Calling all beta-testers! CJ E&M, the gaming behemoth behind Netmarble is preparing to launch Samurai Girl for iOS. In line with the company’s usual attention to detail and its end-user focused philosophy, CJ E&M is calling for beta-testers for this epic new game experience.
Can't vouch for how realistic this is in comparison to assembling a real puzzle, but I like the concept, and never shy from giving indie devs a bit of press. Developed by a programmer from Barcelona, Puzzle Man (now spelled correctly) varies from easy 24 piece jobs up to 300+ challenges. If you are into puzzles (which I am admittedly not), check it out for just 99 cents here in the app store...
Big Fish Games is rapidly becoming the Infocom of the object hunting puzzle adventure iOS gaming arena. Their latest interactive story, Haunted Manor HD, places gamers in a typical Victorian-style haunted house scenario, learning clues about the ghosts occupying the house as the various hunt and peck puzzles are solved. How does Haunted Manor compare to other Big Fish titles? Read on to find out.
Haunted Manor HD follows the simple story of Stan Riddle who is inexplicably trapped in an elegant, spooky mansion filled with a cornucopia of objects. Consisting of over 90 tasks spanning 18 different locations throughout the mansion, players eventually re-assemble pieces of a broken mirror to reach the story's resolution.
One thing I really like about the mobile scene is that it has helped me to appreciate genres that I never really got into on the PC. For instance, I’m pretty sure I’ve played as many FPS games on my PocketPC and iPhone as I have for as long as I’ve owned a PC (unless you count the myriad of mods I played when I was into Half-Life). Another genre that didn’t really catch my attention until the small screen was the Arkanoid style game. I’m not suggesting that I jump up and down with joy now every time a new one of these games is released, but I do find that when certain variations like Atomic Ball come along, they actually manage to hold my attention for a while. Of course it doesn’t hurt that aesthetically this is one of the coolest looking Arkanoid clones on the market either.
There have been a number of top down racers available for iOS devices since the inception of the App Store, and one that I’ve particularly enjoyed came out about a year ago. It’s called Lil’ Racerz Pro Rally, and despite its age it has held up rather well. It might not be as fancy as the likes of Reckless Racing, but it offers lots of tracks, 10 different cars to unlock and upgrade, and some sweet “modern retro” graphics and sound. If you're a top down racing fan this would certainly be a fitting addition to your collection.
I know there are a lot of people that believe Trinity Games is basically in the business of making cheap knock-offs of other developers’ games. The truth is that their games do tend to be derivative of other games on the App Store, and often aren’t nearly as good. You can rest assured, however, that such is not the case with Crazy John, which is why I’m bothering to review it in the first place. Some will argue that it is merely a Minigore clone, or possibly even a rip off of Age Of Zombies. The reality is, however, that the game offers more features than the first couple of iterations of Minigore (I honestly haven’t played it lately), and I find it more enjoyable than Age Of Zombies. If you’ve not been convinced in the past that Trinity Games could take a concept and make it their own, Crazy John might just be the product to persuade you.
Message from Capcom, developer of Street Fighter IV:
"Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with people who were caught in tragic 'Tohoku Region Earthquake' in Japan. CAPCOM as a Japanese gaming company, starting from Mar. 15th through Mar. 22nd we are going to drop the price of iPhone / iPod touch 'Street Fighter IV' globally and donate all the sales to public charity.