Today Omaha reviews two iOS games: Cling!, a clingy puzzle game of strategic balance, and Pangolin, a cute strategy game where you maneuver the platforms, not the critter.
What’s inside this episode:
A review of Cling! for iPad by First5 Games. Clinging to the walls requires some real strategic thought to conquer the puzzles in Cling!, but don’t cling to your money if you want the buy the fun inside.
A review of Pangolin for iPhone by Feed Tank Games. Pangolin’s gameplay is lot’s of fun and full of potential. But the monetization method comes across as less than honest.
Slitherine has released the iPad version of one of its historical hits, Legion. Originally released for PC back in 2002, Legion is a deep turn based strategy game set in ancient Rome. The Legion for iPad will be half-priced for the first 2 weeks for just $4.99/£2.99/€3.99.
Players build their fledgling nation into a mighty empire through conquest and diplomacy. Every map, unit and feature from the original game is included so players will have the complete experience. Slitherine’s Legion is the first game in the Classic series from Slitherine, which aims to bring classic PC games to a new generation of wargamers on tablets.
Self-realized Atomic Robo and his team of Action Scientists have detected an anomaly in an abandoned Soviet Weapons Depot. One of Robo’s greatest and most annoying foes, Baron von Helsingard, is looking for something of great power. Robo must find it first using (gasp!) robot smarts over robot brawn. This is…Violent Science.
Developer Second Fiction has released Atomic Robo Violent Science. Based on the Graphic Novel, Atomic Robo, this action-platformer uses retro gameplay merged with a fast-paced running style (ala Temple Run) to create an action game for the iOS that, despite its name, has gameplay based more on violently creating solutions than violently executing your enemies. But you still get to knock off some of them.
Today Omaha reviews Block You, a modern-day competition Tetris-style game, and Wreck A Word, in which Boggle meets a wrecking ball.
What’s inside this episode:
A review of Block You by Skejo Studios for iPad. Block You has a real potential to be a lot of fun, but is hampered by too many limits on gameplay that make no sense and limit the fun.
A review of Wreck a Word by Rich Experiences for iPad. A unique take on word games that could use just a little more to make the fun last longer.
Everyone’s favorite traditional 2D RPG game developer, Spiderweb Software, has announced the sequel in the Avadon Trilogy. What, you didn’t know it was a trilogy? Well, now you do. Avadon 2: The Corruption will be coming out for multiple platforms this fall, 2013. You are a Hand of Avadon, the Black Fortress. You protect your homeland from the limitless threats that surround it. Titans and monsters, pirates and barbarians. But then a sneak raid shattered Avadon, and, with it unable to keep order, madness resulted.
Travel from the outer region to the middle region and make your way to the inner region and hope you don’t get burned.
A long time ago in a galaxy far away I played Talisman. And it was good. And my friends and I drank and were merry and fortunately did not barf on the board. But then time flew and I grew up and believed that only video games were games to play. Then I learned that you can have board games on video game hardware. And now I can play Talisman again on my iPad. And if anyone barfs on my iPad they will be in it, deep!
Thumbstar and Nomad Games have joined together in a deal to bring Games Workshop’s classic board favorite, Talisman, to both iOS and Android tablet devices. Read more
OOTP14 has almost reached the end of their pre-order season; better check it out before pre-season starts.
If you’re a big fan of Out of the Park Baseball, then you’ll be happy to hear that OOTP14 is in pre-order right now. In fact, today is the LAST day to get that $5 off, so better click on the link now if you want it. The pre-order price is $34.99 and everyone who pre-orders gets entered into a contest AND gets the game 3 days before everyone else. Check out the link for more details about the contest and the game itself.
In the meantime, glance at the first screens of the game and drool. Out of the Park Baseball is a sophisticated and best-selling baseball simulation game by Out of the Park Developments. OOTP and it’s mobile version, iOOTP, is probably one of the most immersive, realistic, and customizable baseball sims you can play, complete with an annual baseball season that all fans participate in. Since its inception, OOTP has won numerous awards, including multiple “Sports Game of the Year” awards.
JiGSAW Puzzle 99 by App Developer 99 is one of the most feature rich jigsaw puzzle games we’ve seen for iPhone. You get 99 puzzles built in, but you can create an infinite number of them through connecting to DeviantART and NASA Feeds and searching Flickr with any keyword search, as well as just taking pictures out of your own library or taking a snapshot right then and there. There’s both a single-player and two-player mode, although it’s unclear whether two-player is bluetooth or online. Shake your iPhone to start over. The game has a lite version, and the full version goes for $1.99.
The initial description for Running Sheep HD was not very attractive to us. We highly recommend that developer Ladia Group change that, because it was the trailer that won us over. Sheep that have been abducted by aliens must now find their way back home. But doing so requires strategic thinking in real-time, as while you are trying to direct their movements, the sheep keep running. It’s a frantic game of planning, replanning, and then replanning again how to change the sheep’s direction. The game goes for $2.99 for your iPad.
For far too long tower defense games have been giving the evil guys short shrift. Well, no more, says Simutronics, the developers of Tiny Heroes. The guys who previously brought us geoDefense and geoDefense Swarm has created a tower defense game within the dungeon where the heroes are the bad guys, and you are defending the dungeon. The trailer is an awesome spectacle of the many ways you can slice and dice the heroes down through building towers, setting traps, summoning minions and conjuring spells. Game Center and OpenFeint integration is included. For $2.99 you can get the game for all iOS devices.
Machinarium is back, and this time for the iPad 2. Amanita Design has finished their port of their popular Indie strategy puzzler, but only to the iPad 2. We spoke to Jakub Dvorsky of Amanita, and he regretfully stated that to keep all of the animations and details, they needed more memory than a 256MB iPad would give. Follow the path of the little robot searching for his girlfriend in this wonderful post-human game of love and revenge. The iPad 2 version is available for $4.99.
Sketch Games has released a new take on an old idea. ArkanoArena takes the arcade game Arkanoid and merges them with some new gameplay mechanics and great Steampunk visuals. You won’t just be blasting breaks in the traditional sense…you’ve got powerups and upgrades to add into the fray as well. This game that was previously released for iPad is now out for iPhone for $1.99.
Lastly, PopCap Games has released a major update for Plants vs Zombies for iPhone. This wildly popular tower defense game pitting zombie against plants now sports nine mini-games from the original PC/Mac version, a new micro-game, and Game Center Achievements. The mini-games include favorites Walnut Bowling 2, Bobsled Bonanza, and ZomBotany 2, while the micro-game seems to be a take off on the original digging to China achievement in the iPad version, called “Race to China”. Mini-games come in packs which can be purchased through in-game coinage earned, or purchased via in-app purchases of $0.99.
G5 Entertainment has released the next installment in the Jane’s business ventures series for iPhone. In Jane’s Hotel: Family Hero, Jane must try to save her family’s hotel chain from being sold. She must buy hotels one by one, then develop a management strategy to earn enough profit to pay out the loans in time. The game offers strategic thinking to coordinate purchasing the right hotels with skill upgrades. The game is being released for free, with an in-app purchase for full content. Normally $4.99, G5 is offering an introductory price of $2.99 through the end of today (September 9).
Playpen Studios has taken the concept of Guitar Hero to its next logical step. In Skillz: DJ Hero, players select a DJ and strive for superstardom, gaining fans by scratching and tapping their way through original remixes of popular tracks from Kid Cudi vs Crookers, People Under the Stairs and Diplo, among others. The UI looks familiar…a guitar neck wherein the required notes to play stream down. But the videos show that you have multiple tools to use to play those notes, including virtual vinyl on each side, and require in many instances two hands to do it. On hard, it looks quite the challenge. The full version for iPad has released for $5.99 with 25 mixes, and a lite version with several select songs released for free. Playpen promises more mixes in the future as well.
NaturalMotion Games, developers of the Backbreaker Football franchise, has released NFL Rivals for the iPhone. This game brings fantasy football to the iOS. However, rather than managing a team, players are actually playing games, then having their score uploaded to the team’s global ranking through the game’s NFL Points system. So each score increases your team’s global rank. The game features all 32 NFL teams and the league’s official license and promised amazing visuals (which the screens seem to bear out). NFL Rivals has been released for iPhone for $2.99.