As we’re barreling towards the end of the year, it’s no surprise we’re posting so many great game reviews. It seems like everyone holds on to Q4 to release their best games, so I’m sure it’ll only get better from here- Especially looking at what came out this week. Here’s the highest scored game reviews we posted this week:
Turbo DismountÂ®, Free [Review] – You don’t usually describe a game about decapitation and vehicular destruction as upbeat and comical, but that’s the exact way I see Turbo Dismount. It’s a light-hearted physics sim that just happens to feature high speed collisions and dismemberment. This dissonance is a big part of my enjoyment of the game. Some people might see it as a grotesque and darkly humored game, but I just see it as the next logical step if people at a crash test facility got bored and had a nice big budget. It may be due to desensitization, but I really don’t see a way to getting offended by the subject matter.
Air Supply - SOS (Save Our Sheep), $1.99 [Review] – It’s a fairly simple action game, but sometimes those are the best ones. The basic rescue mechanic and the need to keep your air supply up keep you moving around the stage instead of playing it safe, and the variety of stage layouts and enemy patterns combined with each planet’s special hazard means you’ve always got something new to deal with. There’s a ton of unlockable content that is all earned through regular play, and not a bit of IAP to be found. It has a few bugs at the moment, most notably the Game Center support not really working at all, but overall, Air Supply – SOS is a great bit of straight-forward, challenging action, stuffed with more content than you would expect from its humble appearance.
Tactics Maiden, Free [Review] – The latest strategy RPG from Mangobile, is basically the next game in the Kingturn RPG series. It’s a new story in a new world, and there are some small differences in the gameplay systems that have a pretty big ripple effect in places, but it’s very similar in most respects to the developer’s previous games. As such, if you enjoyed any of the Kingturn games, you can safely dive into Tactics Maiden, confident that your money will be well-spent. If you tried those games and didn’t like them, it’s very unlikely you’ll feel differently here. If you’re not familiar with those games, check out our review.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War, Free [Review] – While nominally a puzzle or adventure game, Valiant Hearts is mostly narrative: its puzzles aren’t particularly mind-bending and are instead used to illustrate the drudgery and insidiousness of life in the trenches. Each playable character has a special skill to help them navigate the horrors of World War I that you’ll use along the way, but the game’s most basic functions also lay its moral foundation: the soldiers on both side of any war have more in common than not.
Additionally, we reviewed a few other games this week. As always, you can dig into all of our reviews by clicking here. Alternatively, you can hit up specific scores by using these links: