With games like Cut the Rope (TMA Review) and Fruit Ninja doing so well on the App Store, it wasn’t too surprising to see another “slicing” app from Chillingo. This time, perfectly prepared produce is your goal in the recently released slice-and-dice game, Food Processing HD.
With all the major (hardcore) releases lately from big publishers, it’s easy to forget that not everybody looks for something that complicated in terms of gameplay on the iOS. While creating a runaway hit game that is wholeheartedly embraced by the masses is often difficult to achieve, the ones that do become a screaming success, like Doodle Jump or Cut the Rope. And almost out of the blue, a new star has risen on the horizon with the simple name – Tiny Wings.
A lot of people loved the game Scoops, and while I did find it amusing in small bursts, I was never really a fan. Then along came Crawlspace Games, developer of the quirky clown assault game Knife Toss, and mixed a dash of time management and a whole heapin’ helping of zombies into the mix. The result is an interesting and quite challenging game called Zombies Ala Mode. Don’t let its cute exterior fool you, it dishes out the difficulty in all kinds of flavors.
For all you gamers who grew up during the ’90s, NBA JAM should be quite familiar to you (Boomshakalaka!). One of the most popular arcade titles to have ever been released, it was THE game to play back in the day, and now thanks to the folks at EA, it’s back with a vengeance on the iDevice.
3bot is kind of like Q*Bert in a 3D world with a 50’s sci-fi twist to it. The game is fun, and between the levels being timed and certain other restrictions on given levels, you’ll face quite a challenge to get every level perfect. The visuals are neat, the audio is good and the controls are easy to execute (though not necessarily easy to master). Now if I could just get my brain to think more quickly in 3D…
An ant, a beetle and a spider walk onto a counter… no, this isn’t the start of some lame story from “1001 Bad Jokes To Tell Your Friends”. It actually describes the first level of the game Bug Heroes, a fresh take on the castle defense genre… or is it a dual stick shooter with castle defense elements? Either way it’s a lot of fun, though I’m just a bit disappointed that the difficulty levels aren’t balanced a bit better. Still, you have to admire the developers for thinking outside the box and making something that actually stands out from the pack. This game actually suffered a few setbacks before finally seeing release on the App Store, but the end result was worth the wait.
I like fun and I like silly, and as luck would have it Bulba The Cat has both of these in spades. It doesn’t really provide a very deep platforming experience, and there aren’t a wide variety of obstacles to face, but it makes great use of what it does have to provide some compelling levels. The game is not very difficult either, and I might even have it beat by the time I finish this review, but I’ve enjoyed it so much through the process that it won’t really matter to me that the experience was a tad short (though I’ll be sad that it’s over).
I love shooting gallery games, and the prospect of one that takes place on a moving train seemed like a cool no-brainer. Conceptually it is, and I think this game was on its way to being ‘one of the IT crowd”. Unfortunately the devil’s in the details, as they say, and BulleTrain .22′s details are a bit shaky. What might have been evolutionary features for this sort of game instead end up hindering the game play, and the overall experience just doesn’t feel right.
Up until now, Fox Vs Duck (TMA Review) has held the number one position in my mind as far as artistic awesomeness goes. It seems we have a contender in the form of Last Fish. In fact, if it weren’t for the fact that they came from different developers, I’d be inclined to consider Last Fish the “spiritual” successor to Fox Vs. Duck. Regardless, Last Fish is proof that games can be artistic, and more importantly that artistic games can be fun.
It’s hard to really imagine anything new in a sports video game. Overall, we have our range of titles from the absolutely arcade-y ones to the die-hard real-life simulations, though the principal generally stays the same. But every once in a while a stroke of genius hits a developer in the head (usually an indie one) and we get a unique perspective on a well-known sport. This time, that resulted in Flick Golf! – truly, golf reinvented!