Category Archives: Simulation

There simply is no stopping Plague Inc. [$0.99]. Since its debut nearly four and a half years ago, Plague Inc. has received a constant stream of updates which have mutated the game into new forms and spread it to a constantly expanding base of players. It's like a plague! Its latest update has just hit the App Store and it's very fitting for the forthcoming Halloween holiday. The new Shadow Plague is a "sentient, mutagenic pathogen" that "triggers a powerful thirst for blood in its chosen host", basically turning you into a vampire who must feed on humanity to grow into a giant bat capable of setting up lairs and shadow portals. Here is an exclusive look at the giant, vampiric bat in action...

It's a testament to the work of Dinosaur Polo Club that they've been able to make something as mundane and infuriating as public transport into a clever and captivating puzzle game. Mini Metro [$4.99] has kept us waiting at the platform since September 2014, where we first caught a glimpse of the PC version, with a suggestion of an iOS release a few months down the line. Over two years later, Mini Metro has finally launched on the App Store, however the severe delays appear to have been worth it. With critical acclaim on its original Steam launch, and an extremely positive showing in our GDC 2015 preview, Mini Metro looks like an essential purchase for any fans of meticulous city design, or even just puzzle game aficionados in general...




Back in the early 2000s, myself and millions of other gamers and wanna-be musicians alike spent hundreds of hours playing the Guitar Hero series. It dawned on me pretty early on that I was never going to be Thom Yorke or Tom Morello, so I settled with the next best thing - clicking a plastic controller in the shape of a guitar in time to music on a screen. If PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator [Free] is equally indicative of the career of an online video maker, I sympathise somewhat with the Swedish celebrity’s plight - having a job consisting purely of decorating your living space, waiting for items to be delivered, and having to deal with eagle couriers invading your home every couple of minutes does not sound like the dream occupation many envision it to be. In all seriousness, Tuber Simulator is not the next Game Dev Story [$4.99], and nor does it try to be - with some rather simple yet intricate and absorbing gameplay, coupled with PewDiePie’s signature humor and charm that is bound to go down well with his millions of die-hard fans, the game strikes a perfect balance between not taking itself seriously while being intriguing enough to keep interest long after the first cardboard box has been bought...

There were a few late arrivals this week, and one of the biggest (both literally and figuratively) is NBA 2K17 [$7.99], which dropped earlier this morning. 2K's basketball offerings seem to be the fan favorites each year over EA's free to play NBA Live Mobile [Free] series, and this year's offering appears to be the most robust basketball offering yet. It features a revamped control scheme and support for physical controllers, and expanded MyCareer mode with an "Off-Day Simulator, more MyPLAYER equipment and attribute options, upgraded badge system, and more", new Historic players, and an expanded EuroLeague with new teams, among other new features...

The sirens are blaring, the news reports are shouting, and one thing is very apparent to you: The nuclear apocalypse is coming, and coming quick. In one minute to be exact. In 60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure [$3.99], which just launched on iOS after arriving on desktop in May of last year, you have one minute to scavenge your house for supplies and to grab members of your family (the ones who you want to survive, anyway) and then drop down into your bomb shelter to tough out this nuclear apocalypse for as long as possible. ..

'Animal Crossing Direct' Stream Announced for November 2nd - Could 'Animal Crossing' for Mobile Be Revealed Then?

Ever since the initial shocking yet wholly unsurprising announcement that Nintendo would finally be developing mobile games, there hasn't been much news on the promised Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing iOS iterations that are scheduled to launch later this year. Miitomo [Free] came and went extremely quickly, and while Pokemon GO [Free] has taken the world by storm, it was more a Niantic game with a Pokemon theme, rather than a dedicated Nintendo mobile effort. Today, in their 3DS Nintendo Direct presentation, the legendary Japanese developer announced a future Animal Crossing Direct that will take place on November 2nd, and owing to the slated Fall 2016 release date of the iOS version of the life simulation title, there's a very good chance that we will finally learn more details, and maybe even a release date, in this upcoming stream (however, nothing has been confirmed as of yet)...

'Abyssrium' Review - An Underwater Tap 'em Up

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August 26th, 2016 12:48 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 3.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Simulation, Universal
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For some, clickers got real old real fast. Most people I know were introduced to them by way of Cookie Clicker, which took the world by storm for several weeks until people got tired of clicking on things. But since a multitude of developers (even Bandai Namco) are partaking in these click-fests, it's become more important than ever to differentiate yourself from the crowd. That can be done in a myriad of ways, from adding "endgames" or RPG elements. But for me, it's okay for a clicker to just be a clicker, especially when it has a relaxing atmosphere like Abyssrium [Free]. For the uninitiated, the goal of tappers is very much like a city-building simulator -- acquire currency (hearts), so you can use it to acquire items that allow you to gain more currency. It's not a tough thing to wrap your head around, especially since the vast majority of your time is going to be spent tapping indiscriminately at the screen. But Abyssrium manages to add a zen-like feel to the whole shebang that makes it feel like less of a chore and more of means to let off some stress. The spooky yet majestic art is mostly to blame. Your empire starts off with one adorable rock with a smiley face and builds from there. Soon you'll have plants growing out of your avatar, fish swimming around going about their business, and mystic artifacts surrounding your home, all of which impact your earn rate in different ways...

We've been riding the renewed wave of roguelikes and roguelites for several years now. By the very nature of the genre, a good roguelike can last players for a really long time. What that means is that any new entry is going to have to have some kind of way of standing out if it hopes to get attention. Hero Generations [$4.99] has a strong, easily-understood gimmick: every move costs a year of your character's life, and when they run out of years, it's game over. Before that happens, you need to find a mate and have a kid, who will hopefully be able to carry on some of the previous character's traits and legacy. As you expand your abilities and fame from generation to generation, you'll eventually piece together an urgent goal, but you won't be able to do anything about it if your family line dies off early...

'Jurassic GO - Dinosaur Snap Adventures' Review - Prehistoric Pokemon Snap

There aren't enough games like Pokemon Snap in the world -- there just aren't, even though it was released nearly 20 years ago. I'd like to think that Nintendo and The Pokemon Company are sitting on the concept, ready with a tiny hammer to smash a glass container somewhere with the code for a mobile edition, but we aren't there yet. Instead, we'll have to deal with the various "tourist" and survival sandbox games we have now, which get us ever closer to that fully realized open world Snap many of us long for. Thankfully, Jurassic Go - Dinosaur Snap Adventures [$3.99] is helping us get one step closer...

'Head of State' Is a Satirical yet Strategic Political Simulator, Releasing September 8th

We're on the precipice of another major election, and with it comes an abundance of lazy games attempting to play off the popularity (or lack thereof) of any candidates running. Therefore, it's refreshing to see a title that attempts to be slightly more nuanced in its attempt to parody contemporary issues. Head of State, which is set to launch on September 8th, puts your character in charge of a fictitious state of Concordia, and through choosing policies and reacting to events that occur within the game, you can rise in power even to the point of instigating a national revolution. There are numerous elements to balance, such as the church, police, and the unions, and elections to win on the way into government. There does seem to be a significant amount of depth to Head of State, as it ensures to be more a political simulation title rather than a cheap cash in to capitalise on current affairs...

Strategy games and the iPad go together like curry and rice, so it's no surprise that there have been a ton of great strategy games, both original and classic, released on the device. A couple of years ago, we were treated to one of the all-time classics of PC strategy when Heroes of Might & Magic 3 [$9.99 (HD)] came to iPad. Well, you can grab your marker and get ready to cross another one off of the old checklist, because Rome: Total War is coming to iPad this fall from SEGA and Feral Interactive...

It's tough to get a beat on exactly what Kairosoft's release strategy is, if they even have one. Sometimes it feels like months in between them releasing games, and other times it feels like there's a new one hitting every week. Not even two weeks after the release of the not-very-good Legends of Heropolis [Free], Kairosoft has just released another new game called The Manga Works [$4.99]. This is a simulation game (gasp!) that has you running your own manga studio, starting out as a solo artist and hopefully building up into a publishing empire...

Sometimes, based on the recommendation of the lovely Touch Arcade community, you get to go into a project completely blind. I had never heard of the source material for Eden: The Game [Free], which is apparently based on a UK reality television show where a group of people live in a remote area of Scotland for an entire year. It's not only meant as entertainment for the masses, but it's also a social experiment in and of itself. The mobile game adaptation somewhat symbolizes how difficult it is to get an encampment up and running from nothing, with a little less thrill involved, of course...

I'll come to the point immediately today: Legends of Heropolis [Free]is a terrible game. If you had access to a state-of-the-art 1966 Batcomputer and asked it to show you the worst possible outcome of a merger between a Kairosoft sim and a Japanese free-to-play social RPG, Legends of Heropolis is what it would belch out on those little printed strips of paper before self-destructing. It's overly-busy, the UI is disastrous, there are elements included that make no sense whatsoever for the theme, and the battle system is monotonous button mashing. While there isn't much in the way of a hard paywall, you are required to be online, you have a stamina system to deal with, and there's a gatcha-type random draw for gear to entice you to spend real money. Not content to merely borrow from Japanese free-to-play hits, there are also timers on buildings that you can rush if you're willing to pay. It's a veritable Megazord of mean-spirited ideas...

Philadelphia's LOVE Park, nicknamed so for Robert Indiana's iconic LOVE sculpture with the tilted O, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the US. But it holds an extra special place in the hearts of skateboarders. LOVE Park is a legendary skate spot, from its many planter ledges, to ramps made from propped up grates, to the massive four set leading down into its central fountain, this park has had a presence in skateboarding for decades. Now, the top skateboarding game for iOS is getting a little LOVE when Love Park arrives as a downloadable course for True Skate [$1.99] this Thursday. Here's Philadelphia skateboarding icon Josh Kalis taking the digital version of LOVE Park for a test drive, followed by a couple of screens of the new course...

My biggest qualm with Kairosoft, apart from that Game Dev Story 2 appears to be Duke Nukem Forever-esque vaporware, is that my enjoyment with any of their titles is highly dependent in my interest of whatever the topic their next iterative game is. This means while Pocket Arcade Story [$4.99] went down extremely well with me, Cafeteria Nipponica [$4.99] doesn't exactly pique my interest. Thankfully, Kairosoft have appeared to hit the holy grail of simulator themes, as who doesn't like superheroes? Legends of Heropolis [Free], the next title in their expansive catalogue of RPG-management hybrids, has launched today for free on the App Store, and offers the chance to build a town full of superheroes and bring back justice to Heropolis once more...

In October of last year, Next Games launched a very interesting game based around AMC's The Walking Dead series called The Walking Dead: No Man's Land [Free]. In the game you were tasked with building a compound in order to keep your survivor friends safe from the zombies, so pretty typical base-building type of stuff, but when you actually had to engage in combat with them it turned more into a tactical turn-based strategy game. There were also plenty of RPG elements peppered in, and overall No Man's Land was a very cool way to experience the world of The Walking Dead. Today Next Games has connected the game even closer to the show as a new update adds Heroes to the game based off of many of the characters from the show...

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where pouring milk on an inn allows it to charge a higher rate. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up in the modern day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their position in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As mayor of this city, I try to choose a balanced plate of games from week to week, but if you feel like I'm missing anything important, you can let me know by leaving a comment below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is already done up quite far in advance, so you might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list...

It's no secret that I'm a True Skate [$1.99] addict. It's my daily habit, and thankfully, I've been told it's a lot healthier than smoking. This little skateboarding simulator has come a long, long way since its original release in the fall of 2012, and a constant flow of updates has added in lots of new courses and new features, making it easily the most robust skate simulator on the App Store. This Friday another new True Skate update is coming which introduces a couple of pretty big changes. ..

In a surprising move this morning, the highly awaited Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore has launched on iOS - however, only on the Netherlands App Store so far. The Galaxy on Fire series by Deep Silver Fishlabs has been a truly iconic IP for iPhone gaming, with previous iterations receiving critical acclaim and a fandom rarely seen outside of a far more established series. It's therefore unsurprising that the upcoming thread for Galaxy on Fire 3 on our forums has been buzzing ever since the initial reveal in 2015, and successive VR support for one of the most graphically advanced games on the platform have only fuelled the fire...

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