July kicked off with the release of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4-specific games and graphics. Surprisingly, not a lot has been going on other than that, but we were able to dig up some of our favorite games of the month. Read on to find out more about them!
Daniel: July marked the beginning of a new era in the form of iOS 4: developers scrambled to make their apps iOS 4 compatible, create iPhone 4-specific graphics, and allow for backgrounding and “fast-app switching”. To be quite honest, no game really struck me as amazing or awesome: Infect them All was a quick, casual game that I enjoyed but nothing groundbreaking. I would have to say my favorite PART of July, though, would have to be the update to Zen Bound 2; making the game universal and optimized for the Retina display. Zen Bound 2 easily becomes one of the best-looking games on the iPhone, and there’s so much value in it that it would be ridiculous not to pass up.
With that said, I would have to pick Infect them All as my favorite game for this month, and the update to Zen Bound 2 as my favorite part. Nothing else really screamed wow to me, and hopefully August brings about some new goodies. Some notable mentions also include Castlevania Puzzle and Xenome Episode 1.
Travis: July was a pretty quiet month for new releases with the bulk of them being updates to existing titles to keep up with iOS 4’s release. However, towards the end of the month we were treated to Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night. I had mixed feelings when the game was first announced (more negative but still hopeful than anything else). To my surprise and delight when I finally got the game in my hot hands I found that this was indeed a full-fledged Castlevania experience. Dungeon exploration feels very traditional and the items/weapons all very reminiscent of the traditional Castlevania experience. Even more delightful was the almost shocking length of the game. I clocked in around 18 hours clearing out all the secrets.
Virtually every aspect of the game was lovingly crafted to feel just like a classic Castlevania game. This has to be one of the most complete gaming experiences on the iDevices to date. Although I would still have preferred a pure Castlevania title, I really can’t complain when the final product still turns out to be as spectacular as this. I also thoroughly enjoyed EA’s version of Risk and would consider it among the best released this month.
And that’s it for this month! Have we missed a game? Be sure to let us know in the comments!