Duodecim. NOL. The Six Heroes. The Black Beast. If you don't know what any of these terms mean, you probably haven't been keeping up with the BlazBlue series of fighting games from Arc System Works. Hell, even if you have been keeping up with the BlazBlue games you still may not know what these terms mean, as the series seems to relish obfuscating its fast-paced gameplay with extraneous details, and nowhere is that more evident than with its newest entry— BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma.
Gaming's favorite green dinosaur has returned in Yoshi's New Island, which is the newest entry in the Yoshi franchise since Yoshi's Island DS for the Nintendo DS. Given the difference in capabilities between the Nintendo DS and the 3DS, we had rather high expectations for Yoshi's side-scrolling return. And with a title of "New Island," we were hoping that that this side-scrolling platformer headlined by Mario's sidekick would try to bring something new to the table. So let us see if Yoshi's still has what it takes to egg-cel in the modern era.
Though the story never quite hits all the notes it ambitiously aims for, Infamous: Second Son brings a wonderfully rendered world bursting with color to life beautifully. It's also pretty darn fun to play, too.
Atlus’ very first game in the famed Shin Megami Tensei series has been released on the App Store, waiting to give hardcore RPG fans a taste of the original SNES game’s magic. This classic RPG is not for the faint of heart, so be wary if the only exposure you’ve had to the Shin Megami Tensei series has been the Persona spin-offs. Shin Megami Tensei is a far cry from the high school-based socials sims you’re used to seeing.
BulkyPix, purveyors of fine downloadable titles on the App Store, has released a simple shooter called Triblaster. If you’ve never been a fan of geometry, then now’s your chance to get back at all of those pesky shapes that have plagued you since high school. In Triblaster, you take control of a tiny triangle that rolls from side to side on a plane while other shapes move towards it, coming in from the background.
Scallywags is an adventure that takes you out to sea on the hunt for the cowards who took your plentiful booty. Armed with a sturdy ship and a destructive cannon, it's your job to kill at will and show your cohorts who's the baddest pirate in town. This app should have been a home run, but an annoying flaw leaves this game treading on choppy waters.
When you first open the Globlins app, it appears as if it’s a game solely dedicated for youngsters, especially when you take a look at the Cartoon Network logo. Surprisingly enough, Globlins is a cool interactive little iPhone game that’s filled with gooey fun for people of all ages. The difficulty of the game is rather sporadic, but it doesn’t deter you from trying to run through the various levels.
Tiny City is the Groundhog Day of farming games, and depending on your love of repetition will either keep you at bay or whet your appetite. Since this app is free-to-play, the idea of constructing a metropolis out of a tiny town won't happen overnight unless you spend a bit of cash. Even with this annoying aspect at its base, Tiny City is part of my daily app play rotation.
Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov has put his fiendish Russian puzzle-making skills to work again to bring the world System Link, a cerebral new brain-teaser for iOS. Tetris is a hard legacy to live up to, but if there's anyone capable of matching the genius of that seminal work, it's the man who created it.
The Witch and the Hundred Knight exists in a world of green, swamp infested evil. You start off as a minion who's doing the bidding of a bloodthirsty witch named Metallia, and unless you get in her good graces, you'll be added to her pile of victims. Breaking bad in an RPG universe isn't exactly a novel concept, but The Witch and the Hundred Night weaved a beguiling enough spell to keep me intrigued.