Brunswick, according to their website is, “the most trusted name in pool tables and game room furniture since 1845″. They are a long standing name in billiards. Another company that has a similar reputation (although not quite as extensive) is EA. The two companies converge (I hope it is a Brunswick) on the iDevice platform in the shape of Anytime Pool. It has all the polish that you would expect from the company, but does it deliver on other gaming elements to form a truly great pool game?
My love affair with Star Trek began about the time of Star Trek the Next Generation when, in between series, I needed something sci-fi to keep up with. Thus, I got my hands on re-ran 1966-1969 Original espisodes, screenplay-adapted novels and plastic models. It wasn’t long before I dreampt of sidling to others of my kind at Star Trek conventions and lost my discomfit at being called a ‘Trekkie’ or ‘Trekker’.
Growing up, I was considered to be a child prodigy at golf. Over the course of a single summer I trained my skills on a daily basis, preparing for a competition that if won would result in a future for me resembling the life Tiger Woods himself now lives. It was that day, I made history. In 18 holes, I scored 18 holes in one. I knew my future was set. There was nothing that was going to stop me. It was only after my completion of this magnificent feat that my parents informed me that both my ball and all of the 18 holes had magnets in them and that everyone at the local Golf n’ Stuff miniature park scored 18 holes in one every time. It was then I decided if I couldn’t be a professional golfer, I would review video games about golf. So now a week later, I am here to tell you about Tiger Woods PGA Tour from Electronic Arts. Is it possible to bring a beloved console game to your iDevice and not have it be a shell of its former self? Read on to find out.
Have you set around playing SimCity on your iDevice and said to yourself, “Building this city is fun, but I’d really like to walk the streets.” Or been selecting the color of the clothes your golfer will wear in Tiger Woods PGA Tour and said, “If only I could choose from a larger variety of clothes and hairstyles.” Well to those of you who talk to yourself while playing your games I’m here to tell you, EA has been listening and come this June they will bring to you the game that does what you’ve been asking for and more in The Sims 3.
With only days left before the maiden voyage of an all new Star Trek film for an entirely new generation of fans to discover. An owner of Apple’s shiny little device may be asking them self, “Where’s my Star Trek game?” Anyone who plays games on a regular basis knows any summer blockbuster worth its weight in gold and significance on pop culture has a tie-in game. Well fans, I’m here to tell you your question has an answer. Thanks to the folks at Electronic Arts you’ll be taking control of the U.S.S. Enterprise in its intergalactic mission to seek out and destroy your enemies.
Earlier this month, I read an article quoting Apple Director of Technology Evangelism John Geleynsen where he proclaimed the iPhone to be a strong contender in the handheld console market. I was initially very sceptical, since I didn’t actually believe that a mobile phone could rival a “dedicated” console. Also, the platform only had simple games from independent software developers and the lack of big titles did not really make it attractive in the mainstream.
However, having had quality time with Monopoly – Here & Now: The World Edition, I’m now a strong believer of Apple turning the iPhone/ iPod Touch platform into a true mobile gaming platform.