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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

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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.

Written by kvikram

January 22, 2009 at 1:33 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

Written by kvikram

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

Written by kvikram

December 25, 2008 at 11:36 am