iOS

Florence Review

It’s been a long time since an iOS game really captured me. There are plenty oft titles that will make due with keeping you occupied at the dentist or sitting on an airplane. Every now and again I’ll find myself playing games like Bloons TD 5, Plants vs Zombies or Peggle. But I play them just to pass time, not engage in. And yet a week ago I bought Florence after hearing a friend talk about it and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since.

Florence Review

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy Review

If you haven’t yet experienced a Layton game, however, I would sooner recommend any of the six original Professor Layton entries or even the Phoenix Wright crossover. I want to see more of the delightful Katrielle but I hope her next game either gives us something new or at least gives us more compelling cases in the future.

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy Review

Broken Age Act I

Between its story, flavorful presentation, and adequate point-and-click gameplay, there is a lot to like with this episode of Broken Age. It has the makings of a classic. If it fulfills its potential, we may speak of it in ten years with the same reverence of which we speak other Tim Shafer classics like Psychonauts and Grim Fandango.

Broken Age Act I

80 Days

80 Days is a simple game about globe trotting. But in those travels are a number fantastic smaller narratives that make what could be a dull and straightforward journey incredibly engaging. More so than that is the game’s ability to make picking route both terrifying and rewarding. But most of all is the shear personality and replayability of 80 Days. I’ve circumnavigated the Earth fives times and every single trip has been different. Well written, fun, easy to pickup and difficult to put down, 80 Days is not only one of the best mobile games around, it's one of the best video games, mobile or not, to come out in 2014 so far.

80 Days

Star Horizon

Star Horizon is an on-rails shooter that looks great on the iPad and offers one of the better control schemes I've come across in a touchscreen game, but its shallow and breezy action fall flat before its brief campaign ends. While it can be entertaining enough for that first run, the lack of effort required from you makes the prospect of coming back for more a distant one.

Star Horizon

Dying: Sinner Escape

Long story short, Dying: Sinner Escape is not the bright and shining adventure its publisher makes it out to be.

Dying: Sinner Escape

Droidscape Basilica

Droidscape Basilica is an impressive first outing for developer Kyttaro Games. It has its share of problems and pitfalls but overall it’s a solid iOS game that will suck up your time should you get hooked on it. While the its aesthetic appeal is a bit lacking Droidscape makes up for its shortcomings with unique gameplay and a fun combination of gameplay mechanics that, while odd at first glance, go together quite well in execution.

Droidscape Basilica

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller – Episode 2: The Wise Monkey

Cognition: an Erica Reed Thriller – Episode 2: The Wise Monkey is a solid step forward for this promising mystery series, even though the technical issues on the iPad are a bit of a drag. The point-and-click gameplay does feel somewhat outdated, but it is devoid of the pixel hunts and illogical hilarity that has ruined past games of the genre. The unpredictable story is very good, and the writing is solid, albeit not perfect. This episode is a quality experience, and since Episode 3 is also out on the PC, the story is worth investing yourself in.

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller – Episode 2: The Wise Monkey

Deus Ex: The Fall

Deus Ex: The Fall is a very ambitious game that pays off in some significant ways but fails in some fairly key areas. While the game might be fun to explore and look at, the actual action of the game just feels clunky and sometimes just plain broken. For hardcore fans looking for just a little taste of some new Deus Ex action, The Fall might be worth checking out but if these issues are enough to keep you away then you are probably right to just wait for the next proper sequel. Deus Ex is an amazing concept for a game and I’m willing to accept this as a stepping stone to a proper sequel but if this is all we ever get then I will be thoroughly disappointed.

Deus Ex: The Fall

Scurvy Scallywags

Scurvy Scallywags is on my front page where it will stay for quite a while. I keep returning to it if I find myself with a few minutes to spare. It’s perfect for those quick gaming bursts and is enjoyable for long periods as well. Scurvy Scallywags is $1.99 on the apps store and is definitely worth the asking price. It brings some unique twists to the match-3 genre that can easily reel you back in.

Scurvy Scallywags

Star Command

Star Command is a very unique iOS experience that I hope to see a lot more of in the future. The biggest problem I have with this game compared to FTL is that you aren’t going to see a lot of variety in your play experiences because, unlike FTL, there is a full story here that takes about four hours to run through so you’re pretty much tied to the same path every time you play with very little branching. Most of your variety comes with the fact that every battle won’t play out the same and always remains fun, and when you finish the game you are given the option to start over with a new game plus that’s much harder (but with a more powerful ship), or to continue with your crew onto more side missions with more variety. While the story does cut into the ability to have more stuff in the game, it’s a much appreciated addition and it’s something that works in the games favor, especially since it’s a fun story to play through as well. It’s worth noting that Star Command was a Kickstarter game, and there are still things that were listed on the Kickstarter page that aren’t in the game yet (there is even a “contraband” option on your crew members that just says "coming soon") but even with what is here, Star Command is worth checking out and is a hell of a good time.

Star Command

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller - Episode 1: The Hangman

Despite its problems, Cognition succeeds at immersing you in its emotionally charged, supernatural mystery. If you are fond of mysteries and adventures, you won’t regret the time that you spend with the first episode of this promising series. While it shares lots of flaws with its brethren of the genre, this point-and-click adventure game has enough going for it with its story and cognition mechanics to make it worth playing.

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller - Episode 1: The Hangman

Iron Man 3: The Official Game

Iron Man 3 was an interesting approach to a movie licensed game and while it certainly has quite a few faults it also does quite a few things right. The thing to take note of is that this is a free game on iOS and for free it is definitely worth your time to at least check out. The game is flashy and can be pretty addicting while pushing you to your limits. It’s by no means a perfect game, but it’s not bad either.

Iron Man 3: The Official Game