I’m not what you’d call a die hard fan of rhythm games, but there have been occasions where I’ve been quite intrigued with the concept – Thumpies (TMA Review) comes to mind in this regards. I’m proud to say that I can now add Groove Coaster to that small list of games. As I’ve been playing this new release from Taito I’ve tried to wrap my mind around how to describe it, and the truth is it’s not all that easy. However you want to look at it, though, it’s one of the most engaging rhythm games I’ve ever played. The best part is that even when you don’t care for the tracks, the game is still fun.
I’m beginning to feel like a broken record, but the reality is that a game in the App Store these days has to stand out to have any chance at success. Luckily, Angry Business Man is a very different sort of constant running game. The premise is simple: the bus failed to stop and pick you up, so now you have to catch it. The game handles the running for you, and the only obstacle to worry about are randomly placed traffic cones that you jump by tapping on the screen. There are two things that make Angry Business Man a bit different game play wise. The first is that the landscape is 360 degrees. Yes, you might not want to play with headphones on, because you’ll often find yourself rotating your device such that headphones will simply get tangled.
Well they’ve managed to do it again. Every time I get a game from G5 Entertainment to review I’m just a bit concerned that it’s going to fall into the “been there, done that” category. So far it has been needless worry, however, and Jack of All Tribes is no exception to that rule. This TM game takes a little different approach to the subject, where instead of having one central focus to work on, you’re jumping from one part of the island to the next, building up everything in your path. It’s just different enough to feel fresh, and the overall atmosphere is fun and playful in a way that really sucks you in.
There’s been a lot of positive buzz about Storm in a Teacup, both before and after the first time I attempted to play it. After muddling through the first 2 levels I just didn’t get the appeal of the game. Luckily I had committed to reviewing it, so I forced myself to pick it back up and move on to level 3. It didn’t take long for me to realize that this is one of the best platform games I’ve got on my device right now. I think the visuals sometimes border on amateurish, and I’ll get to the music later, but overall I am so glad I stuck with it to see what the game had to offer.
A few months ago I reviewed three nice universal apps that streamline the transfer of photos between iDevices and your desktop (see TMA review). Since then I’ve kept my eyes open and found a few more which are also noteworthy. These are quite different apps from each other with unique features that you might find appealing.
MediaTransfer – Perfect for the person who takes lots of snapshots and just wants to periodically dump new ones to a folder his or her computer without any fuss — and it’s FAST!
PhotoSync – Lots of options and a very nice user interface. The best transfer app I’ve seen for sending and receiving photos and videos between devices and other services.
Back in my university days, I used to be a huge fan of Magic The Gathering, probably the most well-known and successful Collectable Card Game ever. It always provided an excellent way to pass the time during those boring lectures and it was something to do in-between them as well. I have abandoned it since, unfortunately, mainly because of lack of time. But it seems the iOS is likely to change that, with some superb CCG type games appearing on the platform the last few months. The most recent of which is actually a sequel to a rather successful iOS release from a couple of years ago — Orions: Legend Of Wizards (TMA Review) — and is rather unimaginably titled Orions 2.
I have to admit that I thought the X-Men arcade game came out before 1992, but apparently my memory is already starting to fail me (I thought this mainly because I didn’t think I frequented arcades so much when I was in college). Whatever the case, I played this game any chance I got, and I always longed for a nice home version – or any home version – to be released. Alas, it wasn’t meant to happen until 18 years later when the game arrived on XBLA and PSN, neither of which I had access to. Finally, however, Konami must have caught drift of how badly I wanted this game, and they released an iOS port of the arcade classic. It was so totally worth the wait.
Few games are named as appropriately as Diversion. You’ll flip through your library of games, stop on this one, then say to yourself, “am I really going to play THAT one again?” Then you’ll load the game up, play it for half an hour or more and go “yeah, I really AM going to play that one again”. It really is just another running game, but between new items being constantly added, the quest to gather gems, and the desire to grab three stars on every level, you’ll keep coming back for more. Trust me – that’s what keeps happening to me.
Casual games rule the App Store and it sure didn’t take long for them to invade one of the most popular genres for hardcore gamers – Strategy Games. This subgenre blending aspects of strategy and action first originated in the explosion of various office time-killers (aka Flash games) and finally found its way onto the iOS. And what’s more, it was given quite a warm welcome by the iPhone community, with some of the titles finding their way into the top of the charts. The latest such entry to emerge from the crowd is Legendary Wars, uniting all the best aspects of the many predecessors and bringing some new features of its own.
If I wished to stick with my analogy of Jane’s Zoo (TMA Review) being a Time Management Lite game, then Supermarket Mania 2 would be Time Management Deluxe. While I love TM games I’m no expert at them, yet this is the first one in a long time that I’ve not been able to attain the expert level the first time around an almost any level. For those of you wondering – that’s a good thing. Usually time management game levels don’t take long to complete, and I don’t mind playing them 2 or 3 times to achieve the top ranking. Add to that all the little bells and whistles, and this is probably one of the best games in the genre to grace my iPod Touch’s little screen.