Featuring a battle system that feels like the perfect blend of fighting and role-playing encounters, Super Nintendo classic Tales of Phantasia was kept out of Western gamers' hands until it was ported to the Game Boy Advance nearly a decade later. Now almost 20 years after its original release, this classic Japanese RPG makes its way to the App Store in a universal iOS release. Unfortunately for those expecting a seamless port, its new free-to-play format and associated changes make it a less-than-enjoyable trip back in time.
Kids today have no idea how good they've got it. Long before Skylanders entered their Portal of Power, when the monsters in your pocket came from Matchbox, the only options for peculiar pets came in the form of an iguana or granite. This all changed with the arrival of the Tamagotchi, the first digital pet to catch on in the US. Like all fads among children, the Tamagotchi would experience a meteoric rise, create controversy amongst adults, and then eventually go the way of the pog. However, the Tamagotchi's legacy isn't forgotten, and in fact is celebrated with perfect emulation in Tamagotchi L.i.f.e.
While Game Center on Mac has yet to really offer a bounty of great games, Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy is the first big title to take advantage of cross-play between Mac OS X and iOS devices. Surprisingly, the transition to a keyboard-centric control setup feels less comfortable than the touchscreen interface, but Air Supremacy is still a stellar aerial combat game with excellent online multiplayer.
Namco heads back into the wild blue yonder with Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy, its second foray into the realm of iOS flight simulation games. If you're the proud owner of a new iPad, the game is easily one of the most impressive options available, thanks to its impressive high-resolution visuals and slick animations. A confusing campaign story and useless accelerometer controls are unfortunate, but Air Supremacy offers enough goofy fun to make it worth your while.
The iPad 2 helped push tablet gaming ahead thanks to its A5 processor and increased RAM, but it's the new iPad that should offer the largest advancement to date, thanks to the unbelievable 2048x1536 Retina display -- four times that of the earlier iPads -- not to mention the advanced A5X processor, reported increase in RAM, and optional support for 4G networks. Only a couple of new games were shown at Apple's event yesterday, but we've pinpointed a few of the best-looking current iPad releases that we expect to shine even brighter on the new tablet. If you're planning on picking up a new iPad, here are six beautiful games that can show off its impressive tech.
Considered one of the all-time great fighting games on consoles and in arcades, Soulcalibur makes a surprisingly stellar translation to a touchscreen interface, with virtual buttons that deftly issue sweeping sword strikes and kicks, and a stick that lets you move your fighter ably around the stage. But is it really worth upwards of $15?
After months of waiting we’ve finally got access to awesome fighting-game classic Soulcalibur on iOS. However, we’ve got some major reservations about the state of the final release. However, we’ve got far fewer reservations about the other two awesome-looking games we’re spotlighting this week: JAZZ: Trump’s Journey and Smash Cops.
The last few weeks in the App Store has been very good to gamers. First KATAMARI Amore released (for free), then Psychonauts released in the Mac App Store (coming to next week's GameTime--probably) then Burnout and Scribblenauts came out for iOS. This week I'll take a look at two of the most inventive, addicting games to ever release on iOS.
We're pretty much going to let the deals do the talking here. Suffice to say that this is one of the most ridiculous perfect-storms of iOS deals we've ever seen. Three of the biggest players on the App Store are unleashing their deals simultaneously this weekend.
The publisher of the long running Pac-Man series, Namco Bandai, has announced today that they are putting on a big sale across both the Android and iOS platforms that begins Friday, May 6 and runs through Monday, May 9. Most games in the sale are down to a mere 99 cents, while some iPad apps run as high as $2.99. We fully admit to not having heard of half the Apps listed, but there are some really great games listed as well.