Someone once I asked me how I pick games to review, and obviously without being able to play them there’s a lot of trust in screen shots and descriptions, whether from the developers themselves or from forums and other such public avenues. Once I finally get my hands on a game the focus then becomes the fun factor. However, I also try to focus on games that are unusual in a positive way, because these are the ones that tend to become classics once people stop overlooking them. Voroflow definitely falls into the “unusual” category, and as a match 3 lover I’m glad the developer was kind enough to bring it to my attention.
I apologize from the onset, but I’m going to be sexist and say that when I heard the title Unicorn Rush my first thought was that this was going to be a “girlie” game. If it is, then I guess I’m letting my feminine side out, because I’m hooked. In ways the game is not much more than your basic infinite runner, but it’s amazing how much little things like achievements and the ability to shoot can add to what should really be a somewhat boring genre of game play. Prepare to remember why you enjoyed the genre so much in the first place.
I’ll be perfectly up front about this – while I had some interest in this application, I mainly downloaded it so I could fill in a quick survey and get a $10 iTunes card. As it turns out, even if I didn’t get my survey submitted in time to get the gift card, I’m glad I made the purchase. I don’t know how close the story is to the original book, but it’s certainly more interesting than the classic MGM film starring Judy Garland (no offense to the film, which I do enjoy). Additionally, the interactivity with the images on screen – and occasionally the words – is actually quite fun. Now I just need to let my kids look through it…
I’ve actually had this game for quite some time, and I even considered reviewing it “on my own” at one point. I finally got brave and let my son use my iPad (well, a screen protector contributed to that decision as well), and I’m glad I did. While I found the game amusing, it was a delight to watch my son discover the quirkiness of each new level and figure out how to beat it. The only down side to Sprinkle Junior is that there are only 30 levels, but that’s okay because my son has played through it twice already and is wanting to go back for more.
Being a computer geek in the 80s, I spent much of my mid-childhood engulfed in the world of adventure games. Sure such things exist today (if you look beyond the fact that many publications call anything they don’t know what to classify as an adventure), but back then there were companies that were actually known and praised for such fare. Mystery Lighthouse pays homage to such games, and it actually does it quite well. This is a far cry from Digi-Chain’s previous effort, Dungeon of the Damned, and in my opinion a much better game.
Let’s just skip the formalities – G5 has another hit on their hands with Crossworlds: The Flying City. There’s nothing really new in terms of game play, but the game play is certainly as solid as ever. What makes this game is the locations, and while I’ve only visited three spots so far (with several screens of exploration each), I like how vastly different every setting feels. I wouldn’t say Crossworlds is G5’s strongest offering, but it certainly keeps them on their winning streak.
I often find myself in a position where I get a game to review, and then I just don’t get to it for a long time, but when I finally do I think to myself “boy do I wish I would have played this sooner”. Yep, Blocks Hurt is one of those games… at least that’s how I felt when I first started playing it. A few levels into the game I couldn’t decide if I still wanted to embrace it or if I was ready to chuck my iPod Touch out the window. Fortunately I’m not in a position to go the latter route. As it happens Blocks Hurt is one of the most creative matching / combat games I’ve run into on my iDevices, so I’ll tough it out for now.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Donut Games is the king of causal arcade games. They often manage to take a silly premise and turn it into quite the enjoyable product, which is exactly the case with Bubble Pig. The idea of an overweight pig bouncing around a forest consuming everything edible in sight and avoiding foxes doesn’t really sound all that enthralling, but when you put the patent Donut Games spin on it the game becomes both interesting and quite challenging. I’m not going to put this at the top of the Donut Games’ chart, but it certainly has their trademark quality level.
When The Tossing Dead came out I included it in a weekly article called “10 App Store Games To Watch” where I discuss new releases that I think are worth keeping an eye on (or possibly even outright buying). As no one is perfect, I’m sometimes wrong about my choices. In this case, however, I’m definitely not. If you’re a fan of Fruit Ninja style games, you’ll really enjoy this. If you dig obliterating the undead, why not trying tossing them? If you like both of the previously mentioned things, you’ll be in seventh heaven with this game.
There was a time when a considerable amount of my gaming focus went to third person adventure game classics from the likes of companies such as Sierra Online and LucasArts. That time has passed, in large part due to the fact that such games aren’t nearly as prevalent any more, but thankfully developers are starting to see the merit of this genre, and in particular this visual perspective, on modern gaming platforms. One such developer is Greg Chaffins, and his latest effort, simply titled UFO Adventure, shows he knows a thing or two about what I remember from my childhood and teen years.