Category Archives: Simulation

I'm not even going to try to pretend that I know a lot about beer. This isn't one of those fields where you can fudge it and get away with it. Beer fans seem to be walking encyclopedias of information, and when you get in the habit of actually brewing your own frequently, you've officially hit nuclear physicist levels of knowledge in the topic as near as I can tell. I only drink it, and given my geographical limitations, I don't have access to a large variety. Thankfully, through the power of video game simulation technology, I can finally see what it's like to be a beer connaisseur, and... oh wait, no, I'm still in over my head...

It seems like only yesterday that Pixbits updated their crafting adventure game Junk Jack X [$4.99] with a Thanksgiving theme and tons of other new content, but it was actually just under a month ago. Still, that's an incredibly short amount of time to already be releasing another update, but that's exactly what Pixbits has done as a new Christmas themed update has gone live for the game...

The huge Minecraft - Pocket Edition [$6.99] update which developer Mojang detailed back in October is now available in the App Store. The biggest addition is the ability to craft minecarts and rails to run them on. While Redstone is in the mobile version now in a limited capacity, you can't yet make circuits out of the Redstone dust, though it does seem you can power your minecart rails with it...

The massively popular, "life-ruiningly fun" The Simpsons: Tapped Out [Free] iOS game continues its near-monthly tradition of updates, this time with a Christmas update full of holiday goodies. Let's jump right into what's new. First off, presents and gift bags can now be found spread around Springfield offering goodies with a tap, and you can collect spin tokens to take a shot at winning even more prizes in Krusty's Non-Denominational Holiday Giveaway. There's some new holiday characters, like Ebenezer Burns, Mr. Costington of Costington's Department Store fame, and Barney as the infamous Plow King. There's new buildings too, like Springfield Mall filled with holiday shoppers, the Helter Shelter homeless facility, an Egg Nog Bar, and loads of Christmas decorations from ClausCo. Finally, you can now build the Happy Elves ride at Krustyland, you know, for kids. The Christmas update includes a new quest storyline to play through too, which sees Springfield residents rolling in the virtual cash of gift cards due to a clerical error. How come stuff like that never happens to me?..

True Axis' fantastic skateboarding simulation True Skate [$1.99] has been pretty well taken care of since its initial release in October of last year. After our original glowing review, True Skate has been updated with great new features like new missions and slow motion, a huge new skatepark and board customization, and improved transition skating. Well, it's been about seven months since True Skate has seen any sort of update, which is totally forgivable as True Axis is busy slaving away to get Jet Car Stunts 2 in our hands, but they're ready to make up for that lull with four brand new skateparks in the pipeline. Check out some new screens of one of those skateparks below...

Remember back when Game Dev Story [$4.99] released? It was such a fun game, and it seemed like everyone was playing it, even people who weren't really into mobile gaming. At that point in time, the future looked pretty bright for developer Kairosoft, with a future as a dominant force on the App Store seeming likely. Well, they perhaps didn't make the most of their chance, but they're still trucking away, porting their old feature phone and PC releases to iOS and (more frequently) Android. That they could sell tons more copies of Game Dev Story 2 than The Sushi Spinnery [$3.99] may or may not be obvious to them, but they're clearly marching to their own beat, and today, that beat sounds a lot like clopping hooves...

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 [$4.99] 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...

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