Category Archives: $6.99

'Modern Combat 5: Blackout' Multiplayer Review - A New Standard in iOS FPS MP

Gameloft’s Modern Combat series, like the Call of Duty’s and Battlefields before it, is usually a tale of two games. On the single player side, an action-packed (and typically short) adventure with a fantastical story typified the experience while multiplayer is a fast-paced endeavor with plenty of fragging accompanied with some sort of progression system. Modern Combat 5: Blackout [$6.99] fits the bill on the single player side (as evidence by our review), but does a great job expanding the series beyond what’s typically been expected on mobile on the multiplayer side. In fact, when it comes to multiplayer FPS titles on iOS, at this point there’s MC5, and there’s everything else...

'Modern Combat 5: Blackout' Single Player Review - Blurring the Lines Between Single and Multiplayer

After months of news, teaser trailers, and hands-on previews, Gameloft’s latest entry in its first-person shooter series is finally here. As was the case with MC4, there’s a lot to look it with this latest sequel, so this first part of the review focuses primarily on the single player campaign and underlying gameplay mechanics. In that regard, Modern Combat 5: Blackout [$6.99] is an excellent sequel that makes some dramatic improvements to said mechanics while keeping the actual FPS action mostly unchanged...

Ever since Vivid Games announced Godfire: Rise of Prometheus [$4.99] last year, we’ve been keeping a close eye on its development. For good reason too, as Vivid has a reputation for great games (see Real Boxing) and the thought of them creating a title in the same vein as God of War was an exciting prospect. Now that it’s finally here, it’s safe to say that the wait has been mostly worth it. Visually stunning, Godfire suffers from some gameplay monotony but is otherwise a great action-adventure title...

A great sale on KOTOR isn't the only Star Wars-related iOS news today, as Disney has also released a brand new app/game called Star Wars Journeys: The Phantom Menace [$4.99]. It's broken up into two main parts: an interactive visual storybook that retells the tale of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and a pod racing game...

Two years ago, iOS players received a gem in Autumn Dynasty [$6.99], a beautiful real-time strategy game with a unique art style and excellently implemented gameplay. With the recently released Autumn Dynasty Warlords [$6.99], the stakes are raised significantly with a fully functioning turn-based strategy game incorporated on top of the core RTS gameplay. While this sounds like an awesome combination in theory, Warlords implementation leaves plenty to be desired...

Mojang has posted a quick blog entry on their website detailing a little bit about what they've been up to in regard to Minecraft - Pocket Edition [$6.99]. The number one request I've heard from players of Pocket Edition even since its initial release back in November of 2011 has been for bigger worlds and caves. Well, according to a new post on Mojang's blog, the Pocket Edition team has laid the foundation for those bigger worlds...

The huge Minecraft - Pocket Edition [$6.99] update which developer Mojang detailed back in October is now available in the App Store. The biggest addition is the ability to craft minecarts and rails to run them on. While Redstone is in the mobile version now in a limited capacity, you can't yet make circuits out of the Redstone dust, though it does seem you can power your minecart rails with it...

Infinity Blade III [$6.99] is set to receive what developer Chair is calling "The biggest Infinity Blade update ever!" next week, on December 19th. The update is called Ausar Rising, and features the return of Siris' previous incarnation Ausar the Vile. Together with Isa, they'll set out to destroy the dark mirror of Ausar in a series of new quests featuring new enemies which include two new Deathless. You'll also be able to return to the castle from the original Infinity Blade, the God King's Dark Citadel, for the first time, as well as other new environments...

Chair Entertainment's first ClashMob Special Event for Infinity Blade III [$6.99] kicks off this Friday December 13th, and ties into the upcoming film 47 Ronin from Universal Pictures. ClashMob participants will need to collaborate to take down the massive Samurai Brute, and if they're successful, will unlock the Brute's sword in their inventory for use in the rest of the game. According to Chair, this will be the only opportunity for players to obtain the Samurai Brute's sword. You can catch a glimpse of the Samurai Brute as well as a glimpse of the 47 Ronin movie in the following trailer...

'Lords Of Waterdeep' Review - A Great Conversion Of An Excellent Board Game

Playdek has built a good reputation converting trading card games to iOS, and their recent foray into board games, Agricola [$6.99], showed they know their way around that type of conversion just as well. Their latest release, Lords of Waterdeep [$6.99], is unsurprisingly another thoughtful adaptation, this time of Wizards of the Coast's 2012 hit Forgotten Realms board game. Like other mobile adaptations of board and card games, the advantages are clear. It's a lot cheaper, it's easier to play with friends, you can play solo against or fill out your multiplayer games with AI opponents, you don't have to set up or clean up, and cheating is considerably harder. If you happen to be a fan of the actual board game, I'll save you a few minutes of reading: this is a faithful version of the core game, so if that's what you were looking for, feel free to buy without remorse...

If you were a fan of the Infinity Blade series' seasonal helms, then you'll be happy to know that the first such helm is now available in the latest entry in the series Infinity Blade III [$6.99]. Being that Thanksgiving is tomorrow and that's a pretty darn major holiday, the themed helm is none other than a Turkey Helm which looks pretty similar to the ones from the previous game. You can nab the helm for both Siris and Isa, and reenact the warm turkey-headed embrace seen in this screenshot from Infinity Blade's website which announced the news...

Call of Duty: Strike Team [$6.99] was released this past August, and was a wonderful example of how you bring a big-time console franchise played with traditional controllers to a touchscreen platform like iOS. It featured an action-packed single-player campaign filled with all the over-the-top drama and excitement of its console big brothers, but with one very smart addition that completely changed how it played: at any time you could switch between normal first-person view to a top-down view on the fly...

It was all the way back in April of 2011 that developer SoMoGa announced that they were working on an iOS port of Lunar Silver Star Story, a classic RPG that graced the Sega CD and PlayStation in the '90s. SoMoGa had done the excellent iOS port of another Saturn RPG, Vay [$0.99], so we were really excited to see what they could do with Lunar. Well, as with most things that people are excited for, it took a lot longer than expected but Lunar Silver Star Story Touch [$6.99] finally did arrive in the App Store in September of last year...

Today Epic and Chair have detailed their forthcoming update to the mega-hit Infinity Blade III [$6.99]. The expansion pack is called Soul Hunter and will be a free update for owners of the game. It adds a new campaign quest which sees Isa and Siris face off against a new enemy threat: Oslim the Deathless Bloodmage. As the story goes, Oslim was sent by the Worker of Secrets to kill Isa and Siris in an effort to prevent them from uncovering the secrets of an ancient observatory. One very cool aspect about this new enemy Oslim is that he sports dual Infinity Blade weapons, and if you do manage to defeat him you'll be able to take hold of those dual weapons for yourself when playing as Siris...

It's been a slow process, but Mojang is still plugging away at Minecraft - Pocket Edition [$6.99] in order to make it a more feature-complete version of the popular crafting adventure game. The folks at Droid Gamers offer up some new details on what we can expect from the forthcoming 0.8.0 and 0.9.0 version updates to the game...

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