What's the fastest way to get the space bucks needed to get your giant galactic battlestation fully operational so you can terrorize the galaxy? Opening up a snack shop and peddling womp rat stew, apparently. Tiny Death Star leans heavily on its adorable pixel art presentation and silly personality to suck you in, as the cutesy Star Wars-skinned take on Tiny Tower reimagines the Death Star as a strip mall of sorts. And keeping it running smoothly is fun — assuming you don't expect any action, explosions, or space battles.
Building a budding railroad empire is hard work. You have to take whatever jobs you can get, which means hauling everything from giant vats of maple syrup and pickles to arcade cabinets and ethanol to maximize your profits. Growing your snaking network of train routes – and fleet of trusty engines to traverse them with goods in tow – hits a delightfully upbeat stride in Pocket Trains, the adorable spiritual successor to Pocket Planes and Tiny Tower. Despite the similarly cutesy sheen of this new venture in the world of pixelated "bitizens," plenty of depth, fun, and accessibility are balanced throughout the clever design.
NimbleBit made its name on slower-paced simulations like Tiny Tower and Pocket Planes, which charmed with their retro-leaning pixel aesthetics and impressed with surprisingly friendly free-to-play models. Nimble Quest, the studio's perfectly-titled latest release, maintains those latter qualities but embodies a different and very active kind of spirit. The result is a mash-up of Snake and retro role-playing games that's uniquely enjoyable and ideal for one-handed amusement.
It's no secret that the biggest headline last week in the world of iOS gaming was the release of the new iPad. The new tablet's technology is exciting those currently developing for iOS, and garnering attention from some of the heaviest hitters in gaming. Below, we'll highlight those that are making groundbreaking advancements in their work, and those that are just looking to break new ground on the platform.
The Game Developers Conference is in full effect in San Francisco this week, and updates on iOS games are anything but scarce. With the news flying out of the convention center as fast as the Wi-Fi and cell signals will carry it, it's hard to keep up with it all. Here are some of the most important headlines to take to the water cooler for all of your friends.
Adult Swim Games isn't the only company putting its wares on sale today. The developer of the popular freemium title Pocket Frogs has announced that its entire catalogue of games will be available for free. It's uncertain how long the sale will last.