Zenonia, created and published by Gamevil, makes me proud to be a Korean. With their headquarters in Seoul, Korea, they helped solidify both the iPhone and iTouch as serious handheld gaming devices with their masterful port of Baseball Superstars 2009. They are seeking to set the standard of excellence in another fledgling iDevice genre: RPGs.
Bouncer is a “rolling” game for the iPhone and iPod touch. It’s gameplay can be broken down into the following: sketching, accelerometer shaking and thinking (puzzles). Bouncer’s objective is to guide the hero, Bouncer, a small yellow ball, to his green friend, Glutton, while avoiding different obstacles along the way.
Bass Fishing Mania is another Fishing Sim from Player One Sports, which gave me a good indication this would be good for Fishing fans! I don’t fish in real life, 1993 was the last time I really went fishing with my then father-in-law and I only caught tiny little fish. He told my sister and I to throw the little guys back in the water. I wanted to catch bigger fish without the stinky smell and little did I know years later I could relive the fishing experience via technology.
If anyone still has doubts that the iPhone and iTouch are viable gaming platforms that are strong enough, graphically speaking, to compete with the PSP and Nintendo DS then they should take a hard look at Ancient Frog. It is easily one of the more beautifully crafted games in the App Store pantheon. It is also a decently crafted puzzle game.
My introduction to boxing and mixed martial arts came by way of Iron Mike Tyson and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Growing up on the mean streets of the valley in So Cal, you had to fight to survive. If you didn’t know how to defend yourself while walking to elementary school in the morning, you may very well not have had lunch money at high noon. So like Daniel-son in the Karate Kid, I took on instructors. I began training with my masters each day after school by watching videos of Iron Mike KO’ing opponents and Mr. Van Damme-age win the Kumite in Bloodsport though his legs got split like a wishbone by an evil little gremlin man who was a master of Muay Thai in Kickboxer.
From the opening video, your first thought has to be nothing but amazement at the graphical wizardry of Gameloft’s Let’s Golf!. I know my first reaction was “wow!”, and I would expect everyone else’s to be as well. Let me say this right off the bat, this is definitely one of the best looking games in the App Store. It really makes you feel good about owning either a Touch or an iPhone and makes you realize the possibilities for the future of games on the iDevice.
It’s a difficult task to create a game that is unlike any others you’ve played. This is especially true in the field of puzzlers. The countless tetris, snood, word puzzles, sudoku, match 3s, tangrams, and so forth have countless clones and knockoffs that make it difficult to separate one from another. This is where Primrose stands strong. It provides a puzzler gameplay experience unlike any other.
I was pretty excited to get to review a new puzzle game named Flip Disc from Chillingo, after all they brought us The Quest and iDracula, among other quality games. The concept of the game is very simple, rotate the five discs and form a line of the same color of different colored gems that are constantly flowing from the outermost disc first to the center. If you form 10 lines, you move on the next level. Sound easy enough? Let’s see…
I actually expect to be cursed for even writing that title, because I know there are a lot of people who love this game and explicitly hope that whenever a new device is released, Space Invaders is ported, or emulated so that they can play the historic space shooter on the new piece of hardware. I myself was introduced to this game when I was still very young on my family’s Apple II.
When I was a little girl, my mother fueled my interest in old B&W science fiction movies that weren’t very good at all. They were entertaining though and many laughable. These types of movies are commonly known as “B-Movies” and many a Saturday I spent watching them totally transfixed. I would also freak out over movies like “My husband is a monster from outer space” or “Giant Brains” which threatened to take over the world. As I got older, watching giant spiders made me shudder but also laugh at the same time at the terrible special effects. I grew to really enjoy these bad B-movies, so if you are a sci-fi aficionado, you’ll want to give Otto Matic: Alien Invasion a very close look.