Pixel People is the first mobile game of 2013 to truly sink its teeth into me and refuse to let go. The game combines casual town building and Doodle God-style element mixing into a surprisingly deep and endlessly compelling package of awesome. Pixel People’s light monetization hooks and great pixel art style put it over the edge and make it a must-download.
Far too few people have played the Fire Emblem series. A darling of the hardcore strategy RPG crowd - and one of the shining gems of the genre - the biggest hurdle the franchise has faced in terms of reaching a broader audience has largely been due to its niche nature and brutal difficulty. But with Fire Emblem Awakening, that velvet curtain has been pulled back, and the series has finally come into its own as something gamers of all proficiencies and backgrounds can enjoy. The folks at Intelligent Systems have created a remarkably accessible Fire Emblem experience, and they did it without sacrificing the intensity that FE loyalists hold near and dear. Boasting both the depth and nuance that tactical RPG fans crave and the ease-of-use and fluid tutorial system that newcomers require, Awakening is the ultimate portable strategy RPG, and the new crowning jewel of the Nintendo 3DS’s fledgling library.
We don’t know where the Hitman series sits on the list of famous Danish exports. Somewhere beneath Vikings, LEGO and pork products, probably. Less popular than Carlsberg but cooler than Lars Ulrich? That’s just a guess.
RUN, FODDER, RUN.
The pressure to create an entirely new version of Fieldrunners must have been unbearable. In the four years that have passed since Fieldrunners' release, the tower defense genre has evolved more swiftly than the space program during the Cold War. Anomaly: Warzone Earth reversed the concept. Orcs Must Die! dumped us in the thick of the rush. Games like Shad'O even tried to elevate the standard gameplay toward something approaching art. On paper, at least, Fieldrunners feels as dated as the first Legend of Zelda against all that innovation.
HEAVEN, HELL, AND THE BROTHERS IN BETWEEN.
Discard the whirlwind of swords and bullets. Ignore the howling demons. Hang up the trendy red coat. At the heart of the Devil May Cry series the conflict between Dante and Vergil has always been the coolest part of the show.