Category Archives: $1.99

'YesSir' Review - A Decent Shot in the Dark

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January 23rd, 2014 7:19 PM EDT by Eric Ford in $1.99, 3.5 stars, Games, iPhone Models, iPod touch games, Reviews, Strategy
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Gamers looking for a present-day take on classic turn-based artillery gameplay may be interested in the likes of YesSir [$1.99]. While it doesn’t have a killer feature like multiplayer, YesSir has plenty of maps, weapons and a difficulty curve that you’ll either tolerate or hate...

As we talked about on a recent podcast a couple of weeks ago, I've been mildly obsessed with Blinkbat Games' latest iOS release No Brakes Valet [$1.99]. And by mildly obsessed, I mean that it's the game I'm playing while ignoring all the much more important things in my life like friends and family. Sorry, guys. Anyway, No Brakes Valet is a wacky take on the "parking game" genre, of which there are hundreds or even thousands of on the App Store. What is it about trying to perfectly park a lot full of vehicles that's so engaging? I don't know exactly, but whatever it is No Brakes Valet takes it and cranks it up to eleven...

'Super Splatform' Review - A Super Platformer With Plenty Of Splat

As readers of this site know well, there are a lot of games that get lost in the shuffle on the App Store. With tens of thousands of new apps every year, it's like sifting through a haystack the size of a barn in search of a handful of needles trying to find all the good games. There are lots of ways to get a heads-up on many of these titles, and one resource that has always served me well is our very own forum. Super Splatform [$0.99], from P1XL, the developers of RPG Quest Minimae [$1.99] and 4NR [$0.99], is one of those games that bounced right by me initially. It has a very unassuming look to it, as I suppose is the norm for this developer. The game's central gimmick carries it far, however, and the increasingly devilish level designs bring it all the way home. You will curse this game out, you will wail in despair at every last minute fumble, and you will go back for more every time...

'Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project' Review - The Best Duke Nukem Game Of This Millennium

I'm not sure if there's another character in the games industry that has achieved so much fame with so few noteworthy games to his name as Duke Nukem. I've got a lot of great memories of Duke, like many of you, I'm sure, but they're all pretty well exclusively tied to Duke Nukem 3D [$2.99]. I mean, I had played Duke Nukem 1 or 2 [$0.99] before that came out, but unfortunately for that version of Duke, I played it around the same time as Wolfenstein 3D [$1.99], and it wasn't hard to miss the merits of the choppy 2D action platformer in that light. I think I mentally filed the series under the same category as Jill of the Jungle and went back to shooting Nazis on my father's PC and getting my 2D shooter fix on my SNES and Genesis...

'Hoplite' Review - Walk Softly And Carry A Tiny Spear

If there's one thing I really love about exploring the many treasures of the App Store, it's that you can find tons of proof for the idea that great games can come from simple, clean designs. It's something video gaming used to live by, back in simpler times, and while I enjoy a big, expensive, complex blockbuster like everyone else, I'm genuinely more impressed with games that excel on the back of a clever design, and that's just what Hoplite [$1.99] does. Part rogue-like, part turn-based strategy, Hoplite may not have the frills of some other games, even within the generally spartan genres it straddles, but the way it cuts to the heart of what makes those types of games enjoyable is beautiful...

Water based puzzle games are a slippery lot. Nearly all of them have the same premise, but more often than not, trying to wrangle up some H20 is undeniably enjoyable. Feed Me Oil 2 [$0.99] is basically the same premise, but it just changes out water for a darker, less healthy substance. Not a whole lot has changed since the original Feed Me Oil [$0.99], but the sequel is fun enough to warrant another purchase from fans...

In the past week, I played two zombie survival adventure games, which is two more than I played in the last full year. It's not that there aren't tons of great zombie games out there, it's just that as a concept I feel like the game industry has done a pretty good job of exhausting it, so it takes a lot to get me invested in the theme these days. One of the two titles I played was The Walking Dead [Free], a game I'd heard nothing but gushing praise about and felt I needed to check out. Well, I've now seen it all the way through, and yes, that was really something. At the same time I was making my way through that, I was also playing Overlive: Zombie Survival RPG [$2.99], and you would think that with a similar genre and theme, there would be a long shadow there that the game might not be able to shamble out of. Well, Overlive isn't as good as The Walking Dead in a general sense, but it does do a lot of interesting things that make it worth checking out for adventure fans...

'MovieCat 2' Review - Meow-velous

'MovieCat 2' Review - Meow-velous

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January 2nd, 2014 4:00 PM EDT by Chris Carter in $1.99, 4.5 stars, Featured, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Quiz, Reviews, Universal
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In 2010, MovieCat [$1.99] took the App Store by storm. It was one of my favorite quiz apps mostly because of how simplistic the format was, marrying uniquely presented film topics with adorable cats. The art style was just as unique, and had its own charm to it, and the trivia was easy enough to get into with multiple difficulty levels. Over three years later MovieCat 2 [$1.99] doesn't change a whole lot, but it's still the same great formula you know and love, updated with newer references and films. And I'm pretty much okay with that...

Several comic book artists have thrown their hats into the video game ring throughout the history of the industry. Most of them have stuck to the art end of things, designing characters or producing cover art, but a few of them have tried their hand at a larger role. The results have been mixed, to be sure. After a handful of botched games based on the character, Spawn's creator Todd McFarlane was more closely involved in the development of Spawn: Armageddon, to similarly poor results. On the high end, Joe Mad was the creative director of the absolutely wonderful Darksiders from THQ. Well, we can add another to that group with the release of Oasis: Path to Redemption [$0.99] from artist Steve Uy, who has done work for Marvel and Image. It's strong in areas you might expect and a few you might not, but some serious pacing issues hurt the game quite a bit...

True Axis seems to be burning the midnight holiday oil, as this week they announced an actual release date for the years-in-the-making Jet Car Stunts 2, and today they've sent along a few new screens for one of the new upcoming parks for their fantastic skateboarding game True Skate [$1.99]. We first heard about the plan to bring four new skateparks to the game earlier this month, with some screens of a concrete park filled with transitions, but here's a closer look at the Schoolyard park that has more of a street skating feel to it...

I'm not even going to try to pretend that I know a lot about beer. This isn't one of those fields where you can fudge it and get away with it. Beer fans seem to be walking encyclopedias of information, and when you get in the habit of actually brewing your own frequently, you've officially hit nuclear physicist levels of knowledge in the topic as near as I can tell. I only drink it, and given my geographical limitations, I don't have access to a large variety. Thankfully, through the power of video game simulation technology, I can finally see what it's like to be a beer connaisseur, and... oh wait, no, I'm still in over my head...

'Cyro' Review - A Puzzle of Specks and Planks

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December 20th, 2013 10:15 AM EDT by Chris Carter in $1.99, 4 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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There's plenty of room for complex puzzle games in the world, but every so often I enjoy sitting down with a great simplistic experience. Sometimes, the most minimal games tend to wrack your brain the most, as they distill a few concepts down into their most basic form, and test your mettle in specific ways. And what could get more simple than guiding a line through a maze?..

'Starborn Anarkist' Review - Building Ships, Rocking The Establishment

Not every game makes a good first impression. As gamers are human beings, we tend to be comfortable with certain established ways of doing things, and games that go too far outside the box in some way or another can be initially off-putting. Gamers are particularly sensitive when it comes to controls, with good reason. A simple swap of the usual functions of buttons is enough to drive some people mad, and I've seen people walk away from masterpieces like Shadow of the Colossus in the first five minutes because it played differently from how they'd like. Adding to the problem for iOS gamers is the sheer quantity of games available. Between new releases and sales, it's very easy to discard a game that doesn't feel good right away...

'KingHunt' Review - Slicing With an RPG Twist

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December 18th, 2013 11:53 AM EDT by Chris Carter in $1.99, 4 stars, Action, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Universal
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There have been a few clones of Fruit Ninja that have popped up over the years, but few have really attempted to move the formula forward. That's where KingHunt [Free] comes in. With an engine that blows its competitors out of the water and minor RPG elements in tow, KingHunt delivers a fun quest that takes this sub-genre to the next level...

These days, any game that leaves an emotional impact on the player (in a smart way) is ridiculed as being pretentious. By definition, the label is accurate, but typically falls under a negative connotation. It's understandable that some gamers just don't care much for the approach to story-telling, but I don't mind it when done well. Turns out, Pretentious Game [Free] is one of those examples. At least this game isn't hiding from what it is; and what it is, is a short but sweet pretentious little game...

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