Angry Birds is one of those genre benders that combines the physics fun of a game like Topple with the concept of the castle siege. I’m pretty sure this is the only one you’ll run across that focuses on the war between birds and pigs, however. I’m never quite sure going into a game like this what to expect, but I’m happy to report that Angry Birds is amusing, challenging and above all quite fun.
There are any number of ways one can relax, and tap into their creativity with the iPhone, one of the recent apps I’ve found for this purpose is APPFour’s Asian Painting (.99) which is interesting in that it allows a person without years of Asian calligraphy experience to create the likeness of it.
As Christmas day approaches I find that I have a lot of Christmas games to talk about and not much time to discuss them in. Here’s a quick look at a couple of holiday themed games that I’ve really enjoyed palying. You won’t find any ratings at the end of these reviews, but suffice it to say that I recommend both of them.
What do the locations of, Chili, Japan, Alaska and Spain all have in common? Other than I'm not there. These are places you are going to ride in AMA’s Shaun White Snowboarding Origins ($4.99)… did I say this game is sick!
Even if you don’t ride, I expect a lot of people will get into this game, and at this price it’s as unstoppable as White!
There’s something innately addictive about the type of game where your character is constantly in motion and you have to keep them safe from whatever traps their surroundings hold. These games tend to work pretty well on the iPhone, but like any other genre that trick is to come up with something that’s different than everything else the user has played. Fluttr does a pretty good job of that. Instead of a running creature you must protect a butterfly. More importantly, though, is that instead of directly controlling the character you control the environment.
I'm not a real movie buff, but if I were I think I'd plunk down $0.99 for Scene It? Movies, a movie trivia game from Screenlife Games. The game contains clips as well as movie trivia questions covering movies from the last 30 years. You can play in single- or multiplayer mode. The app also includes puzzles and mini-games. You can upload your scores to Facebook and challenge your friends.
On a budget? Stretch your buying power with these great games.
When Apple announced the iTunes App Store last year, they opened up global distribution opportunities for small development studios that were willing to offer high-quality games for very low prices. Many of these games cost you less than a dollar. Since everyone’s on a budget these days, I thought I’d show you how to stretch your buying power. Each of the games in this article costs 99 cents. So for ten bucks, you get ten great games—call it the “iTunes Super Value Menu.”
Some of the very best games in a number of genres make excellent holiday gifts
Great games not only make excellent gifts, they’re a good way to keep you and your family entertained during long holiday trips. This holiday game buyer’s guide covers the best titles in a number of genres. Each one offers many hours of engrossing gameplay and tremendous value for your holiday dollar. Whether you want to buy someone a gift that they will enjoy for months to come, or you want to make sure that time flies on a cross-country flight, these titles will keep you jolly well past New Years Day.
As iPhone games mature, developers are creating more sophisticated titles that do more than show off the platform’s flashy graphics.
There have been several games in the App Store that revolve around sheep, and some of them border on wacky. So far, I’d say that Peter Und Vlad takes the cake, at least in terms of story. Unfortunately, the game play is pretty standard line drawing fare, and a couple of design issues make the game not quite as fun as it could be. Still, it’s always nice having another entry in the ever growing library of line drawing games that doesn’t somehow involve vehicles.
Developers need to take a closer look at successful apps
As an iPhone developer, I am always checking out the competition to see what the more successful applications are all about. I especially pay attention to reviews submitted by the users. What do they like about the game? What don’t they like? What suggestions do they have to make the application better?
This has nothing to do with copying someone else’s idea. It is driven by a healthy admiration and respect for the teams that created the apps, and it’s about trying to find out what the apps have that make them a hit. The reviews give me a direct view into the mind of the user. Traditionally, a company could spend millions of dollars on marketing research to get this information, but it’s available for free on the App Store!