Plenty of games come and go that quench the desire to be a deep space pilot who blows up aliens by the dozens. However, very few have ever tried to simulate the day-to-day operations of the ship. So if you're tired of merely blowing up aliens, and want to experience some Picard-esque politics and intrigue you need to check out Star Command.
Kairosoft is a bit of a favorite around here at Mac|Life. Their first amazing cult-hit iOS game, Game Dev Story has earned its right as a permanent fixture on several of our iPhones. Kairosoft has now officially announced the Japanese release of Pocket School Story 2, though it's still unclear as to whether the game will be released in North America.
Even given some of the extremely bizarre games that have appeared on the App Store over the past years, Hot Springs Story may be one of the strangest. Rather than appeal to time-honored fantasies like being a sports star or space marine like most games today, Hot Springs Story appeals to those who have a burning desire to manage a Japanese hot springs resort, an obviously infinitesimally small niche on this side of the Pacific.
If there was a way to subscribe to developers games on iTunes, I would subscribe to these developers without batting my pretty eyelashes. These teams really innovate and entertain on a consistent basis.
Game Dev Story was one of our favorite little-known titles from all of last year. It's wonderful blend of quirky humor and addictive gameplay grabbed us and didn't let go for days. Now, the game's developer, Kairosoft, has released a follow up to Game Dev Story titled Hot Springs Story.