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'Traffic Rider' Review - Stop Riding Those Brakes, AI

Although plenty of racing games existed before mobile, I feel like the advent of iOS and Android devices spawned a whole new era. While it's generally difficult to craft high quality simulation experiences for PC and console platforms, tons of developers are able to create arcade-like games for mobile, often times to great success. This goes for none other than Traffic Rider [Free], which feels like a fully-fledged racer in its own right...

Let’s talk about upgrades. It’s pretty common in free-to-play games for the difficulty to ramp up and up, and the only way to progress is to spend whatever currencies and upgrade your cards, characters, weapons, clothes, eating utensils, or whatever else is supposed to make you “better”. When it’s done badly it can turn into a dreaded Pay Wall, but there are plenty of fair examples, too. This system works fine in RPGs, shooters, match-three games, and the like. In games that require pure strategy, however, the model starts to feel kind of weird...




We learned last week that Zen Studios was readying two brand new pinball tables focused on the smash hit film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The announcement was accompanied by a short teaser trailer that briefly showed one of the new tables in action, but as is usually the case with teasers, there just wasn't much detail shown. With the new tables set to launch across all platforms this week, Zen has released two brand new trailers that give a much deeper look into each of the new Star Wars tables...

Just last week we let you know that Hi-Rez Studios, makers of the console and PC game Smite, had released their very first mobile game titled Jetpack Fighter [Free]. Jetpack Fighter centers around a colorful cast of characters fighting against evil robots by using swipe-based aerial combat. The game takes place on a 2D plane but the 3D backgrounds change perspective as you move through each level, and your roster of fighters can level up and gain new attacks and abilities as you play. The swipe combat works great, the game looks great, and there's tons of stuff to do. There was just one problem: Jetpack Fighter required an internet connection to play, and while that in itself isn't the biggest deal in the world, whatever servers the game needed to connect to were NOT acting properly just following the game's release, meaning a lot of people were unable to play and even those that were were subjected to extremely long loading times as the game tried to connect...

PSA: Go Download 'Super Hexagon' for Free While You Still Can

You've probably seen or heard that Super Hexagon [$2.99] by Terry Cavanagh is currently free as the App Store's App of the Week. Well, let this serve as a handy heads-up that if you haven't heard, or have been procrastinating on downloading it, that you have a limited amount of time to go and pick it up at this low, low price before it goes back to being paid. This might be sometime on Thursday, it might be on Wednesday, depending on when the switchover is. ..

Out of all the high-profile iOS games that have been broken by iOS updates and removed from the App Store in the past year or so, poor little Sonic 4: Episode 2 [$2.99] has flown under the radar more than any other. Perhaps it's because Sonic's fanbase is extremely impassioned and didn't take too well to Sonic 4, but as someone who both loves Sonic and who quite enjoyed the Sonic 4 games (though they'd never hold a candle to the original trilogy and Sonic CD), I was pretty darn bummed when iOS 7 broke Sonic 4: Episode 2 back in 2013. ..

One of my favorite games of 2014 was Secret Crush's planet-hopping, gravity-based action puzzler Sunburn! [$2.99], and for the first time and likely a limited time you can nab this unique puzzler for free. Those who aren't familiar with Sunburn! may be wondering what the heck it's all about, and I'd be happy to tell you! The premise is one of the best things about this game. You're a space captain, and a comet has come along and destroyed your ship, leaving you and your crew stranded in space. There's no getting out of this one, no one coming to rescue you. You're all going to die. ..

While I'm pretty sure that you're not hurting for free games to play on the App Store right now, especially considering that 2 of the 14 games featured this week on the App Store are paid games, how does a paid game gone free sound like to you? Well, Shane McCafferty's Starseed: Origin [Free] is free to download right now. Did the 33% off launch sale not entice you? Well, how about a whopping 100%? Are you not entertained? Do you demand that Shane McCafferty give you money to play his game? How about Rob at Fractures Audio who did the sound and music for the game, must he pay penance unto you to get you to download this? You're a madman if you demand anything more than free without IAP!..

Hi-Rez Studios, who are known for the third-person action MOBA Smite on desktop and console, are venturing into mobile with their first mobile game, Jetpack Fighter [Free], which is out now on the App Store.. While it would be easy for them to do something Smite-related, they decided to go in an entirely different direction: here, you control a warrior with a sword and the ability to endlessly dash through the air, slicing through enemies to get big combos, and engaging in rad-looking dash-slashing fights with bosses...

'Pick-Xell' Review - It's A Dirty Job

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January 7th, 2016 12:03 PM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in 3.5 stars, Action, Arcade, Free, Game Center, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews
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You don't have to look far to find an iOS game about digging. It's an oddly specific activity to have so many games to its name, but whatever the reasons, people seem to enjoy it. Most games of this type encourage the player to take their time and be cautious, which makes sense given the inherent dangers involved. Games with more an arcade bent to them will counter this need for caution with some sort of immediate danger that keeps the player moving. The challenge then becomes moving fast enough to avoid danger while somehow trying not to make any fatal mistakes in spite of your pace. Pick-Xell [Free], the latest release from Japanese publisher Obokaidem, distills that idea down to its very essence...

Something pretty scary happened to me right around Halloween last year. Game Center on my iPad broke. It doesn’t seem like it should be a big deal, but unfortunately a lot of games rely on it and many straight up won’t open without Game Center...

Here's a quick heads up to let you know that one of the all-time classics on the App Store, Terry Cavanagh's brilliant twitch arcade game Super Hexagon [$2.99], is currently free for the first time. If you somehow don't know what Super Hexagon is all about, you play as a tiny triangle who must rotate either left or right around the center point of the screen as the walls literally close in on it from every side. Find the gaps to pass through and try to last as long as possible without crashing into a wall. It's extremely difficult in the beginning, but the more you play the better your skill gets and eventually you get locked in a zone dashing back and forth between increasingly faster and more difficult patters of walls...

I've learned a few things from MetaHuman Inc. [$3.99], the latest interactive fiction release from Choice Of Games. First, with a little creativity, the ChoiceScript engine that powers these games can be more mechanically versatile than I thought it was capable of being. Next, I'm a terrible CEO. Just plain awful. Finally, I don't especially like being a CEO, and that ended up being a problem for me because being a CEO is more or less what MetaHuman Inc. is all about. At the start of the game, you are appointed the job of running MetaHuman Inc., a shady company that produces human enhancements through a variety of means legal or otherwise. The job starts in January, and you'll see it through to the end of the calendar year, at which point you'll face a final evaluation by the majority shareholders. If you fail to impress them, your death is certain...

Fantastic Plastic Squad [Free] is a game that punched me in the stomach. I’ve rarely felt so excited and then so disappointed in such a short amount of time. Maybe that’s not fair, but let’s start with the good part: The game has one of the strongest first five minutes of any game I’ve played on iOS. It introduces you to these awesome '80s action figures that walk around in a hilariously stiff way (they are plastic, as the game’s name suggests), and you get to use them to shoot aliens around a giant house! I absolutely love games that take place in ordinary places seen from a miniature perspective--probably because of playing with action figures as a child--and this game nails that feeling. The controls are smart and tight, and I could feel myself getting super pumped while playing through the tutorial. I could tell this would be a game I’d be playing for a long time. But I was wrong...

It's been a while since we've heard anything from our 2014 Game of the Year pick Wayward Souls [$6.99], but Kepa Auwae of Rocketcat Games has been in touch to let us know that an update for it and their more recent tactical card battling game Five Card Quest [$2.99] have already been sent off to Apple and are awaiting approval. The Wayward Souls update will add a new pet system where a whopping 29 different pets can be found during play and will stick with you until you die or exit a dungeon. Some pets will offer various stat buffs, like increasing your chances for a critical hit or doubling the coins you find, and others will help you directly in combat by attacking the enemies you encounter...

In December of 2012, developer Renegade Kid released their excellent action platformer Mutant Mudds [$4.99] on iOS following its release on 3DS the previous January. The game's main hook revolved around jumping between the foreground, middle ground and background of each level in order to discover new areas and solve puzzles, and it was incredibly fun. In fact, despite being initially build for a handheld with physical buttons and relying heavily on precision platforming, Mutant Mudds translated extremely well to the touchscreen. ..

'Badland 2' Review - The Pursuit of Flappiness

It’s weird how much gaming has changed since I was a kid. In the old days, sequels usually meant a game would be bigger and better in nearly every way, with more levels, characters, new modes, etc. Consider Perfect Dark, the spiritual sequel to Goldeneye 007, for example. It was absolutely bursting with new stuff to do. There was the campaign and multiplayer (like Goldeneye), but it also had a brand new challenge mode, a gun range, a co-op and counter-op campaign mode, a main menu that you could walk around in, and a massive customizable bot mode that I lost a large chunk of my adolescence to. These days, though, things are a bit different. Because games tend to have more content added through updates and DLC, that means version 1.0 of a sequel can often feel a bit lacking. It’s especially striking when you consider iOS classic Badland [$2.99], which is certainly one of the most updated games I can think of. It’s the reverse of my Perfect Dark example, where the original game is the one now bursting with levels and modes while the sequel feels a bit sparse in comparison. It’s an interesting problem to have, but even despite that, I think Badland 2 [$3.99] is a superior game to the original, with the potential to surpass it many times over in terms of quality and amount of content...

I make a terrible Arthur. It's not something I've had to put much thought into in my life, so I wasn't actually aware of that particular gap in my skillset until I played Pendragon Rising [$3.99], the latest release from prolific interactive fiction publishers Choice Of Games. This adventure sees you guiding a young Arthur (or Arta, if you'd prefer to play a woman) as he returns to Briton from a seven-year stay in Rome. Your parent, the ruler of Gwynedd, is seriously injured in a battle with the leader of the invading Saxons, and the matter of their succession will determine the fate of Gwynedd and Briton itself. There's a rightful heir to the throne, and you technically aren't it, but as is often the case with stories based on the Arthurian legend, things get complicated fairly quickly...

'AirAttack 2' Review - Stunning Shooting

When people claim that gameplay takes precedent above all else, including visual fidelity, I ask, "why not both?" There have been plenty of games that have pushed the envelope in just about every facet imaginable, including the recent Witcher 3 from CD Projekt Red. The same goes for mobile titles, which are pushing boundaries far beyond what I thought was initially capable when the App Store first debuted so many years back. We're starting to see full console experiences on portable devices, and AirAttack 2 [$0.99] is one such game that doesn't even feel like it should be possible given the hardware...

Last month RobTop Games teased something called Geometry Dash Meltdown on Twitter. Was it a new game? An update to the original Geometry Dash? Something else entirely? We didn't know! Well just today RobTop posted a brand new trailer for Geometry Dash Meltdown on their Youtube channel, and after watching it, guess what? I still don't know what it is! But it looks awesome...

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