In this article we’re going to cover all of the Freemium titles that didn’t make our review list due to time (lack of) and lots of previous review commitments (lots and lots). Some are rather good while some leave us wanting oh-so-much more.
Dead Trigger 6/10 (Fair)
MadFinger Games, the people behind Samurai Vengeance and SHADOWGUN, released yet another breathtaking game, Dead Trigger, earlier this summer. The graphics in Dead Trigger are arguably the best that we’ve seen for an action game and demonstrate the graphic prowess, of what the iPad can achieve. However, the issue with Dead Trigger is not that it’s heavy with IAP, it’s that it plays more as a tech demo than anything else. Did you play SHADOWGUN? Great visuals but the gameplay fell flat. Expect the same here…but even flatter with Dead Trigger.
Jurassic Park Builder 3/10 (Bad)
Jurassic Park Builder is visually impressive. However, everything else about Jurassic Park Builder amplifies what we hate about Freemium titles. There’s very little choice in individualizing your park because you can only purchase a dinosaur once. To top it off is the unbalanced missions that may have you take a day or so to complete and then you’ll find the next mission to be already done because it was one of your first missions. What the…? Yeah…Jurassic Park Builder manages to be one of the least creative Freemium titles to date with its recycled achieved missions. Jurassic Park Builder does the seemingly impossible: it makes the idea of bringing dinosaurs back to life boring.
Pocket Minions 1/10 (Atrocious)
While you have to cough up a buck to play Pocket Minions, it’s still a Freemium title that has you building up your castle. The odd thing is that it should be fun but there’s so many flaws that I found myself screaming more than anything else. There are too many rules to follow (needing toilets and boiler rooms for every other floor) that don’t allow you to freely customize your castle. Next, actually selecting something becomes an unfeasible task because the screen is littered and chaotic. I’ve never encountered such a high percentage of mis-taps in my life in fact it might have had more mis-taps than with every other iOS app combined. There’s more that I could rant about…but let’s just say that this game should have been left on the cutting room floor.
Fishing Superstar 7.5/10 (Good)
Gamevil once released solid non-Freemium titles but over the past year or so they’ve moved over to the Freemium side of things. With their latest fishing Sim, Fishing Superstar, they’ve made fishing a bit more fun than real life as well as including lots of upgrades and objectives. Although this one’s not great, we do recommend giving it a try if this is your bag.
Agent Dash 3/10 (Bad)
Wow…another Temple Run clone. Show of hands who’s shocked to see yet another clone trying to jump on this bandwagon. Agent Dash is the newest entry in this sub-genre and puts a spy twist on it this time (which is disappointingly underplayed). Everything from upgrades and other things normally found in any Temple Run clone are all present. Agent Dash however does change up the control scheme a bit from past similar games which is easily for the worse. If Temple Run used this terrible control scheme there would be no Temple Run sub-genre.
Happy Squirrels 5/10 (Mediocre)
Although Chillingo’s Happy Squirrels was recently released there’s not to much to say to warrant an independent review. In Happy Squirrels you’re building up your tree and supplying it with coffee shops, bookstores, to I really don’t feel like going on. So far it’s “fun” as building goes but I tried chopping down the tree to put this to an end with everything else. The objectives are all the except same that have you upgrade each store to its maximum level. That’s it. There’s also a couple of mini-games but somehow they manage to be even more dull than the actual game. On the positive side is that Happy Squirrels is really cute so if that’s the only thing that matters give it a shot…I bet it won’t stay on your iDevice more than a week.
That’s it for our first “Attack of the Freemiums”. We covered a little over a handful of titles that ranged from shooting, fishing, and of course building. So on this list which one do we recommend? Happy Street! Alright it’s not on this list but you can find the full review by visiting this link