Author Archives: Carter Dotson


Which MFi iPhone Game Controller Should You Buy?

The world of MFi controllers is still a bit of a crazy one at the moment. The first few months were rough: limited support from games, a dreadful selection of controllers, and even iOS issues that practically ruined the first good controller, the SteelSeries Stratus. Now, time has led to a greater number of games that support MFi controllers to where I have a huge folder full of them, and while the controller selection is full of ones with flaws, there's at least one controller I can wholeheartedly recommend as a great all-around package. Still, MFi controllers are still not a fantastic proposition on iOS...

Amazon's been bringing over several of their mobile games to iOS now, and Tales from Deep Space [$6.99] is their latest and their best. It took some time to make the leap from the Kindle Fire tablets, unlike Lost Within [$6.99] and Til Morning's Light [$6.99] which launched simultaneously on both Fire OS and iOS. This is a puzzle-platformer where you control two characters, and it's got clever puzzles to play with, though the combat portions tend and clumsy controls do drag the experience down a bit...

Check Out New Art from Mi-Clos' Next Project, 'Void and Meddler'

French studio Mi-Clos has been quite busy, what with finally releasing Out There: Omega Edition [$4.99] to iOS. But that's not all they're doing: they're helping to publish a new game from NO CVT, a stylish-looking point-and-click adventure game called Void and Meddler. We've covered it in the past, but we now know when to first expect it, and to see some new concept art from the game from Black Muffin, a duo that's joined on to the project:..

The Quadsphere's latest game, Icarus-X: Tides of Fire [$2.99] comes out firing with a great idea: combine a bullet-hell shoot 'em up with the loot systems seen in modern RPGs. You play levels, and can get new weapons and shields to do more damage and deal with enemy threats more effectively. You can also level up, applying points to a skill tree. It's an idea that really works for the game, and is a cool fusion of two notable genres into one package. The problem is that the game tries to stretch a limited amount of content into a full game, and it grows tiring quite quickly...

I start this review of Til Morning's Light [$6.99] off with a treatise on WayForward Technologies, the developer of Til Morning's Light. They are, to me, a solid B-grade developer. They make games that are usually good to decent; I don't know if they have any truly great ones on their resume. I'd say their best game is probably the original Shantae, which I actually own the original cartridge of. Regardless, they're a developer that you should generally get reasonably excited for when they get to work on a licensed project, because it means that it's probably not going to suck. Well, Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW was not good, but I think that might have just been them going outside of their comfort range, not knowing what makes a dungeon crawler great, or maybe that game needed more than a year of development. But hey, at least the two Zelda-aping Adventure Time games they did weren't bad! And Double Dragon Neon is a solid beat 'em up. ..

If you're wondering just how your phone will fit into the Fallout 4 collector's edition Pip-Boy? We already know that the iPhone 6 Plus and phablets of similar size regrettably won't fit in it, but Bethesda has shown off the foam inserts and the dimensions that will fit phones for use with the game. If you have an iPhone 5, 5S, or 6, you'll have some simple foam to use. If you have an Android phone, you may need to do some cutting to fit in the cavity, which Bethesda says is 141.2mm x 71.6mm x 10.2mm without foam...

The WWE CCG, WWE SuperCard [Free], keeps on trucking with new content, and the latest update brings even more things to do in 2K and Cat Daddy's game. The "Ring Domination Update" appropriately includes a new mode called Ring Domination, which cycles between People's Champion Challenge and Road to Glory. You're battling for control of nine squares on a board, which will earn you game pieces that go toward sweet new card rewards. Fantastic. ..

Back in April, Microsoft surprisingly brought its Halo: Spartan Assault [$5.99] game to iOS from Windows 8, and along with it came a sequel, Halo: Spartan Strike [$2.99]. If you've wanted to check out the sequel, now is the time to do it, as the game is on sale for $2.99, half-off of its regular price, ahead of the July 4th holiday in the US. ..

'Slashy Hero' is a Promising Draw-Slashing Action-RPG

A studio known as The Gentlebros has just sent over some details on their upcoming mobile hack 'n slash game Slashy Hero, and it is looking promising. There are loads of isometric action-RPGs, but this one has an interesting control scheme, where you draw lines to cut through waves of enemies. Your draw-slashes have limited energy, so you can't just be drawing all over the place, you have to be smart about it. The protagonist has a creative paper-bag head design, too. Check out the trailer!..

In 'Trucksform', Only a Flying Truck with Guns Can Save the World

Do you enjoy trucks? Would you enjoy trucks more if they had the ability to transform, adding guns, hover abilities, and a giant frickin' drill to the front of said truck? That's the universe that Trucksform promises, coming to iOS in mid-July. This is a 2D physics racer, where you drive through hilly landscapes and can do flips in the air, but with certain obstacles that require you using your different truck modes to get past...

With the next movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe about to hit theaters in Ant-Man, Zen Studios has announced that they have a new Zen Pinball [Free] table coming for it based off of the movie. With a movie that's based around a guy who can shrink to tiny sizes, Zen Studios has decided to take initiative to do some new things with their pinball engine. And yes, that includes shrunken pinballs, and some new mini-games that Zen promises aren't like anything you've seen from them before. Sounds curious!..

Yesterday, Bethesda mentioned that new content would be coming to Fallout Shelter [Free], their smash-hit game about building your own vault deep in the earth. They weren't kidding, as today sees the first new content added to the game: you can unlock Preston Garvey of the Commonwealth Minutemen from lunchboxes with premium characters. Preston Garvey is a character from Fallout 4, and both he and his laser musket can be used in Fallout Shelter now. The words "the first Fallout 4 character available in Fallout Shelter" seemingly indicate that we can expect more Fallout 4 characters to come to the game at some point.....

I recently wrote about Fallout Shelter [Free] in my latest column for The Carter Crater, and discussed why I thought it was a game that had an intelligent launch, and should inspire other publishers in their mobile efforts. Coincidentally, GamesIndustry.biz did an interview with Bethesda vice president of marketing Pete Hines, and he seems to be aware that they had to be careful with how they launched Fallout Shelter:..

One of Telltale's more interesting upcoming projects is Minecraft Story Mode, their narrative adventure game that's set in the Minecraft [$6.99] universe. We don't quite know what to expect from this, but with Minecon this weekend in London, Telltale is teasing that we'll be hearing something this weekend at Minecon:..

The Carter Crater: Just Make 'Fallout Shelter', Jeez

Fallout Shelter [Free] has been a tremendous success on the App Store, and I think it's been a triumph in more ways than just "Bethesda is going to make Scrooge McDuck levels of cash" – a major publisher went to mobile and made a game that didn't suck, that was actually cool and original while also being free-to-play. It's a sign of hope, and I implore every other publisher to do one simple thing: ..

'Trivia Crack' Sequel Coming Later This Year, with Topical Channels

Etermax is the developer of Trivia Crack [$2.99 / Free], the game that was massively popular not that long ago. Now, they've announced that they are working on a sequel to launch in the third quarter of 2015, and they've released a few details on it. The idea is that people will be able to play games based on specific topics, such as sports, music, and history, versus just playing all-encompassing games...

There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the Confederate flag in Civil War games since Apple pulled them yesterday, but we just got word from HexWar Studios, developers of Civil War: 1863 [$3.99 / $3.99] that these games may just be coming back after some minor changes. ..

FireWhip [$0.99] is a perfect example of a game that shows that you shouldn't just judge a book by its cover, but if the book is good, having a rad cover sure helps! This is a unique high-score chaser that puts work in to feel like a standout experience. FireWhip delivers exactly what it its title promises, as it has you swinging a whip made of flames, trying to fend off enemies that want to get to you. You have to swing the whip around to make it large and fast enough to hit oncoming enemies, but some of the base enemies are cowards – literally, they're called cowards – and will shy away. The enemies that come at you directly? They have shields, come in large numbers, or attack really quickly. And if you swing your whip too fast, it flames out, and that's not going to be any good for you...

The game that no one was sure would live or die has been fixed. The World Ends With You Solo Remix [$17.99 / $19.99 (HD)] has just gotten an update for both its iPhone and iPad versions to make it compatible with iOS 8. The updates are rolling out right now. After months of uncertainty over whether Square Enix was fixing the game, not helped by Square Enix not even knowing what was going on, the game has gotten its fix. ..

Mine Materials in 'CivMiner', and Send Them Back to 'CivCrafter'

Oh no. I thought I was free. CivCrafter [Free] was a terrifying affliction that I had a ton of fun with, but I needed to put it down lest I build a massive, massive civilization and be unable to do literally anything else, ever again. I have bills to pay, folks. But Naquatic clearly desires to torment me, as they've got another game in the works. It's a clicker, but not necessarily an idle resource-generating game. It's called CivMiner, and it's a spinoff of CivCrafter that actually links back to that game in some interesting ways...