Super Street Fighter IV [Japan Import]

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Build new equipment on the fly without having to worry about wasting time. Everything, from the cartoon-y style to the mechanics and even the storyline itself has been designed with casual iOS gamers in mind, and for that reason, it’ll always be a personal favourite of mine. (And it’s even better with an MFi controller, by the way.) Lewis PainterRoad trip! Only the roads on the way to the safety of Canada (from your native Florida) are packed with the undead. Eek! Your aim is to not get eaten, which isn’t easy. It turns out Death Road to Canada is aptly named. The game is a mix of arcade fare and multiple-choice decision-making akin to a Choose Your Own Adventure book. The top-down arcade parts involve your little gang looting buildings and fending off the undead with whatever comes to hand, or timed ‘sieges’ – claustrophobic affairs that prove tense and terrifying, despite the blocky, cartoonish graphics. The more adventure-oriented bits mix snippets of story with multiple-choice decision-making, both of which can hugely affect your ongoing quest. There’s a lot of randomness – sudden deaths are commonplace – but also plenty of knockabout humour.

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This is more oddball 1980s videogame than The Walking Dead: a place where zombies co-exist with dogs that can talk and make Molotov cocktails, and where you should never trust a supposedly injured moose. Buy it. Play it. (It’s improved by an MFi controller.) But don’t imagine you’ll be seeing Canada any time soon. Craig GrannellYou’re the administrator of a little hamlet which is beset on all sides by evil creatures, and resolve to send various fantasy archetypes (wizards, thieves, barbarian warriors and so on) into the villain-riddled swamps, forests and mountains nearby to sort things out. Each time one of your disposable heroes goes on a quest, a dungeon is randomly generated (within certain parameters and themes defined by the quest or general area you’ve selected), and it’s up to you to work out the best way of coping.

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I say that the game is turn-based, but really it’s completely static; monsters only hurt your character in response to your own attacks and the game offers a statistical prediction of how your and their health bar will look if you choose to engage in another round of blows. Magic, on the other hand, leaves you completely unscathed, but chips away at your mana bar. And both health and mana can be recharged only by exploring new areas of the map, going up in level or burning through your limited supply of potions. All of which means that Desktop Dungeons is almost chess-like, and more of a puzzle than an RPG in a lot of respects – the trick is to work out which monsters to attack in which order, so as to gain enough experience, collect enough equipment and conserve enough health and mana to be able to take on the boss at the end. There is indeed an actual – and brutally difficult – puzzle mode, in which a range of pre-prepared scenarios must be navigated in precisely the right way. As threats are neutralised and loot piles up, you’ll be able to build or upgrade new facilities and thereby unlock new character types, equipment and monsters, all of which has an appeal of its own; and the writing is consistently witty. But it’s the slow-paced, deceptively brain-bruising dungeon crawling which gives Desktop Dungeons its unique charm. David PriceThey adopt the trappings of the fantasy RPG, but the Infinity Blade games aren’t free-roaming and there’s very little exploration.

Yet that isn’t a criticism. The genius of the series is that it captures and distills the essence of roleplaying games into something almost existential: an infinite loop of death and rebirth, fighting, learning, looting and starting all over again. All three Infinity Blade games offer breathtaking graphics – the backdrops are works of art – but Infinity Blade 3 is unsurprisingly the best of the bunch, and given how little previous games have dropped in price, it’s definitely the one to start with. The Infinity Blade games are essentially a series of epic swashbuckling one-on-one battles with giant monsters, carefully packaged to suit gaming on the go. You tap to attack, swipe to parry, gesture to cast magic spells and so on. In the end you’ll die, but that’s okay: there’s always another go. David PriceOpting to recreate the entire Dungeons Dragons fantasy roleplaying experience rather than just the glamorous bits, KoP P pulls the camera back to reveal the dork squad sitting there with their 12-sided dice and cans of Vimto, directing the heroic actions playing out on the imaginary stage in front of them. So you control the mages, assassins and barbarians accomplishing heroic feats, but also the pizza delivery boys, school bullies and little sisters playing as them. Legend of Grimrock, a sort of modern remake of Eye Of The Beholder (or, going further back, a game I’m not familiar with called Dungeon Master), is a fantasy dungeon crawler, meaning that it takes place amongst the neatly right-angular grid of an underground catacomb.

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As in EOTB, the action takes place in the first person: you see through the eyes of your four-character party (made up of wizards, fighters and thieves, with the nicely weird option of having them be giant insects or minotaurs as well as humans), and tap big chunky buttons to make them walk forward or back one tile at a time, turn, swing swords and axes, shoot bows and cast spells. The graphics are quite lovely (although true again to EOTB in the walls of each section of dungeon being crafted from three or four identikit tiles, adding to the sense of exploratory confusion – particularly if you select the harder mode in which no automap is created) and the movement and combat are fast, smooth and frantic.

It’s pretty tough, too, with some truly mind-bending puzzles and plenty of monsters who can wipe you out in a few swipes, and more than long enough to justify the price tag. David PriceThe second-best SNES action RPG from the golden age of SNES action RPGs (behind Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past, of course, which isn’t available on iOS), Secret of Mana has an enormous amount to recommend it: depth, humour, a great soundtrack, a lightly engrossing story, lovely old-school graphics and cute characters you’ll fall in love with. In many respects, in fact, Mana surpassed its Zelda rival, offering far more of everything: more weapons (64!), more spells (41!), more enemies, more dungeons to explore, even more characters: you alternate at will between direct control of three, with the (customisable but often ropey) AI dictating what the others get up to in the meantime. It could be argued that today’s sprawling RPGs owe more of a debt to Mana’s poignancy and messiness than to the unmatchable elegance of Zelda. SoM was released in 1993, however, so don’t expect the luxuries of modern RPGs: there’s no character customisation, for instance, and the interface is occasionally a bit clunky.

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But this is par for the course for retro gamers. No, the only real problem is the iOS port’s use of a touchscreen joypad and buttons, which we always find a trial; so we would recommend hooking up an MFi controller and increasing the transparency on those onscreen elements so they don’t spoil the view. David PriceAn old-school RPG very much in the vein of Eye Of The Beholder, Undercroft harks back to a simpler time when men were men and roleplaying games were turn-based. Hasn’t been updated in a couple of years – how we’d love the excuse to dig out our old party – but its low-fi charms remain undiminished.

David PriceIt’s in some ways a stretch to call this mash-up of two arcade classics a shooter. This mix of Breakout follow-up Arkanoid and seminal single-screen shoot ’em up Space Invaders has plenty of projectiles, but most are initially sent your way from chunky pixellated alien craft. Rather than arm you with a weapon of your own, your planet’s high command has seen fit to have you pilot a massive bat, the Vaus, used to bounce bullets back at those who sent them. Perhaps it cuts down on the bills. Early on, the game’s sedate – even dull – with you deflecting bullets, aiming to blow up the odd alien or brick. But a couple of dozen levels in, Arkanoid vs Space Invaders properly clicks.

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Tight time limits combined with level targets (offing a certain number of invaders) make for an increasingly tense and tough challenge. New strategies need to be formed, and power-ups (which arrive by way of cameos from much-loved Taito games) must be carefully considered.

The end result’s a gloriously high-octane arcade thrill – at least if you stick with it past those duff early levels. Craig GrannellThis twin-stick roguelike shooter is very expensive by App Store standards, and really requires an MFi controller for the optimum gaming experience, but with those caveats aside it is utterly fantastic.

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The storyline is confusing and upsetting in equal parts, but essentially you are controlling a small child roaming through a series of bleak (and randomly generated) dungeons and caves, fighting hideously mutated versions of himself while becoming hideous and mutated in his own right. (Power-ups are signified by wounds, pustules, safety pins through your head etc.) The left joystick controls movement; the right one controls the direction of your attacks; and if you die then that’s it, because there’s no saving. It’s very difficult, and there are tons of unlockable characters and items to discover, so despite each

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