The Year of the Apple: 2013 Games, Apps and Gadgets in Review

2013 IN GAMES AND APPS: THE HITS AND MISSES

appSIZED was a bit quiet this year in taking stock of the gaming scene. Nonetheless, these titles are worth looking at. Some are big names and some are quiet wonders:

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1) Tower Dwellers (Universal/$3.99) – While I am a huge fan of tower defense games, I am not a huge fan of Kingdom Rush, the game which Tower Dwellers is often compared to. Tower Dwellers boasts of a gorgeous art style and nice voice over narration which gives the game some humor. The similarities are there, but I like the interesting twist in Tower Dwellers where you build support towers (blacksmith, carpenter and mage) to boost your default defenders. Certain combinations produce new types of defenders, which is my favorite part of the game. The game is pretty hard to beat even on a normal curve, but what keeps me going is the thought and effort required to build certain types of defenders to defeat waves and waves of various enemies. There’s also a sandbox mode where you can practice.  One thing I love about this game is the micro-level management which lets you place your defenders along rally points to meet your enemies and adjust accordingly. (HIT)

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Sale Alert! Drawn: The Painted Tower is on Sale, Traffic Rush and Chop Chop Kicker are Free

Typhoon Pedring is wreaking havoc here in the Philippines so pardon the delay in posting news and reviews about games and apps to watch. Here are today’s picks:

The incredibly beautiful and almost magical puzzle adventure Drawn: The Painted Tower HD (Full) for the iPad is on sale at $3.99 for a limited time. If you missed the massive 99 cent Big Fish Games sale a few weeks back, then this is as good as it gets. Go get it, it’s definitely worth the price tag.

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A Donut Games’ classic, Traffic Rush (Universal) is FREE for a limited time. Play traffic policeman and tell cars when to stop and go, while avoiding collisions. Donut Games have a Monday freebie game special promo for the next couple of weeks so stay tuned for their other offers.

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Finally, Chop Chop Kicker (Universal) is also FREE for a limited time. This cute little action/platform game lets you draw rainbows, squiggles and other creative designs to keep your friend dinosaur in the air for as long as possible. Recommended for the entire family.

If I missed anything, feel free to add to the list in the comments section!