Hour of Heroes begins with an awesome preview sequence of the game. When the scenes first rolled, I thought I was watching a movie. The game itself is not quite as vivid as the promo, but it’s close.
The animated actions and effects are smooth, and the shading is quite realistic. From plumes of smoke to an enemy being shot, the game graphics are simply amazing—the highest quality I have seen thus far on the iPhone or Touch. In addition, the sound is very realistic. You can hear your squad buddies and German Army units shouting amidst the crack of small arms fire and the rumble of armor and artillery.
Reviews of Brothers in Arms, Hellfire, and Armageddon Squadron.
I have played my share of video games, starting with the original Pong. I remember when Space Invaders was housed inside a cabinet that was bigger than I was. Over the years, video games have not only become faster and more realistic, but the hardware that they run on can be held in your hand! I now mostly play mobile games and have a growing number of titles installed on my iPod touch. I especially love first-person shooters (FPS) and 3-D action games (usually involving combat of some type). I am amazed how handheld hardware has evolved in order to run the latest modern games. However, porting games to the iPhone has its challenges.
I wrote about winning (and losing) virtual fortunes in the summer issue of iPhoneLife magazine - available now at newsstands and bookstores. I'd won a measly quarter-million or so at the time. By the time the article was published, I was up to $1.5 million in poker winnings alone.
Now, thanks to iTunes, that million+ is gone, all gone. A few days ago I fired up iTunes and hooked up my iPhone to buy a new app and it told me there were apps it wasn't aware of. I said OK at the next dialog box and watched in horror as app after app was removed. They were gone before I could stop it.
Due to real life setting in, the developer has put the App-A-Day project on temporary hiatus. I think this is a good thing, as it will hopefully give him time to reconsider where he's really going with this. Maybe you'll agree with me after reading my review of his latest effort, Ultimate Dungeon.
There are many Sudoku apps out there, but this one is my favorite.
Now from the name you're probably thinking this is some boring programmer's game or an insect variation of "Where's Waldo?". In actuality it's an interesting take on the match 3 genre. Unfortunately, like most of the games in this series to date, it suffers from inadequate controls and hasty implementation. Here we go again...
Ready for some demon squishing fun? I was too, but what could have been a simple yet intriguing premise somehow managed to get mired in the details. Trounce is a good foundation for a nice pick-up-and-play game, but until it can move past its App-A-Day roots it really feels like little more than a prototype.
Another day, another application that's actually better than the last. This time around I'll be looking at Tumblecaps, a somewhat original take on the whole match 3 genre. I must confess that I probably have a bit of a soft spot for this game simply because I love match 3 games, but I think if you were to play all of the games up to this point you would agree that this is the most solid entry (Pegburner is a close second, but all the problems I had with unresponsive controls sets it back a bit from this one).
Another cool racer, Phaze, recently made available in the App Store (developer Pazzazz), and now reviewed--has all the finely-honed graphics, speed and excitement of a pod-racer and then some.
If you read my first two posts in this series, you might be wondering why I'm continuing to review these games. Besides the fact that the developer was kind enough to provide me with the first five games for these reviews, it turns out they're actually getting better. The next game in the series is Pegburner, and it's a simple "click the numbers in order" game. I was actually a bit relieved, because given then name I thought it was going to be another one of those peg jumping games.