Category Archives: $4.99

I was a bit surprised by this latest release from Kairosoft, makers of the hit simulation Game Dev Story [$4.99]. Not by the game itself, mind you, since this is right off the assembly line in every way, shape, and form. No, I was surprised by Pocket Harvest [$4.99] because I really thought Kairosoft had done a farming game before. I guess it's because farming and rustic settings have been regular elements of many of their games. This is their first pure farming game, but it has been shoehorned into Kairosoft's most familiar template, creating a game that is one of their least appealing to date. The most common criticism of this developer's games is how much they tend to recycle, but at least with titles like World Cruise Story [$4.99] or Sushi Spinnery [$3.99], the settings are unique even if the mechanics are very familiar. Pocket Harvest doesn't even have that going for it, unfortunately...

There are many things you could accuse the Trese Brothers, developers of Star Traders 4X: Empires in Exile [Free / $4.99] of with regards to how they handle their games. You can't ever say that they lack ambition or industriousness, however, and that has never been more apparent than with this latest release. Although most of their past mobile work has been for Android mobile devices, the Trese Brothers have released two games before this on iOS. Their first release, a couple of years ago, was Star Traders RPG [Free / $2.99], a sci-fi themed trading game with an impressive amount of universe lore. Then, several months ago, they released Heroes of Steel RPG [Free / $3.99], an interesting turn-based strategy RPG that again featured an impressive amount of world-building. Both games were in many ways too deep for their own good at times, and both were pretty rough around the edges at release. On the positive side, both have received a mind-boggling amount of updates in response to player feedback...

'Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake' Review – A Scrumptious Treat

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake [$4.99] is one of my favorite games of the year. It's a puzzle game that's bright & colorful, but decidedly not just for kids. It's a game that has complexity without frustration, and takes place in a wonderful world that helps make it so much fun to just play again and again...

Back in December, Ubisoft brought some Assassin's Creed flair to iOS with the spinoff title Assassin's Creed Pirates [Free]. It was a pirate-themed nautical combat game, similar to the ship combat portions of Assassin's Creed 3 and 4 on consoles. This put it in a sort of weird position, as it was a pretty decent nautical adventure but failed at delivering a full Assassin's Creed experience to gamers on mobile. We enjoyed it well enough in our review upon release, but Ubisoft has been good about updating Assassin's Creed Pirates every couple of months with new features. The latest update hit yesterday and is dubbed the Freedom Update, and adds a new area to explore called La Isla de la Juventud along with a new ship customization feature...

'OTTTD' Review - Gives a New Meaning to the Term "Guts and Glory"

We checked out SMG Studio’s Over The Top Tower Defense title (OTTTD) last month and were stoked about its unique take on the genre. With an impressive melding of traditional TD and action-RPG elements, all of my expectations as to what it had to offer were happily exceeded. Indeed, OTTTD [$4.99] not only takes tower defense to a gameplay depth rarely seen for the genre, but it does so with ease, making this an awesome and refreshing update to the classic genre...

Here's a nice surprise: Warner Bros. has just slyly released LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril [$4.99] to the App Store. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes was released for consoles and PC last year, and is an action adventure title in a similar vein to previous LEGO games, but using Marvel characters. On handhelds like the Nintendo DS and PlayStation Vita, the game was released with the subtitle Universe in Peril, and it appears that the iOS version is a port of that handheld version...

The first half of 2014 has been straight up ridiculous in terms of great iOS games, and one that has stayed in my daily rotation since its release is Rocketcat's device-throwingly difficult dungeon crawler Wayward Souls [$6.99]. After a years-long development period, Wayward Souls finally launched this past April and we loved it in our review. It's not for everybody, due to its unforgiving nature, but it quickly developed a hardcore following of fans. Wayward Souls' launch was also interesting because it weighed in at $4.99, a hefty price by App Store standards, and promised to increase its price by a dollar with each update. Wayward Souls also did not include any form of IAP, and Rocketcat was betting on players who have been clamoring for "premium" games on iOS to make the game a success. So far it seems like that strategy has worked...

It's been a few months, so it feels like it's about time for another Kairosoft game, yeah? If you're thinking "yes!" then I've got some good news: Kairosoft released Pocket Harvest [$4.99] for iOS today. The game has been available on Android since last year, and as I'm sure you can gather from the title alone, Pocket Harvest is Kairosoft's take on a farming sim. But, unlike some of the more unsavory farming games out there, this one doesn't have any form of in-app purchase. Just farming with that signature Kairosoft style...

Just a quick heads up to let you know that the fourth episode of Telltale Games' excellent adventure game The Wolf Among Us [$4.99], which Telltale began teasing us about last week, is now available to download from within the game. Like previous episodes, it'll set you back $4.99 if you're buying them one at a time, or will simply be ready to download if you've bought the season pass. This fourth episode is titled "In Sheep's Clothing" and you can get a gist of what it's all about in the following trailer (spoilers, obviously)...

These days, developer 5th Cell is most famous for their huge break-out hit series, Scribblenauts. Although that series started on the Nintendo DS, it saw an iOS release more than two years ago in the form of Scribblenauts Remix [$0.99], which still regularly hangs in the top selling paid apps. Offering players a great deal of personal input into solving the game's levels, it's easy to see why it appeals to so many. However, that wasn't 5th Cell's first foray into games that allow players a way to express their creativity. That honor goes to Drawn To Life [$4.99], released in 2007 for Nintendo DS, a platformer that asks the player to draw various objects into the world, not the least of which being your main character. While it wasn't the mega-hit Scribblenauts would become, it was a very successful game that kicked off its own series, and it's now available on iOS courtesy of publisher 505 Games (Terraria [$4.99]) and developer WayForward (Shantae: Risky's Revenge [Free])...

It was just last week we learned Mika Mobile's follow-up to Battleheart was submitted to Apple, so when we saw the game show up in the New Zealand App Store this morning we weren't totally sure if it was some sort of soft-launch, an accident, or what. Well, it turns out it was simply a very fast approval process and the release date was set for May 28th, a day earlier than the typical App Store release day, which means that Battleheart Legacy [$4.99] is now officially out in the US and the rest of the world...

Just a couple of days ago we shared the first screens from the forthcoming fourth episode of Telltale's The Wolf Among Us [$4.99] adventure game, and today the studio has announced that this episode is set to release on iOS next week on May 29th. Along with an announcement of a release date, Telltale has also created a new trailer for episode four, which is titled "In Sheep's Clothing." Check it out, and as always, if you haven't played any of the previous episodes be wary of spoilers...

Back in 2007, before smartphones and tablets had really taken hold, the fact that the Nintendo DS had a touchscreen was a pretty novel thing. Many times it was simply used as a gimmick or touchscreen stuff was shoehorned into a game type that didn't really need it, but the possibilities of doing truly unique things with a touchscreen and stylus were definitely there. One of the coolest concepts for using the DS's touchscreen was 5th Cell's Drawn to Life. Well, just this morning, 505 Games, probably best known for bringing Terraria to iOS devices, has brought Drawn to Life [$4.99] to iOS as well...

Last month, Telltale Games released the third episode of their fable-based adventure game The Wolf Among Us [$4.99], and today they are beginning to tease the next episode titled "In Sheep's Clothing" with some new screens. As Telltale describes the forthcoming episode, "Has the Wolf met his match? Beaten and bloody, Bigby is confronted by the realization that a society built on secrets is ripe for exploitation. And that the disenfranchised of Fabletown may see his prey not as the cause of their problems, but as their solution. Constantly caught between 'the rules' and doing the right thing, Bigby must tread a path fraught with danger in this penultimate episode of The Wolf Among Us."..

In August of last year, developer Full Control released Space Hulk on PC, a video game adaptation of the tabletop board game of the same name. Full Control had been hinting that their version of Space Hulk would be coming to iOS, and indeed the following December Space Hulk [$9.99 (HD)] was released for the iPad for $9.99. Today, for the first time since releasing, Space Hulk is on sale for $4.99, half off its regular price. In conjunction with the sale, Space Hulk has just received an update adding co-op multiplayer functionality, as well as a new multiplayer lobby. The game's online multiplayer works cross-platform with the Mac, Linux and PC versions of the game...

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