We gamers are a fickle flock – on a perpetual quest for a game that that will always be new, exciting and unpredictable to us, yet paradoxically which offers a satisfying conclusion: closure to cap our efforts to conquer it.
I suppose Andy Adventure is what you might expect if you were to cross Topple with Indiana Jones. You play a brave adventurer traveling the world, collecting treasure and trying to defeat the bad guys. The game actually has a lot of potential, but sluggish performance and the need to repeated play a high percentage of the levels before moving on tend to bog down the excitement. Let’s see if this adventure is for you or not.
Earlier this year, I reviewed FindIT, an extremely hi-res ‘spot the difference’ app which dazzled with smashing photographs, but frustrated with a spotty menu system. Well Granet have come back with a shot from the hip: Sexy FindIT is bittier and cheaper than the original. And I prefer it for reasons which are more than just skin deep…
After its initial rejection, the lite version released and then pulled, and a good six months wait, IUGO’s A.D.D. (Addictive Dumb Distractions), has finally been released. IUGO’s catalogue contains many successful titles such as Cliffed and Implode! to which A.D.D. has been added. Addictive Dumb Distractions features 70+ fastpaced minigames, similar to that of Warioware which can be played in three modes: Quickplay, Practice, and Hardcore. There is also an online leaderboard to fuel friendly competition.
Groovin’ Blocks is another mash-up of genres, this time a mix of puzzle and rhythm music games like Rock Band and Guitar Rock Tour. And it’s a successful merger – producing a game that’s got a unique visual and audio style. If that sounds like it might appeal to you, click on through to get my thoughts.
My favourite writer of all time is Terry Pratchett, creator of the deeply witty Discworld series. One of his interesting ideas was that to dogs (and werewolves in his books), smells were actually perceived as differently coloured clouds. Well, EA heav taken that general idea and applied it to music.
Hopido is another one of those simple to learn puzzle games that becomes more and more complex as you get into the higher levels. It’s a great brain teaser, the kind of game you can spend hours playing, but broken up into as many quick sessions as you’d like. It’s not the flashiest game you’ll find in the app store, but it doesn’t really need to be, and I’ll tell you why after the break.
Unless you are trying to make the last train home, it is never too late to start. The Granny Coder, a 78 year-old grandmother from Czech is proving this very maxim in the creation of a new arcade physics puzzle-game, Gelex. Years ago, she studied the programming languages C and C++, for an IT stint, but now, retired and battling increased free-time, she has picked up iPhone programming. Gelex has even better news: Handjoy are scheming to debut it at reduced price, or in the case that enough people shout and stamp about it on internet, it will be introduced for free in a few weeks.
By the way, “I want Gelex for free!”
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Bust-A-Move (aka Puzzle Bobble) is probably one of the most widely known games around. With releases on virtually every platform as well as arcade and mobile devices over the last +15 years, it’s hard not to find someone who hasn’t played it or heard of it. The game’s most recent conquest is found on the iPlatform. Puzzle fans, get ready for a new definitive addiction in your favourite genre.
When I was a kid I loved making gadgets. My parents got me a construction kit and I was able to create all kinds of crazy stuff. Some of it even worked! Well, Publisher X just made a construction kit for your very own iPhone! Just get the ball in the goal!