Review: Fun Fast Five Reviews (2015-01-02)

Number 5: Storm the Castle

Storm the Castle

Storm the Castle

A strange rapid fire game similar to Risk where you have to occupy all the castles on the screen by moving your men quickly between castles.  There are some environmentals to get in the way and the pace can get to be almost frantic.  Powerups can be freely earned in the game or purchased as IAP.

The super fast play is addictive but the game can get frustrating at times.  Being able to group soldiers together from different castles really adds to the game.

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Google Play | Free + IAP | By Playtime

Number 4: Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone

Hearthstone

Take 2 parts Magic the Gathering and 1 part World of Warcraft and wrap it up into a nice Blizzard-produced package and you have Hearthstone.

While easy at first, the game ramps up quickly and you will find yourself challenged; just be patient.   It is really the same game as the PC version, too.  Just remember you’ll probably need some good hardware to run it smoothly and honestly the game is a battery hog.

But it’s so polished, you’ll forget most of that. 🙂

Finally, the IAP might get in the way if you lose a lot or end up playing it for a long period of time.

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Google Play | Free + IAP | By Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Number 3: Retro Grid

Retro Grid

Retro Grid

This is an old school shooter both in play and with graphics.  While there is no controller support (I hate constant fire finger shooters) the game is so much fun you’ll want to play it anyway.

Shoot down tons of bad guys – all in chunky pixel shapes you’ll remember; from Space Invaders to TIE fighters.  Polished, fun and addictive.

There is a cap on playing the second ship – you have to rate the game apparently.  I just used the first ship and blasted the time away.

For totally free?  Hard to go wrong.

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Google Play | Free | By OsmanElbeyi

Number 2: Inferno 2

Inferno 2

Inferno 2

A near perfect game; a beautifully polished and honed sequel of Inferno+, Inferno 2 is what would come from a mating of Geometry Wars and Gauntlet.

Play through 80 levels of neon glowing action.  Shields, drones, four types of weapons, four types of super missiles along with tons of passive powerups make this one of the most fun shoot-em-ups on Android.

Everything you loved about Inferno+ is here and the things you hated (like lack of controller support) about Inferno+ are gone.  The hidden walls are back – along with new walls that require missiles to blast through.

Great graphics and a thumping soundtrack round off this amazingly fun game.  It isn’t free – and that doesn’t matter; it is worth every penny.

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Google Play | $2.99| By Radiangames

Number 1: Game of Thrones (Telltale Games)

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Set more in the WORLD of Game of Thrones rather than set in the TV show, Game of Thrones from Telltale Games is another fine example “digital interactive storytelling”.

While you won’t play known characters from the TV show, you’ll eventually interact with them using background characters from the show’s rich backdrop.

The Telltale formula is in place; Quick Time Event gestures during action sequences, wander-and-explore and of course the signature “choose your own adventure” decision gates you’ll come to where hard decisions will have to be made.

I enjoyed the first Episode very much (only one episode is available at the time of writing), if you’re a big Walking Dead fan, you may feel the “formula” is a little out of balance.  There are more QTEs in this game, a smaller number of wander areas and while there are choices to be made – they are not nearly as drastic or story-changing as with Walking Dead.  You’ll want to make several play passes through the episode to see what I mean.

Still, it’s TellTale and that’s almost assured quality.  Plus, it is Game of Thrones – bit characters or not.  Finally, you get to talk to the show’s epic little actor, Tyrion – which is almost worth $5 admission alone.

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Google Play | $4.99 First Eps; $20 for Last Four | By Telltale Games

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