Yes, yes, we've got games for you, but first things first. Let's get the business out of the way here first, okay. So we'll hook you up with a great email app and a super clear to-do app (hint, hint) and then we'll get out gaming fingers on. Business before pleasure, little app sale fans, business before pleasure.
You’ll find a promising-looking slate of new releases on the App Store this week, including John Woo’s ultra-violent Bloodstroke, the comic-based Marvel Run Jump Smash!, winter-themed retro arcade entry Dawn of the Plow, and EA’s free-to-play reboot of Dungeon Keeper. And The Room Two — previously only playable on iPad — also expands to iPhone and iPod touch this week.
One of the unexpected gems of the last decade in gaming was the LEGO Star Wars series, which captured the spirit of all six of the films but with endearing an endearing LEGO aesthetic that manages to appeal to all ages. If you've never played it before, today's your chance. It's on iOS for the first time as of today, and you can even play the first episode for free.
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.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. Several long-awaited, high-profile games top the rundown this week, notably Star Wars: Tiny Death Star and the excellent Rayman Fiesta Run, as well as Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies and LEGO The Lord of the Rings. But as usual, we’ve got a few intriguing lesser-known games to potentially pique your interest.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. Surreal indie thriller Device 6 from Simogo is a major standout this week, along with the free-to-play Batman: Arkham Origins, while CSR Classics and Dungeons & Dragons: Arena at War are other significant releases available now on the App Store.
Cuteness comes in many forms, but is it possible to apply it to a moon-sized space station designed for the obliteration of billions of lives? With Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, developer NimbleBit certainly seems to hope so, and there's a good chance it'll be able to considering the studio's success with free-to-play iOS games like Tiny Tower, Pocket Trains, and Pocket Planes.
Angry Birds Star Wars II is once again a colorful, pull-and-fling interpretation of the films, this time focusing on the events and characters of the prequel trilogy. But while it's another amusing, well-produced nod to the Star Wars franchise, the quality of the core game experience lacks that inspired edge of its predecessor. In fact, it lacks nearly any edge at all, as the expected puzzle-solving aspect that typically defines Angry Birds is rarely seen throughout. More stages than ever can be cleared with a single and typically obvious opening shot, and while it's entertaining to watch the destruction, such an approach fails to tax the brain to any real extent.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. Alongside the launch of iOS 7 comes a huge week for iOS gaming, marked by juggernaut franchise entries Infinity Blade III and Angry Birds Star Wars II, along with the Disney Infinity Toy Box and intriguing indie, Incredipede. Several notable free-to-play affairs are available this week, as well, including CastleVille Legends, Deer Hunter 2014, and DuckTales: Scrooge's Loot.
It's always awkward when you reach that on-the-fence moment where you're pretty sure you hate the game you're playing, but you just can't seem to stop plugging away. That sums up my experience with Star Wars Force Collection pretty accurately. As a huge Star Wars nerd, I appreciate the sight- and sound-driven homage to a galaxy far, far away found throughout this virtual collectible card game. The actual game itself, however, is on shakier ground than Luke's X-Wing parked in the swamps of Dagobah.