It's XCOM. On iOS. Isn't That All You Need To Know?

I've spent the past few days zapping aliens and maneuvering troops in the iPad version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and I'm happy to report that it's XCOM: Enemy Unknown on iPad, which is really all that you need to know. » 6/20/13 2:30pm 6/20/13 2:30pm

All the Fun of Quick Time Events, Without Those Pesky Events

Everybody loves quick time events, those timed button presses utilized in today's high-tech interactive entertainment programs to help the user feel a modicum of control over grand cinematic sequences. the problem with quick time events, however, is that the graphical spectacle going on behind the prompts always… » 3/22/13 6:00pm 3/22/13 6:00pm

When I Imagine Cyberpunk-Style Hack Battles, This is What I See

Since the early days of the Cyberpunk pen-and-paper role-playing setting, I've been fascinated by the idea of highly-skilled computer hackers roaming the plains of cyberspace looking for a fight; digital cowboys with their fingers twitching inches away from their plastic 101-shooters. The realization that real hackers… » 3/21/13 11:30am 3/21/13 11:30am

You’re Crazy if You Don’t Get Super Stickman Golf 2 Right Now

As a rule, I like sports in video games better than I do in the real world. For someone like me who's never been great on the court or field, taking an athletic endeavor and adding a layer of the fantastic to it is one of the best joys that a sports title can offer. It's a joy that Super Stickman Golf 2 delivers in… » 3/15/13 11:30am 3/15/13 11:30am

Let Your Ears Be Your Guide In This Fantastic Musical Puzzle Game

Music is enough of a puzzle already. You've got your parts, your sections, your structure. Then, you have to make those parts fit a into whole, and get them to make sense together. Say, wouldn't that make for a fun game? » 2/27/13 11:30am 2/27/13 11:30am

Year Walk's Trippy Vision Quest Might Be the Most Ominous iPad…

Up until this week, I hadn't really played a game on my iPad that gave me the creeps. Games that made me laugh? Yeah. Games that challenged my brain? Absolutely. But nothing yet has made me feel as unsettled as Year Walk. » 2/21/13 12:30pm 2/21/13 12:30pm

The Mother-and-Alien-Child Reunion is a Couple of Motions Away in Stick…

Whenever I feel like the physics puzzle format is completely played out, Fahey slides me another download code, and the thing turns out to be pretty good. Stick To It, ahem, adheres to the basic principles of the genre, but shows there are still clever ways to challenge players to finish a puzzle with an economy of… » 2/12/13 11:30am 2/12/13 11:30am

In Hungry Oni, Your Meals Are Color-Coded

As far as sharp looking iOS games go, Hungry Oni must be one of the most dazzling I've seen all year. And yes, I know it's only February. (It is only February.) » 2/11/13 11:30am 2/11/13 11:30am

Table Top Racing Just Isn’t Fast Enough to Meet My Toy Car Driving Needs

Sure, the venerable kart racing genre revolves around wacky track designs and a rotation of goofy-lethal power-ups. But, no matter how fun the chaos is, I still need to feel like I'm going really fast. » 2/06/13 11:30am 2/06/13 11:30am

A Tiny Flying Squirrel Trapped in a Pinball Universe Is Your New Recipe…

To paraphrase A League of Their Own, there's no molerats in pinball. But this game—filled with rolling, bouncing mammals—this is a pinball adventure. And that makes all the difference. » 1/23/13 5:30pm 1/23/13 5:30pm

Subway Surfers Should Be Super Dorky, But I Kinda Like It

Yeah, it's a "runner" game. You control a character that's perpetually moving forward, and all you have to do is move them left to right and sometimes roll or jump as well. And yeah, it's a "freemium" game, something I will likely never really embrace. » 1/23/13 11:30am 1/23/13 11:30am

Match-Three Plus Multi-Touch Makes My Brain Hurt (In a Good Way)

Swapping colorful objects to create rows of three or more is about as simple as a puzzle game can get. After years of playing titles like Bejeweled and Candy Crush Saga, seeing the patterns that make the best matches is almost second nature to me. Match-three games have become a mindless relaxing pursuit. Then came… » 1/18/13 3:05pm 1/18/13 3:05pm

Heroes, Castles, And One Janky Tower Defense Game

The iTunes description for Heroes & Castles, a new third-person tower defense game that hit iOS yesterday, says it has "incredible console quality graphics." » 1/18/13 11:30am 1/18/13 11:30am

What's In a Name? A Racing Game With a Nutty Finish

It's been a silly week for mobile games with suggestive names. First there was this. Then Fahey handed me something called "Noble Nutlings" for the iOS. Its icon was a beetle-browed, bucktoothed squirrel. I had no idea what to expect. » 1/11/13 11:30am 1/11/13 11:30am

Joe Danger's Most Impressive Stunt is How Good His Mobile Game Turned…

When I first caught wind of Hello Games bringing their stunt-racing hero Joe Danger to iOS, I imagined a straight port of the original PlayStation Network release, complete with a screen cluttered with virtual controls. Instead they've delivered a game that fully embraces the touch-based platform, one that's as… » 1/10/13 11:30am 1/10/13 11:30am

This Shark Prefers To Dine On Angry Birds

If Gameloft ever wants to shed its reputation as a studio that copies other people's ideas and repackages them, then they probably shouldn't be releasing games like Shark Dash. » 1/07/13 11:30am 1/07/13 11:30am

Almost the Wipeout-Style Futuristic Hovercar Racer the iPhone Has Been…

I want to go fast—faster than modern day street vehicles are capable of travelling. I've felt the need for ground-based speed since I was a small-ish boy, so games like F-Zero, Wipeout and Extreme-G (remember Extreme-G?) have always been a passion. Plenty of mobile developers have attempted to capture the power and… » 1/04/13 11:30am 1/04/13 11:30am