Our monthly recap looks back at the games we reviewed during January, with a total of 21 iOS and Mac games presented here in bite-sized, to-the-point encapsulations. And if you want to read more, simply click the link on each slide to read the full critique and find the link to purchase each game. The year started off right on Mac with strong titles like Broken Age Act 1, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, and The Banner Saga, but even iOS gamers got a fair bit of fresh greatness in the form of Castle Doombad, Lost Yeti, Jet Car Stunts 2, and much more.
You’ll find a promising-looking slate of new releases on the App Store this week, including John Woo’s ultra-violent Bloodstroke, the comic-based Marvel Run Jump Smash!, winter-themed retro arcade entry Dawn of the Plow, and EA’s free-to-play reboot of Dungeon Keeper. And The Room Two — previously only playable on iPad — also expands to iPhone and iPod touch this week.
Perhaps the biggest bit of mobile gaming news to drop yesterday was Japanese newspaper Nikkei's report that Nintendo would soon offer an iOS app to market games for its WiiU and 3DS systems. Not only would the app feature information about upcoming games, but in some cases, it'd even offer demos. Alas, according to Engadget, that's all hogwash.
One of the biggest surprises in gaming last year was just how well Crystal Dynamics managed to update the Tomb Raider series. Drawing inspiration from the wonderful PS3 series Uncharted (itself inspired partly by Tomb Raider), the game shows us how Lara Croft morphed from an innocent university archaeologist to a walking weapon. And as of today, Mac gamers can experience the new Tomb Raider for themselves.
Apple's worked hard over the last year to make Apple TV more than a "hobby" (as it's referred to its own relationship with the diminutive entertainment unit in the past), and now the device seems on the verge of one of its most significant updates to date. According to iLounge (via MacRumors), we might see game support in an upcoming update, along with support for Bluetooth controller and an Apple Store on the Apple TV itself. And the best thing? This could happen as early as March.
While the week isn’t packed with long-awaited releases, you’ll still find a handful of potentially interesting new App Store picks — including Chillingo’s horror-tinged In Fear I Trust, free-to-play racer Motocross Meltdown, and a free port of role-playing classic Tales of Phantasia that purports to be free of mandatory in-app purchases.
Blizzard Entertainment, the juggernaut studio behind such well-known games as World of Warcraft and Diablo IIII, just announced a surprise that should make a lot of game enthusiasts happy. Hearthstone, Blizzard's online collectible card game that's generated enthusiasm from all corners of the gaming industry since its announcement last March, has now entered Open Beta and can thus be downloaded by everyone.
Speedy hack-and-slash ninja affair Shadow Blade and the remastered iPad version of RPC classic Baldur’s Gate II lead the week’s offerings, which also includes promising entries like Super Sanctum TD and Lost Yeti. Be sure to keep an eye out for full reviews of some of these titles in the coming days, and then check back next Thursday for an all-new list of notable games to consider.
Archangel's foundations are simple but strong. Shaken from your thousand-year slumber by the yammerings of demon neighbors, you slap on armor and get to the business of shutting them up. Your groggy attacks as you recall your moves yield one of gaming's best excuses for learning new skills within the early minutes, but it ultimately means little as most hints of a story vanish before the primal impulse to hack and slash. It's faux-Diablo on a touch screen, in short, and the concept usually delivers.