There’s nothing quite like coming to a new world or city, to find out it hasn’t been developed yet. Welcome to Westward pardner! You are among the first settlers in the West!! While this may be a port of a PC game from a few years back, it’s still a whole lot of fun! Most importantly, it really is implemented very well on the iDevice thanks to its touch screen. But we’ll get to that in a bit…
Great Apps’ iSteam has already gained a cult-like following since it debuted at the App Store a little over a month ago and has seen over a million downloads. If you’re unfamiliar with this neat app, here’s what the app description has to say:
Your phone can now do so much more… Welcome the first “steamy” photo editor for the iPhone / iPod touch. We are proud to deliver you the unique chance to turn your device into a foggy surface just like your mirror after a hot shower or as your window on a winter day. iSteam exploits all the features of your device (accelerometer, multitouch, microphone, speakers) like never before, for an astonishingly realistic experience!
The coolest aspect of iSteam is that you can interact with the on screen moisture. As you “wipe” the fog away, your photo underneath is revealed a stroke at a time. Realistic droplets will also streak in the direction of the iPhone/Touch’s tilt. This is definitely an app worth checking now that its free (for a limited time). Click here to grab your copy of iSteam and recreate your favorite shower scenes!
GameResort, creators of the unique bowling title Downhill Bowling (a game we enjoyed immensely and gave a “Grab It” rating) has dropped by TouchMyApps to let us know about an upcoming and yet to be titled game that indeed looks very promising. The game will be launched with 2 game modes:
Arcade: Defend the island against waves of enemies, shoot down as many as you can to collect the maximum amount of points. Enemy ships spawn crates when shot down. You can pick up the crates and drop them on a specific target for additional points.
Race: There are 9 different track configurations around the island. You have to fly through a series of hoops in sequence and complete 3 laps as fast as possible. The same mechanics as in arcade mode apply (shooting down targets, pickup/drop crates) but they give you a time bonus instead of points.
I have also been told that the controls will be ‘casual’: accelerometer to steer, a button to fire, a button to drop the crates (when available). The game should making its way into the App Store sometime this month and we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for this sweet looking arcade shooter.
ngmoco, the fine folks behind Rolando, has released a lite version of the beautifully designed and well executed game. Rolando was one of the first games to hit the iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly considered a defining game for the platform. Its long been one of my favorite titles at the App Store and one that cements the iPhone/Touch as a serious contender as a mobile gaming device. Rolando Lite will take you through the tutorial levels of the first world Honeycup Meadows and give you a taste of how the game is played. If you haven’t tried Rolando ($5.99) just yet, grab the lite version here and see what all the fuss is about.
TouchMyApps is giving away 3 copies of the newly released BubbleHead, a stylishly designed arcade flyer developed by newcomers CrowdCafe. I originally covered the app here and personally found the game lots of fun with its challenging gameplay, cute visuals and tight controls. To win a copy BubbleHead, submit a comment and let us know what your impressions are of the game after watching the video trailer (found after the break). Winners will be selected randomly and the contest will close Feb 9th, 2009 @ 11am EST.
Yes, here at Touchmyapps, we are dedicated to bring you as many reviews as we can. If it means I have to sacrifice myself and try every match 3 game, I will….for you! So, without further ado, let’s review another match 3 style game.
Right off the bat, this isn’t your mother (or father’s) match style game. We’re not shooting across, we’re not shooting up, we’re not even shooting downwards. We’re now tied on a string going around in circles matching the colored “blobs”. I have to admit that it took me a few games to wrap my head around this simple change to the genre, but once I got used to it, I really enjoyed it. This brought in a sense of excitement to the genre that I haven’t felt in a long time. It almost (dare I say it?) felt like an action game…
Everyone and their mother is aware that Need for Speed: Undercover is coming soon to the iPhone platform and that release is ~about~ a month away. It looks fab and knowing EA – their flagship racer will not be put too early to the App Store and in no way will they let it fall behind the competition. It will be the new Messiah App for the iPhone – or it will be the last straw. There is much hope riding on this app that has until now been the recipient of a mishmash of reviews that are not inspiring the greatest of confidence in fans for the iPhone version.
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.
It is no small statement to say that sports games contribute largely to a console’s success. In Apple’s bid to legitimize their iDevice platform to the same level as their portable competitors, this is one area that is, unfortunately, severely lacking. With less than a handful of fully fleshed out sports games, any addition to the app store is a welcome one and a huge step forward in cementing the iPhone and iTouch as the gaming system it has the potential to be.
I won’t spend long on this list as our colleagues in krapps have probably covered at length the features of: Marriage Saver for Men, Marriage Saver for Women, Yes Man! and Just Say No!. This app All four of these apps have a commonality: original publication as tutorial for X-Code for dunrks and Dummies, grade 2 edition.