Category Archives: $1.99

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 [$1.99] 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 [$2.99] 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...

'Deemo' Review - A Beautiful Rhythmic Experience

It’s been nearly two years since we saw the release of Cytus [$1.99], an excellent music game that was not only built on a solid gameplay foundation but has been continually updated with new tracks since its release. Now, developer Rayark is back with their second music/rhythm title and it’s just as awesome as the first. Deemo’s [$1.99]gameplay may not be groundbreaking, but it’s still an amazing game with a highly refined experience worth checking out...

True Axis' fantastic skateboarding simulation True Skate [$1.99] has been pretty well taken care of since its initial release in October of last year. After our original glowing review, True Skate has been updated with great new features like new missions and slow motion, a huge new skatepark and board customization, and improved transition skating. Well, it's been about seven months since True Skate has seen any sort of update, which is totally forgivable as True Axis is busy slaving away to get Jet Car Stunts 2 in our hands, but they're ready to make up for that lull with four brand new skateparks in the pipeline. Check out some new screens of one of those skateparks below...

Poor, old Mega Man. Although he's one of gaming's longest-running and most prolific icons, he's surely seen his ups and downs, and these last couple years have been some serious examples of the latter. While not so long ago he was flying high, today he seems to be largely abandoned by his owner and replaced by his "father". On iOS, we've gotten an embarrassingly cut-down and IAP-laden port of Mega Man X [$4.99], a port of Mega Man 2 [$0.99] with lousy virtual controls, and Mega Man XOver, a game so bad that Capcom opted not to release it outside of Japan for quality reasons. For the Blue Bomber-loving iOS fan, the pickings are pretty slim...

'Garfield Kart' Review - This Fat Cat is Light on Fun

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December 3rd, 2013 11:11 AM EDT by Danny Gallagher in $1.99, 2 stars, iPad Games, iPhone games, Racing, Reviews
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Ever since Super Mario Kart on the Super Nintendo earned a place in pop culture's archive as a true gaming classic, just about every cartoonish video game series has tried to emulate that success to the point of becoming a punchline. Why would Sonic the Hedgehog, a character whose core ability is running near to the speed of sound, ever feel the need to prove himself on the racetrack in a go-kart?..

People who spent their childhoods in the 1980s were likely fans of either Transformers, G.I. Joe, or both. With huge casts full of enough colorful characters to make parents' wallets cry for mercy, there was sure to be at least a few for everyone. I'm not exactly sure why, but Strike Force Heroes: Extraction [$1.99] feels like a G.I. Joe run and gun. It's not the first game with a huge cast of unlockable characters, but something about this group makes them feel like a big stupid team. With a steady breadcrumb trail of new characters and new weapons, the game manages to stay fresh for quite a while, but there are a few problems that keep it from hanging with the big boys of the genre...

Playing Doom for the first time is one of my fondest childhood memories. It sounds odd, playing such a violent game at such a young age, but Doom really helped shape my gaming habits for years to come. It wasn't my first FPS strictly speaking, but with simple gameplay, tons of weapons to choose from, and a labyrinthine set of maps, it was one of my favorites. Neon Shadow [$0.99] attempts to recreate that classic feeling, and even though it may not fully succeed, there's still a great deal of love involved in this letter...

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