iOS And Android Games Of The Week: December 21, 2012
A classic RPG makes a welcome comeback, while Korea goes up in flames.
It's been a great week for iOS and Android, with a variety of puzzle, action, adventure and strategy games for players of all ages. That made today's picks difficult, but eventually, we had to give credit to an old school RPG favorite and a tower defense title that, like its predecessor, views things from a different perspective.
iOS: Final Fantasy IV
We had no concerns with Square Enix's ability to bring the Final Fantasy IV DS remake to iPhone and iPad, largely because the company did such a phenomenal job doing the exact same thing with Final Fantasy III. The final product is, as expected, superb. The memorable plot starring dark knight Cecil is intact and complimented by impressive voice acting and cut scenes. The outstanding 3D visuals received a resolution boost for iOS devices, the music is wonderful and the Active Time Battle system (the first Final Fantasy game to utilize it) makes squashing monsters entertaining. Charging $15.99 is a bit steep, but if you're a longtime fan or just looking for a triple A title, Final Fantasy IV comes highly recommended.
Android: Anomaly Korea
11 Bit Studios scored a direct hit with its imaginative tower defense effort, Anomaly: Warzone Earth, a game that flips the script by casting the player as forces on the move; in this case, a convoy attempting to escape hostile aliens. With the spirited follow-up, the developers didn't change much, which is perfectly fine, since we thoroughly enjoy planning routes via tactical map and then setting vehicles in motion, blasting alien towers and making use of special boosts that increase firepower, offer necessary repairs and call in E.T. busting air strikes. It'll take several hours to master the game's 12 missions, and when you're done, prepare for the Art of War, bonus levels that'll really put your skills to the test.