Tag Archive: iOS


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 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 tweeted with @the1console recently and got some answers about #Sworcery and the cool stuff going on at that studio. We talked about origins, influences, the design process, development advice, future projects, so read more to find out what Craig Adams had to say!

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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