iPad

10.04.12

Rovio has returned to once again dominate your mobile screens with the newest follow up to the “Angry Birds” franchise. With a new focus and new gameplay mechanics, does “Bad Piggies” measure up to “Angry Birds”? Let’s find out as we review "Bad Piggies" on the iPhone. 

08.22.12

America’s favorite cartoon family returns to the exciting world of iOS platform games with The Simpsons: Tapped Out on the iPad available for download from Apple’s App Store. The video game takes the best parts of games like the Sims and SimCity and combines them with a social gaming aspect designed to reward its players and keep them coming back for more. Sprinkle the signature Simpsons’ humor on top and you have a interesting experience resembling that of Homer’s favorite sweet treat. 

08.08.12

I started gaming so many years ago with a classic, Mario Kart. One of the staple games of any N64 owner’s collection, this game presented a plethora of tracks, power-ups, characters and weapons, and was a Mario franchise that never saw an unpopular or negatively received release. Do you know why Mario Kart was so instantly addicting? Well, it’s not because you had to use only Bowser and green shells on only six or seven tracks for the first fifty fucking races in order to unlock one character, kart, or power-up at a time.

06.25.12

If you owned a PlayStation back in “the day” and played shooters a lot around that time, you might remember a top-down 3D entry called Raystorm, brought to US shores by Working Designs and its shooter label, Spaz Games.  It was quite a brilliant offering at the time, packed with great music, colorful visuals and challenging shooting action.  The game recently underwent a resurgence on Xbox Live Arcade as Raystorm HD, with excellent results, and now it’s made its way to the App Store, following the release of Rayforce earlier this year.  This game fares much better, and is a must for anyone who’s hardcore about mobile shooters.

06.24.12

After playing through the somewhat lackluster Circus Atari (which, by the way, doesn’t represent the classic 80’s game at all, nor feature it as an unlockable), we had high hopes that Atari would somehow bounce back with its latest iPad/iOS remake.  And lo and behold, here’s Centipede Origins, a fun new take on the 80’s classic.  Even though the company still hasn’t found a way to incorporate the original trackball gameplay into the game, Origins still has plenty to offer – and for a buck at that.

06.13.12

I’ve been a big fan of Virtua Tennis for years, getting my start back on the Sega Dreamcast with several spirited multiplayer sessions and eventually moving on to other platforms to see what they have to offer.  Most recently, the series hit its stride on the PlayStation Vita with a modified version of Virtua Tennis 4, and though not all the modes were to my liking, the core gameplay and various other options delivered service with a smile.  So, tell me, why couldn’t Sega do the same thing with its iPad port of the game? 

06.11.12

The idea behind E3 was to showcase the latest and brightest games of 2012, but there are always a few games that disappoint us. Some games on our list made serious changes to their formula, and not for the better. Other games took center stage at E3 when they shouldn’t have. There were many games at E3, but here is our top five list of disappointments.

05.24.12

Since its release over the past few months on both mobile platforms and consoles, The Pinball Arcade has become a popular release with both pinball fans and newcomers alike, as the development team at Farsight Studios has managed to perfectly recreate some of the more popular tables out there for digital play, including Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! and most recently, Funhouse and Bride of Pin-bot, which are coming to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network next month.

05.19.12

Atari has been digging into its classic catalog as of late for a new generation of games.  A few months back, it brought out the entertaining Asteroids Gunner, a twist on its rock-shooting classic from the 80’s.  And just recently, it broke out the old ball-and-paddle for Breakout Boost, complete with new modes and features.  Now another classic gets a remake, and this time it’s Circus Atari.  A game that originally started out on the Atari 2600 as a humorous collaborative effort, where you had to balance two people on a bouncing see-saw as they collected balloons, it has since been turned into a variation of Doodle Jump for the iPad.  While that’s bound to entertain a few folks, I can’t help but think what might’ve been had Atari taken the development in a different direction.

05.18.12

Sonic the Hedgehog has been around for years now, entertaining us with his platforming adventures on the Genesis before moving on to other platforms and, eventually, multi-system success on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.  But the ride hasn’t always been the greatest with him, thanks to lackluster efforts since Sonic Unleashed (seriously…a Werehog) and the iffy next-gen debut of Sonic the Hedgehog, where he fell for a…human girl.  Ick.  Anyway, that said, he did have some great games over the years…so why not count down the best?

05.10.12

“Twitch” puzzle games have really been getting better over the years, and one series in particular that has managed to flourish is MumboJumbo’s Luxor franchise.  What started as just another marble shooting game has since grown into a staple for the publisher, thanks to addictive gameplay, ever-changing stages and new gimmicks to keep players drawn in.  And now the team may have stumbled upon its most brilliant entry to date with the retro-powered Luxor Evolved HD.

04.27.12

Is there anything Twisted Pixel can't do?  After wowing Kinect players last year with The Gunstringer, the company followed up its original platforming game Splosion Man with an even better sequel, Ms. Splosion Man, featuring a variety of new levels, a trailblazing, chattering new heroine, and plenty of bonus items.  It remains an Xbox Live hit to this very day, but now the publisher is looking to bring the game to an all new front -- the App Store.

04.19.12

A long time ago, before Rockstar Games got heavily involved with its Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption franchises, there was Max Payne, an Xbox/PC release that really shook things up both emotionally and with its action.  The story, focusing on a cop who loses his family and goes all out to destroy enemies that get in his way, is one of the better ones in the last decade of gaming, really digging deep on the rage boiling inside him – to the point he needs painkillers just to get through each battle.  After a decade, Rockstar has opted to bring the game to the iOS front, for both newer iPad and iPhone devices.  And while it’s quite the technical achievement, clumsy controls will leave you raging in a slightly different way.

04.11.12

When Flight Control originally came out for the iPad, it introduced gamers to a new kind of puzzle game, one involving rerouting a certain number of planes on a crowded jet way, or risk crashing them into one another and ending your game as a result.  The game has since become an App Store phenomenon, and has seen release for other platforms as well.  Now the development team, collaborating with the bigwigs at Electronic Arts, have returned with a sequel, Flight Control Rocket.  And while the fundamentals are the same, some things are just a bit different – and not entirely in the game’s favor.