Category Archives: $9.99

I’ve tinkered with a lot of real-time strategy games over the 30 or so years that I’ve been gaming. My relationship with the RTS genre has been a torturous one. It’s a genre that I have wanted to like more than I have actually enjoyed. Why that should be is complicated, but mostly it’s because I was intimidated by the complexity of the game style and the time investment needed to play RTS games effectively. Ironically, the complexity of the genre was also the reason I never lost interest in RTS games. Inevitably, some new RTS game would come along and capture my attention with siren calls of deep game play, complex strategies and detailed worlds...

Last December Beamdog resurrected a classic and brought it to an entirely new generation of gamers with the iPad port of the 1998 BioWare RPG Baldur's Gate, but in June we got word that the game had been pulled from the App Store due to "contractual issues" with the game's publisher. Lame...

When Square Enix released The World Ends With You on the Nintendo DS several years back, it was notable for its more contemporary setting of life as a teenager in modern-day Japan, as opposed to the RPG trope of a ragtag group of kids embarking on a journey to save the world from evil in some fantasy setting. It was also notable for its intriguing dual-screen combat system, thanks to the two screens of the Nintendo DS...

'Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic' for iPad Review - A Must-Play 'Star Wars' RPG

As extensively explained already in our original post when Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [$9.99] hit the App Store, this is a game with a ton of history behind it. With its tenth birthday coming up this summer, there's no better time to either replay this classic, or get deep into the game as a new player...

Veteran designer John Butterfield's Batle of the Bulge [$9.99] is one of the best historical wargames we've played. Designed from the ground up for the iPad, it feels perfectly suited to that device - so much so that one of its few flaws is that it isn't quite as perfect a fit on the iPad Mini's smaller screen. With it's Avalon Hill-esque gameplay, appealing and unintrusive winter campaign styling, and inspired mix of original and sampled period music, the main thing we wanted in our review of it was more...

Slitherine Software has built a name for itself on well-researched historical strategy and tactical wargames, and Legion is where it all started, back in 2002. Slitherine's Legion [$9.99 (HD)] is a well-executed port of that game, deep and complex, but not taking full advantage of the iOS platform...

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition [$9.99 (HD)] is a faithful port of the classic AD&D computer game, and that in itself is an impressive thing.  Overhaul Games put a lot of work into this one, massaging the antique codebase, agonizing over the implementation, adding a new tutorial and arena-brawling in the Black Pits...

'Battle of the Bulge' for iPad Review - A Grognard's Wardream

Shenandoah Studios' The Battle of the Bulge [$9.99] is to the iPad what SSG's fabled Panzer General was to PC gaming in the '90s. Its a game that will make historical strategy diehards swoon, while also being pretty enough, and easy enough to learn, to draw in people who never knew that this was the game they'd been waiting for...

Ever since this past March when we first heard that the legendary role-playing game Baldur's Gate was heading to the iPad in a new enhanced version, out excitement has been palpable. Brad and Eli are excited to relive a late-90s classic on the touchscreen, and yours truly has never had a chance to play said title, which I've heard is a crime in the gamer community. Well I'm more than ready to right that wrong as following an accidental release last week, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition [$9.99 (HD)] has finally landed in the App Store...

'Magic 2013' Review - A Fantastic Interpretation of the Perfect Gateway Drug

One of the first games I ever bought on the App Store was Solitaire City [$1.99], and I remember thinking all the way back in mid-2008 that card games work amazing on touch screens and how unfortunate it was that (at the time) the most complicated offering available was the same game of Solitaire I'd spent most of my educational career playing on Windows computers. Since then, there have been a number of collectable card games available on the App Store, but they all pale in comparison to the nearly 20 years of refinement and evolution that Magic the Gathering has experienced since the physical game was originally release in 1993. Of course, two decades of complexity, rulings, and card releases can be a double edged sword in that getting involved as a new player is potentially very intimidating...

The iOS platform is hardly lacking for games that allow you to send living things to their inevitable death, and Gratuitous Space Battles [$9.99 (HD)] satisfies the tactical itch with a capital T, while managing to bring some big eye candy and a light sense of humor to compensate you for all your hours spent constructing...

'Avernum: Escape From the Pit HD' for iPad Review – A Rewarding History Lesson

Growing up as an avid Mac gamer in the 1990s, I was a huge fan of RPGs put out by the folks at Spiderweb Software. Not particularly known for their graphical prowess (even back then), these shareware games of old focused more on exploration, narrative and, most important, freedom. Avernum: Escape From The Pit [$9.99] is the second game from Spiderweb to hit iOS, serving as the pinnacle for these RPG tenets and should be looked at as a gold standard for iOS RPGs...

Depending on how you look at it, my weekend was either a complete success or a disastrous waste. Asides from my daily ablutions, I've done nothing but sit on my derriere and play Capcom's Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective [Free]. It's true. I'm not ashamed...

Hey guys! Here's a surprise, Chrono Trigger [$9.99] just came out of nowhere. Well, not entirely out of nowhere, since Square Enix had mentioned that it was coming this month… But after the rampant delays that Final Fantasy Tactics saw, my hopes that they'd hit this release window could be best described as "cautiously optimistic."..

Even though King of Dragon Pass [$9.99] is one of the nichiest (is that a word?) niche titles that has been released lately, I just can't get enough of it. It's been over two months since our review, and I'm still working towards ascending to the position of king. I love how different each play through is, too. I've lost count of how many times I've needed to reboot my tribe, but each time I've taken a different approach and was met with a substantially different outcome...

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