Category Archives: $2.99

'2013: Infected Wars' Review - "Console Quality," In Air Quotes

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September 24th, 2013 11:30 AM EDT by David Clarke in $2.99, 2 stars, Action, Games, Reviews, Shooter
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Some iOS games look outdated. They don't have the resources to create detailed 3D environment, so instead focus on creative art design, fresh ideas and strong gameplay. Then there's the "console quality" games. They heavily advertise their "immersive environments" and "console quality graphics," rehashing old experiences without attempting to blaze new trails. 2013: Infected Wars [Free] falls into the latter camp. It may seem ambitious, but in every way, Action Mobile Games have developed a safe, predictable, and mostly unsatisfying experience...

Late last year, a quirky little game called Sage Fusion [$2.99] was released on the App Store. It carried its fair share of problems thanks to its attempt to merge no less than three genres: point and click adventure, visual novel, and RPG. With aspirations to do three genres justice, it ended up not really doing terribly well at any of them. Furthermore, the game was a very short affair, being a simple first chapter of what was to be an epic story, an all too common occurrence on the App Store. Unlike many other first chapters on iOS, however, we've actually received a second (and concluding) chapter to this story, Sage Fusion 2 [$2.99]...

'Slender Rising' Review - Slender Man Packs on Muscle

As the temperature grows cool and the leaves begin to drop, Touch Arcade rounds up can't-miss horror experiences from earlier this year and further back that will keep you good and spooked this fall...

Some of my favorite iPad games are ones that can be enjoyed on the same screen with multiple players. There's something really fun about experiencing a game with my wife and guests, tapping away with ease, and with an almost near instant setup time. Don't Fall in the Hole [Free] is one such game...

A couple of years back, 10tons released a very cute little puzzle game called Joining Hands [$2.99]. The goal of the game was to move various creatures around on a hex grid in such a way that they would all hold hands and become happy. Different types of creatures had different requirements for satisfaction, which made it quite a challenging game at times. We liked it quite a bit in our review, and so did our readers. Now, Joining Hands 2 [$2.99] is here, and it's certainly familiar in a lot of ways...

'Blackbar' Review - Words Are A Powerful Thing

Neven Mrgan and James Moore call their latest iOS game – Blackbar [$2.99] - “serious, artsy, and texty.” For the most part, the game is exactly those things. Serious in tone, artsy in approach, and texty cause… well, the game’s just text...

The App Store offers more than its fair share of traditional, sidescrolling platform games. If you're tired of traveling the road that Mario paved back in the 1980s, Freedom Fall [$2.99] offers a 90-degree twist on the genre. Rather than running and jumping from left to right, Freedom Fall challenges you to avoid spikes, spinning blades, fire-breathing gold dragons, and other hazards while picking your way down, down, down a trap-infested fortress...

Neven Mrgan, one half of The Incident [$0.99] developer Big Bucket Software, has released a very interesting new project into the App Store called Blackbar [$2.99]. Co-developed with James Moore of Panic fame, Blackbar is a minimalistic text adventure designed around one key hook: censorship...

Before we get started, it should be pointed out that despite the title, Lightning Fighter 2 [Free / Free (HD)] ain't so much a sequel as it is a remix of the original...

Attention fans of Super Stickman Golf 2 [$0.99], a huge update has finally landed in the App Store for the game and it's quite a doozy. Super Stickman Golf 2 originally launched back in March this year and was quite a success: we loved it in our review. The following month an update was issued which was mostly bug fixes and the like, but with a promise that the "next update will be big!" Well, what the heck? That was like over three months ago aka a million billion years in App Store time...

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of aliens? Do you think of UFOs? Little grey beings? The History Channel guy with the crazy hair? Now, what do you not think of? Magnets? Well, obviously, why would you associate magnets with aliens?..

Developer Juicy Beast's latest iOS release Knightmare Tower [$2.99] has been making waves since its launch in the App Store last week, as much like their previous title Burrito Bison [$0.99] the "one more go" hook and urge to unlock and upgrade every item in the game is stronger than a Darth Vader force choke. We loved the game in our review, and our community has been darn near obsessed with it since it came out...

'Knightmare Tower' Review - Or, Pleasant Dreams of Productivity Lost

Friggin' Knightmare Tower [$2.99] found me again. I thought I was safe when I managed to wrest myself from its previous browser incarnation. But lo, Juicy Beast had to port their quintessential launcher title over to Unity3D and iOS and the cycle found rise once again. Now sporting a new engine, a fresh coat of paint, and some rejiggered mechanics and UI elements, it's ready for the App Store IAP free...

'Riptide GP2' Review - A First Place Sequel

In October 2011, iOS saw the release of Riptide GP [$0.99], a water racer with an emphasis on showmanship. Now a year and a half later developer Vector Unit has seen fit to release a sequel. Continuing with the same great gameplay, Riptide GP2 [$1.99] offers more vehicles, tracks, and an improved visual and physics system, making it simply a great sequel for fans looking for more...

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