Adventures of Poco Eco: Lost Sounds for iOS
Price: $2.99 USD
Once upon a time, games in iOS were deeply criticized for being bad, annoying, In-App-Purchase generating machines. This was largely accurate, and remains largely true today. But in 2014, a game called Monument Valley punched a hole right through the theory that iOS games had to be this way to succeed. Instead, it focused on beautiful art, deeply rich audio effects and music, outstanding logic puzzles, and inscrutable yet intensely relatable characters.
It may seem strange to you that the first paragraph of a review about a game released in March, 2015 called Adventures of Poco Eco: Lost Sounds is about a different game released almost exactly one year earlier, but there’s a logical connection. Monument Valley showed the world that art and playability were not exclusive to each other, and that people would respond to being stimulated mentally with challenging puzzles, visually with gorgeous art, and audibly with rich, emotional sound effects and music. Adventures of Poco Eco: Lost Sounds is a game that very much exists in the tradition of Monument Valley, and one that seems clearly influenced by it.
Air Attack 2 for iOS
Company: Art In Games
Price: $0.99 USD
For me, iOS games can be broken into two categories: games for deep-diving into, and games for playing for 20 minutes here and there. Air Attack 2, by Art In Games, falls into the latter category, and that’s not a knock on it by any means. It’s a beautifully rendered game with fluid gameplay that’s perfect for jumping in and out of quickly.
App Developer: dreamfab
Version Reviewed: 1.1.0
License: FREE – Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Chasing Yello is by far the most addictive game I have ever come across, on any platform. At first I looked upon it as a quick game to pick up when I had a few spare minutes. The reality is those few minutes turned into hours, and then days. Before I knew it I was thoroughly consumed with a game that features a demonic girl, named Mathilda, and her goldfish Yello.
The future, what do you mean? How can we be in the future?
For decades many of us have been in awe of the possibility of the future. Not that long ago the thought of carrying a single panel computer capable of presenting music, film, books, and games was nothing more than science fiction.
I live by the belief that if man can envisage it, people can create it.
Of course, there is the possibility of going too far, as is famously shown in Planet Of The Apes, circa 1968.
For now we can sit back and relax with a small and hopefully harmless portion of technology that seemingly has the effect of enhancing our lives.
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