August Favorite Games of the Month

August has been a busy month for all of us here at NoDPad, both inside and outside the App Store world.  But we were still able to get our iPhone gaming fix for the month, as August exploded with a slew of new and awesome games.

Daniel: August was just a month that was waiting to happen.  July nothing really ever happened, but the end of summer ended with a bang with releases such as Dodonpachi Resurrection, Monster Dash, Mirror’s Edge for iPhone, and Zombie Highway.  All of the game I mentioned above have stolen my heart from day one, and it’s safe to say that those are the games that I’ve been playing the most.

August did contain some flops though such as MapleStory: Thief Edition and Knight’s Rush, both of which I did not enjoy at all.

Matt:  August slammed the app store with new releases, with several titles making my shortlist of brilliant releases. Monster Dash channeled Canabalt’s excellence and infused it with mummies, zombies, demons, vampires and machine gun jetpacks! How could you go wrong with that?! Quell blew in like a spring shower on a sudden wind, proving itself as one of the app store’s most transcendental and satisfying puzzlers, with a near perfect difficulty curve. Guns’n’Glory managed to put a new spin on tower defense, breathing new life into a tired genre and in great style. With its western theme, irreverent humor, sweet SNES-era graphics and universal iPad support, Guns’n’Glory is a band of outlaws threatening to steal my heart. The long anticipated Knights Rush finally hit, delivering on the promise of More Games’ nearly year-old promotional title A Quest of Knights Onrush. It’s beautiful and tons of fun, and we expected no less. iShoot 2 has also arrived, the sequel to the smash-hit artillery titles that stands as one of the app store’s greatest success stories, and which led to the rise of free “lite” version releases of games. A dutiful sequel, it improves upon its predecessor in nearly every way, featuring improved graphics and sound, an excellent score, a revamped weapon systems, upgradable tanks, a new campaign mode, Bluetooth multiplayer, universal iPad support and more. If you don’t love it, then you don’t deserve to play it. And speaking of the iPad, Square Enix has finally blessed us with Chaos Rings HD, a game so spectacular and so pretty that I almost don’t mind paying another $16 for the exact same content I already own at a lower resolution on my iPhone.

And Chaos Rings isn’t the only title to receive the HD treatment this month. Highborn HD, Heavy Mach. 2 HD, Air Attack HD, Princess Fury: Arcade Adventure and Hero of Sparta 2 HD all played their part this month in making the iPad a drool-worthy gaming platform. Dinosaur hunting adventure Carnivores also received universal iPad support this month, finally graduating the T-Rex to a screen-size worthy of his terrifying stature.

And finally, because I’m a total fan-boy, I simply cannot rest without giving 100 Rogues an honorable shout-out for the month of August. Quabbus the shopkeeper opened for business this month, adding a whole new dimension to the game. And the fine folk at DinoFarm Games have yet more in store for us to come, so don’t for a moment think I’ll cease singing the game’s praises anytime soon.

My only regret is that few of these games actually received coverage here on the site this month. What can I say? The app store isn’t the only thing that’s been busy. In the meantime, have a banana.

Evan: August was a month with lots of good game releases, but only two games really captivated me- Madden NFL 11 by EA Sports, and Solipskier.

Madden has incredibly good graphics and takes the football gameplay standard to the next level by introducing Gameflow. I have always loved playing football games, but gotten annoyed selecting defensive plays (and occasionally offensive ones). Gameflow analyzes the current situation and picks the best play for you, making the game a very continuous experience. Not only this, but stellar controls, audio, and a few game modes really make the game the most realistic sports simulation available on the iDevice.

Solipskier got a “Buy” in our review of it, but it’s another title where I really just can’t help myself from coming back for more. The side-scrolling “go as far as you can” style gameplay has started to be overused, but this one has something original. You draw the hills of snow so your skier well travel to the right height to pass through flags and tunnels, making your speed faster and faster, rather than following the popular format where you just tap the screen to jump until you fail. Along with a killer soundtrack and very fun pick up and play gameplay this really is a fun title.

Travis: After the drought that was July we saw almost a total reversal of fortune in August. I spent a good amount of time playing a great variety of games this month. I couldn’t even begin to pick a single favorite so I’ve decided to just list off my favorites: Monster Dash, Knights Rush, Meow Meow Happy Fight, Solipskier, Guns’n’Glory and Dodonpachi Resurrection. Since my associates have already mentioned some of the above I will focus on the ones not already discussed.

Monster Dash is a side-scroller a-la Canabalt that differentiates itself in a few critical ways. The first obvious difference is the addition of a gun/weapon system to shoot the monster that are scattered all across the field. The incentive to return over and over again is greatly enhanced by the amount of different stats the game keeps track of through its extensive statistics tracker. With its recent addition of a motorcycle to ride (and of course stats to track associated with it), it’s clear that there is a good future ahead for updates for Monster Dash as well.

Meow Meow Happy Fight caught my attention right away with its very colorful art. This twin stick shooter chose an arena style battle system that I found original and quite engaging. The Japanese-culture centric style feels very natural and fresh. It takes a few battles to get the hang of the game, but once you do it becomes very difficult to put down. I found myself coming back to it throughout the month and will continue to do so for quite some time.

Dodonpachi Resurrection is the next big arcade shooter from Cave Co. that, like Espgaluda II, will absolutely dazzle you with some of the most incredible effects you will ever see displayed on your iDevice. Not surprising at all that it requires 3Gs equivalent powered devices to run at all. If you like insane arcade shooters this game is a shining example of the glory that is the original “shooter”.

About Daniel

I have been an iPhone game addict ever since the NES emulator came out on the 1.1.4 iPhone 2G. After 2.0 and the App Store came out, my iPhone homescreen has never been the same. Other than writing reviews for App Store games, I play soccer/football, American football, volleyball, and golf. I love going to the beach and fishing on the pier. Some games not available on iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly love are the Call of Duty series, Guitar Hero III, Madden NFL 09, and PGR: Gotham Racing.

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