When I was growing up, there was no internet; we didn’t have these new fangled handheld game systems kids have today. No, the only form of entertainment we had during the great depression was board games. Ah yes, I can remember spending many hours enjoying such wonderful games like Yahtzee, Clue, Risk and Twister (hey it has a spinner board, that counts). After a long day of entertainment, these games did something else for us. They fed us, kept us warm and gave us a place to sleep. We would eat the pieces, lie on the game boards, and cover ourselves with the twister mat (now you see why I needed that to work). Hey, it was the great depression, what did you expect?
Historian of human life and the coming end of the world, I am here to tell you from the far flung future of the year 2154, that the events of UniWar are real. This is the fate of our world, the outcome of our people and the end of our existence. You died honorably but painfully.
UniWar is an online multiplayer turn-based strategy game for your iPhone and iPod touch from developer Xpressed. The game itself plays much like the classic Advance Wars for the Gameboy Advance and DS Lite, but has the feel of real-time strategy game Starcraft in its unit abilities and character design.
If you don’t get the title… Charlemagne was king of the Franks. Just a little bit of sophomoric humor. That being said, you do not need to be a history buff or even need access to Wikipedia to appreciate this game. Reiner Knizia’s Knights of Charlemagne (yes, this is the full name of the App) is a game based off of a current card/strategy game. While the translation of card games onto the iDevice platform is nothing new, Knights of Charlemagne’s faithful transition onto a digital platform is of some note. It was ranked the 9th most popular card game of 2006.
Tower defense games get a new look, new mechanics, new gameplay, and a new face in Elemental Monster TD. It is a game that adds enough of a twist to the standard TD gameplay to keep things feeling nice and fresh. It is also one, if given enough time and opportunity, that will grow on you.
I bought iQuest from Better Day Wireless then I first laid my eyes on it in the iTunes App Store. It is a real Fantasy MMO (Massively Multi-player Online) with Role playing elements in it! iQuest is a much more serious MMO in my eyes than the dime a dozen iMafia & iMob. It is a refreshing and intelligent app and the first MMO of its kind in the app store. It looks pretty grandiose, so let’s see if it lives up to expectations.
We’ve got 4 minutes to save the world! Oops, that’s from the Madonna song…ahem. We’ve got 7 days, exactly 7 days to save the entire human species from turning into zombies! Can we do it? Yes we can! From the makers of Ankagua3D, StormBASIC now tackles the survival horror genre with ‘7 Days Apocalypse’, which should arrive at the App Store next week.
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.