Category Archives: $3.99

Last month we told you, rather breathlessly, about Wadjet Eye Games' plans to bring Gemini Rue to iPhone and iPad. Depending on how closely you followed the point-and-click adventure scene a few years ago, you may know Gemini Rue as a gritty, futuristic detective story about a spacecop named Azriel Odin and an amnesiac named Delta-Six. We now know that Gemini Rue will hit the App Store on April 11 and cost $4.99, though the game will be discounted to $3.99 for early adopters for the first few weeks...

It seems like an eternity since King Cashing [$0.99] came out of no where in 2011. Combining a strong slot-machine battle system with a loose RPG system, King Cashing was a little rough around the edges from a presentation standpoint but absolutely nailed its combat mechanics, making it a sleeper hit amongst our forums. That same mechanic returns excellently preserved in King Cashing 2. With a refined leveling system, new characters, a wealth of weapons and items and a story told with an excellent visual novel style, King Cashing 2 addresses every issue I had with the original, making it a game that begs to be played...

'Year Walk' Review - Be Careful What You Wish For

I was in a panic. An actual panic...

When we first heard that Square Enix would be releasing a new retro-based Final Fantasy, I was excited to see if we'd end up with another adventure similar to Final Fantasy: Dimensions [Free]. Unfortunately, Final Fantasy: All the Bravest [Free] is as far away from such a title as you  can possibly imagine. Focusing entirely on simplified battles, Final Fantasy: ATB is less of a game and more of a blatant attempt to extort cash from a weary fan base for a brief glimpse of nostalgia...

Out Now: 'Temple Run 2' and 'Final Fantasy: All The Bravest'

Hey, it's that time again when all the international releases from out weekly Coming Tonight post have finally gone live in the US App Store. There were some good games in this week's batch of new releases, so be sure to check out that post to see if anything strikes your fancy. Probably the two biggest releases this week are the sequel to Temple Run and an interesting new Final Fantasy game, both of which we took a look at earlier today and we'll go ahead and provide the links for you here in this post...

If your expectations in terms of a game's presentation are high, Imago's Partia: The Broken Lineage [$3.99] isn't for you. On the other hand, if you're a fan of Strategy RPGs, especially the Fire Emblem series, and you can deal with simple graphics, typos, and a few non-fatal glitches, developer Imago's freshman offering is remarkably deep, very nearly on par with big budget games like Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99] and Spectral Souls [Free]...

Do clothes make the man? In Kairosoft's Pocket Clothier [$4.99], they do. There's something strangely bittersweet about the Japanese company's latest simulation game. Unlike its previous titles, Pocket Clothier won't have you gallivanting across the nether regions of space or monitoring the growth of a mall...

If you're the kind of person who doesn't miss an episode of Project Runway and you can't get enough of Kairosoft games, a new simulation just hit the App Store that's going to be totally up your alley. It's called Pocket Clothier [$4.99] and this time around Kairosoft is putting us to the task of running our own clothing store. Or, as they put it, "Let your inner fashionista flower as you cultivate a quaint corner shop into a world-class super brand!"..

I don’t know about you, but all I can think about when I mow someone down or blow someone away in Payback² [$4.99 / $79.99] is Jesse Ventura as Blaine in the movie Predator throwing back the cover of his minigun, spitting out his chewing tobacco (real nasty habit he’s got there) and delivering that immortal one-liner, “Payback time!”..

'Splice: Tree of Life' for iPad Review - Sexy on a Cellular Level

The Fractal and Pulse: Volume One developer doesn't disappoint in its latest dazzling puzzler Splice: Tree of Life [$3.99 (HD)]. Cipher Prime once again sticks to an iPad-only experience, but it only takes one look at the gorgeously large, 70+ levels to understand why the team opted for the larger touch canvas...

If you've played Hothead Games' Kard Combat [$0.99], it's a safe bet that Three Donkeys' Spectromancer [$1.99 / $3.99 (HD)] is going to seem familiar. Very familiar. It's not just that they're both card-battle games in the same vein as Magic, it's that they have exactly the same rules, play the same way, and while the cards have different names and art, their game stats and abilities are identical...

Lost Cities [$3.99] is a game that's hard to quantify. It's built on Reiner Knizia's formidable game design talents, and made into an impressive asynchronous experience by The Coding Monkeys, developers of board game delight Carcassonne [$9.99]. It has a robust single-player campaign and most of the online tools one could hope for. It looks great, too. All of that sounds pretty glowing, but we're only a few days in and I'm already making excuses not to take my turns...

By now management sim fans should be familiar with the drill - out of the blue a new Kairosoft game is launched, bringing its distinct gameplay style to a new theme. In this case, Cafeteria Nipponica [$3.99] takes a turn at giving players the opportunity to become masters of food service management. The theme is a welcome addition and works well with the management tools it offers. In fact, it may work a little too well, as Nipponica ends up being one of the deepest Kairosoft games on the platform, sacrificing some accessibility for depth...

In late February, on Leap Day no less, developer Fluttermind released Incoboto [$3.99 (HD)] for the iPad. Fitting, too, as Incoboto is the type of experience that only comes around every so often. It's technically a platform-puzzler, but all the running, jumping, and puzzle solving you end up doing is just a means to experience the dark and moody story of a strange universe where the sun no longer shines. Incoboto is a visual treat and its story and characters are deep and interesting, something many games have trouble implementing on a mobile platform...

iOS has always been a fantastic fit for pinball games, what with its elongated screens and tilt functionality, and plenty of fantastic pinball games have graced the platform in the last several years. In 2009, Cowboy Rodeo delivered fantastic iOS renditions of the Amiga classics Pinball Dreams [$1.99 / Free] and its sequel Pinball Fantasies [$2.99]. They were decidedly retro, but the gameplay definitely stood the test of time and each game still holds a place amongst my very favorites on the App Store...

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