The text-based Blackbar tells the tale of dystopian future, complete with ingenious puzzles and an intriguing narrative that unfolds as you uncensor content displayed upon the screen with the surrounding context. There’s no menu or credits, but it does showcase political undercurrents within its intellectual prose, giving you a certain sense of satisfaction when you finally solve it.
Frogger remains one of the top-selling video games of all times, even after 30 years. The mobile version of the title even touts a slew of game modes, control options, and achievements, along with social media integration and the ability to switch between classic and remastered graphics. Still, turtles, alligators, and all other Frogger foes remain the same.
Simply put, Autumn Dynasty is one of the most fully-featured real-time strategy titles on the iPad. The stunning visuals and campaign take a cue from traditional Asian artwork and customs, while the core gameplay mechanics refine troop movement, online play, and more.
Plague Inc. ($1)
Games in which you work to eradicate the population with a lethal disease shouldn’t be fun. Plague Inc. is, though, encouraging you to balance your plague’s severity and hardiness in equal measure as you work to curb the human race from discovering a cure for the encroaching pandemic.
XCOM: Enemy Within ($13)
A standalone expansion to last year’s Enemy Unknown, the newly-released Within expanded on all the hallmarks of its predecessor. The expanded research tree and map variety now compliment the tactical variety and rigid atmosphere surrounding the title, even if it is tough.
Spaceteam puts you at the helm of a spacecraft, and urges you to shout technobabble at your peers, as you work to prevent the craft from exploding. You’re assigned your own panel of switches and buttons alongside your peers, however, everything must be done in unison.
The simple goal of the meditative rymdkaspel is to build the best base possible and explore the outer regions of space. You do so with unique minions and proper resource management, fending off increasing waves of enemies as you rush to gather energy, raw materials, and food.
Clash of Clans (Free)
With more than 30,000 reviews, this is the paramount strategy game for the iPad. You build and defend your base from other players online, making use of more than 18 distinct units (dragons, wizards, barbarians, etc.) with multiple levels of upgrades in tow. Its utter simplicity is its appeal, though.
Anomaly 2 ($5)
Few games shake up the tower-defense genre quite like Anomaly 2. The unoriginal campaign is still challenging, placing you in charge of a convey amid a slew of post-apocalyptic locales, but the game’s true merit lies within the impressive production value and innovative multiplayer matches.
Developer Scott Cawthon’s lauded point-and-click title sees you securing a pizza parlor from a horde of malfunctioning, animatronic animals. In the third installment, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza has been closed for 30 years, but people are trying to revive the legend in a horror attraction. The game’s mechanics and underlying tension are top-notch, but at times feel a bit rushed.
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