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.
Strategy games that combine city-building elements with player-vs-player combat are incredibly common on the App Store these days, and War of Nations doesn't shy from using the familiar free-to-play formula seen in everything from Clash of Clans to developer GREE's own Modern War. Fortunately, a handful of elements elevate it above the mass of clones, but progression glitches and a pricey cash shop make it a tough game to get deeply invested in.
Rovio’s new “Stars” label was designed to snatch up and release indie games with promise, but we weren’t sure quite what to expect from the Angry Birds maker's publishing efforts. As the first of the so-called Stars, Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage luckily lives up to its lofty billing and sets a high bar for those to follow. It’s a quirky, inventive, and colorful physics puzzler that deserves every bit of visibility the mobile publishing giant can give it.
Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, the latest expansion for Borderlands 2, is out today, and the good news is that we Mac game enthusiasts don't have to wait for weeks before we get to play it. It releases today for both the Mac and the PC on Steam and GameAgent.com, and it's a shining example of how DLC should be be done.
Imagine waking up in a strange house and having no recollection of what happened to your wife, your friends, your job, your home, and the rest of your life as you know it. Only by meandering through the darkness and stumbling upon grim clues can you begin to piece together the horrific tale that lies at the heart of Home. But exactly what that tale is depends on the choices you make and how you perceive each twist you encounter along the way. An experiment in interactive storytelling, Home is equal parts unsettling and puzzling. It's an absorbing – albeit terribly brief – journey that will ultimately leave many of your burning questions unanswered.
Very few educational math apps have recognizable characters, but the newest such iOS edutainment game from JumpStart features animals from the Madagascar series of animated films. Madagascar Math Ops balances education with fun by rewarding good math skills with an Angry Birds-like physics game, in which you hurl the penguins – who are wearing jetpacks – at obstacles in order to free the other animal characters.
Pairing Disney's biggest original iOS hit with the company's most iconic character, Where's My Mickey? XL delivers another breezy physics puzzler that challenges you to guide a stream of liquid to the cartoon mouse. Skillfully utilizing a classic Mickey Mouse aesthetic with animated cut-scenes, the game maintains the winning gameplay formula that propelled Where's My Water? and licensed follow-up Where's My Perry?, though a lack of challenge makes it less memorable than expected.
The original Kingdom Rush is one of the App Store's most enticing time sinks – an original tower defense affair that delivers countless hours of challenging entertainment and remains atop the crowded genre on iOS. Kingdom Rush Frontiers, available in separate iPhone (reviewed) and iPad releases, makes little effort to reinvent the formula. It's the same core strategic experience that we loved last year, albeit with fresh terrain and tower upgrades, plus a couple of light twists along the way. And considering the immense quality of the original, it's tough to argue with that approach.
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition wasn't without a few significant flaws (which we covered in our review back in December), but even with them the remake was one of the best RPG experiences available on the iPad--indeed, anywhere. Alas, we hope you had a chance to play it when you could. This morning, developer Beamdog pulled it from the App Store, citing the need to "resolve a number of contractual issues."
Minecraft is a global phenomenon spawned from a very simple indie building game. It has wowed critics and players alike across multiple platforms – including the most robust version on Mac (and PC) and a streamlined iOS release – via a LEGO-esque creation vibe tinged with zombie survival mechanics, all within a blocky 3D world of infinite permutations. In the process, it’s spawned a cottage industry of apps and games for people looking to get more out of the experience. These 10 iOS apps are sure to please anyone entrenched in all things Minecraft.