Crossy Road Brings The Best Of Frogger To The App Store

If you are old enough to remember Frogger, you know exactly what to expect from Crossy Road. In case you don’t remember Frogger, think of the title “Crossy Road” as a literal representation of the gameplay. I know, I know – corssing roads doesn’t sound like fun at all, right? Wrong! Crossy Road has just the right amount of polish to its somewhat whimsical presentation and controlling your litte character on screen feels tight and responsive. In the end, you only have to answer one question: Haven’t you always wanted to help Doge cross the street? If your response is “wow”, then there’s exactly two things you should do: First, watch the trailer above, showcasing several in game characters and second, go and download Crossy Road from the App Store – it’s free and universal, meaning you can enjoy it on your iPhone and iPad alike.

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Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath Is Odd, Strange And Awesome

Please excuse the poor worldplay, but it actually fits the game – in a very charming way. Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath was originally released as an Xbox exclusive way back in 2005 (sounds weird to say Xbox without 360 or One following it, doesn’t it?). And while there’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of the game’s main protagonist, the bounty hunter Stranger, I’m sure you’re familiar with Oddworlds most prominent inhabitant: Abe. Yep, same developer, same universe. And while Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee will always have a special place in my heart, it’s safe to say that Oddword: Stranger’s Wrath is an outstanding game on its own right.

Unlike the Oddworld games with Abe as the main Protagonist, Stranger’s Wrath is a third person action adventure (with some first person features). The game was highly praised by the critics back then, and one of the reasons was its varied gameplay: You’ll spend your time traveling, platforming, climbing and sneaking – all the while using melee and ranged weapons to defend yourself. Stranger’s Wrath really is fun to play, its atmosphere sucks you right in and I’m sure you’ll have a hard time putting your iPhone or iPad down. Get it!

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Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition: As Hardcore As It Gets On iOS

Ah, the good old days. Icewnind Dale makes me remember them. The days, when computer games didn’t care that their complexity requires you to study a handbook with dozens of pages. The days, when you even died during the tutorial level because you had no real grasp of the game mechanics and there wasn’t a popup window every ten seconds explaining you exactly where to click next. Quite a few gamers miss those days. Occasionally, I miss them as well. And that’s when you realize: Holy moly, there’s Icewind Dale on the App Store!

Icewind Dale is a classic role playing game, based on the Dungeons & Dragons system. It uses the same engine as Baldur’s Gate 2, considered by many to be one of the very best RPGs ever created. Both Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale are available on the App Store as “Enhanced Editions”. It is debatable, whether or not the term “Enhanced” really fits. There aren’t really that many changes compared to the original game, but on the other hand, that’s also a good thing. Don’t fix what isn’t broken, right? I’d say that the most important enhancements are technical aspects, and Beamdog, the development team behind the Enhanced Editions, handled that pretty well with this release.

Beware though: Icewind Dale was never meant to be played on the go in short bursts, this game really requires you to devote some time if you want to get the most out of it. But if you are willing to do just that, I can pretty much almost guarantee that you’ll have an incredible time with this game!

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Monument Valley: It’s All About (Beautiful) Perspectives

When it comes to Monument Valley, all I can think about are adjectives: Elegant. Polished. Beautiful.
There are many puzzle games on the App Store, but Monument Valley really is one of a kind. I can’t pinpoint its greatness down to a single feature, it’s more like a synergy effect that turns this game into so much more than the sum of its parts. The art direction is flawless and in combination with the sound and music it creates a very distinct atmosphere.

However, as much as I like Monument Valley, it is not without fault. Maybe it’s just me (I like my puzzle games to be challenging), but I thought the game was too easy. The game’s visuals might be mind-bending, but the diffculty is not. Rather than figuring out a path for the protagonist, it’s more like guiding her through the levels. Don’t get me wrong, this is in no way dealbreaking – some people might even prefer this kind of gameplay compared to a more challenging approach, especially if they play on their iPhone and iPad. It just pushes the game more towards the audiovisual experience genre. But what a great experience it is, so go and grab Monument Valley on the App Store as soon as you can!

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Oceanhorn: Monster Of Uncharted Seas: iOS-Must-Play For Zelda Fans


Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas is such a great game that, even though it’s been a while since its original release, I have to devote another article to it. The game is back in the news because it will be released on Steam this month and I thoguht this is a nice occasion to talk about the game once more.

At its core, Oceanhorn is a 3rd person adventure game, much in the spirit of the 2D Zelda games. If you’ve played any of these Zelda games before, you’ll know exactly what to expect. Time spent in Oceanhorn consits of exploration, fighting and puzzle solving. You will need to figure your way out of several dungeons, and defeat a number of different bosses. In order to succeed, you’ll find helpful items along your way – much like you would in a classic Zelda game. If this is your cup of tea, Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas is an absolute must-have for your iPhone or iPad. And just in case you need any more convincing, just have a look at the Game of the Year Edition trailer below to see what the game looks like in motion and to hear the opinions of a whole bunch of reviewers.

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