Avadon: The Black Fortress is an old-school role-playing experience, and we mean oooooold school. It’s cut from the same cloth as Baldur’s Gate, Fallout, and Icewind Dale, and that, friends, is a very good thing. A top-down, third-person, isometric affair, the game is set in a dangerous fantasy world full of strange creatures, barbarian hordes, and jealous emperors bent on the destruction of your homeland.
First, the good news: Duke Nukem Forever is available via the OnLive streaming game service (plus, Aspyr just announced today they'd be porting a Mac version, due in August), and it runs well on the Mac.
In the future, if aliens should crash-land in both Tokyo and Baghdad, they’ll call on you to fight them. And Jason Statham’s voice will guide you. Or at least that’s how it is in Anomaly: Warzone Earth. Sort of a “reverse tower defense” game, it has you guide an armored column through fortified routes, providing upgrades, decoys, and repairs to keep your units alive. The end result is a real-time strategy game that pushes you to figure out the best possible route for your convoy while weighing the pros and cons of sending your units into harm’s way for additional funds to buy upgrades.
Most of the time, a one-person party just isn’t a party -- at least not a fun one. And sadly, that’s true with the iOS version of You Don’t Know Jack, which pretty much ruins an otherwise wonderful, evilly clever game by forcing it into a single-player-only coffin.
What do you get when you merge pirates, voodoo, clowns, and a hot dog? Why, it’s Jolly Rover, a point-and-click adventure! Gaius James Rover sails the seas, transporting a shipment until he’s captured by pirates. And so begins James’s jaunty adventure through voodoo, pirates, and romance as he seeks his secret goal…to become a clown like his father.
Tower defense may be the most overpopulated genre on iOS today, but there's good reason for that. They're simple to develop, and although the App Store has plenty of 'em, they're still really fun. To separate themselves from the herd, Backflip Studios is tying theirs into cult-classic film Army of Darkness.
Awesome name, awesome (yet familiar) concept: Trucks and Skulls is a physics puzzler, monster truck rally–style. Direct your monster trucks into skull fortifications, smashing them into little bits to gain big-time scoring. Trucks travel the “screamstrip ramp” when you drag the green wheel back with your finger or mouse. The distance back and angle of the wheel determine your truck’s speed and trajectory. Then you let go, and your trucks smash into skull forts and defenses, destroying everything in sight.
Anyone with the right tools and a little coding knowhow can probably make an iOS game without too much trouble. Literally thousands of new gaming apps flood the App Store every week -- however, the quality often varies wildly. For every Canabalt and Sword & Sworcery there are probably 50 less quality titles to spend your hard-earned $0.99 to $1.99 on.
Hungry Monsters falls into the latter category: the bastard child of Critter Crunch’s food-gobbling mechanics and the indirect control seen in Yuji Naka’s Ivy the Kiwi, it isn't as well put-together, distinct, or fun as either game.
Most readers probably wont remember the original Death Rally PC game released way back in 1996. It was considered a fantastic combat racer back then, and we're happy to report that the remake for iOS is just as compelling.