iPhone Game Reviews

App Store sees ‘SlotZ Racer’

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Developer: Freeverse
Price: On sale for 72 hours at $0.99 [Buy]

Slotz Racer, previewed at Macworld 2009, has finally hit the App Store, featuring an intuitive concept and superb gameplay.

SlotZ Racer lets players race against the computer or friends; a unique control system allows up to 4 people to race on a single SlotZ RaceriPhone! Features an intuitive track editor to give the player the ultimate freedom to design their very own courses, and offers a wide selection of cars to race. Compete for laps or against the clock in Time Trials, drive an endurance race, (with simulated days and nights), or play a ‘Quick Race’ to jump straight into the action. The game also includes unlockable new circuits, cars, track locations and championship challenges to keep the action exciting and fresh!

SlotZ Racer is the first racing game of its kind. All you have to do is accelerate and brake, using a single button. The car goes by itself along its lane on the track. Accelerate too fast on the curves and you’ll be sent flying off the track, only to be reset on it again! The game is really fast-paced and quite difficult, as you advance in the game. Like in the developer’s description, the game allows four players to play the same race on the same phone, with four buttons on the four corners of the screen.

I really love the great new concept. The game is complete with fantastic gameplay and also an additional track editor. See this gameplay video for a closer look, as posted at Touch Arcade.

The game is now on sale for 72 hours at $0.99. After that it will raise to $2.99. Don’t Wait!

Controls: 9/10
Graphics: 7/10
Sound: 7/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Value for money: 9/10

Overall: 8/10

Written by kvikram

January 16, 2009 at 11:18 am

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Rick Rocketson Pro – Review

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Released Jan 10, 2009
Developer: Liquid Air Lab
Price: $1.99 [Buy]

Rick Rocketson Pro, a retro-style side-scrolling game that has hit the App Store. This is a development of the free version of Rick Rocketson [App Store], containing five levels.rick-rocketson

The space hero and all around good guy Rick Rocketson was rocketing home from the nefarious planet Omicron Nebula. Then, suddenly the evil and vicious space pirates of the asteroid Blob 5 shot him down! Rick Rocketson must escape or the entire galaxy is doomed!

Fight the furious space hedgehogs by throwing acidogefilus-grenades to them and shoot evil space pirates of the asteroid Blob 5 with laserblaster to survive complex level design loaded with traps, lava and other hazards! Don’t forget to pick up some health and ammunition packages!

Those who are already familiar with the ’80’s and ’90’s Amiga-style gameplay should find this game pretty interesting. The game also has the old sound tracks, bringing back the old days in a perfect way.

The game does away with ‘traditional’ accelerometer controls and incorporates an on-screen gamepad, much like a retro-game console controller.  They work rather well, but take some time getting used to and is not the best thing a bout the game.

I find this game quite enjoyable, as a particular retro fan. I wouldn’t mind in the slightest to pay $2 for this. This game is certainly better than many such games that have hit the App Store so far. See the video for a closer look.


Controls: 7/10
Graphics: 8/10
Sound: 8/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Value for money: 10/10

Overall: 8.4/10



Written by kvikram

January 15, 2009 at 2:16 pm

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3D Space Shooter ‘Rebel Onslaught’ hits the App Store

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Released Jan 9, 2009
Seller: Xen Games Ltd
Price: $4.99 [Buy]

In addition to some 2D space shooters which have made news, a 3D space shooter has finally hit the App Store.

A stunning space shooter set over a wide range of environments, Rebel Onslaught features advanced 3D graphics, a variety of enemies and weapons, and exhilarating fast paced combat.

The game – as usual – is controlled with the accelerometer, and also has an option for touch controls. Using the accelerometer, you dodge incoming fire and destroy enemies in a wide range of environments. By default, you continuously shoot blue laser blasts, and can optionally use Rebel Onslaughtlimited-ammo homing missiles and bombs in the middle of a level.

The game has not met expectations and has a few significant drawbacks which lower the value of the game. First of all, the game is as hard as hell! And it’s hard in frustrating, not challenging (like Space Ninja). And, after getting past a few levels, if you lose all your lives, you have to start all over again! Secondly, even though each level features a different environment, each level is itself very long and you get bored with the same environment before you finish half of the level.

The game is an utter failure. Its another attempt to establish a good 3D game for the iPhone. But, till now, there has been no completely superb 3D game for the iPhone yet. I totally recommend against this game.

Controls: 7/10
Graphics: 8/10
Sound: 6/10
Gameplay: 3/10
Value for money: 3/10

Overall: 5/10

Written by kvikram

January 12, 2009 at 10:00 am

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Space Ninja – Bullet dodging in slow motion!

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Released Dec 31, 2008
Developer: Yose Widjaja (jormy.com)
Price: $3.99

Space Ninja [App Store], by developer Yose Widjaja, puts you in control of a spaceship travelling from Earth to Jupiter to transfer a very important package. On the way, you are intercepted by many alien cannons, which shoot bullets at you from every possible direction. In this Space Ninjagame, you lack the ability to shoot.  Instead you are supposed to dodge every bullets that fly at you! Pressing down on the screen enables slow motion, which you lets dodge bullets very accurately!

The game has 40 long levels, featuring really fast-paced gameplay, with bullets flying at you from everywhere! The superb slow motion effect reminds me of the slow motion action scenes in The Matrix! Though the idea of slow motion might make the game sound easy, its very hard. By the time I reached Level 9, it was almost impossible! It was 30 tries before I finished that level. Some powerups provide you temporary relief from incoming attack, like shields to repel bullets, powerups to eliminate nearby bullets and enemies.

The game has outstanding controls! In other space shooters the tilt control is clumsy and the touch controls made your finger hide things from vision (an example is Platypus). But developer Yose Widjaja has incorporated great controls for Space Ninja, which go great for dodging bullets in slow motion.

Space Ninja has good sound, though not great. But its still good. But the sound doesn’t have any bass (And I use Bose on-ear headphones!), and gets boring in a while. But its still enjoyable to enable sound while playing Space Ninja, rather than hearing your own music.It features music from Jake Kaufman (virt) and Samuel Ascher-Weiss (shnabubula).

Yose Widjaja has done a really good job with Space Ninja. I’m surprised the game costs only $4. Get it now, and it will be one of your most satisfying App Store buys. Developer provided video below.

Controls: 9/10
Graphics: 8/10
Sound: 5.5/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Value for money: 9/10

Overall: 8.1/10

Written by kvikram

January 6, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Bowl Downhill – Downhill Bowling

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Released Jan 4, 2009
Developer: GameResort LLC
Price: $4.99

Downhill bowling is a lot more than just bowling. Navigate downhill crossing crazy slopes, collecting coins and power ups along the way. Each stage has ten sets of bowling pins, set across winding tracks. The game has power ups to speed up your ball, make it jump, shrink it, etcetra. In the middle of stage, you may come across cannons!, an ideal tool for shooting your bowling ball across a long distance.

The game has ten levels, which put you in various environments such as lush green mountains, mountains of lava!, and snowy ice-capped downhilll-bowlingmountains.The fast-paced gameplay will keep you hooked for all the time you play it.

The game has quite good sound tracks. But in some time the music gets repetitive. I’d rather hear my own music while playing this game.

Downhill Bowling was developed by GameResort (www.gameresort.com). Downhill Bowling is also featured as an online game, which you can try out before deciding to buy this game. The online game is already free. Wonder why the iPhone game costs $5 then! Should have been atleast $1!

Concluding, Downhill Bowling is great game, but should have been cheaper. If you love the online game, then you should love the iPhone game. Considering you don’t care losing five bucks for some pure fun, get this game.

Controls: 8/10
Graaphics: 7/10
Sound: 5/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Value for money: 6/10

Overall: 7/10

Written by kvikram

January 5, 2009 at 1:28 pm

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‘Edge’ Now Available

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Released Dec 24, 2008
Developer: Mobigame
Price: $5.99

Edge has arrived [App Store].Edge

For those of you who haven’t already heard of it, Edge is an arcade game for the iPhone which involves moving around a colorful cube across many pitfalls and obstacles in an out-of-this-world world from point A to point B. You can use either the accelorometer or the touch controls, and I daresay the latter is better. It puts you in an isometric environment with many puzzles to solve. The environment is dynamic, with many moving platforms and switches which further modify the environment. The game is quite hard, but also forgiving. When you fall off the stage, the game resumes at a point very near to where you fell off. The sound is awesome! The game has 13 original tracks. The sound effects are superb and go great with the game!

The $5.99 platformer certainly catches the eye at first sight. Within moments of playing it, I began to like it immediately. The game is more of an arcade game than a puzzle game. Edge won the Milthon award for Best Mobile Game of 2008 at the Festival du Jeu Video, Paris and is nominated for the Excellence in Gameplay award at the International Mobile Gaming Award competition.

Be sure to check out the gameplay video. And I’m sure the next application you’ll open is iTunes!

Controls: 9/10
Graphics: 9/10
Sound: 7/10
Gameplay: 10/10
Value for money: 6/10

Overall: 8.2/10

Written by kvikram

January 4, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Tiki Towers – Review

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Released 28 November, 2008
Developer: RealArcade
Price: $0.99

Tiki Towers is a puzzle arcade game for the iPhone. And I must say this should be the best one-dollar buy on the app store.

Your aim is transport five monkeys across various falls and pits of lava and take them to their destination. To do this you construct bridges and towers of bamboo! Once you finish building your bamboo structures, tapping on a box full of monkeys will release them out of the box. They begin climbing the bamboo structures Tiki Towersand reach the monkey shrine (the destination).

Its when you tap on the box the laws of physics come into action. If your bamboo structures are not stable, they collapse, and you might end up sending a monkey or two to heaven! The bamboo structures get strained up and break when there are too many monkeys on them. There are also certain hooks in the levels, off which the bamboo sticks might hang or swing.

The game should already sound interesting! Well – it does have its drawbacks. For one, the physics isn’t so real. For another, the sound sucks. But hey – we are talking about a one-dollar game here!, and if I didn’t mention it (but I think I did), this should be the best one-dollar buy on the app store. And oh! one dollar is the introductory price! If you are debating about buying the game, make your decision soon, or it will be too late.

Controls: 6/10
Graphics: 6/10
Sound: 4/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Value for money: 10/10

Overall: 7/10

Written by kvikram

January 4, 2009 at 8:18 am

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