PS Mobile Reviews

Reviews of PlayStation Mobile titles.

2014-10-10-194106

 

Title: On Call
Developer: Ecto
Game Type: PlayStation Mobile
Download:  156 MB
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Thanks to Unity, PlayStation Mobile has been getting more 3D games coming out.  Some of these games are turning into solid experiences and others are not.  There are some very pretty Unity games, like the Soulbrain games, though they don’t run very well.  That has been a huge let-down with PlayStation Mobile, lately.  Some games have very unique experiences, but don’t run very well.  This can easily turn people away from those games.

However, not all of those games run poorly.  If you checked our last PlayStation Mobile review, Jaggy Race, you will see that the platform is very capable of making games that run well.  That game ran at an impressive 60 frames per second, something that even some native Vita titles struggle to reach.  As we think about that, there are other PS Mobile games out there that run well and offer unique and some familiar experiences for quick on-the-go gaming.

Today’s review is for a game that brings back a genre that isn’t highlighted much on the Vita: First-Person Shooting.  While this game is more exploration than anything, PlayStation Mobile has a few games that can bring large areas and first-person shooting action to owners of the Vita.  Mixing science fiction aerial combat with first-person exploration, here is our official review of the Unity game, On Call!

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2014-10-02-091225

 

Title: Jaggy Race
Developer: Tiziano Bizzini
Game Type: PlayStation Mobile
Download:  148 MB
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Racing games are a genre that the Vita definitely needs more of.  If you take a look at the genre, the Vita doesn’t have a massive amount of games available to it.  The notable games are Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Wipeout 2048.  Both of these are not recent, though.  There’s also Tabletop Racing, but there isn’t a lot of variety there with the Vita library.

However, there are other venues you can look through.  The PSP and PS1 libraries do have some driving games available.  Games like Gran Turismo PSP among others.  Those are not new games, though.  If you are looking for new driving/racing games for the Vita, you’ll need to look towards the PlayStation Mobile store.  It doesn’t have much, but it does have a newly-released game that also came to Mobile.

This game is not a traditional racer, but it does provide some fun for people who are into racing games.  Developed by a small group and also releasing on iOS, there is a unique side-scrolling racer available on the Vita.  Having been requested by the developer, themselves, here is our official review of Jaggy Racing!

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2014-09-18-022229

 

Title: Soulbrain I – Village
Developer: Lightning Game Studios
Game Type: PlayStation Mobile
Download:  162 MB
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Ever since Unity became available to PlayStation Mobile developers, the majority of new games for the platform have utilized this system to create 3D games as well as more advanced 2D games.  From 3D games like Silver Zombie to 2D games like Paper Boss, Unity has been a big part of PlayStation Mobile for the past couple months of content.  More games are coming out as well, offering more in-depth visuals and some more in-depth experiences on the platform.

That number will continue to grow as well.  Just as Unity has become available, Unity Pro has also become available for PlayStation developers, and it comes free of charge.  Although Android support for PlayStation Mobile has been discontinued, the PS Vita is continually getting more and more of these Unity games.  And today, we have a new review for one such game.

The biggest and most visually pleasing Unity games are the 3D games.  Some of them can look like PSP games and some can look even better than PSP games.  Others have more anime looks to them.  Today, we are reviewing an anime-like Unity game that shows off 3D visuals and exploration.  Here is our official review of Soulbrain I – Village, labeled on the PSN Store as Solbrain I – Village!

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2014-07-16-011048

Title: Pop Bugs Zap
Developer: Henchmen Interactive
Game Type: PlayStation Mobile
Download:  53 MB
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The Mobile gaming world has evolved a lot over the years.  The biggest part of it is the way things have gone in trends.  In recent years, there have been a lot of games that have done well, and started a trend.  Flappy Bird is a recent example of this.  Flappy Bird released and was a huge sensation.  Afterwards, many small developers made “clones” of the game, offering the same gameplay, but different design or characters.  Just small differences to avoid a copyright infringement.  Even the PlayStation Vita saw Flappy Bird clones through a custom level in LittleBigPlanet and various PlayStation Mobile games.

One trend that has come to a lot of consoles, though, is what is referred to as “Freemium” games.  These games pull people in with the fact that they are free to download and play.  The catch, however, is that they are filled with Micro-Transactions, similar to DLC.  These will offer you Micro-Transactions in the game to try to get you to spend real money for in-game bonuses, whether they can be acquired in the game or must be acquired through the purchase.

The PlayStation Vita is not an exception, either.  There are many Free-to-Play games on the Vita, both in the native library and in PlayStation Mobile.  The latter has more of these games, though.  Taking a look into some of these free games, we come to today’s review.  About a month ago, a game came out that had very simple, yet challenging gameplay.  Giving a similar stage progression as games like Angry Birds, here is our official review of the PlayStation Mobile game, Pop Bugs Zap.

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2014-08-24-103323

 

Title: Behind You
Developer: Satoshi Hamano
Game Type: PlayStation Mobile
Download:  140 MB
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Stealth games is a genre that has evolved over the years.  When you think of “Stealth” you could think of a lot of different types of games.  However, one of the biggest names that comes up when think of stealth is also another “genre” in a way.  A big entry in the stealth genre has been known and even has subtitles of “Tactical Espionage Action”, which is talking about none other than Metal Gear.

Other than Metal Gear, how many stealth games are there for the Vita?  There may be an Indie Game or two but, other than backwards compatible games, your Vita Stealth experience will likely start and end with Metal Gear Solid HD Collection.  While this is a great collection, as we stated in our review of it, there should be multiple games of every genre on any specific platform.  While there aren’t many, the list of stealth games is growing and from one of the most unlikely of places: PlayStation Mobile.

Sony recently stopped Android support for PlayStation Mobile.  This means that PS Mobile games are now only playable on the PS Vita.  Some think they’ve stopped the support, altogether.  However, there are more games coming, and the games are getting better and more unique, thanks to Unity Support.  A recent release on PlayStation Mobile, here is our official review of the stealth game, Behind You!

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2014-07-31-232946

 

Title: Paper Boss
Developer: Cat Gear Games
Game Type: PlayStation Mobile
Download:  58 MB
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Not long more than a month ago, PlayStation Mobile development moved forward.  While this type of games available to the PlayStation Vita is, by far, the most unnoticed, it is still getting multiple games and apps nearly every week, just like the normal PlayStation Network Store for the PS Vita, as well as compatibility with the PlayStation TV, due out in the West later this year.

The PlayStation Mobile brand is moving forward on the development front, thanks to Unity.  Unity is a game engine that PC developers can use to create 3D games, be it first-person shooting games or even adventure games.  There are many fan-made Unity Projects out there on PC, from being able to run your way through zombies or navigating a monstrously-sized house after an unfortunate encounter with a shrink ray.

One month later, PlayStation Mobile games are starting to come out that use the Unity Engine.  At first, you may be thinking we’re looking at some Zombie-filled Shooting fun.  However, just because games use Unity doesn’t mean they always have to be full 3D, explorable games.  One game came to PlayStation Mobile recently that is not a full 3D game.  Here is our official review of one of the first Unity-powered PS Mobile games, Paper Boss!

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2014-07-16-104033

Title: Silver Zombie
Developer: Xix Games
Game Type: PlayStation Mobile
Download:  304 MB
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PlayStation Mobile games have been increasing nearly every week.  Even the past few weeks, there have been at least 3-4 games added to its library each week.  While most of these games are small, bite-sized adventures, not unlike PlayStation Minis, the library is slowly growing into an expansive collection of genres and games to be enjoyed on the PS Vita, especially with many of the more recent games specifically stating they’re not compatible with Android and are made just for the Vita.

One thing about these games is that almost every last one of them is a 2D game, like most Mobile titles.  There are some 3D titles, like Chaos Rings, though that title got ported over and doesn’t run very well.  3D games are very rare on the PlayStation Mobile platform, but ever since the system got access to the Unity Engine, they are coming.

One such 3D game released about 2 weeks ago.  This game is completely 3D from start to finish.  There are some other games like this, but with new developers coming in, new types of games are coming in as well.  Featuring shooting, rail-riding and more, here is our official review of the PlayStation Mobile game, Silver Zombie!

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2014-06-26-003820

 

Title: Fat Dragons
Developer: Nostatic Software
Game Type: PlayStation Mobile
Download:  13 MB
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Mobile games are like Indie Games in that there are a lot of things that developers can do that big name developers do not do.  They can make little bite-sized games that almost resemble Flash-based browser games in style.  There are a lot of very simple Mobile games that are simple, but still capture the hearts of many people, from Angry Birds to Chaos Rings to Plants vs Zombies to more.  There is a lot they can really do with only a small budget.

Another aspect they can do is the actual content of the game.  Developers can be as silly and goofy with the game’s name and content as they want.  In fact, many Indie Games are out there with some of the silliest names you can think of.  Mobile games are the same, with many silly names that spawn large numbers of fans.  There are names out there like Fruit Ninja and more.

One such Mobile game just released on a variety of platforms.  Mobile Developer Nostatic Software has just released a game on Android this past week, and have expanded that support to the PlayStation Mobile platform as well.  This game also falls into the name of the category or silly names and concepts.  Having just released this past week, here is our official review of the PlayStation Mobile game, Fat Dragons.

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Title: Origami Kami
Developer: Valhalla Studio
Game Type: PlayStation Mobile
Download:  28 MB
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PlayStation Mobile is, without a doubt, one of the biggest part of the PlayStation Vita’s library that people do not pay attention to.  Part of this is a lack of advertising.  You wouldn’t know that PlayStation Mobile even exists if you didn’t see it on the Vita’s PlayStation Store.  It only appears on that.  You cannot pull up the PlayStation Mobile store on the PS3, PC, or any other device.  It is a hidden system, but a system that adds a lot of games and apps for the system.

The unique part of PlayStation Mobile is its selection of developers.  A lot of different people can develop for PlayStation Mobile.  If I worked at it and I could get it accepted, I could develop a PlayStation Mobile title, if I wanted.  There are a lot of different teams that seem to just consist of a single person, developing apps and games for the PlayStation Vita via PlayStation Mobile.  Even schools have contributed to that library.

One such school is the University of Utah.  Earlier this year, the University of Utah got a team of students together to produce a game for the PlayStation Vita.  Since its release, they have gained a bit of popularity.  But, how is this game that these college students created?  Let’s find out.  Here is our official review of Origami Kami.

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Title: Blue Beacon
Developer: Adam Mowery
Game Type: PlayStation Mobile
Download:  38 MB
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There are a lot of games that have been made available on the PlayStation Vita, thanks to PlayStation Mobile.  While there are some bigger Mobile games like Chaos Rings, along with Indie games like Bike Rider DX, they add a lot of options for the Vita.  It is sad, however, that most gamers don’t even realize what PlayStation Mobile is, despite that many of the games that release on it are there, specifically, for us on the Vita.  Many descriptions on PSN don’t even list the Sony Android Tablets or Phones on there for the games, and some games don’t have touch controls.

Among the games available on PlayStation Mobile are games that have gameplay very similar to older games that those of us older gamers know and love.  The first PlayStation Mobile title we reviewed, Gun Commando, is a prime example of that.  It had gameplay very similar to the old Doom and Wolfenstein games.  While that game wasn’t as in-depth as Doom or Wolfenstein 3D, it offered a fun pick-up-and-play game for gamers who loved those types of games.

Today, we have a review of another PlayStation Mobile game that reminds us of games from the past.  Think way back to the 1980s when Nintendo released Super Mario Bros for the Nintendo Entertainment System.  Think about how the game played, from the side-scrolling to the interface to the powerups.  Today’s review is a throwback on that kind of experience.  Originally released on the Xbox Live Arcade, here is our official review of the PlayStation Mobile title, Blue Beacon.

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