One thing I like about the App Store is that it gives developers room to experiment without a sizable budget, unlike on consoles where it might costs thousands of dollars just to get development software. As a result we get cool little games like RollOut, a puzzle platformer with a unique premise and an old school look and sound. The game “only” has 50 levels at the moment, but getting through it and beating the “standard” time for each level will be two entirely different challenges.
We’ve got stellar news for you folks! FingerArts has just informed me that their highly acclaimed game, Guess the News, has just been set FREE for a day in collaboration with OpenFeint’s Free Game of the Day project. Our beloved Enuh reviewed Guess the News back in late Fall 2009 and was very much impressed with the game and awarded it a firm Grab-It rating.
More than just a novelty, Guess the News is a great word puzzle game with a unique concept and an educational component. A steal at $0.99, it offers unlimited game content, informative news and an enjoyable game experience that makes it stand out from the rest. It’s a game for all ages and discriminating game tastes.
And if you missed our Freebies Roundup yesterday, be sure to check out some of the more notable games that have recently gone free.
One of the genres, quite young even on the desktop but already found itself comfortably sitting on the App Store, is Hidden Object – a type of game where you have to find items hidden in an image to advance. Most of these games back this up by a storyline of sorts to make the process more involving. Today we’re reviewing Ankh – the Lost Treasures, the latest addition to the genre by Softdistribution and the prequel to the highly acclaimed PC adventure Ankh.
The whole match-3 genre is definitely one of the more casual ones, designed for quick pick up and play. This in mind it’s not a big shock that there are quite a bunch of these games on the App Store, enough to make sorting out the good from the bad a pain for the casual customer. TouchMyApps is proud to be your first line of defense in such trying circumstances and today we’re going to review Steamballs, a match-3 puzzler from Digital Worlds, developers of the card-based strategy game Strongholds.
Fresh off the heels of celebrating PAC-MAN’s 30th anniversary, Namco has sent us word that PAC-Match Party, a new PAC-MAN themed match-3 puzzle, will be launched for the iPhone and iPod Touch (iPad version to follow) in the very near future. Touted as a Match 3 with a retro twist, gamers will be treated to addictive gameplay, whacky combos and 30 levels of pure PAC-MAN goodness. A flash based version of the game was recently launched and it should give you a good idea on what to expect from the iDevice version. I’ve tried out the flash game myself and it is indeed very fun. And for those of you living in the continental US, Namco is also giving away a PAC-MAN-themed smart car!
If you’re a puzzle/match 3 lover, you’ll surely love what PAC-Match Party has to offer. More screenshots and video trailer after the break.
I’ve probably said it about 50 times by now but I absolutely love pick-up-and-play style games. As fun and immersive as some of these top end titles are, there is nothing more enjoyable than a title you can simply pick up, start playing in seconds and put down whenever you have to, without the fear of losing track of where you are, or not saving at a crucial point. Most recently, I found another title that fits the bill. Crazy Test! is a WarioWare inspired game that is both insanely fun, and can drive you insane at the same time.
Feel free to discuss Crazy Test! in our forums.
Simon Graham and the Extraordinary Timepiece is a puzzle adventure game. Simon Graham arrives at his grandmother’s house, only to find she’s been kidnapped. The only clues he has as to her disappearance are in the diary she left behind. Trouble is, everything is a puzzle! So you must help Simon to solve jigsaws, math questions, word riddles and hidden object hunts in order to track down his missing grandmother.
Feel free to discuss Simon Graham and the Extraodinary Timepiece, Book I in our forums.
The “Match 3″ formula has been repeated all through the game section of the App Store. Ranging from free to paid, good to bad, it’s one of biggest sub-genres that’s been carried over from PC based flash games. Recently I was able to check out an app that takes the formula into a whole new direction. Cubes 3D Revolution, from Simiotica, is a new match ‘em with a 3D twist.
When it comes to games designed for your iDevice, the “line-drawing” segment really is perfect for it. Games that involve simple taps and swipes make use of the device’s prominent features and if done well, can also result in a great game. Enter Super 7, a line-drawing title (with a math twist) brought to you by developers No Monkeys (makers of the fun Green Fingers and Alphabetic). So with expectations set, read on to see if 7 equals heaven, or if these devs were just monkeying around.
One thing that’s becoming increasingly popular in the realm of match 3 games is to have a split screen, where one half of the screen is matching and the other half is something happening as a result of the matching. Sometimes the non-matching side is interactive, sometimes it’s not. Either way it adds a fresh spin to a fun but increasingly oversaturated genre. One of the latest efforts to rise to the occasion is Lt. Fly Rise of the Arachnids, and it’s quite an effort indeed. The first level starts off a bit slow, but when it takes off (level 2) it really takes off, and joyous mayhem ensues. Match 3 fans looking for something a little different won’t be disappointed.