There are always tons of games to pick from in the App Store, but only a few are good enough to make the grade for our picks. Here's a roundup of some of the most fun games I've played on iPad and iPhone over the past few weeks.
For decades, the video game cartridge was the staple of home video game play, and even a vital component of many early home computer systems. Interestingly, the companies that developed the first videogame cartridge and brought it to market are largely a forgotten footnote in the annals of early game development. Writing for Fast Company, Benj Edwards has documented the early days of cartridge development at Alpex and Fairchild:
Attention fans of ridiculously buggy, yet hilariously wacky simulator games featuring barnyard animals: Goat Simulator for iOS has picked up an update today. Coming along for the ride are a new map and, perhaps most importantly, "pigs that are stuck."
SimCity's newest game for Mac has been re-released as a new bundle that has a bunch of extra content. SimCity Complete Edition includes the core game, Cities of Tomorrow expansion pack, Amusement Park, Airship Set, Heroes and Villains Set, and French, British and German City sets.
The second episode of Telltale Games' six-part adventure game based on the Game of Thrones TV series from HBO makes its Mac debut February 3 and for the iPhone and iPad on February 5. The second episode is titled "The Lost Lords" and Telltale is getting fans of the fantasy series pumped for its release with a new trailer.
Square Enix is continuing its march of porting old-school role-playing games to iPhone and iPad with the release of Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride. Controls have been optimized for mobile, while maintaining the original's distinct graphics. Inside you'll find a classic tale of power, love, and freedom spanning many years.
The official Lego Movie Video Game hit the App Store today, letting iPhone and iPad owners enjoy constructable antics and get that damned song stuck in their head one more time. Players will work their way through the movie's story in a variety of platforming, action, and (of course) building sequences. You'll end up putting together all sorts of Lego sets as a bunch of different characters to keep going forward in the game.
The Witcher: Battle Arena, a MOBA-style game set in the Witcher fantasy universe, is now available to download worldwide for the iPhone and iPad. The game was first announced in the summer of 2014 and its developers held a closed beta test that year as well.
Who says there are no games for Mac? There are plenty, including a few releases that have just come out worth keeping your eye on. Here's a roundup of some of the more noteworthy titles I've come across in my travels. We've got a heavy focus on strategy and role playing games this week.
Gameloft has just announced plans to release Dungeon Hunter 5, the latest game in its popular "hack and slash" fantasy RPG series. The game is due out sometime in 2015. Gameloft released Dungeon Hunter 4 for iOS in April 2013.