Just as there’s an app for pretty much anything you need, there seems to be a game for just about every type of person. Whether you’re into racing, hunting, maths, or … gardening. The latest in the pick up and play format to fall into my hands is geared toward the latter.
The bean bag toss is one of the oldest and simplest games around. It just doesn’t get much simpler than putting a bag in a hole (TWSS!). Kids and adults alike have been playing it for years. Now thanks to JUFTi, a classic backyard pastime has been brought to your iDevice in the form of Cornhole All-Stars.
There is certainly an abundance of $0.99 games at the App Store, with Racer (developed by Tatem Games) being one of them. Most of these are high score type games, which emphasize the pick-up-and-play aspect of mobile gaming. Does Racer manage to stand out from the pack, or does it fall into the same hackneyed category as most of the other casual games? Read on.
1978’s monumental game, Space Invaders, is a game that almost everyone should have played at least once in their life. Though I’ve played the original several times coin-op at arcades and pizzerias, I wasn’t its biggest fan. I found the graphics bland and the music dull. However, for 1978 it was an amazing feat for the budding video game business. Now, in 2009, a new Space Invaders game, Space Invaders Infinity Gene (or SIIG for short) – is out. And it rocks. This game not only draws my attention more than a fly to a lightbulb, but is my favorite shooter game of all time.
In my opinion, there are some games that work really well on the iDevice. Puzzle games and strategy games seem to provide the right kind of balance of play and controls. Arcade style games also fall into this category, in many ways because of the simplicity inherent in most of these types of titles. Minigore is one of those games; simple and ultimately a whole lot of fun.
What happens when you take pinball, pool, Peggle and violently throw them all in a Blendtec blender and turn it to the maximum speed? Then, pouring the concoction on a tray and baking it in an oven at 350 degrees for ten hours? Well, as disgusting as that would sound, your result would be something like the highly addicting game called Bumper Stars, now for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
With the “casual gamer” market increasing almost daily, developers have been scrambling to try and fill their app portfolio with at least one or two “pick up and play” style games to try and cater to this growing segment. Other developers such as NimbleBit are already well prepared with more than a few of these games under their umbrella, Moon Drop being one.
I could have never fathomed in my wildest dreams that I would be able to set a world record without breaking anything and ending up in the hospital. For the past six years I haven’t chewed a single piece of gum (with much reason behind it, but I’ll refrain from telling the story), so you could only imagine my mortification when I attained the illustrious Guinness World record title for the largest bubble blown. How is this possible you ask? Well, in Guinness World Records, by Warner Bros., you can set the world record in 36 quirky and bizarre areas such as the most tattoos.
I’ve been playing puzzle games for quite some time now, but it’s only been since Puzzle Quest that I’ve had larger expectations when it comes to these types of games. Nowadays I want there to be more to a puzzle game, some achievements to reach, some connective story linking my quest together. But sometimes, a puzzle game is no more than the puzzle itself, and so long as it’s bringing something interesting to the table, it can still be a lot of fun too.