I’ve been a fan of the Theme Park franchise for as long as I can remember, and spent many a day in my youth sat in front of a computer screen designing the ultimate amusement park. Happily, I’m getting a chance to re-live those halcyon years (albeit on a smaller screen) as Theme Park is back once again, but this time in freemium form on iOS.
For the uninitiated, Theme Park is a construction and management simulation game in which you create and run your very own theme park. Purchase rides, replenish stock and manage a team of staff, all while trying to keep your customers happy and make as much money as possible. Find out more after the jump. (more…)
Mushroom Wars, long a favorite download on the PlayStation 3, has made the jump to the iPad. The new version for iOS has brought with it all new maps, a fresh campaign and tournament play. A real time strategy game, Mushroom Wars borrows elements from tower defense to create an inventive and adorable game of mushroom warfare.
As a fan of the PSN game, I was wondering how well Mushroom Wars had made the switch. Read on to find out! (more…)
Ever since being launched in December 2009, Angry Birds has carved a name for itself in the gaming world. By combining comical graphics with addictive gameplay and chirpy idents, it’s become one of the most played and well-known games of its time. That’s a tough act to follow.
Instead of relying on that classic gameplay that we all know and love, Rovio’s taking a risk by putting out a completely different game mechanic using the anarchists of the franchise — the pigs. Is Bad Piggies a show-stopper like its predecessor, or will it be met by the incessant grunts of avian-diehards? Let’s find out. (more…)
The moment you see the start screen for Temple Run 2, you know something is different. It looks familiar, extremely reminiscent of the original, but with a makeover. It’s like somebody repainted your favourite bedroom and it just looks a little more polished than it did before. And that’s the sort of thing that applies to the visual overhaul that Imangi Studios has given Temple Run with the sequel.
The game retains the same premise as before. But Temple Run 2, like any great Hollywood sequel, expands on the premise with new concepts, characters and more spectacular action. It’s just an endless-runner game, but its prequel was universally hailed as the first and best. Temple Run 2 has a lot to live up to. (more…)
Alright, alright. I know what you’re thinking: Is this yet another review for yet another run-of-the-line trivia app? Well, Braindex isn’t your ordinary trivia app. In fact, it isn’t anything like the rest of the trivia games on the market today.
With Braindex, not only do you get to watch a game show, but you get to participate in one, too. Shot from the back of a truck (or sometimes another random studio), Braindex brings you the first “App Show,” complete with some of your favorite celebrities. Read on to find out more about the iPad’s first interactive game show! (more…)
God of Blades is exactly the sort of game I would have died for when I was thirteen years old. At that time, The Return of the King was a hit movie and smacking things around with swords was top priority for any guy my age. It’s also around that time that God of War came out on PS2. It was a cool time to like swords.
In that sense, God of Blades feels a little bit nostalgic for me. I feel a little bit like I’m revisiting my youth. But the older part of me — the part that prefers Letterpress over hacking and slashing — really disagrees.
Since the release of The Sims back in 2000, the franchise has gone from strength to strength, becoming arguably the most successful simulation game of all time. However, with Electronic Arts’ latest offering, The Sims FreePlay, the usual format has been jettisoned in favor of a freemium revenue model.
For those who have been living under a rock for the past 13 years, The Sims is a popular life simulation video game series in which you, the player, must create and take care of virtual people throughout the duration of their lives, from birth until death. Let’s find out more, shall we? (more…)
I love gaming on my iPads, but beyond writing reviews for it here, I don’t do it a lot. I find that even the games that I love playing through here are things I don’t end up sticking with — and I’ve reviewed some incredible games for this site. But I’m just not much of a hardcore gamer. I really belong in the casual gamer category. I love Letterpress, but that was the first iOS game that really grabbed me and didn’t let go. Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of great games out there, but there are few I truly get addicted to.
Games really have to be built for a touch screen if I’m going to get hooked. Some are a ton of fun — great games — but others don’t feel like they’ve been made for a touch screen. A great iPad or iPhone game should be easy to pick up, be quick to play through and require lots of time to master without ever getting frustrating. It’s a really difficult balance, and few games ever achieve it. Hundreds is one of those rare games. (more…)
There’s no doubt that I’m a big fan of puzzle games, but with roughly a bajillion puzzle games for iOS (that’s my estimate, but I think it’s a pretty reliable figure), it gets tougher and tougher for developers to reinvent the wheel. Pasting on gimmicky themes to an old standby can revive your interest, but it’s not going to hold your attention for long.
A game has to be truly different if it’s going to be special, and that’s what KooZac is. Similar to Tetris, in that you’re clearing blocks as they fall from a mystical, unseen block-dropper, you also have to make matches as you go, because just fitting the blocks together isn’t going to be enough. Is KooZac another gimmicky puzzle or does it have enough originality to hold the interest of even the most jaded puzzle gamer? (more…)
As iOS devices grow more and more popular as a gaming platform, we have started to see developers crafting their old console games into new, touchscreen friendly softwares. Joe Danger is no exception.
Joe Danger, the “World’s Most Determined Stuntman,” is back and better than ever. After three years of gracing your favorite video game consoles, it is time for you to help Joe Danger ascend to fame by helping him dodge perilous obstacles and perform jaw-dropping tricks right on your iPad. Does Joe Danger prove to be victorious, or does he crash on the way? Read on to find out more. (more…)