Category Archives: $1.99

One game I've been having a ton of fun with since its release in early October is the stunt driving game REKT! [$1.99] from the Little Chicken Game Company. It gives you a handful of different stunts you can perform with your car, and then sets you loose in a big arena to go seek out the highest-scoring tricks and lines in the limited time of your run. It's kind of like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater meets an over-the-top stunt driving game. It's great! We loved REKT! in our review. One of the biggest requests I've seen since it came out though was for more levels to play in. The initial release came with just one level, and although it's pretty huge and filled with tons of ramps and obstacles, variety is the spice of life. So the developers listened to those requests and have just released a new update which adds a new level called The Bowl for players to explore. ..

I have to give SEGA some credit. One of the many points where I felt that the initial line-up of SEGA Forever titles was lacking was in the selection; they were all games drawn from SEGA's 16-bit platform, and only two of the games were new to iOS gamers. Subsequent releases have mostly stuck to Genesis games, plus a few updated versions of prior SEGA iOS releases. But the Genesis games in particular that have been selected are certainly eclectic choices that demonstrate an affection for the deeper cuts from SEGA's 16-bit library, and that's pretty cool. It reassures me that in spite of the numerous issues that have plagued SEGA Forever, the project is a work of passion. Because honestly, who else but a SEGA super-fan would choose to release something like ESWAT: City Under Siege [Free] ahead of better-known titles like Streets of Rage 2 or Gunstar Heroes?..




Catan (and all its numerous expansions) is one of the most popular board games out there, even though most people I know don't actually like to play it. Today, Asmodee Digital has decided to give us a different take on the board game with Catan Stories [$1.99], a text adventure game inspired by the board game. This is the first time Asmodee Digital has interpreted a board game into a different genre rather than just turn the physical into digital. Catan Stories: The Legend of the Sea Robbers is based on the (you guessed it) Legend of the Sea Robbers Catan expansion and has you following the journey of three new characters in what looks like a very pretty game...

Sometimes I wonder if Justin Smith from Captain Games realizes his own genius when creating games, or if he just makes games that happen to be stunningly brilliant. One of my all-time favorite games is Enviro-Bear 2010 [$0.99], which is a silly game about a bear driving a car with absurdly difficult driving physics. Beyond its wacky surface, though, there is a ton of depth, and it's remained on my phone since its original release nearly a decade ago. Then there's Desert Golfing [$1.99]. This totally stripped-down 2D golfing game has you whacking a ball into a hole in as few strokes as possible, moving from hole to hole in stark, barely changing environments until… well, until the world falls into the sun, or something. I guess it technically has an end, but most people will never see it and most don't seem to care. It's a perfect mobile game to pop out and play a few holes here and there, but if you squint your eyes just right, you can also pull some deep philosophical meanings out of Desert Golfing. No joke...

It's hard to believe that 10tons launched their fantastic dual-stick shooter Neon Chrome [$2.99] on iOS almost an entire year go, as the game still feels as fresh and fun as it did last November. Following its great reception on mobile, questions quickly turned to when 10tons would be releasing the Arena mode DLC that had been added to the desktop version of Neon Chrome this past January. Well, it took longer than I think we all thought it would, but today that Arena mode DLC has finally arrived in the mobile version of Neon Chrome...

The early 1990s were a strange time for video game characters. Side-scrolling platformers were without question the most popular games, to the point that just about every company had to come up with a mascot or three to put in their own spin on the genre. An awful lot of those characters were simple variations on Sonic the Hedgehog, throwing a pair of big googly eyes on some kind of anthropomorphic animal with an attitude in a vain effort to create some sort of familiar look. Licensed characters from other media and even real celebrities were also popular choices for similar reasons. Then there was Chuck D. Head. He's a mummy with his face on his chest, which he stretches out to attack enemies. Sometimes he finds a head with another face on it, and he throws that head like a hefty boomerang as another means of attacking. Chuck is the star of DeCap Attack [Free], a surprisingly high-effort platformer from SEGA and developer Vic Tokai...

Today is a momentous day in the world of video games at large as perhaps the most iconic video game character in history has launched his newest adventure on Nintendo's Switch console. Super Mario Odyssey launched at midnight Eastern today, which meant that I was already staying up playing that when it came time to pre-order the new iPhone X when that went live at midnight Pacific. Yes, I'm tired today! Also, Super Mario Odyssey is bloody fantastic, and based on the reviews coming out over the past day or so (it is now the most well-reviewed video game of all time) I'm not the only one having fun. Anyway, while the Switch crowd is the only ones who get to enjoy Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo has released a fun new treat for iOS device-owning Mario lovers. It's an 8-Bit Super Mario Stickers Pack [$1.99] which, as you can probably guess from its title, features 8-bit sticker versions of our favorite plumber...

Originally announced in July of last year, we first reported about the ambitious upcoming post-apocalyptic first-person adventure The Sun in July of THIS year when its first official trailer dropped, and we thought it was shaping up quite nicely. In truth, The Sun has been in development for more than 3 years by a tiny team with a core of just 3 people, and in early August we got word that the game was nearing completion and should be released by the end of the month. Well, as is often the case, the game wasn't quite ready for release by then and after wondering when a new release date might be announced for the past month or so The Sun: Origin [$1.99] finally did officially launch in the App Store early Saturday morning. ..

When Capcom launched Street Fighter IV Champion Edition [$1.99] this past July, they had already laid out plans for at least two content updates for the game that would add in 6 additional players to the roster. The first of those updates landed the very next month, adding Evil Ryu, Guy, and Gouken to the mix as well as some welcome play balancing and performance optimizations. Now today, about two months removed from the previous update, Street Fighter IV Champion Edition has received the second of those promised content updates. ..

When it comes to SEGA and their 16-bit library, game re-releases tend to fall into one of three categories. First, there are the games that are always included: Sonic, Golden Axe, Altered Beast, and the like. Then, you've got games that are often included, but not always. Phantasy Star 2, Ecco the Dolphin, and Shinobi 3 are examples of this group. Finally, there are games that SEGA only seems to include if they're being very thorough. Sometimes it's because they're tricky to emulate, other times because of rights issues, and still other times where the reason isn't clear at all. Beyond Oasis [Free] used to be part of this group, but it feels like it's slowly moving into the second category instead. Its presence here relatively early on in the SEGA Forever initiative is a good example of its improving fortunes...

Civilization building intersects collectible-card gaming in Age of Rivals [$1.99], a two-player game that is, for my money, one of the best games of the year. Age of Rivals is a card-drafting game where you must choose your path to victory. You can seek military prowess, economic dominance, cultural supremacy, or a more balanced path and one of the virtues of the game are its many routes to victory. The game is well worth a try, especially now that it has its first content expansion. The Conflict of Faith expansion brings 18 new cards, a brand new campaign, 6 new challenge levels to conquer as well as various gameplay improvements. Check out our forum thread for the complete list of additions in this awesome additional expansion for Age of Rivals...

'REKT!' Review- A Flipping Fun Stunt Driving Game

I have been driving around my 2001 Chevy Cavalier ever since I was 15. Its golden color makes it shockingly ugly to the eye but my old "clunker" has faithfully served me well over the past couple years. However, it would not survive in the sandbox arena of REKT! [$1.99]. REKT! is an arcade stunt driving game where you traverse an open course in a variety of different vehicles, all while performing various stunts and maneuvers...

If you've managed to get your hands on the Super NES Classic Edition (and it sounds like a lot more people have compared to last year's NES debacle), you've probably been enjoying some great old classic 16-bit games with a few useful new bells and whistles. One of those new features is the ability to rewind the game. It has been a popular feature in the unofficial emulation scene for a while but has largely been left out of official emulated re-releases until now. Save states are a handy way to get through some tough games, but it's annoying having to constantly save and load. A rewind feature simply takes you back a set amount of time to quickly undo mistakes...

We've written about REKT [$1.99] a couple times over the past few months, and for good reason. The game's beautiful futuristic aesthetic design combined with an exciting sandbox freedom to just barrel-roll around playgrounds resulted in something that Jared explained as 'if Jet Car Stunts had a baby with the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater warehouse level', and I can't really describe REKT any better than that. The emphasis on ridiculous combos, high scores and meticulous exploration from the latter skating series comes across strong at first glance, from grinding rails to making a tremendous leap of faith across a perilous gap between platforms, and maybe REKT can fill the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 void ever since the beloved iPhone port was killed by future iOS updates. At the very least, it looks like a lot of fun, and REKT is finally available to download on the App Store for $1.99 today...

Asmodee Digital has been releasing some fun card and board games, and the latest release, Harald: A Game of Influence [$1.99], sounds like an interesting concept and unlike most other card games on the App Store. Harald is all about using your cards to win the King's favor. You play as the head of a village, and you try to use your cards to charm the most influential character of the realm and be noticed by the King. The game comes with six different characters, each with different bonuses and function. You've got the scout, the merchant, and bard, the warrior, and so on. I like games where characters have different powers because that introduced interesting tactics and forces you to rethink your strategies depending on who you're playing as...

Lost Colossus [$1.99] by Game Stew Studio, the developer behind games like Tower of Fortune and The Lost Shield, is out now, so get ready for some retro robot warfare. As we talked about recently, Last Colossus is an ACT/RPG where you play as a commander who gains control of a giant robot after crash-landing on a war-torn planet. As me and other in our forums have pointed out, gamers love controlling giant robots. This simulation game spans 9 chapters, which come with plenty of different enemies and, of course, bosses that want nothing but to take you down. And the game offers 3 different endings that depend on the choices you make, which should offer more replayability for those who want their gaming bucks to stretch as much as possible...

Zen Studios has been slowly teasing their latest Zen Pinball [Free] DLC pack, which is based on three classic Universal film franchises, since early last month. First was a trailer for a table based on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, then they released the trailer for a table based on Jaws at the end of the month. Then last week they released a trailer for a table based on the Back to the Future trilogy, along with the news that this Universal Classics pack would be released on Tuesday, September 26th. Hey, that's today! And indeed all three tables are now live in the Zen Pinball app. Here's all three trailers again...

I would be willing to bet that many of us have doodled various things on paper at one point in our lives. There is something special about what our imaginations can create when we implement our ideas through different forms of art. I still have a couple of notebooks (from my early childhood) that are chock-full of strange ideas/illustrations and I still find it entertaining to pour over their contents from time to time. I have come to appreciate games that attempt to emulate the aesthetics of doodles/drawings that are procured from the depths of people's imaginations. Grapple Gum [$1.99] emulates this type of art style and manages to mash a variety of gameplay mechanics together to create a "slingshot-action-platformer"...

'Tales of the Tiny Planet' Review- A Refreshingly Simple Physics Puzzle Game

The App Store has come a tremendously long way since its humble beginnings in 2008. It was the first time that Apple had officially introduced the distribution of third-party applications on its platform. It was an exciting time and many developers were taking their first steps in exploring the possibilities of gaming on iOS devices. I can recall numerous games from this time that had extremely simple mechanics, yet their simplicity was their greatest strength. Since then, the App Store has continued to acquire an insane amount of games, especially in the physics puzzler genre. Physics puzzle games may have gradually become more complicated overtime, but Tales of the Tiny Planet [$2.99] hearkens back to the aforementioned era of physics puzzle games that were purely simple and fun...

The latest SEGA Forever release is upon us, and like many of the releases so far this one was already released on iOS several years ago before being pulled due to compatibility issues. Space Harrier 2 [Free] is a game of some historical significance as it was one of just two launch titles for the SEGA Genesis's debut in Japan, but it's also a firm reminder that the SEGA Forever celebration of the company's history remains steadily focused on one particular period of it. The emulation is solid enough and it's a decent game that is well-suited to touch controls, so nostalgic SEGA fans could do a lot worse than throwing a couple of bucks at it. Any appeal beyond that group might be a tough sell, however...

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