In today's App Store, it's easy to find a plethora of games featuring zombies; just as it's easy to find fart apps, overpriced flashlights, and a myriad of other uninspired creations. However, this is only one side of the story - there are also many wonderful apps to be found hidden among the rubbish. Today I'll be touching briefly on "Fly Kiwi, Fly!," which is one of the most enjoyable games I've played on the iPhone platform.
Another of my favs to hopefully become a big hit now on iPad...press release/links follow: Alexandria, VA., -- May 6, 2010 -- Vito Technology today announced its Solar Walk App for iPad is available on the App Store. A comprehensive addition to Star Walk, Solar Walk shows a 3D model of the Solar System with detailed info about each planet. It gives users a beautiful, educational, and interactive walk around the Solar system on their iPads.
Five top titles make gaming an adventure
Even the most die-hard Mac fans have to admit that gaming has historically been the platform's Achilles heel. The one exception to that rule has consistently been adventure games. For a variety of reasons, small, independent studios have been able to produce high-quality adventure games. The best example of this is Myst, one of the bestselling computer games of all time, and the game that defined the adventure genre in the nineties.
Students jump with joy and parents slump with trepidation, but the iPhone can help parents endure the summer break.
Long hot days, graduations, BBQ’s, vacations, bug bites, bored kids, and amusement park crowds…all a part of our love-hate relationship with the summer season. For Moms (and Dads or any caregiver), summer means that the kids are "free" from the day-to-day structure of schooling, sports, after-school lessons, etc. While a great time to be a child, it is also a potentially stressful time for parents. It starts off with graduation, then vacations, camps, and inevitably ends with back-to-school shopping. Here are a few apps to make getting through the summer heat a breeze.
It’s been a least a week since I’ve mentioned it, so let me start by saying that I love shooters. Vertical, horizontal, 360 degrees – they’re all good to me as long as they are fun. That being said, I’d probably argue that vertical shooters are my favorite. As luck would have it, Icarus-X is a vertical shooter. It’s not a bad little game either. Sadly, it suffers from lack of some of the things that I really enjoy in shooters, but I’ve enjoyed it none the less. Now if I could just get past level 4…
New games that take advantage of the iPad's enhanced features
At this year's Game Developers Conference (GDC) in March, much of the buzz was centered on the iPad. Everyone was eager to get in on what Apple executive Scott Forstall called, "a whole new Gold Rush for developers." However, these game developers were encountering a problem: Apple had not provided even the biggest third-party companies with early iPad devices to test their applications. Developers instead had to rely on computer emulation, without the security of knowing how their games would play on an actual iPad.
The first thing you’ll notice about Defender Chronicles is the orientation of the game. Where most tower defense games are played from a top down perspective, Defender Chronicles uses a side view to tell its tale. It’s a nice change that allows more detail to be displayed. The next major difference is that all building locations are pre-determined. Instead of dragging a building where you want to construct it, you simply click one of the many flags littering the landscape and then select the troop type whose barracks you wish to have constructed there. The game starts out with only archer and swordsmen barracks as options, but as the game progresses other choices become available.
First released in the mid-70’s, Snake is a video game that challenges the player to move around the playing area “eating” objects and avoiding the walls and other objects. As the snake “eats” it grows longer and it becomes harder to avoid the obstacles. I was never a fan of this type of game until Snake Galaxy came along, adding 3D graphics to the game and making it more fun.
In our current economy, 99 cents don't go as far as they used to. In fact, you'd be lucky to find a name-brand chocolate bar for under a dollar these days, and you can pretty much forget about quality entertainment for such a price. Because of this sad state of affairs, I think it's especially important to note the 99-cent iPhone apps that really shine - especially the lesser-known ones. One such app is Must.Eat.Birds., created by European developer Mediatonic.
Dr. Seuss on my iPhone was great, my son loved it but The Lorax ($2.99) on my iPad is out of this world! This ebook is just more good stuff from Ocean House Media, see my previous post on The Cat In The Hat. The Lorax is the same well designed reader with a new story.