Notable Mobiles: This Week’s Coolest iOS Titles
I’ve been out of the game for the last couple weeks, and in my absence, lots of awesome games have hit the App Store. We’ve got reviews on a couple of greats, Remedy Entertainment’s Death Rally and Gameloft’s Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard. The rest of the best appear here, with a hearty helping of classic gameplay mixed in.
Final Fantasy III
You might remember when Final Fantasy III hit the Nintendo DS a few years ago, making it across the Pacific from Japan for the first time ever and marking the first time the game had been released since its 1990 inception. The DS version had updated graphics and localization, as well as new cutscenes added in to push the story along. That version has now found its way to Apple’s iOS platform — with even more added story elements. And while it’s not cheap, it is an updated, pretty version of a classic Final Fantasy experience; the first game to incorporate the near-legendary job system that would migrate into later games. Here’s a quality classic game, now available on your phone.
Atari’s Greatest Hits
Classic gamers, put an entire arcade on your iPhone or iPad with Atari’s Greatest Hits. It comes free with Pong and the ability to purchase up to 100 old-school Atari games: 82 Atari 2600 games and 18 classic arcade titles. You can download the games in different packs through in-app purchases for $0.99 for each set of five, or grab the whole 100 for one straight $14.99 purchase. Most of the games will appeal to true old-school gamers and haven’t been altered or updated except with touchscreen controls, but a few also pack Bluetooth multiplayer, so you can take your classic skills up against your friends.
Mike Tyson – Main Event
Quick, download this. It’s the NES classic Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!, but on your iPhone and iPad, and it’s free. The game pretty much handles like you remember from the ’80s, with lots of quick dodges and punches as you control “Little Sammy” and try to help him rise to the rank of champion. You’ll have to keep an eye on your Stamina meter, which depletes with punches and fills as you dodge attacks, in order to keep on the attack through 10 fights that culminate with taking on Mike himself. It’s fun and has a fresh, cartoony graphical style, and best of all:
It’s not quite SSX on your iPhone, but Snowboard Hero is pretty damn close. It features a third-person perspective, unlockable boards and riders, downhill race and stunt action — everything you’d expect from a full-powered console snowboarding game, but with touch and tilt controls. Guide your boarder down the hill by tilting your device left and right, then hit jumps and rails and do tricks by swiping at the screen. Snowboard Hero could use the ability to chain more tricks together and really go all out, but it’s still a more than solid mobile title.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12
Play as Tiger or take him on in the latest golf sim in EA Sports’ premiere golf video game series. PGA Tour 12 is pretty, well-made and tough to master — like actually playing golf, I guess. The game is pretty standard, allowing you to play games as a golfer you design or take part in tournaments as many of the PGA greats, using a touch interface that takes quite a bit of skill to be any good with. There’s also a cool social networking feature, a game mode called the “Closest to the Pin Challenge.” Log into a Facebook account with the game and you can challenge your friends in real time to see whose video golfing skills are tops. Oh, and it’s on sale for two bucks off the regular price.
It goes for $6.99, but it’s on sale for $4.99 this weekend.