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School Driving 3D is the Hardcore Student Driving Simulator You Didn't Know You Needed

Posted by Carter Dotson on May 5th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Is Real Racing not real enough for you? How about a game where you can drive cars, buses, and trucks in accordance with local statutes to try and get your license? Then that's what School Driving 3D will offer for you. Stop at train crossings! Wait for pedestrians! Safely overtake other cars! Use your blinker and obey all the rules! Awwwwwwwww yyyyyyyyeeeeahhhhh.

School Driving 3D's only unrealistic aspect? It's free, unlike real driving school.

iOOTP Baseball 2014 Edition Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on April 23rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SOLID CONTRACT
The long-running baseball simulator returns to mobile with a much-improved entry in the series.
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RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 16th, 2014
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: DISAPPOINTINGLY WEAK
The RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise finally comes to iOS, but it's a rather disappointing affair.
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FTL: Faster Than Light Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Rob Thomas on April 4th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PREPARE FOR JUMP
Brutal. Uncompromising. Utterly addictive. FTL finally warps to iPad and it's even better than we'd hoped.
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GDC 2014 - 1849 is an Interesting Mix of City Builder and Spacial Puzzler

Posted by Rob Rich on March 18th, 2014

SomaSim's 1849 is a sim about the California Gold Rush in the same vein as older objective-driven simulations and city builders. It's also got a surprising amount of puzzle-like elements as you'll quickly find yourself trying to figure out the best way to make use of the limited space you're given.

The core idea behind 1849 is balance. You need to mine gold and other precious metals to earn money. You also need food and lodgings for your citizens and workers or else they'll abandon ship in a heartbeat. But in order to do that, you'll also have to make sure to provide other amenities such as schools and access to a saloon to keep the citizens of your ever-growing city happy. The catch is that every city (of which there are 20, each with their own overarching goals to complete) has a limit to how far it can expand. So in order to create a successful self-sustaining city you'll have to pay close attention to where you place what buildings and how many you construct.

SomaSim is aiming for an early May release. A specific price point hasn't been locked-in yet, but 1849 will be priced at a premium and offer additional content packs in the future.

Geek Resort Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on March 5th, 2014
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar ::
Geek Resort is a tycoon-style park creation title with an overall fun art-style; it's simply let down on its reliance of in-app purchases to drive its gameplay, and a few obvious bugs.
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Disco Zoo Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on February 27th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DANCING HIPPOS!
Disco Zoo provides more NimbleBit-style simulation fun, even if NimbleBit only published the game!
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Strike it Rich in 1849 When Gold Fever Infects the App Store in May

Posted by Rob Rich on February 20th, 2014

SomaSim Games has recently announced 1849; a city management sim set during the California Gold Rush.

You'll have to make good use of an area's topography as you attempt to expand several real cities from the time period - or fail miserably, of course. 1849 will feature a total of 20 different scenarios, most likely involving different cities and events, as well as a sandbox mode for those of you who just want to build and rake in the dough.

1849 is due out in May for the iPad.

Air Cavalry Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Mike Deneen on February 14th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar ::
Air Cavalry is a pretty good flight sim with awesome presentation, but it's questionable to release a game before it's even ready.
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Tough Nuts Pinball Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Blake Grundman on December 13th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SAVE THOSE QUARTERS
A interesting hybrid of classic and modern pinball monetization that ends up working out in the best interests of the player.
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King's League: Odyssey Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 27th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BATTLING SIM
Combining RPG and management sensibilities, King's League: Odyssey is an entertaining if unthreatening title.
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Bus Simulator 3D Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on October 14th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar ::
Strictly for those who find the idea of driving a bus exhilarating, Bus Simulator 3D lacks fun factor in the areas where it matters most.
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Office Story Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lucy Ingram on October 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BECOME THE NEXT ROVIO
Lovers of Game Dev Story will love Office Story; a simulation management game where players can create games and apps to try to conquer the mobile market.
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NASCAR: Redline Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Mike Deneen on October 10th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: QUICK TIME WRECK
Possibly because NASCAR games don't enjoy the same popularity as other sports games, this title attempts to mix things up by turning a racing game into a simulation. But is that a good thing?
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Transport Tycoon Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on October 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ROUND
The classic PC sim makes its way to iOS, complete with rewarding gameplay and a convoluted interface.
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