Category Archives: Opinion

AppUnwrapper’s Favorite iOS Games of 2016

This is only the second year I'm listing my Games of the Year, and 2016 was an incredibly strong one for iOS games. It was hard getting this list down to just ten or fifteen games, so I also have some runners-up. There were just too many great games this year! So, without further ado, I represent my GOTY 2016 list! Any reviews I wrote are linked to the name of each game. Snakebird - If you've been paying close attention this year, you probably aren't too surprised to hear that Noumenon Games' Read more [...]

After the Latest Update, I’ve Nearly Stopped Playing ‘Pokemon Go’ Altogether

Pokémon GO By: Niantic, Inc. (Nintendo) I admit I was already getting bored of Pokemon Go, considering I spent the first few weeks walking around for hours a day, caught over 2000 Pokemon and filled my Pokedex with over 100 different species. New York City, especially Manhattan, is packed with Poke Stops and gyms. So even if I'm still missing 40+ Pokemon from my Pokedex, there's no shortage of common Pokemon. I could probably catch Pidgeys and Rattatas all day long if I want. And that's more Read more [...]

Games for Change Festival 2016: Breaking Down Walls

I recently had the privilege of attending the 13th annual Games for Change Festival here in New York City. At the same time that the United Kingdom gave into fear-mongering and voted to break off from the European Union, I was listening to game developers talk about how they're reaching people in a positive way through their creations. All over the world, communities are making rash decisions based on fear, but some game developers are trying to build bridges and break down walls through empathy, Read more [...]

iOS Apps Removed From The App Store Are Now Removed From Purchase History

**Update: Now it seems this was all a big App Store bug and apps are returning to people's Purchase History. Hopefully that's the end of this and we can all continue happily buying iOS games. 🙂 ** I spent the last year nursing a dying iPhone 5 to make it last one more year, just so I could see if Apple would return to making a 4-inch phone again. If I had a dollar for every time I was told "Just buy an Android," I'd be able to afford every new phone on the market. But I insisted I needed an iPhone, Read more [...]

I Wish “Shooty Skies” and “PAC-MAN 256” Were More Like “Crossy Road”

I've never written anything about Hipster Whale's Frogger-like mobile game Crossy Road on my site before, but I have had a lot of thoughts about it. With the release of the recent Land Sliders and Shooty Skies, I decided I need to get some things off my chest about high score chasers. So I'm going to explore several games that have a lot in common. First, a confession, so there's no misunderstanding: I still have Crossy Road on my iPhone primarily for collecting characters. I never really got hooked Read more [...]