Bruce Campbell’s Ash Williams has the final word in the first episode of Ash vs. Evil Dead, and it’s the one that summarizes the whole 40-minute experience: “Groovy.”
Decades ago, Campbell and his chin battled deadites in two different versions of Evil Dead, and an over-the-top trilogy-ender Army of Darkness. From there, Campbell and Ash parted ways — the actor going on to other B-movie heights, the character more or less remaining on ice (aside from a few comic book appearances here and there).
But the chanting from fans for Evil Dead 4 never ended, like curses hissed from the pages of the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis. (How there isn’t an actual San Diego Necronomic-Con event yet is beyond this writer’s understanding.) And while the lesson of the Ash vs. Evil Dead premiere boils down to something along the lines of “some books should stay closed,” the same lesson does not apply on a meta level. It turns out that the fans were right: Ash is needed — and good things come to those who wait. Read more…
Here’s a look at some additional games released this week.
Super Awesome Quest (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – Super Awesome Quest is a level-based adventure RPG from BoomZap Entertainment, which allows players to choose from two starting heroes (a paladin or valkyrie), and head into battle against dragons, the undead and more. In each battle, players are presented with a board filled with tiles, and can tap on a specific tile, or chain of titles, to activate their associated attack or action. As players clear tiles, additional tiles are revealed. Players will collect new loot for their hero over time, and can craft new gear as they collect excess items. Players will also collect pets as they progress, which deal extra damage during battle. Outside of single-player missions, Super Awesome Quest offers an arena for endless survival challenges.
Flown (Free on iOS) – From PlayMotive, Flown is a endless survival vertical flyer, challenging players to help their character fly as high as possible by tapping on the screen while tilting their device to avoid obstacles, as well as the columns closing in around them. Players collect coins as they fly through five game worlds, and can spend these coins on new characters, with 30 characters to collect at launch.
Shooting Stars! ($ 2.99 on iOS) – From Noodlecake Studios and developer Bloodirony, Shooting Stars is a hectic shooter asking players to destroy aliens masquerading as famous celebrities. The game offers two modes and roguelike elements, with levels generated each day. Players will challenge over 20 celebrity bosses, and can collect 50 ultimate weapons, which change the way the game unfolds. In addition to its daily generated levels, players can access Card Hunt mode and collect 16 different cards. Shooting Stars is coming soon to Android and the Amazon Appstore.
Kosmo (Free on iOS) – From Cherrypick Games, Kosmo is a vertical jumper, challenging players to help an alien creature make it back to outer space. Players tap on the left and right sides of the screen to move Kosmo as he jumps, and must avoid obstacles like mines, blimps and the cloudy environment. Gamers can collect coins as they fly, and use these to unlock additional playable characters.
Battle for Wall Street (Free on iOS, Android) – A Wall Street-themed life simulation game from Ronin Game Studios, Battle for Wall Street allows players to launch their own virtual trading firm, and incorporates real-time stock market data to challenge players with a realistic buying and selling experience. Gamers will need to hire and manage their traders to make money, and can train their workers via a match-three mini-game to eventually unlock the ability to trade more asset classes. Players must also keep their workers happy, or they’ll perform poorly and eventually quit. As players progress, they can hire additional traders, build new floors for their office and more.
Dynasty War (Free on iOS, Android) – From NGames, Dynasty War is a base-building combat game set in the Chinese Three Kingdoms Period. Players will construct a base using key resources, and can recruit soldiers as well as heroes to lead their army during battle. Gamers can complete single-player attacks against computer-controlled bases, or attack bases owned by other players. A second multiplayer mode, Warlord Tour, allows players to fight with gamers around the world, with each player assigned to a group based on their current combat power in order to compete for prizes.
Are You In Over Your Head? (Free on iOS) – A survival game from MiniGamr, the title is similar to PagodaWest Games’ Circle Frenzy, as players are challenged to tap on the screen to make their character jump and avoid obstacles while it automatically runs around a center circle. The game uses the device’s front-facing camera to place players’ heads inside this circle. Players can collect diamonds as they run, or will earn free diamonds in timed deliveries. These are used to purchase random prizes, which contain new gameplay themes and characters.
Yurei Ninja (Free on iOS, Android) – From Fish Crackers and BulkyPix, Yurei Ninja is a level-based action endless runner, challenging players to swipe to change lanes and avoid obstacles while also tapping to attack oncoming enemies. Players earn shuriken stars as they survive long distances, and gamers must earn enough shuriken stars on each stage to unlock the next level. Players will collect currency as they run, which can be spent on new costumes in the game’s store, as well as upgrades for the game’s power-ups, which include magnetic shields, speed boosts, points multipliers and more.
Pixels Defense (Free on Android, Amazon) – From Bandai Namco Entertainment America, Pixels Defense is a tower defense game based on the Sony Pictures Entertainment film, Pixels, which hits theaters on July 24, 2015. Levels are inspired by the film’s biggest moments, and challenge players to defend the world from aliens designed as classic video game characters, including Pac-Man, Frogger, Q*bert and many others. Each stage offers three difficulty levels. Pixels Defense is coming soon to iOS.
Tapparoo (Free on iOS, Android) – Tapparoo is a reflex-testing game, asking players to tap on Tapparoo the cat to progress through levels. The faster players tap on Tapparoo, the more points they’ll earn for the stage. Tapparoo moves faster in each stage, making the game more challenging. Players have five lives for each game, with one life lost for each missed tap, or for every ten seconds players wait to attempt to catch Tapparoo.
1010! World (Free on iOS) – From Gram Games, 1010! World is a level-based puzzle game, asking players to complete more than 100 levels by dragging a variety of shapes to the game board to create complete vertical or horizontal lines. Each level has a different goal, like earning a large number of points or collecting special symbols by including them in lines. As players create multiple lines in a single move, they’ll form power-up cubes, which may clear large groups of shapes from the screen. Players can spend premium currency on power-ups to complete tricky stages. SocialTimes Feed