Forget the black infused back drop of Icycle: On Thin Ice's title screen, since everything about this game is colorful. Starting with its James Bond inspired opening sequence, this app reels you in with all its pretty pictures, illustrating a surreal dreamscape where bicycles fear to tread. Adventurers, however, may love the thrill of the chill.
Everyone’s played Super Mario Bros 1. Heck, at this point most people have done a speed run of it. So is there any way that we can breathe life into this, one of the oldest platformers of all time? The guys over at Exploding Rabbit say yes! Enter, Super Mario Crossover, a game that brings together all of your favorite 8-bit heroes in one platformer.
Like steampunk? Find something you like, slap some gears on it, and then call it a day. That's the approach game developer Monster Robot Studios took with Steam Punks, an iOS platformer that takes inspiration from SNES classic Mega Man X.
Everyone knows about Mario, Sonic, Metroid, and Castlevania. But what about those great games that never got franchise backing. What about the 10 Great Platformers You Never Played? We scoured used bargain bins, swap meets, and the internet to find some hidden platformer gems that you probably never heard of
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is a modern day version of the popular Sega Genesis classic, and iOS enthusiasts may initially scoff at its $9.99 price tag. One of tablet and mobile gaming's biggest assets is playing apps completely on the cheap, so the folks at Disney Interactive are already putting themselves in the hole. What if it's not worth the dough? But this is Walt Disney, where doing the impossible is simply another hill to climb.
Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land is a retro game with new age sensibilities. Written by Regular Show creator JG Quintel, the storyline has the adventurous pair getting sucked into the television set while playing a video game. Fans of the Cartoon Network program looking for an innocuous handheld experience with a few jokes thrown in may either be pleasantly surprised or disappointed due to one important, and possibly divisive concept.
It's been a few years since our favorite Lombax and his trusty robot sidekick had a proper adventure together, but the dynamic duo made their sixth appearance on the PlayStation 3 this week with Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus. Though not every title featuring Insomniac's space-faring heroes has been memorable, the core Future entries have always stood out as pinnacle's of the developer's prowess. As an epilogue to the Future series, Into the Nexus serves as a fun and exciting way to close out Ratchet's and Clank's adventures on the PS3.
At this point “art games” have become the butt of several jokes. Gamers have taken the piss out of these games for having incredibly basic art and gameplay that is obfuscated under the pretension of deeply symbolic story. It’s easy to dismiss these gamers as childish and immature, but there is some truth to their words. No game represents this better than Contrast, an “art game” through and through that has an incredible amount of heart and a touching story, but gameplay that falls far behind its indie-game contemporaries.
Everyday Spelunker, a game which debuted in 1983, has now opened up its caves for iOS users. Although the industry has profoundly changed over 30 years, an outstanding title should stand the test of time. The app stays faithful to the original Atari and Commodore 64 versions, so it should definitely please retro gamers set adrift on memory bliss. All that spelunking, however, comes with a price.
Anyone who has studied Nintendo history knows that Donkey Kong was deeply inspired by King Kong. But what if Nintendo wasn’t inspired by the classic story of a giant rampaging ape? What if they were inspired by other classic movies? What if, instead of an Italian plumber, we controlled Mark Hamill or Arnold Schwarzenegger in these classic 2D platforming levels? Bruno R. Marcos’s newest game, Donkey Me, is here to answer that question.