Category Archives: Simulation

While Game Dev Story [$4.99] is undoubtedly one of my favorite mobile simulator titles of all time, Kairosoft's subsequent output has been relatively hit and miss since they burst onto the App Store all the way back in 2010. While the developers have experimented with numerous different monetisation models over the years, the core experiences have stayed relatively consistent, which means that only the games that really resonate with your interests and nostalgic dreams really grab your full attention. Pocket Arcade Story [$4.99] is one such title - through a gaming theme not too dissimilar from the magic of Game Dev Story, you're tasked with creating and curating an arcade complex, from deciding which machines are placed where, to meticulous specifics such as how strong the crane game's claws are. With a number of new mechanics and a greater emphasis on perceptible challenge, Pocket Arcade Story is a definite highlight of Kairosoft's recent releases, and is now on sale for the first time for a bargain price of only $1.99...

'Realm Grinder' Review - Grind is Right

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February 21st, 2017 10:09 AM EST by Chris Carter in 3 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Simulation, Universal
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I feel like I've pontificated enough about the clicker genre. It's perfectly suited for mobile devices (where you can leave it dormant and come back to a fortune literally anywhere), and although it has its flaws and isn't for anyone, I'm glad that it exists. So many games have attempted to put their own unique spin on the formula with mixed results though, and that includes Realm Grinder [Free]...




Motorsport Manager [Free], the racing management game that came out a couple of years ago, became popular primarily because of its tilt-shift camera effect during the races, but there is more to that game than just fun visuals effects; Motorsport Manager is one of the most entertaining sports management games on the App Store, and now you can grab it for free. If you haven't read our review of the game from 2014, know that Motorsport Manager manages to make the world of racing interesting even for those who aren't that into the sport. It's not that complex overall, but the race day events give you plenty to do as you try to get your two drivers at the checkered flag while balancing risk and reward...

Video games and wolves are really a match made in heaven. Whether it's transforming into a twilit beast in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the loyal, loveable, and incorrectly named companion D-Dog in Metal Gear Solid V, or the majestic goddess Amaterasu in Okami, there really is an incredible track record for the ferocious canine in gaming. The Wolf: Online RPG Simulator [Free] looks to keep up this astonishing trend, and in a similar vein to the Goat Simulator series, puts you in control of the titular wolf in an open world environment, as you look to hunt sheep, fight deer bosses, and eventually become the alpha of the pack. While the game was slightly delayed from its original January release date, anyone looking to live on the wild side of life will be delighted to hear that The Wolf is finally available on the App Store to download for free...

Nintendo's Mobile Version of 'Animal Crossing' Has Been Delayed Until the Next Fiscal Year

It's been a fantastic time to be a Nintendo fan in the world of mobile gaming recently. As well as the runaway successes that were Super Mario Run [Free] and Pokemon GO [Free], Fire Emblem Heroes is merely days away, and the Nintendo Switch is receiving glowing praise amongst critics as it looks to blend the power and pedigree of console gaming with the portability of handheld and mobile devices. However, despite such excitement and anticipation, many are still wondering as to what Nintendo's plans are regarding their mobile iteration of Animal Crossing, which was announced at the same time as Fire Emblem. Sadly, in Nintendo's most recently released financial statement, Animal Crossing on the iPhone has been moved to the next fiscal year, and as a result you won't be able to dive into a colorful and quirky world of anthropomorphic animals and creatures until this April at the earliest...

It's been a while since the last Kairosoft game landed on the App Store. Unless any slipped through the cracks, The Manga Works [$4.99] launched all the way back in August 2016, and that five month gap is uncharacteristically long for the pioneers of iOS simulation games. Thankfully for any hardcore Kairosoft enthusiasts, the wait is finally over - today, March to a Million [$4.99] has released on the App Store, and features the developer's first major foray into the music industry, as you look to locate the brightest stars to form an elite band and eventually win the highly coveted 'Million Award' when you reach the big time...

Pleasant is the operative word to describe Dan Fitzgerald and Lisa Bromiel's Dog Sled Saga [$3.99], a charming game about dog sled racing that is more of a simulator than a racer. It came out last fall, but I couldn’t let us get through the winter without giving it a proper look over. Especially since the current build is so much more polished and stable than launch. It’s definitely the strongest game the developers have released thus far and it only makes me look forward to what they comes out with next. So strap your boots on and clean out the kennel. It’s time to crack the whip!..

I'm not sure what it is with all these weird "simulation" games hitting the App Store lately, but I love it. The latest, which is set to be released on Monday the 23rd, is The Wolf. It was posted to our forums this morning, and it sounds like just my kind of strange. It's a multiplayer RPG where you choose what type of wolf you want to be, tweak out your wolf build with various skills and abilities, and join a wolf pack which then goes rampaging around the land...

The original Don't Starve [$4.99] started a revolution of sorts in my house. My wife, who typically doesn't enjoy punishing or permadeath games, took to it for weeks on end, and started a revolution of sorts in terms of her gaming habits. She's spend days trying to perfect a certain run, learning new ways to survive in the process, die, and then have to start all over. We did it together all the way through two expansions, and although it's not for everyone, the process of picking up on every little minute detail every playthrough and coming out stronger for it is incredible. That second expansion has finally made its way to iOS in the form of Don't Starve: Shipwrecked [$4.99], and although it's one heck of a mixup in terms of the survival formula, it's not without its iOS specific faults...

If (like me) one of your favorite things about the App Store is the absurd things that get released, well, here's one more game to add to your "Dumb Games" folder, or whatever name you've given the place where you store games like Vape Master [Free] which we posted about last week. Today's silly game is Chopping Wood with My Dad Simulator [Free]. The forum thread leads me to believe that "Drunk" was in the original title, but, that doesn't seem like something Apple would be cool with. Either way, as the title hints, what you do in the game is go out to the woods with your drunk dad, and chop wood...

This War of Mine [$14.99] is a bleak game that offers players an unflinching simulation of war's effect on civilian populations, and its DLC The Little Ones - which lets you experience war through the eyes of a child - definitely didn't make the game any lighter. The DLC is now 30% off, so here's your chance to experience a very different aspect of war for cheap. The Little Ones is more than just different characters for you to play as; it's also all about how children in war-torn cities are still children, and children still want to play with toys, make friends, and enjoy life despite the troubles around them...

'RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic' Review - The Perfect Classic Ride

RollerCoaster Tycoon is as beloved a classic simulation series as any, but up until now it had yet to show its true classic root on iOS. After the ridiculousness of the freemium-filled RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile [Free], players eventually got a decent title in RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 [$4.99], which brought the core simulation gameplay to iOS. However, as we’ve mentioned in previously, RCT3 doesn’t quite nail the look and feel that hardcore fans of the series were looking for. Enter RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic [$5.99], which combines the best of both RollerCoaster Tycoon and RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 in an amazing mobile package. Rest assured, RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic is the real deal and is a must-own for everyone that loves simulation titles...

'Mini Metro' Review - Train Braining

'Mini Metro' Review - Train Braining

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December 30th, 2016 12:30 PM EST by Shaun Musgrave in $4.99, 5 stars, Arcade, Game Center, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Simulation
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Continuing our year-end mop-up of games we missed out on reviewing at the time of their release for various reasons, the next requested title by our readers was Mini Metro [$4.99]. I've had an interesting relationship with trains over the course of my life. Passenger trains more or less vanished in the part of Canada I'm from when I was relatively young. Like most places in Canada, my town was far too small to merit a local metro system. I mean, we barely had buses. Thus, I didn't end up riding a train of any sort until I was in my twenties, and I picked a wild place to start. Imagine a small-town bumpkin arriving in Tokyo, Japan, and trying to make sense of the colorful spaghetti that is the Tokyo Metro system. After a while, though, I got the hang of it, and I now consider myself to be pretty good at navigating the sometimes seemingly nonsensical connections from place to place in that city...

Gameloft’s Disney Magic Kingdoms [Free] has seen a steady stream of content updates, with the most recent one being the (pretty awesome) Halloween Nightmare Before Christmas event. Now, the freemium kingdom-builder is back at it again with a new seasonal event based on one of their most popular IPs...

'Bully: Anniversary Edition' Review - Another Rockstar Classic Heads to Mobile

At this point, a holiday release from Rockstar on the App Store is beginning to become tradition, and I really couldn't be happier. This year's addition to Rockstar's mobile catalog is Bully: Anniversary Edition [$6.99], celebrating the ten year anniversary of the original 2006 launch. Lots of folks in our community suspected that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories would be the next Rockstar game to hit the App Store, but it turns out that the one and only bigfart12 guessed correctly all the way back in March. Bully always seemed like the "forgotten" Rockstar game, at least amongst my circle of friends. It was released sandwiched in between Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories [$6.99] and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. I think it was close enough to the GTA formula that anyone interested in Bully likely just gravitated to either title instead. I suppose it also didn't help that literally everyone I know who was even remotely interested in video games was hard and heavy into World of Warcraft at the time either. Anyway, it wasn't until the remastered "Scholarship Edition" was released a few years later that I gave the game a try, and had one of those "Wait, what the. Why didn't I play this when it first came out?" epiphanies that often come with re-releases of games you heard were good but never actually got around to playing. The mobile release is technically a second remaster of the game, as Bully: Anniversary Edition comes with all the tweaks of Scholarship Edition, plus additional graphical effects, higher resolution textures, better lighting, and a new multiplayer mode, effectively making the mobile game the best version yet- At least until it's remastered a third time...

When it comes to strategy games, iOS is a pretty great platform. There are lots of great games in the genre at a variety of pricing levels, so no matter what your budget looks like, you can usually find something good to play. Slitherine makes some great games that tend to sit on the higher end of the pricing spectrum, and let's be honest, they're generally worth those prices. Their commitment to the iOS platform seems to be wavering of late, though, so I don't blame anyone who doesn't want to go all in at the full prices. That's where sales come in, friends, and Slitherine's having a great one at the moment...

Submarine Simulator 'Silent Depth' Finally Submitted to the App Store, New Trailer Released

Winter 2016 has seen a lot of games which have seemingly been in development forever finally be released. The Last Guardian, the sequel to cult classics Ico and Shadow of the Colossus is finally seeing the light of day on PS4 next week, and Final Fantasy XV has launched to immense relief from fans who have been waiting for ten years for the latest entry in the franchise. While it may not have as powerful brands behind it as these two releases, Silent Depth has been lurking in the sea of our upcoming games forum since October 2013, and despite numerous periods of radio silence, the submarine simulator has finally been submitted to the App Store, and a new trailer has been released to demonstrate how the game has progressed over the last three years...

'Apollo Justice Ace Attorney' Hits the App Store

We're just mere moments away from our usual "Out Now" post, but I figured the arrival of Apollo Justice Ace Attorney [$0.99] was worth it's own little heads up. For those keeping score at home, Apollo Justice is the fourth game in the beloved Ace Attorney main series, though it doesn't actually star everyone's favorite ace attorney Phoenix Wright. No matter though, as our own Shaun Musgrave notes in the original announcement of this iOS port, "Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is both important to the overall story of the series and still a pretty awesome game in its own right." Just over a week ago the release date for Apollo Justice was announced, with iOS hitting right now and the Android version coming just one week later...

Back in early August, we caught our first glimpse of an upcoming courtroom drama game from developer Atreyu Games called Twelve Absent Men, and just over a month later we saw it in action with a humorous trailer. Apparently, the game quietly snuck out last week and as of today you can download Twelve Absent Men [$4.99] on the iOS App Store as well as on Google Play. Twelve Absent Men pokes fun at the tropes in your typical courtroom dramas on television and in movies, which always have a way of doing magical things like instantly going to trial after arresting a suspect and of course angering a judge into holding someone in contempt of court. ..

One of the finest crafting/survival/world-building games on the planet is Pixbits' fantastic Junk Jack X [$4.99]. The very first Junk Jack released around this time way back in 2011, but as iOS hardware and software improved and expanded, it led Pixbits to release a greatly enhanced version in August of 2013 which we know as Junk Jack X. As with the first game, the team kept updating and improving Junk Jack X at an almost absurd rate for years, and if you were looking for the most bang for your buck in terms of hours of play then it really fit the bill. Things slowed down a bit though as Pixbits worked on bringing the game to desktop, and the last significant update for the game was in December of last year. Well, Junk Jack X is back with a massive version 3.0 update that pretty much blows anything they've done in the past right out of the water...

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