Hello, my name is Mike, and I will be covering the iPhone gaming scene for NGN in a weekly article series I’m calling “Mike’s Weekly iPhone Game Round Up”. Original, I know. Anyway, in this weekly news article, I will be highlighting various releases of the week, previewing upcoming games, and posting any other news of interest to those of us that game on Apple’s little hand held marvel. I will also be posting “mini-reviews” of various games as I play them from week to week.
Now, While I will do my best to cover the whole spectrum of iPhone gaming, hundreds of games are being released each week, so there is obviously no way for one person to cover each and every one, especially in a weekly news article. Plus, if you really want to see each and every game that comes out, you don’t need me for that. Just go to the app store and there they all are. No, my job is to pick out a selection of them that best represents the whole, and that is what I plan to do. I will cover the release of up to five or so of the most interesting games in each of the following categories: Action, Adventure, Board/Card/Dice, Puzzle/Strategy, as well as give more in depth reviews of the ones that I pick to play through.
If I left out a game that you think deserves to be covered or want a certain category covered more in detail, please leave me a reply and I will do my best to oblige. With the introduction out of the way, let’s look at some iPhone games!
This Week in iPhone Gaming News:
Skullomania in an iPhone game?
How many people remember Skullomania from Street Fighter EX? (Raises hand). Well,he is going to be in a multiplayer action platformer called Komodo Crunchtime: Ultimate Superstars being developed by RIE STUDIOS LTD out of London. They are currently in the process of a trying to get the game “crowdfunded” at www.indiegogo.com/komodocrunchtime, and they have quite a ways to go.
daWindci wins prestigious Apple Design Award
daWindci, a game developed by Mimimi Productions that involves a hot air balloon and godlike weather control powers, has won Apple’s 2012 Design Award at the annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference held in San Francisco. Congratulations!
If you are a fan of the Pygmies from Bolt Creative’s Pocket God series, then you might want to keep your eye on www.funko.com, as they have just signed a deal with Bolt Creative to make a series of vinyl figurines and plushies of the popular characters including Happy Pygmy, Warrior Pygmy, Zombie Pgymy, and the Moon Witch, expected to hit store shelves in September.
Activision and Flurry join to help indie developers
If you are an indie iOS developer, you might be interested to know that Activision Publishing has joined forces with Flurry, Inc. to assist third party developers in the development and promotion of their games for iOS and Android. This “strategic relationship” will provide such developers “access to a large-scale customer base alongside best-in-industry development and monetization support.”
Featured Releases of the Week:
Akane the Kunoichi- A visually appealing old-school style platformer where you play as a busty ninja girl.
Disco Kitten- A rhythm game where you play as a “robo-kitten” who is tasked with feeding a “giant, hungry head.” They had me at “robo-kitten.”
Olympic Zombies Run- Eat people and go for the gold all in one game!
Iron Suit Attack- Simple and nostalgic game that recreates those old LCD handhelds we played as kids (or at least I am that old). Plus it’s free.
Temple Run: Brave- 1. Take a critically acclaimed iPhone app. 2. Pair that app with a Disney license. 3. Print money.
Evil Houseparent 1- Looks to be the first in the “Evil Houseparent” series? I have no idea either, but it looks like it could be a decent visual novel type game.
Shin Megami Tensei 2- Classic Japanese language RPG that is not only going for a whopping $13.99, but the developer promises to never translate it. Wait, what?
Cardinal Quest- Sleek and pretty roguelike game that will keep you bashing pixelated monsters for hours on end.
Adventurer- Free app that lets you create GPS based treasure hunts for others to play. Sounds cool to me.
Terrapets-Freemium game where you “gotta catch em all.”
Zombie Quest- Generic name, but a really cool looking hex map board game where armies of various nasties fight for dominance.
QuestOfTime- Looks like a very intriguing game, but with a very bland presentation.
Okey 101- Rummikub clone. Not much else to say about it.
Cuboid: 3D Puzzle Game- Awesome looking cube rolling puzzle game.
WarGames: WOPR- Colorful looking tile stringing game with a license based on the old movie WarGames.
Cobalt code- Extremely visually appealing hacking themed puzzle game.
‘dillos- A colorful and cute looking puzzle game that I think has some explosions.
StarBunker:Guardians2- A very slick and solid looking scifi themed defense game.
Planned Upcoming Releases:
Rise to Fame: The Music RPG (Thumbr) June 15
Campaign (Campaign The Game) June 17
Duel of the Planeswalkers 2013 (WotC) June 20
Shrek’s Fairytale Kingdom (Capcom) June 21