Reflections On A Year’s Worth Of App Watching – 2010 Edition

AirAttack - Sublime Scrolling Shooter

As the year draws to a close I’ve started thinking about my time writing the weekly “10 Games To Watch” article, and I soon realized that I’ve been doing this since May of 2010.  As such I thought I’d take a few moments to reflect back on my first year’s worth of articles and point out some of my biggest hits (and worst misses).  That way, if you’re in need of a few extras games because of some new iTunes gift card burning a hole in your account, you’ll have some idea of the ones you missed that are worth checking into again – or avoiding, as the case may be. Continue reading…

1942: First Strike in Review – Three Strikes And Yer Out…

I don’t do it every time, but more often than not when I’m reviewing a vertical scroller I’ll reference 1942.  After all, this was one of my favorites in the genre when I was growing up, and it’s still fun to play today when I come across it in an arcade.  With such fond memories of this game I was nervous about playing the iPhone version, afraid that it might not live up to my expectations, especially from what I read about the controls.  Turns out the controls seem to work just fine.  Unfortunately, I’m not sure the game behind it is worth controlling. Continue reading…

10 New App Store Games To Watch [June 28 - July 4]

We’re still in that phase where a lot of notable games are simply ports from one device to another, but overall this week has been a lot more interesting than the last several.  There wasn’t a whole lot of “big news” this week, though I do find the 19.99 price tag for Bridge Island HD kind of interesting, especially since the game doesn’t come from one of the “big players”.  It’s good to see that others are trying to help raise the bar on iDevice prices, and I hope it does well for them.  Something notable to me was the release of 1942: First Strike, as this was one of my favorite vertical scrolling shooters when I was a kid, and I still refer to it on a regular basis when writing reviews of SHMUPS.

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