Ian Marsh’s Scoops has been around the App Store for quite some time now and yet it remains one of the more popular and well liked titles for the iPhone/iPod Touch. This shouldn’t come as a surprise really considering how easy it is to appreciate a game like Scoops and the amount of fun that can be had from such a simple concept.
First, why don’t I explain what exactly a Tangram puzzle is. In a Tangram puzzle, you have a shape. This shape is actually comprised of a group of other shapes. In Tangram, you have seven pieces: Two large triangles, two small triangles, one medium triangle, a square, and a strange slanted rectangle piece. The key is to place and rotate these seven pieces until they form the shape that you’re looking for. So, now that you’re in the loop, let’s get to the review!
It’s tempting to judge a game by the companionship it keeps. Payback falls victim to this by the obvious comparisons to the original GTA I and GTA II. It has the immense task of measuring up to one of the greatest and well recognized gaming franchise in current history. So, does Payback meet these great expectations? Does it deserve a place in the App Store pantheon of great games? Is it worth spending $6.99? I say yes. Payback is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive gaming experience the App Store has to offer.
Let me begin by saying I love Qix style games. I remember playing them in arcades… Yes, I know it’s hard to believe but us “elderly” folks actually used to go to arcades to socialize and play games, rather than in our basements talking through headphones with our friends who are in a different household, or over 2 iphones via wifi. But this isn’t a history lesson. It’s simply to point out that I hold a special place in my heart for these type of games. Perhaps unfortunately and/or unfairly, I also come in with certain expectations.
Have you seen the Tom Hanks movie, Terminal? Did you like his cooked accent? How bout the terrible politics between his home country and homeland security USA that kept him locked up? How about the slomance? Terminal – liked, loved or hated – is actually moot to this review; JetSet: A game for Airports, is nothing at all like the movie. And your role in the game? Nothing Hollywood, just a security guard in inspections.
International flyers, JetSet has the answers to the questions that plague your about airports, security and fashion. Forget what you think you know. Why? JetSet will teach you all you need to know.
Update: Our review is now up! Read it here
Payback, a Grand Theft Auto inspired game, was perhaps one of the first highly anticipated titles to be released for the iPhone/iPod in 2009. Due to the discovery of a major bug in the game on launch date (Jan 15th) though, Apex Designs had to pull it from the App Store to iron out the kinks. Well Apex has let TouchMyApps know that Payback will be indeed be out later tonight at the US App Store. We’ve already got our copy in hand and are working hard to bring you a review ASAP. So stay tuned and be sure to check back for this seriously huge and sweeeeet game. When I say huge, I mean 200mb+ of awesomeness.
playtoniq, the folks behind the well received “Aqua” Sports series (Aqua Hoops /Aqua Punt), has dropped by TouchMyApps to let us know about their brand new game Just Fillin’. Set to be released tomorrow (Jan 28th), Just Fillin’ takes gameplay elements of the classic Qix and adds its own unique twist. Having spent time testing out the game, I must say it got me hooked with its simple but addictive gameplay.
Being from New Jersey, there’s something about bowling that stirs the soul. The sights, the smells, the horrifically colored shoes… they all appeal to he suburban part of my heart. The App Store has given us a few good games that seek to emulate this experience. They seek to translate the feel of the ‘lanes’ to a mobile experience. Downhill Bowling, though, strives for something far grander.
Personally, I haven’t come across that many sniper games for the iPhone. The one or two that I have were underwhelming to say the least. That’s why when I first saw i Sniper, I had fairly high expectations after seeing some rather nice looking screen shots of the game. Developed by MASQ Interactive, i Sniper will take you through 6 missions around the world, with features like ‘concentration’ to steady your shot and tilt controls to aim through your scope.
There is a word I rarely use when reviewing a game: exceptional. Yet, Blue Attack! rightly deserves this description. John Kooistra has managed to create a game that reaches a level of polish, gameplay, and affordability that sets it apart from most others in the SHMUP (Shoot ‘em up) genre and within the landfill that is the App Store. This is one game that definitely rises above the rest.