Back near my childhood home, there was a pizza place called Salvatore's. Not only did it have some of the best pizza in the city, but it was also home to one of the few remaining arcade machines in the surrounding area. I spent countless quarters on the Strider arcade machine at Sal's, from the early '90s all the way through high school. In all my years of playing, I never beat the game, but I have always had a fondness for Strider. Imagine my disappointment then in finding Capcom's latest refresh to be a rather monotonous retro adventure, albeit with a fresh coat of paint.
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Building on its 2009 title, The Tribez, Game Insight takes the munchin' peons from its original title and moves them up from fending for themselves in the wilderness to the stronghold setting of The Tribez & Castlez. Of course, taking such underdeveloped folk and moving them into a new plateau of technology doesn't come without a few follies. As we see in The Tribez & Castlez, there is a huge price to be paid for settling a vast world.
I was confused when I first saw the title for World of Gibbets. I kept thinking to myself, “What the hell is a gibbet?” It sounds like a cute animal. Maybe it was a relative of those little gibbon monkeys you sometimes see at the zoo. Boy, was I wrong. A gibbet refers to an instrument of public execution and gibbetting was the act of stringing up bodies for public display in order to keep the community in line. What a lovely topic for a little iOS game.
Ten years since the release of Fable, Microsoft and Lionhead Studios have returned with a new spin on their now legendary fantasy game. Press releases and trailers promised modernized graphics, achievements and many other upgrades to the original Fable. However, a steep $40 price tag threatened to dampen the excitement emanating from the original denizens of Xbox fan-landia. With the pedigree Lionhead and Microsoft brings to the table, expectations were running high for this redux.
If ever there was a genre mash-up that needed to happen, it's Norse mythology and blaxploitation. With Soul Fjord, that's just what Airtight Games has given us. An Ouya exclusive, Soul Fjord is a roguelike that is heavy on funk, soul and action. When it's working, Soul Fjord is a fun free-to-play title, but those moments are bogged down inconsistent controls and awkward micro-transactions.
Behold, minions. The time has come for you to build, ravage, destroy and collect riches. This iOS port of a PC classic gives real time strategy/tower defense/rpg players the chance to build up their own dungeon while destroying everyone else’s. It’s a battle for evil supremacy and it’s a lot of fun to play. If you’ve got the time.
The first of four planned add-ons for the Xbox One exclusive Dead Rising 3, Operation Broken Eagle puts you back into the heart of Los Perdidos' zombie outbreak.
Dungeon crawlers on the iOS platform can be tricky to pull off. Most games in the genre require lightning quick reflexes and dexterous management of hotkeys to pull off different skills and cast a wide array of spells. Unity Games has just released Archangel on the App Store, a dungeon crawler that seeks to translate the epic, body count-fueled action of what has traditionally been a PC-centric genre to mobile devices.
Press Play has released their successor to their original WiiWare and iOS platformer, Max & the Magic Marker. As one of the first next-gen platforming titles, we were eagerly anticipating to see how the genre would leap onto the newest threshold of entertainment. And while The Curse of Brotherhood certainly looks like it is worthy of being labelled an Xbox One exclusive (until it gets released on the Xbox 360 around mid 2014), it doesn't exactly bring anything new that we haven't previously seen. So let's whip out a red sharpie and evaluate just how much Max's jumping has improved.
On the heels of Square Enix's iOS release of the original Tomb Raider comes an entirely new Lara Croft adventure. Since it's the holidays, a leisurely card game or two isn't a bad way to pass the time, and Lara Croft: Reflections is banking on our love of the beloved genre. Horrible first impressions are usually a deal breaker for some, and if you're not in the Christmas spirit this app may bring out your inner Scrooge.