Category Archives: $4.99

Kairosoft continues to bring their vast library of simulation games over to the world of iOS, the latest being World Cruise Story [$4.99] which has been available on Android for quite some time. As you might have guessed, World Cruise Story is all about creating the greatest luxury cruise liner in the world. Here's a look at some screens from the Android version (since the screens in the iOS App Store are kind of garbage)...

About this time last week we were telling you that an English language version of the interactive novel 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors was heading to iOS on March 17th. Well, that's today, and as expected the game is now available in the App Store as the retitled 999: The Novel [$4.99 / $4.99 (HD)]...

It's that time of the month again, where Kemco releases another RPG from their stable of developers using the same old engines and... Sweet Merciful Odin's Beard, it's 3D! Only partially, but still! Okay, I'm being a little flippant here. Most of Kemco's developers have each brought out a new engine in the last couple of years, but Alphadia Genesis [$9.99], from Across Age 2 [$3.99] developers EXE Create, is the first one to use polygonal graphics. It's a superficial advancement, to be sure, but a welcome one from a publisher whose games are generally pretty hard to tell apart for the layperson. It's something of a half step, since only the battles are rendered in polygons while everything outside of them uses the same old 2D sprite engine, but that's to be expected considering the giant jump in scope and budget going full 3D would entail. So, less Final Fantasy 7 and more Wild Arms, but it's still kind of cool to see a polygonal JRPG on iOS from someone other than Square Enix...

Weird hair, strange mumblings and an unhealthy sleep pattern walking around alone in spooky houses. Could it be Mikael Myers or Norman Bates? No it is the Lodger...

Earlier this week, Telltale Games confirmed that Walking Dead: The Game - Season 2 [$4.99] would be getting its second episode, titled A House Divided, this Thursday. Well, it's Thursday, and guess what? They weren't lying as Episode 2 A House Divided is now available to download form within the app. Look, I even have proof...

It was a big deal when classic BioWare RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [$9.99] launched for the iPad in May of last year, but being an iPad-only title meant that those who didn't own an iPad were left out in the cold. Aspyr Media, who handled the iOS port of KOTOR, were barraged with requests for iPhone support, and this past December, they granted gamers their wish with a Universal update to the game. Of course, if you give a mouse a cookie, he'll want a glass of milk. So now that the game was Universal and able to be played across different devices, now people were clamoring for iCloud save syncing, so they could continue their progress on all their devices. Well, Aspyr delivers once again with today's update which brings iCloud save syncing to Knights of the Old Republic...

'Mines of Mars' Review - Diamond in the Rough

We’ve been keeping tabs on Crescent Moon Games’ Mines of Mars [$4.99] since we first caught wind of it nearly a year ago. Now, after over a year of development, we’ve finally got our hands on WickyWare’s mining adventure. The wait may have been long, but it’s well worth it as Mines of Mars is an excellent adventure that does a great job melding open-world exploration with a cohesive quest-driven story...

Late last week, Telltale sent the word out that the second episode of Walking Dead: The Game - Season 2 [$4.99] would be hitting this week… on PlayStation, PC, Mac and Steam. True to their word, it is indeed available right now on those platforms, but for whatever reason there was no confirmation on when that second episode would it iOS or Xbox 360. We presumed that both those platforms would be getting the new content this week too, and today Telltale has confirmed that Episode 2 "A House Divided" will be hitting Xbox 360 on Wednesday with the iOS version slated to hit this Thursday. Here's the trailer for A House Divided again in case you missed it...

If you had asked me back in the 90s which of the popular and/or long-running adventure series would be more or less the last one standing almost 20 years later, I doubt I would have guessed Broken Sword, but here we are. With the dissolution of Lucasarts likely putting Monkey Island to rest forever, Sierra being completely eradicated in the Activision-Blizzard merger, and the huge breakout success of The Walking Dead [Free] making it increasingly unlikely we'll see any further Sam & Max games or the planned King's Quest revival from Telltale Games, Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse [$4.99] appears to be the only survivor from that golden era. Amazingly, the series is still in the hands of its creator, though this new chapter needed some help from the fans to make it to fruition...

The old-school dungeon crawler can be a cruel mistress. First-person movement, gameplay that basically drops you in the middle of a world and tells you to figure it out - it’s certainly a far cry from the handholding that most RPGs do these days. Coldfire Keep [$4.99], the latest title published by Crescent Moon Games, does a decent job of recreating the basics of the classic genre with a large world that kept me wanting to return, explore, and conquer. However, it left me wanting more in terms of combat and controls...

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...

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