Category Archives: $4.99

It's been a long wait, but Tengami [$4.99], the adventure game inspired by pop-up storybooks, has finally been completed. The developer, Nyamyam, is a new name, but you're almost certainly familiar with past projects they've worked on, including Diddy Kong Racing, StarFox Adventures, Way of the Samurai 3, and Kinect Sports. Tengami got a lot of attention almost immediately, thanks to its eye-catching, beautiful graphical style. The final product delivers on that visual promise and then some. It was less certain was how the gameplay would turn out. Happily, I can say that while the gameplay is considerably more pedestrian than the presentation, it's solid enough that fans of adventure and puzzle games will definitely want to give the game a go...

As you may know if you picked up Illusion Labs' touchscreen skateboarding game Touchgrind Skate 2 [$4.99] since it launched this past November, the game originally shipped with three playable skateparks and the promise of one more "coming soon." That fourth new park, called The Docks, has just been added to the game in an update over the weekend. The Docks is a concrete wonderland with lots of transition, plenty of handrails, and even some cement pipes to skate through. It's also quite different from the bright, sunny daytime settings of the previous parks and has a darker feel and some pretty cool lighting effects...

Telltale's latest episodic adventure The Wolf Among Us [$4.99] has just received its second episode, called Smoke and Mirrors. Telltale seemed hopeful back in January that this second episode would launch simultaneously across all platforms the first week of February, and confirmed that would be the case earlier this week. The new episode will run you $4.99 and is downloaded from within the app itself, or alternatively if you've already purchased the Season Pass you can simply download it at no additional cost. Here's a recent trailer showing off the Smoke and Mirrors episode...

I'm always a bit conflicted when it comes to Kairosoft's games. After making a big splash with Game Dev Story [$4.99], a hit simulation that was both fresh and hard to put down, they started to release more and more of their back catalog. As they did, it became more apparent with each release that Kairosoft weren't actually the innovating type they appeared to be initially. Rather, they had a few different spins on the simulation genre and basically bolted new frames onto them. For example, you wouldn't think car racing and soccer have much in common, but the Kairosoft takes on them were quite similar. In recent years, they've tried to implement deeper mechanics and new ideas into their sims, resulting in titles like Dungeon Village [$3.99] and Epic Astro Story [$3.99], which seems to have reinvigorated interest in their games. Sadly, that effort seems to have tuckered the poor developers out, because they're falling back into their old ways with their recent releases...

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...

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