The delightfully wacky premise, exemplary and addictive arcade gameplay and an overarching sense of style that make Crazy Taxi a crazy-fun game that could have only come out of the bright-burning flame that was Sega’s twilight years. To this day, you would be hard-pressed to find many game players in this generation that have yet to experience the joy of racing around San Francisco in an indestructible cab. It’s a game that leaves an imprint on players. Sega, being on a big digital distribution kick as of late, has re-released Crazy Taxi on iOS and Android. Given roughly a decade of perspective, how does the new port hold up to the original? READ MORE
There’s been such an influx of new music games on iOS that it’s easy to overlook when a great one is slapping you right in the face. Before I played Tone Sphere, I had thought this would be something like Pulse or Groove Coaster with fancy graphics, but I was colored surprised. I soon discovered the gameplay felt familiar (which isn’t a bad thing), and those graphics weren’t only for show.
In short, if you love music games, you shouldn’t be passing this game up. READ MORE
In this installment, we out-maneuver our friends in Hero Academy, out-maneuver the AI in Time of Heroes and out-plumb the destructive tendencies of alligators in Where’s My Water.
Hero Academy: Some of the best iOS experiences come when traditional game developers turn their attention to the platform. Robot Entertainment, creators of Orcs Must Die!, tried their hand at mobile development with Hero Academy, a freemium small-board strategy game that pits you against your friends. READ MORE
This week, we’re looking at the planning in advance of RoboHero, the physics-heavy slicing of Catch the Princess and the gravity-defying Inertia: Escape Velocity.
RoboHero: This new release from Bravado Waffle Studios has drawn many comparisons to modern unplugged classic RoboRally. This is warranted, as both have players queueing up incremental movement and turns before watching the orders followed in an ever-changing environment. This iOS title, though, turns the formula in an action-focused direction, and offers a very different experience. READ MORE
This week, we’re rockin’ the turntables in Skillz and rollin’ the ball in Katamari Amore.
Skillz: The DJ Game (iPad): While the plastic-instrument game market has crashed and burned, iOS games have been more than happy to take up the rhythm mantle. Skillz, developed by Playpen Studios, is a game designed for those who loved DJ Hero but want something new. And this sucker’s not easy. We’re talking six buttons to hit, a slider to push and pull and two turntables to scratch. READ MORE
This week, we’re looking at an update of the classic Another World and an adaptation of the unplugged game Ubongo.
Another World (Universal): The iOS platform has become a haven for point-and-click games. There have been updates of ’90s classics, new versions of Telltale’s games and even originals like Swords & Sworcery. It’s also been a nice place to see platformers, from Sonic ports to originals like Rolando. Another World, also known as Out Of This World, always felt like a merger of the two genres, with platforming elements and the urge to explore your surroundings to figure out what to do. It’s atmospheric. It’s stylish. And we haven’t seen much like it since. READ MORE
This week, we’re talking about a Japanese take on Plants vs. Zombies and a take on the Match-3 genre.
Samurai BloodShow: les vagues blanches, les nuages rouges (Universal): While we’re certainly not in need of another standard tower defense game, we haven’t really seen a proliferation of the brand of defense created by PopCap with its Plants vs. Zombies. Sega’s here to help, though! Samurai BloodShow, while familiar in mechanics, takes a few interesting turns. READ MORE
In this installment, we evaluate basketball title Flick Hoops and cargo-loading game Ship It.
Flick Hoops (iPhone): Flick Hoops is a free throw shooting game that combines changing wind patterns with a simple game of hoops. How many shots in a row can you hit? The normal and hard modes of the game feature an industrial fan that is constantly changing wind direction and strength. READ MORE
In this installment, we evaluate “tower offense” title Anomaly: Warzone Earth and retro-tastic minigame collection P1XL Party.
Anomaly: Warzone Earth (iPhone, iPad): With all the way-too-numerous tower defense games in the industry right now, isn’t it so funny that someone made a tower offense game? It seems like a cute punchline, much like the second-person shooter. Here’s the thing: this is possibly the most polished, well-thought-out and just plain fun experiences we’ve ever had on a mobile device. READ MORE
In this Labor Day edition, we look at two solid titles that use path-drawing as a mechanic: DrawRace 2 and Crimson Steam Pirates.
DrawRace 2 (iPhone, iPad): For those who missed the original DrawRace, the concept is deviously simple: it’s a racing game, but rather than steering, you draw the path around the track beforehand and watch the car follow it. You need to slow down your drawn path to get around curves, though you don’t need to worry about collision physics, as the game takes the TrackMania approach of not acknowledging other cars at all. READ MORE