Games for iOS: Issue 12

Bastion

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When this game came to XBLA, it almost immediately began to receive many different awards from critics and journalists. Virtually every publication in the outcome, there has been Bastion as the best in any category: Whether it’s visual style, gameplay and sound, each element of the game was appreciated. Developers were so happy with the success that the game was ported (and still do) to other platforms, including the PC and even the browser Google Chrome, which can pass through the Bastion from start to finish. It’s time to please owners and tablet computers from Apple is now one of the most impressive indie games of the decade, is available on the iPad.

Despite the fact that many have already managed to pass Bastion on other platforms, briefly describe the plot: a global catastrophe has destroyed almost the entire world, leaving almost intact only a small island Bastion. It was his recovery and we will have to do, assuming the role of Man (his and called Kid) and went to all corners of the world where there may be material for tuning necessary buildings on Bastion.

First thing that catches the eye in the form of iPad-version, the complete absence of changes in visual terms. What a game to remember for Xbox 360 and PC, so it is presented here: the colorful surroundings, lining up under the feet of the surface, the same positioning of enemies, turrets and bosses do not cut down or compromise for the sake of performance. But, surprisingly, no freezes or hangs the players do not see the optimization so good, like iOS was originally the target platform.

Management implemented two schemes: Move character by pressing the right place and use the virtual stick. Despite the apparent disadvantage of the first option, it is done with the mind: the character itself is shooting at targets defined by the game (whether it be enemies or any obstacle), but it does so only if they are within a short distance. With a convenient control roll and get away from the accumulated enemies, but the lack of opportunities to choose purpose sometimes interferes guy can focus on weak enemies, while the distance someone spits corrosive acid and consuming lives.

Virtual stick easier, but then the right side accumulates a lot of buttons: punch, defense, special skill, roll, and change weapons. Fortunately, just get used to, and already on the third level is not difficult time to fight back from flying projectiles, use skills and attack enemies in order, occasionally replacing the hammer or bow guns at the machete. Hard to say what type of convenient familiar with the game people probably prefer stick, because it looks familiar. Beginners will remain as originally installed with the game system taps.

Is known to die from a fall outside the map in Bastion is impossible, but for the tablet version the developers have added more and endless kit. That is, those who have already passed Bastion, or simply want to enjoy the story more than to die over and over again on difficult locations can take advantage of this option and play for fun. Fortunately, a freebie can be disabled, and there’s little sense in this opportunity is lost the lion’s share of the atmosphere, associated primarily with the narrator and his statements about the hero.

The fact that virtually no action Man is left without comment. The narrator describes in detail the history of the main character, who creates the player, and often depends on his actions, which will be discussed further. It should fall outside the map, as he will say: The guy kept reminding myself to look down, and the desert area will bring him to the idea: Everything was dead quiet, and the guy knew something would happen now. Voice is so pleasant and so perfectly fits the atmosphere of what was repeatedly called the main advantage of the game, and some critics have even dubbed it could pay a stunning innovation in the genre of Action-RPG. So playing in the subway or in a queue is not recommended and desirable homes in the headphones, only then can escape into Bastion.

Bastion

Appearance on the platform iOS significant event. Of course, this is not the first indie game, which came in the AppStore with a larger platform enough to recall the Machinarium and Osmos. But perhaps that is Bastion with its low price and already very reputable sales motivate other PC developers to pay attention to this platform. After all, no one would have refused to see the iPad Limbo or Trine, which would look just perfect. As for the version of Bastion for iPhone developers have stated that under the small screen they have failed to adjust their offspring. Perhaps the large display iPhone 5 will make them change their minds, but the chances are slim.

Pros:

  • recognized indie masterpiece, granting many pleasant experiences;
  • convenient management styles everyone will find a suitable option;
  • schedule the game had survived crossing on iOS, without losing the beauty.

Disadvantages:

  • no version for iPhone and iPod Touch.

Rating:

  • 10/10

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    Kings Bounty: Legions

    Download Kings Bounty: Legions of the AppStore

    Kings Bounty series on PC is one of the few for which the domestic igrostroy may not be ashamed. Excellent turn-based strategy in the spirit of Heroes of Might amp; Magic became very popular not only in Russia but also abroad, and it would be strange to not create a wave of popularity free2play-version of Kings Bounty. In the end, she appeared as a browser-based game for Facebook, and recently ported to iOS. 

    Those who have studied the length and breadth of all three parts of the game on the PC, will find themselves in Kings Bounty: Legions at home. Move freely on a horse at any point on the map is not given, but the move from one settlement to another, take quests, fight a lot and buy new fighters and have to treat the wounded in the same way as before. Map of the world is big enough to take the player for a long time, and it opens slowly, as the assignments.

    No humans with exclamation marks over their heads is not here as in most such projects, new quests appear in the upper left corner of the screen. Unfortunately, the variety they are not distinguished in nine cases out of ten the ultimate goal of becoming the next battle with a pack of enemies. It does not matter whether you want to kill them all or take some artifact still it will end in bloodshed. Of course, this point is not recorded in the pros, but on creating a squad based system and in-game purchases so the more battles won by the player, the more likely that he will invest real money.

    But to do it if no one makes the mind fit for battle and did not ask for it to obviously more powerful rivals, will be enough that the game offers, free of charge. Quite often, to the order of joining the so-called tramps are ready to fight for the main character being, do not require a single penny for their loyalty. Defeated in battle, soldiers are in hospital, where a small amount can be recovered, but in the cities there are always great deals related to the purchase of certain fighters. In general, if you engage in battle only with weak or equal to the level of enemies, success is assured.

    But there are soldiers that are not sold in retail stores, they need to spend blue crystals. This is a special currency Kings Bounty: Legions, which allows you to purchase items or skills that facilitate gameplay. For example, it often appears on the screen advertising, offering to buy the special aura that double the number of drop-down gold, crystals and improves stamina and accelerating pumping.

     

    Endurance, which became a standard feature of browser and free2play-game ends pretty quickly, but not as rapidly as in some Cosmic Colony. Most of it is spent on movement between populations and restore the order that is enough to always be ready for battle. And if you do not want to waste time waiting for her to recover, you can enable the patrol area, during which the squad will fight with someone, and gather additional gold.

    If involved in conventional combat, then understand their mechanics will be easier than ever. As in the computer version, soldiers move in a hexagon with one side located squad player, the other waiting for their opponent’s turn. Some creatures are designed for close combat, the other for the long, plus each of them has unique skills that you can use again in a few moves. The player determines where the soldiers go, which side will strike and how (strong blow or normal). All of this is intuitive, and understand all the subtleties of turn in the course of combat training.

    In graphic terms

    Kings Bounty: Legions is hardly revolutionary, but the style, the introduction of a series of more computer games, an almost unchanged. The area is dotted with trees, between which lie along narrow paths, and the battle itself looks quite spectacular and pretty. Modelki people and monsters angular, but the appearance is not spoiled, largely thanks to a beautifully-rendered environment.

     

    Separate line worth noting integration with Facebook. The game requires a mandatory connection to the Internet and link to their profile in the social network. Certainly, for many it will be uncomfortable, and distant from the Network to develop your army is not possible, but there are pluses: pumping unit on the iPad, you can immediately continue their journey in the browser, with the same characteristics and soldiers. So those who play really captivate, can continuously run it almost anywhere there is Internet access.

    Since there were plates, their owners waiting for Heroes of Might amp; Magic on its platform (the normal version of Heroes 2 even came. approx. ed.). But while there is absolutely no hint of heroic completion in AppStore. However, Kings Bounty: Legions can fill this gap, the benefit of the game was pretty decent and fun. I would like more variety in tasks and not as restricted to specific online then everything would have been happy.

    Pros:

    • quality turn-based strategy in all its glory;
    • big world and a wide variety of enemies;
    • addictive gameplay.

    Disadvantages:

    • often pop-up ads, offering to buy an aura or other bonuses;
    • repetitive quests.

    Rating:

    • 8/10

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      McPixel

      McPixel download from AppStore

      Probably hard to find a more absurd and at the same time hilariously funny game than McPixel. The project is about a boy who saves the world from the explosions and volcanic eruptions, he called a bombshell: he is for a matter of days given the green light in the Steam Greenlight, his PR resource PirateBay, and now McPixel moved to mobile platforms. With what is related to a growing popularity?

      The gameplay is an ordinary point-and-click-adventure, where the performance of each level is given twenty seconds. During this time, you need some way to combine the objects on the screen and prevent the catastrophe, which in most cases is a powerful explosion. Only here four chapters, each of which is divided into four parts (one of them secret) on six levels.

      Often the solution defies all logic if you can prevent an explosion, it will be purely accidental. But that’s what makes the game so funny and entertaining matter what items you may combine, MakPiksel make them something unpredictable, that are guaranteed to make the player, if not laugh, at least smile. Locations are very diverse, and many parodies and references add additional points to the collection of humor McPixel.

      For each passing level you can get the silver medal, if you just find a solution, and if before the gold through all the possible options, of which there are from three to six. Given the absurdity of the decision, you can go from the first location, but there are also puzzles that require uncommon care and use of even the most non-obvious things. In any case, after going through all the levels of one chapter can come back and win the gold medal, thereby unlocking additional six locations.

      Being done in the pixel style, the game looks exactly as it should: A cute, cartoonish, and even grotesque. Despite the primitive panache, many people are recognizable personalities and characters: Obama, Batman, Darth Vader and other popular personalities. Eight-bit music is stored and quickly blends into the environment, and the absence of extraneous sounds McPixel only plays into the hands.

      If anyone still doubts the purchase to them is available trial. Can you believe it, those few levels, there are only a small part of the absurdity (in a good way), which can offer McPixel. The developer promises a future release DLC with new chapters, and therefore we can say that is just beginning to MakPiksel saving the world from disaster and other troubles.

      In AppStore often appear silly and fun game with an unusual style, but most of them are aimed at children. McPixel ridiculous, not only in appearance but also due to the huge number of references, jokes, and sometimes hard, but still good humor. At present the project is unique, it is unlikely to find the same level of competition. In no case do not miss this game when log into AppStore next time, and get ready for real life after a difficult task to shout: MCPIXEL!

      Pros:

      • great humor;
      • many levels.

      Disadvantages:

      • obviousness decisions can not please everybody.

      Rating:

      • 8/10

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        Blood amp; Glory: Legend

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        Infinity Blade and Spartacus will be happy to see the second part of the AppStore Blood amp; Glory, bearing the subtitle Legend. Its predecessor was the most well-known and in some ways analogous to the best free Infinity Blade, but could not boast of a story, and the gameplay it did not offer anything new. Sequel to the developers came up with more responsibility, and, though the essence remains the same, some changes have occurred.

        For example, you’ll see the story is not interesting and terribly trite, but it’s a connection between battles now have. Served as a cute story animated cartoons appearing after defeating bosses. Battles are shown on the map, and their icons before the match give a comprehensive idea of ??who will meet. If we move to the battlefield before the battle begins, the game will offer to wear an amulet, use potions and even compares the characteristics of the weapons and armor from opponents.

        Course, Team uniforms are always much worse than that of the enemy, because the game is free. For victories granted a pittance, and to buy the cheapest sword will have to win at least fifteen or twenty fights. If we decide to invest real money, you can go without a penny in his pocket at the store prices are extremely high, and buying a few tens of dollars will soon be worthless.

        But

        Improve armor and purchase powerful swords is optional if the time to be able to dodge and perform combos. The combat system been a slight change: now the enemy has a special device, which can not be saved except by blocking makes the game so put as many points in defense, while the attack is much more useful. But again, these glasses can be purchased for real money, so it seems logical solution developers. A special kick and the player is at a certain point you have to hold your finger in the wrong direction, which is shown on the screen. Little confused by this, since the damage is increased only slightly, but the camera changes position, bringing some variety to match.

        Game is not always openly and continuously pumping money, it also offers to earn small amounts of money in several ways. With victories in battles all obvious, but Blood amp; Glory: Legend bestows bonuses and a daily visit to the battlefield (prizes are planned for tens of days in advance), and for the execution of certain tasks and passing tests. For example, for 24 hours is required to perform nine special attacks, use a pair of first-aid kits and fight the boss for each item separately will be given the money and red rubies (where the same without precious metals in the free game), and complete all the tests put another nice bonus.

        Graphically the game looks even better than its predecessor: the participants do not seem angular battles, the texture is very clear, and the most beautifully drawn backdrops. In general, the environment looks more diverse than ever before, will meet as usual gladiatorial arena and space for snow fights. Nothing slows down and does not hang, but it looks just as spectacular as ever. Although blood seems diminished sense of brutality was much stronger than the original. But here everything is beautiful and looks no less impressive.

        Blood amp; Glory: Legend worthy continuation of the successful free replacement Infinity Blade. While developers have left it mindless action game, divided by battles consisting of episodes to play yet fun. In particular, this is achieved through bonuses and tests, but they will not protect from severe lack of money for new models of weapons and armor. In part, this was not the coin there, though not flowed the river, but the game is allowed to buy some new clothes, after which a smaller number of victories. If you do not mind the need for long and hard to save money for a new outfit (or you may even be willing to pay real money) to download the project without hesitation.

        Pros:

        • beautiful graphics;
        • availability of bonuses;
        • still decent free analog Infinity Blade.

        Disadvantages:

        • game does not bring anything new to the genre;
        • very high prices for in-game purchases.

        Rating:

        • 7/10

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