Now and again, we all grow a little nostalgic thinking of the games we used to play. Be they Diablo, Paper Mario, or, for me, Warcraft III, it’s fun to go back and play them again. Of course, we wouldn’t want to play them exclusively (modern games have made some improvements, after all!) but it is refreshing to note the highlights and draw parallels to the good in modern gaming, as well as the bad.
Originally released on PC back in 2006, Company of Heroes ($13.99) is now on iPad thanks to Feral Interactive. The real time strategy classic has been adapted for touchscreen with two control options and a plethora of enhancements in its newest incarnation on iOS as a premium release. Since this is a Feral Interactive port, expectations are very high given their superlative track record. I’ve been playing Company of Heroes on a first generation iPad Pro (9.7″) over the last week and the conversion is mostly everything I wanted with a few issues holding it back.
One of the earliest iPhone games released on the App Store back in 2008 was Tap Tap Revenge. Following games like Guitar Hero and Rock band before it on consoles, Tap Tap Revenge was structured around having players follow falling, colored dots on the screen and tap as they fell within a hollowed circle at the bottom of the screen. There have been multiple mixed of this idea since the birth of the App Store, but SAAZ ($2.99) takes a welcomed, simplistic spin on the idea while leaving the core mechanics the exact same.
There are some things that you don’t realize you want until you actually have them, and for me this mobile port of Konami’s classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night ($2.99) is one of them. This is one of my favorite games of all-time, one that I obsessed over for a couple of years following its release on the PlayStation in 1997. I found every item, uncovered every secret, and squeezed out every last percentage point of map exploration. I’ve replayed it time and again on various platforms and have written numerous pieces about it, with the most recent being less than a month ago.
Incredible Mandy ($2.99) is an adventure through dreams searching for memories lost, people forgotten, and experiences once treasured. It is a third person platformer with a little bit of combat and a whole lot of environmental puzzles in a semi-open world, sprinkled with collectibles to fill in the story. It, in short, looks really, really interesting.
Sometimes, you run into a game you know you’ll enjoy just by the way it looks. That’s not always the case, though, and you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Or in this case, a game by its trailers. However, every now and then, a game fills the expectations you had the first time you saw it. That’s the case with Roundguard, in my opinion.
Spyder is an adventure and puzzle game developed by Sumo Digital Ltd. You’ll play as Agent 8, a British robot that’s also a spider, and that’s also a spy. You were created by the British spy agency EP-8 to help to stop the evil organization known as S.I.N. and go where no agent or spider has gone before.
When Spike Chunsoft announced an iOS and Android release for the Danganronpa trilogy, I was very pleased. I’ve played the first two games in the series on literally every platform they have been released on in English and basically adore the series. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc ($15.99) is the first game in the series and it has arrived on iOS and Android as a premium release with a few enhancements and additions over the console and PC versions.