Category Archives: Simulation

If you're a big Star Trek fan then this should interest you: YesGnome's simulation game based on the iconic series, Star Trek Trexels [Free], has added brand new content based on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and to celebrate they've dropped the price of the game to free for the first time since releasing last December. I have to admit that when Star Trek Trexels first came out, I became pretty obsessed with it. The game has a heavy Tiny Tower vibe as you slowly build out your own Starship Enterprise with various types of rooms and put together a crew to run it all. As you explore the galaxy, you'll embark on missions of diplomacy, scientific discovery, and of course combat. It's certainly not the deepest experience in the world, but it's oddly compelling and does great Star Trek fan service...

Back in May of this year, developer Yakuto released their first iOS game called Table Tennis Touch [$3.99]. It was a table tennis game, obviously, that featured incredible graphics along with gameplay that straddled the line between simulation and arcade. Yakuto totally nailed it with Table Tennis Touch, as it was a blast to play, had a lot of content and was very challenging. The game initially sold for four dollars and offered completely optional "Boosts" as in-app purchase items which would allow you to hit harder and add more spin to your shots...

It's an unholy meeting of free to play titans as the latest update to EA's The Simpsons: Tapped Out [Free] adds a very Clash of Clans-y new multiplayer feature to the game. You're now able to build up an army of troops and raid your neighbors' cities, but you'll also have to keep your own guard up as they can do the same to you. As always, The Simpsons: Tapped Out isn't shy in making fun of itself, as the tagline for this latest update is "Build! Raid! Defend! Tap!" Yes! Tapping rules!..

I’m a big fan of the Kairosoft-esque simulator so when I heard that a 3D simulation title made in similar fashion and taking place in the music industry was in the works, I was a bit a intrigued. Alas, while TourStar [Free] succeeds in conjuring up some of the basic formula elements that make such games its incredibly basic approach leaves a bit to be desired. Even more unfortunate, the few facets that differentiate it from other games (namely the ability to purchase contest entries for actual concert tickets with in-game currency) don’t seem to be ready for primetime, limiting the actual appeal it may have for curious gamers...

If you're looking to fill out your back catalog of Kairosoft games, or have just put the brakes on buying new ones at full price, two of their semi-recent releases just dropped in price. Cafeteria Nipponica [$4.99] is down to $0.99 from $3.99 for the first time this year. Similarly, Ninja Village [$4.99] is on sale for the first time, dropping from $4.99 to $1.99...

I don't think I'm alone in feeling a bit disappointed by the way Kairosoft's been spinning their wheels with most of their releases. It's not that the games aren't fun individually, it's just that they provide such similar experiences that it's hard to get all that interested in another one if you've already played more than a few. So it was with a slightly weary sigh that I downloaded their latest game, Kairobotica [$4.99], expecting another Pocket Harvest [$4.99] -level rehash and little more. Much to my surprise, this is Kairosoft's most innovative new game in quite some time. That might sound like faint praise, but with the change-up in mechanics, the developer's strengths shine through brighter than they have in a while. The result is a game that may not please everyone, but should at least be a welcome sight to exhausted fans of any of the developer's prior games...

Oh hey, here's a pleasant surprise on a Tuesday morning: the latest Kairosoft game has just hit the App Store worldwide: Kairobotica [$4.99]. Yes, this is another simulation game from the company that are masters of the simulation genre, that they became known for with Game Dev Story [$4.99]. And this one? Well, they're going meta by making it about their company mascot, the Kairobot...

At this time last month, True Skate [Free] had just received an update adding in a course from the 2013 Street League Skateboarding stop in Kansas City and dropped its price to free to celebrate the Street League event occurring that weekend in Chicago. Well, Street League is heading to LA this weekend for the second stop on their 2014 tour, and that means that today we have another new park and another price drop for True Skate. The new park is based on the 2013 Street League Portland course, and here's a couple of screens to give you an idea of what it looks like...

I have a confession: I never finished Mi-Clos Studio's engrossing space-travel roguelike Out There [$3.99]...

The original Civilization Revolution [$2.99] represented acclaimed designer Sid Meier's attempt to make the Civilization series more appealing to a wider range of people than before. The main Civilization series is extremely well-known and beloved for being an incredibly deep game series, with each game offering nearly infinite replay value. The aim with Revolution was to take the core concepts of Civ and make a game that wasn't as intimidating by streamlining certain aspects and reducing the average length of each game. While hardcore fans of the original series were a bit mixed on the results, it was fairly well-received overall. Originally releasing on PC and various consoles, it made a big splash on iOS with a slightly late port in 2009. The game was a great match for mobiles, offering a reasonably deep gameplay experience that fit the stop and go nature of many mobile gamers. It was also quite well-maintained by publisher 2K Games, and was still receiving occasional updates as recently as late last year...

Big things have been happening in the world of True Skate [Free] lately, as just last week it was announced that the phenomenal skateboard simulation game from True Axis was partnering up with Street League Skateboarding as the official mobile game of the contest series. As part of that partnership, actual courses from the Street League series are destined to end up as downloadable parks in True Skate, and the first of these is the course from the 2013 Kansas City Street League stop that is available right now in the game for 99¢. Having a real-life course like that in True Skate is very cool, and kind of surreal, as I remember that course very vividly from watching Street League on TV last year...

'Desert Fox' Review - Attempt To Do What The Fox Could Not

Erwin Rommel, also known as the Desert Fox, has got to be one of the more interesting figures of World War 2. For starters, he's a well-regarded man in spite of fighting for Nazi Germany in the war, a rare enough achievement for him to gain distinction on alone. He was an incredibly skilled military commander, demonstrating an uncanny level of strategy, especially in the challenging desert climates of North Africa. His conscience was such that his ultimate downfall only came about because he was part of the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, and even after being discovered, he was allowed to die with some dignity, with his family's safety assured. He was beloved by the people of Germany, highly respected by his enemies, and overall quite the military genius. For those reasons, and more, the world has seen fit to give him one of our highest awards: video games based on him and his exploits...

Hunted Cow's been a bit nostalgic this year. After making a big return to World War 2 with the recent Tank Battle: East Front [$1.99] series and revisiting ancient warfare with Ancient Battle: Alexander [$3.99], it's making another return to the American Civil War, last visited in Civil War: 1862 [$1.99] late last year. For some, it's probably a bit too soon to go back to a very familiar period, but I'm just happy to get a break from tanks in my mobile war games. As you might expect given the frequency of Hunted Cow's releases, Civil War: 1864 [$4.99] feels very iterative, but there are a couple of differences beyond the expected slate of new missions...

Last week, we got wind that animator and designer David O'Reilly, famous for his work on Spike Jonze' Her, Adventure Time, and shorts like The External World, was submitting his first game to the App Store. In a rare Tuesday morning release, Mountain [$0.99] is now available...

I was a bit surprised by this latest release from Kairosoft, makers of the hit simulation Game Dev Story [$4.99]. Not by the game itself, mind you, since this is right off the assembly line in every way, shape, and form. No, I was surprised by Pocket Harvest [$4.99] because I really thought Kairosoft had done a farming game before. I guess it's because farming and rustic settings have been regular elements of many of their games. This is their first pure farming game, but it has been shoehorned into Kairosoft's most familiar template, creating a game that is one of their least appealing to date. The most common criticism of this developer's games is how much they tend to recycle, but at least with titles like World Cruise Story [$4.99] or Sushi Spinnery [$3.99], the settings are unique even if the mechanics are very familiar. Pocket Harvest doesn't even have that going for it, unfortunately...

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