Mobile gaming hasn't quite lived up to its potential mostly due to the race to the bottom mentality of freemium gaming. Instead of offering quality games for a one-time premium download price, many developers have chosen to offer free games packed with in-app purchases and boring timers. Gamers have began pushing back against titles filled with loot crates, and the pay-to-play trend plaguing the video game industry. While microtransactions will never go away, the recent controversy surrounding EA's Star Wars Battlefront II has made the industry reconsider how it launches video games.
App of the Week
Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia has released on the Apple App Store to coincide with the launch of Dissidia Final Fantasy NT on the PlayStation 4. Opera Omnia features an all new story players can complete while teaming up with heroes and villains from the Final Fantasy universe.
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After a not so great stab on the NES, Jason Voorhees has become quite the video game star in the last couple of years. The masked madman made his triumphed video game return in Friday the 13th: The Game for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One last year, and now he's back, but this time on the Apple App Store. From the makers Slayaway Camp comes Friday the 13th Killer Puzzle -- another swiping game where you take on the role of the iconic Camp Crystal Lake killer.
It's Full of Sparks from Noodlecake and Dabadu Games is a cute puzzle, platformer where you play as different sentient firecrackers who are on a journey to find the meaning of life while trying to avoid exploding. The firecrackers must fling themselves into water to survive so they can find The Old One, a mythical firecracker who has managed to keep his fuse unlit.
You control your firecracker by running left or right into pools of water. After a few easy rounds the game introduces different color barriers that you must pass without the ability to jump. To advance through each level you must strap-on colored glasses that make all like-colored barriers disappear. The glasses also make helpful objects that you need, such as bridges, vanish. This forces you to quickly switch barriers on and off so you can reach the water before you explode.
The App Store is suffering from a bit of a holiday hangover, meaning that quality new releases are at a minimum this week. However, there were a lot of news worthy releases right before the annual holiday shutdown of iTunes Connect in December. Most of the games were ports of quality PC and console titles, like Fez and Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, with the biggest probably being Sid Meier's Civilization VI.