Category Archives: Sports

While Madden NFL 25 [Free] is far from what a traditional football video game, there are likely folks out there that will want to play it for its social spin and team deck building mechanics. Unfortunately, those mechanics come with a lot of elements that push players towards IAP, as we described in our review. Thus, the purpose of this guide is to provide some explanation as to what types of IAP are offered in Madden 25, whether they're required to adequately enjoy the game, as well as tips to help folks avoid having to shell out for (or, if you must, the most efficient ways to pick up) the IAP...

'Madden NFL 25' Review - An Incredibly Disappointing Display of Football and Freemium

Being a somewhat enthusiastic football fan, I was excited when I heard that Madden NFL 25 [Free] would see a release on iOS. Unfortunately, any excitement was quickly extinguished when I fired up the game and realized this would not be anything like its console brethren. Instead, Madden 25 for iOS fully embraces its freemium roots, offering an experience that all but the most hardcore fans should avoid...

Attention fans of Super Stickman Golf 2 [Free], a huge update has finally landed in the App Store for the game and it's quite a doozy. Super Stickman Golf 2 originally launched back in March this year and was quite a success: we loved it in our review. The following month an update was issued which was mostly bug fixes and the like, but with a promise that the "next update will be big!" Well, what the heck? That was like over three months ago aka a million billion years in App Store time...

We're not much for speculation around these parts, unlike our bros over at MacRumors, we're typically just flooded with actual information about games- Both released and upcoming. That's not always the case though, especially when it comes to "big name" releases run by marketing departments that are deeply rooted in the "traditional" ways of promoting video games... Not that there's anything wrong with that, but, it's just the way it is...

Now this was a heck of a surprise when I jumped on to the forums the other day and saw that Colin McRae Rally [$2.99] was available on iOS. I rubbed my eyes and stared at the screen, thinking that the information was too good to be true and that someone must have spiked my cereal but no, it was right there, App Store link and all...

You’d think that a game involving stickmen wouldn't be that in-depth. Or warrant anything other than a free download...

Upon starting Downhill Supreme [$0.99], you are greeted with a song. It’s strange as it doesn’t really fit any particular vibe or scene you would otherwise associate with a sport like mountain biking and is more akin to a royalty-free track fit for "MTV Cribs". Your eyes fare no better as you are also visually distracted. There are a lot of bright, vivid colors and there seems to be three NASCAR racers’ worth of logos strewn about. Superficially, it is a very busy game...

As we mentioned at the beginning of the month with the release of Stick Stunt Biker 2 [$0.99], Djinn Works are the most prolific producers of stick-figure based mobile games. They crank them out at a brisk pace, but they always end up being pretty darn fun little games. Not even a month later and already they are back with another title, this time taking on the world of tennis with Stickman Tennis [$0.99]...

Baseball season is in full swing, and in celebration of the 2013 All-Star Game coming in July Major League Baseball has released MLB.com Home Run Derby [Free], a free-to-play game that puts you in the shoes of an actual MLB player as they try to become the winner of the Home Run Derby competition. While the core game at the center of Home Run Derby is solid, and visually it looks great, the whole thing is hampered by a stingy free-to-play model that pretty much ruins what would have been a fun little mobile game for baseball fans...

My official most-played-iPhone-game True Skate [$1.99] just received a minor, though significant update. Backing up, True Skate is Jet Car Stunts [$1.99 / Free] developer True Axis' attempt to create a skateboarding simulation built for the touchscreen, and they absolutely nailed it. We loved the game in our review from back in October, and since that time True Skate game has been updated frequently with new features and customization options, and even a huge new skatepark to play around in...

There's no escaping it: multiplayer on a single iPad is pretty much always a full contact sport. It's all hands and fingers everywhere, ducking and dodging to see under and around your opponent and clear to your goal. You can try to fight it, to keep everything very organized so everyone stays in their respective corners. Or you can embrace it, as Alistair Aitcheson has with Slamjet Stadium [$2.99 (HD) / Free (HD)]..

Rolocule Games Aims to Bring Wii-Like Motion Gaming to the Apple TV with 'Motion Tennis'

The Apple TV ecosystem is a curious one to watch, as when you think about it- All the ingredients really are there for a potentially killer video game console experience, but no one has really put them together yet due to various stopping points like AirPlay lag, Apple's refusal to allow third party apps to run on the Apple TV, and other obstacles. Well, Rolocule Games is making an effort to play inside of the rules set by Apple to bring a Wii-Like motion gaming experience to the Apple TV via Motion Tennis. Check it out:..

We already posted about Com2uS's attempts to re-balance the IAP in their recently released online golf game GolfStar [Free], but today they're taking that a step further. In what seems like an attempt to spur more online multiplayer, they just launched a "Million-Golfer Appreciation Event" where one on one as well as ten player tournaments don't burn any of the consumable "Hearts" currency required to play the rest of the game. According to the patch notes of the recent update, this promotion will be running until next week...

Here's something weird: we can't figure out how you can play as Mike Vick in Mike Vick: GameTime [Free], an arcade-style football game that has Mike Vick's name attached to it. Well, that's kind of a lie. You play as Mike Vick for about 15 seconds in the tutorial. After that, though? We haven't seen him, which is kinda crazy since, you know, this is a video game with Mike Vick's name on it. Figured that needed to be re-iterated because, what?..

Com2uS is Rebalancing 'GolfStar' IAP

April 11th, 2013 3:39 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Free, Games, News, Sports
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One of the reasons that previewing free to play games is hard is because you never really get an idea of what the out of the box experience is going to be like until you actually download the game yourself. Back at GDC we got a great demo of Com2uS's GolfStar [Free] but like most of these demos we see, it was a development account with loads of IAP which essentially allowed them to play the game, well, like you'd think a golf game should be played. In actuality, when GolfStar launched yesterday, it was packed with some shockingly gross freemium elements which our forum members were (understandably) having no part of- Which really is too bad, because I was really excited for the game as it was demonstrated at GDC, without all that junk...

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