Category Archives: $4.99

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...

Kairosoft has just released their latest iOS game Ninja Village [$4.99] ahead of the normal weekly release schedule. Ninja Village has been available on Android for nearly a year, and now iOS device owners can get in on the action. If you're familiar with Kairosoft's games then you probably know the deal here. Ninja Village has you creating a village where you'll train soldiers for your army, take them into battle, and unify feudal Japan...

'Battle Supremacy' Review - Blast From the Past

Any iOS gamer worth their salt has probably heard of the Sky Gamblers series. Developer Atypical Games (makers of Cold War [$4.99] and Storm Raiders [$4.99]) has already demonstrated a penchant for good air combat titles and with their recently released Battle Supremacy [$4.99], Atypical has taken the fight to the ground with a World War II-era tank combat system. It’s a pretty good transition to the ground war and makes for a visually impressive, enjoyable action-packed game...

'The Room Two' Review - A Fabulous Sequel That Similarly Leaves You Wanting More

Originally released in September of 2012, The Room [$0.99 (HD)] wound up being a terrific puzzler from Fireproof Games. It was inventive, it was gorgeous, and it was devious. It made you think, and when you figured out the answer, you were wrong, and it made you think some more...

The first episode of Telltale's latest adventure game The Wolf Among Us [$4.99] hit the App Store in early December, and this week the developer has posted a note in their forums that the second episode is scheduled to hit the first week of February...

'Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed' Review - An All-Star Sequel

It seems to be an unwritten rule that every major character gets their own racing game, and Sonic the Hedgehog is obviously major enough to have had a few in his history. The racing genre is a pretty good fit for the speedy character, so it's not surprising that we've seen a number of takes on the concept. The Game Gear Sonic Drift games were pretty mediocre kart racers that had Sonic and his pals shoehorned into SEGA's pre-existing Power Drift series. The games begged the question of why Sonic would use a car, and SEGA replied in kind with Sonic R, a game that had Sonic and company racing on foot to some of the greatest music ever to grace a racing game. Unfortunately, the game was pretty bad, so Sonic hung up his racing stripes for a while until the Sonic Riders series came about, which focused on hoverboard racing. It was popular enough to spawn a couple of sequels, but still didn't quite scratch the itch properly...

Originally released as Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole for PC, but changed to a more family friendly name, especially for family use devices such as iPads, Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark [$4.99] has a fresh home in Apple’s ecosystem, and it’s made the transition very well. It’s a cute, clever and fairly original stealth puzzler...

You may or may not have been aware, but Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars [$4.99 / Free] and Chinatown Wars HD [$4.99 (HD) / Free (HD)] have been missing from the App Store since back in September. Apparently, thanks to a note in the app's description that Rockstar put there prior to taking the game down, it was due to an iOS 7 incompatibility bug, and they'd be investigating a fix for it. Well, that fix is here and both the iPhone and iPad versions of GTA: Chinatown Wars are back in action on the App Store. Best of all, they've both been given a facelift with graphical support for Retina Display devices...

'Republique' Review - Everything I Hoped For

It has become cliché to call Camouflaj’s Kickstarter-baby Republique [$4.99] ambitious, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. This undeniably is the most ambitious iOS game I’ve ever played, showing off AAA production value at every turn. And more surprising, that’s not entirely the reason I LOVE Republique, instead finding the little-touches this game’s most endearing quality...

It seems like only yesterday that Pixbits updated their crafting adventure game Junk Jack X [$4.99] with a Thanksgiving theme and tons of other new content, but it was actually just under a month ago. Still, that's an incredibly short amount of time to already be releasing another update, but that's exactly what Pixbits has done as a new Christmas themed update has gone live for the game...

Late last week, Rodeo Games' Warhammer Quest [$4.99] received a new batch of paid DLC, and like its previous expansion released in early October, it adds a good amount of new content for those looking to get more out of this already fantastic strategic dungeon crawler...

'Sorcery! 2' Review - Continue The Adventure In This Bigger And Better Chapter

If nothing else, the year 2013 has been a great one for gamebooks. With Tin Man Games continuing their excellent work with original and licensed works that faithfully recreate the feeling of a real book, Forge Reply and Bulkypix bringing back an old favorite character with stunning new presentation in Lone Wolf [Free], and inkle's great interpretation of the epic Sorcery! [$4.99] saga, I dare say fans of the genre have never had such a wealth of interesting, quality choices as they do today on mobile platforms. We reviewed the first part of Sorcery! earlier this year and came away quite impressed with inkle's spin on the concept, and I'm happy to tell you that it only gets better in Sorcery! 2 [$4.99]...

For most console and portable gamers, the Assassin’s Creed series is (or should be) a household name as far as open-world objective-based action is concerned. However, it hasn’t really made much of a splash on the mobile scene (the exception being the now ancient Altair’s Chronicles [$4.99 / $6.99 (HD)]). With the recent launch of Assassin’s Creed Pirates [$4.99], iOS users now have an opportunity to experience some of what the most recent console offerings have featured. Unfortunately, several aspects of Pirates bring it down, leading to a gameplay experience that could have been better...

505 Games' action/crafting platformer Terraria [$4.99] is getting into the holiday spirit with its latest update. Just in time for Christmas, you'll now have the chance to score a Christmas ornament when chopping down trees. ..

'Skulls Of The Shogun' Review - Don't Miss This Fantastic Strategy Game

Have you ever found yourself playing a great strategy game and thought to yourself, "All this carnage and killing is great, but wouldn't it be even greater if I could eat the remains of my enemies to gain strength?" If so, I have got two things to say to you. First, you are definitely not invited to Christmas dinner, and second, Skulls of the Shogun [$4.99] is the game for you. This game was released a while ago on Xbox Live Arcade and a few other more ill-fated MS platforms, followed by a Steam launch with some new goodies added in. That version, dubbed the Bone-A-Fide Edition, has now come to iOS, completely intact, with a couple of cool tricks up its sleeve...

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