Ethan Nicholas and his game, iShoot, represent the dreams and ambitions of the thousands of independent developers that flock towards the AppStore. He went from obscurity, which lasted for months, to recognition and renown for both his business acumen and for the quality of iShoot. He did so well that at the current time of writing, iShoot has been on the top 100 paid apps list for over a month.
I’ve watched my wife play time management games for years now. I have to be honest that I’ve never really understood the attraction to the genre. Well, it was time to find out what these types of games are all about, and I now have a new found appreciation for the genre.
What I first found interesting in this game was the strategy element. I mistakenly thought that this was a game that you just tap aimlessly as quickly as possible to get everything done with in the time limit. Maybe I’ve played too many shoot ‘em ups…
Yes, here at Touchmyapps, we are dedicated to bring you as many reviews as we can. If it means I have to sacrifice myself and try every match 3 game, I will….for you! So, without further ado, let’s review another match 3 style game.
Right off the bat, this isn’t your mother (or father’s) match style game. We’re not shooting across, we’re not shooting up, we’re not even shooting downwards. We’re now tied on a string going around in circles matching the colored “blobs”. I have to admit that it took me a few games to wrap my head around this simple change to the genre, but once I got used to it, I really enjoyed it. This brought in a sense of excitement to the genre that I haven’t felt in a long time. It almost (dare I say it?) felt like an action game…
It is no small statement to say that sports games contribute largely to a console’s success. In Apple’s bid to legitimize their iDevice platform to the same level as their portable competitors, this is one area that is, unfortunately, severely lacking. With less than a handful of fully fleshed out sports games, any addition to the app store is a welcome one and a huge step forward in cementing the iPhone and iTouch as the gaming system it has the potential to be.
Match 3 puzzle games. What’s not to love right? Fortunately if you like them, unfortunately if you don’t, there are many many choices to be had in the App Store. Perhaps it’s the fact that these type of games seem to translate very well to the touch screen or it’s just a familiar and popular genre.
Racing games. It feels like I’ve played them since the beginning of time. I remember playing Turbo on my ColecoVision (I know… what the heck is/was a ColecoVision?). I played Pole Position and OutRun in the arcades, and the updated racers from Need for Speed, Forza to Burnout. I don’t want to toot my own horn (no pun intended) but I’m pretty good at them…
First, why don’t I explain what exactly a Tangram puzzle is. In a Tangram puzzle, you have a shape. This shape is actually comprised of a group of other shapes. In Tangram, you have seven pieces: Two large triangles, two small triangles, one medium triangle, a square, and a strange slanted rectangle piece. The key is to place and rotate these seven pieces until they form the shape that you’re looking for. So, now that you’re in the loop, let’s get to the review!
It’s tempting to judge a game by the companionship it keeps. Payback falls victim to this by the obvious comparisons to the original GTA I and GTA II. It has the immense task of measuring up to one of the greatest and well recognized gaming franchise in current history. So, does Payback meet these great expectations? Does it deserve a place in the App Store pantheon of great games? Is it worth spending $6.99? I say yes. Payback is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive gaming experience the App Store has to offer.
Let me begin by saying I love Qix style games. I remember playing them in arcades… Yes, I know it’s hard to believe but us “elderly” folks actually used to go to arcades to socialize and play games, rather than in our basements talking through headphones with our friends who are in a different household, or over 2 iphones via wifi. But this isn’t a history lesson. It’s simply to point out that I hold a special place in my heart for these type of games. Perhaps unfortunately and/or unfairly, I also come in with certain expectations.
Have you seen the Tom Hanks movie, Terminal? Did you like his cooked accent? How bout the terrible politics between his home country and homeland security USA that kept him locked up? How about the slomance? Terminal – liked, loved or hated – is actually moot to this review; JetSet: A game for Airports, is nothing at all like the movie. And your role in the game? Nothing Hollywood, just a security guard in inspections.
International flyers, JetSet has the answers to the questions that plague your about airports, security and fashion. Forget what you think you know. Why? JetSet will teach you all you need to know.