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Revisiting Ten First-Class iPhone Games

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The App Store is  dumped with 15000 apps. So, earlier this week, I navigated my nine home-screens and listed the best of the best of the games I bought. Want a peek? Read on.

Hero of Sparta [$5.99]

Hero of SpartaHero of Sparta brought the most of what had been anticipated in an iPhone game – stunning graphics. As the name suggests, you play a Spartan king who has do his job – killing monsters and hellish creatures. The one thing that satisfied me most was the control scheme. Instead of an accelerometer control scheme, which has been incorporated in many complex games like this and failed (miserably!), Hero of Sparta has great touch controls, in which you use an on-screen control stick and a simple few buttons to perform the many stunts in the game. Hero of Sparta is now available on the App Store for $5.99 – one great bargain.

Rolando [$5.99]

Rolando Ngmoco brought LocoRoco (PSP) fans an amazing equivalent for the iPhone. In Rolando, you control a bunch of balls (dunno what else to call them),    across various stages, involving many physics-based puzzles, or otherwise just stages of pure fun. Rolando is coupled with beautiful cartoonish and eye-captivating graphics. In the game, the Rolandos quite often speak to you, addressing you as Finger, and comment about lots of things around them. You’ll begin to feel so personal with them, that you’ll genuinely feel sorry if you lose one of the Rolandos. Especially because of its now lowered price of $5.99 for $9.99, Rolando deserves an immediate buy.

PapiJump [Free]

PapiJumpI’m warning you, PapiJump is an extremely addictive game. Its amazingly simple concept plunges you in hours and hours of gameplay. PapiJump puts you in control of a Mr.Papi, a red smiley face, who is jumping eternally, on green platforms, going up. No specific aim – your goal is to get the highest amount of points possible, which you can then post on the online scoreboards. My highest score is 50000, which is actually quite low. But still, I’m challenging you to beat my score! Don’t be a coward – download the free game now and try to beat my score.

Dr. Awesome [$0.99]

Dr. AwesomeDr. Awesome, which really is awesome, converts your iPhone into a surgical instrument. Use your surgical instrument to destroy the cells containing the viruses, and win when you have cut down 75% of the cell. But – you know – all cells look almost the same. The game seems to get somewhat repetitive in a while. But for its extremely low price of $0.99, Dr. Awesome is certainly a good game to buy.

Space Ninja [$2.99]

Space NinjaLots of space shooters now-a-days, including non-iPhone shooters, invlove a lot of dodging bullets in addition to the insane amount of shooting madly everywhere. Developer Yose Widjaja, has brought out only the former in his space shooter – Space Ninja. No shooting – only dodging. Yose also hasn’t forgotten to include the insane amount of insanity that is a must for a traditional ahooter. Yeah – you have to dodge bullets by the skin of your teeth. The game has an added slow motion effect, which you cannot live without. So crazy is the amount of bullets you’ll encounter, is that you’ll enable slow-motion throughout every level after the 10th level, out of the game’s 40 levels. For $2.99, Space Ninja is the craziest bargain you’ll ever find on the App Store.

Platypus [$4.99]

PlatypusPlatypus really couldn’t get more fast-paced. Platypus is just another shooter, with an added cartoonish feel. In Platypus you control your F-27 Platypus fighter plane and defend peaceful Mungola from the invading Collastropolans (did you get that into your mouth?). All that can be said is that Platypus is just another really great shooter, with all the amount of action you’d ever want, all at it’s reasonable price of $4.99.

Edge [$5.99]

EdgeIn Edge, you are put in control of a cube, which you move in a 3D isometric environment. Edge really stands out as a totally unique game, which really cannot be classified in a certain genre. Combined with really superb gameplay, decent length and really good sound, Edge certainly deserves $5.99 from your purse (or would it be your credit card?). See the review here for more on the game.

Tap Tap Revenge [Free]

LabyrinthTap Tap Revenge is really a great blend of music and gaming, and will immediately appeal to lovers of both. As the name should suggest, you tap your finger to the beats. Best of all, this great game comes free, and is certainly worthy of an immediate download.

Labyrinth [$6.99]

LabyrinthLabyrinth simulates a real labyrinth, using the power of the accelerometer. Labyrinth is one great game that demonstrates the quality of the iPhone’s accelerometer in full glory, becuase the ball moves at the slightest tilt. Be careful not to let your hand twitch!

Enigmo [$1.99]

EnigmoWatch that brain, because it might burst, if and when you buy this game. Enigmo is one of the very few games that can be called real puzzlers. In Enigmo, you have to fill a bucket with water – and for that you should guide water droplets dripping from a tap to the bucket using various contraptions such as platforms, bouncers, accelerators and much more. Yes – there are bouncers, which means that the water droplets don’t behave like in the real world – they bounce. For $1.99, Enigmo is really an amazing bargain.

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January 26, 2009 at 10:19 am

Blue Attack! promises a great shooting experience

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Developer: John Kooistra
Price: $1.99 [Buy]

So is Blue Attack! just another shooter? No! Earlier in November, John Kooistra released Blue Defense!, and now follows its sequel called Blue Attack!, featuring the Blue Attacksame war between the red and blue forces.

You control a blue ship based on a carrier, which you must defend. In such as is the case, you have to navigate away from the carrier frequently, locate and destroy thr red forces. On your mission, the game allows you to adopt wingmen, which constantly follow you in a chosen formation, adding to your firepower. Of course, the game isn’t just plain shooting, because using bombs and force blasts also form a major part of the game.

Blue Attack! has both accelerometer and touch controls, which both work beautifully. Unlike traditional shooters though, Blue Attack! lets you navigate your ship in all directions, rather than on a left-to-right movement idea.

The single best part of the game is the ship upgrade system. As you constantly advance, you can upgrade your ship with loads and loads of upgrades. At the end of each level, you earn resources, which you can spend later on upgrades. For example, you can buy more bombs and ships (lives). Some other upgrades are those to increase your ship’s speed, acceleration, handling and firepower.

Combined with a great price, fantastic gameplay, good sound and high replayability, Blue Attack! is a highly recommended game.

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

Overall: 8.5/10

Written by kvikram

January 24, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Wordsworth – Review

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Developer: 99Games
Price: $1.99 [Buy] (now on sale for $0.99)

Wordsworth is just another word game to join the party, and is now among the top 100 apps in the US App Store. WordsworthWordsworth puts lots of letters on the board, and you have to join consecutive letters to form a word. This is very much a clone of Bookworm, a PC game from RealArcade, and if you’ve already played that, rhis should surely appeal to you.

WordsWorth is a challenging, fun, engaging and an addictive word game, with the perfect ingredients to loosen up. Trace new words as you link letters into words in the library using Multi-Touch interface. Create longer words with rare letters to earn hefty points. Stumble upon new rewards and challenges along the way. ‘Shake’ if you cannot locate a word, of course at a penalty. Watch out for timed tiles that threaten to explode your library! Customize the game to suit your level of intellect. Go on to earn whopping scores and become a whiz with words!

Wordsworth is not exactly a fast-paced word game. Rather, it is a very relaxing game, where you just pass through the levels by forming new words. The only point where you actually lose the game is when you are not able to use one of the red letters, which you have to use within a specific period of time. It is only in the later levels that this starts becoming quite a challenge.

To sum it up, Wordsworth is actually awesome, and is much better than Scrabble, wspecially as this costs just $2. And if you’re rich enough to lose $2 today (was I just offensive?), this game would surely be the most valuable thing you could lose it on. Before you buy the game, you could also try the lite version.

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

Overall : 9/10

Written by kvikram

January 23, 2009 at 11:58 am

Upcoming ‘Tower Bloxx’ – A Topple Clone

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Tower Bloxx is going to be a 3D equivalent of Topple. The game seems quite interesting. Having already played the PC version, I’m confident that Tower Bloxx will Tower Bloxxbecome a hit for the iPhone. Developer’s descriprion of the PC version:

Reach for the skies in this wacky skyscraper construction game! In Tower Bloxx™ Deluxe, your task is to build brand new homes for the Tower Toons™ – funny little people who move in and turn the lights on before they even have a roof over their heads! In the Play Story mode the mayor A.Z. Millspaugh and city architect Ava Dandelion of Sycamore Vale has asked you, a renowned tower builder, to quickly help in rebuilding the city since the old residences are falling apart. Luckily your amazing building block system is perfect for the job! And you have Ava to guide you all the way! In Quick Game mode your goal is to make your tower as high as possible and only your improving building skills set the limit to how high you can really go. In Time Challenge mode you get to see how well you do under pressure. In Party Game mode up to four people can build towers on the same machine with split-screen fun!

Nothing more info on this yet. No release dates provided on the developer’s website or on IGN. Anyway, here is the trailer of the PC version of the game.

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January 22, 2009 at 1:33 pm

‘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

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January 4, 2009 at 2:17 pm

SimCity for iPhone – Review

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Released Dec 15, 2008
Developer: Electronic Arts
Price: $0.99

I have never played Simcity much, nor am I a fan of Simcity. But I knew it was quite a popular game and when it came to the iPhone, I guessed that it would rule the app store for some time in all its glory – Yes it did, but not in all its glory. I shouldn’t conclude outright that this game is bad, but I must say it wasn’t as good as I expected.

Simcity for the iPhone has all the features in a normal Simcity game. As usual, you can build residential, commercial and industrial areas, build roads, power plants, water towers, water pipes, power lines and the like. This sophistication is what made Simcity popular, and will certainly appeal to any Simcity fan.  The Simcitygame does away with the pleasure of quickly moving around the map using your mouse. Its very hard to play without a mouse and keyboard, and doing the simplest of jobs take forever.

Once you’ve got a few skyscrapers up, the game looks beautiful. The only thing I didn’t like about the graphics is that the grids show even when you are just moving around and not building things. Just like any other Simcity game, the music is a pleasure to have in the background while you are playing the game.

SimCityPerformance issues is a maaaaaaaajor drawback about the game! Once you get a city that fills the whole map, all it does is crash. Like many users have already mentioned on the app store, this game should have been renamed CrashCity. Even when you have built nothing on the terrain, moving around the map isn’t so smooth. Of course, EA has already recognized this problem and says it will be solving the issue with an update. Till then, you may have to wait.

If you are a SimCity fan, then all the negative things I just mentioned may have turned you against me. Well, SimCity fan, go ahead and buy this game. If you really are a great SimCity fan, then all the sophistication and great gameplay should appeal to you immmediately. Or if you are just another iPhone owner who is looking for a good game to buy, I suggest you look elsewhere. Comment on this post, coz’ I’m really curious of all the conflict between the SimCity fans and the ones who got frustrated buying this game.

Controls: 5/10
Graphics: 7/10
Sound: 7/10
Gameplay: 7/10
Value for money: 6/10

Overall: 6.4/10

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January 1, 2009 at 10:44 am

Touchgrind Review

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Released Nov 21, 2008
Developer : Illusion labs AB
Price : $4.99

Before I even got this game, I was pissed by the screenshots.  Skating around without being able to see anything but the board was not my idea of a good skating game. But this is one game that got me hooked for hours together.

As it has been said, TouchGrind is the only true multi-touch game for the iPhone. Skating around swiping your fingers in every direction and performing numerous combinations of tricks has come out to be one good idea of fun. It should be time before you get used to the multi-touch controls. When I say time, I mean lots of time. This game has a quite steep learning curve, but is still enjoyable while you are still in the learning process.

Touchgrind

The graphics are good – phenomenal even – for a mobile game. The shadows moving behind the skateboard gives the game a realistic feel.  The physics is what really gives the game its realism, and is nothing less than life-like.

This is a good game for $5, and I would recommend this game to any person. It’s hard when you start at first, but after an hour it gets really fun. Once you’ve bought this game, I’d like you to comment on what you think about it.

Controls    : 7/10
Graphics   : 9/10
Sound        : 7/10
Gameplay: 8/10

Overall     : 8/10

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December 25, 2008 at 11:36 am