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The game W.E.L.D.E.R. is a strategic, word building puzzle game in which players gain points by swapping letter tiles to complete the longest words possible and using various power ups to achieve higher scores and longer words within a randomly generated field of letters.
On June 21st, developer Ayopa Games is expected to release a major update to their popular word game. This update will include a new multiplayer mode for the game that will allow players to play W.E.L.D.E.R. against their friends or random opponents via Game Center. This new multiplayer mode will allow players to go head to head, chat, use power ups to their advantage or to their opponent’s disadvantage, and even watch as their opponent’s moves.
In addition to multiplayer, this update will also include many changes to the game overall, including an undo button on the iPhone version, new prices for the Wrench powerup, and a new “Weld of the Day” word that will award players an extra Gigawatt bonus when it is built that same day.
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4S
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This little ad supported game is a city-wide destruction derby that takes the player through many different situations with lots of different goals and absolutely no sense of traffic laws. In Crash Mayhem the player takes control of their car and uses their finger to point out the direction on screen where they’d like the car to accelerate. Missions are varied and change from level to level. Sometimes players will have to crash as many cars as they can in a single intersection. much like a very watered-down version of Burnout CRASH! at a much lower price. In other levels, players will have to run rampant through the open city in search of items to collect before the time runs out.
The simple finger controls in Crash Mayhem work pretty well and the cars handle well too, depending on which car players are driving. As the game progresses, players gain control of faster and more responsive cars to take around on their destructive missions. The AI on other cars is virtually non-existent and they more or less run on tracks until they are hit or hit something in their path. The claims that this game is an “open world” game are a little misleading. It’s true that each level takes place in a different section of a larger sprawling city, but the action is broken into levels with no way for the player to explore the city by themselves with no pressing mission or goal to worry about.
The design of the cars and city is simplistic, but it really works for what this titles is. With such a large environment and many different things to see in each level it doesn’t matter that the city and cars aren’t rendered in super high quality 3D models. There is a certain charm to the visuals of Crash Mayhem that lets the player enjoy the gameplay.
Crash Mayhem basically boils down to a mini-game collection that brings together many of the gameplay elements and mechanics made popular in other iOS driving games. The game is ad supported which can be very annoying when ads are shown almost constantly and sometimes even cover buttons or gameplay. Still there is an unlock available via in-app purchase to get rid of the ads for players who really end up loving this title.
The Japanese developer KEMCO has been developing iOS games for some time; most of them bring epic RPGs (some might call them JRPGs) in the classic 16-bit style. Alphadia, one of their more popular titles, is described by the developer as a classic Japanese style role playing game. It follows the adventures of the small town resident and young hero, Ash, after he and a friend rescue a mysterious girl from foreign soldiers and escape into the woods. It’s up to Ash and the friends he makes on his new quest to help this girl complete a secret mission that will bring peace to the land again.
The game employs a very traditional turn-based battle system and boasts a substantial plot with over 30 hours of gameplay. Along with the rest of the game, the high-res graphics are also very reminiscent of those old console RPG classics. Just one look at the game and gamers will feel transported back to the days of the great SNES and Sega RPG titles.
Kemco has also just announced a sale on Alphadia reducing the price from $6.99 to $0.99. So far there has been no mention of when that sale will end so players looking for a good chunk of game for cheap might want to check it out.