Category Archives: Time Management

This morning, we spent a bit of time with Massive Damage's new free-to-play game, Pocket Mobsters [Free], and you know what? It's OK. In the game, you're tasked with ruling a city as a mob boss. This means you're in charge of the usual -- recruiting bruisers, shaking down business owners, taking out rival gangs, and whacking folks. A cutesy art style and light, goofy writing keep your job from being as heavy as it could be...

Avengers Alliance [Free], an intriguing turn-based RPG that made its initial debut on Facebook, is now out and available across iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It's free, naturally, with a bunch of in-app purchase options for the game's currency...

We called it whack-a-mole, back when I was a raid healer in World of Warcraft. It's been a while, but I'll bet things haven't changed all that much. You watch a screen of green boxes slowly deplete, and do your damndest to tag them with heals as they drop. Whack - a heal-over-time on the off-tank. Whack - a big heal on the main tank. Whack - a last second save for someone squishy. On and on until the boxes stop dropping, you look up, and hey—the boss is dead...

One of my favorite things about iOS is that there's such a wide breadth of game types, and at such low prices, that I'm more inclined to try something in a genre that I might not typically be interested in. That was the case with Cook, Serve, Delicious! [$4.99 (HD)], a time management and cooking simulation from Vertigo Gaming...

Heads up: Supercell unleashed a massive update to Clash of Clans [Free] this morning that added a ton of new mechanics, new unit upgrades, and some important tweaks. The change list is exhaustive, so get a coffee, a blanket, and buckle up before you dive into it...

In 2012, free-to-play continued to be a big deal on the App Store. It might have even been a bigger deal, actually, thanks to a couple of fantastic releases. Regardless of your feelings on free-to-play as a model, it's inarguable that people love these kinds of games. These are simple games that don't require traditional gaming skills, but do require some finesse in areas often left untouched by other genres. Free-to-play games are also super easy to pick up and play and they tickle unique pleasure centers...

Double Fine Productions has entered the freemium market with their new Superhero management sim Middle Manager of Justice [Free], a game that has been hotly anticipated since it's announcement, early release, and subsequent yanking from the App Store...

'Cook, Serve, Delicious!' for iPad Review - Hot, Any Way You Slice.. er, Swipe It

Cook, Serve, Delicious [$4.99 (HD)] heats up the hardcore restaurant simulation genre to a scorching level of challenge and innovation. What may be too hot (and too bitter, frankly) to taste, this PC to iPad port is terrific to the touch, even if it trades some of its thrill for easier controls...

Now there's even more stuff to do in The Simpsons: Tapped Out [Free]. Yesterday, EA rolled out another content update to its free-to-play Simpsons game, adding a few "limited edition" buildings, quests, and characters. There's even a new collectible currency: Santa Coins, which can be used to "get seasonal facades" for your Tapped Out buildings...

'Middle Manager of Justice' Hits Canadian App Store Again, Will See Wide Release Soon

Middle Manager of Justice, Double Fine's upcoming free-to-play simulation strategy game, is back on the Canadian App Store. Unlike the last time the game appeared in the App Store, this is a totally official release, signaling Double Fine is about to drop the game wide across the globe...

Clash of Clans [Free] is kinda wild, as far as free-to-play games go. In a nutshell, it's basically every F2P game you've ever played rolled into one coherent package. Plus, each of its constituent parts are fleshed out enough to play exclusively. If you want to play it as a resource management game, you can. If you'd rather just build armies and treat it like one of those P2P Facebook war games, you can totally do that. If you'd rather just build a living, breathing kingdom with pretty buildings and layouts, knock yourself out. As our strategy thread is proving, Clash of Clans biggest strength resides in this flexibility...

Check this: NimbleBit has slashed all of the in-app purchases in Tiny Tower [Free], Pocket Planes [Free], and Pocket Frogs [Free] by 50 percent. From now (and, well, since Friday) until this coming Sunday, you can go nuts in these games and buy anything for half the price. ..

Occasionally I get hit with the freemium sim bug where I get helplessly sucked into one of those building and management games. Not coincidentally it's usually around the time of a new Nimblebit release, but in this case my most recent fixation has actually been on Godzi Lab's Happy Street [Free]...

The sequel to everyone's favorite narrative-driven, bartending simulation (Bar Oasis [$1.99] needs a genre of its own, darn it.) is back and I'm happy to inform you that no prior knowledge of the original is required to enjoy Bar Oasis 2 [$2.99]. Once again, players will take on the role of a bartender by the name Vic. Fresh from an excursion to Shanghai, he comes back to find that the bar is now (wo)-manned by Carla, the protagonist from Bar Oasis 1.5 [Free]. ..

No Red T-Shirts [$0.99] looks innocuous enough—brightly colored 3D graphics with a positively bubbly style, chipper music, and the cutest little icon. But all of this hides a secret: Namco has created a game about fulfilling some pretty dark power fantasies...

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