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Block Fortress for iPad – Tower Defense mixed with Minecraft

Today, it was time to take a spin around Block Fortress, the combination of Minecraft and Tower Defense. I like Minecraft and building things, plus I like tower defense games. Since I’m not good at either of them a combination of the two seems right up my alley.

At first, Block Fortress seems incredibly simple, build a fortress using blocks and guns and defend it. You can build walls, towers, put up bait blocks and create whatever type of block defense system you like. Then you can add some machine guns, plasma guns, laser guns and all sorts of cool stuff. And once your defense is in the place, the second part of the game begins and it turns into a first person shooter with you blasting away at the hordes as they come to knock your playhouse down.

The concept is exceptionally cool and it’s very good fun to build your hideout to keep the enemy at bay. But when the enemy invades, things start to escalate pretty quickly. Here comes the onslaught and the sound of the machine guns fills the air. You have to mow the little devils down before they smash your power source and steal your resources. You have to take aim before they break through your walls or swarm you and take away all your health points. It can be a frantic few minutes let me assure you of that.

Then when the dust settles it’s time to rebuild, fortify and try again.

And what makes this interesting are the additional elements you have to contend with. Like Minecraft you have to get resources. Without them you can’t build walls. You need to make sure everything is powered or the guns won’t fire. As a player, you take damage and need to resupply your health by eating, which means you need to plant and tend to a farm.

And if that weren’t enough there is the element of night time. You have to be able to see the enemy in order to shoot him, which means you need lights and floodlights so your guns can track targets. If you don’t plan carefully, you’ll be fighting blind.

It’s quite an exciting mix and each wave brings new, more powerful characters. At first, the attackers can only smack at the walls. But then they get organized an a General gives them better strategy and more defense. Then comes attackers than can climb walls. And then attackers than can launch over walls. But then you counter with mortars, lasers, armor plating, bigger lights, better power plants, better building materials, heavier guns, faster guns.

Block Fortress is very well done and while still in the early stages, there is a lot to like about this game. The controls can be a little awkward, especially in the heat of battle. You’re pretty much thrown onto an island and expected to defend it without any sort of tutorial or explanation of the weapons. And there is no real sense of which weapons are the right ones to choose. Basically, the first few games are complete trial and error.

I have no doubt the updates will streamline and smooth out the edges. Overall this is a lot of fun and you can spend a lot of time playing your defense just right and spend some nail biting minutes wondering if you did it right.

For a mere $0.99, it’s hard to say no to this game. If you’re looking for a twist on Tower Defense or Minecraft I highly recommend you grab a copy.

And here are some gameplay videos that show off multiple levels and what it’s like to play Block Fortress at night.

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Karateka Classic for the iPad

After the success of Karateka (despite the issues I had with it) the Karateka Classic version hits the App Store. According to the article by Touch Arcade this is a direct port of the original code using an Apple IIGS Emulator. That means it’s the same game we all know and played and died in.

This was one of the first games I played for old Apple II and in monochrome color no less. I died many times over because I was in the wrong stance at the wrong time. And curse that damn bird! And I battled all this way to have the damsel in distress kick my ass because she thought I was one of the guards? Harsh lady, harsh.

But anyway, the original is back and it’s only 99 cents. This should make for some pretty good game play, even if you can get it done in just one life.

A side-scrolling karate classic from 1984! The first game by the creator of Prince of Persia, Karateka arrives on iOS with all the challenge and charm of the original Apple II experience. Fight as the lone hero to save the princess from the evil warlord Akuma. His relentless guards and pesky hawk will challenge your skill whether you remember the original, have played the remake, or are experiencing Karateka for the first time.

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MUMBOJUMBO GAMES ONLY $0.99

devil*** ALL MUMBOJUMBO GAMES ONLY $0.99 FOR A LIMITED TIME ***

Down by the deep and muddy Mississippi, something’s not right. A ghostly riverboat brings to light a new conspiracy for players to unravel in this all-new Midnight Mystery.

Mark Twain’s ghost has come to you seeking help from an evil that has been stalking him in the afterlife. Trace the steps in Twain’s past that led to a lifetime of anguish. Twain’s passion for literary history reignites a controversial debate about the true identity of Shakespeare; the age-old question resurrects a series of malevolent characters. After waking an unexpected evil, Twain sets about to rid his time of the darkness, but the plot only thickens. With Twain’s help, you have to unravel the connections to try and set history straight while dangerous forces loom.

Who wrote the works of Shakespeare? And just how did Mark Twain get caught up in a strange Elizabethan rivalry all those years later? Find out in this Midnight Mystery!

Midnight Mysteries: Devil on the Mississippi

 

salemA storm is brewing in Salem!!! Can you solve this Midnight Mystery?
Explore 10 adventurous missions in stunning HD in this intriguing hidden-object adventure game. The famed writer Nathaniel Hawthorne has died during a freak snow storm, and his ghost has come to you, asking for help. There’s more to this case than first appears, and only you can help free his spirit.
Optimized for the iPad, Salem Witch Trials features a cool zoom element that allows you to get up close with each setting. Travel back and forth in time from the scene of the author’s demise to the 17th century, where a town is going mad with rumors of witchcraft and a woman is facing accusations and the gallows. Explore the spooky terrain and structures of Salem village inside and out, interview ghosts, solve brain-teasing puzzles and collect hidden objects.
Search for collectible clovers in each scene to unlock unlimited hidden object mode! Scour scenes for ravens to use as hints along the way. Or, use your lantern to figure out the shape of the object you’re searching for.
Unravel the secrets of Salem’s accused witches and solve the mysterious death of Hawthorne in this Midnight Mystery!

 

Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials

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BigFishGames–iPad/iPhone games on sale for $0.99

BigFishGames is having their own sale. They’ve put all their games on sale for $0.99.

Check out their site for all games and information:

BigFishGames on Sale at iTunes

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Christmas Sale–Gameloft drops games to $0.99

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