3D Rollercoaster Rush New York, as well as having a terribly long name, is a terribly good game. And I’m a poet… etc, etc. Anyway, it’s one of those games that is difficult to classify in terms of genre, but I’d say it’s a casual arcade type of game. Basically, it’s your job to guide a rollercoaster along a number of tracks suspended high above New York City. Except, as you’d expect, it’s not quite that simple. There are ups, downs, loop-the-loops, tunnels, sections of missing track and much more! You must get your coaster and its passengers from one end of the track to the other safely, but with maximum thrills and excitement.
We previously had a quick sneak peek at Gameprom’s ‘The Pinball’, a collection of 3 pinball games set to make its appearance on the iPad. First up though is the OS X version, which has just been released for the Mac and now available as a free download. That’s right, The Pinball is free, though it only includes the Wild West Pinball table (still a pretty sweet deal if you own a Mac). To unlock Jungle Style Pinball and The Deep Pinball, they’ll set you back $2.99 each. The part where it gets interesting though is how you play the game. Gameprom has also released the free Pinball Utility for the iPhone and iPod Touch that allows you to purchase the extra tables AND control all aspects of the game.
The brick-breaking genre of game has been around for years… before I was born, in fact. Nevertheless, it remains a decent, if not overly exciting way to pass the time. The gameplay can’t be beaten for simplicity, but there are so many genres of casual game these days that the old classics have got to be something special to keep up. Unfortunately, 3D Break Breaker Revolution 2 isn’t. It’s just a standard brick-breaking game with no revolutionary features. Feel free to discuss this review of 3D Brick Breaker Revolution 2 in our forums.
Pocket God appeared a little more than a year ago and provided users of the iPhone with quite an original pastime – scoffing at a bunch of defenceless islanders, wreaking all sorts of havoc on the island and basically making their lives miserable. Since its original release, the developers have stayed true to their promise and released an update roughly every 2 or 3 weeks with added content. And when I saw Eyedip’s Pocket Devil, I immediately thought – “Hey, this must be a sequel – I have to check it out!” Oh, how wrong was I! Feel free to discuss this review of Pocket Devil in our forums.
I never realised that being an astronaut was such a dangerous profession, but apparently it’s pretty easy to get lost and end up floating around in space. At least, that’s what Blast Off would have you to believe. As captain of a space ship it’s your job to retrieve lost astronauts and get them back safely to wherever it is they belong. Thankfully that’s not important to complete the game, but if it makes you feel better just make up a home base for them. Blast Off combines physics, thought, determination, and tiny but cool little graphics to make a fun outer space action / puzzle game. Feel free to discuss this review of Blast off in our forums.
Gameprom, well known at the App Store for their pinball titles (Jungle Style Pinball, The Deep Pinball and Wild West Pinball), will be releasing The Pinball for Mac OS X and the upcoming iPad. It’ll essentially be a collection of all three games, each with its own unique and distinct theme. Thanks to the larger screen on the iPad though, The Pinball will now allow you to play the game in full table view, something that you aren’t able to do on the relatively small screen of the iPhone/iPod Touch. Of course, the alternative “agile” camera will still be available so you can follow the action in more detail. Gameprom will also be releasing the free Pinball Remote app, a utility for the iPhone and iPod Touch that will allow you to purchase new tables AND control The Pinball on your iPad – just like a wireless controller. More screenshots and info after the gap.
I am sure many of you are familiar with the title Arkanoid. For those of you who aren’t, it is a basic arcade game where the object is to clear the screen of bricks with a paddle and bouncing ball. It was one of the first games I ever played in the arcade as a child and quickly realized that although anyone can play it, few will master it. Most fans of the genre will simply play it over and over again. Then there are those, like the developers at codefreeze, who like it so much that they decided to recreate the classic game and make it their own.
I actually screamed like a boy scout; it was a pitiful squeaky screech which accompanied the fiftieth time my zombie’s head exploded on the cold hard floor. The option was to jump on a belt of chainsaws, knocking one by one down and while saving the head, vivisecting my zombie’s floor-bound body. Zombie Recycling Inc. : Rotten Red is still as good as its sibling, Moldy Green, but it’s harder, more frustrating, and takes way longer to finish (I haven’t yet done this). Whether it will be worth it to you depends on skill, gaming tenacity, and good ol’ fashioned fluke. Feel free to discuss this review of Zombie Recycling Inc. : Rotten Red in our forums.
When I first heard that Street Fighter IV was coming to the App Store, I was less than enthusiastic. Ever since SF2 on the SNES, I have been a big fan of the series. I wept with joy when I purchased Alpha 3. I shook with disbelief after I purchased EX3. And suddenly, Capcom announces that it’s porting perhaps its most beloved franchise (apologies to Dr. Light, Jill Valentine and Dante) to the iDevice. Feel free to discuss this review of Street Fighter IV in our forums.
The line drawing genre is exalting with a second coming: a wave of new entries at the App Store. These holy droves strive to fall away from the basic (and often copied) gameplay of Flight Control (TMA Review). And one of such innovative games is Airstrike Defense – a cross between an old-school top-down bombing game and an equally old-school attack evasion with line-drawing controls replacing the outdated Virtual D-Pad. Feel free to discuss this review of Airstrike Defense in our forums.