The lengthy wait between installments could be taken as a sign of Sega's effort to make Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II a better game than its underperforming predecessor. In some ways, that's true. Improved physics, crisply-detailed environments, and a handful of interesting new gameplay tweaks give this second jaunt better staying power, but with speed and precision being crucial ingredients for a successful Sonic outing, Episode II's frustrating touch controls just don't keep up.
Vengeance is sweet. As you cut a path through the battlefield towards your rival’s fortifications, there’s something primal and satisfying about charging through their last line of troop defenses, setting fire to their buildings along the way, and finally running your blade through the treacherous shogun responsible for your father’s death. Though the path to victory follows a familiar trajectory, Sega and The Creative Assembly’s long-running Total War real-time strategy series takes an interesting new direction with its iOS debut.
This past weekend, roughly everyone (everywhere) downloaded Angry Birds Space. Well, at least 10 million people did, but that's still quite the figure. While a huge shadow was cast by the massiveness of Rovio's franchise -- or is that the space station it built with all that money -- there were still plenty of noteworthy headlines in the iOS gaming world.
Most of the time, new iPhone and iPad games seem to appear out of thin air -- suddenly up for sale in the App Store without any sort of lengthy promotional campaign. But when we're lucky, we hear about exciting releases weeks or months in advance; and as Apple's devices continue to surge in popularity, that's becoming more and more common. Case in point: here are a dozen upcoming iOS games that we're really looking forward to playing, and while they vary in size, scope, and subject, all caught our eye and may well catch yours too.
Last week, amidst the mayhem of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Sega showed off its upcoming releases for iPhone and iPad, giving us a chance to go hands-on with Total War Battles: Shogun and Alexandria Bloodshow, as well as try out a big update for Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.
In Sonic CD, the titular hedgehog runs so fast that he can travel through time à la Back to the Future's Delorean. Going into the future portrays a dystopia full of evil robots, yet if Sonic goes back in time and destroys a generator, he can achieve a brighter, happier tomorrow with fewer foes.
There weren't a ton of news stories for this week's iOS gaming news round up, but there were quite a few stellar games actually released to the App Store. So rather than sticking with the formula, we're going to mix it up a bit this week. In lieu of some ho-hum news stories (and passing over lots of deserving games), we're going to be focusing 100% on games this week. It's one of the best weeks in recent memory, so jump into the gallery and have a look.
Booga booga booga! It's the Halloween weekend and while sometimes app game prices are pretty scary, but not this week. No this week, in honor of the witching season game makers across the board are slashing prices, chopping the heads off their numbers, gutting their profits and otherwise making things very easy for you. So without any further ado, here's some prices that'll have you screaming.
With a few exceptions, mascot kart racers are generally a phenomenon to approach with caution and trepidation. It may seem like fun when a well-loved company takes a bunch of their most beloved characters, outfits them with racing gear, special abilities, and weapons, and sends them on their merry way through a variety of themed tracks. But often these sorts of projects don’t reflect the same level of polish and care a fan might expect from Company X’s flagship titles themselves.
Not the case with Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing...