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.
When you think about digital books, you most likely imagine faithful reproductions of actual physical books, like those available for iBooks or the Kindle app. But your iPad is a powerful computer capable of doing much more than just replicating a stack of paper. Many companies have already experimented with this, resulting in books like Alice and Pedlar Lady, among others, but Game Collage has taken the idea to a whole new level with Bobo Explores Light.
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.
Even without the Yankees in the playoffs and an NBA regular season, it’s pretty much a perfect time to be a sports fan. Nelson Cruz broke the MLB record for most home runs and RBIs in a playoff series, Tom Brady has somehow found yet another gear, and Jaromir Jagr is back on the ice at 39 years old. And with all of that great action filling the days, fantasy die-hards still have to find time to manage multiple teams.
There are many role-playing games (RPGs) for iOS devices, like Solomon’s Keep or Battleheart, but nearly all are focussed on casual gameplay; something you’d pick up for a few minutes to pass the time. Although by no means unique, the iPad-only Companions is cut from a different cloth, and if you’re a fan of traditional fantasy RPGs like Wizardry, Dungeon Master, and Bard’s Tale, you’ll appreciate the depth and breadth of the storyline and gameplay.
Kairosoft has built a tiny cult empire on the strength of the simulation genre. Its first game, Game Dev Story, won the hearts of many game reviewers (including ours), and since that entry the formula hasn't deviated very much. Unfortunately, the "Story" series is starting to get a little bit long in the tooth, and we're hoping Kairosoft will branch out soon. Sadly, this formula is starting to overstay its welcome.
Nobody likes being stuck in traffic, but outside of knowing backroads specific to your location, there’s not much drivers in urban or populous areas can do about it. Luckily, Beat the Traffic+, the four-dollar companion to Triangle Software’s free app, is here to help, using the GPS power of your iOS device to show you the fastest possible route to your destination.
Thirty years ago, a little frog braved oncoming traffic to get to the other side… of an extremely popular arcade game. The concept proved so endearingly popular that many years later, it was featured in an iconic episode of hit 90s sitcom, Seinfeld. To mark the momentous anniversary of the game's original release, the core approach has been revamped for your iOS device, be it an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
Have you still not gotten around to downloading the original Cut the Rope? Go. Now. Download that wonderful game and don't look back. It's ten times the puzzle game Angry Birds could ever be! And it's from that point of lofty praise that the sequel has to pick up the baton and continue the legacy. Thankfully, Cut the Rope: Experiments is more than up to the task.
If you're unfamiliar with the story of PopCap's relationship with young Owain Weinert then you should probably read our story about it from earlier this year. In short, Owain Weinert has leukemia, and made a wish through the Make-a-Wish Foundation to create his own video game. PopCap stepped up to the plate, made it happen, and now it's a free, universal app.