It's amazing what a simple change in perspective can do. Dropping the third dimension of typical sims in favor of a side-scrolling approach made the original Super Stickman Golf a revelatory mobile experience, both with its puzzle-platform single-player courses and the raucous speed-based multiplayer showdowns. Considering the ample success of the debut, Super Stickman Golf 2 expectedly doesn't mess with the formula too much, employing the same mechanics while adding fresh courses, customization options, and another gripping multiplayer mode.
After a short holiday hiatus, Free App Friday has returned! This week's selection, Ruzzle, may "boggle" your mind with its roots in a certain Parker Brothers turned Hasbro property, but the game puts its own spin on the word-finding classic.
Portal 2 players will soon have a whole lot of additional puzzle options starting May 8, when Valve releases a free DLC called “Perpetual Testing Initiative,” allowing gamers to create, share and play new puzzles.
Warm Gun may be the master of adjectives on the App Store when it releases. It's a post-apocalyptic, Wild West, steampunk, multiplayer iOS first-person shooter. It's quite a mouthful, but the developer sent us a new video of the game in action today and it looks pretty great.
Even if you're playing iPhone games on the bus or lounging with an iPad on the couch, you don't have to game alone. A wide array of iOS favorites support online multiplayer through Wi-Fi or 3G, and thanks to Apple's Game Center interface, many allow for easy player matching plus high score leaderboards and achievements all in one handy place.
We don't simply hand out 5 out of 5 Editor's Choice ratings to every iOS game that comes along. It takes something pretty special to wow us like that, but Super Stickman Golf was more than up to the task. We awarded the game our coveted perfect score last week in our review.
The ingenious Puzzle Quest, which hit the Mac in 2008, the iPhone in 2009, and the iPad in 2010, was essentially a role-playing game, only all the "combat" is turn-based match-three face-offs against AI-controlled opponents. Bejeweled battles, basically. The formula was addictive, satisfying total RPG newbies and more hardcore players alike. Puzzle Quest 2, a universal app for iPhone and iPad, is more of the same, but it's cranked up the "epic" dial.
Over the course of the holidays, Chair's Infinity Blade came out and blew the iOS user base away by proving just how amazing a game could look on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. By the time you'd fought your way through the castle time and time again, gradually leveling up your character and gaining weapons, armor, and magic items that could slay almost any opponent, you wanted more. And as of Thursday, Chair responded, releasing a free, full-fledged expansion to the title in the form of Infinity Blade: Arena.
If there's one area that the iOS gaming platform has been lacking in it has definitely been quality multiplayer experiences. While the PSP has games like Monster Hunter and SOCOM and Nintendo DS has Mario Kart, the iPhone hasn't had all that many quality multiplayer games worth getting excited about. So our interest was definitely piqued when we learned about the announcemen of Crescent Moon Games' 8-player shooter, Deadlock.