Despite four years of college, I never got into the grassland groove. That was probably a mistake…a mistake I’ll be able to remedy June 25th when Birgit Stock and Chimera Entertainment release their new endless runner, Hoppetee. The game chronicles the adventures of a little grasshopper who, sadly, is unable to jump as high as his taller friends, so he finds an alternate way of getting around.
Icycle: On Thin Ice is a platformer about a man named Dennis trying to survive the frozen apocalypse and find his way to his true love with nothing more than his bicycle, hat, and scarf. Literally, nothing more than that. Dude’s naked. Because if you’re going to place the post-apocalyptic fate of humanity in the hands of anyone, it may as well be the naked fellow on the bicycle.
ASCII Shooter from iCartel s.r.o. is a simple shoot-em-up game that harkens back to the days of text based graphics, complete with an 8 bit audio soundtrack. Game play is simple, making it a great way to fill the time or relieve some stress. The ’80s are alive once again!
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.
Samson Technologies has developed a USB MIDI controller/keyboard that can be powered through the iPad or iPad Mini. Take it to your next gig. Take it to the campfire. (Who doesn’t love campfire songs?) There are a lot of ways to use this controller, but is it really a viable tool for a musician or an overpriced electronic toy?
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.
Pinball Rocks HD is a standard pinball game with a rock n’ roll sensibility. The usual rules are all here—accumulate as many points as possible, complete missions (certain combinations of target hits), and hit special targets for boosts or bonuses. Since this is from Sony, the background music is stuff you may recognize.
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.
I’ve discovered that one of my favorite iPad accessories is essentially a pillow; specifically, iPevo’s very cool PadPillow iPad support, which is a disarmingly simple concept in theory and a fantastically brilliant one in practice. Now, building on the success of PadPillow, iPevo has expanded the PadPillow family with PadPillow Lite.