G.I. Joe fans no doubt remember their collection of action figures and the fun times they spent going on imaginary missions against Cobra’s army of evil. It's no surprise, then, that the action card game G.I. Joe: Battleground rekindles some of those memories as you assemble your squad and recruit your favorite soldiers for combat. It may not always be the most exciting experience, but it’s a quality card game that doesn’t require much effort to enjoy.
Early last month we announced that the next installment of the critically acclaimed Deus Ex series would be coming not to consoles and PC as in the past, but rather to iOS. And now, with almost no warning at all aside from a short blurb, we've learned that it'll be available on the App Store on Thursday.
Upon launching a Kickstarter campaign to drum up funding for Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded, Replay Games promised a faithful high-definition remaster of the 1987 Sierra On-Line original. Reloaded thankfully opts for a modern point-and-click interface over the text-based original but otherwise sticks to classic, adults-only Leisure Suit Larry, warts and all.
Limbo begins in darkness and near silence and doesn't stray much from either over the course of the side-scrolling adventure. It also doesn't feature any text beyond the menu screen and credits, save for a gargantuan neon hotel sign that punctuates the quest, nor does it mention the controls or detail any of the puzzle mechanics you'll encounter along the way. What could feel aimless is instead thoroughly gripping, as Limbo's brilliant and atmospheric quest makes exploring the unknown feel thrilling, terrifying, and ultimately fulfilling.
Another year, another welcome iteration of Wizard of the Coast's venerable card-battling franchise. Last year's iOS debut of the delectably nerdy spell-flinging card game really hit the sweet spot for longtime fans itching for a portable version of Magic: The Gathering — Duels of the Planeswalkers. At a quick glance, Magic 2014 may seem like more of the same — and it is, to an extent — but many subtle refinements, tons of new cards, a fresh campaign to battle through, and a sealed deck mode (that finally lets you construct your own custom decks) makes this latest installment well worth another dip into your coffers.
Contra has never been easy. Like many of Konami’s old-school ‘80s arcade games, the punishment in this run-and-gun series is designed to come quickly and often, as you attempt to break through endless hordes of enemies using only your reflexes and aim. Death is only a hit away, so winning means memorizing every attack pattern the game throws at you. If and when you screw up – losing one of the few precious lives given from a finite supply of continues – the loss really hurts. Strip that necessary roughness from Contra’s bones and all that’s left is a sad husk trading on a venerable name. This is essentially what Contra: Evolution does.
It looks as though Zynga might be getting the life preserver it so desperately needs after a year of disappointments, but it's coming from an unlikely source. According to AllThingsD, Don Mattrick, long known as the head of Microsoft's interactive entertainment division (in other words, its Xbox entertainment system) will be stepping down from his role at Microsoft to take the helm at Zynga. To many observers, however, it's a classic case of jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
With the incredible popularity of Minecraft, it’s not surprising to see other games expand upon its winning creation formula. Toca Builders is one such offering, but it uses the template for additional aims. This kid-oriented app from Toca Boca adds some interesting twists to the core concept of “building with blocks” and gives kids the chance to be creative while also employing problem-solving skills.
Beginning today and continuing every Thursday, we're going to highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. This week includes new entries in the popular Contra, Diner Dash, Magic: The Gathering, and Siegecraft franchises, as well as original titles and those making their App Store debut after success on other platforms.
Limbo, the delightfully macabre sidescrolling platformer that debuted on the Xbox 360 back in 2010, is finally making its way to iOS next week. Considering that developer Playdead announced this morning that it's sold over three million copies already, there's a good chance that you've already played it.