It’s another great-looking week for new iPhone and iPad games, with highlights including the big-name runner Spider-Man Unlimited, role-playing classic Dragon Quest I, and NFL Kicker 15, while exciting indies like Fotonica, Phantom Rift, and Chronology shouldn’t be ignored amidst the pack. Give these brand-new releases a look, and then check back here next Thursday for more.
Even by the relatively low standards of movie tie-in games, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a weak entry. It makes a strong first impression with vibrant graphics in an open-world setting, but absolutely everything else about it is underwhelming, bland, or outright frustrating. Most of the problems are fundamental and extend from the game’s own lofty ambitions. An open-world setting demands that Spidey swing freely, which works just fine so long as he’s heading in a straight line.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is dominating the box office rankings, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is due out in a couple weeks, and X-Men: Days of Future Past is just around the corner. Big superhero movies often also mean big superhero games, and the genre’s improved significantly since the last time we took a look in early 2012—many of the games listed then were barely decent. Some stinkers have still come in the last couple of years, but mostly we’ve seen an array of solid-or-better games based on comic heroes. Here’s a selection of seven enjoyable iOS games where you can battle crime and wield some powered-up muscle.
With a name like Marvel Run Jump Smash!, it’s fair to expect something lively and exciting — which isn’t typically a tall task for the iconic Marvel Comics heroes featured in this side-scrolling endless runner. But despite taking its cues from genre greats like Jetpack Joyride and Punch Quest (and pairing that blend with a cute cartoonish aesthetic), this licensed affair can’t help but feel dull and dopey, thanks in large part to its laboriously slow progression system.
It's a week of pairs. For every app we found on sale this week there was a match out there somewhere. Whether it was a sequel or a competitor or a nice complement. So why not give these dynamic duos a try? Some are free, some are only a dollar, but they're all on sale, so get tapping.
We know, you're all sitting by the internet waiting to see what Microsoft will be announcing tonight. But for those who aren't (or simply don't care), we're back with our usual generous helping of tech news for this post-WWDC 2012 week. It's a fairly lazy day for tech news, but that doesn't mean that you'll have to dig far to read everything happening on this Monday, June 18, 2012.