Tagged: iOS

I was sure that would work

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Playing Jackbox Games‘ new mobile title, Word Puttz, I was certain the letters they gave me in this tutorial stage were a knowing setup. I was wrong. The purveyors of the classic You Don’t Know Jack series (hosted by Cookie Masterson. Get it now?) have applied their clever word play to the word game genre with Word Puttz. …word.

It’s Scrabble on a minigolf course, a design choice that repaints the traditional square board in new layouts while adding other gameplay wrinkles. Coins tempt you to run off of the direct course, tubes redirect your word train into perplexing corners, and word limits force you to plan ahead. There’s also this evil mechanic that locks your letters in place as you build words. On your way to spelling SHEATHES, for example, you’ll be locked in at SHE, SHEAT, SHEATH, and SHEATHE, being issued new letters to fill in your hand as you go. If things go bad you can remove any letters you laid down previously but you don’t get them back and the letters issued at each stop count against your limit for that stage. I’m seventeen stages in and it’s getting downright strategic.

Being a mobile game there are naturally hooks for in-app purchases. Hearts regenerate over time and you lose one if you quit out of a stage. Hints, shuffles and power-ups come in short supply. There are cheaper packs to refill these consumables but the $4.99 option buys you a less sleazy game. I’m no wordsmith and so far I haven’t run into a need to pay, despite one of the stages being cheekily titled “The Pay Wall”.

It’s a nice spin on the crowded word game genre, one that makes you think in new ways and, for a change, doesn’t require you to lure in friends and family as competitors. It’s available now for free on both Android and iOS.

Xbox One SmartGlass app reveals gameplay clips, in-game currency, more

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If you’re still on the fence about buying an Xbox One you may want to grab the new SmartGlass app for Android and iOS to get a more honest look at the console. Released ahead of Friday’s big console launch, the app lets you poke around with the launch lineup and some of the console’s features.

You can watch user-uploaded clips from some of the games (the “S-Rank (1st Level)” from Crimson Dragon is particularly revealing), check out the sleazy in-game currency that most of the titles offer, and see some of the time-based Challenge Achievements that will kick off on Friday. This is the stuff I’ve been endlessly refreshing Xbox.com in hopes of finding. The app is also much more feature rich than the previous SmartGlass app for 360 and runs much smoother.

A clever, free guessing game based on emoji

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I don’t really play mobile games anymore but every now and then I come across one that does something clever. Utilizing iOS’ built-in emoji character set you guess at the names of 470 words, titles and phrases in hangman style. We all already send these stupid picture messages to one another so why not an actual guessing game based on them? The only thing better would be if it were a ‘with Friends’ or Draw Something style game that you could play directly with friends. Oh yeah, Guess Emoji is free on iOS right now.

Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade coming to the U.S. and Canada

I didn’t think it’d happen but Square Enix and DeNA are teaming up to bring the darling, free-to-play social, mobile RPG to both iOS and Android in the U.S. and Canada. I still don’t quite get how the game works but it sure is cute. Head over to the official site right now to register your interest and receive an exclusive card. There’s no further info about the game but they did confirm that the exclusive card will let you summon Cloud to do a limit break on any boss  in the game but that the card is only good for a three-month period. Man, video games are weird nowadays.

 

Arcade Pinball is a pinball table about video games

First there was pinball, then there were video games, then there were video game versions of physical pinball machines and now there’s a video game that’s a digital version of a physical pinball machine that’s based on video games. It’s been done before but Gameprom’s latest table for their Pinball HD app is quite the loving homage to both pinball and video games.

Arcade Pinball pays tribute to Tetris, Q-Bert, Snake, Space Invaders, Spy Hunter, and Breakout all on one table with multiple play fields and one massive screen where several minigames take place. It looks pretty amazing and serves as a reminder for Pinball HD itself which I’d kinda forgotten about. The Android version requires a Tegra device so that rules out my meager phone. I can only hope our original iPad can handle it.