This Week in Games – iOS Edition Vol. 8
League of Evil 2 and Skylanders Cloud Patrol make Daniel’s picks for the week
PAX East is going on this weekend in Boston can only mean stocks for deodorant have swiftly plummeted as well know convention goers, especially gamers, refuse to wear any at all times. I, personally, have not put any on today, but that’s just because I don’t plan on going anywhere today. I also know I normally don’t have a disgustingly rancid BO smell just from breathing, but you better believe I cologne it up when I step out of the house. If only the gaming community could do the same, especially around convention time.
Here are this week’s game recommendations for all of you smelly animals out there:
Skylanders Cloud Patrol (Universal $.99)
Fans of Skylanders Spyro’s Adenture will know exactly why they should be playing Skylanders Cloud Patrol this week. The best-selling kids game of 2011 has just made the jump to the iOS platform and is bringing its charm and real-life figures to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
In Skylanders Cloud Patrol, you take control of one of over 30 skylanders in order to keep a new region of the Skylands safe from Kaos’ evil minions. The game plays mostly like a shooting gallery, but it does contain a hint of Fruit Ninja inspiration as you’ll avoid bombs in order to successfully attack your enemies. Players will also need to chain their attacks in order to achieve a successful combo, which will reward players with more gold.
One of the best parts of Skylanders Cloud Patrol is the ability to have your real skylanders figures be used in the game. If you own any skylanders, all you’ll need to do is input their web code and they’ll automatically be unlocked to be used in Cloud Patrol. If you don’t own skylanders, then you can unlock them by spending gems that can be obtained through completing goals, leveling up, or randomly picking them up while you play.
Plants War (Universal FREE)
I’m a sucker for a good game of DOTA, but pickings are slim to none on the iOS platform. That’s why when I heard Gamevil would be releasing their own DOTA game and it would be FREE, I knew I had to check the game out. And boy, I’m glad that I did.
Plants War, as with the majority of DOTA games, has you controlling your hero to lead your troops to victory against your enemy hero and their troops. Troops are automatically generated, although Plants War allows you to pick which troops you’d like to have before each battle.
Seeing as the game is completely F2P, players can get a great amount of content out of the game without needing to spend a dime. As you play, you’ll earn coins and leaves which can be used to new heroes and new units, all with their own individual attributes. My only issue with the game is its graphics, which ARE 3D, but they’re pretty low quality. If you’re able to look past that, then you’ll have yourself a fine DOTA experience on your iOS device.
League of Evil 2 (Universal .99)
Team Meat announced this week they would be bringing a Super Meat Boy game to mobile platforms soon. But why wait when you can have a similar experience with League of Evil 2?
League of Evil 2 takes place directly after the events of the original League of Evil and has received some major improvements over the original game, while still staying true to the original game-play mechanics which are as tough as ever. The graphics have received a major overhaul with the iPad version receiving a new update to take advantage of its Retina display. You’ll once again be in control of your Agent as he makes his way from Point A to Point B through 100 levels across five different locations. The game rewards players for taking the quickest route through each level, although your Agent will die if he comes in contact with any of the hazards sprinkled through each level.
If you’re a fan of games like Super Meat Boy where you play through a ton of levels and avoid death-dealing obstacles with super tight gameplay controls, then look no further than League of Evil 2.
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