I love shmups (shoot ‘em ups), though I’m not keen on that nickname. There have actually been some pretty sharp shooters on the iPhone, but I still hadn’t found that one yet that I could constantly refer back to, much like I used to do with Claygun when writing about Pocket PC shmups. The time has finally arrived, however, for a game to take that place of honor, and that game is AirAttack. No game is perfect, but this is certainly the most well rounded, enjoyable shmup experience I’ve had on my iPod Touch to date.
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.
Anyone that’s been gaming for a reasonable amount of time knows that this is just about fact – developers can’t make good video game tie-ins for movies. The trend began with E.T. for the Atari 2600 (if not sooner), and still continues today. From time to time a gem emerges, however, and Robert Rodriguez presents PREDATORS™ is one such gem. While it doesn’t quite have the “wow” factor that James Cameron’s Avatar did for me, it’s still an engaging and fun game, and Predators are just about the coolest aliens around when it comes to intense combat games. The main down side is that you loose one of the biggest Predator qualities in the way the game is laid out.
When I was requested to review The Twiggles, the sight of the hapless, furry blue creatures needing help to find their way home instantly warmed my heart. Touted to be the closest iPhone counterpart to early PC classic Lemmings, Twiggles is a puzzle-based platformer that pits both your logic and creativity against a variety of tricky and sticky situations.
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I’ve noticed a lot of people like to describe a game by saying ‘if x and y had a baby”, so if I were to describe Jump o’Clock I’d have to say, “if Doodle Jump and Captain Ludwig had a baby…” The funny thing is, I think I like Jump o’Clock better than either. There’s not as much to do as in Doodle Jump, but I like the atmosphere better, and personally I think it’s more fun to jump around gears collecting bolts than to jump around planets collecting stars. But then, I am a bit of a geek. At any rate, I wasn’t honestly expecting too much from Jump o’Clock, but I think I’ve gotten kind of hooked on it. Now if I could just get good at it…
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The word impossible gets added to game titles a fair bit nowadays, usually hinting at a higher than normal level of difficulty. Problem is that most of the time it really isn’t the case. Recently however I found a game that really did (and still does!) live up to its title: The Impossible Game. It ain’t just a fluke dude, and I think its dev, FlukeDude, would back me up. Read on to see how it’s possible to be impossible yet still possibly be the best!
Platform games have always been a staple of my gaming diet. I much prefer playing a Super Mario Bros. or a Mega Man than a Call Of Duty or Resident Evil. I was quite intrigued when I read somewhere that Stickbound was a “casual platformer”, and suddenly I wanted to give it a try. Guess I should have read the iTunes description instead. Stickbound is not a bad game, but it’s really just a “go for as long as you can” game with stick propulsion as a gimmick. Once the gimmick wears off, unfortunately, there are much more engaging entries in this genre to play.
One of the reasons I wanted an iPod Touch was because I got to play this adorable little game on my brother-in-law’s iPhone – you shoot penguins out of a catapult and try to hit as many polar bears as you can. I love polar bears in general, and in this game these bears were delightfully big, burly and totally huggable. That game, Crazy Penguin Catapult, was one of the first ones I bought as soon as I had my own iPod Touch.
Crazy Penguin Party will be instantly familiar to anyone who has ever tried Crazy Penguin Catapult. You have the same hardy penguins going head to head with pot-bellied polar bears – only this time, there’s a lot more going on. Feel free to discuss this review of Crazy Penguin Party in our forums.
In a world that seems to be increasingly bleak and pessimistic, it’s good – no, it’s imperative to have games that are simple, pointless fun. StickMan Rocks fills that void with considerable charm. Rock climbing has a new champion, and we’ll call him Stickman.
Today is a wonderful day. Along with Last Front: Europe, Age of Tribes has dropped to FREE! Age of Tribes, a line-drawing adventure, is a ticklish blend of Lemmings and Flight Control which puts you in the role of a tribal leader who must lead your followers to safety against scary odds and dangerous terrain. At 199 pennies cheaper than its usual price, now is a great time to click the iTunes link:
Fancy Factory, Age of Tribes – Free
Get them now or check the official description after the gap.