Biplane: Wings of Raccoon straddles the line between cute and… not so cute. The name evokes a cross between a Red Baron type game with some sort of Crash Bandicoot theme. In spite of this, Biplane is an interesting enough offer that warrants a closer examination.
Not news, but just a damn delicious website and preview trailer for Metal Gear Solid 4 for the iPod Touch and iPhone. Konami may not be re-creating our beloved Metal Gear Solid as it has been known for consoles and portables since the Nintendo Family computer, but they are releasing a highly anticipated shooter that sports everyone’s favourite snake and some great graphics. For those with fast fingers or addiction to Metal Gear games, this looks to be a portable pleaser. [Check out our review here]
For fans of the iDevice, it is a welcome sign that more and more big gaming companies are taking the platform seriously. Not only have Konami put the effort into coding a unique release for us touch gamers, but they have created an amusing and relevant webpage complete with ‘touching’. Kudos to you who navigate Konami’s webpage with iTap!
Paramount has just released what could be their best App Store offering to date in Shooter. If you enjoyed watching the movie starring Mark Walberg and love Sniper/Shooting games, then the surprisingly deep Shooter is a must have for your iPhone/iPod Touch. (did I mention that the intro price is only $0.99?)
Shooter – The Official Movie Game is one of the first true 1st person shooters to be released on the iPhone and iPod Touch. As Gunnery Sergeant Bob Lee Swagger, you must clear your name after being accused of an assassination attempt on the President. Stealthy pursuit, a steady hand and nerves of steel will allow you to eliminate those responsible.
We previously looked at i Sniper, a decent game that was probably the best of its kind when it was first released. With the arrival of Shooter, there’s no question who’s the new king of the (Sniper) hill. Impressions and screenshots after the jump.
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.
30 January, 2009, a beautiful shooter popped onto the App Store. ExZeus is developed by HyperDevBox and reminiscent of the days of Galaga or Space Harrier, but gloriously rendered and spectrally highlighted in 3D. If you like Japanese robots in particular and shooting things as a hobby, get excited because no one does robots better than the Japanese and no one shoots better than a robot. ExZeus is as per the App Description, a port of the famous arcade hit that has more recently made waves in in the Nintendo Wii and Playstation 2 crowd.
Gameplay video after the jump.
Time Crisis, the arcade rail shooter we have all come to know and love, has just been released at the App Store by Namco. Namco has already ported over the beloved Katamari Damacy (“I love Katamari“), so its no surprise then that Time Crisis gets the iPhone treatment as well. The arcade and console versions of the game are of course played with the customary light gun and foot pedal, where you step on the pedal to engage enemies and let your foot off to take cover from incoming fire and reload. Since the iPhone offers neither accessory, Namco has made use of the iPhone’s accelerometer in hopes of recreating the Time Crisis experience.
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.
ngmoco:) has quickly become a developer many are keeping a close eye on for the iPhone. While they may not have released a bundle of games thus far, the ones that ngmoco have are both fun and unique in their own way (Topple, Dr. Awesome). With the recent release of Dropship, ngmoco has outdone themselves this time and quite possibly have put together the ultimate Arcade game that is as addictive as it is impressive.
Platypus is one of those titles that has had relative success, but it seems like not a whole lot of people know about the game. Having already been released on the PC, Mac, Smart Phones and the PSP, it has now found its way on to the iPhone. The one aspect that sets Platypus apart from other side scrolling shooters is that its entire world is created by clay. Anthony Flack, the game’s creator, painstakingly made every single element from a single lump of clay and photographed them with a digital camera. No wonder it is one of the most unique looking games out for the iPhone.