I’ve been a fan of adventure games since before adventure games had graphics, but nowadays the industry seems a bit unclear on what constitutes a member of the genre. The big push these days seems to be towards hidden object games, and while I’m a fan of that particular offshoot as well I still like to indulge in the more puzzle / character oriented fare like the old King’s Quest games. Ironically enough Pilot Brothers doesn’t really fall into that category either, but instead has kind of invented its own style of game play. It’s a two character single screen puzzle adventure, and it’s one of the best games in the overarching genre of adventure games that I’ve played in quite a while.
I’m a huge fan of hidden object games, but there’s no question that they all begin to feel the same after a while. “Where Is It?” blends the hidden object game with the art of optical illusions to create what to my knowledge is a unique experience on the App Store. I was a bit disappointed that the animal category seemed so easy, but the people and objects categories have more than made up for that to provide an overall decent and interesting challenge. Replay value is a bit limited, but hopefully the proposed monthly updates will take care of that issue.
I have regaled the iPhoneLife readers with tales of Galaxy on Fire 2, which is my personal favorite Space shooter RPG on iPad (and frankly stunning on my mini), but looks like there is a relatively new space game in town also with some pretty sweet-looking space combat visuals! I'll be posting up a review soon, but you can check out the animated eye-candy in the embedded vid above. The title is Galactic Phantasy Prelude, is currently 99 cents and you can get it here. I've already checked out some of the online comments, noting that upgrades rely heavily on IAPs, which will turn me off, but I'll leave the jury out until I review it.
It has been many weeks since a WIPTW post up, due to work, and really Trigger Fist; because I can't stop playing it! I did manage to pull myself away long enough to check out two also very cool indie games that are featured this week, both of which played nicely on the new iPad mini (review of that coming as well). When I started this review, I was listening to hurricane Sandy pound the crap out of my house while watching endless spiral bands of rain rolling in from the Atlantic on radar. My windows were leaking water, but the lights were still on (though flickering ominously), so it felt like I was on one of those old WW2 battleships riding the Pacific high seas...kind of like the game I was playing at the time! A game called...er, Battle Fleet (lame segue, but hey I tried). The other awesome game featured this week is a totally original platform game called Green Rage. Think alien adventure shoot-em-up and you as the alien. Both of these games are keepers, but Green Rage for iPad/iPhone only plays well on newer iOS devices/versions (iPad2/3/mini, iPhone 4S/5, and iPod 5), so wanted to point that out before diving in. UPDATE 11/6/2012...Green Rage is being pulled from the App store by the vendor (to fix a few things), but will return soon, so I pulled the links above... Learn more in the review below. Battle Fleet is available for 99 cents tomorrow (11/07/12) thanks to a special promotion from One Dollar Wednesday...
Magnet boy is a fun puzzle arcade adventure game that challenges you to fly from magnet to magnet picking up various parts to build a robot. The story of the game starts when a professor who has been building incredible robots is attacked by an evil villain. The villain destroys the professor’s robots and crashes them into many pieces. As the hero of this story, Magnet Boy has to search high and low to find the parts of every destroyed robot, and put them back together.
Am working on a full review of this quirky and unique new platformer from Paralline just released called Green Rage. If you have experienced the platform genre in the past, and think you have seen it all, you haven't and will want to grab this one ($1.99)! You mostly scurry along through twisted and varied obstacles, jump and evade baddies, and shoot stuff! Have to warn that it's version 1.0, and I had some issues with my older devices. The dev is working on those, but if you have a newer iPhone/iPad device running iOS 5.0 or later, shouldn't be a problem. Get it at the link above for iPad or here for iPhone...
Looking for a naval strategy game that gives you granular control of the individual weapons on a fleet of battleships? Today is your lucky day! Battle Fleet, formerly at $4.99 and highly rated in the iTunes store, has been reduced to $1.99 for a limited time. Features include multiple gameplay modes, awesome weapon upgrades, vintage battles and much more... Check it out in the App store, but don't wait. The sale is only good for this weekend.
I attended the CES Preview in New York City this summer and got to see a cool merging of app and board games, thanks to iPieces from Pressman Toy Corp. They offer a wide variety of physical game pieces that interact with their free iPad apps.
The best iPad games, reviews, and free iPad games are always hard to find, especially when you don't know where to start. Tons of reviews on 'the game that must be played' are written right here on this page. We are constantly looking for ways to improve and the article on the NBA 2K12, is just one example of what we do.
Here is a brief description of the article: “In iOS world, there’s an App for everything, and everything has an App. Until recently, the only exclusion was that of a true NBA game. Well thanks to NBA 2K12, by 2K Sports, throwback fans of “The Hick from French Lick” and his more modern counterpart of “The Candy Man” now have their favorite teams and players in reach of both thumbs. This is 2K sports first edition (in iOS format) for this #1 selling basketball game. Did they do right by iOS users? In short, “Yea baby”, they did.”
We try and keep the articles lively and informative. Although not all of them are based on sports. Skillz is one example that has become one of the most addictive and an overall fun game that has recently hit the market. The concept matches many other popular music games that test your rhythm, tap speed, and ability to rock the turn tables. It’s similar to Guitar Hero and Rock Band, but much more difficult which makes it appealing.
Another key point in choosing the best iPad games are the graphics. Shadowgun is a new game that is pressing the boundaries of the new graphic cards. The linked article even has a video for you to see what it actually looks like. It's a first person shooter that guides the gamer through an intense story line out in space.
All reviews, like the ones linked above, are the best iPad games that we can find.