It was kind of interesting to see Capcom release Commando as part of their recent Capcom Arcade freemium game, because I remember thinking to myself the first time I played Assault Commando: “This is what I would picture Capcom releasing if they decided to modernize their old game Commando”. I still feel that way when I load it up and play it. There are no complex mechanics – it’s a nice run and gun and destroy everything in your path type game. And just like Capcom’s Commando, the game can be quite challenging at times.
TiKi Toss 3D is the latest in the line of pickup-and-play style of games that I’ve had the chance to review. As I’ve said repeatedly in the past, when it comes to game genres on the iPhone, this is my favorite bar none. With promises of captivating gameplay and immersive accompanying music, read on to see if Tiki Toss is worth your while and whether it’ll make you want to come back for more.
The “Dash” series of time management games has always been a big hit on the PC, and it’s made an excellent transition to the iPhone world. Hotel Dash is the latest entry in the series, and it’s upped the ante in several ways. If you’re a time management veteran you’ll feel right at home and appreciate the additional challenge, but if you’re new to the whole concept this might not be the best place to start. So far I’m loving it, and I can’t wait to see what the next installment in the franchise has to offer.
The appeal of the Tamagotchi has always been a mystery to me. People have a hard enough time taking care of physical pets, so why would you want to be bothered with such things in the digital world, aside from the fact that they can’t really die? Thanks to Zombigotchi, however, I’ve developed a slight appreciation for the whole concept. Granted it’s a lot harder to feel guilty about torturing a zombie than a little puppy, but I’m sure the principle is the same. I still rather be playing a game, but I can easily see this being a nice diversion while waiting in line at the supermarket or something.
Line drawing games have touched on a variety of topics, including bathroom duty, but the majority of them seem to focus on some sort of vehicle. Subrats takes a different approach, focusing on what is perceived as one of the lowest forms of life to skitter about on four legs: vermin. The game has a great sense of humor, it looks sharp, and best of all it is actually quite fun. Even if things that go bump in the night make you squeamish, Subrats is certainly worth a look if you enjoy a challenging line drawing game.
Doom is without a doubt an iconic game, truly bringing to life the genre of First-Person Shooters pioneered by Wolfenstein 3D. In this light it’s even more interesting that the first reincarnation of the legendary franchise on the mobile platform turned out to be a Turn-Based Action/RPG adaptation. Of course, the iDevice is home to DOOM Resurrection – an on-rail-shooter and a port of the original DOOM Classic , but still, this unique variation on the universe has graced the App Store as well in DOOM II RPG.
There are certainly a lot of puzzle and line-drawing games in the App Store these days. But how many puzzle line drawing games are there? Piczle Lines is a unique combination of the two, using line drawing to complete picture puzzles. In fact the nearly unpronounceable name of the app is derived from PICture + puzZLE = piczle. I decided on “pixel” since you are drawing pictures in a pixellated way as you will see below.
Firestone Audio have been making steady strides in desktop audio. To complement this year’s long, hot summer, they pushed out two hot amps: the Rubby power amp and the Libby headphone amplifier. Why they are such big news here at TMA is that both mains-powered amps also feature great USB/Optical/Coax and analogue audio inputs. If you can put two and two together, you’ve probably figured out that this means hi-res audio from the iPad through the Camera Connection Kit (CCK). Recently, I`ve forgone the whole computer thing in favour of just this combination. Still, both amps work great with computers, with external DAC`s, and with other Hifi gear. Nevertheless, TMA will keep the iPad slant in this review, but show just what can be done with these two desktop amps.
Up until now the “baddest” flower I’d ever seen was Audrey II from The Little Shop Of Horrors. Move over Audrey, because there’s a new plant in town that’s ready to usurp the throne. Its name is BIG BAD Flower, and it has been engineered to take over the world with an endless supply of bubbles and the swiping of its head. If you’re looking for an action game that has something different to offer, the quest has ended. Stop reading this review and go buy Big Bad Flower right now.
One of the areas where the App Store has definitely been a pleasant surprise for me is games tied to various movie and animated franchises. The iDevice has a good number of those in all genres, from Sherlock Holmes Mysteries in adventure to Spartacus: Blood and Sand (TMA Review) in fighting, from TRANSFORMERS G1: AWAKENING (TMA Review) in strategies to one of the best Action games of all time on the platform – Spider-Man: Total Mayhem. And now a recent, but successful Italian animated series – Huntik: Secrets & Seekers has just released a companion game – Titan Defence.