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Castlestorm Preview - the iOS Version of Zen Studio's Action/Defense Game May be the Best One Yet

Posted by Blake Grundman on April 10th, 2014

It is a beautiful thing when bite-sized games from the console space transition to iOS successfully. A perfect example of this phenomena at work was Hello Games’ fantastic reinvention of the Joe Danger series last year. Now it seems that Zen Studios wants to get in on the action, as they've put the finishing touches on a port of their console and PC tower-defense/action hybrid title, Castlestorm. They were kind enough to give us an early look at the game, and much to my shock I learned that not only is it great fun, but it may actually prove to be better than its console predecessor.

Everything you loved about the original game is back again, and this time it's being aided by an extremely intuitive touch interface. The previously arduous process of twiddling control sticks to try and line up a headshot is a nightmare that can be left in the past. Launching projectiles are now as simple as tapping on the screen where the shot should land. But sometimes a catapult just isn’t enough to fend off the enemy’s attacks on the castle. In these cases, you have the option of spawning defensive ground troops or jumping into the fray yourself in the form of super-powered hero characters. These death-dealing beasts specialize in hand-to-hand combat, with a side of magical abilities mixed in for good measure. Anyone who is familiar with the control scheme of a traditional 2D brawler will feel right at home showing these “Knights of the Square Table” the error of their ways.

Though some may sink hours into the actual combat component of Castlestorm, others may find it just as enjoyable to custom design their own fortress. The easy to grasp quasi-drafting tool makes tweaking and tinkering with the perfect blueprint just as fulfilling as topping the adversary on the field of battle.

While the previously released Castlestorm console outing clocked in at a reasonable $9.99 purchase price, the iOS iteration implements an entirely free-to-play monetization structure. Both coins and crystals can be purchased using real cash, earned through normal gameplay or awarded for logging in to play on a consistent basis. Coins are used to level-up the abilities and stats of either the hero characters or each type of projectile in your quiver. Crystals are used to unlock more substantial elements, such as entire campaigns.

What I've played was a very solid sneak peak of things to come. Hopefully the final product lives up to the promise of this preview. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for our full review.

Gon Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Nadia Oxford on April 7th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GON WITH THE WIND
Gon is a personable action/physics game that tests the limits of players' reflexes.
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Shapist Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on March 26th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SLIDE TO VICTORY
Shapist is a sliding block puzzle packed with physics that requires a little experimentation and a whole lot of patience.
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Demolition Crush Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Charlie Miller on March 25th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BOOM BABY!
Demolition Crush is a good looking (and great sounding!) take on the physics-based destruction genre.
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Albert's Adventure: Energy Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Nadia Oxford on March 20th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MIXED ENERGY
Albert's Adventure: Energy is an interesting physics-based puzzle game, though control issues keep it from true genius.
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Nova's Dream Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 19th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ONE-TOUCH PHYSICS
One-touch gameplay means this physics based game is easy to learn but tricky to master.
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ZAKI Aannounces Update to 3volution and Imminent Arrival of Their New Game Pixis

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 18th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PARAMECIUM PARTY! :: Read Review »

Fun combo game 3volution should be seeing a serious update on March 19. No specific details have been released yet, but according to some info from the developer the update "features many new changes that make this award winning game even more satisfying, addictive & challenging."

In addition, we've been told there is another surprise: on that same day (March 19), a new app from he same developer will be released named Pixis.

3volution garnered praise when we reviewed it a while back; it is currently available on the App Store for $1.99.

Smash Hit Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Charlie Miller on March 11th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SMASHING GOOD TIME!
Break lots of glass in this refreshing take on the classic endless-runner style game.
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Deadlings Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ZOMBIE SPILLS
Negotiate various traps and spikes in order to get the zombies away from the Grim Reaper's clutches in this quite fun puzzle game.
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Principia Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Charlie Miller on March 7th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ENGINEERS REJOICE!
Principia is an in-depth building/tinkering/creation game aimed directly at engineering and electronics enthusiasts.
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World of Gibbets Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on February 25th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HUNG
Bright colors and clever puzzles do little to hide the pure heart of darkness in World of Gibbets.
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Bike Mayhem Mountain Racing Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on February 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LIVE STRONG
Gnarly bike crashes are way more fun when they happen to someone else in Bike Mayhem Mountain Racing.
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Rocket ROBO Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on January 30th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: TO THE STARS
Rocket ROBO's combination of whimsical graphics and impeccable gameplay is just stellar.
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Water Drops Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Mike Deneen on January 27th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: POTENTIAL IOS HIT
Water Drops is a game that has all of the makings of another mobile smash hit, but it's unpolished looks are holding it back.
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Animal Upon Animal Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 24th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MONKEY SEE
A little awkward at times, Animal Upon Animal is still an enjoyable physics puzzler for all the family.
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