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App Wrap Up (Midweek Edition, 1st August 2012)

By , on August 1, 2012

Well we're in the last month of winter (or summer if you like across hemispheres), and then the big releases start happening in the console and PC space. We're sure to see some heavy hitters in the App Store as well but for now here's another App Wrap Up to tide you over with some games that may be worth a play based on their trailers. Let's take a look!

Neon Run 21 (Neon Games LLC)



I don't gamble much, but when i do, Blackjack or 21 is my game of choice. This is a puzzle game based around the card game, but it really doesn't seem like too much of a puzzle; you're just playing multiple hands at the same time and need to make each one count by the cards you get. If the cards are set up in a way to have a definitive solution each round, this could be fun, but if there's a random element, i foresee things being frustrating.
[App Store Link]

Reiner Knizia's Mosaic (Aidem Media)



We reviewed Pipes by the same developer a while back (and it turns out there are many games of his set in the same universe). The trailer doesn't really show how the game works except for a little footage at the end, but it looks like a logic puzzle of some variety using coloured gems. Pipes was an addictive take on the old Pipe Dreams concept, so at least from our point of view, there's a track record of interesting ideas at play here.
[App Store Link]

Susatsu: Number Murder (New Clear Games)



Sudoku is another favourite game of mine (really just logic puzzles in general... but especially ones that are easy to play if you have a few minutes spare). This adds narrative and tension to Sudoku by not only blocking off the scene of a number murder, solving the puzzle will net you clues and also keep your distance from the killer who is slowly stalking you. A fresh take on a popular puzzle.
[App Store Link]

Jump Out! (Avallon Alliance LTD)



Help the bugs reach the exit. They attach themselves to things. There are lots of hazards. Another cute and colorful action puzzle game.
[App Store Link]

Jellyflug (Troll inc Ltd)



A microspocic adventure that has a quite striking art style. With bosses to fight and puzzles to solve, this could be quite the fun platformer. Plus the name is really weird.
[App Store Link]

Diskobolos ( Conquering Bytes OG)



Striking music and visuals, and a take on Bust a Move's gameplay that looks to favour chaining together for big multipliers. Throw in perks, missions, and achievements, and this one looks like a blast.
[App Store Link]

Marbles in Wanderland! (timespacemagic LLP)



We end this update on an amusing note. Upon viewing this trailer i was ready to write it off, but there's something about the presentation that amused me enough to place it here. The gameplay doesn't look that enjoyable, but with dancing hills, bunny terrorists, and cyclops kitty, the game should at least get a chuckle from people.
[App Store Link]

And that's it for another installment. If you've tried any of these games or decide to try em, tell us what you think in the comments. Till next time folks!


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NeonGames_Kevin 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for featuring Neon Run21 in your midweek app wrap.  As a new startup, getting exposure is difficult and we appreciate you taking time to feature lesser knowngames.
To answer Dave’s questions: The game uses a random number generator, but has two main mechanics to assist the player from losing due to a “bad shuffle.”  Also the starting cards in each of the four rows are always the Ace of clubs, and three cards of unique score to allow for more ways to make 11/21 in the beginning.
The first is the joker mechanic.  Jokers make any row worth 21, and are shuffled into the top portion of the deck both at the beginning of the round, and after any bust.  This prevents a spiral effect of busting all four hands in-a-row.  Finally we bring back the “5-card-charlie” mechanic back to the game of blackjack.  Any row that has 5 cards not exceeding 21 clears the same way a 21 or natural 21 does.
As a statistician who has studied the odds and expected values of many casino games I wanted to create something that favored the player over the casino, but required skill to successfully conquer.  The ten levels of the game have a slow enough ramp up to not frusturate players who aren’t familiar with blackjack, but still offer a strong challenge for sharp card counters.
 
Thanks!
Kevin King - kevin@neongames.us
Neon Run21 Game Director – http://neongames.us/run21

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dave 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for the clarification Kevin. It sounds that these failsafes make things fair while still keeping the excitement of a random element intact. Great to hear :)

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dave 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for the kind words.
The reason for this column was an increasing influx of game submissions, and not enough time to review them all, so at least we can highlight some lesser known games that look interesting (and if we have the time, we then have a list of games to possibly review).
I definitely agree that sometimes it's more fun looking for new and interesting games than finding and playing them, so i guess this helps there too :)

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rojomayne 2 years, 2 months ago

I am really enjoying this segment. I, mysef, am an avid app store hunter, and sometimes I find myself enjoying the hunt more so than the kill. I love to research and find interesting games. Appspy is my #1 go to game reviewer because of the thorough, clever and "hands on" game reviews. Most reviewers now just hook it up to the computer, and play a 15 minute walk-through where they aren't even touching the iphone or ipad with their own hands. How is that gamelplay on a touch device!? Lol. Sorry about that. I like this segment because it showcases the non-mainstream blockbuster games that you have to review. It's a great supplement. Keep it up guys!
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