When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. When life hands you a goat, however, you should probably throw that goat in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.
This week’s new releases are full of life lessons like that.
Hundreds of new iPhone and iPad games hit the App Store every week, but for our money, these are the 10 worth knowing about right now.
Goat Simulator GoatZ
Goat Simulator: the April Fool’s Joke that eventually became its own game, and then became a phenomenon. Today that phenomenon gets a spin-off of sorts; GoatZ combines goat-based physics with the challenge of surviving a zombie apocalypse.
When Double Fine released Grim Fandango Remastered earlier this year, smartphones were seemingly left out of the equation. It was a bummer — especially considering the other great mobile games Double Fine has been putting out. This week, though, we were given a great surprise when Manny and his crew surfaced on the App Store. If you’ve never played Grim Fandango (and love point-and-click adventures), consider this an absolute must-buy.
Its been a long time coming, but the turn-based strategy game formerly known as Kingdoms has finally come out of beta. It’s minimalist in style — just tap an adjacent square to spread your influence — but you’ll need to block your opponent too. Simple strategy isn’t necessarily simple, and I can’t help but feel that’s a good thing.
Whether it’s Shadow of the Colossus, Infinity Blade, or Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out, gamers love a chance to take on powerful titan after powerful titan. The latest game with this notion in mind is from Miniclip, and as a free release with the promise of big ol’ monsters, this one has earned a special place on my download list this week.
If Clash of Clans were a little more like Command & Conquer, it would be Zynga’s latest release. Empires & Allies blends elements of both series, creating a battle strategy game that’s familiar, yet evolutionary. Read our full review to find out more.
If you’re old enough to remember Dungeons & Dragons gold box games, you’re probably old enough to remember them fondly. Grimrock is partly an homage to that era, but underneath that its old school presentation is surprisingly modern (and deeply satisfying) gameplay. We’re delighted to see that it’s finally come to iPad.
If you think you have what it takes to survive in upper management, try making life and death decisions for an entire starfleet and get back to me. Spacecom made a splash on desktops last year, and now its minimalist strategy management gets a little bit tinier — so small that it can fit on your the screen of your phone.