In the name of novelty applications such as Crazy Dummy and Crazy Lighter from Ezone, I wasn’t expecting Crazy Snowboard to be any different than their previous apps. But just like the old saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover”, I was pleasantly surprised to find out first hand that Crazy Snowboard is actually quite fun and better than I expected.
When I think of WW2 games, I think of the usual shoot-em-ups that are constantly getting released for platforms. Whether it be for the Xbox 360, PS3, or Wii, the idea just seems overplayed to me at this point. But, GI Joyride (developed by Trapdoor) takes a completely different approach to war-style games by putting you in charge of an APC (Armored Personal Carrier) to thrash through enemy territory.
I am bracing myself for a torrent of scathing comments. So let me start off by saying that I love the Metal Gear series. I’ve played it for the NES, PSP, PS2, and PS3. I believe it to be one of the most iconic franchises. I played through all of Metal Gear Solid 4 (MGS4) and believe it to be a ground breaking game in both its cinematic value and gameplay. Unfortunately, Metal Gear Solid Touch (MGST) fails to reach that iconic status. It fails to live up to the hype of its namesake.
This being said, how does the App fare by itself? Mixed at best.
I’ll be honest. I had a very hard time playing Rasta Monkey, without instantly comparing it to Sway. Both are platformers that use “physics” to swing/move your character from the starting line to the finish line. I will try to keep my focus however on the game at hand, Rasta Monkey…
Within the genre of racing, it’s difficult to bring something totally new to the table. While Aqua Moto Racing may be the only jet-ski racing game, there is little to separate it from other water based racing games. This being said, this App does extremely well based just on its own merits. Even though it doesn’t have enough to separate itself from the other racers out there, it is filled with enough options and is presented well enough to make it a great gameplay experience. It is one of the better racers you will play on your iDevice.
It’s practically a right of passage for anyone that has ever owned a computer (unless you’re so cool that you’ve only ever had a Mac). One day you start to notice that your computer is running a lot slower than it used to. No matter how few programs you’re running, or how much disk space you free up, you swear there’s something going on in the computer. Oh yeah, the constant porn pop-ups are also a sign that something is definitely not right. So you download, buy, steal, or otherwise acquire an antivirus program, install it, and let it work its magic… but what exactly is it doing? The developers at Sector3 have an idea of what’s going on in there, and they made it into a game: Circuit Defenders.
The good news indeed keeps on coming. First, the much hyped announcement of the iPhone OS 3.0 that will include features like copy & paste (Alleluia!), push notification, landscape keyboard and p2p networking. If this didn’t get your juices flowing, then maybe Konami’s release of the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid Touch will. [Check out our review here]
“Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots,” the latest chapter in the record-setting 26 .5 million-seller game series “Metal Gear” is being reborn on the iPhone/iPod touch! With its intuitive multi-touch interface, METAL GEAR SOLID TOUCH is a game that anyone can easily pick-up and enjoy.
Based on the profound storyline of “MGS4”, Metal Gear Solid Touch features the unique foes of MGS4, including the beautiful and deadly members of the dreaded “B&B” corps. Whether you are an MGS4 fan or a new-comer to the Metal Gear series, “Metal Gear Solid Touch” is a rhythmic touch shooting game that everyone can enjoy.
Needless to say, MGS Touch has ranked right at the top of our list of games to to keep an eye on. If you’re a diehard fan of the series, I’m sure you’ll have no problem dropping $7.99 for a chance to get your Metal Gear fix on your iDevice. More casual fans though may bulk at the price tag and the fact that this exclusive iPhone reincarnation is ‘only’ a shooter/sniper game at heart (and not the full blown MGS we’ve come to love). Regardless, TouchMyApps will be getting our groove on with Solid Snake himself and have a full on review in the coming days. [Metal Gear Solid Touch, $7.99]
Elite broke ground and Privateer sunk its teeth deep into the pockets of Space Trader fans around the world, but for the younger gamer, Freelancer and the X series will probably be familiar trader landmarks. Kechbs Software‘s Space Trader is the first of the genre to explore the App Store.
With all of the new word games saturating the AppStore, it’s becoming difficult to differentiate the good from the bad. When ngmoco:) announced they would be rolling out (no pun intended towards Rolando) a new word related game called Wordfu, I was sure it was going to be a true winner- and it is.
Simutrans, a free and popular transport simulation game (think SimCity and Transport Tycoon Deluxe) that has graced the PC, Linux and Mac has just made its way onto the iPhone/iPod Touch. Thanks to ZodTTD, the master homebrow dev responsible for bringing SNES and Playstation 1 emulators to jailbroken iDevices (among other projects), the port of Simutrans can now be enjoyed gratis at the palm of your hand:
Your goal is to establish a successful transport company. Transport passengers, mail and goods by rail, road, ship, and even air. Interconnect districts, cities, public buildings, industries and tourist attractions by buiding a transport network you always dreamed of.
Planes, ships, trains, trams, trucks, busses and monorails are at your disposal. You can control and watch your finances and the traffic of your vehicles and goods.
As this is essentially a direct port of the PC game and not built from the ground up for the iPhone, players will find Simutrans rather sluggish and an interface that can be difficult to nagivate. Still, free is free and fans of the genre should definitely be checking this out. [Simutrans, FREE]