Category Archives: $4.99

'Terraria' Review - A 2D 'Minecraft'-like With a Sense of Adventure

I don’t particularly love the sandbox-survival genre - made famous by Minecraft - or care to dabble in every one of its corners. I often play these kinds of games in a 3-4 hour chunk, vigorously exploring, crafting, and building until the well of joy runs dry and I rarely come back to them. Turns out, though, Terraria [$4.99] has one hell of a deep well, and has had me coming back for more on more occasions than I can count...

'Junk Jack X' Review - Beauty in Simplicity

Take a quick gander at the App Store's top apps, and you'll see an astonishingly large amount of Minecraft-like games. Whether its emulating its visuals or open-world sandbox gameplay, it's obvious that the genre is hot on iOS. Take Junk Jack for example, an excellent 2D sandbox game that did a good job recreating that spirit of exploration and self-discovery. Now, nearly two years after its release the folks at PixBits saw fit to release Junk Jack X [$4.99]. With a greater emphasis on accessibility and an all-important multiplayer mode, Junk Jack X does a great job of expanding on the original without changing what made the original successful...

It's a Craft-a-palooza: 'Junk Jack X' Hits the App Store Right Alongside 'Terraria'

Wow, I hope that aspiring crafters have blocked off some vacation days, because not only has Terraria arrived on the App Store but PixBits' highly-anticipated redux of their phenomenal 2D crafting game Junk Jack, called Junk Jack X [$4.99], has just surprise landed on the App Store as well. We just posted yesterday that Junk Jack X was "very close" and PixBits was just getting ready to ship the game off to Apple for approval, with launch likely coming in the next few weeks...

2D "Minecraft-alike" 'Terraria' Hits the App Store

The road that Terraria [$4.99] has taken to get to the App Store has been an interesting one, but at long last the game is finally available on mobile devices worldwide. A touchscreen port of the popular 2D Minecraft-like building game Terraria seemed like a perfect fit, and had been oft-requested even since the original PC launch of the game back in 2011. Xbox Live and PlayStation Network just got the game themselves earlier this year, with a Vita port on the horizon as well. It wasn't until this past May that developer Re-Logic confirmed that Terraria was heading to mobile devices in the summer, and just this week there were whispers that the game was slated for launch this Thursday...

Castle Crashers is a game that, so far, is not available on the App Store. This is apparently a problem for some people, because every once in a while, we see someone take a kick at capturing its particular brand of chaotic fun. Many of those games are really just trying to capture the spirit, which in its purest form hearkens back to River City Ransom on the 8-bit Nintendo system. Some games, however, miss the spirit entirely and make a more superficial attempt. Ninjas - Stolen Scrolls [Free] unfortunately falls into the latter category...

Kerosene Games knows how to make a visually-gorgeous game; Bounty Arms [$4.99] is proof of it. But graphics never make up for the rest of a game’s short-comings, and when the shine of the polygons wear-off so does the hypnosis. Sure, Bounty Arms is gorgeous and resides with a charming art-direction, but not much more than that...

Having never played any of the previous games in the series, Sky Gamblers: Cold War [$4.99] was an entirely new experience for me. ..

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded [$4.99] is a revamped, reshuffled remake of 1987's Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, a title that takes me back to 1989 and being a spotty thirteen year old. I remember going to my friend's house after school, plonking ourselves in front of his Dad's CGA IBM compatible and loading up Leisure Suit Larry, in the vain hope that we might see some pixelated female naughty-bits. Unfortunately, we never managed to pass the age test screen, as we didn't know the answers to any of the questions (I guess it worked), so we would always end up back in front of my friend's Amiga 500 for a spot of Chase HQ or drawing willies with Deluxe Paint...

'Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded' Hits the App Store

We've been covering the second coming of Leisure Suit Larry since it was first announced way back in late 2011, but this past May we learned that the reboot of the classic raunch-fest adventure game would be delayed with no definite release date in sight other than "late June" for the mobile version. Well, it's a bit past late June, but as of just a few minutes ago Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded [$4.99] finally did show up in the App Store...

'Gentlemen!' iPad Review - Lucky Frame's Field of Honor for Modern Duellists

If there's one thing that proves that society has gone all to pieces in recent centuries, it's how uncivilized we've become with regards to matters of honor. It's almost as though two wealthy landowners of equal social stature can't face each other with rapiers or pistols without it becoming a whole thing, you know?..

Firstly, let me start off with a mini review for the movie: Pacific Rim - Bad acting, bad dialogue, bad accents (those guys are NOT Australian) and bad-ass robots kicking monster butt - 8/10. Now on to the game.....

Walking along a grassy forest floor among silhouetted trees shooting interminably upward, each step rumbling in his ear, the Boy accidentally steps on a wolf trap. His head pops into the air, followed by a comet’s tail of black blood, as his body goes limp, and the trap pries itself open with a creak. It’d be funny if it weren’t so arresting, but that’s Limbo [$4.99]...

When Playdead announced that Limbo would be coming July 3rd, I thought they meant "July 3rd" in that it was set for a July 4th release but would technically hit the night before on the 3rd due to how timezones work, like the normal batch of weekly "Thursday" releases. ..

'Limbo' Hits the New Zealand App Store

July 2nd, 2013 12:28 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in $4.99, Upcoming Games
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I can't say enough good things about Limbo. It blew my mind when I played it back on the Xbox 360, and I've got both sets of fingers and toes crossed that it translates well to iOS. The original release saw stellar reviews, so, provided the controls work well, we're definitely sailing into "must have" territory...

'Spiral Episode 1' Review - A Fast-paced Action-RPG with an Interesting Story to Tell

While I'm a fan of action-RPGs on iOS, I always seem to encounter the same problem while playing them: an incessant forcing of the 'console experience' on a touch-screen device. ..

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