'Planescape: Torment' Review - What Can Change the Nature of an App?

Oh. Really? Another one of those old isometric dinosaurs got released on iOS? No. I am sorry, but that's wrong. THE old isometric dinosaur that devours and spits out other isometric dinosaurs is finally out for iOS. Fresh off solid remasters of Baldur's Gate [$9.99], Baldur's Gate II [$9.99], and Icewind Dale [$9.99], Overhaul Games is back with the magnum opus of the CRPG world Planescape: Torment [$9.99], and yes this terrible thunder lizard still has teeth. Much commentary of this recently revamped game is devoted to how the upgrade was handled. As many of you, dear readers, may not be very familiar, I will also be unwrapping my personal experience with the actual content of Torment. Even though I have been an avid gamer through the decades, this was one I did not get the chance to play back in the day (I blame Diablo II, personally). Now given the chance to remedy this grave personal flaw, I present to you my humble take on a giant of the industry. ..

'Kami 2' Review - 2 Kami 2 Furious

March 31st, 2017 10:00 AM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in 3.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews
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Say what you will about other aspects of gaming, but one area where mobile games can frequently go toe-to-toe with those on other platforms is in their style. Games like Monument Valley [$3.99], Sword and Sworcery [$3.99], and Prune [$3.99] are as much about taking the player on an audio-visual journey as they are about pushing their gameplay mechanics. 2013 puzzle game Kami [$2.99] might not be as famous as some of those games, but it's certainly done well enough for itself. It has made the jump to multiple platforms and now has a sequel to call its own. Unfortunately, Kami 2 [Free] runs into a lot of the same troubles that puzzle game sequels usually do, and with much of the novelty of its gimmick worn off, its fundamental issues shine through a little too brightly...

Out Now: 'Planet of Heroes', 'Shardlight', 'Active Soccer 2 DX', 'Faeria', 'The Deep Paths', 'A Magical High School Girl', 'Guns of Mercy', 'Free Rider HD' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS games! It's good to be done with GDC and back to a mostly normal schedule. You may have noticed we didn't have a nice and tidy list of new games such as this one last week due to being too busy with the conference, but we did throw together a list of last week's new games and posted it this past Monday in case you missed it. If you did miss it, well, then you have a surprise double dose of new games this week and I weep for your wallet and your device's storage space. As always you can check out the full list of this week's games below and let us know which games you'll be picking up in the comments!..

Goodnight Games has made an interesting action game in Malevolent Machines [$1.99]. It's a game with some clever ideas, and a unique art style that looks both a little ugly and yet detailed and stylish in its own way. It's a game with some bugs and issues, but a lot of good ideas at the heart that shine through the experience. It's an experience that may be off-putting to some folks, but its unique charms and quirks wormed its way into my heart as an entertaining and unique action game...

Classic Reload: 'World of Goo HD'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where we goo what we want. Each month, we take a look at a classic game from the annals of iOS history to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the King Slime, I try to choose a balanced plate of games from month to month, but if there's something you really want to see, let me know by posting in the comments below. You might not see your suggestion soon, but I will add it to the master list for future consideration...

Out Now: 'Neon Chrome', 'Super Cat Tales', 'Go Rally', 'Dominocity', 'Replica', 'Battleship Lonewolf', 'Cube Knight', 'Dead Runner - Inner Evil' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS games, and if you've been feeling a sharp pain in your wallet for the past few weeks due to so many great new releases, I'm sorry to say that this week isn't going to offer up much relief. There's the fantastic dual-stick shooter Neon Chrome which will set you back a fiver, and the incredibly fun top-down racer with full track editor in Go Rally which is another fiver. Then there's the melding of my two favorite things on this planet, platformers and cats, with Super Cat Tales, which is thankfully free to download but will set you back yet another fiver for the premium unlock. To be honest, 3 awesome games for 15 bucks is cheap! But we all know how these weekly binges can add up though, too. So throw financial caution to the wind and check out the full list of games below and let us know which ones you'll be picking up!..

Okay, we're at a point now where it's highly unlikely many mobile gamers are itching for another roguelite. It's proven to be a popular genre on mobile, which means everyone, their uncle, and their uncle's cat has released some kind of variation on the time-honored theme. 1-Bit Rogue [Free], from Kan Kikuchi and popular Japanese indie developer Skipmore, is the latest to give it the old college try, and while it's a pretty fun game, I'm not sure it has much to say to anyone looking for something to perk up the genre. It does all the things well that Skipmore usually excels at: the retro-style presentation feels authentic, there are fun unlockables, and it's an easy game to come to grips with. If nothing else, that makes it worth checking out for a game or three...

Out Now: 'DC Legends', 'Asphalt Xtreme', 'High Risers', 'DragonVale World', 'Nekosan', 'Lemons', 'Bloons Supermonkey 2', 'Galaga Wars', 'Mercenaries Saga2' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS game releases, and as usual, there's a hefty list of stuff for your download consideration. Time to drink from the firehose! This week sees the feels-like-forever-in-soft-launch DC Legends finally come to life worldwide, as well as the only-soft-launched-for-a-week Asphalt Xtreme from Gameloft. Plus a new DragonVale, a new game from the Duet developer Kumobius called High Risers, and a new game from the Mr. Jump developer 1button called Nekosan. And many, many more. So check out the full list of games below, and let us know in the comments section which games you'll be picking up this week!..

Out Now: 'The Bug Butcher', 'Eggggg - The Platform Puker', 'Critical Ops', 'Puzzlepops! Trick or Treat', 'Mini Metro', 'RETSNOM', 'Silicon Valley: Billionaire' and More

It's the time of week where we get to add to our growing backlogs as a ton of new iOS games arrive in the App Store. This week sees the feels-like-forever-in-soft-launch online first-person shooter Critical Ops finally officially launch, and the disgusting-but-oh-so-adorable puke-based platformer Eggggg projectile launch into the App Store. Oh! And you guys. The Bug Butcher? It's fantastic. And of course earlier this week the highly-anticipated transportation simulator Mini Metro arrived as did the incredibly unique puzzler RETSNOM. And more Puzzlepops! Pretty strong week, so look over the full list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up...

Out Now: 'Sorcery! 4', 'Batman - The Telltale Series', 'Primordia', 'Faily Rider', 'Vulture Island', 'Tons of Bullets', 'Huetopia' and More

It's that time of week again when all the new iOS games pour from the App Store like a bursting dam, and this week in particular has some pretty heavy hitters. I mean, those few slow weeks earlier this month had to come to an end at some point, right? Telltale's Batman, the fourth and final Sorcery! game, and a port of adventure game Primordia are the headliners this week, but there's also lots of other interesting-looking games I know I'll be filling up my iPhone 7's storage with. So check out the full list below and as always let us know which games you'll be picking up!..

Out Now: 'Midnight Star Renegade', 'Eisenhorn: XENOS', 'Journey Below', 'Agricola All Creatures Big & Small', 'Mars: Mars', 'Satellina Zero', 'Reigns', 'Fish Fist', 'Primal Legends' and More

When I walked into the office today and punched my timecard I had no idea we'd be in for the type of new game avalanche that we're seeing today, but it's been a particularly heavy release week. Lots of stuff trickled out earlier this week and even dipping into last week, so we've tried to compile everything the best that we could. Check out the massive list of games below and let us know which ones you're interested in checking out!..

Out Now: 'Mobius Final Fantasy', 'Blitz Breaker', 'Tap Hero', 'One Show Only', 'Jurassic GO', 'Crooked Path', 'Pixel Disc Golf 2' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS game releases, and if you're on the same side of the planet that I am, then you're happy to have Hump Day behind you and only a couple more days left before the weekend. And what better way to break up that work week than by downloading a bunch of new iOS games? You can find a big batch of games below, so please check out everything, including each game's forum thread to see what your fellow gamers have to say, and let us know which games we'll be filling up the precious space on your device this week...

Don't skip out on Bulb Boy [$2.99]. This iOS port of the 2015 grotesque-comedy-horror point-and-click adventure game is incredibly charming, when it's not trying to weird you out. It's not very difficult to beat, but it also doesn't overstay its welcome. The premise has you playing as the eponymous Bulb Boy, who finds the house he's staying at with his frail grandfather and flying bulb dog suddenly invaded by monsters, or perhaps some kind of symbiote from outer space. Bulb Boy wakes up, and there's suddenly weird arms coming out of the walls, giant headless chickens, and at least one giant poop monster. No joke. This is a game that's definitely got a flavor for the grotesque, and it's got horror elements to it as well. And the only way to solve the problems here is by collecting items, and using them on objects in the environment, experimenting to figure out what works! Just like any good point-and-click adventure. ..

One of the unique elements of mobile is that because people have their devices with them constantly, game design has taken on a new element of trying to fit into people's lives. Phoenix 2 [Free] feels like the idea was to provide an intense shoot 'em up experience that could be more than just an occasional distraction, but a game that could fit into someone's life. And in that regard, it succeeds: it's a unique experience that works best on mobile because it's built for the platform, while still being a fun bullet hell shmup experience...

'Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition' Review - Let it Steal Your Heart

One of my favorite games of the past few years on PC is Crypt of the NecroDancer [$4.99], a rhythmic roguelike that I tried out with a friend, and I fell in love with the whole concept of the game. It's a roguelike where movement is set to the beat of a fantastic soundtrack by Danny Baranowsky, with the idea being that the entire game can be controlled by the four directional inputs on a Dance Dance Revolution dance pad. After enjoying my first time with the game, I rushed out and bought the game with its soundtrack on Steam. ..

Out Now: 'Neo Turf Masters', 'CSR Racing 2', 'Don't Be Squared', 'Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius', 'Tap My Katamari', 'Dungeon Tiles', 'The Slaughter: Act One' and More

Here we are again with another week and another big batch of new iOS games. It's a surprisingly beefy week in terms of games, with several big-name titles hitting the App Store for the first time but also several high-profile games that are exiting their soft-launch period and launching worldwide. In addition, there's a few things on my radar that are supposed to come out today but haven't quite hit the App Store just yet, so keep an eye out as if anything noteworthy pops up we'll let you know. Otherwise, check out the full list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up!..

As video games increase in complexity, and as there is a unilateral push from both software and hardware developers for graphical prowess, there is a certain charm from games that choose to reminisce on days gone by. Whether it’s titles such as Downwell [$2.99] which have the difficult yet extremely rewarding arcade style action that has been lost over the years, or classics such as 1-Bit Ninja [$2.99] that throwback directly to the 2D side scrolling platformer days of the Mario series, the most successful retro titles on any device are the ones that utilise their source material perfectly while either refining it to perfection or adding unique, modern twists on the formula. However, the schematics for ‘retro’ games in the current gaming environment run a fine line that is more than just surface deep - if it’s too complex, you simply have a modern title under a wrapper of pixel art graphics. On the other hand, if the game is too simple it may just serve as a reminder to why we no longer spend our time squinting at monochrome screens without a backlight. 2-bit Cowboy Rides Again [$1.99] unfortunately is a prime example of the latter - some good level design and interesting ideas are let down by forced artificial difficulty, and ultimately the retro nucleus of the title ends up holding the game back rather than letting it run free...

'Lost Frontier' Review – Dang Near Perfect, I Reckon

Mika Mobile. I have a certain fondness and emotional connection to these guys. Back in 2011, I had just started my career as a mobile game critic. Working for a different site, I had the pleasure and privilege of playing and reviewing the Android version of Battleheart [$2.99] as one of my most early pieces of work. We’re talking second week on the job here. I have grown leaps and bounds since then, and so has Mika Mobile, upping the ante to the incredible Battleheart Legacy [$4.99]. Now they’re breaking into a new genre for the studio, and while I would say it isn’t as strong as the Battlehearts, it really is great. This is the weird west turn based strategy, Lost Frontier [$2.99]. Saddle up, folks. This one is a doozy...

Chances are good that if you know any Japanese RPGs at all, you know Final Fantasy [$7.99]. It's also quite likely you've at least heard of Dragon Quest [$2.99], even if you haven't played it. Chrono Trigger [$9.99] and Secret Of Mana [$7.99] are both quite well-known worldwide, as well. It's not surprising, then, that Square Enix has diligently ported almost every one of those games to mobile over the last several years. With only a few holes remaining among their world-famous titles, however, Square Enix is probably going to have to dig a little deeper in their back catalogue if they want to find new candidates to port. This year we've already seen a lovely remake of Final Fantasy Adventure in the form of Adventures Of Mana [$13.99]. Perhaps it's fitting, then, that the next unexpected selection comes from the other series that started on Nintendo's Game Boy...

'Hatoful Boyfriend' Review - Love, Pudding, And More Drama Than You Can Shake A Feather At

Hatoful Boyfriend [$4.99] is one of those games that grabs attention just with a description of its premise. It's a Japanese dating simulator where you play a human girl who attends a school for birds. Naturally, every last one of your potential suitors is some type of bird or another. Doves, pigeons, finches, and more can be wooed over the course of your character's sophomore year at the school. Unlike many games with a goofy premise, however, Hatoful Boyfriend manages to deliver a really enjoyable game. It knows when to play things straight, when to wink at the audience, when to bow to the absurd, and when to let things go off in surprising directions. In general, it's a parody of the visual novel genre, but its plot is so meticulously crafted, it stands perfectly well on its own even if you have no experience with the genre...