TouchMyApps » The App Store’s Best http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:22:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 The App Store’s Best Adventure (Updated 30.08.2010) – Top of top, cream of the crop for your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/28/top-app-stores-best-adventure-games-for-iphone-ipod-touch-ipad/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/28/top-app-stores-best-adventure-games-for-iphone-ipod-touch-ipad/#comments Mon, 28 Dec 2009 17:55:18 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=25168 . Adventure games have always been my favourite genre. Yeah, yeah, I start almost any adventure games review this way. But what can I do if it is true? Sadly I was too late for the Interactive Fiction era. When I entered the conscious gaming stage of my life at about 6 (I was an … Read more]]>

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Adventure games have always been my favourite genre. Yeah, yeah, I start almost any adventure games review this way. But what can I do if it is true? Sadly I was too late for the Interactive Fiction era. When I entered the conscious gaming stage of my life at about 6 (I was an avid gamer even before that but have few memories about that) I fell smack in the dawn of the point-and-click games with such legendary games as King’s Quest 1, other Sierra series, The Secret of Monkey Island and others. The casual pace of the games and the devious puzzles that make the grey matter really earn it’s keep always appealed to me. For a long time I have shunned first-person adventure games for various reasons and have only grown to appreciate them on the iDevice which is simply perfect for them.

What is the THE best adventure game on the iDevice? Well, there’s no way to tell for sure. For one thing this genre has been largely overlooked for a long time by the developers and has only recently begun to attract attention with quite a number of high-quality releases in the past few months. And there’s always a matter of taste. As I said earlier there are the retro style Interactive Fiction and their recent rebirth – Graphic Novels with such a game as the Raving Manor being the perfect example. Then there are the games I was born in to the genre with – 3d person point-and-click with Broken Sword: Director’s Cut heading my personal list, having recently dethroned Beneath the Steel Sky Remastered. The first person point-and-click games list is headed by the amazing 1112 episode 02. The less represented Action/Adventure games headed by the recent survival-horror – Fallen. And who can forget the popular genre, born by Flash games – Escape the Room with Surrounded being one of the most noteworthy titles. Finally we have a category born by the laserdisc arcade machines and reincarnated on the “Jesus” phone – Interactive Movies with Dragon’s Lair being the undisputed king.

Interactive Fiction (Graphic Novel, Choose your own adventure)

This is the genre that is the grandfather of them all. In the time of no mice, when text-only monitors roamed the planet games like Zork glued the would-be adventurers to the screens. The main problem with IF games has always been the bane of “guess that verb” since the player had to manually type in commands. On the other hand without the necessity of focusing on the graphic side of the game the content had loads more importance than in later titles. At about the same time an enterprising person from Bantam Books published a series of gamebooks, that gave almost the same experience, but without the computer and based on descriptions of a situation and a number of decisions with relative pages to turn to next. In the more recent years these genres were reborn on the PC with graphic novels – games that centred heavily on the content and gave very little choice in how things would play out down the line. All of these subgenres have found their way on the iDevice and the following titles can be referenced for your pleasure:

3d Person Point and Click

Aaaah, even these 5 words bring fond memories. Point-and-click is what adventure games evolved in when mice became more widespread. Having replaced the tedious command typing by a simple set of possible actions adventure games immediately became much more user-friendly and widespread. And thus began the golden age of adventure games. The main distinguishing characteristics of these games are a large inventory, insane amounts of pixelhunting and often – devious puzzles. Most of the genre on the iPhone is represented by ports of various PC games, although a few were designed specifically for it. Introducing today’s winners:

1st Person Point and Click

This genre, shunned by me for various reasons for quite some time, has witnessed a recent rebirth on the iPhone. By design it is a perfect fit for the platform without the necessity of having pesky touchpad-style cursor controls. Beautifully designed static backgrounds along with (often) an almost zero amount of Non Player Characters and loads of puzzles are the hallmarks of this genre. Myst was the game that made it really popular on the PC all those years ago and it was it that defined the complex puzzles, often not much based on the inventory. Quite a number of titles have been ported on the iPhone lately as well as a few having been developed exclusively for the iDevice. And the lucky nominees are:

Action-Adventures

Action adventure games are designed for those, who not only like to keep their grey matter busy, but also to keep the fingers working as well. Games, attributed to this category, often vary in the amount and quality of the adventure content. To be consistent as possible and taking into account the overall topic I’ll try to list only the ones heavy on Adventure/Puzzle solving and leave the rest for another day. I would also like to note that the beloved by many console players genre of Survival Horror is also a subgenre here. Without further ado here’s the list:

Interactive Movie

I remember a time when many people said the Interactive Movie genre is the future of adventure games. Thankfully they have been proved wrong, but quite a number of really good games have been produced nevertheless and some of them found their way onto the iDevice. The hallmarks of these games are minimum amount of interaction required. Usually you just have to push the right button at the right time to advance the story. Living up to its name it really is more like watching a movie, with a little manual labour thrown in just to keep you focused. These games are quite scarce on the platform, but here’s a list I’ve been able to conjure up:

Escape the room

Finally, the list would not be complete without the genre, born by the spur of Flash office-time-killer games the last few years. The plot almost always starts with you waking up in an unfamiliar room with no memory of how you got there. The goal is to try to find a way out. Often there are no characters in the game whatsoever and the inventory rarely contains more than a few items. And the puzzles often are centred on opening various containers and trying to find keys for doors. There aren’t that many games of the genre as you would expect on the iDevice, though with Adobe’s announcement of integrating the export to iPhone app feature in the next release of the Flash development suite I expect we’ll see much more of them. And the games I’ve been able to find are:

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

As with almost any other genre it’s impossible to name the absolute #1, at least without knowing your exact tastes. Every subgenre has it’s highlights and outsiders. Adventure games as a whole still have a limited auditory, though some more than others. To the more casual gamer or a newcomer to the genre I would recommend starting with some of the lighter and easier games. A perfect example of such is Mystery Mania – the tale of a lost and confused robot named F8 in the mansion of his creator. The excellent bright graphics, somewhat easier puzzles and intriguing storyline make it an excellent introduction into the genre. Another good starting point is Fallen – the sole representative of Survival Horror on the platform. With a solid blend of Action an Adventure content it is a very atmospheric and creepy game (warning – headphones are a must).

For the more experienced players I would recommend to turn their eyes to the 1st and 3rd person point-and-click adventures. 1112 episode 02 – a sequel to the first adventure game, originally and exclusively designed for the iDevice is a good place to start. From the title to the ending credits it delivers the experience, more commonly associated with a full-scale PC game. Combining gorgeous hand drawn graphics, extensive dialogues, varied gameplay and an interface designed exclusively for the iDevice it is truly the LOST of iPhone adventure games

The iPhone has everything, even for the most dedicated old-school adventure fans. Quite a number of games have been ported to the platform, but the undisputed king here is Broken Sword: Director’s Cut – a model of how a game should be transferred to the iDevice. Not only the interface was completely redone from scratch taking into account the specifics of the touchscreen (yes, no touchpad style controls here), but an extra storyline worth of almost 3 hours of gameplay has been added to the original supported by new cutscenes done by Dave Gibbons – co-creator of ‘Watchmen’. And you never can go wrong with a storyline invloving a charming American tourist, gorgeous French reporter, the Templars, Hashishin, Baphomet, Nazis and world domination.

And for those, nostalgic of the old arcade games there are the Laserdisc classics with Dragon’s Lair at the helm. The interactive cartoon by Don Bluth has forced many to spend all of their pocket change in the futile attempts to save princess Daphne. And now you can have the same experience on the iPhone for just a fraction of the amount of cash you sunk into it all those years ago.

Even those, frequenting the Flash game portals can find something to strike their fancy on the iDevice. Quite a number of Escape the Room games have found their way onto the platform. I would definitely recommend you start with Surrounded if you’re into this.

And a couple more honourable mentions from me. One of them is HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 – a recent unexpected hit from the indie team of Straandlooper. The adventures of the half-decent Detective Inspector (you guessed it) Hector fueled by the creative genius of Dean Burke are a throwback to the golden years of adventure gaming and can confidently stand on par with such hits as Sam&Max or Day of the Tentacle.  And who could forget Myst – the legend that held the title of the most sold game ever for more than a decade. The complete game has been brought over to the iPhone and is the final stop for the most die-hard adventure fans.


So you can see the iPhone has something for everybody, regardless of your gaming history. I have played almost all of the genre games on the platform, as well as having enjoyed many of them originally on the PC. Being quite an experienced player and real fan of the genre I would give the crown to Broken Sword: Director’s Cut. Is it for everybody? No. It would probably strike the newcomers as overly difficult and for them the Mystery Mania would be a much better choice to start. I invite you to check out our reviews of the games for more detail and make your own minds up. As always – the final choice is up to you.

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TMA Springboard Favourites: Games http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/26/tma-springboard-favourites-games/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/26/tma-springboard-favourites-games/#comments Sat, 26 Dec 2009 17:53:33 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=25094 TMA has a pretty gnarly selection of editors and contributors from around the globe. And in the spirit of giving and taking, we would like to share our favourite App Store games with you. Strap on your safety belts and get your pens in order because this article is about to shed light on the darkest … Read more]]>

TMA has a pretty gnarly selection of editors and contributors from around the globe. And in the spirit of giving and taking, we would like to share our favourite App Store games with you. Strap on your safety belts and get your pens in order because this article is about to shed light on the darkest of our gaming secrets.

Louis: The fat cat who started it all has an amazing knack for finding classic games. It would be smart to consider his favourite games therapeutic benchmarks among puss-filled rivals.

Genre App Store link TMA review The low-down
Racing Need for Speed Shift Need for Speed Shift – $6.99 EA delivers once again with one of the best racing experiences on the iPhone.
Puzzle Drop7 Drop7 – $2.99 Tetris meets Sudoku in this wonderful puzzler that will consume chunks of your free time.
Action N.O.V.A. - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance N.O.V.A. – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance – $6.99 HALO brought to life on your iPhone. What more do you want?
Arcade Labyrinth 2 Labyrinth 2 – $4.99 A near perfectly executed game with unlimited replay value thanks to its many excellent features.
Strategy geoDefense geoDefense – $1.99 One of the best Tower Defence games on the iDevice. Great visuals and challenging as hell.

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shigzeo: What can I say? He’s one of the worst gamers I know, but his one working eye never fails to find treasures. Count him a heavy RPG and strategy player who every once-in-a-while can pull the trigger.

Genre App Store link TMA review The low-down
RPG The Quest The Quest – $5.99 This Classic RPG is deep: massive crafting, at least 50 hours of story gameplay, and great sandbox play.
Strategy Palm Heroes Palm Heroes – $5.99 Just like Heroes of Might and Magic, but palm-sized and more addictive than ever.
Action Project Phoenix Project Phoenix – $1.99 If you like team-based action games like the classic Jackal, Project Phoenix has most bases covered.
Strategy 7 Cities 7 Cities – $2.99 7Cities does everything with class and character and was the first to advance deep upgrade tactics.
Time Mngmnt. Hospital Havoc Hospital Havoc – $3.99 Frantic and cute, Hospital Havoc puts the right emphasis in the right places for perfect fun.

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ChiffaN: This man is a self-dubbed adventure gamer. While he does games in all flavours, his favourites tend to the deeper side of gaming. The following keep him in the abyss of iDevice fun.

Genre App Store link TMA review The low-down
Strategy Palm Heroes Palm Heroes – $5.99 It’s Heroes of Might & Magic for the iPhone – what else is needed to be said?
RPG Undercroft Undercroft – $4.99 Authentic old-school party RPG experience for the iGeneration.
Adventure Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered – $2.99 A cult classic remastered for the iDevice and a model of point-and-click adventure gaming on the platform.
Action Fallen EP-1 Fallen EP-1 – $1.99 If you think that there is no such thing as a really scary Survival Horror iPhone game – check out Fallen and think again.
Puzzle Auditorium Auditorium – $1.99 If music was visible – it would look like Auditorium.

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Enuh Iglesias: Chatty and fun, Enuh writes like she games: with snap and poise. It’s no surprise that she enjoys cute, fun games which are good for any amount of play time and which can fit any time bill.

Genre App Store link TMA review The low-down
Puzzle Super Juicy Super Juicy – $0.99 Super Juicy is a truly delicious, bubble-popping delight that is the best of Technicolor and heady physics combined.
Time Mngmnt. Zombie Pizza Zombie Pizza – $1.99 With (literally) eye-popping graphics, a hilarious soundtrack and frantic fingerplay, the insanely addictive Zombie Pizza is one game my device cannot live without.
Time Mngmnt. Hospital Havoc Hospital Havoc – $3.99 In a league of its own, Hospital Havoc is one of the most beautifully designed, thoughtfully executed and by far the most challenging time management game out there.
Action Flickitty Flickitty – $1.99 Flickitty, a cute, elastic and invincible cat is also the star of a dazzlingly original, genre-bending game.
Board Game MONOPOLY MONOPOLY – $4.99 Monopoly captures the charm and nostalgia of the original board game while completely modernizing its controls and functions – just perfect for playing alone or with company.

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SteveNaka: Jack-of-All-Trades Nakashima is the man I like to call Steve. His many talents have taken him all over the App Store and in and out of the most classic of gaming apps and will continue to float all of our boats.

Genre App Store link TMA review The low-down
Action Eliminate Pro Eliminate Pro – Free Amazing FREE Quake style shooter.
Action Underground Underground – $3.99 One of the best side scrolling games in the AppStore. Great themed graphics  and addictive gameplay.
Puzzle Game Electric Box Electric Box – $1.99 Great puzzle game that gets incredibly difficult yet doesn’t lose it’s playability.
Board Game THE GAME OF LIFE Classic Edition THE GAME OF LIFE Classic Edition – $2.99 A perfect recreation of the classic boardgame title with amusing added twists.
Arcade Cornhole All-Stars Cornhole All-Stars – Free Despite it’s recent censorship hurdles, it remainsone of my favorite pick upand play titles.

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Matthew: The youngest among us, but probably TMA’s smartest, cleverest little buck. Look for his reviews behind some of the App Store’s most unique apps and games and behind the sort of jokes which would make a sailor blush.

Genre App Store link TMA review The low-down
Board Game Monster Ball Monster Ball – $1.99 If chess and checkers had a baby, this hybrid offspring would be the result – it’s so good it’s scary.
Action Modern Combat: Sandstorm Modern Combat: Sandstorm$4.99 With a riveting storyline, stunning visuals and online multiplayer, MC: S is Modern Warfare on an MP4 player.
Music Speed Forge Extreme BeatRider Touch +50 1.2 – $2.99 The closest thing to AudioSurf that lets you use your own music.
Racing Speed Forge Extreme Speed Forge Extreme – $2.99 Possibly the most realistic, and fun racer on the iDevice that offers a true Wipeout experience.
Music Speed Forge Extreme Beat It! – $2.99 Although not affiliated with Michael Jackson, Beat It! lays down a bustin’ beat against its competition with its quirky art style and catchy rhythm.

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The App Store’s Best Racing game http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/24/the-app-stores-best-racing-game/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/24/the-app-stores-best-racing-game/#comments Thu, 24 Dec 2009 08:59:35 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=23142 If RPGs get your brains bending, racers boil your blood. They spin you down the most pristine of roads, the strangest of alien avenues – the wildest of rides. Oftentimes, they are all-out guts-to-glory races to the finish line; they grind your un-manicured fingernails to fine capacitive dust; they simply have no equal for burning … Read more]]>

If RPGs get your brains bending, racers boil your blood. They spin you down the most pristine of roads, the strangest of alien avenues – the wildest of rides. Oftentimes, they are all-out guts-to-glory races to the finish line; they grind your un-manicured fingernails to fine capacitive dust; they simply have no equal for burning calories  and having fun at the same time – at least on the iDevice.

There are three ostentatious categories: the arcade racer, the simulator, and the kart racer. Which fits your fancy is up to you. My baby teeth were rooted out on Super Mario Kart on the SNES back in the early 1990′s, but before that, Roadblasters for the Atari Lynx held sway in a growing garden of race games. For those reasons, I enjoy the likes of Shrek, Crash Bandicoot, and the more stodgy racers too.

The arcade racer (TMA Reviews in blue)

Asphalt 4: Elite Racing Asphalt 4 Burning Tires? 3D Burning Tires 3D
Asphalt 5 Asphalt 5 Raging Thunder Raging Thunder
Need For Speed? Undercover Need for Speed Undercover Raging Thunder Raging Thunder 2
Need for Speed Shift Need for Speed Shift Fastlane Street Racing Fastlane Street Racing
RIDGE RACER ACCELERATED Ridge Racer Accelerated Ferrari GT: Evolution Ferrari GT: Evolution
SpeedR SpeedR Road Whiz Road Whiz
GTS World Racing GTS World Racing Phaze - futuristic racing action Phaze – futuristic Racing Action
Ducati® Moto Ducati Moto Future Racer Future Racer
Low Grav Racer 2 Low Grav Racer 2 Low Grav Racer Low Grav Racer
Robbie Williams Racing Robbie Williams Racing Speed Forge Extreme Speed Forge Extreme

The simulator

BMW Sauber F1 Team Racing 09 BMW Sauber F1 Team Racing Real Racing Real Racing
Rally Master Pro 3D (US) Rally master pro 3d Formula Racing Formula Racing
Holeshot Drag Racing Holeshot Drag Racing GP Racing GP Racing
F1 2009 Game F1 2009 Game Volkswagen Scirocco R 24H Challenge 3D Volkswagen Scirocco R 24H
Drag Racer : Perfect Run Drag Racer: Perfect Fun Volkswagen Polo Challenge 3D Volkswagen Polo Challenge 3D
Stock Racing Stock Racing Audi A4 Driving Challenge Audio A4 Driving Challenge
Pole Position: Remix Pole Position: Remix

The cartoon racer

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D Crash bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D Shrek Kart? Shrek Kart
Zombie Karts Zombie Karts Cocoto Kart Online Cocoto Kart
Krazy Kart Racing (US) Krazy Kart Racing Big Fun Racing Big Fun Racing
Cro-Mag Rally Cro-Mag Rally MicroKart MicroKart
Nano Rally Nano Rally Horror Racing Horror Racing

Look for more TMA reviews to grace this section as well as a STAFF Picks to show which we think are the best. And if you are interested in App Store Best Of articles, please feel free to read below:

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Year 2009 in retrospect by Apple – Best of Games and Apps http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/08/year-2009-apples-best-games-apps/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/08/year-2009-apples-best-games-apps/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2009 17:00:27 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=24416 Well, Apple’s grand 2009 is slowly coming to a close. The App Store hit the 100,000 app mark, and even big publishers have graced our favourite platform with some great titles. To mark the “Rewind 2009″ event, Apple have chosen 30 game and non-game apps they considered were the best of ’09, as well as … Read more]]>

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Well, Apple’s grand 2009 is slowly coming to a close. The App Store hit the 100,000 app mark, and even big publishers have graced our favourite platform with some great titles. To mark the “Rewind 2009″ event, Apple have chosen 30 game and non-game apps they considered were the best of ’09, as well as listing the top sellers of the year. Before I publish the complete list I would like to note that I do not completely agree with them. And while it’s difficult to argue with sales numbers, the best apps and games rating is a bit baffling. That said, enjoy the “best of” after the break.

Best games

  • Spider:  The Secret of Bryce Manor Tiger Style, Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor – $2.99
  • Real Racing Firemint, Real Racing – $4.99
  • ZENONIA GAMEVIL Inc., ZENONIA – $2.99
  • Ravensword: The Fallen King Chillingo, Ravensword: The Fallen King – $6.99
  • Earth Vs Moon Ep.2-Enter The Perk Shop Low Five Games, Earth Vs Moon – $1.99
  • Sally's Spa Games Café Inc., Sally’s Spa – $2.99
  • Ragdoll Blaster - A Physics Puzzler Backflip Studios, Ragdoll Blaster – A Physics Puzzler – $1.99
  • Canabalt Semi Secret Software, Canabalt – $2.99
  • Blades of Fury Gameloft, Blades of Fury – $4.99
  • DOOM Classic id Software, DOOM Classic – $6.99
  • Sway Illusion Labs, Sway – $4.99
  • geoDefense Critical Thought Games, geoDefense – $1.99
  • Flight Control Firemint, Flight Control – $0.99
  • Alive 4-ever Meridian, Alive 4-ever – $2.99
  • Fantastic Contraption? inXile Entertainment, Fantastic Contraption™ – $4.99
  • Samurai: Way of the Warrior Mad Finger Games, Samurai: Way of the Warrior – $1.99
  • Backbreaker Football NaturalMotion, Backbreaker Football – $0.99
  • Meteor Blitz Alley Labs, Meteor Blitz – $1.99
  • ROLANDO 2: Quest for the Golden Orchid ngmoco, ROLANDO 2: Quest for the Golden Orchid – $4.99
  • Star Hogs: Online & Campaign Battles IUGO Entertainment, Star Hogs: Online & Campaign Battles – $4.99
  • Paper Toss Backflip Studios, Paper Toss – Free
  • Boost 3D Jonathan Lanis, Boost 3D – $1.99
  • Doodle Jump - BE WARNED: Insanely Addictive! Lima Sky, Doodle Jump – $0.99
  • Zen Bound? Chillingo, Zen Bound™ – $4.99
  • StickWars John E.Hartzog, StickWars – $0.99
  • Eliminate Pro ngmoco, Eliminate Pro – Free
  • Tap Tap Revenge 3 Tapulous, Tap Tap Revenge 3 – $0.99
  • Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies Activision, Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies – $9.99
  • iBomber Cobra Mobile, iBomber – $2.99
  • Jet Car Stunts True Axis, Jet Car Stunts – $1.99

Top Selling Games

  • The Sims 3 Electronic Arts, The Sims 3 – $6.99
  • The Oregon Trail Gameloft, The Oregon Trail – $4.99
  • Need For Speed? Undercover Electronic Arts, Need For Speed™ Undercover – $4.99
  • MADDEN NFL 10 by EA SPORTS Electronic Arts, MADDEN NFL 10 – $6.99
  • Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® BY EA SPORTS? Electronic Arts, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® – $4.99
  • Assassin's Creed? - Altaïr's Chronicles Gameloft, Assassin’s Creed™ – Altair’s Chronicles - $4.99
  • Flight Control Firemint, Flight Control – $0.99
  • Cooking Mama TAITO Corporation, Cooking Mama – $6.99
  • Civilization Revolution 2K Games, Civilization Revolution – $6.99
  • Wheel of Fortune Sony Pictures Television, Wheel of Fortune – $4.99
  • Peggle PopCap Games, Peggle – $4.99
  • Sonic the Hedgehog SEGA, Sonic the Hedgehog – $5.99
  • Let's Golf! Gameloft, Let’s Golf! – $1.99
  • Zombieville USA Mika Mobile, Zombieville USA – $1.99
  • ROCK BAND Electronic Arts, ROCK BAND – $6.99
  • Myst Cyan Worlds, Myst – $4.99
  • 2XL Supercross 2XL Games, 2XL Supercross – $4.99
  • Real Racing Firemint, Real Racing – $4.99
  • Sally's Spa Games Café Inc., Sally’s Spa – $2.99
  • StickWars John E. Hartzog, StickWars – $0.99
  • Ragdoll Blaster - A Physics Puzzler Backflip Studios, Ragdoll Blaster – A Physics Puzzler – $1.99
  • Deer Hunter 3D Glu, Deer Hunter 3D – $2.9
  • Fast & Furious The Game I-play, Fast & Furious The Games – $1.99
  • METAL GEAR SOLID TOUCH (US) Konami, Metal Gear Solid Touch (US) – $5.99
  • F.A.S.T. -- Fleet Air Superiority Training! SGN, F.A.S.T. – Fleet Attack Superiority Training! – $0.99
  • ZENONIA GAMEVIL Inc., ZENONIA – $2.99
  • 3D Brick Breaker Revolution Digital Chocolate, 3D Brick Breaker Revolution – $2.99
  • Bookworm Popcap Games, Bookworm – $2.9
  • Modern Combat: Sandstorm Gameloft, Modern Combat: Sandstorm – $4.99
  • DOOM Resurrection id Software, DOOM Resurrection – $6.99

If we take a look at the above lists we may notice that there is quite a big difference between the best and top selling lists. And what’s even more interesting is that despite the myth that a game must cost $0.99 to turn a good profit, next to none from the top seller list reflect this. Electronic Arts has dominated the top 10 and obviously quality games backed by a big name pays off big time in the store. I hope that aspiring developers will pay attention to this – to not be afraid of putting some extra work and thought into their products and even charge a bit more as a result.

Now to the app lists.

Best apps:

  • ReelDirector Nexvio Inc., ReelDirector – $4.99
  • Magellan RoadMate 2010 North America Magellan, Magellan RoadMate 2010 North America – $79.99
  • Jamie Oliver's 20 Minute Meals Zolmo, Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals – $7.99,
  • I Am T-Pain Smule, I Am T-Pain – $2.99,
  • CBS Sports: Live College Games CBS Interactive, CBS Sports: Live College Games – $4.99
  • SketchBook Mobile Autodesk Inc., SketchBook Mobile – $2.99
  • Star Walk - 5 stars astronomy guide Vito Technology Inc, Star Walk – 5 stars astronomy guide – $4.99
  • Convertbot Tapbots, Convertbot – $0.99
  • Leaf Trombone: World Stage Smule, Leaf Trombone: World Stage – $0.99
  • Pano Debacle Software, Pano – $2.99
  • ColorSplash Pocket Pixels Inc, Color Splash – $1.99
  • (Shazam)RED Shazam Entertainment, Shazam(RED) – $4.99,
  • SmackTalk! Marcus Satellite, Smacktalk! – $0.99,
  • Awesome Note (+Todo) BRID, Awesome Note (+ ToDo) – $3.99
  • Mathemagics - Mental Math Tricks Blue Lightning Labs, Mathemagics – Mental Math Tricks – $0.99
  • Tweetie 2 atebits, Tweetie 2 – $2.99
  • Musée du Louvre Musée du Louvre, Musée du Louvre – Free
  • Flight Update Pro - Live Status + TripIt Silverware Software, Flight Update Pro – Live Status + TripIt – $9.99
  • CNBC Real-Time NBC Universal, CNBC Real-Time – Free
  • ESPN ScoreCenter ESPN, ESPN ScoreCenter – Free
  • Vintage Video Maker MacPhun LLC, Vintage Video Maker – $2.99
  • Storyboard Composer Cinemek Inc, Storyboard Composer – $19.99
  • Fandango Movies ? Times & Tickets Fandango, Fandango Movies : Times & Tickets – Free
  • BeejiveIM with Push Beejive, BeejiveIM with Push – $9.99
  • Zipcar Zipcar, Zipcar – Free
  • Credit Card Terminal Inner Fence, Credit Card Terminal – $0.99
  • NBA League Pass Mobile MobiTV, NBA League Pass Mobile – $39.99
  • NearestWiki acrossair, NearestWiki – $1.99
  • Golfshot: Golf GPS Shotzoom Software, Golfshot: Golf GPS – $29.99
  • Mover+ Infinite Labs, Mover+ – $1.99

Top Selling apps:

  • MobileNavigator North America NAVIGON AG, MobileNavigator North America – $89.99
  • MLB.com At Bat MLB.com, MLB.com At Bat – Free
  • Textfree Unlimited - Send Text Messages (SMS) Free! Pinger, TextFree Unlimited – Send Text Messages Free – $5.99
  • TomTom U.S. & Canada TomTom International BV, TomTom U.S. & Canada – $99.99
  • Golfshot: Golf GPS Shotzoom Software, Golfshot: Golf GPS – $29.99
  • SlingPlayer Mobile Sling Media, SlingPlayer Mobile – $29.99
  • ColorSplash Pocket Pixels Inc, Color Splash – $1.99
  • Pocket God Bolt Creative, Pocket God – $0.99
  • Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite Quickoffive, Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite – $9.99
  • The Moron Test DistinctDev, The Moron Test – $0.99
  • I Am T-Pain Smule, I Am T-Pain – $2.99
  • RedLaser Occipital, RedLaser – $1.99
  • Camera Zoom 2 KendiTech, Camera Zoom 2 – $0.99
  • AppBox Pro ALLABOUTAPPS, AppBox Pro – $0.99
  • iBird Explorer PRO Mitch Waite Group, iBird Explorer PRO – $29.99
  • AIM AOL, AIM – $2.99
  • The Weather Channel® Max The Weather Channel, The Weather Channel® Max – $3.99
  • Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum id Software, Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum – $1.99
  • Picfree - Send Picture Messages (MMS) Free! Pinger, Picfree – Send Picture Messages (MMS) Free – $5.99
  • Proloquo2Go AssistiveWare, Proloquo2Go – $189.99
  • CNN Mobile CNN Interactive Group, CNN Mobile – $1.99
  • Camera Genius CodeGoo, Camera Genius – $1.99
  • MotionX GPS Drive MotionX™, MotionX GPS Drive – $2.99
  • FlightTrack Pro - Live TripIt Flight Status Tracker Ben Kazez, FlightTrack Pro – Live TripIt Flight Tracker – $9.99
  • Family Guy Fox Mobile Entertainment, Family Guy – $0.99
  • iSoda (iWater, iCola and more) Hottrix, iSoda (iWater, iCola and more) – $2.99
  • ESPN Radio ESPN, ESPN Radio – $2.99

These lists offer less surprises, although for the love of God, I can’t imagine how Pocket God and Wolfenstein 3D got into the apps lists – they should be in games? Another interesting observation – The Top Selling list of apps has both Free or $0.99 apps and extremely expensive ones (up to $189.99).

There you have it folks. Check out the lists and pick up ones that interest you if you haven’t already. Also keep an eye out for our Christmas Specials sticky to help you save some cash on those items you really crave.

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The App Store’s Best RPG http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/29/the-app-stores-best-rpg/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/29/the-app-stores-best-rpg/#comments Fri, 29 May 2009 08:52:42 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=11602 The face of the best yet… I love RPG’s and fantasy adventure games. My first love was the simple, but action-riddled 8-bit Zelda. Later, my love for digital fantasy ( … ) grew to encompass games that more accurately reflected role playing: Ultima, Might and Magic and The Elder Scrolls. After completing several large games, … Read more]]>

The face of the best yet…

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I love RPG’s and fantasy adventure games. My first love was the simple, but action-riddled 8-bit Zelda. Later, my love for digital fantasy ( … ) grew to encompass games that more accurately reflected role playing: Ultima, Might and Magic and The Elder Scrolls. After completing several large games, I turned to the Super Nintendo (SNES) and some classic Japanese-style RPG’s: Final Fantasy, Gaia, Secret of Mana and Dragon Quest.

Which is best? Well, they all are good, but you have to be right for the game. For the light-hearted adventurer, we have a sub-genre headed up by Zenonia and for the seemy-action slayer, Raven Sword, Aralon, and Dungeon Hunter. For the more callous adventurer role-player, there is The Quest.

Light-Hearted Levelers
This category is loved by people who grew up on consoles where a game’s story is king. These RPG’s are full of the slaughter of enemies and some side quests, but overall, reach into their plot rather than their game mechanics to keep players interested. The system is a general character scheme where weapons, character stats and enemies collude in simultaneous evolution. Your character will race through the gamut of levels, weapons, armour and items at breakneck speeds and appeal to all ages and genders. There are usually many small towns with basic necessities that advance you, the adventurer toward the plot. In this vein, there are:

Action Hackers
For fans of Blizzard and hack n’ slash adventures that bridge the gap between light-hearted role-play and the more hard-core variety are the Diablo clones. While not always, they are often darker, bloody brawls through dungeons or other dreary scenery. While not child-friendly like the above games, they are simple, involve very little role playing, but have a kicking foot in the action. These games are the dark horse of the RPG world as they are more difficult to pin to a system. Often however, their attention to action means that characters will level faster and go through items much faster than hard-core RPG’s, however not at the supersonic speed of their light-hearted siblings. Of course, this isn’t always the case. The recent Ravensword: The Fallen King, proves that an action hacker can be beautiful and at times, light-hearted.

Classic and Hard-Core Role-Players
Fans of Dungeons and Dragons, GURPS and Rifts will probably be more inclined to play games that seriously try to emulate a role-playing environment. Sadly, their is a dearth of options in the App Store. The iDevice is a console of sorts and will more likely than not, appeal to console gamers who encounter light-hearted RPG’s more often than not. In evaluating the options, a simple bit of number crunching will suss out who the majority of gamers are. However, these rare hard-core games feature real character specialisation and customisation, deeper connections between NPC’s and the environment and a lot more frustration. Character evaluation and evolution takes the entire game, levels come much more slowly and there is a deep connection between the environment and the player.

The Strategy Role Player
This twist on the genre was popularised with Heroes of Might and Magic, a brilliant, but simple game from 3D0 back in the mid 90′s. It combines role playing elements such as leveling, items, and quests, but adds brilliant strategy elements into the gameplay. This game is for the RPG fan who loves to micromanage and direct armies.

The Mutton
Now, as to which game is the best – that is a personal matter, however, which may appeal to a greater number of people is an easy thing to suss out. Among the light-hearted genre, the port Zenonia has stirred up more enthusiasm than any game in the last few weeks and for good reason: it is fun. Though its enthusiastic following belies jagged edges, Zenonia is fun and features a solid leveling system. Music and animations are cute and Gamevil added a great item-based upgrade system for weapons and armour. It is a best-in-its-category at the App Store, but does not have the spark to compete at the level of its console brothers and sisters. Is it for everyone? No. But it comes at the RPG genre with a veritable arsenal of features that has wide appeal.

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Dungeon Hunter recently dethroned Underworlds as TMA’s favourite hack’n slash adventure RPG. Why? How ’bout more items, better inventory, sharper graphics and an even better navigation engine. Of course, all this gory goodness comes at a price; Dungeon Hunter is 6.99$, but to be honest, is worth all of its pennies. This sort of game would be wonderful as a stage for multiplayer LAN WiFi games and Co-op deathmatches. We are also looking forward to Legion of Amon which may give Dungeon Hunter a run for our money.

The classic and Hardcore RPG niche is expanding. Its first and certainly one of its best entrants is The Quest, another ported game that fits the iPhone very well. It features pixel-perfect graphics (though very little creativity in NPC design), a detailed environment system complete with harvesting of fauna and realistic day-to-night transitions. But, as a hard-core RPG, it is deep. And frustrating. Your character can really be developed to fulfill a role rather than a preferred means to beat the game, but you really need to know how to play that character, or else you will not be able to progress. The spawn system is slower and the game is not completely action-driven. The Quest is a gem not only in the App Store, but among turn-based RPG’s. Is it an Elder Scrolls or Ultima killer? No, but it can stand toe-to-toe with some of the more established PC RPG’s like Might and Magic.

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So, what is the best option now? It is your decision. I have bought and played the major debuts at the App Store and once again confirmed with myself that though I enjoy all RPG’s, I prefer games that back up stories with true character-based role playing. For that reason, I will have to reiterate that my preference falls with The Quest. However, for you to enjoy an RPG, you need to know which sort of gamer you are. If you enjoy Final Fantasy, The Quest is probably not for you. Likewise if you crave hard action and seemy scenery, then look for Dungeon Hunter and the upcoming Legion of Amon.

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