Archive for the ‘Apps + Games’ Category

Game Dev Story iOS Review

October 3, 2011

Pros: Practically flawless. My current favorite iOS game. Too addictive. Fantastic retro graphics and sound. Loads of replay value.

Cons: Missed opportunity for more creativity options (Yep, that’s all I can think of).

Comments: There is something so amazingly addictive about running an incredibly successful virtual game developer. Hiring and firing parodies of real people (I’ve had Stephen Jobsen, Shegeto Minamoto, Gilly Bates, and Walt Sidney as employees) is a feeling of content. I’ve played Game Dev Story to completion (a task that takes a couple of weeks) a good 5 times. I’ve played from periods of anywhere from a couple seconds to a couple hours at a time. It may be a $4 game, but there is play value here worth far more.

Graphics: 9 (excellent retro style that would feel right at home on your old Nintendo)

Sound: 10 (hyper retro beats and sound effects that are fun to hear)

Design: 10 (beautiful design that is a joy to play)

Story: 10 (runs through 20 years of game industry parodies)

Gameplay: 10 (so good you won’t want to set it down)

Value: 10 (the game takes a week or two to beat and has enough variations in storyline that you’ll want to play it again and again)

Overall: 10 (get it now!)

Real Racing 2 HD Wireless, Dual-Screen Gaming with iOS 5 on iPad 2 Hands-on Video

September 19, 2011

Really, really amazing. Makes me worried about Nintendo’s future with the Wii U though.

Here’s a link to Engadget’s post on it.

Angry Birds Summer Pignic Short

July 22, 2011

Angry Birds Fan Art

July 12, 2011

Awesome Angry Birds fan art posted on the Angry Birds Twitter feed. Check out the rest of the art here.



Lego Mega Man Mosaic

July 9, 2011

LEGO Mosaic - Robotic MegaMan

This Lego Mega Man mosaic by Andy is quite awesome, but you don’t need me to tell you that.

Via the Brothers Brick.


Nintendo Releasing Pokemon iPhone Rhythm Game in Japan!

July 6, 2011

This could be the start of something BIG. Nintendo is releasing a Pokemon rhythm game on iPhone in Japan! Here is the bit from ONM.

“Nintendo and Game Freak have joined forces to produce the first Pokémon App for release on various platforms including iPhone and Android. Set for release in Japan this summer, Pokémon Say Tap is a rhythm action game based on the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Players who download this App will be tasked with tapping the Pokémon in time with the music and sounds. As you can see from the image, it looks set to star Pokémon Black and White Starters Oshawott, Snivy and Tepig.”

This really blows my mind. I can’t believe it.



League of Evil Review

July 4, 2011

Note: Video is a little out of date, it has 132 levels as of this blog post.

The list of great iOS platformers is incredibly small. Most suffer from lame controls, a horrendous lag, or a  failed gimmick. The few greats are generally endless running games where you can’t control how fast or in what direction you run (Monster Dash, Canabalt, etc.). Some secede with their gimmick (Bounce On, etc.), but many don’t.

League of Evil is perfect. It’s everything you could want in a platformer. Easy to use controls, hilariously fast response time (seriously, it’s amazing), a funny story, an awesome 8bit style, a very large amount of content, and excellent level design that’ll kick your butt (but never until it hurts). It has created a flawless formula that works incredibly well as a iOS title, speed, control, and character placement on your screen (your fingers are never in the way). I am not sure how it manages to succeed where every other game has failed, but it destroys at what it does.

Gameplay involves 4 buttons. A left, a right, a jump, and a punch. Your character has to navigate complicated paths through turrets, gunmen, and boatloads of spikes. You have to double jump, wall jump, and punch your way through each level to reach the evil scientist at the end and sock it to em. This seemingly easy task isn’t easy. It’s super duper hard, but it’s never impossible. Every time you lose you just play the level again. You can do this because there are no lifes and the levels are fairly short. There are usually a few paths to complete a level, an optional suitcase to collect (which doesn’t give you a bonus, it just makes you feel awesome for collecting it), and a clock to try to beat your fastest time (you try to get a 3 star time as you play). This all adds up to a incredibly addicting combo.

If fantastic gameplay isn’t enough for you, the game has a great amount of content. With 132 fantastically hard levels that take anywhere from 30 seconds to 30 minutes (if you have to replay it over and over), you won’t run out for a long, long time. Not to mention that more free levels may be on the way.

I would recommend League of Evil to any platformer fan or non-believer of the iPhone’s ability to play great platformers. Also, did I mention this fantastic game is only $.99? I love the App Store. Even with the low price, if you’re still unsure, you can download the lite version or play 40 different levels on your computer here (the computer controls aren’t quite as epic, but just click the link and try it).

Gameplay: 10
Quality: 9
Value: 10
Sound: 9
Controls: 9

Overall: 9.5 (Get it NOW)

New Angry Birds Seasons Trailer: Summer Pignic

June 21, 2011

Out now!

Angry Birds Mine and Dine Update

June 16, 2011


Angry Birds launched their new update for the original Angry Birds today. It has added a new (and different) theme to the Angry Birds world. 15 new levels and more on the way with all new elements like stalagmites. Rovio rules!

Angry Birds Rio Samba Update

June 8, 2011


While I was writing E3 posts, a new update for Angry Birds Rio was released. It has added 15 new Samba themed levels (with 15 more in the Samba section coming soon). Also, this update adds a new bird, Blue! Blue fly’s solo in this update (previously him and Jewel flew together) and he has a new ability! Whenever he lands (or you tap the screen) he freaks out and flaps his wings wildly and then falls to the ground.

Once again, it’s a free update. Angry Birds rules!