With this week's news about Nintendo's new offerings--like the 3DS and the rejuvenation of a plethora of popular titles from the Nintendo 64--iPhone and iPod touch users might be asking themselves if it's time to go back to console gaming. And while most mobile iDevice users probably have an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 collecting dust somewhere in the house, it's not guaranteed that all of them have had a chance to even mess with the Nintendo DS.
With the knowledge that Nintendo may never bring their popular Mario and Zelda titles to the App Store, we scoped out thirteen Nintendo DS games that had equal or better equivalents in the App Store so that you don't have any handheld envy. Plus, games sold in the App Store are so much more affordable. Read on for a list of wonderful, and often heralded, game titles that will surely fill up your iPhone or iPod touch with plenty of fun games to play.
Facebook is a treasure trove of casual, social gaming. Hundreds of games let you grow virtual crops, raise fake pets, pretend to be a mobster, play a little poker, and otherwise entertain yourself between bouts of actual productivity. This month we check out two entries in the virtual-work category, which involves setting tasks in motion and then coming back later to reap the rewards.
If you’re a fan of buddy-cop movies, clichéd puns, and slapstick humor, you’ll feel right at home in Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse, Episode 1: The Penal Zone. It’s the first episode in a five-part adventure series, as the rather lengthy name suggests. In this first installment, the kooky pair of freelance investigators deals with some equally kooky characters, including the main villain, an alien named Skun’kape who lands on Earth in peace but clearly has an ulterior motive. It’s up to Sam and Max to find out the true reason for his arrival and banish him to another dimension.
The Brothers In Arms series is one of the greats in gaming--it stands out from the slew of generic shooters that trivialize World War II thanks to its perfectionist, respectful approach to historical accuracy and realistic squad combat. Which just makes this shoddy port all the more disappointing.
Vertigore Games’ Pacific Defense puts you in the role of a World War II anti-aircraft gunner as you fight ever-increasing waves of Japanese fighters and torpedo assaults working to destroy your ship. As in a first-person arcade game, you focus on a heads-up display and tap the sides of the iPad to fire your machine guns. Combined with the vintage radio clips and grainy, grayscale graphics, this creates an immersive feels that pulls you in over the course of the game. When you’re overwhelmed, power-ups such as additional health and smart bombs that clear all the enemies from the screen help even the odds and clear the level in the designated amount of time.
Square Enix games are known for their deeply engrossing storylines, and Chaos Rings is no exception. Though the action-packed role-playing game comes in a smaller form factor, it borrows the same animated aesthetics and easy-to-use game mechanics of Square Enix’s memorable console titles.
So, you love your level 75 Human Rogue, but you just can't see to find enough time to head over to the auction house at Ironforge to get yourself that lovely coat of armor you've been coveting all this time? Fortunately for you, Blizzard has released all the juicy details about the Remote Auction House functionality of the Mobile Armory app. However, it only works for a tiny number of World of Warcraft servers because it's still in beta.