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Star Defense Drops to $0.99

Star Defense has received yet another price drop, this time from $2.99 all the way down to $0.99.  The game was originally released for $5.99, and we found the game to be an okay tower defense, but not great.  The 3D visuals are great and all, but the game itself was a little shallow.  For $0.99 though, the game will be hard to pass up and add to your tower defense collection.

Some features include Plus+ network integration, push notifications, and around 8 or so planets.  Push notifications can only be sent after playing the 3 challenge planets, and more expansions are expected to arrive soon.  Although we don’t quite know when they will arrive, we can only hope that ngmoco:) works quickly and efficiently.

Two Notable Sales: Star Defense and Spore Origins

Many games have started to go on sale or release a lite version.  Seems like some high-profile games aren’t an exception as Star Defense and Spore Origins have dropped significantly in price.  Both are recommended for the sale price, and each one has some notable features and enjoyable gameplay.

Star Defense: One of the more sophisticated tower defense games in the App Store, it received a buy from us.  It features some beautiful 3D graphics, and for $2.99, it should be picked up.  There are some basic tower defense features missing, but the game itself is quite a beauty.

Spore Origins: Spore Origins has dropped from $4.99 to $0.99.  The game came out way back in September of last year, and it was a pretty impressive title.  The game features around 30 levels and some cute environments.  For $0.99, this shouldn’t be passed up if you don’t own it already.

A Year in Review: We Look at Our Favorite Games from the App Store

With the app store officially one year old and Apple putting out a list of their best games, we thought that it’s a great opportunity to share our ten favorite games from the last year.  These games are not in any order, and we will definitely overlook some games to narrow our lists down to only ten.  The games you’ll find below are ones that have stuck out in our mind, and we recommend you play each of them if you haven’t taken the time to do so already.

Nick

  • Sway: The controls are so simple and unique, but the game remains challenging throughout.  It’s a great use of the platform, and was a blast to play. (Lite version)
  • Let’s Golf: While it’s a copy of Hot Shots Golf, this arcade style golf game has so much to unlock that it kept me busy for a long time.  The full 3D environments and detailed golfers also made it one of my favorite games. (Lite version)
  • Tap Tap Revenge 2: It’s free, and it’s great.  New music is added weekly from top pop artists, and downloadable track packs are put out about once a month.  Once Tapulous allowed you to import all the music you buy into TTR2, I was hooked.  The online play and leveling up was also very addictive.
  • Flight Control: This game had everyone saying “what’s your high score?”, with good reason.  A deceptively simple concept, yet the execution was so perfect that you wanted to improve your score more and more.  Any time you lost, it was your fault, and there was never a time you wanted to blame the game.
  • Star Defense: I can’t helped but get sucked into Star Defense because of how good it looks, and working to accomplish more achievements on the Plus+ network.   I still spend time spinning planets and looking at the details in awe, along with watching just how well the game runs.
  • Zenonia: A full RPG for six bucks?  It feels like a classic title, yet the new story and gameplay kept me wondering where the game was headed.  There’s no better value on the app store than what’s found in Zenonia. (Lite version)
  • Drop7: Finally, a puzzle game that wasn’t dependent on proven methods.  Drop7 really makes you think, and even when you feel like you’ve mastered this game, there will still be moves that surprise you.  It’s very deep, and very addictive. (Lite version)
  • Peggle: Sure, this is only a port of an already great game.  PopCap really needs to be commended for their implementation of Peggle on the iPhone though, because it could not have turned out better.  For such a tiny screen, the controls worked frustration free and let you focus on making the craziest shots possible.
  • Rolando 2: I can’t sing enough praises about Rolando 2.  The graphics have pushed the platform further than ever, the difficulty has been toned down to make the game frustration free, and what better way to exhibit the strength of the system than by perfectly using the accelerometer to control your Rolandos.  The achievement system in Plus+ will keep you busy well after you finish the game the first time through.  This is my favorite game that I can remember in recent memory.

Ryan

  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour: A great golf experience with wonderfully intuitive and unique controls.  The game can get easy once you get good, but I keep coming back for more.  If you are a golf fan at all, you should own this game!  By the way, if you think the game is too easy, try to play without put preview, and you will find a very fun, challenging experience.  I think that those who criticize the game for being too easy are using all of the training wheels the game offers for the novice players.
  • Need for Speed Undercover: There are essentially two types of people in the word: those that prefer Need for Speed and those who prefer Real Racing.  I tend to feel sorry for that second group of people.  Need for Speed offers better looking cars and more customization.  I really felt like I was playing a mini console game.  The soundtrack isn’t the best, but the game is just fun.  After beating the game, I found it fun to buy every car and customize them to my liking.
  • Dungeon Defense: A fun, creative tower defense game.  Like many, I was not a tower defense fan until I began to play games on the iPod Touch.  Dungeon Defense offes some unique gameplay elements such as enemies that attack your defenders, gates the halt the enemies for a period of time, expensive upgrades, and unique defender placement.  All in all, I think Dungeon Defense is the most underrated tower defense game on the app store.
  • PuzzleQuest: Match three meets an RPG to create PuzzleQuest.  I found myself quickly immersed in the experience that is PuzzleQuest, and highly recommend the game to any gamer.  It is fun to level up your character, and the match three aspect doesn’t detract from the RPG elements. (Lite version)
  • Car Jack Streets: While not perfect, I think Car Jack Streets is the best GTA style game on the app store today.  At first, I had some issues with the controls and limitations in gameplay, but the updates have been great, and I love to see the apps keep supporting this great game!
  • Fantastic Contraption: It is almost too much fun to try to keep building machines that can beat some of these very tough levels.  The physics are top notch, and since you can create and upload your own levels, the fun is endless.  My friends and I got into a friendly competition trying to build the quickest most efficient machines for each level.
  • Zen Bound: One of the best looking games period.  Has a great soundtrack, is fun to play, and provides a unique experience.  It seems people either love or hate this title.  I never got caught up in the hype as I thought the idea of the game was stupid (tying an object in rope), but I have since come around and love the game! (Lite version)
  • Bike or Die 2: If you are competitive, Bike or Die 2 is for you.  The online community associated with this app (that also has a computer version) is great.  I found myself playing levels over and over to get better times on the leaderboards.  Also, there are thousands of levels to chose from.  You can also save your replays.  I found myself both working to beat my time and to play a level with the lost flips possible.  Just a whole lot of fun! (Lite version)
  • Texas Hold’em: Apple really made a great Texas Hold’em game.  The graphics, AI, gameplay, and features are great.  If you like poker at all, this is well worth the purchase.

Daniel

  • Assassin’s Creed: With one of the best graphics on the iPhone, this game is a must have.  Great gameplay and throwing knives make this game a winner. (Lite version)
  • Ancient Frog: This game also has one of the best graphics, and the frog animations are done with pinpoint accuracy.  The game is puzzling and challenging, along with beautiful, ambient sounds and colorful backgrounds. (Lite version)
  • ExZeus – Another beautiful game on the iPhone that offers an arcade experience unique from the rest. Fast-paced and beautiful weaponry makes this game one of the best games in the App Store.
  • Sway – A unique experience using your fingers to sway your character can only be accomplished on an iPhone, and the exhilarating experience is unforgettable.  With crisp graphics and intuitive controls, this is another winner. (Lite version)
  • Real Racing – The most real racing experience ever to appear on the iPhone/iPod Touch is, unsurprisingly, a winner.  It features gorgeous graphics and an amount of polish so high it could even be a PSP game.
  • Rolando 2 – Beautiful artwork, Mr Scruff’s music shack, and intuitive multitouch controls make this experience unique; unlike anything we’ve ever seen.  The platformer uses many of the multitouch elements to provide a versatile experience for casual and hardcore gamers alike.
  • Castle of Magic – Stunning graphics and breathtaking environments will show this game is obviously one of the best in the App Store.  Also, the similar gameplay to Mario is quite enjoyable with a few twists like shape-shifting into a swordfish. (Lite version)
  • Sentinel 2 – With the numerous amount of tower defense games in the App Store, surely there has to be at least one in the top 30.  Well, this is one of the best tower defense games in the App Store with wonderfully balanced gameplay mechanics you won’t find with any other tower defense.
  • Zombieville USA – That’s right, although this game may seem simple to you, it sure is an App Store classic that is addictive to the max.  Offering polished gameplay and rocket launchers, this has got to be one of the best of its kind. (Lite version)
  • Zenonia – What can we say, this has got to be one of the best RPGs a mobile phone can offer. With beautiful animations, skill tree, and tons of content, you can clearly see why this is one of the best games in the App Store. (Lite version)

That’s it for the roundup of the best games for this year.  Check out the games that you haven’t heard of, and have a good time with them.  Disagree with any of our picks, or did we miss a favourite game of yours?  Leave us a comment below.

Star Defense Review: Defending your Galaxy

This tower defense offering from ngmoco was certainly anticipated by many, including myself.  The publishing company has built a reputation around putting out quality titles, and Star Defense is no exception.

As the paths winds around tiny 3D planets, you need to place towers around the world to try and prevent baddies from reaching the end.  Towers range in ability from bullets to fire, slow downs, and electrical.  Certain enemies can avoid specific types, so you need to vary your towers and their placement.  There are seven worlds to play through on several difficulty levels, and challenge levels to play to survive the longest.  With so many quality tower defense titles already available on the app store, is Star Defense really worth getting?

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Beautiful worlds: Full control to spin your world and zoom in and out really lets you see the details of each planet.  With all the normal controls like pinching and dragging, you can manipulate the world with immediate ease.  They all look great as well, and it easily makes Star Defense the best looking tower defense game on the iPhone that I’ve seen.  Having a 3D world does raise the problem that towers can be hidden on the other side of the planet at times and you can’t see the action going on.  This is manageable though, and it keeps you busy checking on the other baddies.

New online service: Star Defense is treated to a new online service from ngmoco called Plus+.  Simply put, it’s XBox Live for the iPhone.  The interface is gorgeous, and it makes managing achievements and playing with friends a breeze.  It’s really too bad that all games on the app store won’t have support in this, but I’ll be looking forwards to seeing whatever games get added to the service.

Dislikes

Low amount of worlds: The seven worlds you’re presented with at the start to progress through and unlock seems a bit small.  Sure, you can play them on three different difficulty levels, but I’d prefer to have more worlds to play through.  I can’t help but feel some have been purposefully left out to be used as DLC in the future.

Star Defense is a lot of fun.  Working towards getting achievements and unlocking maps will keep you busy for a fair amount of time.  The online integration is definitely top notch: Twitter, Facebook, and Plus+ posting lets you challenge friends as much as you want.  It’s a tower defense title that fans of the genre will no doubt enjoy.

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Star Defense is published by ngmoco and is available for $5.99.  It is also a notable release, since it carries the debut of the Plus+ network.  I played through version 1.2 on an iPod Touch 2G.

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Star Defense Released: Tower Defense Meets Space

The long wait is over, as Star Defense is now available for $5.99. This highly anticipated title from ngmoco brings the tower defense genre into space. The 3D worlds that can be spun around and zoomed in on will be very familiar if you’ve played the Wii game, Super Mario Galaxy.  Each planet is detailed completely so that you can see it and play through the level at any angle you choose.

Here are some details from ngmoco on the release:

  • Build your defenses from 5 classes of towers, for a grand total of 15 different weapons, each with their own unique attributes, firing ranges and reload frequencies.
  • Battle your friends over Twitter, Facebook, or email. Check out scores posted by other Star Defense players and take on their challenges by searching for #StarDefense on Twitter.
  • Defend 7 breathtaking worlds, each with its own distinct path layout, enemy types and immunities, and weapon choices.
  • Collect over 20 Medals and more than 30 Commendations by accomplishing specific feats on the field.

We’ll be bringing you the full details in our review shortly, after spending more time with the game. For now, check out Star Defense on the app store.

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