Sid Meier's Civilization VI (iOS)
Strategy 21 December 2017
The sixth installment of the legendary series of turn-based strategy games that allow us to control a selected civilization throughout several thousand years of its history. It was traditionally developed by Firaxis Games led by Sid Meier, the franchise’s creator, himself. Gameplay-wise, Civilization VI combines together the well-proven solutions of its predecessors but also introduces several revolutionary changes. The most important one is the city development. Metropolises can now span across more than one field and consist of four kinds of districts: industrial, scientific, trading, and military. The technology development system was also modified, so that every invention offers an additional mini-quest that provides a useful bonus. Significant changes were also introduced in diplomacy, and the combat mechanics now somewhat mitigate the restrictions introduced by the fifth installment of the series. The game traditionally features an extensive and fully configurable multiplayer mode.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - 10th Anniversary Edition (iOS)
Action 06 December 2012
A new installment in the bestselling series of action games. The game expands the ideas introduced in the third entry in the franchise, released in 2001. The game was developed by the authors of the previous installments who, after having been bought by the American giant, were transformed into Rockstar North. The game takes place in the 80's in a completely new metropolis called Vice City. The player becomes Tommy Vercetti, who was sent by his boss to establish a foothold in the city while taking care of the local gangs and corrupted police. The game has similar mechanics to its predecessor and focuses mostly on completing various non-linear story missions. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City added some new features, such as the possibility to use motorcycles and helicopters. The graphics, inspired by aesthetics of the 80's, were greatly improved as well. During the game, the player is accompanied by a varied soundtrack broadcast by several different radio stations.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (iOS)
Action 12 December 2013
The seventh installment in the controversial Grand Theft Auto series – one of the most popular game franchises in history that brought Rockstar Games company international fame. The series has been letting the player start as a petty criminal and work his way to the top of the criminal underground. This next part of the series is the biggest one so far, featuring world – the State of San Andreas – almost three times larger than Vice City. Among many innovations, there are several thing worthy of mention: improved AI of civilians, option to recruit gang members, increased number of interactive buildings, hunger factor, swimming, and new means of transportation (e.g. bicycles). On top of that, there game features numerous extra activities, highlighting the sandbox character of gameplay. The game features the atmosphere of the 1990s, apparent in both the graphics and the soundtrack available via the numerous in-game radio stations.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition (iOS)
Action 17 November 2011
A mobile edition of Minecraft – the cult sandbox game from Swedish company Mojang AB, which spawned millions of fans worldwide over several years since its beta release, becoming a phenomenon of modern day pop-culture. Overall the gameplay mechanics featured in Minecraft: Pocket Edition are no different than in other versions. You are taken into a procedurally generated 3D world made of voxels, observed from first-person perspective, and do what you please – from exploration in search for resources through fending off monsters to building more or less advanced constructions out of small cubic blocks. In terms of content, the Pocket Edition initially lagged behind the original Mineraft, but as it received new updates it grew and grew, and now even offers elements unavailable anywhere else. The main differences that remain are: the controls, adjusted to mobile devices, and visuals, which seem to be smoother and more colorful in this edition.
The Sims Mobile (iOS)
Simulation 07 March 2018
Another mobile installment in the life simulation game series by Electronic Arts. As per tradition, The Sims Mobile focuses on simulating and shaping the lives of your virtual characters. You can choose their appearance, personality, and life goals, from career paths to hobbies. During the game, the Sims' living quarters can be modified by choosing from a wide range of furniture, decorations and accessories, as the game progresses, you unlock additional activities and locations. A certain novelty is the ability to shape the history of whole families. When your character achieves their goals and retires, you can unlock new interests and career paths for next generations. Thus e.g. the grandfather's achievements can inspire his children or grandchildren to choose a similar career path.
The Sims 3 (iOS)
Simulation 02 June 2009
The third major installment in a life simulation game series, The Sims. The title was developed by The Sims Studio in cooperation with Maxis and Electronic Arts. As per usual, The Sims 3 lets you take control of a life of a virtual character from the cradle to the grave. Your job is to provide for the needs of your family of Sims when it comes to their social interactions, family matters, and career. The Sims 3 introduces two significant novelties to the game: lifetime wishes and a personality system that attributes 5 dominant character features to each Sim. As compared with previous installments in the franchise, the game’s 3D visuals were significantly improved.
Grand Theft Auto III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition (iOS)
Action 15 December 2011
Another installment in the controversial series of action games started in 1997. Grand Theft Auto III was developed by the authors of the original game, the DMA Design studio, this time under the wings of Rockstar. The third entry revolutionized the series by unleashing the players into an open, fully three-dimensional world brimming with virtual life. This was possible thanks to the RenderWare technology. The game takes place in Liberty City, a virtual adaptation of New York. The main protagonist is a young man named Claude who dreams about becoming the boss of the underworld and taking revenge on people who almost sent him to prison. The story of the game is non-linear and develops as the player completes dozens of assignments from various mafia bosses. A large arsenal of weapons can be useful in completing these tasks. The game also contains dozens of vehicles which – similarly as in the previous installments of the series – can be used with no limitations.
Assassin's Creed: Identity (iOS)
RPG 25 February 2016
A spin-off to the Ubisoft's bestselling franchise, developed exclusively for mobile platforms. In contrast to the full-fledged installments in the series, Identity is a combination of an action game and RPG, set in the Renaissance period in Italy. In the game you control your own Assassin, representing one of four character classes. Your job is to complete randomly generated missions divided into several types. In contrast to other mobile iterations of the series, Assassin’s Creed: Identity offers gameplay similar to the major installments. It is set in a carefully recreated Renaissance town, where the hero moves around using the iconic freerun techniques. The equipment plays an essential role, and a significant part of it can be created by the player using a simple crafting system. Additionally, the game features 2 separate control systems.
Arcade 29 August 2013
A sandbox platform game by indie studio Re-Logic, sometimes called the 2D version of the popular Minecraft. There is no set goal; your task is basically to shape the randomly-generated world around you. At first you only have a few basic tools, which allow you to dig and find resources, chop wood, and create simple structures. As the game progresses, due to the extensive crafting system, you discover better tools, allowing you to create advanced materials and to fight monsters. There are many possibilities in the game, and the only restriction is your own imagination. Terraria features a single player mode, but you can join forces with other players, thus gaining precious allies, who can help you with the more challenging tasks.
Simulation June 2018
A sandbox space simulator developed by a lone designer, Damiano Vitulli. The action of NovaVoyager is set in a distant future, when humanity colonizes new planetary systems. Starting out, we receive our first ship and then decide whether we want to pursue a career of a mercenary, a pirate, a pioneer, or a miner. We can also combine all of these to create our own path. The fun takes place in a galaxy that teems with life, recreated in 1:1 scale on the basis of genuine astronomical data. The universe is densely filled with space bases and colonies where there is a myriad of varied quests and business opportunities. The game is characterized by impressive realism of the behavior of our ship, which can be controlled from the cockpit or in the third-person perspective. The extensive controls system also allows for manipulation of numerous onboard systems.
Goat Simulator (iOS)
Arcade 17 September 2014
Goat Simulator is a humorous simulator that serves as a commercial extension of the joke game made by Swedish Coffee Stain (known primarily from the Sanctum series). The game lets you control a crazy goat named Pilgor which destroys everything in the virtual world. The goal is to cause as much damage as possible with the use of a wide range of absurd accessories, like rockets, explosives, etc. It was the developers’ ambition to create a big cliché parody, mocking low-budget simulators. Therefore, Goat Simulator features loads of purposely implemented humorous bugs. The editor gives you a chance to create your own levels and share them with others through the Internet. On the technical side, the game utilizes the power of Unreal Engine 3.
Gangstar New Orleans (iOS)
Action 30 March 2017
An open world action game developed by Gameloft. The new installment of the Gangstar series takes us to New Orleans, with a mission to take over the local underworld. Similarly to the previous installments, the game is built around the story mode, including various adrenaline-inducing missions, as well as optional side errands. The action is seen from a third person perspective, while our hero can travel on foot, or use one of the numerous cars found in the game. Gangstar: New Orleans introduces new elements to the character development system – as the game progresses, we unlock new weapons and abilities. We are also treated to a new feature – Turf Wars, enabling us to take over the districts controlled by rival gangs.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (iOS)
Action 17 December 2015
A spin-off to the iconic Grand Theft Auto series. The game was first developed for the PlayStation Portable handheld console. The story of Liberty City Stories takes place a few years before the events shown in GTA3, on the streets of the same metropolis. During the game player becomes Tony Cipriani who after coming to the city is caught up in the dirt of corruption, mafia wars, and drug traffic. The objective of the game is to work for the Leone mafia family, increase its influences and build up Tony’s reputation in the criminal underworld. The gameplay of GTA: Liberty City Stories employs the well-received mechanics of the series and offers an open world filled with story missions and side activities alike. As always in the series, there are many vehicles (including motorcycles, motorboats, trains and ferries) and weapons to use. However, due to the limitations of the PSP console, some things were slightly simplified.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (iOS)
Action 18 April 2014
An action adventure sequel to the 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man. Developed by Beenox Inc, a Canadian studio also responsible for such games featuring the Marvel’s superhero as Spider-Man 3: The Game, Spider-Man: Edge of Time and Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. The story in the game loosely translates the adventures from the movie directed by Marc Webb into a video game setting. Players, who assume the role of the titular Spider-Man, have to find the assassin who murdered Peter Parker’s uncle - Ben. During the game, the player has to face numerous comic-book villains, including Electro, Kingpin, Black Cat, Green Goblin, and more. The sandbox gameplay mechanics give the players the freedom to explore the virtual version of Manhattan while completing assigned tasks.
Bully: Scholarship Edition (iOS)
Action 08 December 2016
Also known by the title Canis Canem Edit, Bully is a controversial action game developed by Rockstar Games. Originally, it was released for PlayStation 2, it was soon followed by Scholarship Edition for the next generation of consoles and PCs. The story takes place at the fictional Bullworth Academy, which combines an elite education facility with re-socialization grounds for juvenile offenders. The player assumes the role of a teenager who is trying to survive in these unusual circumstances. The protagonist encounters both strict teachers and unfriendly peers. The game is played from the third-person perspective and the player completes different assignments requiring them both to make friends among the peers and play different pranks on the teaching staff. The protagonist can join a local gang as well, which is trying to maintain control over the area forcefully.
Craft the World: Pocket Edition (iOS)
Strategy 12 December 2014
An independent sandbox strategy game with both RPG and tower defense elements, inspired by such productions as Terrarria, Dwarf Fortress, and the iconic Dungeon Keeper. Craft the World has been developed by Dekovir Entertainment. In the game, players get to control a group of Dwarves tasked with erecting and defending a stronghold. In order to do this, they have to look for resources, construct diverse buildings, and (when necessary) fight the enemy factions. For their efforts, players earn experience points, with which they can acquire new team members. The game takes place across randomly generated worlds, each one featuring different conditions. The Dwarves use a wide range of weapons and armors players can create using the relatively simple crafting system. The game delivers high resolution and 2D old-school visuals, somewhat resembling the aforementioned Terraria.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (iOS)
Action 17 January 2010
A spin-off to the bestselling Grand Theft Auto series, at first developed for Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable handhelds and later converted to mobile devices as well. The story takes place in Liberty City, a place well known to the fans of the series. As Huang Lee, member of a Chinese criminal group, the player is trying to prove his worth, avenge the death of his father, and reclaim a valuable sword that for centuries was the symbol of his family’s power. The gameplay mechanics are similar to previous installments in the series, except for the missions being slightly shorter and the fact that the player can repeat failed actions. Other important changes include an auto-aim system, simplified driving mechanics, and the necessity of destroying police cars. A new interface and various mini-games were added to the game as well. The graphics of the game utilize cel-shading technology, combining the classic top-down view and isometric perspective.
Portal Knights (iOS)
RPG 06 December 2017
A third-person role-playing game that combines mechanics typical of the genre featuring elements of popular sandbox games like Minecraft, developed by Keen Games, the studio known for Sacred 3. The action of Portal Knights takes us to a fantasy world constructed with blocks, that consists of dozens of islands connected by magic portals. Centuries ago the world was torn to pieces, and players' task is to find a way to finally merge it. At the beginning of the game we create our character, choosing from three available professions, and head out to explore subsequent lands, where we complete dozens of quests and fight numerous enemies and bosses. Gameplay is enriched with an extensive crafting system, allowing us to collect various raw materials and use them to create a variety of items, and even entire buildings. The game features also a character progression system that, thanks to its extensive array of available skills and equipment, allows the characters to be customized to fit individual preferences of the players.
Adventure July 2018
A sandbox game developed by Morgondag, a Spanish studio. The player assumes the role of a lone astronaut who searches for a new home in the unwelcoming interplanetary space. At the core of the gameplay lies exploration of space, gathering new materials and technologies, and devising new parts for eight modifiable ships. The protagonist can also be developed — the experience points we gather while playing can be spent on enhancing skills from the extensive skill tree. The available specializations include exploration, technology, the ability to find and extract raw materials, and typical survival talents. The characteristic feature of RymdResa is its retro visual layer and the original soundtrack composed by Tom Croke and Pat Jacobs. It is also worth noting that the game world is generated procedurally so every playthrough not only offers a different space map but also unique challenges to tackle.
Disney Infinity 3.0 (iOS)
Arcade 28 August 2015
The third installment in a popular action-adventure game series for kids, set in an expansive universe of films and cartoons of The Walt Disney Company. As many as five game developers worked on this title: Avalanche Software, Ninja Theory, Sumo Digital, Studio Gobo, and United Front Games. In accordance with the tradition of the series, Disney Infinity 3.0 lets you synchronize collectible figurines with the game in order to unlock virtual characters. Upon doing so, you take part in various adventures in one of many Disney worlds. The third installment in the series introduces 5 new worlds coming from Star Wars, Marvel universe, and the animated picture Inside Out. Of course, there are also new heroes and an improved version of Toy Box with new multiplayer modes. Disney Infinity 3.0 retains the cartoonish artwork characteristic for the series. The game supports all figurines and power discs from previous editions.
Radiation City (iOS)
Action 24 August 2017
Radiation City for mobile devices is a post-apocalyptic First Person action game, which allows players to explore the vast open world comprising Pripyat and the area surrounding the town (including the territory of the atomic plant in Chernobyl). Gameplay features survival mechanics, thus apart from fighting mutants and soldiers, players have to gather resources and craft different items.
And oldschool sandbox space strategy game with simulation and role-playing elements by Cold Rice Games. You play as a spaceship captain, and your task is to manage it while exploring remote planets. You have to e.g. recruit your crew and appoint them to their respective positions, all the while managing the ship's equipment and finances. During the game you go through many adventures, participate in trade and establish diplomatic relations, as well as fight various enemies. Thanks to the combination of many genres, Interstellaria is a very expansive game, which also makes it very difficult. The production combines the oldschool visuals and audio layer with more modern elements (such as sandbox elements) and is a kind of tribute for classic productions of the 1980s and 1990s, absorbing mostly due to their complex and interesting gameplay.