Author Archives: Tof Eklund


Can't go to the beach because it's covered in Chryssalids? Tired of 98 pound Sectoids kicking plasma in your face? Worry not, friend. Colonel Atlas has a plan for you...

'Agricola' Review - Farming is Beautiful, and Brutal

Agricola [$3.99] is a farming sim set in 17th century Europe. You may think you know what a farming sim is, but until you've played Agricola, you don't know anything. There are no timers in Agricola, no virtual currency, and the only people whose farms you'll be paying attention to are those of the 0-4 people (or AI opponents) you are playing against...

'WazHack' Review - Side-scrolling Roguelike FTW

WazHack [Free] is an educational game. It teaches core success skills, like "eat your Orc while it's fresh," "don't take your pet skeleton to church," "just because you've found Mjolnir doesn't mean you're worthy to wield it," and "you will die."..

Veteran designer John Butterfield's Batle of the Bulge [$9.99] is one of the best historical wargames we've played. Designed from the ground up for the iPad, it feels perfectly suited to that device - so much so that one of its few flaws is that it isn't quite as perfect a fit on the iPad Mini's smaller screen. With it's Avalon Hill-esque gameplay, appealing and unintrusive winter campaign styling, and inspired mix of original and sampled period music, the main thing we wanted in our review of it was more...

Talisman is a geeky boardgaming legend. Created in 1983 by Games Workshop, it features a broad range of fantasy archetypes (Elves, Wizards, Monks, etc.) competing to be the first to reach the Crown of Command. ..

'Crabitron' for iPad Review - Space Crabs Are Even More Fun With a Friend

If your haven't seen Crabitron [$2.99 (HD)] in action, you owe it to yourself to check out this TA Plays. Two Lives Left's Crabitron is fast, funny, endless but kept remarkably fresh with boss fights and classic game parodies, and has spot-on controls that make it one of the most iPad-native games I've played...

Slitherine Software has built a name for itself on well-researched historical strategy and tactical wargames, and Legion is where it all started, back in 2002. Slitherine's Legion [$9.99 (HD)] is a well-executed port of that game, deep and complex, but not taking full advantage of the iOS platform...

Multiplayer Sequel to 'Ravenmark: SOE' Announced

Witching Hour Studios' Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion [$9.99 / Free] seemed made for asynchronous multiplayer from the start. The versus-play expectation of most TBS gamers, the ease of asynchronous play on iOS devices, Ravenmark's tabletop miniature-gaming feel, and its simultaneously-resolved or "we-go" turns all seemed to make it inevitable...

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition [$9.99 (HD)] is a faithful port of the classic AD&D computer game, and that in itself is an impressive thing.  Overhaul Games put a lot of work into this one, massaging the antique codebase, agonizing over the implementation, adding a new tutorial and arena-brawling in the Black Pits...

'Battle of the Bulge' for iPad Review - A Grognard's Wardream

Shenandoah Studios' The Battle of the Bulge [$9.99] is to the iPad what SSG's fabled Panzer General was to PC gaming in the '90s. Its a game that will make historical strategy diehards swoon, while also being pretty enough, and easy enough to learn, to draw in people who never knew that this was the game they'd been waiting for...

Skygoblin's The Journey Down [$2.99] is a classic point and click adventure with a certain visual similarity to Grim Fandango, due in part to the way that many of the characters' faces are modeled on African tribal masks, and a setting and mythology that owes as much to African diasporic culture as Grim Fandango owes to Latin American traditions...

Mike Singleton's The Lords of Midnight [$4.99] was originally released for the ZX Spectrum in 1984, on magnetic cassette tape. It was quite possibly the most ambitious game of its time, and you can see the roots of the modern open-world RPG in it as well as its influence on later strategy games and the development of the graphical adventure game. The iOS port is by Chris Wild, and his devotion to the game, and its sequel, Doomdark's Revenge is obvious...

Mister Frog! [Free] is Coconut Island's follow-up to the impressive One Tap Hero, so it has big shoes to fill. In this case, they're probably clown shoes, as Mister Frog! presents itself as a Vaudeville act, in which the titular frog is performing to entertain an audience: perhaps you and the child you're trading turns with...

Double Fine Productions has entered the freemium market with their new Superhero management sim Middle Manager of Justice [Free], a game that has been hotly anticipated since it's announcement, early release, and subsequent yanking from the App Store...

'Choice of Kung Fu' Review - Deeper Zen it Seems

I wasn't expecting Choice of Kung Fu [$2.99] to be my new favorite in the Choice of Games lineup. My first thought was "okay, a gamebook fighting game, well, why not." I expected plenty of fight scenes and lots of attacks named after animals. The opening scene of the game, a bandit attack, immediately delivers on both. What I wasn't expecting was the depth of historical, mythological, and philosophical accuracy to the game...