When asked to do a review of Smack Me, based on the apps name my initial thought was, “I hope this isn’t one of those apps where some ladies breasts are wobbling around the screen!” Jumped into the App Store and was surprised to find the app icon had a picture of an 80’s style robot (okay fine, I was somewhat disappointed there wasn’t any wobbling involved). After booting up the app and giving it a go, boy, was I surprised! What I discovered filled me with nostalgia and put a very happy grin on my face.
I was looking forward to playing Oregon Trail, simply based on everyone’s nostalgia of playing this classic title on their Apple II. I can admit I never played the game (at least I don’t remember playing it when I was younger). It seems it was an educational game played in many elementary schools and was also an extremely difficult game. This doesn’t seem to be the case here. It seems to be a very polished, but an extremely forgiving game.
Let’s rewind to 1996 shall we? 12 years ago, I had an archaic Packard Bell Desktop Pentium that ran at a snail’s pace of only 75 MHz, but I played lots of games on it. One of those games was Wolfenstein 3D. This game was unlike any other PC game I had played before because it had this new gaming experience of first person perspective! Since the character in Wolfenstein had a gun, this became better known as FPS or First Person Shooter. I was instantly mesmerized by this graphic wonder of FPS!
The thing that attracted me most about Who Has The Biggest Brain? was the Facebook version; I’ve played it many times and I must say I really like it. The graphics are funny and that the multitude of simple games offers great entertainment and laughter. Most important, however, is that the game allows the competition between all Facebook users who play this game. When it was released for the iPhone/ iPod Touch platform, I immediately wanted to try it, because I knew that if the game was done correctly, then it can be tremendously fun on a mobile platform. As well, developer Playfish’s offering is also one of the first to use Facebook Connect, a protocol for developers to integrate its applications with the Facebook platform.
I had a puppy growing up. I have to admit that if it were not for my sisters’ constant attention and care for it, the puppy would have wasted away. (before PETA gets all haywire about this, the dog was very well cared for… by my sisters) Unfortunately for me, I quickly learned that I do not have the care of attention or the memory for Virtual Villagers 2. In a short while, the continually living populace of my village were facing stagnation, death, and decay. Despite my own failings, Virtual Villagers 2: The Lost Children is a faithful port of the original game with the same name.
Hospital Havoc is a game which allows the player to take the role of doctor by admitting, diagnosing, and treating some of the most whacky patients ever encountered. With a challenging campaign, including three levels of difficulty to choose from, 20 career levels, 19 possible illnesses, 3 to 6 bed conditions, 10 addicting scenarios, Hospital Havoc is full twists and turns that will keep you entertained for a long time.
I was really excited to play this game. “Was” is the key word in the previous sentence. Driving big monster trucks, mixed in with some nitro and this was shaping up to be a great game. The intro splash screen had me all excited…5 minutes later, I was left scratching my head thinking “this is it?”
Gaming on the iPhone/iPod Touch just keeps getting better and better. Developers have been giving us more new apps than we can possibly handle (at least all at once). The past two days, we’ve even seen some of the hottest old school games from back in the day make their way onto the iDevice: Mega Man II and Wolfenstein 3D Classic. Those who loved these two classic titles will undoubtedly get a kick re-living those memories once again while on-the-go.
TD lovers will be happy to know that ElementalMonster TD and Dungeon Defense bring some new elements and twists to the genre. In ElementalMonster, trading cards are now incorporated into the game and Dungeon Defense invites you to the dark side as you take control of the undead. Last but not least, THQ brings WWE Legends of WrestleMania to the small screen, where 10 WWE legends and a career mode await you. Be sure to check out gameplay videos after the break!
Dungeon Defense – InMotion Software, $2.99
ElementalMonster TD – Hudson, $0.99 (Sale price until March 30th)
WWE Legends of WrestleMania – THQ Wireless, $9.99
Wolfenstein 3D Classic – id Software, $4.99
Mega Man II – Capcom, $4.99
Finally, another Time Management game to ease my new addiction…Phew, I feel better! Actually, Chocolatier, brought to us by PlayFirst is actually so much more than that. Sure, there is the time management aspect in terms of efficiently using your time (in this case travel), but at heart, it’s more of a tycoon/economic type game.
When I first looked at the description of Airport Mania: First Flight on iTunes, I knew I immediately wanted to buy it. This was because I loved the cute little planes and that the theme of the game was very interesting to me. I mean, yes, the game is about airports and how to best utilise the resources at that particular airport, but deep down it’s really a strategic game whereby the player has to fit the right pieces into the right place. This proved right when I actually finished this game; I haven’t finished a game in a long time.