Having grown up in the 8 and 16 bit console era, I remember when 2D platform games were all the rage. Nowadays it seems as though even simple platforming romps need to be embellished with the latest 3D graphics in order to be accepted by the masses. Thankfully handheld devices like smartphones have made the 2D platform game “in style” again, and games like Frenzy Pop are taking good advantage of that. The premise is simple, the levels are challenging, and there’s no third dimension to clutter up the fun.
Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat – if you don’t have much patience, don’t play this game. For every level you breeze through (which won’t be many) there are several that will cause you to tear your hair out. Granted you could do just enough to simply pass each level, but if you’re one of those types that like to go for the gold in every game be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time on some of these boards. Okay, that’s it for the disclaimer.
I probably say this more often than I should, but it still amazes me that often the most basic concepts can be the most addictive. Such is the case with the game Propel Man, which falls under the genre of “launch and watch” in terms of game play. It’s certainly a concept you’ve seen many a time before, but Propel Man presents itself in such a way that it almost feels like a fresh take on the idea. Slick audio and visual elements certainly don’t hurt the cause either.
It’s the same old story – alien ship gets hit, and despite their always advanced technology they end up helplessly careening into the earth. Much like another physics puzzler called Marbians you end up in a suburban home and find out that humans are much bigger than you are. You must find all your friends and ultimately flee your gigantic surroundings. The atmosphere is cute but the levels can be quite challenging, so feel free to take the game for a spin even if you are a “macho” adult. So far I haven’t been disappointed.
Sheep In The Sky is the first outing from Stimulus Response Games, and if this is any indication of their capabilities I think we’re in for some good things ahead. It’s a deceptively basic puzzle game, where the object is to get the sheep to the gate found somewhere on each level. The graphics are cute, giving it even more of an air of simplicity. You’ll soon find, however, that some of the levels will take more than a few seconds of thought to conquer. The game sucks you in early and keeps you glued even when you’re about ready to toss your device against a wall because a level seems unsolvable.
One of the things I like about a Reiner Knizia game is that you never know what you’re going to get, but it’s always in a good way. Sure several of the games might feel like board games (especially since the source of many of them are), but the actual contents of each game is unique and often thought provoking. City Of Secrets Skyline HD is no exception to the rule. I will admit that one of my motivations for wanting to try the game was its tie-in to the upcoming City Of Secrets 2, but by itself the game is a simple yet challenging strategy game that certainly doesn’t feel like any other Reiner Knizia game I’ve played on my iOS devices.
The title of this game kind of scared me away, because I thought it was going to be the video game equivalent of a chick flick. The truth is that in a lot of ways it really is, but never the less it’s proven to be quite amusing. It’s a runner with finite levels, multiple goals and an altruistic purpose – to find true love. When you get past the mushiness you’ll discover a game that can at times be challenging, is always visually appealing and even manages to have a sense of humor occasionally. It’s not the ‘next best runner”, but it has certainly done the job of keeping me entertaining while I’ve been playing it.
I’ve played quite a number of time management games over the course of my reviews, and generally I find that the more hectic they are the more fun they tend to be. Of course the chaos needs to be organized, but the key is that there has to be a lot to do. Occasionally, though, I just want to have a nice, relaxing time, and Streetfood Tycoon fills that bill quite nicely. At times it almost feels more like an arcade game than a time management sim, but lest you forget you can always check all the stats to bring you back to reality. The important thing is that the game is fun, and I have become rather addicted to the game play and atmosphere.
Tom and Nelly are back for the fourth installment of the treasure hunting, bad guy thwarting hidden object series Treasure Seekers. Check out the links after this review for my thoughts on parts 2 and 3 of the series. Fans of the series will feel right at home with this iteration of the franchise, and newcomers should be able to jump in fairly easily as well, though references to older adventures might not make much sense to them. Overall it still provides a decent balance of game play mechanics but there isn’t really a lot of what I’d consider mini-games this time around. It’s not my favorite of the bunch, but I don’t regret hanging out with the treasure seeking duo again.
I’m a big fan of overhead racing games, and because I remember the days when the NES reigned supreme I can appreciate things like “old school” graphics, as long as they are done well. Like so many genres on the App Store, however, there are enough games of this type that you have to really do something different to stand out. Retro Racing’s biggest problem is that it really doesn’t, and beyond that it has a couple of issues that actually detract from the fun factor. I think the game is a nice start, but it might be a little too retro even for my retro tastes.