Top 3 iOS games June 2013
June was quite a month for iOS gamers. Not only did we get some quality App Store exclusives and anticipated sequel, we also got ports of some top class console and PC titles. Let's see which of them made into AppSpy's top three, shall we?
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Bioware, Aspyr) $6.99 iPad-only
First up, here's a port of game which originally appeared a long time ago, on a console far, far too big. Yes, classic Xbox RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic landed on iPad last month.
Though it may be 10 years old, the game's intuitive combat systems, expansive environments, and rich narrative still give most modern RPGs a run for their money. It's a little pricey, but considering the hours of quality content on offer, we reckon this tale of Jedi Knights and Sith Lords is a must for mobile RPG fans.
Kingdom Rush: Frontiers (Ironhide) iPhone $2.99, iPad $4.99
If role-playing isn't your bag, then how about a little tower defence? As big fans of the original Kingdom Rush, we had our finger crossed that the next chapter, Kingdom Rush: Frontiers, would live up to our expectations.
Thankfully, while it doesn't take the franchise in any particularly new directions, this sequel is a blast. All the tactical challenge, humour, and charm that made the first Kingdom Rush so compulsive is back in spades. You also get new, characters, bosses, and turret types to play with. Tower defence diehards won't be disappointed.
Editor's Pick: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2K China) Universal $19.99
However, our pick of month has to be XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The fact that 2K China has been able to cram almost the entire XCOM console game into a 3GB app that works on both iPhone and iPad is nothing short of incredible.
While there have been some compromises (some lower res textures, fewer multiplayer maps and so on) this award-winning turn-based strategy title fits brilliantly onto touchscreen devices.
Though some folk might be put off by the price tag, remember that you're getting a recently released current-gen console game for $19.99, a lot less than the $40 dollars most retailers are asking for the console versions. As far as we're concerned, it's fantastic game, and worth every penny.
If none of those games tickled your fancy, then you could always try Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage, a cute and humourous physics puzzler in which you must free vikings by chopping up blocks of ice with your finger.
If you're still craving more turn-based strategy, then Warhammer Quest does a fantastic job of bringing the Games Workshop tabletop classic to life.
For the creatives among you, Bridgy Jones's clever bridge-building mechanic will test your engineering skills to their limits, and entertain you in the process.
Or, if you're in the mood for a little precision platforming, League of Evil 3 delivers another batch of ingenious, but brutally challenging levels which should have fans of the series cursing their iPhones one minute, and fist-pumping the air the next.