Despite securing the official (and lucrative) NASCAR license, Eutechnyx’s most recent offering on the App Store isn’t a racing game, strictly speaking. Instead, NASCAR: Redline is more like a career management sim: as a fresh-faced rookie in the Sprint Cup Series, you must win races to finance new car parts and pit crew training sessions to climb to the top of the standings. Unfortunately, some of the mechanics feel unclear, while in-app purchases for this premium game seem unnecessary and frustrating.
Strategy games may be popular on iOS, but too many perform a tired juggle of microtransactions and abstract gameplay that cranks out forgettable games that mainly differ by setting. Machines at War 3 marks a welcome departure from all of that. Its tactics may be simple, but its Command and Conquer-inspired real-time strategy (RTS) stands so far apart from similar offerings on the App Store that it's well worth the price of admission.
Many iOS gamers have been hoping for a version of Final Fantasy VII to come to the system for years now, and today Square Enix dropped some news that suggests it could very well happen. As reported by Kotaku, a modified version of Final Fantasy VI (known as Final Fantasy III when it was first released in North America 1994) will make its way to both iOS and Android this winter, with VII possibly not far behind in the future.
"Level 22" is not a glamorous name. It’s generic. It doesn’t inspire excitement. Without context, it could mean practically anything. So it’s the perfect way to reference a floor of an equally generic corporate tower, which also happens to be where you work. The trouble here is that it’s a weekday, and after a night of heavy celebrating for your birthday, you’re not at your desk. If the boss finds out you’re late, you’re fired. How do you keep your job? If you’re a fan of Hideo Kojima’s classic, quirky stealth-action series, Metal Gear Solid, you probably already know that your only recourse is to sneak all the way back up to your desk on the 22nd floor through increasingly complex scenarios.
Brightly colored Spandex and match-three puzzling might seem an odd pairing at first, but digging into Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign yields addictive super-villain smashing fun in abundance. Between collecting virtual comic book covers to unlock new heroes and leveling up your posse with RPG-style enhancements, this free-to-play battler hits the nerdy sweet spot without going overboard in the in-app purchase department.
It's a good time to be a fan of the gaming consoles of yesteryear. As iMore reports, Amiga Games announced today that some of its classic titles will be making their way to iOS "in time for the 2013 holiday season," which should be just about the time that the new Made for iPhone (MFi) controllers make their official debut.
Following a stellar effort last year, it feels like 2K Sports phoned in the latest mobile edition of its highly regarded basketball simulation series. NBA 2K14 is essentially NBA 2K13 (minus the commentary), albeit with updated rosters and a new mode focused on superstar LeBron James. It feels incomplete, thanks to awkward gaps in the presentation where you'd expect commentary, plus a host of other minor glitches and issues. But, as with last year's effort, there's a decent – albeit barebones – basketball simulation under the hood.
When PixelJunk Monsters debuted as a downloadable PlayStation 3 game in early 2008, it proved a real diamond in the rough – and something of a revelation. This was before tower defense games exploded in popularity, and still months before we had an App Store, let alone one eventually filled with numerous great genre options. To see a game mine such rich strategic complexity out of a simple approach was so impressive at the time, and I fondly recall pumping dozens of hours into the game, alternating between extreme emotions of glee and rage as I stared into the cartoonish glow.
Cuteness comes in many forms, but is it possible to apply it to a moon-sized space station designed for the obliteration of billions of lives? With Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, developer NimbleBit certainly seems to hope so, and there's a good chance it'll be able to considering the studio's success with free-to-play iOS games like Tiny Tower, Pocket Trains, and Pocket Planes.
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. This week has a wide array of really intriguing releases, from the surprise mash-up Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign to old-school adventure game The Cave, plus a pair of sports simulations in the form of NBA 2K14 and NASCAR: Redline. You'll also find a couple of interesting original iOS games in the bunch, such as Gunner Z and Level 22.