Category Archives: Simulation

We've been pretty excited for Fish Labs' new game set in the Galaxy on Fire universe for what feels like years now, we got a fresh sniff of it at GDC, and I've been really interested in seeing how this free to play game which is targeted more at "core" gamers is going to do when it's finally released on the worldwide market...

Just over a couple of months ago in late August, Pixbits released Junk Jack X [$4.99], their ambitious follow-up title to their 2011 hit 2D crafting adventure Junk Jack. Junk Jack X followed the formula of its predecessor very closely, but expanded on it in many different ways. New worlds to explore, new items to craft, a streamlined interface and a very enjoyable online multiplayer component. Junk Jack X was about as good as they come, and as fans of the first game are all too aware, Pixbits are no slouches when it comes to updating their games with new features. The first Junk Jack X update landed in mid-September and addressed issues of online griefing among numerous other fixes. The next update is already submitted to Apple for approval, and as you can see from the screen below, is a holiday-themed update featuring a bunch of stuff for Thanksgiving...

Kairosoft are the masters of simple to get into but deceptively deep simulation titles on mobile, and their latest iOS offering Pocket Stables [$3.99] has just arrived in the App Store. As I'm sure you've already figured out by now, Pocket Stables is all about building up the biggest and best ranch you can, and training a stable of racehorses to compete and bring home the victory. You'll be filling your ranch with amenities like ice cream stands and gift shops in order to attract visitors, who'll then spend money on your cool attractions which you can put towards training your racehorses...

Earlier this year, 2K Games dropped a really cool little turn-based strategy game called Sid Meier's Ace Patrol [Free] on iOS. Like many, we loved it, but quite a few people were disappointed with its pricing model. Ace Patrol was free to play, offering a portion of a campaign with the remaining campaigns sold separately. I get the impression that part didn't bother people too much, but there were other IAP lurking that had some people wishing the game just included everything, with no IAP, at a premium price. Well, Ace Patrol is and probably always will be a free-to-play game, but the follow-up is here, and 2K Games seems to have heard the message, loud and clear...

If you're the kind of person who finds the idea of managing a farm oddly compelling but hate the over-simplification found in games like Hay Day [Free], boy do I have a game for you. It's called Farming Simulator 14 [$2.99], and if you fancy yourself as someone who loves an in-depth sim regardless of how silly its premise might be, this is the game for you...

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A few weeks back we detailed an upcoming update for Majic Jungles 2D crafting game The Blockheads [Free], and as of today that update has gone live in the App Store. To briefly summarize, this update is called the "Trains and Technology" update and it adds–you guessed it–trains and technology to the game. More specifically, you can now build steam engine trains to transport your Blockheads and supplies great distances, or you can build a manually-driven hand cart and build ramps out of track if you just feel like tricking out. In addition, the ability to harvest and store electricity has been added to the game, which adds all sorts of possibilities...

'Transport Tycoon' Review - All Aboard for a Great Ride

The year was 1994. It was a more innocent time. The 80s had been over for a few years (sadly), and music was about six years away from sucking. There was a man named Chris Sawyer. Years before he sucked away our lives with Rollercoaster Tycoon, he killed our social life with a business management sim, something that was new at the time...

The Simpsons: Tapped Out [Free] is continuing its tradition of nearly monthly updates which began way back in August of last year, and not surprisingly this month's update celebrates the upcoming Halloween holiday as well as the traditional Treehouse of Horror episode of the show which will air this coming Sunday...

It's kind of interesting how long-legged some games are in the App Store, especially compared to the traditional gaming market. Sure, Gree's base-building military romp Modern War [Free] is a bit long in the tooth, and is very similar to the even older Crime City [Free], but it's still as popular as ever. While it is, like fellow iOS offering Modern Combat, clearly riding off the success and fame of Call of Duty, its approach of taking similar settings and applying them to a different genre probably opens this up as a companion piece for Call of Duty fans, rather than the more difficult road of trying to dethrone the king. Whatever the reason, in the vein of our other guides, I've put together some advice and tips for those who are just getting into this one now...

We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to 2D crafting games on the App Store, especially with the recent releases of Junk Jack X and Terraria. But there's one 2D crafter that captured my heart (and ate away more hours than I'm comfortable sharing) before any of the others, and that game was Majic Jungle's The Blockheads [Free]. Its mechanics and controls were built beautifully from the ground up with touchscreen in mind, and its large, randomly-generated worlds created tons of opportunities to get lost in exploration and discovery. We loved the game in our review, and it's only gotten better since with numerous updates, including a massive update which added support for online multiplayer for up to 32 players...

Ah, the Hobbit. A fantastic book about an unlikely hero going on a great journey filled with danger, adventure, and treasure. Also, a somewhat dull movie about the first third of that book, give or take. Naturally, when the time came to craft a game based on this, one of the best fantasy road trips, there was just one genre to go with: city building. Okay, so it's kind of a poor fit for the spirit of the story, but you have to admit, Middle Earth is a pretty interesting setting for this kind of game. When it comes to fictional settings, few are as fleshed out as Tolkien's made-up language sandbox...

I remember a time when every new Kairosoft game that launched on iOS was met with big fanfare. It's been a long time since the likes of Game Dev Story [$4.99 / Free], however, and releases seem to almost sneak out onto the App Store without too much attention paid. Whether that's due to over saturation or the games' recent foray into non-western themes, the fact remains that most of the games are still pretty fun, if a little off-beat. Such is the case with Dream House Days [Free], the latest to hit Apple's platform. While the game's setting and depth may not be as universally appealing as its other titles, Dream House Days still has a lot of fun for those that put forth the effort to uncover it...

It's a Craft-a-palooza: 'Junk Jack X' Hits the App Store Right Alongside 'Terraria'

Wow, I hope that aspiring crafters have blocked off some vacation days, because not only has Terraria arrived on the App Store but PixBits' highly-anticipated redux of their phenomenal 2D crafting game Junk Jack, called Junk Jack X [$4.99], has just surprise landed on the App Store as well. We just posted yesterday that Junk Jack X was "very close" and PixBits was just getting ready to ship the game off to Apple for approval, with launch likely coming in the next few weeks...

2D "Minecraft-alike" 'Terraria' Hits the App Store

The road that Terraria [$4.99] has taken to get to the App Store has been an interesting one, but at long last the game is finally available on mobile devices worldwide. A touchscreen port of the popular 2D Minecraft-like building game Terraria seemed like a perfect fit, and had been oft-requested even since the original PC launch of the game back in 2011. Xbox Live and PlayStation Network just got the game themselves earlier this year, with a Vita port on the horizon as well. It wasn't until this past May that developer Re-Logic confirmed that Terraria was heading to mobile devices in the summer, and just this week there were whispers that the game was slated for launch this Thursday...

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