Category Archives: $6.99

EA’s newest iteration of its soccer franchise, FIFA 13 [$6.99], has hit the App Store to coincide with the release of the console versions today. You might remember we briefly checked out FIFA 13 at E3 this year, and EA showed off even more of the game’s features at their media event last month...

Almost a year ago to the day, at last year’s Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix announced a card battling game called Demon’s Score. Well, at least that’s what we thought at the time, but thanks to some sketchy translation issues that wasn’t actually the case. Square Enix WAS working on a card-battling game, and in fact it launched just last week. It’s not called Demon’s Score, though, it’s called Guardian Cross [Free] and it’s free to download and check out for yourself, or you can see what people have been saying about it in our forums...

We've been keeping tabs on Wild Blood [$6.99] every since Gameloft announced that they would be utilizing Unreal Engine 3 in their iOS games. Being one of the games taking advantage of that engine, there's little doubt that Wild Blood is a nice looking game. However, an uneven difficulty curve, control issues, and a few other technical missteps keep this adventure from reaching the lofty heights of the tale it's based on...

Despite one's personal feelings on the Marvel universe (or comic books in general) you cannot deny the sheer rejuvenation in popularity for the series, culminating in the recently released Avengers film. Marvel (via Wideload Games) has decided to take advantage of this popularity with its release of Avengers Initiative [$1.99], a new title for iOS. While Initiative looks stunning and models its gameplay after the incredibly successful Infinity Blade series, a distinct lack of innovation coupled with a weary reliance on IAP make it fall disappointingly short...

PopCap’s beloved take on tower defense Plants vs. Zombies [$0.99] and its iPad counterpart Plants vs. Zombies HD [$0.99 (HD)] have both received updates today. A “Last Stand” game pack offers up 5 brand new levels as well as an endless level, and there are 3 new achievements to unlock as well. A new Mallet pack will let you swing on your zombie enemies while in Survival or Last Stand...

SNK Playmore has been on fire this year, with The King of Fighters-i 2012 [$3.99], the iOS version of their classic fighting franchise, hitting in May and two stellar NeoGeo ports, Metal Slug 3 [$3.99] and Blazing Star [$0.99], both released in July. A far cry from their only previous iOS effort, 2009‘s Metal Slug Touch, which was not very good and has since been pulled from the App Store (trust me, you aren’t missing out on anything)...

I admit that I am a bit on the jaded side when it comes to some of the genres of iOS games out there, but when something like Horn [$6.99] comes my way, all those cynical bits seem to dissolve away and leave something childlike in their wake. Maybe it's that Horn, the young blacksmith's apprentice that you play the game as, reminds me a bit of Ico (in fact, there's something distinctly Team Ico-esque about the entire games's aesthetic). Or possibly I was drawn in because this is composer Austin Wintory's first musical project since the heartachingly beautiful score he wrote for Journey. In other words, Horn has a lot going for it by means of look and pedigree...

In the mid-90s SNK released the first game in one of their most revered series, Metal Slug. The run and gun platformer had become a staple in arcades of the 80s and 90s, and nobody did it with more panache than SNK did with the Metal Slug games. Beautiful hand-drawn art, incredible animations, and buckets of personality were the hallmarks that set Metal Slug above the huge pack of similar games. And of course, the ‘Metal Slugs’ themselves – a variety of vehicles you could hop in and lay waste to everything in sight...

Much like the eponymous film currently raking in millions in ticket sales, The Dark Knight Rises[$6.99] aims for great heights and mostly hits its marks. The game follows and expands on the events that unfold in the final entry in The Dark Knight trilogy film saga, but don't worry: we won't divulge any spoilers for the two of you who haven't seen the movie. All you need to know is a masked terrorist named Bane has bad intentions for the people of Gotham City, and you, being Batman, need to strongly discourage him against those plans...

'Yesterday' Review - Point and Click Your Way Through A Noirish New York

I love point and click adventure with a mad passion. I'll play anything that falls under the description, in fact. It's been great to see so many iOS developers taking a stab at the genre lately, and since Yesterday [$6.99] certainly looked like a solid entry, my clicky index finger was all over it the moment I got a gander at the pretty graphics...

When I was a kid I had a jumping-jack toy that looked like a dancing cossack. He was a little wooden man with a pull-string dangling between his legs, and when you tugged on the string his arms would move up and down, as if he were jumping, or dancing. Every Christmas he’d get pinned to the coat closet, and I’d spend way too much time making him dance to the hummed tune of the Tetris theme (I was obviously not a very politically correct child, growing up on a farm in rural Virginia)...

In our previous review, we covered N.O.V.A 3’s [$6.99] single player experience with the promise of reporting on its multiplayer after the game hit the public and the online servers filled up with players. Unfortunately, after a few days of blasting away against fellow iOS gamers, N.O.V.A.’s multiplayer hasn't quite lived up to expectations...

'Bug Princess 2' Review - Breaking News: Cave Makes Fantastic Shooters

On the iOS platform, nobody has done as much for the 2D scrolling arcade shooter genre than Japanese developer Cave. For the past 2 years, they have consistently delivered high quality ports of their stellar back catalog of games to the App Store. They have yet to really have a misstep either, providing you have an especially unquenchable thirst for bullet hell-style shooters...

'The King of Fighters-i 2012' Review - One of the Best iOS Fighters, Now with New Characters and Online Play

It was in July of last year that SNK Playmore brought their classic fighting game franchise to iOS with The King of Fighters-i [$2.99], and it was the only game that could really stand up to the then current standard for touch screen fighters Street Fighter IV [$4.99], and in many ways it even exceeded it. Which series you prefer is largely a personal preference thing, but I always felt that The King of Fighters-i edged out Street Fighter IV in overall quality and playability...

Total War Battles: Shogun [$1.99] is not perfect. Anyone who tells you differently is either lying or particularly forgiving in regards to an absence of visual cues. Nonetheless, while Creative Assembly and Sega's first attempt to bring their award-winning franchise to the iOS platform is one pockmarked with problems, it doesn't change the fact that this real-time strategy game remains an excellent addition to the App Store...

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