In a recent review of Shadow Cities we said it was "Part RPG, part location-based team strategy game, all addictive time-sink." Unfortunately, when I was reading the review, I didn't pay enough attention to those last three words. Too bad, because weeks later, I'm still sinking all of my time into the epic mage battles.
In honor of the 8th and final Harry Potter movie, this week we're taking the opportunity to check out a few science fiction outings offered in the App Store. From wizards to amorphous blobs, even a Slytherin would find love in their hearts for these games.
Look, we get it. Angry Birds is an unfathomable success. They've transcended cult-hit status and landed at culture defining app of the decade. Even though some people don't like them. But nowadays you can't even open the App Store without seeing a clusterfunk of feathers. Chances are you've never even heard of these birds, even though they currently nest in the Top 150 Apps. Today we hatch awareness of the other birds in the App Store.
This week we're taking dedication to the next level. Anything that makes us want to use exclamation marks and talk like the dude in the Bowflex commercials is fair game this week, when we're whipping out the most hardcore games you've ever played. We take a look at Mortal Kombat (with fatalities! and blood!) to Line Surfer (get crushed by waves!) and then check out an extra secret contender that might just be the most hardcore game of all time. This week's Game Time is not for the feint of heart.
Some apps are just too easy. With only a screen to tap, they simplify their button layouts to mind-melting simplicity or just dumb any instance of genuine difficulty down to make it more casual. Not Line Runner.
I’ve never been big into MMOs. I don’t want to pay a subscription and the hanging carrot gameplay and ominous warnings from friends (“promise me you’ll never play an MMO”) made them sound less than appealing. So when I heard Gameloft was making a World of Warcraft spinoff, I didn’t really care. But then things changed.
Want to feel good about yourself? Like really, truly good about yourself? Just play one of this week's games. Nothing like guiding a Candy Train to safety or throwing a stapler at a coworker to validate one's self-worth.
The thing about iOS apps is that they're constantly updated. If we post a review, it's almost a no-brainer that an update will go live in a few days seconds. That being said, we can't just re-review every game that gets an update, or the site would be more packed with re-runs than TBS. That said, these are three apps we'd happily re-evaluate.
Remember when your mom used to tell you to go outside and play? Well thanks to the miracle of the iPhone you can go outside and play -- from inside. All it takes is a few apps for you to deceive your family and friends (Hey mom, I just played Frisbee with all my friends). And guess what? They're free right now. Party!