I don’t do a lot of game reviews, as I don’t play a lot of games – mostly just the occasional one on my iPhone. The Tribez was one, so when The Tribez & Castlez released, I decided to check it out. It’s a free game with in-game purchases available to speed up gameplay. It’s highly addicting, but not one that I have to continually play. I can leave it for a few hours (or days) and come back without losing anything. As with most city building games, when you first start out, there’s a lot to do and you level up quickly. After a day or two of play, it slows down to 30 minutes or more between play. Great for the casual gamer.
Game Insight, a global leader in mobile/social games, is pleased to announce that the next chapter in city building games, The Tribez & Castlez, is now available for download for iOS and Android devices from the Apple App Store and Google Play. The Tribez & Castlez is a spin-off of the worldwide smash hit The Tribez, which has garnered more than 14 million players worldwide.
• “Avengers Origins: Hulk”
Follow Stan Lee’s story narration of Dr. Bruce Banner’s epic transformation into the Incredible Hulk. The app features detailed artwork, cutting-edge animations, and interactive touch-screen activities, including roaring, transforming into the Hulk, and testing the Hulk’s strength by breaking through walls, stopping tanks, and more. Available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch ($1.99).
• “Avengers Origins: Assemble!”
The “Assemble” story is the perfect introduction to exciting Super Heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and more. The app features innovative, interactive activities include matching heroic accessories with each Super Hero, using Thor’s powers and the Hulk’s strength to stop the Atlanteans and Namor, and melting the ice to free Captain America from his frozen prison! Available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch ($1.99).
Narrated by the iconic Stan Lee, these interactive comics are fun for all ages. There are several in-app short, easy games and fantastic background music that add to the experience. By clicking in the bottom left-hand icon, it brings up a menu of options so you can scroll to certain scenes or games. It’d be nice if there was a “pause” or “fast-forward” option, as Stan tends to read a bit slow with dramatic pauses. For adult fans, one time through may be enough. But younger comic book/superhero fans will enjoy reading along with Stan Lee’s dynamic narration, and the interactive experience will make it fun to view multiple times.
Scarlett and the Spark of Life is a point and tap adventure game available exclusively in the iTunes App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch for $2.99. The adventure follows Scarlett who has recently been kidnapped. The player must help Scarlett outsmart her kidnappers, flee to a nearby town, help several of the townspeople, and make a clean getaway. The gameplay is very easy as it is simply tapping the screen for Scarlett to walk and interact with people or objects. Talking with people are multiple choice responses, where it is impossible to lose. Most are simply quirky, humorous responses to make the game more fun and light-hearted. Though, at times I found the dialog cumbersome and overdone. I found myself just clicking randomly to just get through it and on to the actual actions. Again, with the action and movement, the game won’t let you do anything to get you stuck (or die). It’s always possible to win the game, so you can try interacting with anything, again sometimes with humorous results, and eventually, even the more difficult of answers will be clear. Some just have to be solved later, after other events have happened.
This is supposedly just the introductory episode in Scarlett’s adventures. As this is a fairly short game, the $2.99 price tag is a bit steep. But for those who love the point and click adventures, like I do, the game is certainly enjoyable and a great start to a promising series.
CIRQUE DU FREAK: THE VAMPIRE’S ASSISTANT LAUNCHES “IFREAK” IPHONE APPLICATION
LOS ANGELES – In celebration of the upcoming release, Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant will be allowing fans to join the freak show through the launch of a brand new “iFreak” iPhone and iPod Touch application.
The “iFreak” application allows users to take a photo (or select one from an existing album) and transform into their favorite freak from the film. Users will be allowed to mix and match characters and add endless features. Once a freak inside and out, the user can name the creation, save it to their iPhone and iPod Touch, email, and share their new identity through social networking outlets.
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant will hit theatres on October 23, 2009 and stars John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Josh Hutcherson, Chris Massoglia, and Ray Stevenson. The film is directed by Paul Weitz and is distributed by Universal Pictures.