While its predecessors are known for their grand sense of freedom, Blackgate tries to compensate for its lack of large-scale exploration with a small-scale price... and small-scale fun.
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Puzzle games seem to be all the rage in the App Store. When Threes popped up, gamers flocked to it (and its clone).
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.
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.
Don't be fooled by the cutesy graphics of Pocket Gunfighters, as this shooter takes aim with a swipe-and-tap control mechanic that will have you hooked in moments. Addiction, however, has its price, even if it comes in the form of a free-to-play app. The devil is always in the details, and although Pocket Gunfighters has tons of bullets to spare, there's one particular showdown that almost ruins the game.
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.
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.