In the words of Will Smith, summer, summer, summertime, time to sit back and unwind. He failed to add that you could always unwind with a new mobile game, but that’s because those did not exist in … 1991? Man, we’re getting old.
But hey, at least we’ve been around long enough to remember the Sega games that the company is bringing to mobile. You’ll find them on our list of new stuff that’s caught our eye for this week, but we’re saving them for the end for reasons that you’ll learn when you get there.
Plenty of other interesting stuff until then, so let’s not wait any longer.
Blasting off to adventure in space with a main character who kinda, sorta looks like some other video game characters you may already know? We can dig it. Panthera Frontier promises all kinds of aliens you can meet and train as crew members, a wide variety of ships that can be customized with weapons and other spaceship stuff, a huge universe to explore and much more. We’re not super keen on the IAPs on top of a paid download, but we’ll reserve judgment until we’ve had some time to spend with the game. Then perhaps we’ll complain later. Can’t rule it out.
- App Store ($4.99)
The House of Da Vinci
If you’ve got a hankering for mixing history with your gaming, this might be your jam. The product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, The House of Da Vinci asks you to find out what happened to the actual Leonardo Da Vinci, other than providing the inspiration for the name of a certain Ninja Turtle. Travel back in time, solve puzzles, interact with Da Vinci’s workshop and even see through things. Now we call that x-ray vision, but who knows what it was called back then?
- App Store ($4.99)
Hopeless 3: Dark Hollow Earth
Hopeless 3 implies that there were two previous games in the same series, and that is indeed the case. Cute little Blobs are in trouble thanks to some really terrifying looking monsters, and only you can save them by taking a tiny cart with a pistol and upgrading both your means of transportation and your weapons. Look, we’ll be honest: we’re not sure conventional weapons would really stop some of these things. Those teeth! But it does look like it will be fun trying.
Considering that the term “wingman” has two semi-related but different meanings, you might reasonably expect that this game has something to do with flying air or space missions and assisting a colleague in fighting off enemies. You’d be wrong, though, because it’s actually about helping out in the romance department and making sure your friend doesn’t end up marrying someone he shouldn’t. Or that’s what it looks like to us. Because what are friends for, right?
- App Store ($1.99)
Tentacles: Enter the Mind
Not too many mobile games began their lives as Windows Phone exclusives (well, Windows exclusives, and back then there were still Windows Phones, so …) like this one did. It eventually made its way to iOS, and now its life cycle is complete as it finally arrives on Android too. You play as some kind of tentacled monster and actually roam the inside of a doctor’s psyche, destroying stuff that shouldn’t be there. So as amazing as it might be, the title actually tells you exactly what to expect.
- Google Play (free)
SEGA — we need to talk about SEGA
We promised we’d get back to SEGA and what it’s up to at the moment. Earlier this week, SEGA announced SEGA Forever, featuring completely free, ad-supported versions of classic games of yesteryear. An app serving you cool Genesis games for free? That sounds like a dream come true.
Alas, once you get into the fine print, SEGA Forever may not be quite as thrilling as gamers who have been around since the 8-bit era might assume. It’s not just one app but a series of standalone games that will be flooding onto the app stores at a rate of five every two weeks. Also, as other outlets have pointed out, these games aren’t even necessarily new to mobile, as you can see in the first batch that is live now.
Still, there’s no real downside to seeing these old games exposed to new audiences, and we’re hyped for Phantasy Star II if nothing else. Altered Beast … not so much, frankly.