Category Archives: Simulation

Kairosoft's Dream House Days [Free], which debuted earlier this week, kinda has a bad name. It isn't so much about building a dream home as it is maintaining and managing a profitable apartment complex brimming with upscale tenants. Apartment Manager Story is a better fit for this one, as it seems to tell the story of a manager who starts with almost nothing, and yet somehow manages to build the best apartment complex ever...

This past January, Chillingo and LambdaMu Games released Pixel People [Free], a free-to-play city builder that was full of charm and plenty to discover. Sure, it was your typical free-to-play kind of experience, filled with timers and in-game currency and plenty of mostly mindless clicking, but it was a damn fun one. Since our original review of Pixel People, the game has been well-supported with updates, expanding pretty much everything from its initial release...

A long time ago, we ventured out into the darkness of space in an attempt to fix, uh, something in the awesome iPhone simulation game Astronaut Spacewalk [$1.99]. It didn't go so hot. Actually, I'm pretty sure it couldn't go worse. We've been looking for a bit of redemption since and now seems like the perfect time because Spacewalk has, finally, been re-released as an iPad title, complete with new UI and content. The name? Astronaut Spacewalk HD [$1.99 (HD)]...

I had thought about being a doctor long ago. Nothing really disturbs me, I've got the stomach for most of what can be thrown my way, but eight years (or more) of schooling? If there’s one thing I don’t have a huge supply of it, it's patience...

Better With Friends: 'Amateur Surgeon 3' Hits Tonight

Amateur Surgeon 3's app description asks an important question: have you ever wanted to operate on a mutant bear with a chainsaw? If you're unfamiliar with the series, I think that should give you a pretty decent idea of what to expect from it. Amateur Surgeon is a whacky, and mostly insane surgery game that tasks users with sawing open patients and removing what ails them ... with bloody tongs. Or with the help of a friendly dog that, somehow, has the power to give your patients health if they start crashing...

A new Madden is probably coming down the pipes from EA, but for the moment, Gameloft has the whole iOS NFL football scene on lock. This morning, the publisher pushed out a giant update to its free-to-play NFL Pro Football app in anticipation of the upcoming 2014 NFL season. Also, it changed the game's name to NFL Pro Football 2014 [Free]...

Flight Unlimited Las Vegas [$2.99] got a big old content update a couple of hours ago, and it's certainly an interesting one. Most notably, missions involving a mob boss were added to the core game, expanding the simulation to include, for example, bombing runs. I had to read that twice before I believed it...

Some things are released into the world brimming with potential but ultimately unfinished or broken in some fundamental manner. Frankenstein’s monster. The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Battlecruiser 3000 A.D. Add War of the Zombie [$2.99] to the list. War of the Zombie is a game brimming with great ideas that are held back by a combination of annoying bugs and poorly implemented features. The problems aren’t game-breaking for the most part, but they definitely detract from the overall experience. Despite its flaws, War of the Zombie is a game very much worth trying if you have a few spare dollars lying around. Even in its currently flawed state, the game gets enough right to provide at least a few hours of outstanding play time...

What's up with all this sports stuff on TouchArcade today? I've got no idea, but MLB Live Challenge [Free (HD)] is the latest sports thing to hit the App Store. Oddly enough, at least from a very high level Konami seems to be doing something very similar with MLB Live Challenge when compared to what EA did with Madden Social. It's a baseball game, but not quite, as it's more focused on building your team than playing the game, which might be right up your alley if you're the kind of guy who spends the season obsessed over baseball stats...

Having never played any of the previous games in the series, Sky Gamblers: Cold War [$4.99] was an entirely new experience for me. ..

Running a call center can be hell. If your employees aren't complaining that the toilets are too far away, they're calling in sick. If their computers aren't exploding, the building is decaying around them. And that money you'd saved up to hire a handyman? It's gone to cover salaries and make up for your failure to meet quotas...

Folks looking for some Minecraft on the go have found solace in a game called Survivalcraft [$3.99]. A labor of love from a solo developer, Survivalcraft adds a significantly more robust experience than Mojang's actual Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99 / Free], an experience that we thoroughly enjoyed in our review of the game. Minecraft: PE has its own set of strengths and is definitely on its way to becoming closer to its desktop counterpart, but in the meantime Survivalcraft keeps expanding at a rapid pace, giving Mojang a run for their money...

Hardcore Space Sim 'Astronaut Spacewalk' Is Coming To iPad Soon

No lie, there's a special place in our hearts for Astronaut Spacewalk [$1.99]. It was one of the first games we did a TA Plays for, and the end result was a goofy, almost unintelligible video that featured Eli and I struggling to even turn around to do a simple task. At one point, we decided to abandon the spacewalk in favor of thrusting back to Earth. You can imagine how well that went...

Gun and Mighty Rabbit Studios’ latest iOS turn-based tactical-strategy game - Breach & Clear [$3.99] - could be so much more than what it is, and promises to be, when... it’s actually finished. With loads of content dangling in your face, locked-aside with a note that simply reads "coming soon," Breach & Clear quickly dipped into the depths of disappointment with me the more I played of it...

If you've not yet played Plague Inc. [$0.99] by Ndemic Creations yet, you better think about it, as while the whole "world infection" genre is nothing new, Plague Inc. absolutely nails it on iOS devices. It's only gotten better with recent updates too, as they've added a whole slew of new diseases and ridiculously difficult achievements tied to those diseases...

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