Racing games. It feels like I’ve played them since the beginning of time. I remember playing Turbo on my ColecoVision (I know… what the heck is/was a ColecoVision?). I played Pole Position and OutRun in the arcades, and the updated racers from Need for Speed, Forza to Burnout. I don’t want to toot my own horn (no pun intended) but I’m pretty good at them…
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.
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.
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.
What can I really say about TanZen, other than this is a perfect puzzle game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. There is a lite version for you try out, but beware, if you’re going to try the lite version, chances are you’re going to upgrade to the full version.
Word games, we’ve all played them. Crossword puzzles, Scrabble, Boggle etc etc. I’ve honestly never been a huge fan of these type of games, but for some reason, I really enjoy them on my Touch. Either I’m getting wiser with age, or these games translate beautifully on this device. Maybe it’s both…