We’ve got a couple of big-name releases leading this week’s roundup, including an iPad version of Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, plus the touch debut of Mac tactical role-playing favorite The Banner Saga. Adult Swim’s free-to-play Adventure Xpress also looks like fun, and if you’re a big fan of aging pro wrestlers, then Crazy Taxi City Rush has something for you this week (no, really, brother).
Replace trainers with keepers and Poké Balls for monster traps and you’ve got Monster Legacy, a game that offers a glimpse of what a free-to-play Pokémon could play like if Nintendo ever took its popular franchise mobile. This means fighting alongside a team of monsters, training them to evolve, and even completing missions for rare items. But before you dismiss this game for another creature-catching clone, Monster Legacy mixes in various clever elements and modes that make it more than just another Pokémon wannabe.
The Pokémon series includes some of the most popular releases for portable gaming systems of all time, but despite Nintendo's continued reluctance to dabble in the smartphone market, we've yet to see a suitable clone come to iOS. With Monster Legacy, developer Outplay hopes to change all that. Its scrappy pet-battling game is so reminiscent of Nintendo's original, in fact, that the main differences center around execution and setting than with gameplay.
One of the biggest items in recent general gaming news was the release of Pokemon X and Y for the Nintendo 3DS, and while we unfortunately can't play the smash hit on our iPhones, The Verge reports that enthusiasts of the popular franchise can now access a "huge set" of Pokemon data through the Wolfram Alpha engine used to power Siri.
One of the true rewards of playing a monster-training game is the ability to create your own cool-looking creature and customize it to your liking. Monster Adventures not only lets you decide what such a beast looks like, but its mash-up of role-playing and roguelike genre elements makes each play session an exciting and slightly addictive foray into its vibrant world. Monster Adventures starts you off with a basic creature, and it’s your job to train it and enter it into tournaments to bring pride to your village.
After 16 seasons, the Pokémon animated television series is still massively important with younger audiences. And as a result of years of episodes, movies, and of course videogames, the adventures of Ash and the gang have permeated pop culture in a deep way. Today, you can start watching tons of Pokémon television episodes through a free iOS app.
In the past, Kairosoft has brought us cartoonish simulations of what it's like to be a video game creator (Game Dev Story) or shopping mall proprietor (Mega Mall Story), among many others, but its latest iOS affair has you catch and train various elemental critters and then use them to explore your surroundings. While all this may sound a lot like a Pokémon game, you’ll soon realize that Beastie Bay is a civilization management game first and a monster-catching game second.
The unthinkable has happened. An affiliate of Nintendo has confirmed that they are currently developing a Pokemon-based app for the iPhone. Those adorable pocket monsters will be available on the Japanese App Store this Summer. Is this an innocuous move by Nintendo to make a few extra bucks? Or does it signal something more meaningful?
Summertime is almost over, and you know what that means. The weather is going to get grim pretty soon, and with all of those rainy days you'll definitely want to stay inside and enjoy a rousing game of--wait for it--Dungeons and Dragons! Or perhaps there's another tabletop game out there that you find engaging, like the Pokemon card game. Anyway, we were once on a quest to catch 'em all, too. And boy, do we wish we had our Mac, iPhone and iPad along to help us sort things out. Fewer nerd fights would have been had.