Posts Tagged endless

Sisyphos Review

Sisyphos Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
From a gameplay standpoint, Sisyphos isn't that interesting. However when taken as a statement, it says a lot.

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Zombie Highway 2 Review

Zombie Highway 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Get ready to hit the hazardous highway again in this upgraded, but just as addictive, apocalyptic sequel.

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Monsu Review

Monsu Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Endless running with a collectible card kind of focus works well for the charming Monsu.

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The Maze Runner Review

The Maze Runner Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Maze Runner is a surprisingly enjoyable movie tie-in that will succeed in keeping players guessing.

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Shred It! Review

Shred It! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It might look lovely, but Shred It! is a pretty shallow endless runner/snowboarding game.

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Galaxy Dash: Race to the Outer Run Review

Galaxy Dash: Race to the Outer Run Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Galaxy Dash has bags of charm and appeal, but the gameplay is slightly lacking in variety.

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Surfy Review

Surfy Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Perform tricks and surf like crazy with Surfy.

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ALONE… Review

ALONE… Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tough yet satisfying, ALONE... is a challenging endless flyer with some suitably sensitive controls.

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It Came from Canada: Galaxy Dash

With its use of well-established tropes like endless flying and sci-fi space shooting, the upcoming Galaxy Dash: Race to the Outer Run most likely won’t confound expectations. However, with its robust amount of opportunities for fun player interactions it might just exceed them. We check out this new great space coaster in the latest edition of It Came From Canada!

Galaxy Dash has the typical infinite runner set-up: players control a ship and try to fly out as far as possible, hopping between the three lanes to avoid enemies and obstacles. But from that familiar framework, the game then introduces a lot of interesting small details that add up to something greater. For starters, players can shoot lasers to bring down bogeys or bust open gem-filled asteroids. However, the weapons need recharging so players must plan their shots carefully. Part of that includes paying attention to the snaking nature of the lanes. Shots always go out straight, but players themselves will be at the whim of their looping path. The way larger deadly asteroids casually intersect also adds to the cool feeling of naturalism.

galaxy dash 1galaxy dash 2But players’ options aren’t limited to pure offense. In between rounds, they can upgrade various aspects of their ship or purchase new models. One upgrade path lets players increase the speed of their shield, which charges throughout each run and can soak up a single hit. Or players can choose to upgrade their cargo. Each run is littered with crates – some lying out in the open and others attached to special enemies. Depending on their capacity, players can pick up these boxes and earn extra points by carrying them to the checkpoint outpost separating each section. Finally, players can recruit allies who leave special power-ups for them to find, like deadly double lasers. Tying Galaxy Dash‘s surprising amount of gameplay choices together is the clean, colorful art style. What looks to be cel-shading gives beautiful depth to images that could’ve seemed flat otherwise.

galaxy dash 3galaxy dash 4Again, Galaxy Dash won’t feel like some radically innovative experience once it fully launches – it does things players have seen before. However, it’s hard not to appreciate how well and how intelligently it executes those familiar ideas.

Club Penguin Sled Racer Review

Club Penguin Sled Racer Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There's not a lot to Club Penguin Sled Racer, and that's a pretty hefty problem.

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Monster Snack Review

Monster Snack Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Simple isn't always the best idea; at least not when it comes to Endless Runner, Monster Snack.

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Transworld Endless Skater Review

Transworld Endless Skater Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A little too tricky at times, Transworld Endless Skater is a more true to skateboarding game than most.

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Sonic Jump Fever Review

Sonic Jump Fever Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Sonic Jump Fever isn't a bad game, it's just not a particularly interesting take on Doodle Jump style sensibilities.

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Sonic Jump Fever’s New Launch Trailer Sprints into View

Posted by on July 10th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Sonic Jump Fever, SEGA’s competitive high-score follow-up to their vertical platformer Sonic Jump, is now available on the App Store. To celebrate this a launch a new trailer has been unveiled, showing off the kind of combo jumping Sonic and his pals can pull off in-game now.

You can grab Sonic Jump Fever off the App Store for free.

OOMF! Review

OOMF! Review

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Adding some 'oomf' to the genre, OOMF! is an Endless Runner from a first person perspective. It kind of works.

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Mad Road Driver Review

Mad Road Driver Review

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No one can out run the post-apocalypse, but it sure is fun to try.

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Axl & Tuna Review

Axl & Tuna Review

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A refreshing scoop of personality added to a proven formula for enjoyable casual games come together to form Axl & Tuna: a high-speed endless runner for the whole family!

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Gunship X Review

Gunship X Review

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Mindless but fun sums up endless shooter Gunship X well.

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Route Z Review

Route Z Review

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Rather frugal with the unlocks, Route Z is a fun if predictable Endless game centered around squashing zombies.

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Plax Review

Plax Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Plax is an endless survival game that is perhaps too clever for its own good.

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Hazumino Review

Hazumino Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Hazumino skillfully combines endless running with endless block stacking.

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Fly Catbug Fly! Review

Fly Catbug Fly! Review

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Based on the popular web series, Fly Catbug Fly! is an endless flying game staring an adorable lady bug cat who needs help collecting expensive junk through 9 different locations.

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M0B1US Review

M0B1US Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There's a nice original idea within this Endless Runner, but elsewhere it's a little too basic to recommend.

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BREAKFINITY Review

BREAKFINITY Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Endless brick busting ahoy in this pleasant free-to-play interpretation of Arkanoid.

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Shavalyn Pop: Alien Escape Review

Shavalyn Pop: Alien Escape Review

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Shavalyn Pop: Alien Escape lets players blaze their own path through space.

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15 Coins Review

15 Coins Review

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15 Coins is a minimalist arcade game that proves to have an engaging concept and different kinds of challenges.

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Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork Review

Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork Review

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Charming and colorful, Glorkian Warrior is a frantic shoot em up full of reasons to return for more.

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Microtrip Review

Microtrip Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Microtrip is a simple, cheerful little physics-based arcade game where players steer a dynamic white blob through the body of a strange creature, eating white cells and dogging monsters along the way.

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After Flappy Bird’s surprise success and stunning departure, it seems like a million developers want to make the next Flappy Bird; that next smash viral hit. But too many have taken it literally by making their own Flappy-style games. To make a fun viral hit, it requires many factors to come together perfectly – and not necessarily flapping. Threes is that next Flappy Bird because it nails many of those same factors that make it an effective and successful game.

While Threes comes from Asher Vollmer and Greg Wohlwend, developers far more established than Flappy Bird’s Dong Nguyen was, their game still succeeded in large part in spite of traditional ways of being successful. Threes didn’t have a big marketing campaign, and had a non-prominent feature by Apple. Despite this, the game has peaked in the paid games list at number one on iPhone and number two on iPad, having been sticky in the top five for the past two and a half weeks since its launch. It lost its top rank temporarily on iPhone with the release of Card Wars – Adventure Time, but regained it a few days later. Point is, it’s done enormously well despite it not having much in its favor marketing-wise.

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Now, whether or not one considers Flappy Bird to be a ‘good’ game, it was a major hit because it was effective at what it did, and Threes is effective in much the same ways.

FlappyBird-ControlsBoth games are very hard to do exceptionally well at. Flappy Bird has punishing physics and little margin for error. Threes is a much more strategic game: there are a lot of systems in place with the cards all moving simultaneously that require a lot of practice – and a lot of patience – in order to master how they work, just like Flappy Bird’s physics.

Yet, despite the challenge these games present, they’re still exceptionally easy to play. Flappy Bird just requires one tap, and makes it easy to restart. Threes just requires swipes, and its addition-based rules are simple enough to glean once learned.

Threes-6It’s that classic combination of “easy to learn, difficult to master” that makes them tick. As well, there’s just enough chaos involved in the design to make players feel like they have a shot. All it takes is a good card draw in Threes, or a set of pipes that’s manageable in Flappy Bird, and it’s one step closer to a high score. It’s that mix of “out of control” plus “I know I should be doing better” that makes both games so addictively fun.

FlappyBird-PipesBut plenty of games can get that mix right. What makes them popular? Part of it is the personality: Flappy Bird‘s used a charming semi-flightless bird protagonist and art styles like the obstacle pipes that resembled retro gaming that were endearing in a specific way. Threes’ characters with their voices forge an emotional connection to the player, and it makes them more than just score objects. As well, it’s an accomplishment to unlock higher card values and new characters.

Also, scoring highly in each game feels like a milestone. Flappy Bird‘s scores are a rather literal representation of progress. Threes’ scores are effectively a bit fudged due to their four-or-five-digit nature, but they still represent a clear indicator of progress. Someone gets a higher score because they created more valuable cards. They did better, there was no fudging why they did better. All it takes is to look at the final board of a player to see how well they did and why they did better. This makes it so that players know just what they need to do in general to get better scores. This makes them very shareable.

ThreesHighScoreAnd the ease of sharing in each game was a key factor in its virality too. Flappy Bird had a tweet button that was frequently used to share scores before it was removed. Still, it offers easy access to Game Center leaderboards, where friends’ scores can be seen. Threes not only tweets out scores, but it also tweets out the image that sums up the score, what the maximum card was, and the final board. It succinctly shows just what happened. And each high score and each tweet is a call to arms – it temps those with the game to try to beat it. And then they share their successes. And all this talk inevitably snags in more people to play, and it just takes off from there because the games are so effective at getting their hooks into the players.

It’s that mix of effectiveness and emotional connection that has made each game become so popular on their own scales. So while Threes might not involve flapping, it is inextricably linked to Flappy Bird regardless.

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2014-02-06 :: Category: Games

Platforms Unlimited Review

Platforms Unlimited Review

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Platforms Unlimited brings endless procedural generation to the ultra-challenging platformer genre.

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