Category Archives: Simulation

'Brew Town' Review - Less Filling, Plays Great

People take craft beer seriously. Maybe too seriously. We all know that one guy or girl who swears their home brew is the best, and while they are occasionally correct, it can get a little overbearing. Cooking up your own beer should be fun, because beer. Brew Town [Free], by AppBox Media and I Fight Bears, takes a very Joker-esque, "Why so serious?" approach to creating your own libations, taking you from just one person with a lager and a dream to an outfit big enough to take on the giants of beer...

When it comes to building sims, most mobile games go as big as possible. We're talking about designing entire cities, countries, planets or what have you. It's not that often that you get to focus in on a more micro level, but that's exactly what Project Highrise [$3.99 (HD)] has you do, zeroing in on just one building at a time and seeing if you can handle the economic and logistical challenges involved. If Tiny Tower and SimCity got together and had an offspring — which would probably involve lots of drafting paper and nothing carnal — this game would likely be the result...




I'd hope that by now Death Road to Canada [$12.99] needs no introduction, but just in case, here we go. A collaborative effort between long-time mobile developers Rocketcat Games and Madgarden, Death Road to Canada is a survival adventure slash roadtrip simulator that tasks you with making it from Florida to Canada in order to escape a zombie apocalypse. Canada is apparently immune to zombie infestation, or something. It's a stunning mixture of resource management, open-ended decision making, and good old-fashioned zombie bashing. We liked it okay I guess. ..

Considering how The Sims Mobile [Free] has made itself right at home on the free apps chart, it's quite possible you're one of the millions of mobile gamers who has already dipped your toes into Maxis and EA's latest take on simulated life. You've tested out a career, attended a party or two and gussied up your clothes and house, probably more than once. Yet you may not have been able to avoid a very simple question: Is there something more?..

'The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands' Review: It Only Takes a Spark

I have been cycling through a lot of games lately that have very busy interfaces and give explicit instructions on every aspect of the game. Through unskippable tutorials and heavy hand holding, it feels like these games force feed you the info they think you need to be convinced to not uninstall their app. Xigma Games latest offering, The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands [$3.99], is an effervescent tonic to the plague of over information we seem to be in the midst of. ..

We've been keeping tabs on EA and Maxis' The Sims Mobile [Free], with the game being in soft launch for almost a year. Well, for iOS gamers in NA, the game has finally exited soft launch and is available for purchase. But, like all freemium games based on popular IPs, there are probably a lot of you out there with one simple question: Is it worth it? Well, we've had the opportunity to check out Sims prior to its NA release and while I've had a great time so far, that enjoyment is caveated by one's toleration of freemium systems in general...

As we've mentioned in our launch day review, EA and Maxis' The Sims Mobile [Free] is a much better iteration on the popular series's formula than its previous mobile outing. Still, like most other games similar in style and formula, there are quite a few freemium underpinnings to wade through. We've put in the time and effort to get through as much of the game as possible in order to provide some general tips and tricks as to how you can enjoy developing your Sims while spending as little money as possible...

'Champion Eleven' Is an Officially-Licensed Football Management Game Starring Pep Guardiola, Kicking off Soon on the App Store

Despite Football Manager Touch 2018 [$19.99 (HD)] yet again underlining its credentials as undoubtedly the best sports game on iOS this year - I only care about football (or soccer, for any of our incorrect American readers), so bear in mind my view is inherently biased - there have been many other releases that have tried to challenge Sports Interactive's management throne. Champion Eleven is yet another title that wants to put its own spin on footballing tactics, and what better way to emphasise its tactical prowess than by getting the endorsement of none other than Pep Guardiola. As far as celebrity appearances in games go, having Pep's name attached to Champion Eleven is particularly neat, and with a promise of fully-fleshed tactics and a luscious 3D engine, I'm hoping Chinese publisher MeoGames have an on-target effort that can bring some elite competition to the genre...

Need something romantic to do on Valentine's Day this year? How about a road trip. Maybe to Canada? Maybe with a horde of deadly zombies trying to kill you the entire way? I really can't think of anything more romantic than that. Rocketcat Games and Madgarden seem to agree, as they've just released a surprise update for their zombie road trip simulator Death Road to Canada [$12.99]. The centerpiece of this update will be a special Valentine's Day Event, but of course you'll need to play on actual Valentine's Day to see it, so check back in tomorrow for that. When you do, Cupid will join your party and according to the developers "his sayings are VERY romantical" and he'll be sporting a new weapon, the bow and arrow. ..

We've been irrationally excited for Bossa Studio's forthcoming cat-dating game ever since we first heard about it back in August of last year, and just prior to its "official" release date of Valentine's Day this Wednesday the pun-laden Purrfect Date [$4.99] is now available in the App Store. Created by the two-person Bae Team and published by Bossa Studios of Surgeon Simulator [$4.99] and I Am Bread [$4.99] fame, Purrfect Date is "the ultimate crossbreed between visual novel, dating sim, and dark British comedy." You'll play as a human who travels to a place called Cat Island, which sounds like some sort of utopia to me, and you'll date a number of different types of felines in order to unravel some sort of crazy mystery. I don't know, it's a cat dating simulator, do you really need to know anything besides that? Here are two very musical and quite catchy trailers for Purrfect Date so you can get an idea of what it's all about...

After rumors circulated for years that it would be coming to mobile, this past November Greenheart Games' fantastic simulation Game Dev Tycoon [$4.99] really did arrive on the App Store. In it you'll open up a game development business and create all sorts of games in the hopes of bringing happiness to your customers and maybe even turning a profit while you're at it. Game Dev Tycoon was heavily inspired by Kairosoft's all-time classic Game Dev Story, but offered up a different enough spin on the formula that it was a welcome arrival on iOS. We loved it in our 5 star review and also made sure to include it on our list of the Top 100 Games of 2017. Now our Android friends will be able to get in on the fun as well when Game Dev Tycoon launches on Android on January 31st. ..

There's a surprising lack of quality boxing games in the App Store, but developer Koality Game added one to the list when they released their excellent arcade/sim hybrid Prizefighters [Free] just over a month ago. Taking cues from the classic Puch Out! in terms of presentation and core mechanics, Prizefighters actually plays a whole lot differently and features a really satisfying career mode and progression system for your boxer. And despite being released so late in the year, we still picked Prizefighters as one of our Top 100 Game of 2017. It's really good! In just that short amount of time since it came out, Koality has already released several updates for Prizefighters tweaking and polishing the experience, the most significant of which has landed this week. ..

Back in August of last year, Daylight Studios brought their quirky simulation game Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! [$4.99]from desktop to mobile, tasking players with creating a successful weapon shop from the ground up and expanding it across a wacky land of potato people while providing adventurers with the weaponry they need for their various quests. While the game had a dedicated fan base on desktop that loved having a version to play on the go, many wondered whether any of the additional content released for the desktop version would ever make its way to the mobile game. Well, today Daylight has announced that the DLC pack titled Spud Tales: Journey to Olympus will be arriving on both iOS and Android this Friday, January 19th at a price of $1.99. ..

You kids these days, with your augmented reality. Back in MY day we had to fake it the old-fashioned way, like in 2010's UFO on Tape [Free] from Revolutionary Concepts. This curious little game captured our imagination back then with its clever and wholly unique concept. Basically, you play as a person riding in the back of a car, filming through the window with your smartphone. While doing so you notice a strange object flying in the sky… it's a real-deal UFO! Your job then turns to keeping the UFO in the frame of your camera for as long as possible by physically moving your device around, with the game using the motion control abilities to spoof that experience. The "game" part is earning a high score by seeing how many seconds you can keep filming the craft before losing sight of it. Here's the (very old) trailer to give you an idea of what UFO on Tape is like...

Here I am doing my weekly deep dive into the inner depths of the App Store to scrounge up all the new games for our weekly roundup, and I just happened to notice that Reigns: Her Majesty [$2.99] is available right this minute in the App Store despite it being scheduled to go live tomorrow. Hey, I'm not complaining! For those unaware, Reigns: Her Majesty is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed original Reigns which had you ruling a kingdom and making life-changing sociopolitical decisions like you were swiping for a date on Tinder. It's freaking awesome, and this sequel not only has you playing as a Queen this time around (which you probably could have guessed from the title) but it also adds tons of new features and elements to really supercharge the original game's mechanics...

'Game Dev Tycoon' Review - If You Liked 'Game Dev Story' You'll Love 'Game Dev Tycoon'

In 2012, Greenheart Games released game developer simulator Game Dev Tycoon [$4.99] for PC players. Billed as somewhat of a basic strategy/simulation title, Tycoon earned a strong player following and has been a favorite indie title on PC for quite some time. Five years later and a mobile version of Tycoon is finally on iOS, where it naturally fits and is an awesome addition to the genre...

Despite being released every November on the App Store like clockwork, I'm a huge fan of the iterative improvements that Sports Interactive make in their Football Manager series. For a game that is so easy to essentially commit every waking hour to, the small changes in the series can make all the difference, and Football Manager Mobile 2018 [$8.99] seems to be no different. As a more basic mobile alternative of the management simulator on the App Store, the 'mobile' version of Football Manager has always struggled in comparison to the Football Manager Touch alternative on the iPad, but the addition of up to 21300 active players serves as a notable step forward from previous iterations. As well as the long-awaited inclusion of the MLS, it's clear SI are pushing Football Manager Mobile 2018 hard this year, and the game is finally available to download for $8.99 on the App Store today...

Sometimes I wonder if Justin Smith from Captain Games realizes his own genius when creating games, or if he just makes games that happen to be stunningly brilliant. One of my all-time favorite games is Enviro-Bear 2010 [$1.99], which is a silly game about a bear driving a car with absurdly difficult driving physics. Beyond its wacky surface, though, there is a ton of depth, and it's remained on my phone since its original release nearly a decade ago. Then there's Desert Golfing [$1.99]. This totally stripped-down 2D golfing game has you whacking a ball into a hole in as few strokes as possible, moving from hole to hole in stark, barely changing environments until… well, until the world falls into the sun, or something. I guess it technically has an end, but most people will never see it and most don't seem to care. It's a perfect mobile game to pop out and play a few holes here and there, but if you squint your eyes just right, you can also pull some deep philosophical meanings out of Desert Golfing. No joke...

Ahead of 'Animal Crossing Pocket Camp' Release, Nintendo Has Reiterated Its Smartphone Gaming Strategy

It's safe to say that the last week has been pretty incredible for everyone at Nintendo, as it seems the Japanese gaming giant has perpetually dominated industry news in some extremely encouraging ways. Whether it's the sudden announcement and subsequent soft-launch of Animal Crossing Pocket Camp on mobile devices, or the groundbreaking release of the ridiculously enjoyable Super Mario Odyssey on the Switch, it's been a good week for anyone associated with Nintendo, and today's sales announcement in the Wall Street Journal confirms that it's only set to get better for the gaming behemoth. As well as raising their forecasts for the Switch over the coming months - which includes predicting 16.7 million units to be sold by March - Nintendo has also reiterated its approach to mobile games development, with CEO Tatsumi Kimishima stating that 'the top priority for us when we release smartphone games is to lure more new users to the Switch'...

After being soft-launched for a LONG time, Atari has finally officially released their city building space shooter hybrid Lunar Battle [Free] worldwide. Developed by On5, we originally talked about Lunar Battle when it first soft-launched way back in September of last year (I told you it's been a long time). In the more than a year since then, the game has been updated and tweaked a number of times into the final product that you can play today. ..

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