There was an old NBA Jam machine in my local deli. Word got around that if you pressed a certain combination of buttons and joystick directions, you would be able to access a small game called Battlezone. As the forefather of Vector Tanks, there is much that is taken from the game: The wireframe graphics, the feel of the controls, the smell of cheesesteaks on the grill (ok, maybe not that one). Yet, Vector Takes take the original formula and kicks it like its 2009… which it is.
Glyphic Entertainment, LLC have added a unique arcade puzzler to the App Store with Geometrix: Flatland Unbound. Fast and furious, it is a great addition to the catalogue of games that Chillingo have brought to the App Store. For fans of Edwin A. Abbott’s novel, this game gains instant wuffie but fails when compared to the seminal literature.
There’s something all pervasive about the Medieval Times that influences RPG and strategy games. You can have a game set in the year 3054 and still find armor clad heroes and heroines with swords. Even mystical lands filled with dwarves, orcs, and elves find themselves subject to the restraints of this swords and sorcery treatment. Not deviating from this formula, Punch Entertainment’s Reign of Swords fits squarely with its brethren. Yet, for an App Store that is still seeking to fill out its genre coffers, this game is a welcome addition.
Zombie fans rejoice. Mika Mobile’s first App Store release will have you roasting, maiming, beheading and blowing up zombies in this uniquely animated (reminiscent of Alien Hominid) zombie game.
When your town is overrun by the walking dead, there’s only one thing left to do – go through their pockets and look for loose change! As the lone survivor of a zombie apocalypse, it’s up to you to battle legions of the undead in a never ending fight for survival! How long can you hold out? Scrounge for cash and ammunition, and buy up to 15 upgradeable weapons as your inevitable doom closes in around you…
Zombieville USA is a simple to play yet hard to master survival “horror”, where there’s more to player strategy than meets the eye. Unlike dozens of other arcade zombie titles, careful resource management does play a vital role in your quest to fend off hungry zombies.
As you all know from my previous review, I’m a real-time managing expert. Ok, I may not be an expert, and I may not even be close to a professional, but I do know fun and intense games when I see them. Cake Mania 3 is definitely on the fun and intense side, and probably more on the intense side.
Steamboat Mountain Designs has recently released a v1.1 update to Abby Crabby, a visually appealing game I had previously reviewed here at TouchMyApps. While I did enjoy the game with its cute graphics and fun gameplay, I found that the tilt controls were not very responsive and the lack of difficulty settings didn’t help the matter. After hearing some of these concerns, Jeff Mathews tweaked Abby Crabby for a much more enjoyable crabby experience.
There is little doubt that the iDevice makes a great platform for racers. One can see that by the 5 pages of racing games in the AppStore. With so many to choose from, and with little variety between them, a game has to justify its existence in order to thrive. This is where Burning Tires 3D faces a dilemma. Is it good or innovative enough to warrant a purchase? Unfortunately, unlike Fishlab’s other racing game, Powerboat Challenge 3D, there is little reasons that legitimize this game.
Ethan Nicholas and his game, iShoot, represent the dreams and ambitions of the thousands of independent developers that flock towards the AppStore. He went from obscurity, which lasted for months, to recognition and renown for both his business acumen and for the quality of iShoot. He did so well that at the current time of writing, iShoot has been on the top 100 paid apps list for over a month.
Already with two smaller apps under their belt (Fortune Egg and BPop), developer IndieAn has gone all out this time round with the release of Heavy Mach, a surprisingly fun and engaging side scrolling tank game. According to the app description:
“Tank action game with full of reality, HEAVY MACH.!” Let’s enjoy a realistic tank shooting game with its easy control specialized to the iPhone device”.
While I wouldn’t exactly consider Heavy Mach to be a realistic tank shooting game (when was the last time you saw a real tank do double jumps?), I do love the sweet graphics , great controls and the ability to level up your tank in three different categories. Let’s have a closer look at some of the games features.
I’ve watched my wife play time management games for years now. I have to be honest that I’ve never really understood the attraction to the genre. Well, it was time to find out what these types of games are all about, and I now have a new found appreciation for the genre.
What I first found interesting in this game was the strategy element. I mistakenly thought that this was a game that you just tap aimlessly as quickly as possible to get everything done with in the time limit. Maybe I’ve played too many shoot ‘em ups…