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…
Chillingo has dropped by TouchMyApps to give us the scoop on their soon to be released iDracula, an action packed title that transports you into a Van Helsing like world. While not a whole lot is known about the game at this time, we’ve been able uncover some details regarding weapons, gameplay and controls that should wet your appetite. More info and screenshots after the break.
Ketara Software has recently released SpaceX as a free download (for a limited time) at the App Store. The space shooter does have fairly good graphics and even features a fully customizable ship, where you can purchase both weapon and armor upgrades. Overall I found it to be a pretty decent shooter that kept me busy with all those darn upgrades. Those picky with controls will be glad to know that tilt and touch controls are interchangeable without the need of changing any settings. Simply tap the screen to active the touch controls and let go to to start the accelerometer (very intuitive). If you like blowing things up in space, better grab yourself a copy while its still free. Few more screenshots and video after the break.
There’s nothing quite like coming to a new world or city, to find out it hasn’t been developed yet. Welcome to Westward pardner! You are among the first settlers in the West!! While this may be a port of a PC game from a few years back, it’s still a whole lot of fun! Most importantly, it really is implemented very well on the iDevice thanks to its touch screen. But we’ll get to that in a bit…
GameResort, creators of the unique bowling title Downhill Bowling (a game we enjoyed immensely and gave a “Grab It” rating) has dropped by TouchMyApps to let us know about an upcoming and yet to be titled game that indeed looks very promising. The game will be launched with 2 game modes:
Arcade: Defend the island against waves of enemies, shoot down as many as you can to collect the maximum amount of points. Enemy ships spawn crates when shot down. You can pick up the crates and drop them on a specific target for additional points.
Race: There are 9 different track configurations around the island. You have to fly through a series of hoops in sequence and complete 3 laps as fast as possible. The same mechanics as in arcade mode apply (shooting down targets, pickup/drop crates) but they give you a time bonus instead of points.
I have also been told that the controls will be ‘casual’: accelerometer to steer, a button to fire, a button to drop the crates (when available). The game should making its way into the App Store sometime this month and we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for this sweet looking arcade shooter.
ngmoco, the fine folks behind Rolando, has released a lite version of the beautifully designed and well executed game. Rolando was one of the first games to hit the iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly considered a defining game for the platform. Its long been one of my favorite titles at the App Store and one that cements the iPhone/Touch as a serious contender as a mobile gaming device. Rolando Lite will take you through the tutorial levels of the first world Honeycup Meadows and give you a taste of how the game is played. If you haven’t tried Rolando ($5.99) just yet, grab the lite version here and see what all the fuss is about.
Yes, here at Touchmyapps, we are dedicated to bring you as many reviews as we can. If it means I have to sacrifice myself and try every match 3 game, I will….for you! So, without further ado, let’s review another match 3 style game.
Right off the bat, this isn’t your mother (or father’s) match style game. We’re not shooting across, we’re not shooting up, we’re not even shooting downwards. We’re now tied on a string going around in circles matching the colored “blobs”. I have to admit that it took me a few games to wrap my head around this simple change to the genre, but once I got used to it, I really enjoyed it. This brought in a sense of excitement to the genre that I haven’t felt in a long time. It almost (dare I say it?) felt like an action game…
Everyone and their mother is aware that Need for Speed: Undercover is coming soon to the iPhone platform and that release is ~about~ a month away. It looks fab and knowing EA – their flagship racer will not be put too early to the App Store and in no way will they let it fall behind the competition. It will be the new Messiah App for the iPhone – or it will be the last straw. There is much hope riding on this app that has until now been the recipient of a mishmash of reviews that are not inspiring the greatest of confidence in fans for the iPhone version.