We’ve got a couple of big-name releases leading this week’s roundup, including an iPad version of Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, plus the touch debut of Mac tactical role-playing favorite The Banner Saga. Adult Swim’s free-to-play Adventure Xpress also looks like fun, and if you’re a big fan of aging pro wrestlers, then Crazy Taxi City Rush has something for you this week (no, really, brother).
Tower defense games can be seen far and wide on the App Store, so for a new entry in the genre to stand out, it has to be something special. Castle Doombad lets you play as the bad guy for a change — Dr. Lord Evilstein — and requires you to lay down traps all over your fortress to keep heroes at bay. Adult Swim’s game not only delivers a fun experience with its cartoonish presentation and enjoyably vertical levels, but it also offers enough depth and variety to keep both newcomers and veterans of the genre invested for the long haul.
The seemingly blissful union of Adult Swim and developer Pik Pok has resulted in some wonderfully weird iOS affairs, including Robot Unicorn Attack 2, Monsters Ate My Condo, and Extinction Squad – and Giant Boulder of Death only continues that trend. Kicking off with the titular stone seeing its beloved counterpart carved into a statue of a military dictator, the game finds you indiscriminately rolling forth for vengeance through soldiers, spiked barricades, and innocent wildlife alike.
Getting any serious medical procedure done can be a terrifying experience, and we can only imagine what goes on once you're put under on the operating table. While Amateur Surgeon 3 taps into our worst surgical nightmares in horrifying ways, it's as hilarious as it is grotesque. Removing organs with a chainsaw and pizza cutter, suturing cuts with an office stapler, and cauterizing wounds with a Zippo? That's par for the course with this wildly imaginative and comical – if somewhat gross – take on pressure-cooker medical mini-game scenarios.
It's fair to say that the original Robot Unicorn Attack was built on a gag concept. Its hard-edged riff on the hearts-and-rainbows style of artist Lisa Frank offered an amusing visual contrast, while the looping synth-pop classic "Always" by Erasure only cemented its absurdist intentions. But the game itself was no joke, as the rousing endless runner became a genre favorite that even spawned a couple of spin-offs. Robot Unicorn Attack 2 is an all-new entry, though, and while maintaining the fundamental elements of the debut, it makes the previous titles seem downright prehistoric by comparison. And it also offers one of the friendliest free-to-play models we've seen in any iOS game to date.
What's more important than education at a university? If you ask Adult Swim, the answer seems to be balancing out the proximal science of love for all who attend. In a bizarre case of opposites attracting, girls adore robots, cooing when placed next to them in this strange little game of seating arrangements. Robots reciprocate up to a point, though they remain indifferent to nerds. For their part, nerds are happy sitting next to either robots or girls, though girls are irritated by their presence. How do you keep everyone happy? That's the basic gist of Girls Like Robots, a nicely brainy tile-puzzler that's one of Adult Swim's most personable titles yet.
Whether by good old-fashioned breakout or tunneling out unseen, an escape is an essential part of any good prison tale. In the case of Adult Swim’s Super Mole Escape, it’s the main event. Choosing from a number of unlockable mole convicts with varying speed, strength and stamina, Super Mole Escape is an arcade-style endless runner fashioned downward, using simple touch or tilt controls to direct your detainee’s path as they descend deep into the earth.
Who would have guessed that Adult Swim, the late-night network famed for its irreverent cartoons and live-action series, would prove to be one of the most consistent producers of quality iOS games? Its latest addition to the stack is Bring Me Sandwiches!!, which is one part platformer and another Katamari Damacy, topped with a dab of absurdity and slapped between two slices of bread.
It took me at least 40 minutes to figure out what the hell was happening on-screen when I started playing Monsters Ate My Condo. It’s not that this match-three puzzle game is all that difficult to understand. My bewilderment was mostly a result of the colorful, sensory-overload madness of it all, as flashing lights, combo meters, and animated text chaotically cluttered the screen.
Just in time for the holidays (as well as your night terrors about the very idea of shopping on Black Friday), Adult Swim has announced two Christmas-themed games: Robot Unicorn Attack Christmas Edition (available for $0.99) and Amateur Surgeon Christmas Edition (available for free). The titles sport a similar look and feel to previous titles such as Robot Unicorn Attack (available for $1.99), Robot Unicorn Attack Heavy Metal Edition (available for $1.99) and Robot Unicorn Attack HD (available for $2.99).