We've got games galore for those of you who like getting your iOS tap on, including a current and former App of the Week, a few puzzlers, a physics game that puts a whole new spin on things, and games that are deceptively simple when you start. And if you're interested in taking your selfie game on a voyage through time, we've got you covered there too. Plus, you wanna see a dead body? Then step inside, mwahahahaha!
Apple’s holiday release cutoff is nearing, which means developers are chomping at the bit to get their games in the App Store before Christmas. As such, we’ve got a high-profile slate of new games in this week’s roundup, including entries from big franchises like Borderlands and Marvel Comics, as well as intriguing original options like Seabeard and Highrise Heroes. Scope these out and then check back in a week for more.
Apple's Arizona facilities took the spotlight on Thursday as export documents revealed the company's newly purchased inspection tools are intended for "device displays" -- although no one knows for sure if they are intended for the fabled iWatch, the next iPhone or something else entirely. While you ponder that latest rumor, here are a few slices of other news from yesterday that are a little less tinged in speculation...
Thor is one truly badass warrior, but even his trusty hammer, electrifying moves, and a gaggle of armored cohorts to summon into battle can't quite save his latest jaunt from feeling a bit rickety around the edges. On a visual level, Thor: The Dark World is certainly an attractive-looking top-down brawler, which sends you through beautiful 3D environments to smash up evildoers and demonic beasts. Unfortunately, pushy microtransactions and shaky combat break the spell early on.
Marvel's latest Thor adventure hammers its way into movie theaters this Friday, but the folks at Gameloft are already taking iOS and Android gamers all the way to Asgard with an official game based on the new film.
Brightly colored Spandex and match-three puzzling might seem an odd pairing at first, but digging into Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign yields addictive super-villain smashing fun in abundance. Between collecting virtual comic book covers to unlock new heroes and leveling up your posse with RPG-style enhancements, this free-to-play battler hits the nerdy sweet spot without going overboard in the in-app purchase department.
We'll come right out and say it: Marvel's Avengers Alliance can be a chaotic mess in moments. First finding life as a casual Facebook social game, this superhero-themed RPG battler gets off to a rocky start, thanks to complex underpinnings that are awkwardly explained and an obtuse storyline that feels utterly disjointed at best. When character interactions aren't dripping with clichés, they sometimes lack coherence altogether. Despite all of this, there's something about the nerdy RPG combat between classic superheroes and oddball foes that still strikes a chord.
After utilizing an open-city design for its premium Iron Man 2 movie game – complete with the requisite array of screen-cluttering virtual buttons – Gameloft opted for something simpler, swifter, and certainly cheaper for the next tie-in. Released in advance of the latest live-action Marvel Comics romp, the free-to-play Iron Man 3 sends Tony Stark soaring ahead through multiple locales, with alternating sequences that find him swiftly dodging traffic and aerial obstacles, zapping waves of foes, and even fighting through narrative-led boss battles. Blazingly fast and initially quite fun, this gratis game easily warrants a download from fans, though the thrills are short-lived.
Monday wound up being a rather brisk day for tech news, with the removal of AppGratis from the App Store continuing to make headlines. T-Mobile also finally provided some much-needed official support for existing iPhones and Marvel even returned with its free #1 promotion -- but you'll need to act quickly, because that deal turns into a pumpkin again at midnight tonight. Read on to find out more!