Category Archives: Simulation

New Dogs, New Tricks: Trichotomy Games Brings Mushing to iOS with 'Dog Sled Saga'

Lisa Bromiel and Dan FitzGerald are the two-person team from Chicago-based Trichotomy Games, and they're making a game about dogsledding. If the idea of throwing biscuits to a team of pixelated malamutes isn't immediately exciting, maybe reading Brian Phillips' 20,000-word opus about the beauty, drama, and danger of the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will perk you up. Either way, check out Dog Sled Saga...

Supernauts [Free] is a curious mix of a game: it's a blend of the well-worn town-building simulation genre and the kind of world-building sandbox crafting gameplay popularized by Minecraft [$6.99] et al. The thing is, the way that Supernauts tries to blend together these two genres it has to take away a lot of what makes them both tick individually...

Freebie Alert: 'True Skate' Street League Skateboarding Update and Price Drop are Now Live

Earlier today we detailed the latest news in the world of True Skate [Free], the popular skateboarding simulation from True Axis. As of just a few moments ago, that update has gone live in the App Store as has the very limited time free promotion of the base download of the game. The big new feature in this update is a new park, the real life street course from the 2013 Street League event in Kansas City. This is what that new park looks like...

'True Skate' Now the Official Mobile Game of Street League Skateboarding, Going Free for First Time Ever to Celebrate

True Axis has been treating their True Skate [Free] players well in 2014, with four brand new skateparks added as DLC (The Schoolyard, The Warehouse, Double Infinity, and The Factory) along with sweet new features like a replay viewer and a "realistic" mode. It was already one of my favorite and most-played iOS games when it released more than a year and a half ago, but it just keeps on getting better with age...

Three years ago, iOS gamers were treated to Great Little War Game [$1.99] from Rubicon Development. It was perhaps one of the more truthful titles seen in gaming, and it was a big hit with us here at TouchArcade. Two years ago, the game got an immense sequel in Great Big War Game [$2.99], which added just about anything fans of the first game could have asked for, including online multiplayer. After that, things went quiet for the series, and it seemed like Rubicon had moved on to other things, like last year's Combat Monsters [Free]. They haven't been shy about discussing the somewhat sluggish performance of that last game in the marketplace, and I wouldn't be surprised if that blow informed Great Little War Game 2 [$2.99] right from its very existence on. That said, I don't really care how or why we got another game in the series. As a pretty big fan of both of the previous games, I'm just happy to see the series back...

It's been a few months, so it feels like it's about time for another Kairosoft game, yeah? If you're thinking "yes!" then I've got some good news: Kairosoft released Pocket Harvest [$4.99] for iOS today. The game has been available on Android since last year, and as I'm sure you can gather from the title alone, Pocket Harvest is Kairosoft's take on a farming sim. But, unlike some of the more unsavory farming games out there, this one doesn't have any form of in-app purchase. Just farming with that signature Kairosoft style...

A few days ago, True Axis spilled the beans on its latest update for their skateboarding simulation True Skate [Free], which included a brand new skatepark called The Factory, a new Realistic mode, a simple replay viewer and a mysterious new feature called a Crash Cam. Like the past several True Skate updates, this one was set for a Thursday launch but actually went live much earlier than that, which in my case was early Wednesday morning. Since Wednesday was a hectic day, and I was off yesterday (you missed me terribly, right?), I'm just now getting around to posting about the update's availability. But I've also been able to spend the last couple of days playing around with the new stuff, so allow me to let you know what I think about it...

Back in March, Bossa Studios brought their hit, medically inaccurate surgeon simulation game Surgeon Simulator [$5.99 (HD)] to the iPad. It was strange though. You'd think a game that has you virtually handling tools to perform operations would translate better to the touchscreen of the iPad, giving everything a more direct and personal feel. But that wasn't really the case. It turns out the awkwardness of using individual keys on a keyboard to control your surgeon's hand was a big part of the charm of Surgeon Simulator, and while the iPad does feel intentionally awkward in its own way, it just wasn't quite the same. However, the iPad version of Surgeon Simulator is still a hoot and it's fun to be able to take it with you on the go...

If you're a fan of strategy games, then the name Slitherine needs no introductions. If you're not, all you really need to know about these guys is that they have been around the block a few times when it comes to this genre. They've made a board game, a bunch of computer games, quite a few iPad games, and only a few iPhone games, almost all dealing with the subject of war. Now, when it comes to strategy war games, certain wars are covered more often than others, but one of the cool things about Slitherine is that they've dabbled in a lot of unconventional settings, as seen for example in Da Vinci's Art Of War [$4.99 (HD)] on iPad. I like a game based around Napoleon, Rome, or World War 2 as much as the next guy, but it's nice to get outside the box now and then, you know?..

If you spend any significant time reading TouchArcade, then you're likely very aware at just how in love I am with True Skate [Free]. I'd be embarrassed to know just how many hours I've spent cruising around the game, finding new lines to hit and new tricks to try. True Axis released True Skate back in October of 2012 with just a single skatepark, but its excellent physics and skating engine made for a game that was truly only limited by your imagination. I loved that original version, but since that time True Skate has been updated numerous times adding even more content and features. To quickly summarize that, there was the update with the Inbound skatepark and board customization, an update which improved transition skating, and three updates just this year that each added a new skatepark: The Schoolyard, The Warehouse and Double Infinity. Whew! That's a lot of updates...

As we learned just a couple of weeks ago, Gamevil had a licensed MLB baseball simulation game in the works, and today that game, MLB Perfect Inning [Free], is now available. While the resurrection of the RBI Baseball franchise quenched our arcade baseball thirst with RBI Baseball 14 in early April, iOS gamers have still been waiting for a true, MLB licensed simulation. MLB Perfect Inning aims to fill that role, but being a free to play game from Gamevil it'll be interesting to see how the pay model affects the experience...

Just a quick note to let you know that the new level for True Skate [Free] is now available as a 99¢ in-app purchase. We first heard about the new level, called Double Infinity, just yesterday, with a planned release of "this Thursday." The way the App Store works, Thursday can sometimes mean late Wednesday night, when it officially turns midnight in the realm of the US App Store. However, the update is out even earlier than that, arriving earlier this morning. Double Infinity gets its name from its two interconnected infinity-shaped bowls, and is modeled as an outdoor concrete park. Here's a glimpse of what it looks like...

True Skate [Free] developer True Axis continues to make good on the promise they made back in December of four new skateparks coming to their awesome skateboard simulation game. The first new park, the Schoolyard, hit back in February, and offered a more street-style environment to skate around in. Then just last month the second new park called The Warehouse was released, and it offered a more skatepark-style level with plenty of space and different objects to hit. This week, the third park will be arriving. It's an outdoor concrete park called Double Infinity, named after the shapes of its two intertwining bowls. Here's a couple of screens...

Earlier this month, Junk Jack X [$4.99] developer Pixbits teased a new pet functionality that was set to hit their crafting and exploration heavy adventure game. Today that update has arrived, and not only does it contain pets but in true Pixbits fashion it's stuffed with tons of additional new content and features. Pixbits has always been pretty good with holiday-related updates, and with Easter just around the corner this new update contains Easter and Spring items to discover. In addition to that, there's now a new chemistry system which lets you mix and match various potions for different effects...

It's hard to believe that EA's The Simpsons: Tapped Out [Free] has been on the App Store for more than two years, but as of this past March 1st, that is indeed the case. During that time the game has consistently been in the top charts, especially the top grossing chart. While there isn't a whole lot of "game" to The Simpsons: Tapped Out, it's undoubtedly dripping with excellent Simpsons fan service, which is a large part as to why it's done so well. EA has also been great about updating Tapped Out, adding new features and special events to the game that coincide with pretty much every major holiday. This Sunday is Easter, and again Tapped Out has received a new update to celebrate the occasion...

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