If current trends hold their course, it looks as though we may end up with that highly anticipated iOS port of Final Fantasy VII after all. But first we're being treated to Final Fantasy VI, which makes its first appearance on the App Store today (well, following yesterday's sudden appearance on the New Zealand app store).
In case you haven't heard, the latest game to drive iOS players wild is the deceptively simple Flappy Bird, which requires you to guide an ugly little bird through green pipes that surely must agitate the copyright lawyers working for Nintendo. How popular is the free little app? According to a new report from The Verge, it's raking in around $50,000 per day through advertising.
Number-merging original puzzler Threes! is today’s standout debut, though it’s not alone — Final Fantasy VI, Eliss Infinity, and Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse are other notable releases, though we’ve got 10 in total to shine a light on this week. 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.
Ever felt as though you should be devoting your time to other, nobler pursuits while gaming? Cancer Research UK knows the feeling, and in response the British charity has created Genes in Space, a space exploration game for iOS that lets you voyage throughout the cosmos and help find the cure for cancer. And yes, at the same time.
With the advent of officially supported iOS 7 controllers, many types of games that weren’t always a perfect fit for a touch interface — like shooters, racing games, and 3D adventures — suddenly have an opportunity to shine much brighter on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Now you don’t need a dedicated gaming box to experience a wider array of really excellent experiences. Here are our current picks for the 25 best games that support iOS 7 controllers, and we’ll be updating this list from time to time as even more stellar games add support or are released.
Whether you play hard by getting your run on or your game on, we've got a bevy full of great app sales going on this week. And if you choose to relax with a brewski after your gaming, we can hook you up with all the deets on just what it is you're quaffing. We even have a little something for lovers of art and fine literature, so don't keep reading this, click that link ------->
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.