It has been a very long while indeed since we had Pocket Tactics Games of the Month. Picking favourite games from arbitrary calendar periods is always a bit contentious but when Neumann briefly converted to TimeCubism over the summer we couldn’t even agree on the definition of “month”, much less decide what the good games from one were.
Anyway. Things have calmed down enough that we can resume regular service on Games of the Month. Let’s see what the PT writers’ dungeon thinks of the games from the last lunar cycle (or so).
Now that 2015 has started to resolve in the viewfinder of the Prognosti-Scope at the Pocket Tactics Haruspex School and Off-Track Betting Emporium high atop Mount Hexmap, we can finally reveal our most keenly-awaited games of 2015. And let me tell you — this is one hot list.
Our 2014 list didn’t do so well — of our 8 picks, only 2 managed to come out on mobile, with a third out on PC and waiting in the wings for iPad. This year will be entirely different — we’ve taken on a highly reputable mystic as a contractor and he’s vetted all of the following choices, which are guaranteed to ship this year. Yessir.
After the jump, the seven games that we here at PT are looking forward to the most in 2015.
But did take the form of an omnipotent mountain floating in outer space? Did you become a hacker exposing false flag operations in a Russian puppet state? Or become a global superpower by selectively breeding an army of cats?
No? Then buckle up, compadre — let me show you the very weirdest stuff of the year.
So you’ve exchanged all of this year’s presents and now you’re sitting on the couch in a new Jeffrey Lebowski-brand bathrobe (“Ties every room together”) and sipping some of that odd third-wave Aussie espresso (only its colour suggests that it isn’t hot lemonade) that your uncle brought from Whole Foods. You’ve got a brand-new iPad in your lap with a cavernously empty SSD just waiting to be filled in with games. But which games? you ask yourself, gesticulating dangerously with the espresso cup.
But what if you played all of that stuff already? What if you want to christen this new tablet with something a little more obscure? Just as we had last year, here’s a list of games that didn’t grab many headlines this year but that are well worth a shot: the Underdogs of 2014.
FNG Alex picks a game we hadn’t even covered before. That kid’s got moxie.
The summer — horrible, horrible summer — is finally over. The fickle sun now favours that mysterious other hemisphere and won’t throw its awful unblinking glare onto your iPad screens any longer. Put away your parasols and desert canteens. The outdoors are safe for gaming again.
What games did the PT druid circle choose as their favourites of the summer’s twilight? After the jump, Jacob, Clancy, Kelsey, Owen, and FNG Alex tell you all about their picks.
Once a month, the PT staff gather around the Official Pocket Tactics Ouija Board and Comcast Customer Service Help Line and (after making the traditional offerings of ASL chits and Vimto) commune with the animistic spirits of the App Store to divine their favourite games of that lunar cycle. This past August, the rituals were particularly draining: not only were there a slew of important releases to choose from, but the App Store spirits kept erroneously rejecting our submission.
After the jump, Pocket Tactics‘ favourite games of August.
Now it may look like we totally forgot about June in our monthly Games of the Month roundup, but taking advice from the Pocket Tactics Accounting Department and Theoretical Agricola Scoring Institute high atop Mount Hexmap, we temporarily relocated PT HQ to a dimension where June does not exist. For tax purposes, you understand.
After the break, Kelsey, Tierney, Neumann, and Owen weigh in on their favorite games from July.
As we approach the half-way mark of 2014, the PT staff took some time this week to contemplate the year’s releases. Just as with last year’s mid-year list, these picks aren’t as thoroughly agonised over and discussed as our end-of-year awards — just a from-the-hip roundup of the games that have made the biggest impression on us so far.