Elite broke ground and Privateer sunk its teeth deep into the pockets of Space Trader fans around the world, but for the younger gamer, Freelancer and the X series will probably be familiar trader landmarks. Kechbs Software‘s Space Trader is the first of the genre to explore the App Store.
Simutrans, a free and popular transport simulation game (think SimCity and Transport Tycoon Deluxe) that has graced the PC, Linux and Mac has just made its way onto the iPhone/iPod Touch. Thanks to ZodTTD, the master homebrow dev responsible for bringing SNES and Playstation 1 emulators to jailbroken iDevices (among other projects), the port of Simutrans can now be enjoyed gratis at the palm of your hand:
Your goal is to establish a successful transport company. Transport passengers, mail and goods by rail, road, ship, and even air. Interconnect districts, cities, public buildings, industries and tourist attractions by buiding a transport network you always dreamed of.
Planes, ships, trains, trams, trucks, busses and monorails are at your disposal. You can control and watch your finances and the traffic of your vehicles and goods.
As this is essentially a direct port of the PC game and not built from the ground up for the iPhone, players will find Simutrans rather sluggish and an interface that can be difficult to nagivate. Still, free is free and fans of the genre should definitely be checking this out. [Simutrans, FREE]
There are relatively few places in the App Store to go if you want to help your betting game when considering the English Premier League and Italian Serie A. FantaFootball, designed by Andrea Zilio and Enrico Sartorello is a newcomer to Fantasy Football but already impresses in several areas.
Before we begin, what review would be complete without a personal anecdote? Okay, when I was a small lad till the time I was big enough to realise it was an impossibility, I dreamt of earning my cash by playing football. Yup, I thought I would be a talented player. It only took four years of league play and one more year to realise the only money I would be dealing with football would be if I became a bookie. Well, FantaFootball, may at least help me meet my betting goal as it immediately informs me how my my selected squad is doing. It is a Fantasy Football simulator which allows you to choose your lineup and watch how it competes against the established teams as well as other teams of your imagining.
Ever wondered what the most stressful job in the world feels like? ATC 4.0 introduces iPhone gamers to the world of Air Traffic Control. The role of a enroute air traffic controller consists of sitting in dark radar rooms monitoring the flow of traffic, they issue instructions to follow headings, warn pilots of conflicting traffic, and clear aircraft for arrivals and departures. At times, it may feel like a video game….or does it?
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.
Excite Bike, California Games, Skate or Die… Bike or Die
Bike or Die 2.
It has been a long time coming but extreme bicycling from the comfort of your living room sofa or bus seat has landed at an iPhone near you. Bike or Die 2 is the follow up to Bike or Die for Palm OS that should doubtless be called, ‘Bike and Die’. It is 2500 levels of biking death that stretches the genre of physics simulators to new and bloody lengths.
I remember spending heaps of time as a kid playing with and testing out all kinds of paper airplanes, trying to make them glide further and faster. While that hobby is long gone, Clever Coding has revived those fun memories with their release of the beautiful 3D flyer Paper Pilot. Developed using the powerful iPhone game engine Unity, Paper Pilot will have you flying a paper airplane through gorgeously rendered 3D environments via the accelerometer and collecting floating paperclips in the least amount of time possible.
When I heard about Wings 2: Flight Simulator Experience and saw some of the screenshots on iTunes, I had high expectations; the graphics were amazing!! It was like the screenshots were taken from a PSP or a PS2 even; just by showing me the graphics on a webpage it could never convince me that Wings 2 was a mobile phone grade application. I then immediately wanted to test it out, to see how great the program was.
(The above video is not my iPod)
Ages ago, when Pull My Finger, a gas of an app whose cheese was cut by Apple for having ‘limited usability’ made waves on internet, the App Store was still young. Now, with over 10 000 apps in its library, the App Store is a gigantic katamari ball for both good and crap software. Need we more evidence than last Christmas when a farting app made the top ten seller list, touting features like, “the sick dog”?
SimCity has been published in the App Store. And, it is an iPhone App. And, it is an EA job. Prompted by those facts, I think we can make some hasty conclusions. On the iPhone side: It is touch controlled ala the iPhone interface. It is pocketable. It may be the game that god-game fans have waited for. On the EA side: it is not a unique release. It is massive. It is beautifully rendered. It has some major bugs. And, in classic EA tradition, it reaches a bit too high.