GAMEVIL’s Baseball Superstars games have been very popular mobile games even before they were put out on the iOS. It provided the base for them to expand as a mobile developer with a wide portfolio of games such as Zenonia, Illusia and Kami Retro. I guess they are also celebrating the App Store’s 3rd anniversary by giving away Baseball Superstars II Pro their latest Baseball Superstars game. In addition to the freebie GAMEVIL are having are sale with all of their app’s down to 99c.
Even though I haven’t played a Baseball Superstars game yet, I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it. It’s a fully featured 2D baseball sim game with a deep career mode with lots of customisation and management options. I always drawn to the RPG aspects of these type of sports games and the vibrant Japanese animated style looks great. If you don’t believe me or don’t think you would like this sort of game give it a go anyway, it has a flawless 5 star rating with over 14,000 raters.
Death Rally is a game that I already have and can recommend without doubt, it must have done very well since it was released earlier this year for them to offer it free for the day. It is a top down action racing game that originally came out on the PC in 1996 developed by Remedy Entertainment, a Finnish game development company who are known for creating Max Payne and Alan Wake, and Mountain Sheep who made the popular iOS game Minigore.
Death Rally for iOS is a modern remake that retains the classic action and tension of the original game while controlling pretty well given that it is controlled by virtual joysticks. The weapons are the most enjoyable part of the game with vehicle destruction tools such as bumpers, mines, missiles, sniper shots, machines guns and my favourite a burst of homing missiles. I’ve completed the game, maxed out everything and have even played it through some more on the iPad since it is a universal app. The developers have done a good job of continuously updating the game to add new vehicles and maps which keeps you coming back. If you miss the free download window pick it up anyway for 99c, it’s worth it.
The PS Store is back up today and immediately when you boot it up you’ll see the free PS+ games for download and the big surprise is Burnout Paradise. Since all PSN member get a free month of PS+ it is available to all members but access to the free games will disappear if you do not choose to renew your PS+ membership. The free games right now are (For EU & AUS regions):
- Burnout Paradise
- Magic The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers
- Streets of Rage 2
- And the PS One game James Pond 2
- And a couple of PS Minis, The 2D Adventure of Rotating Octopus and BABEL The King of Blocks.
I remember playing the heck out of this game when it came out back in 2009. It’s a fairly traditional tower defense game but the draw is the vector graphics and unique range of weapons. It can also be pretty tough and chaotic at higher difficulties making it an addictive game. Like Geometry Wars you will see colourful bits flying all over the place giving it a very satisfying feel and something interesting to look at while you wait for your towers to defeat a wave. Definitely worth picking up as this is one of those games that rarely goes free (first time if I’m not mistaken). If you like this also pick up the sequel geoDefense Swarm ($1.99) which switches the playing field to a hex layout making it more tactical and tough.
Released by the massive Japanese RPG developer, Square Enix, Imaginary Range is a free interactive comic interspersing art, story and music with minigames. The project was overseen by Motomu Toriyama, director of FF13, scenario/story by Souki Tsukishima, the author of the novel Emeth: Ningyo–tsukai no Shima, with the art by Toshiyuki Itahana who was the character designer for the FF Chronicles games.
Square Enix have already released some interesting well done games on the iOS devices, like Chaos Rings and Song Summoner, as well re-releasing Final Fantasy 1-3. Imaginary Range is different in that it take advantage of the strengths of the system instead of emulating a console experience. The first mini game is a Flight Control derivative where you guide missiles at an enemy and direct helicopters to the landing pad.
It is an universal app but there is a HD version if you want a higher resolution for your iPad.
Free for the day to bring attention to their newly released 99c iPad version. A high quality action RPG game similar to PvZ but evolving on the concept with direct control over units. Haven’t had the time to play much of this yet but there is already a lot of praise for this game on the internet. Better yet it is done by an independent team, Liv Games, consisting of eight members developing games for iOS devices.
One of the early puzzle games on the IOS platform that gained critical praise for it’s fresh take on the falling block puzzle genre. Developer Area Code was recently bought by Facebook gaming giant Zynga and so the game has been re-released as Drop7 by zynga with a free ad supported version as well as a paid ad-free version. However right now the ad-free version is currently free for a limited time and anyone who hasn’t picked it up should definitely give it a go. It is a universal app and works great on any compatible Apple device.
The old version of Drop7 when updated to the latest version will give you the choice to download the ad-free version of the new app. But for some reason it directs you to the ad-supported version. So even if you already own Drop7 download the new version just in case. The only noticeable difference with the release is a higher resolution which makes it look better on an iPad.
ROBOT 99 (iTunes Link)
Despite the large amount of games released everyday on the iTunes App Store it is rare to actually find a well designed game that shines in every department. Robot 99 designed by critically acclaimed Taiwanese illustrator Keng-Fu Chu is a pleasure to look at from text, menus to robot designs.
The game itself is simple and fun where you have robots falling from the sky and you have to save them from their impending doom. A conveyor belt is running at the bottom of the screen leading the robots to be scraped. Your job is to tap the falling robots to engage their parachutes and position them so they don’t interfere with other robots. Once the robots hit the bottom they rocket up the screen taking with them any robots in the way. You can swipe the robots down to quicken the process and to gain extra points you can tap the robots as much as you.
Pick it up now while it’s free.
Look forward to more free IOS apps recommendations, it won’t be daily feature as I only intend to highlight the best free apps that are worth your time.