this one, because you should expect to see more like it. Will it run on older models? Probably. Will it run smoothly on those older models? Most likely not. With anything older, we’d expect lots of crashes. Sorry kids time to ask Santa for a new iPod, iPhone or iPad.
Have you ever wished you had a girlfriend that you could turn off when you’d rather do something else? With My Virtual Girlfriend, you can.
This dating simulation game custom creates virtual girls according the to different characteristics that the player specifies about himself/herself. Initially the player will be given three choice of girls to date, but you can choose to get another batch. After choosing the girl you want to date, you’ll start the courting session.
You’ll be able to perform actions like compliment, insult, wink, tell a joke and more. In addition the player will be able to go on activities like play video games, walk in the park, etc. To start out the activities are free, but as you level they tend to cost in-game money. In-game money can be earned by performing activities like recycling.
The player is allowed to interact with the girlfriend too. You can touch her, but be careful not to try too early or she’ll breakup with you and game over. Once you get in good with her, you’ll be able to kiss her, slap her, tickle her Maybe if you make it to a really high level you’ll be able to do other things? Bow chicky wow wow.
Speaking prompts her to open a line of dialogue with you. From that you can agree, disagree, give a meh response, sad face or stick your tongue out. Be careful, your responses can either make or break your relationship very quickly.
A New update includes the ability to give your girlfriend the “Z Virus” which will turn her into a zombie. Don’t worry, they won’t bite….hard. Their appearance changes and they talk about wanting brains. Also the player now has the ability to take a girlfriend to a scary house, in theme with the zombie addition and Halloween season.
Overall this is a fun simulation game. The graphics are simliar to the Sims series and the soundtrack is very catchy. There are tons of levels in the relationship and each one unlocks new actions and activities. If you’re a fan of simulation games, definitely give this one a shot, you may even get lucky.
Angry Birds are back for another season, Halloweeen. It’s been over a year since the Angry Birds: Seasons game launched and is now seeing it’s 7th expansion.
As always you will slingshot several different types of birds at structures to bring them crashing down and kill the pigs. Personally, I never played the original Angry Birds. I’ve only played Angry Birds: Seasons and Angry Birds: Rio. Both are unique in the level designs and a slight variation on the gameplay. If I were asked to choose between the two, Angry Birds: Seasons would win every time. It’s just more challenging and fun to me. Angry Birds: Rio seems to be more a movie tie-in which are almost never the same as the original.
Angry Birds: Seasons’ “Halloween 2012” update has 30 Normal Levels and the Final level. In addition, there is a new orange bird that puffs up to a huge size, then deflates like a balloon. If you already own it, update now. If you don’t already have it, definitely download Angry Birds: Seasons now. It’s only .99 and will keep you busy for a long long time. In addition to the new update you get the previous 7 Worlds for a total of over 205 levels to play. You’ll constantly find yourself re-playing a level to get the 3 stars and find the Golden Eggs, or get a higher leaderboard rank.
Fruit Ninja, it’s everywhere. It’s an IP that stands alongside Angry Birds as the most downloaded game on the iOS and recently it made a juicy splash onto XBOX Live Arcade with Kinect integration.
Enter it’s newest iteration, Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots. The game is a tie-in to the new Shrek spin-off movie, “Puss in Boots”.
The game has a Survival or “Desperado” mode in which you get 3 lives and you must slice fruit while avoiding bombs. The more fruit you slice in a straight swipe, the more points you get. If you see a glowing bean fly across the screen make sure and hit that as you’ll gain a life back.
The second mode, “Bandito” has tons of different mini-games that are increasingly harder as you traverse the gauntlet of challenges that lie ahead. If you pass all 16 levels of the in this mode, you will have face-off against a most formidable opponent. The elusive, pinata. Yup, that’s right the finale is a pinata, it sounds lame, but we found it a heck of a lot of fun to slice around for the time given. On our second run through this mode, we noticed that the levels are randomized and that there were more than the 16 levels than we played our previous attempt. This adds a lot of replay value to the game.
When you unlock certain achievements, you will also unlock new blades and backgrounds. All of which are exclusive to this version of the game. If you watch the video review, you’ll see I unlocked the Firework blade, which is a lot of fun. If you’re competitive you now have the option of using Game Center or Open Feint for your leaderboards.
Overall this is a great game with beautiful visuals accompanied by fun and addictive gameplay. The only downside I saw was there was no multipler as of yet, but hopefully the developer will add this to an update at a later time. If you like Fruit Ninja, you’ll love this sequel that compliments the original very well. Oh and one more thing, they added tomatoes to this game 😉
This game was reviewed on an iPad 2 using the HD version of the game which is available at $1.99
Puss in Boots hits theaters October 28, 2011 and is a prequel to his appearance in the Shrek movies.
Every now and again, we’ll play a game that stands out from the rest of the games in a genre. In an ocean of Tower Defense games, Siegecraft shines like a beacon in the night.
Most Tower Defense games are either an Over-the-head or a Side-scroller view. This isn’t true 3D because you can’t play on the same level as what’s on the ground, but I wouldn’t discount it as 2D either. If you watch the video review, you’ll be able to see what we mean. (See Video Below) The sweeping shots of the levels found on the Title screen of the game is enough for us to wish this were an MMORPG so we could explore the visually rich environments.
The campaign challenges a player with 25 levels while playing as Knights, Vikings and Samurai. In typical Tower Defense style, you must defend against your attackers while attacking their structures and soldiers. In addition, some levels have you on the offense. With each level you beat, you’ll be awarded Gold coins that can be used to upgrade your weapons. Hint: Turn off the Auto-Aim for a X3 Gold Multiplyer.
At time of this publishing, the only weapons available in the game are the Crossbow (I call it a Ballista) and Catapult. The developer is planning on adding both a Trebuchet and a Battering ram to the arsenal at a later time.
In addition to Single-player mode there is a Multiplayer Online and a Multiplayer Split-screen mode.
You can invite a friend to a match or join a random game via Gamecenter within the game.
Crossbows and Catapults mode has two online players square off with their ballistas and catapults. Each player has 5 turns and the player with the most points at the end wins.
Graveyard Shift mode has two online players trade off shots on a level filled with zombies. The player with the most points at the end of 5 turns wins.
Tip: Kill the zombies in the back of the map for a higher score.
Two Towers – Players Must destroy the other team’s towers. The first to destroy both towers wins. This is the most challenging and fun multiplayer game type for us.
King of the Hill – Players must control the hill by killing the other team’s soldiers.
Dragon’s King – Players must control the center of the screen by killing the other team’s soldiers.
Overall this is a visually stunning game, while having an easy and familiar gameplay. There is great replay value in this game with the different Multiplayer options. We’d recommend this to anyone that enjoys Tower Defense games
This game was reviewed on iPad2 and not all modes may play on iPhone/iPod. We’ll update this when we have found out more.
Just when we finally got the Nyan Cat song out of our heads, here comes another spin-off game inspired by the YouTube viral video. This time Nyan Cat sings its never-ending infectious tune while racking up a high score in this side-scrolling jump game. Nyan Cat is hungry from all that singing and you’ll need to jump from platform to platform whilst gathering foodz and drinkz for the internet phenom.
The power ups in this Doodle Jump like game took us by surprise. Of course there is the not uncommon rocket, multiplyer and flying power ups. But there are two that stood out, way way out. One powerup is a joint that gets Nyan Cat high, not only changing his appearance to a green raggae cat, but it also makes the screen a bit wavy and slow moving. In addition, there is a pill that gives NC super speed while causing a hallucination of a giant version of himself moving about on the screen.
In addition to playing as Nyan Cat there is the Bizarro of the Nyan Cat world, Tac Nyan. Similiarly when Tac Nyan picks up the Superman powerup he turns into a flying Darth Vader.
Overall this is a fun high-score jumping game for all ages. Be warned, the biggest challenge is to keep playing while the Nyan Cat song loops for infinity. The initial game only comes with one level, currently there are two more which can be purchased individually for $.99 . Other in-app purchases include Movie, Nationality and Profession skins, each pack costing $.99
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.