Category Archives: $2.99

To The Moon [$2.99] may feel like a relatively recent release in iOS terms, as Freebird Games' beloved adventure title only made the transition to mobile in May of this year. However, To The Moon dates back to 2011, and has since become one of the reference points for the emotive power of certain indie games. The title was met with universal critical acclaim upon its original launch, and was showered by accolades, even against groundbreaking releases like Ghost Trick and Portal 2. The mobile version was similarly met extremely positively, and received a glowing four-and-a-half star recommendation in our review shortly after launch. It may be a relatively fleeting experience, but it is certainly an essential one, and today To The Moon has gone on sale for $2.99 for the first time...

Well, it's been a while, hasn't it? Two and a half years have passed since I was delightfully surprised by Lowlander [$1.99], the cool Ultima 2 homage from developer Flat Black Films. The game did a great job of capturing many of the things that made the early Ultima games fun while simultaneously sanding off a few rough edges in consideration of the platform and the passage of time. While players might have expected a sequel to the game to look to Ultima 3 for inspiration, the game's developer instead opted to deliver a slightly more refined, much larger adventure in a similar mold to the first game. That left me hemming and hawing a bit about doing a review, as it feels a bit like reviewing a foot-long meatball sub after I already reviewed the six-inch. Did you like the six-inch sub? Do you want a lot more of it? If so, here you go...




One of the oldest and best RPG series on mobile just keeps on getting better as today the HD version of The Quest - Hero of Lukomorye [$2.99] arrived in the App Store. As we explained when the previous expansion Thor's Hammer [$2.99] arrived early this month, the game known simply as The Quest [$3.99] in the App Store is actually the HD remake of the original The Quest, which has been renamed to The Quest Classic [$4.99]. The Quest Classic has been around for ages, even before smartphones, and has had numerous expansions released for it, both by original developer Redshift and many by 3rd party developer Zarista Games. The five part Hero of Lukomorye is the work of Zarista and was one of the earliest and one of the biggest expansions, coming right on the heels of Redshift's own Islands of Ice and Fire [$1.99], which is also available as an HD version as of September of last year. ..

If Okidokico Entertainment had released their latest update for OK Golf [$2.99] a mere week earlier during what was apparently England's 'longest heat wave ever' (which lasted a prolonged and arduous five days), their dismal and damp new Oakford Woods course would feel somewhat out of place. However, just in time for OK Golf's 1.4 patch, the sun promptly disappeared from our isles and was replaced with incessant rain. Don't you just love Britain, eh? Obligatory weather ranting aside, the latest update for OK Golf is a big one for fans of the stunning iPhone golfing simulator, as the aforementioned England course has been added alongside Apple TV support, all for no additional cost. Following some solid improvements since its initial release at the start of the year, OK Golf has grown from a beautiful yet flawed title to one that presents a really distinct perspective on the sport, and is more essential than ever now this new update has finally launched on the App Store...

Rampart is just one of those games that every retro enthusiast remembers. I was first introduced to it on the SNES, but it was ported to nearly every platform imaginable due to its immense popularity. Its angle of marrying shooting elements with light strategy and building components is still unique nearly 30 years later, and it's amazing that so few projects have attempted to emulate its formula directly. Castleparts [$2.99] is one such imitation, and although I had a few technical issues with it, it's a project worth playing if you're into the Rampart concept...

Point and click games hold a peculiar retro charm to many younger gamers, myself included. Growing up at a time where the emphasis within the industry was immersive environments, unbridled action and complete control amidst the ascent of the analog stick, point and click titles felt somewhat anachronistic in the twenty-first century. However, the App Store and the fantastic touch screen capabilities of the iPhone have emphasised the qualities of the genre to this newer generation, and such technology has been able to bring cult classics such as Beneath a Steel Sky [$2.99] and the Broken Sword [$4.99] series to a brand new audience. The Little Acre [$2.99] follows in the footsteps of these two point and click gems (especially as the executive producer Charles Cecil was responsible for both titles), and brings a beautifully hand-drawn world with an adorable story to the App Store. After an initial PC launch last December, The Little Acre has today finally launched on iOS, and for the bargain price of $2.99...

I'm always keen to hear about some of my most treasured iOS games being updated to avoid the 32-bit Appocalypse that is approaching with the release of iOS 11, and amidst the business that is WWDC last week news of one such update just about slipped by me. Gesundheit! [$2.99 / $2.99 (HD)], the adorably grotesque stealth puzzler collaboration from Australian developer Revolutionary Concepts and artist Matt Hammill, originally released way back in July of 2011 and went on to win all sorts of fancy awards from all over the place, including our own glowing 5 star review. The game was well-maintained in the couple years following its release but hasn't seen any sort of update since early 2013. That changed last week with the release of a new update adding 64-bit support, higher resolution assets for larger iOS devices, and fixes for missing sound effects and music. If this is the first you've heard of Gesundheit! then definitely check out the trailer...

Dead Age [$2.99], a survival RPG originally created for the PC, is now available on the App Store and Google Play, and it looks like a ton of fun. The game has you teaming with other NPC survivors as you all try to make it through each day and survive the zombie apocalypse. In order to do so, you have to go out on dangerous scavenging runs to gather important resources and recruit other survivors. You'll also craft equipment, defend your rickety camp from the hordes of the dead, and make all kinds of decisions that will influence the outcome of the game's story...

Retro Puzzle Platformer 'Pocket Kingdom' Launching June 15th on the App Store

When we first heard about the tragic demise of Bulkypix last year, it led to much uncertainty surrounding the futures of many upcoming titles that were set to be released under the publisher's moniker. Thankfully, the extremely promising Pocket Kingdom from developers 08 Games is one such game that has safely navigated the trials and tribulations of the past twelve months, and greatly impressed us when we first caught a glimpse of it at GDC in March of 2016. With a distinct pixel art style that is reminiscent of old Amiga games with a new modern flair, and some inventive puzzle platforming mechanics that make the most of a variety of items and obstacles that can be encountered, Pocket Kingdom looks like essential love letter to gaming's past, and is releasing on June 15th for $2.99 on the App Store...

The Quest HD [$3.99], which actually isn't even called The Quest HD anymore because developer Redshift renamed it simply The Quest and then renamed the original The Quest and its many expansions to The Quest Classic but I didn't want to be any more confusing than I need to be and since this is the HD remake of The Quest I'm just going to go ahead and call it The Quest HD anyway… ahem, where was I? Oh yeah, The Quest HD has already received a lengthy expansion with Islands of Ice and Fire [$1.99], which was an HD remake of an existing expansion, but as was hinted at last month long-time The Quest expansion creator Zarista Games has been hard at work on a brand new expansion specifically for The Quest HD called The Quest - Thor's Hammer [$2.99], which just arrived in the App Store today...

The iOS platform has been home to some pretty great space games. Some of them lean more into exploration and trading in the style of Elite or Wing Commander: Privateer. Others are pure shoot-em-ups in the grand tradition of Atari Star Wars and StarFox. Subdivision Infinity [$4.99], the latest release from prolific publisher Crescent Moon, is far closer to the latter type. You're not on rails, but you are generally operating within a set area for each mission. While there are some side missions involving mining and exploring, the meat of the game is in shooting down enemies before they do the same to you. It's not the deepest game around, but it knows what it wants to do and does it well...

It's hard to hear the word Faraway and not think of Eliss [$2.99] developer Steph Thirion's forever-in-development constellation creating game, but while I'm not sure if that one will ever actually see the light of day in the meantime there's a new Faraway in town that's stolen my heart. Officially titled Faraway: Puzzle Escape [Free], the game makes no bones about being a "modern tribute" to the all-time classic Myst. You'll explore 18 different temple ruins solving various types of puzzles in order to open the path ahead and continue marching onward. There's also quite a bit to discover, too, including hidden pages from your father's diary which will help flesh out the story and explain why you're doing what you're doing. Or you can just solve puzzles, it's up to you!..

'Miles & Kilo' Review - It's Dog-Gone Great!

The original Kid Tripp [$0.99] was an excellent ode to Westone's classic Wonder Boy and the Adventure Island series that it spawned. The game looked and sounded like a latter day Master System or Game Gear game, and the auto-running platforming was almost pitch-perfect. To this day, I consider it one of the better platformers available on iOS. Well, the kid is back, and this time, he brought his dog. More importantly, however, Miles & Kilo [$2.99] tries to advance the Wonder Boy-style gameplay with new moves, gimmicks, and obstacles that Tom-Tom never had to worry about. The result is a fantastic game with one foot planted firmly in the past and the other in the here and now. If you like platformers, you won't want to miss this one...

As was hinted at last month, our little pal Red has gone to the casino in a new update for Red's Kingdom [$2.99] which just arrived this morning. Similar to the huge update the game received in early March, this latest update includes two new areas to explore, the fishing port called Roth Ennis and an area called Rath Crom which is home of the famous The Golden Nut casino, and more than 50 new levels to explore and solve. You can also expect to run into several new types of enemies and even some new puzzle mechanics...

'Spaceplan' Review - Delicious Potatoes

The clicker genre can still surprise and delight, it turns out. Jake Hollands and Devolver Digital have delivered a fantastic narrative clicker in Spaceplan [$2.99] that is well worth checking out even if you're clickered out on clickers. While the core hallmarks of the clicker genre are here with lots of clicking and idle energy generators, with waiting outside the app playing a role in the game. But it also features a unique sci-fi story that reveals over time that has an incremental narrative game influence, and a finite scenario to enjoy. Plus, there's lots of potatoes...

Eagle-eyed calendar watchers and sci-fi fans alike will certainly be aware that today, May 4th, is Star Wars Day. On one hand, this means hearing May the Fourth be with you for the umpteenth time, until you're sick of Luke, Leia, and all their Jedi associates. However, this isn't merely a day for awful puns - the long-awaited SPACEPLAN [$2.99] has suitably released this morning for $2.99 on the App Store. Following the incredible 40-minute reveal trailer that was released last week, there has been much expectation on what this latest game from prolific publishers Devolver Digital actually was, and if it would live up to their previous work. Thankfully, early impressions on our forum thread have stated that SPACEPLAN is more than just a run-of-the-mill clicker, but a deep and compelling time-suck that has to be experienced...

Last Friday a very unexpected update hit for Fieldrunners [$2.99 / $3.99 (HD)], the stone-cold classic that helped thrust the tower defense genre into the mainstream when it originally hit all the way back in October of 2008. If the update hit last Friday, then why am I just now telling you about this? Because holy moly have I been sucked right back into this absolutely fantastic game. It's not my fault! This is the first update to Fieldrunners in more than 4 years, and alongside the much-needed widescreen support for the iPhone version, both the iPhone and iPad versions are now 64-bit compatible, so they shouldn't be getting the boot whenever the 32-bit Appocalypse approaches...

After playing Principia [$2.99] through a few times, I find myself a little conflicted. This is an odd sort of science simulation game where you take on the role of a historical scientist and try to build your fame and fortune through research and discovery. Rival scientists will try to beat you to the punch or cattily attempt to discredit your work, and you can choose to respond in kind if you like. The game ends when your chosen character reaches the end of his working life, so you've got to try to get in as much as possible by then. It's a messy, ambitious game, and when I think on it, it doesn't really work at all. And yet, there's something compelling about it all. Perhaps it's the thrill of chasing a discovery to its end. Maybe it's the joy of rising to the top while your rivals slide downwards. The game's nerdy enthusiasm for science is also rather infectious. Whatever the case, it's certainly something to try if you're looking for a different kind of simulation game...

In the world of writing about video games, differing opinions are bound to ruffle some feathers. Such is the case with Red's Kingdom [$2.99]. This charming puzzle adventure is polished to the gills in terms of presentation, which is I think something everyone can agree on. But some of its design decisions left our own Carter Dotson feeling more lukewarm towards the game in his review. However, it did garner our Game of the Week nod upon release, and has found a ton of fans in our community, who voted it as Game of the Month for January. A major update last month added a bunch of new levels and several new features which looked to smooth out the game's rough edges, and according to this teaser posted today it looks like more new content is in the works for Red's Kingdom...

For years, Kemco has been nothing if not consistent in their slate of published games. They've been a mobile gamer's one-stop shop for budget JRPGs, largely filtered through the lenses of four separate developers, each one doing as much as they can with as little time and as few fresh assets as possible. To be fair to the company, there's a demand for those kinds of games and not many are rushing to fill it on iOS anymore, with the way things have shifted in the market towards free-to-play social games. But even the most ravenous of niches can hit a saturation point if you push hard enough, and it almost feels like Kemco was intentionally looking for that line. Perhaps they finally found it, as 2017 has seen the publisher branching out in more new directions than they had in the previous four years combined. Yodanji [$2.99] is the latest fruit of those labors, and like its similarly-minded stablemate Djinn Caster [$4.99], it's quite good...

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