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(Editor’s Note: The App Attack was too big to be contained in a single day. Here’s part 2.)
I was thinking of naming this week’s App Attack the “Depressed Edition.” Why? Because on September 23, summer officially ended. On the plus side, I now have more hours, without the sun, to fulfill all of my anti-social activities (like freelancing and gaming). If you find yourself lamenting the prolonged evening hours, do yourself a solid and buy some of these apps; half of them are free to try!
Globulos Mania is a weird game and I say that with respect and affection. Looking at the screenshots left me wondering what the gameplay was like so I gave the app a try. Globulos is essentially a mash-up of a bunch of popular sports and arcade games. The game mode I enjoyed the most requires you to aim your globules in such a way as to avoid the craters left after each turn. It not only involves carefully planning out your moves, but also requires anticipating the trajectories of your opponent’s globules.
Its weirdest feature, which ended up being my favorite game mechanic, is the turn-based gameplay. Although the game has mechanics similar to sports, each game mode is broken up into single-move rounds where you trace out the trajectory of your globules. Depending on the game mode, you can be knocking a ball into a goal, or leaving a crater for your enemy to fall into while avoiding the craters they create. Although the game requires purchasing additional game modes and levels, the content provided with the free version is definitely entertaining and left me wanting to make the full purchase.
One of my favorite apps this week is from Metaversal Studios. Elemites is a vertical scrolling game where you create minions (Elemites) to destroy the villages where you once were ridiculed for failed alchemy attempts. Elemites’ gameplay is unlike any iOS game I’ve played to date. And while I haven’t played them all, my iTunes is chock full of plenty of games from every genre.
What makes Elemites such an addictive game is how well it blends touch-based mobile gaming with the Real Time Strategy genre. Simply tapping the terrain creates Elemites. Swiping your finger across the screen will create a wall of minions. Elemites have a finite life span and their destructive powers can be enhanced by casting spells on them (which reduces their lifespan). There is a demo available, and if you like the game you can spend a dollar for extra content. I’d pay more than a dollar for just the free content, so this app definitely has my full backing.
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