Category Archives: Time Management

'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...

Imagine someone took Game Dev Story [$3.99] and turned into an arcade game, and you'll have yourself Pixely People Making Movies [$1.99]. Where Kairosoft turned game development into a number-pumping simulator, Nekomata Games has made a drag-n-drop game of movie-making madness...

Nimblebit's 'Pocket Planes' is Getting Global Events, Time to Pick Your Flight Crew

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines. As Nimblebit's Pocket Planes continues to barrel through its beta period, we've had a chance to try out one of its new features. It's been added since our GDC preview and we're pretty sure you're going to like it...

I didn't really mean to play Eufloria [$4.99] and Mass Effect at the same time during the last few days, but accidentally playing two games on opposite ends of the science fiction spectrum has been fruitful. On the one hand, Mass Effect seems absurdly violent at first glance, sporting photorealistic visuals and third-person shooting. Your character can, quite literally, be a renegade. On the other, Eufloria is relaxed and ambient, full of soft lines and leisure. It's a game about growing flowers...

Ship management and pseudo line-drawing make an appearance in Kavcom Limited’s The Lighthouse HD [$4.99]. Offering a different take on the classic genre, The Lighthouse HD’s great visuals and variety offset some choice design decisions holding the game back from loftier heights...

Are your time-management titles missing the hands-on charm of cooking sims, and your cooking sims missing too much restaurant management? If so, you'll want to take a look at Order Up!! To Go [Free]. A combination between a time-management restaurant game and a touch-screen heavy cooking sim, Order Up is filled with great stuff: charming characters, varied locations, fun recipes and surprisingly decent voice acting, for starters...

Did you ever wonder about what happened to your settlers after you finished a classic game of Oregon Trail (or the newer iOS remake)? Yeah, me neither. However, the folks over at Gameloft have taken that premise and used it to build a free-to-play town builder game. Set in the frontier wilds, The Oregon Trail: American Settler [Free] tasks you with building a new town from scratch. While many folks will no doubt be somewhat perturbed by this classic series going freemium, those that are willing to check it out will find a potentially decent game with more gameplay and content than similar titles (along with more annoyances)...

On your first look at Snoopy's Street Fair [Free], you'll probably feel a warm glow of nostalgia. It might be for Charles Schulz' classic Peanuts comic strip or television specials like A Charlie Brown Christmas. But you also might be thinking of something a little more recent. Like, say Beeline Interactive's big hit, Smurfs' Village [Free]...

Chilingo's Upcoming 'Zombie Wonderland 2' Has More Genres Than You Can Shake a Severed Limb At

Yesterday, TouchArcade attended EA's Naughty or Nice game event in New York and spent time with a number of just-announced titles on the way from Chillingo. Perhaps the most stand-0ut game of the lot is Zombie Wonderland 2, sequel to the June 2010 release Zombie Wonderland [App Store]. As in the original, the upcoming sequel puts you in the shoes of Chuck, the renowned Zombie Cleaner of the pleasant little '50s Americana town, Niceville. While, before, your task was to keep the homes of your clients as clean and as zombie-free as possible, your new order of business is a bit more complex a proposition...

I've been chastised in the past for using phrases like "Unless you grew up under a rock, you've probably heard of...", but in this case, if you haven't heard of FarmVille, you've probably never used the internet. Or you're Amish. Possibly both. At any rate, while there's nothing new about the whole land management genre, we can definitely give FarmVille a nod for making it popular on a massive scale -- and not with just gamers, either. Facepalm all you want, but when your mom tells you that she totally built out her English Countyside, you have to admit that games like this have changed the gaming landscape in a major way (although good or bad, we can't quite agree on.)..

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