Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. Glossy action affairs lead the week’s offerings, with sci-fi dungeon crawler Echo Prime and free-to-play zombie blaster Dead Trigger 2 debuting in the App Store. Also particularly intriguing this week are Even Up and Combat Monsters, with already-released brawler Combo Crew receiving a huge update in the form of playable Street Fighter characters.
When the Ace Attorney series arrived on the scene several years ago, it was unlike anything that players had previously experienced. Combining the thrills of a TV courtroom drama with point-and-click adventure elements and distinctly Japanese design sensibilities, the series proved that anything--even something as seemingly banal as being a lawyer--could be turned into a great video game if it was handled correctly. Now the series is back, and in some ways better than ever, with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD.
Creating a satisfying fighting game experience on a touch device is tricky -- especially when you factor in the technical and mechanical prowess of a legendary genre entry like Street Fighter. Genre fans have had to make serious concessions to enjoy their favorite brawlers on a touch screen (virtual joysticks are quite the hurdle during complex combos), but the relatively simplistic approach of recent console franchise mash-up Street Fighter X Tekken translates well to a touch-based format. The result is a fun and easy-to-play fighter with satisfying mechanics, though nearly every other aspect of this high-profile iteration adopts a contradictory tone.
Of all the memorable fighters to bear the Capcom name over the last couple decades, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes seemed perhaps the dodgiest choice to bring to touch screen devices when announced recently. We've seen solid examples of fighting games translated to the iPhone and iPad, such as Soulcalibur and Capcom's own Street Fighter IV Volt, but this crossover fighter is a very different kind of beast -- a dizzyingly quick tag-team affair that's known as perhaps the most chaotic genre entry to date.
How would you solve the mystery of your own death? What would your first step be, and how would you go about gathering clues? Most importantly, how could you get around or interact with the environment in meaningful ways without a body?
This was one of the most interesting and exciting weeks for iOS gaming in recent memory...if you're a specific type of gamer. There's not much on offer this week for the average casual gamer (except the future money tree Snoopy's Street Fair), but if you're a hardcore gamer this is the week for you. There's some juicy drama coming to the tablet gaming space with GameStop beginning to stock Android tablets, and Rockstar has said some other Grand Theft Auto games could make it to iOS in the future.
Booga booga booga! It's the Halloween weekend and while sometimes app game prices are pretty scary, but not this week. No this week, in honor of the witching season game makers across the board are slashing prices, chopping the heads off their numbers, gutting their profits and otherwise making things very easy for you. So without any further ado, here's some prices that'll have you screaming.
The cool cats at Capcom on Thursday announced the release of Street Fighter IV: Volt for iOS. The game adds a much-anticipated WiFi support for "V.S." mode.
The game combines a 2D perspective with additional 3D camera flourishes. A unique four-button ³Visual Pad² control system allows players to execute moves through multiple key combinations and shortcuts making the game accessible to casual players, while still challenging to hardcore fans.
We've covered Capcom's dealings in the free-to-play social game arena pretty closely over the past few months. The respected gaming company has come under a lot of scruntiny in the press over their policy on digital purchases. Most notably were the $100 "smurfberries" in their popular social game Smurf's Village. Advocacy groups targeted Smurf's Village after a story came out about a child inadvertently spending thousands of dollars on virtual goods.