Agricola, an iOS port of a popular board game, is a resource management game, where you play a 17th century farmer who struggles to expand your farm, improve your house, and feed a family, all while competing for resources against other players who are trying to do the same.
Keep moving, because it’s time to save your city against the Dragon crime family. You are indeed invincible, especially if you hook up with these two heroes. Ryan and Slash have what it takes with their insane martial arts moves. Step in their shoes, and kick and beat those bad guys like never before with the secret combos.
A movie tie-in app that doesn’t suck? Believe it or not, the World War Z game for iOS feels like an actual game, and not a hastily tossed-off freebie. Designed using Unreal engine, this first person shooter makes good use of the touch interface and manages to tell a gripping, if limited, story.
Let’s say you’re a fan of role-playing games with turn-based combat, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money. There’s still time this weekend to grab the savings on a few great Mac and iOS compatible RPGs (specifically, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Avadon) before the sales are over.
Deus Ex: The Fall was easily the biggest iOS reveal heading into E3 2013, but could a tablet version live up to the Deus Ex legacy? In short, yes. At length, absolutely. I spent about ten minutes playing the iPad on the show floor and another 15 getting a media demo from Square Enix digital producer James Wright, and I can safely say that Deus Ex: The Fall is everything fans of the series will want it to be…other than it being on a console, I mean.
“Serious fun” is kind of an ironic slogan for Natsume, as there’s not a whole lot serious about their games. Their iOS lineup for 2013 involves fishing (which I guess some people take seriously enough), zombie attacks, human attacks, ninjas climbing over Tetris blocks, and, in a pleasant surprise, a HomeTown Story.
LEGO App4+ is essentially a side scrolling, coin collecting platformer. The idea is that you can build your own LEGO vehicle and drive it. I loved the game, and my children’s incessant nagging to play it again and again says it all, really. LEGO App4+ is a kids game through and through, but one that’s truly developed and produced with the child in mind.
By now, you all know the iOS 7 Beta is available for developers (it won’t be available for all of us until September). I have the iOS 7 Beta on my iPhone 5, and what can I say? iOS 7 blows me away. Apple did it again, successfully revitalizing an otherwise aging mobile OS and transforming it to something fresh. I can bravely say iOS 7 is a cleaner, leaner, and simpler version of Android.
This week on the Free Apps Roundup: I can’t get you early access to iOS 7, but if you like comics (specifically Marvel comics), you’re going to be happy to see Avengers Alliance (and THOR: Son of Asgard) available this week for free. It’s a game full of heroes and missions. There’s also Minion Rush, a game that lets you be part of the super villain Gru’s loyal group of minions. Surely some of these apps will help keep your mind off of how much you’d like to upgrade to iOS 7 this very instant.
So, ending this pretty exciting week for the mobile industry is the arrival of Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone. Some are reporting it as Office Mobile for iOS but there’s no optimized for iPad version. And while the app is free to download from the App Store, it requires an Office 365 subscription, be it Office 365 Home Premium or Office 365 ProPlus.
To coincide with the theatrical release of the latest Superman movie, Man of Steel, the official tie-in game is now available for purchase from the App Store. Man of Steel for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch wants you to relive the events of the Man of Steel movie which has Superman thwarting General Zod’s invasion of Earth.
Founded in January of 2007, InnoGames has over 100 million registered players of their online games, and that number is likely to increase now that the Hamburg, Germany based company has announced they’re bringing two of their more popular games—Forge of Empires and Grepolis—to iOS and Android devices.