After a short holiday hiatus, Free App Friday has returned! This week's selection, Ruzzle, may "boggle" your mind with its roots in a certain Parker Brothers turned Hasbro property, but the game puts its own spin on the word-finding classic.
The world has been forever changed by a zombie outbreak, and your only means of escape has crashed in the middle of a field crawling with the undead. As the zombies close in, there’s just one course of action available: sprint toward a radio antenna on the distant horizon, the sound of your own labored breath echoing in your ears, and do your best to dodge the flesh-eaters as they stumble out of the fog and rise up from the tall grass. Your predicament is hopeless; eventually they’ll catch you, and the last thing you’ll hear is your own screams. The only real question, as Into the Dead demonstrates, is how far you can get before that happens.
The design philosophy behind many free-to-play games seems to be latching onto players’ bank accounts and doing as much damage as possible. This is usually achieved by limiting essential resources, or by holding the shiniest, most powerful items behind a fat price sticker. This is all fine and well, so long as the core mechanics remain fair and engaging. That's not the case with Monster Paradise.
Cuban refugee Tony Montana emigrated to the United States in 1980. He soon dealt, murdered, and swindled his way to the top of Miami's booming cocaine industry. Before an infamous last stand alongside his little friend, Montana's reckless determination earned him all the pleasures of a king. It's a shame, then, that Scarface for iOS rejects the spirit of Brian De Palma's classic film, road-blocking anyone looking to dedicate time and hard work in pursuit of the virtual dream.
Nate Birkholz, Lead Producer of City of Heroes (and a once-upon-a-time Mac gaming guru) gave us a walkthrough of the new City of Heroes Freedom. The new franchise is a hybrid MMO, meaning that it's got both free-to-play and paid content. Check out the video for more information, and be sure to stop by the NCSoft booth for a quick demo of the game.
“Blah blah, Mac gaming sucks, blah blah.” We’ve heard it all before, and frankly we’re sick of it…Really, really sick of it. OS X has plenty of great games available, and it even has some of the very best free-to-play games as well. We compiled a list of some of our favorite free-to-play games. Some you may have heard of, and some are a little out there, but there’s something for everyone, no matter what you're into.
Gamers, you'll be pleased to know that Valve, creators of huge franchises such as Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Counter-Strike as well as technologies such as Steam and Source have now made Team Fortress 2 free to play. The announcement comes as part of the "Über Update."