October just happened to be yet another busy month for all of us NoDPad writers, and we’ve taken the time to compile our favorite games for the month of October. While lacking in spooky, it definitely made up for it with many unique games, including Galaxy on Fire 2, Star Battalion, and more.
Matt: Traditionally, October is a month for ghouls, ghosts and flame-faced pumpkins. But to be perfectly honest, this year’s Halloween themed offerings were mostly disappointing. The only game that stood out for me was Age of Zombies, and even that game isn’t all that it should have or could have been, as it fell somewhat short of Monster Dash in refinement. And speaking of Monster Dash, I dig the new Yeti level, but why on earth didn’t we get pumpkinheads for Halloween?! I demand pumpkinheads!
Luckily, October wasn’t all about disappointing Halloween releases. Space was the place, with Gameloft releasing Star Battalion and Fishlabs unleashing the highly anticipated Galaxy on Fire 2. Star Battalion is flawed, but loads of fun and probably the closest thing to Starfox in the app store. Meanwhile, Galaxy on Fire 2 makes space a sandbox and sets you loose to play. Whether you want to focus your efforts on interstellar commerce or running missions for the galaxies various factions, it’s up to you. And outer space has never looked prettier. Galaxy on Fire 2 is everything a good sequel should be, and I reckon it’s the very best game released this October.
I’ve also been enjoying Hexage’s retro arcade masterpiece, EVAC.
Hope: It’s pretty spooky how many great games were released in October compared to September’s dearth. The range of games ran from soup to nuts and fans of any genre could be pleased with a new favorite or two, or three even! Luckily it wasn’t all fly by night, take advantage of the holiday releases either. While there were some Halloween updates, even a potential Halloween classic in the release of Angry Birds Halloween, there were plenty of non-holiday themed hits that shot to the top of the charts.
Cut the Rope is one of those play one level whenever you want types of games. Challenging as it is cute, the game has a lot of polish and charm. What makes the game fun for physics puzzle lovers is the multi solution levels. Solve it quickly just to pass along to the next level, or solve it precisely to get three stars. The way it is set up allows you to come back to the game in your spare moments whether trying new levels or perfecting ones already passed for more stars.
Another game that caught my interest was Phoenix. This was a surprising choice but a testament to the game because I am not a bullet hell kind of gamer. I usually despise the confusion and pretty much avoid the genre. But Phoenix has enough of a pick up and play feel and less of a hardcore bullet hell feel that it is approachable for any gamer. The graphics are outstanding and the gameplay lends itself to just one more round, that quickly becomes 10, or 15 even! Yes it has what is for me the annoying aspect of dodge and shoot and pray you hit your target but this game has taught me that is exactly what a bullet hell is supposed to be – hell. And that fly by the seat of your pants boy do I have to dodge that bullet really does make for a good time!
And then to round out my selections I have to give a shout out to Fire Maple Games for the release of Secret of Grisly Manor. It is a clever Point and Click adventure with some great puzzles. Tricky, intuitive and original clues have you running around the manor trying to find your grandfather. Point and Click adventures are a natural fit for the iDevices and this one does not disappoint. If you have any interest in the genre, you owe it to yourself to give this title a look!
Evan: October was a huge month with two game releases that I just couldn’t put down. Firstly, iTrials strives to bring Trials HD to the iDevice for $.99. And it does a great job! With 27 levels, good physics, a decent control system, and fine graphics (all are currently being updated to be even better), it’s quite easy to recommend the game. I have wished since seeing the appearance of Bike or Die 2 that a Trials game would come to the iPhone, and here it is! One definitely worth picking up.
The other game that has captivated me is Beast Boxing by Goodhustle Studios. The graphics are absolutely insane, and look like they utilize the retina display. I have an iPod Touch 3G. There is no retina display, just incredible animations. The characters are fun, and the length of the game is definitely worth the cheap $2.99. It was about time that someone made a good boxing game for the iDevice, as none so far felt right. This one does. The controls are absolutely spot on. Skip that coffee for one morning and invest in this awesome game before it goes up to $4.99. The developers have also promised updates for this game, which I can’t wait for!
Of course, major releases like Galaxy on Fire 2 and Reckless Racing have been fun as well, but I haven’t enjoyed either as much as the two games above.
Daniel: I honestly haven’t been dialed into the iPhone gaming atmosphere for the first time in two years, but the one game that has consistently brought me back is Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus, Gameloft’s version of Activision’s popular Call of Duty franchise. The online multiplayer continued to impress, and the single player campaign seemed quite secondary to the robust multiplayer mode. While big name games such as Star Battalion, Reckless Racing, and Age of Zombies have been released, neither of them have caught my attention for more than a few minutes at a time.
And while I haven’t played for long, Beast Boxing looks to be a promising fighter that has a ton of potential, although the current game format could be tweaked a bit. I’m also enjoying EA’s NBA Elite 11, although hardcore basketball fans may not find the casualty of the game enjoyable.
And that wraps up our October Favorite Games of the Month! If you believe we’ve missed out on one of your favorite games of the month, be sure to let us know in the comments.