Words for Evil is both an RPG and a word game combined

By Lory Gil on Sep 29, 2014

Two of the things I like about a fantasy role-playing games (RPG) are looting and killing. Those are basically the best parts. Some games have even condensed their mechanics down to just those two features. What if there were a game that let you loot and kill, but you had to spell words in order to do so?

Words for Evil is just that. This iPad game combines the battle tactics of a good old-fashioned RPG with Boggle-style word finding mechanics. Find words to attack your enemy. If you are too slow, you’ll spell your own death. Read More

 

Just Dance Now uses your iOS device as a motion controller

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2014

App Store games that use your iPhone as a motion controller are few and far between. Aside from the interesting Motion Tennis and the quite addictive Dance Party, both produced by Rolocule Games, I haven’t played any other game that would AirPlay action through the Apple TV and turn my iOS device into a Wii-like controller.

That’s why I was so excited about Ubisoft’s Just Dance Now, a new take on the world’s #1 rhythm-based dance game in which you’re challenged to use an iPhone as your motion controller. Just Dance Now is available on a freemium basis so In-App Purchases are unavoidable. Jump past the fold for the full reveal. Read More

 

Starbase Annex is a hex-based board game with battle card mechanics

By Lory Gil on Sep 26, 2014

Fans of the Starbase Orion series will probably flip their lid to learn that the game’s creator at Chimera has just launched a similarly stylized sci-fi digital board game. It combines the depth of a 4X strategy game (explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate) with the simple basics of a land grab board game.

Starbase Annex pits players against increasingly difficult enemies on a mission to win the most victory points by overpowering opponents and capturing cards. Fate will deal you your hand. What you do with it is up to you. Read More

 

Mattel’s Whac A Mole goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Sep 25, 2014

Apple has named Mattel’s ‘Whac A Mole‘ its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the title for both your iPhone and iPad, for free—which will save you a buck.

For those unfamiliar with it, Whac A Mole is essentially a touchscreen take on the classic arcade game with the same name. Players are given a mallet and tasked with navigating their way through 60+ levels by…whacking moles. Read More

 

Sword-slashing Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance hits Mac App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 25, 2014

TransGaming, which specializes in video game portability technology, on Thursday released Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance in the Mac App Store.

Originally developed by Kojima Productions and Platinum Games, Revengeance is technically still part of the Metal Gear universe, with one notable change: instead of the hide-and-seek approach that the original Metal Gear Solid popularized more than a decade ago, Revengeance files as a hack’n’slash game that puts you in the shoes of a cyborg ninja named Raiden.

Equipped with a fancy high-frequency katana blade, you’ll be slicing your way through the enemies amid a terrible conflict brewing between private military corporations (PMCs). The game is available in the Mac App Store for a promotional price of $24.99. Read More

 

EA Sports releases FIFA 15 Ultimate Team for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2014

EA Sports, formerly a marketing gimmick of Electronic Arts but now a brand that creates and develops sports video games, on Tuesday released FIFA 15 Ultimate Team as a freemium download in the App Store.

Coming in at a massive 1.06 gigabytes, this iPhone and iPad game features authentic football action backed by Electronic Arts’ massive marketing budget and whiz-bang campaign, with licensed player and team names, motion-captured animations and other goodies. Read More

 

Almightree: The Last Dreamer is a 3-D platform puzzler with an adventurous theme

By Lory Gil on Sep 21, 2014

Fans of adventure games like Zelda and Oceanhorn will be happy to know that a new action adventure platform title has recently made its way into the App Store. It doesn’t have quite the same mechanics. In fact, it is a puzzle game more than anything. However, it will bring back memories of following a hero on an arduous adventure.

Almightree: The Last Dreamer is an adventure game that is part platformer and part puzzle. It appears there is a new genre in town and it is growing by the minute. Check out our game review of Almightree. Read More

 

App bundles are now live on the App Store, here are a few worth checking out

By Cody Lee on Sep 18, 2014

Alongside iOS 8, the App Store received a number of improvements, including video previews and support for app bundles. And with yesterday’s release, several app bundles popped up in Apple’s digital storefront, so we’ve decided to roundup a few worth checking out.

To give you an idea of how this works, among our list is the Runtastic Cardio Pack, which includes 5 iPhone apps made by runtastic that are meant to track various fitness activities. Individually, these apps would cost you $16, but the bundle is just $8—a 50% savings. Read More

 

Gameloft updates Modern Combat and Asphalt with iOS 8 Metal-powered graphics

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2014

Following up on yesterday’s public release of the free iOS 8 software update for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch mobile devices, French games maker Gameloft on Thursday unleashed a pair of updates for its two highly-successful titles: Modern Combat 5: Blackout, a first-person shooter, and Asphalt 8: Airborne, a crazy racing game driven by a powerful physics engine which has you performing dynamic, high-speed aerial stunts.

Both games are now powered by iOS 8’s new Metal framework which provides low-level access to the GPU inside the Apple-designed A7 chip (the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display) and its A8 counterpart (the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus). When played on these devices, both of these games benefit from close-to-the-metal access to graphics cores, without the overhead of the OpenGL graphics run-time. Read More

 

Real Steel is Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2014

It’s Thursday and Apple’s editors have slashed another app to zero bucks in the App Store’s weekly Free App of the Week promotion.

Free until next Thursday and replacing last week’s Free App of the Week, the addictive puzzler Bicolor, movie tie-in Real Steel by Reliance Big Entertainment has now gone free for a week, until next Thursday.

Representing a $0.99 saving, Real Steel for the iPhone and iPad is based on the 2011 Dreamworks movie starring Hugh Jackman which takes place in a secret world in the not-so-distant future where boxing has gone high-tech.

Instead of human boxers, players control sophisticated boxing robots weighing over 2,000 pounds and reaching up to eight feet tall. Featuring lush graphics, fast-paced action and addictive mechanics, Real Steel is a nice time-killer. And with all-new Tournament and Survival modes, it should keep you busy. Read More

 

Rovio Stars launches iOS 8 Metal-enabled game, Plunder Pirates

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2014

Game industry veterans Midoki and Rovio, the renowned Angry Birds maker hailing from Finland, have joined forces to publish a new game for Apple’s platform under the Rovio Stars label.

An addictive combat strategy adventure, Plunder Pirates invites you to build an island in lush three-dimensional graphics and then recruit a pirate crew to set sail for uncharted waters.

The free-to-play download has optional In-App Purchases available, supports Game Center achievements and leaderboards and files as one of the first iOS titles supporting Apple’s low-level framework for close-to-the-metal 3D graphics programming, aptly named Metal. Read More

 

Real Racing 3 ‘Classic Lamborghini’ update brings racing school, 8-player multiplayer and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2014

Wednesday morning, Electronic Arts’ Real Racing 3 for the iPhone and iPad has received another Lamborghini-themed update bringing out several new features, cars, tracks and other content, including classic Lamborghinis such as the limited-edition Miura and the legendary Countach.

Fans of multiplayer gaming should appreciate that the free-to-play game has introduced a new eight-player, cross-platform multiplayer mode with real-time racing and drafting.

Jump past the fold to learn about other enhancements in this update. Read More

 

Super Kitty will trick you until you can’t take it anymore

By Lory Gil on Sep 16, 2014

As a kid, Super Mario Bros was my go-to game after school. I spent many hours jumping, brick breaking, and spitting fireballs while my thumbs cramped up from too much gaming. So, platformers have a special place in my heart, especially when they have a similar look and feel to my favorite childhood game.

Super Kitty is a sort of platformer that has plenty of iconic imagery from Nintendo’s flagship game. However, you won’t be able to enjoy the mechanics of jumping, brick breaking, or spitting fireballs because you’ll be too busy getting tricked into dying. Read More

 

The Nightmare Cooperative is a roguelike and puzzle game combined

By Lory Gil on Sep 16, 2014

There is this type of puzzle game that requires players to move characters around on the board in unison in order to get everyone to the correct end point. PAC-MAN Friends uses this type of puzzle movement. It’s fairly complex and interesting, to say the least.

The Nightmare Cooperative is a roguelike game that uses that puzzle movement aspect to keep your party on their toes. You can use your mage to pick up that potion, but watch where your warrior is going or he may fall into the lava pit at the same time. We’ve got a full game review of The Nightmare Cooperative for you today. Read More

 
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