As in the original Steambirds for iPad, Steambirds Survival HD puts you in command of a small squad of cartoonish fighter planes – but instead of active movements and firepower, you'll simply draw their paths, equip them with power-ups, and hope like heck they survive to see another turn.
Scribblenauts Remix is one of the most endlessly entertaining apps I've ever encountered on the App Store. Even after finishing the game, I still consistently pull it out to see what it can do. While the game itself is very short, its central idea isn’t likely to get old anytime soon.
With music videos migrating from cable TV to the greener pastures of YouTube -- where stardom is made for folks like Justin Bieber and Rebecca Black -- there's a temptation for folks to craft their own musical creations. Rock Band creator Harmonix's new iOS title VidRhythm streamlines this process, though its options are so limited that it's more a meme creator than an editorial tool.
As the latest Unreal Engine-powered iOS game, the hype behind Dark Meadow is expected. It’s less like Dragon’s Lair than Infinity Blade, and the artistry of its dilapidated setting is as sumptuously apparent as it is evocative. But at some point during the game’s creation, fully-fledged gameplay seems to have bottomed out – and what’s left is an astray, clumsy experience misguided by the intentions of a graphic adventure, which can’t quite shake the feeling of a glorified whack-a-mole sim.
A third-person shooter reminiscent of console smash Gears of War, Shadowgun places players in the role of John Slade, a bounty hunter tasked with tracking down evil genius (and all around bad dude) Dr. Edgar Simon. While we can’t give Shadowgun’s plot any points for originality, the title’s gameplay and gorgeous Unity 3-powered graphics more than make up for the story’s derivative nature.
Solomon's Keep is a role-playing affair in which you take on the persona of a young sorcerer. His final exam? Defeat Solomon, a powerful dark wizard. Armed with nothing but a basic fighting spell, you set off on your adventure. There are many role-playing games on the iPhone, but few can beat Solomon's Keep on price: it's a free download.
The Secret of Chateau de Moreau appears to have promise on first glance. It’s a point-and-click mystery in a lush European setting, with somewhat muted anime-style sensibilities. Ostensibly, you’ve seen this plot before: a young boy, Antoine, is summoned to the estate where his late stepfather has died. Shortly after Antoine and his family, a diverse cast of Clue-like characters, learn foul play was involved in the elder statesman Moreau’s death, it’s revealed that the boy is sole heir to the family’s inheritance. As these things tend to go, Antoine is fingered as the killer, and it’s your job to prove his innocence.
The very concept of escape when it comes to zombies has become, from an entertainment perspective, next to impossible. They’ve saturated media and spread their virus across the public consciousness, and like the shambling hordes themselves, their appearances just keep coming. The outbreak of their pop-cultural contagion is a grim allegory to how things would probably go down if flesh-eaters suddenly invaded more than just our minds and wallets. Dead Escape, then, is just another in the zombie ranks, with its only real differentiation being that it looks pretty nice for an iOS game.
Take a classic arcade game premise, expand upon it the right way, and you’ve got something good. That’s what Gameloft did with Tank Battles, a top-down tank simulator that puts you in the cockpit of a World War II tank. You’ll fight through 50 campaign levels, battle against the computer in assorted random levels, play cooperatively with a second player, or get down and dirty online in Death Match, Team Death Match, or Capture the Flag. Like the arcade tank games you loved, Tank Battles sports an array of power-ups such as speed boosts, homing missiles, invisibility, flamethrowers, rockets, short-term invincibility shields, and land mines.