Category: Apple


iOS: Games with longevity

I recently saw a tweet by Matt Rix, creator of Trainyard, that got me thinking about iOS games and their, for lack of a better phrase, long-term stickiness. In my huge pile of literally hundreds of iOS games, I started to wonder which of those were the best long-term investments, the apps I found myself coming back to over and over again. I haven’t played every single iOS game out there, but here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

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Assassin’s Creed real-time collectible card game with multiplayer for the iPad. I’m pretty sure that collection of words makes you jump for joy like a giddy school-aged child or means absolutely nothing to you.

If it’s the former, you should definitely keep reading, because the above phrase is a reality. Ubisoft has released a game called Assassin’s Creed: Recollection for the iPad and it’s currently $2.99 in the App Store. But beware, it’s not all sunshine, rainbows, and sharply dressed renaissance assassins; this game has some problems, some of which you really need to know about before you decide to make a purchase or not.

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It’s something every gamer seems to know when they pick up a new game, but it’s not something easily quantified or described: Is this a good game? Reviewers point to everything from graphics to sales to replay value and a list of features, but are any of those accurate measures of what makes a good game? I’ve given this question years of thought and here are the three essential factors that I think make up a good game.

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve done an iOS gaming round-up. Life has been, well, very busy. In my absence, however, some great games have come out and I think it’s time to give a rundown on what I think the latest must have iPad and iPhone games are. Here’s what I’ve been playing:

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You should only ever have to buy a game once. Really, this is true for all things from books to movies, music to software, but being a gamer this issue is the most salient to me in the modern frontier of downloadable games on every platform.

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Puzzle Quest 2, successor to the fantastically addictive Puzzle Quest, recently came out for the iPhone and iPad. Can it live up to the match-three legacy of its predecessor?

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I rarely get excited about random, new indie iOS game X, Y, or Z*, but one just came out that’s got me pretty much drooling (and not just because I’m on lots of post-surgery hydrocodone). It’s called Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, it just came out for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, and here’s what I think of it so far.

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Apple Updates iOS App Store

And there was much rejoicing. Sort of.

Recently, Apple made a stealthy update to the App Store, finally changing a bit about the way we search for apps. Here’s what they did and how it affects you. Continue reading