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E3 2014: Monkeys, Dragons, and Taxis (oh my) from Sega for mobile

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Sega demonstrated four wildly different mobile games at E3 2014, putting well-known franchises into new touch games for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. And in addition to putting a fresh face on familiar characters, they also showed off a new battle game that uses one of the strangest fight mechanics I’ve ever seen.

Sonic Jump Fever is a climber featuring the Sega mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog. Rather than running across a horizontal board, Fever has sonic leaping upwards level by level while enemies rain down destruction from overhead.

Sonic Jump Fever

Sonic Jump Fever is currently available as a free download in the App Store.

Crazy Taxi City Rush will feel familiar to those who loved the original game of maniacal driving through a fun, colorful city in search of fares. City Rush features simplified controls—flick to change lanes, swipe to take a corner—as you pick up clients and have to get them to their destination in record time.

Crazy Taxi City Rush

You can upgrade your taxi and even borrow your online friends’ car, and as you become more familiar with the layout of the four cities, you can learn shortcuts to beat the more difficult missions. Crazy Taxi creator Kenji Kanno is working with Hardlight Studios on the game, which will be available for free later this year.

AiAi returns in Super Monkey Ball Bounce, firing a cannon to bounce balls off walls, capturing stars and defeating the evil bosses below.

Super Monkey Ball Bounce

The game will feature 7 playable characters, each with his/her own special abilities, and over 100 levels. Defeating the level more efficiently (using fewer balls) will allow you to rank yourself against your friends in day-to-day play. Ball Bounce will likewise be available for free later this year.

And for those of you who think they’ve seen everything when it comes to mobile gaming, allow me to introduce you to Dragon Coins, which combines a Pokémon-esque team battler with those coin-push games you’ll see at the amusement park.

It works like this: you put a team of five monsters together (based on power, rarity, abilities, and strength against the type of opponent). You then drop coins (by tapping) on the push tray. The more coins you drop, the quicker your enemy attacks, but it also powers your attacks.

Dragon Coins

It’s a strange mix of deck management and physics. Dragon Coins is available now on the app store for free.

 

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