2K Mobile Games Sale Begins Today

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Get ready for some impulse purchases. 2K Mobile is discounting many of its top games beginning today with the sale price available through August 5. Titles such as NBA 2K13, Civilization Revolution and Sid Meier’s Pirates! are all getting some heavy price slashes.

The sale is only for iOS titles. The following is the complete list – links will take you to their download site on the App Store:

 

Sonic the Hedgehog Launches on Android

Sonic 1_Screenshot 1The 16-bit masterpiece that stole many hours of my childhood is now on Android. Sonic the Hedgehog can be had for $2.99 on Google Play; it is still available for that same price on the App Store.

The classic has been remastered for mobile devices, complete with 60 frames per second graphics. The memorable characters are there, as the gameplay is virtually the same with touch controls rethought for mobile devices.

Given the game’s excellent reception it furthers the mystery as to why Nintendo has not jumped on board with a mobile edition of its popular games. Super Mario Brothers would likely garner millions of downloads, as Sonic has done rather well on iOS with multiple four- and five-star ratings from users. [Read more...]

Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution for iPad Review

civilization-iPadFor those looking for a game with more depth and strategy check out Sid Meier’s Civilization for the iPad. A product of 2k games, the traditional PC game is smartly recreated for the iPad interface. It offers an excellent array of strategy combined with the immediacy of a touch-friendly tablet game.

The goal is to take one’s tiny village and transform it into a mighty empire. The path to accomplishing this is a slow one, requiring skillful decision making and smart allocation of resources.

Single-player mode presents several options for beginning a game – either play through some prescribed scenarios or start a new empire from the beginning of civilization. The game allows one to choose a specific leader, such as Abraham Lincoln, Queen Elizabeth I, or Napoleon Bonaparte (the Queen appears to be wearing an outfit a bit more revealing than what was likely acceptable in her era).

Much of the game centers on the discovery of technologies. You will often be presented with where to focus your energy; discoveries begin with relatively simple matters like fire before moving on to the more complex. [Read more...]

Gesundheit HD is Must-Have Game for iPad

How is it that I just discovered Gesundheit? It recently scored the Free App of the Week promotion in the App Store, being one of the best to get that tag.  The bottom line: get Gesundheit. You will never think of snot the same way again.

You play as a pig who must strategically blow his mucus in order to lure large, snot-eating monsters toward their doom. The hilarious concept combines with mind-bending gameplay to create an addicting experience. After I scored Gesundheit HD it easily ate up several hours of time.  [Read more...]

Paper Galaxy is Kid-Friendly Gaming

Paper Galaxy is a solid kids’ game that can also serve as a good challenge for pondering the laws of physics. Players take charge of the moon, which must make its way through the galaxy in order to reunite with Earth.

The moon’s journey is accomplished through using the gravitational pull of the planets. To help, the planets and moon all have faces and personality to create a lively gaming experience.

While it appears the younger set is the core audience, there is definitely enough content here to make it enjoyable for anybody.  [Read more...]

Noble Nutlings is Quirky Fun

Noble Nutlings carries the subtle influence of Angry Birds into its clever use of physics and zany characters. The game puts players in control of a a group of legless squirrels piloting bath tubs and other unusual modes of transportation. Noble Nutlings is the work of Boomlagoon, a new gaming studio created by three former Rovio developers.

Players must tilt their iOS device (sorry Android gamers) to zip the squirrels through a variety of obstacles and airborne adventures. Noble Nutlings succeeds by offering customization and original characters in a very playable game.  [Read more...]

Super Dragon Review: Kid-Friendly Fun

For those looking for a solid game to hold the attention of a child or child-like adult, give a glance to Super Dragon. It includes many of the elements that work very well in mobile games; physics-based play, gestures, a fun character, and lots of gimmicky noises and zany gameplay.

The aim is to get Super Dragon’s teeth back. Do this by launching him into the air through a Jenga-like collection of obstacles. By blasting through the refrigerators, washing machines, and other items Super Dragon can get his chompers to fall harmlessly back to earth and into his mouth.

The challenge accelerates given the larger number of obstacles that separate Super Dragon from his teeth. If not careful, they will knock him senseless, ending the game. There are a number of protective devices, such as an umbrella or helment, which players can acquire in order to protect the happy dragon. [Read more...]

Orc Vengeance Update Improves Controls

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One of the best games of the year has a significant new improvement to its control scheme. Orc: Vengeance, my favorite game to hit iOS in 2012, now has a virtual control stick and on-screen button layout that greatly improves the gaming experience. I found one can quickly attack enemies and maneuver through the game with much greater ease.

I find it more natural to play with the joystick, as the previous method of tapping where you wanted to go to become a little tiring over time. The new controls are positions so one can easily hold the iPad with two hands, much like a game controller. [Read more...]

Applorer Finds Free Android Games

While iOS gamers have Game Center and other third-party gaming community apps, the scene has been far more scarce on Android. Applorer wants to change this, churning out an update to its free game recommendation app.

Applorer wants to harness the power of your group of friends to find more games, using a player’s history, reviews, and what other friends have spent time playing.

The interface certainly takes inspiration from Google+, with friends added to circles and creative use of white space. Slide from the left to reveal groups. [Read more...]

QatQi is Word Challenge for iOS

While much of the wordplay universe is being dominated by Letterpress or Words with Friends, there is a lesser known entry by the name of QatQi that offers a good challenge on iOS.

QatQi (pronounced cat-key) excels just as much in presentation as it does in gameplay. It is an elegantly designed word puzzle that slowly morphs its way with vibrant and flying colors against a dark background.

To play, you have a given set of letters that must be placed throughout a puzzle to form proper words. You then must use the letters in your hand to fill out the puzzle, much as one would do with Scrabble. However, the play moves more with experimentation instead of setting a word to score points against a challenger. Effective play involves making use of a series of undos, where letters can be returned in order to make a more effective play later. [Read more...]

Angry Birds Star Wars Review

The Force has combined with the Angry Birds for another instantly popular game. Despite some skepticism that it was a gratuitous use of a commercialized Star Wars, I was genuinely delighted with Angry Birds Star Wars and recommend it as the best game yet in the series.

This isn’t just Angry Birds with a Star Wars wrapper. The game has been completely built around maximizing the integration of the Star Wars universe. The sound effects are straight out of the movies, with the iconic music and laser blasts. Both birds and pigs are reworked as Stormtroopers, Jedi, and other easily recognizable characters.  [Read more...]

Need for Speed Most Wanted Review

The Need for Speed series has been one of the top mobile performers for Electronic Arts. The latest, Need for Speed Most Wanted, pits you as an illegal street racer seeking to build up street racing cred. It has a similar plot-line to The Fast and the Furious, without the excessive sequels and bad acting.

I gave Need for Speed Most Wanted a thorough spin on an iPhone 4S and iPad. The experience was rather good, as you must not only defeat other racers but evade police and oncoming traffic. The controls are excellent, as you tilt to steer and swipe forward to activate a boost of nitrous. Brake or skis through turns with other simple gestures. If you prefer touch controls, activate them through the settings.

As with most racing games, you begin with a glorified clunker and then race your way to more winnings for auto upgrades. There is a good selection of cars to choose from, including some desirable, high-end brands like Tesla. Of course the carrot of upgrading with actual money is dangled in front of those who may be tempted by taking a monetary shortcut. [Read more...]

Spelltower for Android Soon; iOS, Mac Versions Rock

Spelltower is my newest iOS gaming obsession, and it should be yours too. It is a great take on the spell-out-words category of games and includes a very addicting multiplayer mode. It is also now in the Mac App Store for $3.99 (the iOS game will run you $1.99).

Android users do not have to envy their iOS friends for long; Spelltower developer Zach Gage told me he hopes to have Spelltower for Android ready “substantially before the holidays.”

For me it is the perfect kind of game for mobile – playable in short bursts while waiting for a train or in line at a grocery store. It also can occupy longer periods of time, especially if challenging someone to the multiplayer mode. It has a beautiful, minimalist interface that belongs in a multitouch environment.

Playing Spelltower involves stringing letters together to clear a tower of tiles. Your word must have at least three letters, though you can compile them by drawing through letters linked vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.  In Tower Mode, you can take your time and rack up points by choosing words with high-value letters or long spellings. [Read more...]

Pocket Climber is ‘Temple Run’ Style Action

Pocket Climber is action game that calls to mind the fast-flicking action of a game like Temple Run. You climb a never-ending skyscraper and flick your character to dodge pianos, bears, and several crazy obstacles.

Along the way you must collect coins, which will come in handy when you succumb to the obstacles. The more coins you accumulate the higher the level you can continue from. Each time you fall or are knocked off the buildings you must pay to be placed back at the same spot. As is the custom now Pocket Climber will of course ask if you want to spend actual money to boost your coins account. [Read more...]

Retro Game Dragon’s Lair Debuts on Android Tablets

Dragon’s Lair is one of the great retro games transported to mobile devices. It has been on the iPhone for a couple of years, first debuting in 2010. It now comes to Android tablets with its . [Read more...]

FIFA 13 for iOS Review

FIFA 13 is arguably the best sports game on iOS devices. Improvements to the touch-screen controls and further tweaks to league and playoff modes make it an even better game than last year’s version.

You don’t need to be a fan of soccer (football for the rest of the world) to appreciate or enjoy playing FIFA 13. While soccer may seem slow on television, the consistent action and strategy involved in playing it makes for a perfect game. Also, the touch-screen joystick, which is often cumbersome on other games, fades into the background given the well thought out control scheme. [Read more...]

Wild Blood Review

Wild Blood is an awesome game that is ideal for fantasy and RPG gamers who want to max out the capabilities of their iPhone 5. It plays even better on the new iPad, taking full advantage of the tablet’s retina display.

Wild Blood moves you through a world filled with sword-fighting and magic as you help Sir Lancelot defeat hordes of evil.  [Read more...]

The Room is Mind-Challenging Thriller for iPad

The Room evokes many of the dark, mind-bending puzzle games that long dominated PCs. It is a beautiful game for iPad that will engross you with its tricky puzzles and excellent graphics.   [Read more...]

Sushi Monster Challenges Math Skills on iOS

Sushi Monster is a game that parents can feel good about letting their kids play for a long while. That’s because defeating monsters this time around requires mental math skills and calculation instead of violence and weaponry. [Read more...]

ORC: Vengeance Review

ORC: Vengeance is an impressive game that will remind players of  Diablo. Prepare to take on swarms of evil creatures aiming at you.

You play as Rok, a gladiator war chief with plenty of weaponry and grit to use against your enemies. It plays like a true action RPG, as you must maneuver through castles and dungeons, fighting off the enemies and collecting free weapons. [Read more...]