Category Archives: $3.99

It's been more than three years since the generally well-received Ys/Zelda mash-up action RPG Across Age [$3.99] was released on the App Store. It was a surprisingly well-done adventure, developed by frequent Kemco collaborators EXE Create, that used a simple time travel mechanic to make it stand out. Well, we finally have a sequel, and in spite of it being rather a long time coming, it's more refinement than revolution, delivering an experience that's a little bit too familiar in many ways. Still, there's a great time to be had here, especially if you enjoy the genre...

What originally started as a meme on the Something Awful forums, the character of Slender Man has grown far beyond what the original creator probably ever intended. An unnaturally skinny and tall man, with no features, always dressed in black, appears randomly before you, and if you see him, you have precious little time to avoid his grasp and an untimely end...




Kemco's latest in their line of monthly mobile RPGs comes by way of developer Magitec, whose name last popped up with Covenant of Solitude [$6.99], released several months ago. They are by far the least prolific of the teams Kemco uses on the English side, with just three of their games seeing release: Grinsia [$6.99], the aforementioned Covenant of Solitude, and this game, Chrome Wolf [$3.99]. Due to the breakneck release schedule of Kemco's games, we're used to seeing minor improvements at best from title to title, though in the last year or so, each of Kemco's development partners have made major engine changes or created new ones altogether. Everyone except Magitec, that is...

Gary Chalk is one of those guys whose name you might not know or remember, but whose work will strike a familiar chord with many. His striking and unique artwork can be found in many fantasy favorites, including the classic Redwall series of books, the Lone Wolf series of gamebooks, and the cult favorite board games Talisman and HeroQuest. His style is recognizable almost immediately, with gaunt-faced humans in highly detailed clothing and heavily-stylized monster designs, to say nothing of his penchant for bizarre architecture. It's his contributions to Lone Wolf that make him well-known among gamebook fans, though, and that fame makes him a solid choice to build a new series around...

Badland [$1.99], a game that was already pretty phenomenal when it launched back in April, is the gift that just keeps on giving as its just received its eighth(!) major content update. In the update, the conclusion of Day II brings 10 new Night levels that feature deadly laser beams. There's also 30 new missions to complete and 7 brand new achievements to earn. You can see what these new Night levels are like in the following trailer...

Remember back when Game Dev Story [$4.99] released? It was such a fun game, and it seemed like everyone was playing it, even people who weren't really into mobile gaming. At that point in time, the future looked pretty bright for developer Kairosoft, with a future as a dominant force on the App Store seeming likely. Well, they perhaps didn't make the most of their chance, but they're still trucking away, porting their old feature phone and PC releases to iOS and (more frequently) Android. That they could sell tons more copies of Game Dev Story 2 than The Sushi Spinnery [$3.99] may or may not be obvious to them, but they're clearly marching to their own beat, and today, that beat sounds a lot like clopping hooves...

I was pretty excited to hear about a new game coming from Eccentricity, the developers of Dive For Treasures [$1.99]. In spite of a pretty plain name, the game itself was a unique, relaxing experience. Well, there's not a lot unique about their new title, Tower Dwellers [$4.99], and I can't say it's all that relaxing, but depending on how well you liked Kingdom Rush [$0.99] and your personal definition of how close is too close, you should have a good time with this one while it lasts...

Kairosoft are the masters of simple to get into but deceptively deep simulation titles on mobile, and their latest iOS offering Pocket Stables [$4.99] has just arrived in the App Store. As I'm sure you've already figured out by now, Pocket Stables is all about building up the biggest and best ranch you can, and training a stable of racehorses to compete and bring home the victory. You'll be filling your ranch with amenities like ice cream stands and gift shops in order to attract visitors, who'll then spend money on your cool attractions which you can put towards training your racehorses...

'Fist of Awesome' Review - Simply Awesome

My favorite beat 'em ups have character and personality, tight combat and hit-boxes, and responsive controls that allow for tactical decision making. If they also have referential humor, a great art direction, a kick ass soundtrack, and a bad ass bear-punching, beard-having protagonist - like in Fist of Awesome [$3.99] - that's even better...

As if yesterday's onslaught of new releases wasn't enough, SNK Playmore quietly snuck in a new iOS port of their 1997 Neo Geo fighting game The King of Fighters '97 [$2.99] to the App Store. KOF '97 is the fourth entry in SNK's The King of Fighters series, which features a mashup of characters from previous SNK games battling it out in teams of three. ..

Spelunker was released in 1983 -- before I was even born. With the simple premise of "explore a giant cave" and arcade-like gameplay, Spelunker won the hearts of many, and destroyed the gaming aspirations of many more. In a word, the game was difficult, and is often infamously referred to as one of the hardest games of all time. Everyday Spelunker [$3.99] may faithfully re-create the magic of the retro original, but unless you're a die-hard fan, you'll probably want to avoid this excursion...

'Bit.Trip Run!' Review - A Mostly-Intact Port Of An Excellent Runner

We often see the case of a game from a genre well-realized on consoles, dedicated handhelds, or PCs releasing on mobile. Sometimes, we even see these games make their way over to the platforms where their genres were born or popularized. For example, Chaos Rings [$6.99] is a JRPG, a genre popularized by consoles, that was released on mobiles first, and then eventually making its way to the Playstation Vita. It's considerably more rare, due to the relative youth of the mobile platform, to see a game from a genre popularized on mobiles release on consoles. Such was the case with Bit.Trip Runner, an auto-running game released for Wii, with later releases on 3DS and Steam. With the release of the sequel, developer Gaijin Games decided to really go big, putting the game out on pretty much every platform under the sun including, in a slightly modified form, iOS...

'Device 6' Review - An Interactive Story Unlike Any You've Ever Experienced

Device 6 [$3.99] is the newest project from developer Simogo — an independent team that has quickly risen to the cream of the crop among iOS developers. But you won't find endless runners or dual-stick shooters in their repertoire — with games like 2012’s Beat Sneak Bandit [$2.99] and this year’s Year Walk [$3.99], Simogo has shown that they know how to utilize the platform’s strengths like few others are doing. In Device 6, Simogo brings that same relentless ambition to the genre of interactive fiction and crafts an experience unlike any other I’ve encountered on iOS...

'Incredipede' Review - This Physics Puzzler Has Legs. So Many Legs.

Quozzle lacks most of what we might call heroic virtues. She hasn't got a body, or even much of a face. She's an eyeball, a few exposed bones and some scraps of flesh and muscle. A monster. But as the hero of Incredipede [$3.99], she has heart. She has tenacity. She has everything you give her. She might not look like a hero, but she'll have you feeling like one...

I like most of Hexage’s iOS offerings, Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman [Free] included. They have worked consistently to cement a signature art direction with each of their IP - colorful, simpler art that is easy on the eyes – and have backed up each new game with engaging mechanics to solidify its gameplay...

If you’re into turn-based strategy games, or more specifically hex-battlefield games like Civil War 1863 [$1.99 / Free], you may have heard of Hunted Cow Studios. The studio has steadily carved out a niche in the hex-strategy genre over the past few years. Ancient Battle: Rome [$1.99] is the company’s latest iOS adventure. It’s chock full of historical tidbits, challenging maps, horses and even a few elephants. That’s right, you get to fight with horses and elephants. Are you excited yet?..

Zombies. What can you say about them? Sure, they've been around for a long time, and I am a huge zombie fan (and horror in general). It pains me to say that, despite the history of zombies, in the current state of things, they are way overdone. Everyone and everything has used zombies to some extent. Even in a crappy zombie love story movie...

'Solar Flux HD' iPad Review - Setting Suns on Fire

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August 25th, 2013 12:00 PM EDT by Nissa Campbell in $3.99, 4 stars, Game Center, Games, iPad Games, Puzzle, Reviews
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Solar Flux HD [$1.99] sends you off into space, alone on a mission to refuel the many stars of the galaxy. Over the course of 80 levels you go out, leaving the safety of your space station with a gentle slingshot, collect fuel (called flux), and shoot it into dying stars. You keep them from going nova, keep them from collapsing, keep them from burning out...

A couple of weeks back we checked out a very interesting looking upcoming original fighting game for the iOS platform called Cool Clash [$0.99 / Free], and skirting the typical Thursday release schedule the game is now available in the App Store. The immediately noticeable thing about Cool Clash is how brilliantly animated it is. The characters and backgrounds are all hand-drawn, and in motion it looks like you're playing an actual cartoon...

I love reading, but I sure don't do enough of it. Too many video games to play, you know? Well, combining reading with video games seems like a solid solution to that problem. Choice of Games has been releasing choose-your-own-adventure style gamebooks on iOS for the past few years, and we've previously enjoyed and reviewed a couple from their extensive library, specifically Choice of Kung Fu [$2.99] and To the City of the Clouds [$1.99]...

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