Category Archives: $0.99

One of my favorite little gems released for iOS this year is Pixel Licker Games and FDG Entertainment's Slayin [$0.99]. Released back in April, Slayin is best described as an auto-running-arena-based-action-platformer (whew, that's a long description). You'll play as one of three characters, running back and forth destroying enemies, leveling up and getting better and better loot. It sounds simple, and it is, but it's totally fun...

'Icycle: On Thin Ice' Review - A Strange, Beautiful, Lonely Trip

These days, there are so many games in the "naked guy riding a bicycle through an icy wonderland" genre that it's hard for a new game to stand out. Wait, what? Rewind that. Okay, so the first impression Icycle: On Thin Ice [$2.99] is going to make on you is an extremely confusing one. I wish I could sit here and tell you that you'll be less confused by the end, but I can't do that, I'm afraid. This game is either full of wonderful symbolism or fortuitous random strangeness, and I can't really decide which right now. What I can decide is whether or not to recommend this game to you. My decision: yes...

'AdvenChewers' Review - It's Time to Chew Bubble Gum

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November 27th, 2013 10:33 AM EDT by Chris Carter in $0.99, 4 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Runner, Universal
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Endless runners can satisfy a certain kind of itch every so often, but sometimes, I want structure. With a level-based system and endless runner-like qualities, AdvenChewers [$0.99] is a modest compromise of both formulas, and ends up offering an extremely addictive mixture of the two...

There's little doubt that Ndemic Creation's Plague Inc. [$0.99] is one of the finest strategy games in the App Store, but it's also one of the most well tended to games I've ever seen. The original release last year was an elegant humanity-eradicating simulation that felt like a perfect fit for a mobile title. Over the last year and a half though, Plague Inc. has grown and evolved into so much more. We've seen a brain-burrowing worm plague with last September's Neurax Worm expansion pack, Genetic Mutations in an update the following month, the zombie-like plague Necroa Virus added in an update in February, and Speed Runs and Center for Disease Control content in an update from July. Now that brings us to today, where the Scenarios update which we detailed last month is now available in the App Store...

About a year and a half ago, NTT Resonant and ZigZaGame Inc. released Dragon Island Blue [$0.99], an RPG that was very heavily inspired by Nintendo's Pokemon. Offering a huge roster of monsters and abilities, it nicely tapped into a few of the hooks of the famous franchise. There were lots of reasons to like it: the joy of collecting as many creatures as you can, building a team that's all your own, the tension of trying to whittle down the enemy's life without killing them to ensure a capture. However, while it got some things right, there were other ways it didn't fare quite so well. It was a really ugly game with really poor visual consistency. The spread of creatures looked like random clip art gathered from a variety of artists. The quest itself was kind of limp, with most of the focus being on the monster-collecting. Still, it was a fun game, but the sort of fun game that was begging for a good follow-up...

'Space Chicks' Review -  Endless Galactic Galavanting

There are so many ‘endless’ games constantly being released that it really takes a lot simply to get noticed in the crowded genre. Crescent Moon Games’ Space Chicks [Free], which combines fast-paced platforming with endless elements, has just enough pizazz to accomplish that feat. It also helps that Space Chicks is a blast to play, infusing some life in the tired genre with great visuals and engaging mechanics...

It might have taken nearly a year and a half since it was originally announced, but Capcom's HD remake of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy finally landed in the App Store in May of this year. All three games in the series were partially redrawn and reworked to look great on high resolution mobile device screens, but it turned out not to be quite all it could have been. The new visuals didn't match the resolution of Retina iPad screens, nor did it properly fill the aspect ratios of iPads or widescreen iPhone or iPod touch devices...

Runners are all over iTunes since Adam Atomic's groundbreaking Canabalt [$2.99] created a complex world with simple pixels that could offer simple yet challenging gameplay. Temple Run [Free], the first breakout runner hit that launched an invasion of running games on mobile devices, gave it a nice 3D edge that may not have accomplished the same noble attributes as Adam Atomic's indie hit but can be just as fun to play during those various moments in life when waiting is necessary...

Pocket God [$0.99] is no stranger to cameos and crossover promotions, and the latest evidence of this is a brand new update which injects all sorts of Adult Swim Games goodness into everyone's favorite Pygmy torture simulator. First off, you can turn the island statue into several different characters from various Adult Swim games: Lord Ferocious from A Monster Ate My Condo, the Unicorn from Robot Unicorn Attack, or Alan Probe from Amateur Surgeon. There are other Monster Ate My Condo goodies too, like turning the Dodo into a hybrid of Reginald Starfire, the Doodler into Mr. Shigoto, and the shark into the Geisha Finger(!). Apparently, there are even more little touches to be found beyond just the ones we've been told about...

If you turn the dial back to early 2011, that was when developer Physmo released their twitchy platformer Mos Speedrun [$0.99 / Free]. As if the name didn't give it away already, Mos Speedrun is heavily based around completing each of its levels as quickly and efficiently as possible. It's certainly fun to play through at leisure too, but speedrunning was the main draw of the game for those who looked to find the ultimate paths through levels and compete on its leaderboards. Excellently-designed levels and rock-solid controls ensured that Mos Speedrun consumed me practically from the very moment it was released, and has lived a happy life on my device ever since...

Not for the first time and surely not for the last, our forums here at TouchArcade have called my attention to a game, and I'm glad they did. Legend Dary: Classic [$0.99] is a pretty low-key game all around, but if you dig on platform shooters like Mega Man or Random Heroes [Free], you'll probably have a good time here. It's more or less the work of a single person, so it's not quite as fully-featured as some games, but the core is solid and there's plenty here to justify the price...

'Mana Defense' Review - Wizards of Wave-rly Place

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November 5th, 2013 12:30 PM EDT by Chris Carter in $0.99, 3.5 stars, Action, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Universal
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Defense games were the original "runners." People were sick of them after the first hundred or so clones hit the market, but for some of us, it's hard to really get enough of them.It's nice that Mana Defense [$0.99] mixes things up a bit, but you may find yourself getting bored after a few hours or so...

Back in August, we learned that Chucky, the psychotic doll from the horrible/fantastic Child's Play slasher movies, was getting his own mobile game. And, it was an endless runner no less. Well that game, Chucky's Slash & Dash [Free], is now available in the App Store. The story of Slash & Dash is that Chucky is running through the Good Guy Doll factory where he was made. Of course, as the story goes, "Good Guy" Chucky becomes inhabited with the soul of a serial killer and mayhem ensues. As you run through the factory you'll collect batteries which can be used to purchase upgrades and additional weapons. You'll also run across security guards in the factory which you can swipe to attack and kill in gory fashion...

Last month, The Guardian posted the findings of a survey of 2,000 British children and parents focused on the impact technology is having on the younger generation. Unsurprisingly, with the rise of tablets in the household, kids are reading less and less. It makes sense, in a way, as back in my day there wasn't a whole lot to do other than read as a kid who got booted off the family TV so your parents could watch something other than you playing Nintendo...

Crescent Moon's epic open world RPG Ravensword: Shadowlands [$6.99] has just received its biggest update ever, and to celebrate it's also on sale for its lowest price ever at just 99¢. Shadowlands originally launched back in December of last year, and is the sequel to the original Ravensword [$2.99] which ushered in a new era of mobile open world games when it was released way back in 2009. Ravensword: Shadowlands expanded upon just about everything over the original, from better visuals to an even larger open world to explore and much more. We were quite impressed with it in our review...

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