What happens when you turn a classic game like Tetris on its head? Usually you get a broken game, but in the case of Flash favorite 99 Bricks, you get a game that successfully mixes old-school elements with physics and planning to make something new. The mobile re-release adds a bit of story featuring wizards and magic on top of the Jenga-style premise, like nuts and chocolate on a surprisingly precarious physics-based sundae.
Plants vs Zombies 2 launched last year with three worlds, and an update followed months later that added a fourth one with a sci-fi theme. Now Electronic Arts has rolled out another expansion of content that introduces more plants, zombies, and stages to occupy players' time. And this one is decidedly darker.
The biggest change, as the 'Dark Ages' name would suggest, is the addition of nocturnal stages. Sun power won't fall from the sky, and rather than sunflowers, players will need sun shrooms to harness light in the dark of night.
Back in the 90s, I was a Genesis kid, but I missed out on the 2D platforming classic Castle of Illusion. This game starred Mickey Mouse and was one of the more popular titles available to tide console owners over until the release of the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Last fall a completely new HD version hit the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, PC, and iOS, giving newcomers a chance to experience the adventure for the first time and long-time fans a reimagined take on the world they may have forgotten.
Well that didn't take too long. The popular iOS game Boom Beach first hit the Play Store just four days ago, but it was limited to only a couple of countries. Now the title is available for download globally.
Boom Beach comes from the people who developed Clash of Clans, and while this game is different, they share the same genre. Those virtual buttons may look different, but the scenery has changed even more.
Developer Halfbrick, the creator of Fruit Ninja, is back with another mobile game to suck away your free time. Band Stars has nothing to do with slicing up perfectly good food. Instead you get some people together to form a band and you rock out. Keep rocking, and eventually you'll get good. After that, you will become a star and travel the world (if only real-life worked that way).
The game has plenty of band members to unlock, each of whom brings their own skills to the table.
Here's the thing about physics-based racing games, you're going to crash, and you're going to crash often. Typically doing so comes across as rather painful, but Small&Furious turns it into an educational experience. That's not a fearless biker snapping his neck on an outcropping of rock - it's just a crash test dummy that didn't land gracefully enough. Tweak it and try again.
Cybergon is a trippy journey through cyberspace that won't last long, as chances are you're going to veer head-on into a dangerous floating orb that's empowered to kill you in just one hit. But if you have the dexterity necessary to survive, Cybergon might just be the type of free-to-play fun little diversion your afternoon needs.
The game is simple. You're a floating blue triangle thing, and you want to touch other shapes of the same color.
In Wordbase, you have to reach the opponents base not by traversing mountains and flanking opposing forces, but with your words. You'll get there one letter at a time, even if you have to fight dirty. It's a licentious linguistic battle, but no one ever said it'd be pretty.
The game board in Wordbase is essentially a giant word hunt puzzle. However, unlike those games, you can pick out words in any direction and along diagonals – the letters just have to connected to each other in some way.
In the future, sports won't look the way they do now. They will be faster, more complex, and completely saturated with bright neon lights. No game will be immune, no matter how small or seemingly innocent, including dodgeball. Jolt offers a taste of what a futuristic version of this game will look like, and it gives two players the chance to experience it on one device.
The screenshots don't do Jolt justice.
Ubisoft's Trials series has been hitting the track for years now, challenging players to perform fantastical tricks atop their motorbikes while hurtling through the air. The franchise has typically stuck to PCs as Java and flash games, but later versions have made the jump to consoles. Now the first mobile release has exited limited geo beta and is now available for all.
The game's challenge derives from its off the wall physics-based tracks, as navigating them alone can be difficult enough without the pressure of building up high scores.