Category Archives: $9.99

You don't win the tutorial mission in BattleLore: Command [$3.99]. I found that kind of interesting, and in a way, it sets the pace for this strategy board game adaptation. While many strategy games like to puff you up with some early victories before pulling out the Customer Service Bat, this one teaches you the basics of how to play in a couple of turns and then almost immediately comes at you virtually as hard as it ever will. It's a real sink or swim situation, but if you've got the wits and patience to see it through, you'll find a game with a very rewarding core that suffers a bit from its overall lack of options...

'Dragon Quest 3' Review - The Stuff Of Legends

This is the fifth Dragon Quest game I've reviewed in 2014, and by now I'm sure I've hammered in the significance of this series to the JRPG genre, if nothing else. After starting the year with Dragon Quest 8 [$19.99], one of the more recent and certainly the most technologically advanced installments in the series, we took an odd side path to Dragon Quest 4 [$14.99] before heading back to the beginning of the series. I'm a firm believer that Dragon Quest games are like pie in that there's no bad one, but the first two games require a certain understanding of the context in which they were released to fully enjoy them. They're very much formative works of the genre, and as such have all kinds of prickly bits and loose ends hanging off of them. Dragon Quest 3 [$9.99] is where that proviso can be safely removed...

It seems like forever ago that Double Fine ran their then-record breaking Kickstarter for a brand new Tim Schafer-developed point-and-click adventure game, but in actuality it was just back in March of 2012. That adventure game is what eventually came to be Broken Age, and it's had a somewhat rocky development. The game took longer than originally planned to finish, and in fact last year Double Fine announced their intention to split the game into two parts in order to at least get something out the door in a timely fashion...

'Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition' Review - Another Remastered Legend Released for iOS

Beamdog is back. If you aren't excited as a D&D fan you should be. Not just a straight port, Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition[$9.99] is bringing some new toys to the table and I've been geeking out ever since I got my hands on them...

Battle Worlds: Kronos [$16.99 (HD) / Free (HD)] is the iOS debut release for developer KING Art. As a big departure from their previous work, it's surprising how ambitious this game is. The game is a turn based hex grid futuristic war game that focuses primarily on tactical maneuvers, focused fire, and ammo/armor management. With 2 very large campaigns and online play there is a boat load of replay value in this title...

After fighting with the Apple approval process for the past week, Beamdog's Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition [$9.99] has finally arrived in the iOS App Store. The enhanced re-release of the hit RPG released in 2000 was originally announced back in early September, and the plan was to release on both Android and iOS last week. The Android release did go as intended, but we learned last Friday that the iOS version was delayed due to being stuck in Apple's approval process. Over the weekend Beamdog confirmed that the iOS version had actually been rejected, which we subsequently found out was due to "objectionable content" in one of the CGI cutscenes. However, Beamdog resubmitted the game this past Monday and to Apple's credit they pushed through the approval in a remarkably quick fashion...

Turn-based strategy fans will want to take note of a game that sneaked past the Wednesday night release list as it showed up on the App Store this morning, Battle Worlds: Kronos [$16.99 (HD)]. This turn-based strategy game originally released on desktop, and has now made its way to iPad, with loads of content intact. The game invokes classic turn-based strategy game like Advance Wars and Panzer General to describe its gameplay, with players commanding an army of units by land, air, and sea on hexagonal maps. There are two campaigns to play through, with developer King Art claiming 50 hours of gameplay, and a strong AI system...

Stoic Studio Talks 'Banner Saga' Mobile Development and Direction of Upcoming Sequel

Bringing The Banner Saga [$9.99] to tablets gave John Watson nightmares. “This launch was even bigger to us personally than the original launch,” he explains. The Banner Saga was released for PC and Mac in January before making the jump to tablets early last month. “We’ve been working toward this for a long time. I was extremely excited about the launch, and getting it done was a relief.”..

We have seen a pretty big surge of board game ports recently, and I am loving the amount of developer support this genre has been garnering. Handelabra Studio released the latest of these ports recently with Sentinels of the Multiverse[$9.99 (HD)]. With an entire universe of lore,Sentinels seems like it could be a very strong platform to build expansions off of. Very rarely do we get to see a true co-op game that can challenge the competitive culture that has become a stigma for many would be gamers. I think it is important to point out, however, that lore and style are not the weak link of this board game. It is gameplay itself that has me concerned about the future of this franchise. ..

I've been even happier than usual with the recent releases from gamebook developer Tin Man Games. They've taken a couple of books that I enjoyed a great deal when I was younger and rather than simply present them faithfully as they typically do, they've shined them up into even better forms. The Complete Sagas Of Fire*Wolf [$9.99] represents a slightly different challenge, however. In my opinion, the original books that this release draws from are deeply flawed in a way none of the other books Tin Man have sourced for their adaptations are. They've made some serious improvements, but in the end, it's probably something that only the hardcore gamebook fans or people with nostalgia for Fire*Wolf ought to look into. Oh, and the asterisk stands for some kind of grunt that we can't make in our language. Basically, his parents were hippies...

'Banner Saga' Review - Story Driven Awesomeness

Stoic's June announcement is finally upon us. Banner Saga[$9.99] is now available on and designed for iPhone and iPad. This is one of those games that might just change preconceived notions about what mobile gaming is and isn't. The scope of this project should not be underestimated. Very rarely do we find an adventure with this much substance and depth even on one of those 'real' gaming platforms, but here we are. Unrestricted by cables or keyboards, Nothing is lost in translation from award winning PC title to this amazing iOS gem...

As if the huge list of new releases from earlier wasn't enough, Stoic's tactical RPG The Banner Saga [$9.99] has also just arrived in the App Store. The Banner Saga launched on PC in January of this year to critical acclaim, and in June it was confirmed that the game would be heading to "tablets" sometime this summer. That meant that it was at the very least heading to iPad, but as it turns out The Banner Saga is a Universal app for iPhones, too. Check out the PC version launch trailer...

RPG Reload File 002 - 'Chrono Trigger'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome back to RPG Reload, the regular weekly feature where we jump into the time machines in our minds and take another look at an iOS RPG from days past. All types of RPGs are welcome here, and just to make sure things don't get tilted entirely towards my tastes, each month I'll be playing and writing about a game chosen by you. Right now, it's looking very much like The Quest Gold [$7.99] will be the topic of RPG Reload 004, but if you have a different idea, please make your voice heard in the comments below. I also encourage you to share your thoughts on the topic game in the comments, and if you have some spare gaming time, fire it up and play along in the RPG Reload Club thread in our forums...

'Yomi' Review - A Fighting Card Game

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July 11th, 2014 10:48 AM EDT by Chris Carter in $9.99, 4 stars, Card, Games, iPad Games, Reviews, Universal
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As soon as people hear the phrase "card game" you'll have a massive amount of people running for the hills, which is a shame. As a big fan of deck-builders like Dominion, as well as battle games like Hearthstone, card games can be extremely entertaining if done right, and are often timeless, especially on an intuitive touch interface...

'Desert Fox' Review - Attempt To Do What The Fox Could Not

Erwin Rommel, also known as the Desert Fox, has got to be one of the more interesting figures of World War 2. For starters, he's a well-regarded man in spite of fighting for Nazi Germany in the war, a rare enough achievement for him to gain distinction on alone. He was an incredibly skilled military commander, demonstrating an uncanny level of strategy, especially in the challenging desert climates of North Africa. His conscience was such that his ultimate downfall only came about because he was part of the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, and even after being discovered, he was allowed to die with some dignity, with his family's safety assured. He was beloved by the people of Germany, highly respected by his enemies, and overall quite the military genius. For those reasons, and more, the world has seen fit to give him one of our highest awards: video games based on him and his exploits...

'Broken Age' Part 1 Review – An Uneven Split

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June 17th, 2014 9:30 AM EDT by Carter Dotson in $9.99, 3 stars, Adventure, Games, iPad Games, Prices, Ratings, Reviews
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Broken Age [$9.99] is an appropriate name for this point-and-click adventure from Tim Schafer's Double Fine, veterans of the genre. The game is about two separate stories that eventually come together, hence the 'broken' part of the name, but it's also about how this game itself is broken into two separate parts: this is part one of two. Reviewing early access games from a critical perspective is hard enough as it is because a game can change so much from even a public release to its completion. But for this game, there's a special challenge because instead of charging for the full game up front like on PC, with clear "early access" distinguishers, this is just being sold as part one, with part two available as an in-app purchase. So, while I feel like part one of Broken Age shows some promise for the eventual whole, as a consumer product in and of itself, where people can buy just part one of the game, it's hard to recommend on its own...

'Street Fighter' Dev Releasing Card-Battler 'Yomi' on iPad Next Week

Yomi is a tabletop card-battling game that takes place in David Sirlin's Fantasy Strike universe. At some point, Sirlin made a Unity-driven version and threw it up on the Fantasy Strike website, but according to a new post on his forums, it's also coming to iPad next week...

'FTL: Faster Than Light' for iPad Review - Easily The Best Way to Play 'FTL'

Originally released on the Mac, PC, and Linux machines in late 2012, FTL: Faster Than Light [$9.99 (HD)] has seen more positive reviews and won more awards than I can even reasonably list. Rocking a solid 86 on Metacritic, FTL has already proven itself to be a great game. If you missed all the buzz the first time around, here's the gist-..

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...

‘Avadon 2: The Corruption’ Review - A Worthy Return To The Black Fortress

It’s been quite some time since iOS users have explored the world of Spiderweb Software’s Avadon [$9.99 (HD)]. After the release of the original adventure in 2011, the classic RPG developer has spent the last few years introducing iPad owners to its original Avernum series. Now, fans of the series get the opportunity to return to the Black Fortress in Avadon 2: The Corruption [$9.99 (HD)]. Continuing the impressively high standard of previous Spiderweb RPGs on iOS, Avadon 2 is another fine addition to iPad RPGs and a must-own...

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