Category Archives: $3.99

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...

It’s been nearly three years since we checked out Boom Brigade [$1.99] and even back then we appreciated its ability to offer a decent action experience with strategy elements and an incredibly simple control scheme. With Boom Brigade 2 [$2.99], 10ton seems to have upped the ante with more levels, units and weapons. It all leads to an improved title and a great addition to the iOS strategy lineup...

You're wandering through a rural town with only a few buildings, and it's obviously been here for a long time. There's the weapons shop, the armory, the inn which costs you 19 gold for an evening's stay, and a quick bath in an oversized washbasin that hasn't seen a cleaning since last century...

Awesome! The simulation game gurus at Kairosoft have stealthily released another game on the App Store. Dungeon Village [$3.99], as its called, builds on what we've seen in its previous titles, as it blends traditional city simulation with RPG mechanics and systems. Dungeon specifically tasks you with creating a town that can support adventurers. You'll build armories and item shops, buy weapons and armor for visiting heroes, and persuade people to stay in your village forever through clever planning...

This past December PopCap gave their iOS version of Bejeweled 2, which had been around since the early days of the App Store, the heave-ho in favor of a new version of the game simply titled Bejeweled [Free] and a second separate app for its spinoff mode Bejeweled Blitz [Free]...

As much as we may not want to admit it, a game’s style goes a long way—especially in a market as crowded as the App Store. With so many games from so many developers, the right icon and the right visual presentation are often the be all and end all of standing out from the pack. And while those of us who love games know that graphics don’t make for a good game, it’s hard to ignore the allure of stylish games...

'LostWinds2: Winters of The Melodias' Review - A Gorgeous Wind-powered Adventure

Like the bad boy that every girl finds impossible to resist, Frontier Developments' sequel to their platform-adventure LostWinds [$3.99] from last year isn't always easy to control. Precision is not LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias' [$3.99] best feature. With the sheer amount of things that LostWinds2 can occasionally demand of its players, this would normally be almost unforgivable but much like the hypothetical rapscallion, LostWinds2 is just too charming to give up...

Ah. Werewolves. One of the three components in the holy Hollywood trinity of monsters. They ordinarily come in two flavors: loud, ravenous and incapable of anything but wanton violence… or dark-eyed eye candy. The transmogrification-happy lupine of MacGuffin's Curse [$4.99 / Free], however, is neither of those...

'Epic Astro Story' Review - A New Spin on the Classic Kairosoft Recipe

Kairosoft really got gamers fired up when they released Game Dev Story in Fall of 2010, a sim where you took the reins over building your own game company from the ground up. Then, they realized we liked the formula, and a flurry of other "stories" followed. Pocket League Story. Venture Towns. Grand Prix Story. Mega Mall Story. It was fair to say that most of these games had a lot in common: build a business or town from the ground up. And while I admit I was a major fan, I don't know that I would have sprung for another title in this series if there wasn't a little spice thrown in to change things up a bit...

Well, this was unexpected. A day or so after launching a restaurant simulation game on Android, the simulation gurus at Kairosoft stealth-released Epic Astro Story [$..

Azkend [Free / HD] took me by surprise—a gem matching/hidden object game that devoured my hours and my phone's battery until I'd burned through everything it had to offer. After that, Azkend 2: The World Beneath [$2.99 / Universal] shouldn't have been much of a surprise, but it was...

'Incoboto' Review - The End of The Universe Was Never So Much Fun

The description for Ziggurat [$.99] calls it "the end of a much longer story -- a story which ends with The Last Human On Earth standing atop a stratosphere-high stone pyramid." Incoboto [$3.99] could have been described similarly: "Incoboto is the end of a much longer story -- a story which ends with The Last Human in the Galaxy trying to survive the heat death of the universe."..

Last month we reported that an iOS remake of Barbarian - The Ultimate Warrior, aka Death Sword, was in the works courtesy of developer Microids and publisher Anuman Interactive, and after a couple of false starts in the past week, the game does appear to officially be available in the App Store...

I like to imagine there's an Oberlin burnout somewhere who's made a living getting bent on ayahuasca and pitching music-history based games to different companies. My hypothetical game designer, wide-eyed and euphoric, is responsible for games like Boom Boom Rocket, Eternal Sonata, Jazz: Trump's Journey [$2.99], and now Frederic --Resurrection of Music [$1.99/HD/Lite], by Forever Entertainment S.A...

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