Social gamers are likely familiar with Kabam's Facebook game Kingdoms of Camelot. The slow-paced strategy game, akin to Evony, is tailored to a more hardcore gaming ilk, and suffice to say it has done well over the years. Now, the game is seeing a new iOS upgrade in the form of Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North. Building upon the already existing world, most of the play is more of the same (only on mobile) and enjoyable for those who are already familiar with the title. That said, it's not the most forgiving game in the world for newcomers.
- When thinking of GPS-oriented games, there isn't a whole lot that comes to mind. At most there's Foursquare, but despite its being enjoyable, it isn't really a game. A new iOS app by the name of CodeRunner is attempting to fill this void with a highly creative title that utilizes base iPhone functionality in a highly unique fashion. Making use of the environment around the player, this quasi-augmented reality application plants users into the world of governmental espionage. Still, despite its quality, it may not appeal to all players from a strictly convenience perspective.
- What can you say about the recent wave of new Facebook bingo games that hasn't been said yet? Well, up until today, you could say that top social game maker Zynga didn't have one. But with the launch of Zynga Bingo, such is no longer the case. With the behemoth now joining the fray, it brings a polished rendition of the increasingly popular game type, and with it, a handful of slightly more unique mechanics. That said, as polished as it is and regardless of its new inclusions, it is still, ultimately, just bingo.
- Facebook has seen its fair share of farming games over the past few years, but 6waves' latest title, Astro Garden, adds one more to the list. That said, it's actually one of the more impressive variations of the genre. Though it contains many of the standards players have come to relate to this simulation style, its premise and polish are far more interesting than its cohorts, with a good bit of creativity as well. Nevertheless, the core play is still fairly basic leaving the appeal of the game dependent on one's opinion of such sims in the first place.
- The text-based social RPG is old. That isn't to say the genre doesn't have merit or a fan base, but in a time when mobile games are becoming increasingly more creative, titles like iMob 2 just don't stand out. Not that the latest creation from Addmired is bad; it simply doesn't offer anything to entice newcomers to the genre. Still, it's solid from a play perspective, with only a few minor nuances, such as some balancing issues.
- Gyroscopically controlled games tend to be a bit hit-or-miss with most players, but a newer iOS game dubbed Youda Beaver is attempting to polish the genre up. Perhaps best described as a platforming game, the application from Youdagames tries to stylize itself with its perky disposition and curious characters. That said, the game's controls do feel annoyingly weak with no means to calibrate them, and though it can be gotten used to, the enjoyment factor will be strictly dependent on one's like of tilt-based control mechanisms in the first place.
- Brain teasing games are a difficult thing to balance sometimes when it comes to their appeal. Make them too hard and the player feels like an idiot. But if they're too easy, then there's just no point in playing. That considered, developer Total Eclipse has done an outstanding job with its new iOS release Clockwork Brain. Steering away from slippery slopes such as trivia, the game works more like an IQ test in that it tests functions of the brain such as analytical capabilities, special recognition, logic, and memory.
- Another business simulation game has come to Facebook with the pint-sized title of NooBees. A cute and cartoonish game centered around creating a thriving bee colony, it comes with many of the staples of the genre. But with each standard, it tries to introduce something newer and more interesting. Nevertheless, this new application is not without its growing pains. Much of the game is riddled with bugs of every shape and size.