Dodgeball -- the PE teacher’s favorite activity to inflict on their unwilling students. Those memories, whether horrible or victorious, should not influence your decision to try out Chillingo’s Dodge This! It may sound like it’s dodge ball related, but players won’t be dodging anything at all. This time, it’s your foes that’ll be doing all the dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodging. Is Dodge This! worth your time, or should you be dodging it?
The true challenge behind any free-to-play title is how much is that money grab going to cost a tried and true gamer. Can we skirt the inevitable in-app purchases for a lengthy period, or are we seduced into a first rate experience only to be immediately slapped with an almost mandatory purchase? Rooms of Memory builds its house on the freemium model, and if first impressions only mattered, I would stay in this luxurious manor for hours. But is there something rotten in Denmark that should keep you away from these beautiful grounds?
Max Steel: Rise of Elementor, like many games that have come to pass, draws its inspiration from comic books and their animated series offshoots. Copying is definitely the sincerest form of flattery, but if an app wants to have any lasting impact it has to distinguish itself amidst a sea of mediocrity. Do Max and his right hand fighting machine Steel have the chops to keep us hooked, or is the Elementor not so elemental?
Do you see that bubble on the upper right hand side of the picture? It won't vanish with the touch of a finger, but instead redirect you to another app or promotion. That's called an ad, and even though The Impossible Line touts itself as a free to play app, you'll have to pay $1.99 to rid yourself of this constant distraction. So let's not kid ourselves with this freemium business -- is The Impossible Line a solid two dollar investment?
In a world of sophisticated gaming, where intricate storylines and arresting visuals usually rule the day, a title as seemingly simple as Perfect Kick could get lost in the fray. Plus, since it singles out just one aspect of soccer, who would want to kick their hearts away for any time longer than a couple of minutes? Chillingo is usually adept at turning a simple concept into a creative home run, so does this kick score the ultimate goal?
Three wide-eyed, baby dinosaurs stare at you, lovingly pleading for a bit of nurturing. Having no children or pets, the idea of raising a Jurassic family on my iPad was too tempting to ignore. After all, sans any mortgage payment or school zoning concerns, raising a few kids of my own and receiving unconditional love, albeit it through a digital manner, was just what the doctor ordered. But apart from my own paternal passions, is Happy Dinos enticing enough to lure the more mentally balanced gamer?
Iron Force's modus operandi is best summed up by its main menu image. Two undeterred tanks know blood will be shed and metal will burn, but they do not quiver. A head-on battle is inevitable, and there are moments one just can't duck and run. Players yearning for a no frills return to online gaming, wherein steak and potatoes isn't a scoffed at menu item, should gravitate to this straightforward, hit 'em right where it hurts shooter.
Roll in the Hole is a PlayStation Mobile game that's been brought to the Vita by mobile game developer Chillingo. Does this bite-sized adventure in physics and gluttony have what it takes to be a memorable game on Sony's portable device? Or should we roll past it and look for better titles?
The game of Gloomy Hollow takes place in limbo. No, I'm not referring to the gorgeous black-and-white, soon-to-be iOS title of the same name, but instead to the concept of purgatory. You and the rest of the townsfolk of Gloomy Hollow occupy a space in-between the land of the living and the land of the dead. Not the usual concept for a casual Chillingo release.
The physics-puzzler, along with perhaps the endless runner, are the two most prevalent genres of game inside the App Store. They are just everywhere. And Chillingo is not shy about either. One could argue that Chillingo's strategy is much like the thinking behind start-up Internet companies.