Category Archives: $2.99

Despite the flooding and bad times that Hello Games have had recently, they've just released their sequel to the popular Joe Danger, and despite being what is essentially more of the same, the game remains fun, and will keep you going. That ten minute play time you said you were going to take before getting started on housework? Well, six hours later it’s time for bed...

Just over a year ago, in December of 2012, a game launched for the iPad that you might not be familiar with, but you should be. It's called Cook, Serve, Delicious! [$4.99 (HD) / Free (HD)] from developer David Galindo. Now, I'm not typically a fan of restaurant simulation type of games, but I decided to give Cook, Serve, Delicious! a spin when it came out and I was instantly hooked. It's a surprisingly deep simulation, as you take your lowly one-star restaurant and build it up with new equipment and menu items on your way to making it a five-star fine dining establishment. The food-making mini-games are all fun, and the game quickly gets hectic as you try to keep up with a rush of orders without screwing anything up. We loved Cook, Serve, Delicious! in our original review, and since release the game has been fleshed out even further with content updates...

Last month, Noodlecake Games talked a bit about their huge forthcoming update to Super Stickman Golf 2 [Free], which will see a new set of levels themed around Team Meat's brutal platformer Super Meat Boy. That in and of itself is very cool, but today the team has lifted the lid on more details concerning this major update which is set to hit the App Store this Thursday...

Originally released back in 2012, Castle Raid [$0.99] offered an interesting combination of castle defense and castle offense with a simplified RTS control scheme to tie it all together. Now, developer Arcticmill is back with Castle Raid 2 [$2.99], an iterative sequel that preserves the core gameplay while adding some much-needed depth. Challenging but fair, Castle Raid 2 offers all the right ingredients to be worth checking out...

Dubbed by its developers as a mix of Diablo and The Binding of Isaac, Hero Siege [$2.99] is a dual-stick shooter that immediately has big shoes to fill. With a simplified combat system combined with a load of randomization systems, Hero Siege may pick up some aspects from those titles in terms of theory, but not so much in terms of implementation. Still, while the action-RPG hybrid may not live up to the games that it’s inspired by, Hero Siege is still an enjoyable romp through a 16-bit styled randomized world with plenty of enemies to dispatch...

Just recently, an old tradition in gaming was broken for the first time ever. PlayStation hardware was released, and a Ridge Racer title did not accompany it. It's completely understandable, however unfortunate it might be. Ridge Racer just hasn't been putting butts in the seats like it used to in the old days. A lot of that is down to heavy competition in the genre from games offering a staggering amount of content compared to Ridge Racer, along with declining interest in the racing genre in traditional markets. After a disastrous new approach on the Vita, where a barebones version was sold for a discounted, but still high, price with the remaining content sold as IAP or offered as free DLC, it looked like Ridge Racer might finally be headed for the scrapyard...

Hey, here's just a quick heads up that the massive Infinity Blade III [$6.99] update that we detailed last week is now alive and kicking in the App Store. And that's not all, as for the first time since its release in September, Infinity Blade III is currently on sale for just $2.99. The new update, called Ausar Rising, adds tons of new quests, items, a new Infinity weapon, and just so, so much more. It also adds two brand new modes, one of which is called the Deathless Mode and is detailed by Donald Mustard in this new video...

When Super Stickman Golf 2 [Free] launched in March of this year, it expanded on and improved over the original game in just about every way, which is really saying something as the first Super Stickman Golf was sublime. Several months later, in August, a huge version 2.0 update added even more greatness in the form of new characters, new courses, replay sharing and a whole lot more. The team at Noodlecake has been somewhat quiet on the Super Stickman Golf front since then, but this week they've unveiled a small portion of what to expect from yet another huge update which is set to go live in January...

Rovio has just release a new update to the original Angry Birds Star Wars, and it appears as if it will be the last update for the game. Not surprising really, since Angry Birds Star Wars II [Free] launched this past September and has taken over its predecessor in the charts. ..

'Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Remastered' Review - Setting Right What Once Went Wrong

Poor ol' Sonic sometimes feels like the video game equivalent of a child actor. He blasted onto the scene in his youth, becoming a huge multimedia star and the darling of the industry, with a hugely successful comic, several animated series, and the true measure of success, his own canned pasta. Then he went through a very awkward 3D puberty, and things have never been quite the same since. From the horrifying lows of Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 and Sonic and the Black Knight to the enjoyable highs of Sonic Generations and Sonic Colors, he's become a veritable poster child for inconsistent quality. Even his many, many spin-offs vary greatly in this way, with some recent great racing games under his belt being off-set by mediocre cash-ins like his Olympic team-ups with Mario. Remember that time he was in an RPG from the makers of Mass Effect and Knights of the Old Republic? Man, what a guy...

Just a quick heads-up to let you know that the Sonic The Hedgehog 2 [$2.99] remastered update, which we gave you some first impressions of yesterday, is now available as a free update to the original game in the App Store. Additionally, if you're amongst the Android ranks, the game is now available on Google Play for the first time ever. In addition to improved visuals, widescreen and Universal iPad support, and a 60fps frame rate, this remastered Sonic 2 also includes brand new additions like a Boss Attack Mode, an online 2-player mode, Knuckles as a playable character right from the start, and the first ever official inclusion of the long-lost Hidden Palace Zone which was scrapped from the original Sega Genesis version of the game just days before release back in 1992...

I'm going to get something out of the way up front so that I don't harp on it too much for the rest of this review. The icon for Clash of Puppets [$2.99], that image up and to the right a little bit? That is the most terrifying thing I have seen in ages. I've seen those unblinking plastic eyes in my nightmares every night for the last few days. I have no idea why the main character of this game is creepy, but he is. None of the monsters are as scary as he is. He's like Chucky's sick uncle. Then you play the game and he has a child's voice. This does not make him less horrifying, at all...

Unrequited love is a theme you don't see much in videogames. Far too often games will deal with a sappy romance, or no romance at all. Admittedly, it's tough to really capture that feeling, but some games can pull it off with grace...

In the relatively short time electronic gaming has been around, the industry has seen several games that managed to catch on in such a big way that they took over the hobby for a period of time. Many of these are remembered well today, even by people who weren't into gaming at the time. Nobody forgets Super Mario, Street Fighter 2, Doom, or Grand Theft Auto 3. Still, there are a few truly huge games that, for whatever reason, seem to have slid into slight obscurity over the years. The series falls dormant, either due to the publisher disappearing or sales falling off, and soon, games that shifted the entire course of the industry fall between the cracks. Double Dragon seems to be one of those games...

When One Man Left released Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous [$2.99] a few weeks back, the long-awaited sequel to one of the App Store's all-time classics, there was much rejoicing. It improved upon the original with improved visuals, a multitude of awesome new power-ups, and challenging boss fights. It did all the things you want a sequel to a great game to do, but there were some hang-ups. ..

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