TouchMyApps » Jona http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:00:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.9 Bouncer in Review – A nice game concept with a few lacks http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/04/16/bouncer-in-review-a-nice-game-concept-with-a-few-lacks/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/04/16/bouncer-in-review-a-nice-game-concept-with-a-few-lacks/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2009 13:58:50 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=9462 Bouncer is a “rolling” game for the iPhone and iPod touch. It’s gameplay can be broken down into the following: sketching, accelerometer shaking and thinking (puzzles). Bouncer’s objective is to guide the hero, Bouncer, a small yellow ball, to his green friend, Glutton, while avoiding different obstacles along the way. This is done by drawing … Read more]]>

bouncer51Bouncer is a “rolling” game for the iPhone and iPod touch. It’s gameplay can be broken down into the following: sketching, accelerometer shaking and thinking (puzzles). Bouncer’s objective is to guide the hero, Bouncer, a small yellow ball, to his green friend, Glutton, while avoiding different obstacles along the way.

This is done by drawing a line for Bouncer to roll on. The rules of gravity are very important: Bouncer can’t roll up ascending lines as he has to follow the pull of gravity. So, you will have to creatively draw curved lines to help him get the speed he needs to pass over obstacles. But, Bouncer has a trick of his own: he will jump when you shake your device! You will need to master this trick because it is important in all 35 levels.

bouncer11The gameplay and controls of Bouncer are pretty polished. One tricky thing about playing, however, is that there’s no “start”-button. Once you start to draw a line, Bouncer will begin to move. If you’re not quick enough, you won’t be able to catch him and he will fall until he hits either an obstacle or the bottom of the screen. Anyway, after only a few minutes of playing, you will get the idea of the game and be able to solve all of the levels (sometimes this will take quite a few tries). A small leak in the gameplay is that you can cheat by constantly shaking your device – Bouncer will continue to jump off of thin air again and again and finally reach the top of the level. I wonder if this is a conscious design decision by the developer or not.

bouncer31Bouncer’s graphics are very simple, reminding me of comic-style pictures, but they are good. In my opinion, they fit the simple concept of the game. Sadly, the game does not feature any music or sound effects. There is also a major bug for non-English iPhones: If your device is set to an other language (in my case, German), Bouncer will not show any levels in the level selection screen (see image below). You must set the system language to English to get the game to run properly. The same bug occured in the pinball game “Freeballin’” reviewed earlier.

bouncer21In total, Bouncer delivers a fun game concept and an easy-to-use gameplay, but levels get boring pretty fast because they’re always similar (same obstacles, just in a different order). The game also has a few other things to improve: missing sound effects and other bug fixes (super jumping Bouncer for example). I think the price of 1.99$ is okay, but Bouncer would fit better in the price bracket of 0.99$. Maybe then, high expectations would not detract from its simple but fun gameplay.

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App Summary
Title: Bouncer (v1.0) Developer: Alcomi
Price: $1.99 App Size: 2.1 MB
  • Good game concept and easy gameplay
  • 35 levels
  • Comic-style graphics
  • Levels get boring pretty fast
  • Missing music or sound effects
  • Still a bit buggy
  • Price a tiny bit too high

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Smiles in Review – Puzzle fans beware! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/04/01/smiles-in-review-puzzle-fans-beware/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/04/01/smiles-in-review-puzzle-fans-beware/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2009 21:27:57 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=8257 Do you just start yawning when you hear the words new “match-three” game? Well, then you should take a look at Smiles, a very addictive puzzle game. Smiles grabs the basics of the classic “match-three” genre, but it still plays totally different. The objective of the game is to swap a current tile with one … Read more]]>

smiles1Do you just start yawning when you hear the words new “match-three” game? Well, then you should take a look at Smiles, a very addictive puzzle game. Smiles grabs the basics of the classic “match-three” genre, but it still plays totally different. The objective of the game is to swap a current tile with one on the board to connect three or more tiles of a kind. Smiles actually contains two separate games: Smiles Drop and Smiles Zen. They are also available as two single games, but you get a value price for the bundled Smiles.

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Smiles Drop

Let’s first take a look at Smiles Drop: In Drop you try to make as many matches as possible. Just tap onto a tile on the board and it swaps with the current one (the big tile at the side of the screen). Your match “pops” from the screen and makes space for new tiles falling from the top. The great thing with Smiles is that you can play it in any orientation. This also changes the fall direction of new tiles what can be very helpful in later parts of the game. Moreover, you don’t have to wait for new tiles to fall as you can continuously make your next move. This makes the gameplay very fast-paced, because you can get huge combos by using this technique.

Later in gameplay you also have iced tiles and rocks to handle. Tiles in ice can’t be swapped with the current tile but can be used in a match. Depending on the game mode, the ice breaks when the tile falls three of four spaces. Rocks are a bit more tricky. You can only clear them if they fall four spaces deep. The game ends if you don’t have any more possible moves.

In total, Smiles Drop has several game modes: From different difficulties over Drop Plus (more different tiles), Six (six different tiles) to Long play (gives you a bonus that you don’t lose so fast) and finally Avalanche. Avalanche is quite interesting, since all new tiles are iced. This changes the goal from a scoring game to a survival game and is one of my favorite modes of play.

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Smiles Zen

Now onto the second part of Smiles: Zen. In Zen you still swap tiles, but instead of clearing a match, it lights up. The goal of Zen is to light up the complete board, which can be pretty hard in some cases. This game also has different difficulty levels: Easy, Medium, Hard and Master. While you try to beat your score of needed moves in Easy, the modes Hard and Master are really something for your brain.

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Another cool feature is the 140 Achievements you can get while playing. Some examples include beating par times in Zen or losing in a number of moves in Avalanche. Also the kiddy graphics (three different themes) and the nice sound effects make a positive impression. You can also listen to your iPod music while playing, as well as resume after quitting the game.

Smiles will keep you busy for a long time, believe me, and at the current sale price of 2.99$ it is definitely a steal. But even at the regular price of 4.99$, it shouldn’t hold you back from buying Smiles. In my opinion it’s the best puzzle game at the App Store.

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App Summary
Title: Smiles (v1.1) Developer: Sykhronics Entertainment
Price: $2.99 (Sale) App Size: 9.9 MB
  • Beautiful graphics and three   different themes
  • Smooth animations
  • Fun gameplay
  • Lots of game modes
  • Archievements
  • Flexible orientations
  • Saves game
  • Some game modes take too long to finish (f.e. Drop Easy)
  • Eats up your battery ;)

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