The Brothers In Arms series is one of the greats in gaming--it stands out from the slew of generic shooters that trivialize World War II thanks to its perfectionist, respectful approach to historical accuracy and realistic squad combat. Which just makes this shoddy port all the more disappointing.
Vertigore Games’ Pacific Defense puts you in the role of a World War II anti-aircraft gunner as you fight ever-increasing waves of Japanese fighters and torpedo assaults working to destroy your ship. As in a first-person arcade game, you focus on a heads-up display and tap the sides of the iPad to fire your machine guns. Combined with the vintage radio clips and grainy, grayscale graphics, this creates an immersive feels that pulls you in over the course of the game. When you’re overwhelmed, power-ups such as additional health and smart bombs that clear all the enemies from the screen help even the odds and clear the level in the designated amount of time.
Square Enix games are known for their deeply engrossing storylines, and Chaos Rings is no exception. Though the action-packed role-playing game comes in a smaller form factor, it borrows the same animated aesthetics and easy-to-use game mechanics of Square Enix’s memorable console titles.
The name says it all. The one thing that Star Wars games hadn’t done before is let you go hog-wild with the Force, but this videogame port takes the handcuffs all the way off. Romping through that far-away galaxy while fully exploring the power of the Dark Side is such a blast that it almost overshadows Force Unleashed’s shortcomings. Almost.
Imagine being put at the helm of a gargantuan Federation ship, zooming from base to base, relying on your allies as you gun down a Romulan fleet before laying siege to their luminescent base. Sounds fun, right? Well, Star Trek D-A-C didn’t get the memo, or at least it didn’t get the budget to pull “fun” off. D-A-C stands for Deathmatch, Assault, and Conquest, the three main modes. And if that name seems weak, just try playing this unimpressive game.
After a decade at sea, the quirky pirate Guybrush Threepwood has found his way to shore in Tales of Monkey Island, the latest installment in a highly stylized point-and-click adventure series that’s much loved for its zany banter. This episodic romp begins in the middle of its story as Guybrush accidentally resurrects his arch-nemesis, loses his wife, curses his hand, and releases a malicious pox across the oceans.
When the first Sims 3 expansion pack hit our desks, we figured it might be worth a look--y’know, maybe if our sock drawer had other plans that night. Good thing duty called--it turns out World Adventures is worth more than a look. In fact, we think any self-respecting Sims 3 fan should purchase it immediately.
Two of my favorite things about the iPad are how eager my kids are to use it and how quickly it became second nature to them. A big part of how they mastered Apple’s tablet (they’re ages 3 and 6) is this simple app featuring the Nickelodeon superstar who parents like almost as much as their little ones do.
You may get older, wiser and more sophisticated, but let none of this fool you: it’s still amazingly fun to polish off an opposing team by launching an air strike or exploding sheep in their general direction. Enter Worms HD for the iPad.