$0.99

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.

Other articles of interest:

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.

Karateka Classic

image

Other articles of interest:

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

Other articles of interest:

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

BigFishGames

Other articles of interest:

Christmas Sale–Gameloft drops games to $0.99

Other articles of interest:

Recent Comments

  • How To Disable the Quicken Registration Prompt (18)
    • Susan Long: I have Quicken personal 2012 which I only use to enter and retrieve data. It suits my needs perfect. Now they have blocked my access and want me to re register. I don’t want to upgrade as it I am comfortable with this...
    • Stewart: I have been using Quicken 200 basic since it was introduced but I now have a new PC using windows 10 and can’t get rid of the registration prompt. I have tried the above control/shift trick but to no avail. Any ideas
    • Dave: Works for Quicken 2007 too. Thanks, Gina!
    • Charlie Fellenbaum: Yay, thanks, and that worked for Quicken 2006 as well.
    • Ken: This didn’t work for me. I have 2006. I installed on a new laptop. I must have registered before, don’t remember. I tried to register this time, but got an error message. I’d rather not registered, though. I use...
    • Neil Murphy: I discovered that early on. I’m using 2001.
  • Conditional Statements – IF .. ELSE IF in Katalon Studio (1)
    • Allyson: I used this : elementVisible=WebUI.verifyEle mentPresent… but it failed because “FAILED because (of) Unable to verify object ‘Object Repository/Homepage/b_vaolopho c’ is present (Root cause:...
  • Quasi Performance/Load Testing with Katalon Studio (1)
    • Anthony: I have done this with 100 plus machines at the same time and it worked well and provided some useful feedback.
  • A Try Catch example in Katalon Studio (3)
    • Venkatesh: Hi Don Pedro Can you share me sample project ….which consist of basic to advanced stuff…If your github or gitlab url aso present please share… As I am beginer to this I need to learn lot
    • Don Pedro: Hi Lucas. Thank you for the kind comments. I would be happy to help. Let me know how I could be of assistance.
    • Lucas: Thanks for sharing a lot of Katalon tips and tricks. The Katalon team highly appreciate your support and feedback. To make Katalon Studio better and be the best free automation solution for testing community, we wish to coordinate...
  • Securely storing passwords and login details with Set Encrypted Text in Katalon Studio (1)
    • Agus: Hi Don, Is there a way to set the encrypted text to be used in the ‘WebUI.authenticate̵ 7; method? Basically I am trying to encrypt the password that is passed to the ‘WebUI.authenticate̵ 7; method. Thank you.
  • Katalon Studio – Manual View – The start of a test script (2)
    • ben: Hello Don Great Website. Keep up the work. I learnt a lot. cheers Ben.
  • Another success with Katalon Studio (1)
    • Mahesh Joshi: Hi Don, I just started following your blog in regards to katalon. I want to introduce katalon studio at my work we do manual testing at work at the moment. What approach I should use for proof of concept with katalon for...
  • What went wrong with Crime City? (34)
    • G D: One thing I have noticed is the awkwardness of items and the attack points and how you can earn them. I was pretty pathetic with attack points and then I played that limited time boss and got weapons that had attack points in the...