It’s currently free. It’s an excellent game. If I need to say anything else, you’re on the wrong site.
10 word description: Insect themed multi-mode vertically scrolling shoot-em-up.
10 word review: Addictive arcade action with great controls and two-player modes.
You will like this if you enjoy: Retro style shoot-em-up games. High scores. US military band music.
The good news: Compulsive high-score chasing gameplay. Great controls, particularly in solo mode. Rousing military band music.
The bad news: Brown background is a bit brown.
Arcadelife verdict: I’m laughing (right now, I really am) because once again I’ve got the top score in one of Keith’s games. First to a million points – they can never take that away from me.
What can I say about DF? It needs another background colour. Come on Keith, give us an unlockable blue background when we reach 500,000 points! Apart from that, it’s pure shooter genius on your iPad (or iPhone) and the high-score chasing is just as much of a hook as it is in the Toxic Frog games, only this time with shooting. Did I mention that there are four different modes, including a co-op team mode (that can be played solo if you’re incredibly clever) and a versus mode.
Ramble Interactive website link
10 word description: Retro platformer. 15 levels. 4 game modes. 25 GC achievements.
10 word review: Tight, fun touch-screen platformer. A true hidden gem.
You will like this if you enjoy: Retro platformers. Bugaboo The Flea (wikipedia link).
The good news: Innovative and dependable control method, more like the kind you would expect in a golf game but it works well here. Good level design. Varied level graphics. Four different and consistently entertaining game modes. Lots of achievements and 180 collectible jigsaw pieces. No IAPs.
The bad news: It will probably go unnoticed and sell maybe 3 copies, despite anything I say about how good it is.
Arcadelife verdict: This is a great platform game with a control method that avoids d-pads, buttons and tilting. The default mode is great and the game would have been fine with just that one mode; the inclusion of three additional modes (with nothing requiring an IAP to unlock) is wonderful.
Predator mode is the one that most reminded me of Bugaboo The Flea, with each level being patrolled by a bloody great Cthulhu looking head, a massive insect or some other floating monster. If you beat three levels of that mode, you get a chase mode where an evil twin chases you around each level, killing you if it touches you. The final mode is a time trial that I have to admit I haven’t unlocked yet.
Overall – Bullet Pea is a very cool game and you should get it.
10 word description: Party based old-school RPG sequel. 5 classes; many endings.
10 word review: Deep, vast, well written, full featured. Essential for genre fans.
You will like this if you enjoy: Traditional party based RPGs (e.g. Baldur’s Gate); previous games from Spiderweb Software (e.g. Avadon: The Black Fortress, Avernum: The Pit, Avernum 6).
The good news: – Great choice of main character classes and very flexible attribute/skills customisation. Large, detailed map areas. Plenty of action, lots of loot. Very well written dialogue and compelling story. Decent touch-screen interface and extensive integrated help/manual. Various difficulty settings and player-friendly save system. No IAPs.
The bad news: I’m struggling here, because these Spiderweb Software RPGs achieve what they set out to, giving old-school RPG fans exactly what they want on an iPad. I suppose it would be nice to be able to zoom in and out and rotate the view, but that’s really asking for more rather than finding fault with what is there.
Arcadelife verdict: Avadon 2 is a large, accessible, rewarding, replayable game with none of the IAP shenanigans that plague a huge percentage of recent iOS releases. If you’re a genre fan or you’re just looking for a traditional fully-featured RPG to play on your iPad, this is an easy recommendation.
Spiderweb Software website link
If you have ever wanted to go head-to-head in a shoot-em-up game on your iPad (or iPhone) against a friend (or your 6 year old son), I’d like to introduce you to Dragonfly Fleet, the upcoming iOS shooter from Ramble Interactive. There are four modes, two each of solo and 2-player. Dragonfly Fleet’s Solo Flight mode plays like a traditional vertically scrolling shooter, complete with delightful relative touch control and a dynamic choice of left or right side fire button.
In Team Flight mode, there are two playable dragonflies with touch control limited to a small area around the player insect. Although this is co-op mode, care must be taken as your dragonflies can be damaged by player shots and collisions.
Gridshock is a variation of the shooter theme, with a grid of destructible blocks covering most of the screen in addition to the randomly spawning enemies. The 2-player version of this mode is called Faceoff, with your opponent facing you across the grid.
Although I don’t have a release date to share, Dragonfly Fleet is looking very finished and should be on the app store soon. I’ll be posting a review of this game as soon as it is released.
10 word description: Manipulate impossible architecture. Guide silent princess through a beautiful world. (From app store description).
10 word review: Short, easy but utterly captivating. A beautiful iOS gaming experience.
You will like this if you enjoy: M.C. Escher. World manipulation puzzle games. Gorgeous graphics.
The good news: Lovely graphics, animations and effects. Good controls. Very atmospheric and emotive. Genius blend of 3D visual trickery and level design.
The bad news: Short. Easy. Linear.
Arcadelife verdict: Forget the fact that this game is short, easy and linear. Where many other puzzle games force you through tiresomely repetitive, forgettable levels, where all you want to know is “when will this ever end?”, Monument Valley is a game that makes you wonder, “What is this game going to show me next?”
It’s a great experience, a glimpse at just how clever and beautiful video games can be.
Monument Valley website link