TouchMyApps » Superman 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 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Superman in Review – Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it’s iSuperman! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/26/superman-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/26/superman-in-review/#comments Mon, 26 Dec 2011 17:27:41 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=63255 Superman, while not the first superhero ever, is arguably the most well-known and iconic one. Created back in the 30′s he was instrumental to establishing the superhero genre. On the iOS however, Superman came quite late in the game long after Chillingo’s The Hero (TMA Review) showed its tight-fitting brightly coloured behind on the App Store. … Read more]]>

Superman, while not the first superhero ever, is arguably the most well-known and iconic one. Created back in the 30′s he was instrumental to establishing the superhero genre. On the iOS however, Superman came quite late in the game long after Chillingo’s The Hero (TMA Review) showed its tight-fitting brightly coloured behind on the App Store. It’s time to see how the legendary “man of steel” holds up to the older and more satirical rival.

Superman is a side-scrolling action title. Lex Luthor is up to no good (surprise!) and Metropolis is in danger. Our mild-mannered reporter Kent Clark is here to save the day once again. Flashing red and blue, Superman goes up up and away to fight all manner of threats from the everyday bank robbers to robots, tanks and even meteors.

Surprisingly or not, Superman feels a lot like the original Hero from a couple of years ago. You control the archetype superhero in a boxed-in area fighting waves of threats. These include everything but the kitchen sink – fires to put out, robbers to catch and of course, all sorts of enemies to eliminate. And where would we be without the occasional iconic plane to catch and missile or meteor to deflect. All of this you’ll have to do before the legendary Metropolis is in ruins (i.e. there’s a time limit).

To keep Lex’s minions at bay and the city safe you’ll be able to use Superman’s well known abilities. Ice breath to kill fires, laser beams shooting from the eyes to incinerate enemies, super strength, flying… you’ll have it all. One thing worth mentioning though – you won’t get to choose which ability to use at any given time; they’re all tied-in to the current threat you’re facing. As such, icy-breath is activated automatically when you’re trying douse a fire, deadly beams when enemies are near, and so forth. And you can land cars and start pummelling them when the time is right – all via the same contextual action button. Each level is scored based on a few criteria to award you a bronze, silver or gold Superman badge. The scoring is quite tough though and most of the time I settled for bronze.

Visually Superman’s a bit of a disappointment for me. While I understand the overall graphics style was chosen to fit with the classic comicbook series, the lack of animation makes the game feel somewhat outdated. Most of the time you’ll see the man of steel move in the same pose regardless of the direction. The sounds are quite authentic but don’t really add much to the experience. The controls are intuitive and almost everything is done via a simple virtual-dpad and a multi-function action button. Whether this is good or bad is up to the player but I definitely missed the ability to have more control over Superman’s numerous abilities.

Playing Superman left me with quite a strange impression – pretty much everything in the game is a rehash of Chillingo’s own The Hero, though done either on par or worse than the year and a half old title. The graphics for some reason feel more dated, the controls less polished and the overall gameplay simply not as fun. Of course, the chance to control the legendary superhero himself rather than a satirical spin on the archetype has its merits, especially considering the horrific history of the franchise’s videogame adaptations. Still unless you’re a die-hard fan of Superman I’d recommend you pick up the The Hero – 2nd Edition instead for a much more fun and enjoyable experience.

With this I declare Superman officially touched!

Tap It Rating - 3/5

App Summary
Title: Superman Developer: Chillingo Ltd
Reviewed Ver: 1.01 Min OS Req: 4.0
Price: $0.99 App Size: 12.54MB
  • The one and only Man of Steel
  • Authentic comic-book style visuals
  • Classic Superman abilites
  • Poor animations make the graphics feel outdated
  • Simplistic controls limit the use of superpowers
  • Not fun

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10 New App Store Games To Watch [Nov. 14 - 20] http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/11/21/10-new-app-store-games-to-watch-nov-14-20/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/11/21/10-new-app-store-games-to-watch-nov-14-20/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2011 22:00:52 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=61112   This week’s 10 New App Store Games to Watch felt like Christmas in November, which made it kind of hard to pick just 10 games to talk about.  I think I did a pretty good job of providing you with a nice cross-section of choices, however.  If you like dinosaurs, TellTale Games released Jurassic Park: … Read more]]>

 

This week’s 10 New App Store Games to Watch felt like Christmas in November, which made it kind of hard to pick just 10 games to talk about.  I think I did a pretty good job of providing you with a nice cross-section of choices, however.  If you like dinosaurs, TellTale Games released Jurassic Park: The Game 1 HD, a story that wedges itself nicely between the events that took place in the first movie.  For those wanting to blaze a new trail there’s The Oregon Trail: American Settler, the game that finally shows you what happens AFTER the family survives the trip.  Scrolling shooter fans will want to check out Space Tripper, a fast paced shmup with slick visuals and crazy bosses.  Finally, the inner hero in you will want to take the reigns of Superman, one of the most iconic superheroes ever to grace fictional media.

Space Tripper – I remember playing this game on my PC and thoroughly enjoying it.  When I saw that PomPom Games had started developing iOS games I eagerly awaited this title to make its debut, and now here we go, albeit under a different developer.  Apparently on other platforms it has evolved into Astro Tripper, but as long as it still has the same 360 degree shoot everything that moves action, I’m all for it.  This version spans 4 worlds for a total of 14 levels, all filled with lots of enemies and some big boss critters.  You’ll get two different weapons to use against the different foes, both of which can be powered up along the way.  The game has achievements and leaderboards as well as unlockable modes, and if it’s still as challenging as I recall it will keep you busy for some time.

Space Tripper True Axis, Space Tripper, – $3.99

Rebuild – I wish the iTunes description was a bit more descriptive, because this sounds intriguing from what little is documented.  The game appears to be part Sim City and part castle defense.  A zombie apocalypse has ravaged the country, and it’s up to you to build up and defend your city.  You’ll reclaim the city in a simulation type atmosphere, managing resources while trying to revitalize the once thriving metropolis.  In the meantime you’ll need to recruit and customize characters to help you fight, which looks like it is done in a more close up, castle defense type mode.  You’ll have to scavenge for food, construct new houses and discover useable technology.  Not only will you need to fend off zombies, but you’ll have to deal with rival gangs, disease and looters.  Unfortunately, you’ll only be able to enjoy this interesting mash-up if you have an iPad 2.  Hopefully that requirement will change some day.

Rebuild Sarah Northway, Rebuild, – $2.99

Mafia Farm – For the record, I’m kind of sick of all the farming games and mafia games that are out there.  Do we really need so many?  However, I decided to mention this one because I never thought I’d actually see the two concepts combined!  The farming aspect allows you to initially fund your operations as you build up a powerful base with hotels, casinos, harbors and more.  Then your underworld instinct can kick in as you use real estate and “jobs” to fuel your thriving business.  When you’re ready you can spy on other players and then take them on to show them who is boss.  And for those who want this to be more than just a business you can collect rare planes, cars and ships to keep at your base.  You do need to keep in mind that this game is online only, though, so a WiFi or 3G connection is necessary in order to play.

Mafia Farm Mindstorm Studios, Mafia Farm, – Free

Jurassic Park: The Game 1 HD – I have to admit that I’m not real privy to past incarnations of games related to the Jurassic Park franchise, but it appears that there have been quite a few over the years.  Obviously none of them have made much of an impact, but maybe that will change with this latest outing from TellTale Games.  True to the majority of the company’s catalog, this game is more adventure than anything else.  The storyline is wedged between the first and second half of the original film’s plot, and involves a rogue corporation trying to recover the embryos that were stolen and lost by Dennis Nedry.  Not much is revealed about the actual story, but it seems that it will actually follow the exploits of two separate groups, one comprised of the bad guys and the other made up of the park veterinarian and his daughter.  Given the talent behind this game, I would expect nothing less than great storytelling and thought provoking puzzles.  Sadly, this game is also an iPad 2 exclusive, so I guess I’ll have to wait for the PC version.

Jurassic Park: The Game 1 HD Telltale Inc, Jurassic Park: The Game 1 HD, – $6.99

Minecraft – Pocket Edition – If you’ve managed to get sucked up in the whole Minecraft phenomenon, then this is probably the portable game you’ve been waiting for.  Sculpt randomized worlds to your liking using a toolbox of 36 different building blocks.  You can build anything you can imagine whenever the creativity strikes you.  You can then invite your friends to play in your world over a wireless network.  You can even save shared worlds to your phone.  I think the price point of this game might make it appealing only to those who are already fans of the PC version, but hopefully the game will be updated like it’s desktop inspiration to make it more intriguing to a wider audience.  At least it should appease those who have been resigned to cheap knock-offs until now.

Minecraft – Pocket Edition Mojang, Minecraft – Pocket Edition, – $6.99

Superman – Any veteran gamer knows the curse of comic book based video games; it’s almost as bad as movie based games.  Superman is no exception to that curse, starting way back in the days of the Atari 2600.  Hopefully this new iOS game will be one of the few that bucks the trend.  You take control of the Man Of Steel across 18 diverse levels, taking on helicopters, mechs and more in your ultimate quest to take down Lex Luthor.  You’ll have access to all the best Superman has to offer, including heat vision, super-strength and super-breath.  You’ll even get the opportunity to fly out into space and destroy asteroids before they crash into the Earth.  An original story told via comic book panels make you feel like you’re a part of the tale.  The levels each have three medals to earn, so you can see if you’re up to earning the gold or not.  Now all we need is the ability to change in a phone booth!

Superman Chillingo Ltd, Superman, – $0.99
Superman HD Chillingo Ltd, Superman HD, – $2.99

Forbidden Island – This iOS version of an award winning board game challenges 2-4 players to find 4 hidden treasures on a sinking island.  These treasures presumably let their holders wield the powers of the elements, and their former owners set the island to sink should anyone step foot on it to reclaim the powerful relics.  Now you must work together as a team to recover the treasures and flee before you end up visiting Davey Jones’ locker.  If you’re really ambitious (or have no friends) you can play multiple characters on your own.  However, the true joy in the game comes from gathering together with your friends and each taking control of one of the adventurers.  The game is has two different layout depending on whether you want to sit side by side on a couch or huddled around a table.  There are unlimited save slots so you can have multiple games going, and Game Center achievements to reward you as you conquer the island’s mysteries.  The game also has Facebook and Twitter integration so you can share your exploits with your non-Game Center friends.

Forbidden Island Button Mash Games, Forbidden Island, – $4.99

Oregon Trail: American Settler – I was a fan of this game from back when computers were scarcely more powerful than today’s calculators and monitors could display single colors like green or amber.  I personally wasn’t all that keen on last year’s modernization of the franchise, but this installment of the series sounds rather intriguing.  Now that you’ve conquered the trail it’s time to settle down and build a village Sim City style.  You’ll run into important figures from history, and you’ll also be able to learn true facts from the townsfolk.  Be prepared to deal with things like a stampede of buffalo or a hurricane, and in the mean time play some mini-games to gather resources for your townfolk.  You can even visit other villages, which I assume means that this is an online game, though it’s never mentioned in the description.  Thankfully the game is free, so you can find out for yourself if you have what it takes to settle down in the old west.

The Oregon Trail: American Settler Gameloft, The Oregon Trail: American Settler, – Free

Bullet Time HD – When I first saw the game play video for Bullet Time I thought “iDracula with levels”.  I have a feeling there’s a bit more to the game than that, however.  You play a desperate man trying to rescue your family from some evil creatures in a post-apocalyptic world.  The epic tale unfolds over two large campaigns with more to come.  Your character and his gear is highly customizable, and there will be plenty of boosts and power-ups to collect.  When you’re ready for a break from the main mission you can join up with two of your friends over WiFi or 3G and play a co-op game.  And just in case rescuing your family isn’t enough, there are Game Center leaderboards and achievements to keep you coming back for more.  The game has a pretty tasty price tag as well, though the 0 dollar entrance fee can easily be negated with In-App Purchases.

Bullet Time HD Kiloo, Bullet Time HD, – Free

Color Frenzy – You’ve probably gotten to this point in the list and thought there were several games you knew came out that didn’t show up here.  As much as I like to report on the “big games”, the fact that you’ve heard about their release probably means I don’t need to.  When I get the chance I love to talk about games like this.  I know there are several “augmented reality” games on the market, but this is the first one I’m aware of that actually uses your surroundings in a tile matching game!  As you scan the area with your camera, the match button is constantly changing to reflect an average of all the pixels in the viewport.  When you press the button, tiles on the game board that come close to matching the hue, saturation and brightness of your color are considered matches.  You only need to get 20 pieces to clear a level, but incorrect matches could result in bogus pieces that can’t be cleared.  If you’re looking for a different sort of matching game then Color Frenzy is certainly for you, and you might even learn a little something about color manipulation along the way.

Color Frenzy Skudio, Color Frenzy, – $0.99

That was just 10 of the many new releases this past week. Here are several more notable titles you may find of interest:

Well that wraps up another week of games to watch on the App Store.  As always, if there’s something you’ve played from the past week that you feel should be part of this list, please leave a reply to this post.

Previous weekly installments of our New App Store Games Roundup:

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