There’s a long weekend coming up, and some travelling to do on the horizon no doubt. Need some entertainment, and happen to be tired of reaching three stars on veteran in Kingdom Rush? Well good news, because Blizzard’s insanely addictive Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now out globally for the iPad.
Sometimes, the platform truly makes the game. Sure, almost anything could be played on PC or console. But I have a feeling that when Hearthstone makes its home on iPad, it will be unstoppable. I mean, it got Darryn addicted - and now certain regions can share in his obsession.
When it comes to guilty pleasure games, Surgeon Simulator is at the top of my list. The things I’ve done to the human body in that grisly game defy all manner of comprehension. Funnily enough, it didn’t leave me feeling squeamish at all. But a dentist mode? I am f$#%ing terrified of dipping into that mode.
It seems like almost everyone has an iPhone, iPod or iPad these days. I actually had one of the early iPods back in the day. That thing was a brick, but I loved it. Now it seems that maybe I would love the Vita in the same way, if we believe PlayStation UK's Managing Director, Fergal Gara.
Mobile gaming is huge. I think we sometimes forget just how many people play games on their phones, and fork out big money for the privilege of doing so. Apple has revealed that 2013 was their best ever year for the App Store, raking in a lot of money, usually $1 at a time.
Out of all the games that Blizzard is busy with right now, Heroes of Warcraft: Hearthstone could be their biggest and most surprising hit. It’s a card game for everyone, and it’s ridiculously addictive. And when it hits mobile devices, I might never lift my head away from my iPad ever again.
We all know that The Witcher series of games are pretty much the knees of the bees when it comes to graphics. It looked great on Xbox 360, it looked even better on PC. And now The Witcher is headed to iPad. Kind of.
The Drowning, created by former Battlefield, Far Cry and Halo devs is a first-person-shooter coming to mobile devices, but before you just don’t click here because you saw the word “mobile”, think about taking a look. It’s not going to be played with virtual joysticks and will be more attractive to hardcore gamers.
Let me take you back to a different age in gaming. Platformers were still all the rage, modern battlefields were nowhere to be seen and storming Normandy Beach was more popular than a Backstreet Boys concert. And then along came Carmageddon, skidding onto screens while tail-swiping pedestrians in an ocean of blood that upset mothers and eager politicians all around the world. The venerable racer and genocide simulator is back, this time on mobile devices. But does it still have charm, or is it a stark reminder of how far we’ve come in recent years?
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As much as I love my Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles, chilling upside on a couch with an iPad playing some Kingdom Rush is sometimes the better alternative. The iOS platform has no shortage of quality games, and imitations of those titles, and it’s getting some fresh blood soon in the form of a Capcom classic, a whiskey-voiced blockbuster and something new from Tim Schafer and the gang at Double Fine.
Last week, I was pretty excited t that Square-Enix’s rather damned incredible touch-based Action RPG The World End with You was coming to iOS, giving millions more people the chance to exorcise Shibuya of its demons. Today, with the reveal of just how much its going to cost, my enthusiasm’s waned significantly.
Next week, Wizards of the Coast will release the latest in their series acclaimed digital versions of their popular trading card game, Magic the Gathering. In a bit of cross-promotion, they’ll be offering real-life cards to those who buy duels of the Planeswalkers 2013.
Out of all the great games that assaulted our synapses this past week, without a doubt, Watch Dogs is high up on that list. The Ubisoft title looks like a mix of sandbox gameplay with cyber-warfare and vigilantism, bundled with unbelievable visuals.
It’s an ambitious game, with high production values and ideas, which cannot be contained in just one console it seems, as Watch Dogs will also be playable on tablet devices.
I love my iPad, there’s no denying that. Sure, I’m all for the big guns in gaming, console and PC, and playing online with friends is a joy, but when I feel like something a little more casual, or don’t want to shift my lazy gluteus maximus out of bed, the tablet device and it’s ten inch screen is just marvellous.
Games such as Kingdom Rush, Jetpack Joyride and the recently discovered Battleheart (Thanks Domzor), make for some fantastic entertainment. But there also games out there, that I would positively go giddy for, where they repackaged and released on the device.
Here’s a look at five such games, which will most likely never be available on the iPad. Still, one can dream.