Games for iOS: Issue 7

Tentacle Wars

Download the game from the AppStore

Most successful and interesting games for mobile platforms mdash; arcade and logic designs. No need to delve into the gameplay, everything is intuitive and easy, learning can take place on the fly. Tentacle Wars mdash; just one of those games. She came out for the iPad in May, and recently reached the iPhone, just as lost as from the transition to mobile.

The project is simple in the extreme. We play the role of a biological cell, which is to cleanse the body of some alien creature from infected points. The latter, in turn, by all means try to cause irreparable harm to the health of poor sozdaniyanbsp, and eventually kill him. Users who manage green cells need to seize neutral objects and disinfect malicious.

In practice

Elementary gameplay results in the passage of many hours, tear off that can only discharge the battery iPhone. The cells are different in size from small to quite impressive. They are larger than, those of course, stronger and sturdier. There are a limited number of tentacles with which new yacheykenbsp, transmitted power, mdash; it depends on the size. Each object has a certain number of points, which determine who dominates the field. If a particle, say, twenty points, while hostile mdash; hundred, the attack of such an object is equivalent to the pit bull attacked a Chihuahua. In order to overcome such a robust fellow, you can combine the power points, thus enhancing and supporting the most vulnerable places. Victory is achieved when all of the objects are taken.

And all this

Mdash; with several important caveats. First, the time to think a little, because the enemy is not sitting idle, and also developing the field. Secondly, it depends on the distance between the points. The further the cell is, the more points need to simply reach. Third, sometimes there are insurmountable obstacles, so you need to grab as many cells in order to reach the most favorable position and attack the enemy. If the first seven to ten levels are passed in no time and do not cause any trouble at all, then the following will cause serious sweat. Artificial intelligence works very well and does not make mistakes, but the program it moves across, visibility, spelled tough mdash; restart opponent always acts the same way, without changing tactics. So it is enough to remember the sequence and be proactive.

Provided and a multiplayer mode, which is, of course, at times more interesting battles with electronic rival. When the battle with a live player to act is different, everything is much faster, which adds to the dynamics of an already fast gameplay.

Currently available are not so many levels, but one of the menu screens clearly hints that the new puzzle at hand. Back in Tentacle Wars absolutely fantastic music, which is completely immersed in the game and it does not interfere with the passage. With the move to iPhone graphics did not lost its beauty. The screen minimalism reigns, but the cells beautifully drawn and animated, and the smooth movement of the tentacles. The color palette, though very rich, does not cause irritation.

Tentacle Wars great. This is one of the games that are simply required to be purchased. Here you need to think about, but not to puzzle for hours over a single level mdash; these are the puzzles and engages audiences.

Pros:

  • addictive gameplay;
  • elegant music;
  • low price;
  • nice graphics.

Disadvantages:

  • levels enough.

Rating:

  • 9/10

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    lords and knights mdash; Lords and Kings

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    In recent years increasingly popular shareware projects. Those for which sort of give money and do not need, but it soon becomes clear that no real currency is very difficult to do. Developers quickly learned the mechanics of this process and have adjusted pumping money from players that laziness weeks and months pumped for that. Lords and Kings in this regard humane: it really would not pay and do not feel slighted.

    The project invites players to try on the skin laquo; feudal middle zvenaraquo.; He is not very big piece of land, a tavern with drunken guards, some defense, workshops, necessary for life, and even build your own castle. All that is required mdash; improve their position and stand out among thousands of others. The game is played only online. laquo; feudal lords and rytsareyraquo, can be called a social project with a powerful group of fans. Community forums, tutorials for beginners mdash; all this in abundance, so you can not be afraid to start from scratch. Quite friendly community gladly explain basics and help determine a plan of action.

    We can go the other way, reaching the peak of his wit. As with most strategies, the first time have to deal with improvement of buildings and other tinsel. Kinds of resources here are many, but the most attractive, of course, there are real money. In fact, gold can be obtained without giving him real dollars, but those coins mdash; with gulkin nose. On the other hand, at first they were not concerned, except that significantly accelerate the development process.

    On the map, in addition to the neighboring lords, that is, other players, there are also some free locks that can be captured. This will have to detach a considerable sum of silver guards, who will run with hooting at capturing territory in the glory of his landlord. But clean up their hands empty castles at first meaningless, and it is a decent play money. It is much more logical to develop efficient production resources and develop technologies, which include the development and military, very handy in the future mdash; sooner or later someone will put your lock eyes, and then can not escape the battle for the possession. So the protection necessary to remember every second, constantly torn between improving the workshops and the cost of maintaining the army mdash; soldiers, though not get out of the pubs, but know their business.

    Graphics Lords and Kings too simple. It is clear that in such a project is a minor matters, but it looks all too schematic and unnatural. Fixed smoke from the tavern, trudnorazlichimaya model worker pours the same pile of hay, at least animation, smeared map mdash; might approach the visual part with great care. And lock mdash; important possession player mdash; seemingly simple-minded.

    Lords and Kings is growing exponentially mdash; preparing to launch the third Russian servers. There is only one downside, and that is characteristic of all these projects, mdash; need to constantly monitor the development and do not miss opportunities to build new buildings. Notification system informs the mission, as much pop stores of accumulated resources, the castle is about to be attacked mdash; game you need to pay a decent amount of time, which will eventually get bored. Unless, of course, laquo; feudal lords and rytsariraquo, before definitively not pull you into their world.

    Pros:

    • can fully play without exchange real money for virtual;
    • great opportunity to communicate and interact with the players;
    • thoughtful tree development.

    Disadvantages:

    • there is a strong likelihood that congestion with advanced force quit the game.

    Rating:

    • 8/10

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      TheEndApp

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      In the last issue of reviews of games for iOS, we touted arcade called Temple Run: Brave. Now the project is subject to review with the same mechanics, but made in other decorations. And, significantly, it is not worse than TR, but someone will like even more.

      Habitual

      Jungle replaced by stone mdash; ruined metropolis. End of the world and thousands of deaths implied but not really reported what had happened. By and large it is not important, because the main thing in these games has always been and will be the gameplay. The level of the infinite, and all that is required mdash; collect as many points, with the survivors. And to make it sometimes difficult: Death waits at almost every turn. This obstacle, and lava, and fire, and precipices mdash; tragic loss options abound. Nevertheless hero surrounding reality does not bother mdash; he continues as if nothing had happened to collect bonuses sigaya through tractors and obbegite the narrow passage burning building. Character quite hardy, and some mistakes are forgiven player. For example, if you do not have time to jump over a small wall of fire, then restart the level is not followed, but the next misstep hero can not survive. However, health is restored at high speed.

      Seemingly simple operation using the gyroscope iPhone results in relatively complex passage mdash; need to tilt the device and at the same time, and led around the screen with your finger. But nothing super heavy there, and the gameplay easily covers such minor difficulties. All the more so to get used to manage quite easily.

      Graphics is full vivid colors, it looks very much alive. Carried away, focus on the image you do not pay at all, but if you get distracted and detailed look and motion, it becomes clear that the developers have done a great job. TheEndApp looks even better than its direct competitor mdash; Temple Run, although it is also the visual part can not be called weak.

      The project has a very low barrier to entry. Already in the first second after the launch of the level it is clear that they want from you and how it works. It is only necessary to set records and try to survive as long as possible. And that’s enough.

      Pros:

      • ease of development;
      • colorful graphics;
      • game quickly and for long delays.

      Disadvantages:

      • all this has happened in the Temple Run.

      Rating:

      • 9/10

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        Squids Wild West

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        Wild West in the view of most mdash; is tough cowboys in long cloaks, revolvers, saloons with skaters waitresses and sea temples. When you run Squids Wild West these stereotypes and expectations instantly crumble: war octopus with crabs mdash;’s not as romantic as wash recent win in poker and kiss the sheriff’s daughter.

        All starts with the fact that the sea creatures come to his home town of one of the characters. Settlement is clearly going through hard times: it is not clear where to start attacking crab with black sticky mucus. Clearly, the situation needs to be corrected, and this will be engaged in the characters. The plot turned out quite interesting that suddenly cartoony turn-based strategy. This is one of those cases where you can safely skip commercials and the meaning is not lost, but it is better to follow the story mdash; was a place and a sharp turn of events, and fun characters, and really good jokes. And Russian localization was a success: no strange words or inconsistencies, humor passed intact. Everyone would be so.

        Gameplay is not the same as in most of the turn-based strategy. Here, the playing field is not divided into sectors, which we have to move. Instead, the Squids Wild West is an element of order ostochertevshih Angry Birds. Moving octopus arranged in the same way as the hated birds being dragged down, set angle and release mdash; create funny slides on the ground and head into the bale enemy, robbing of health. In each mission, provided no more than four characters, and all of them are different classes. Also four majors: scout, doctor, arrows and soldiers. Of course, each has unique abilities. One may in cowboy style shooting of two pistols at once, the other mdash; most mobile and one move can cross almost the entire map and so on. To win the SWW need to first understand what a hero is to make a move, and even then to act. Over time, the problem is complicated, we have to take into account the environment, for example, part of the level is dotted with huge spikes, which is very convenient stick crabs.

        Still playing a stretch be called tactical. Many locations and at all traversed through. The truth is closer to the final mission it will be almost impossible, but there is not the complexity, and in the design levels. Some of the arena is an area with no shelter mdash; what is really there tactical play!

        Visual part is traditional for such projects. Picture tolerable and well stylized animation, but detail is poor. Animation is not bad, but kind and better.

        Squids Wild West mdash; quality hybrid turn-based strategy with Angry Birds. From laquo; ptichekraquo, here only control system octopuses, and everything else is a classic TBS. For the second project, the studio is a great result mdash; game was well received both critics and users. Besides, the price is not too high.

        Pros:

        • low cost;
        • original control characters;
        • unobtrusive storyline and quality humor;
        • longer duration.

        Disadvantages:

        • would like more tactical freedom;
        • graphics are not the most advanced.

        Rating:

        • 8/10

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