Five great games you probably haven't played!
There are many articles out there reviewing better known games available on the App Store. However, there are tens of thousands of games available, and these reviews tend to overlook some of the lesser-known treasures. Here are five games that you probably haven't played, but probably should.
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The iPad is an ideal platform for multiplayer games where you pass the device from one player to the next.
Thanks to Apple's elegant hardware design and the hard work of innovative app developers, the iPad is quickly becoming one of the best gaming platforms around. This is especially true for "hot seat" games (multiplayer games during which you pass the iPad around from one player to the next). Unlike the iPhone and many other gaming devices, the iPad has a large touchscreen that is easy on the eyes and invites human interaction. Nothing beats having friends and family huddled around a board game, but the multiplayer gaming experience on the iPad comes very close. This article takes a look at some notable hot seat games available for the iPad.
Zombie Line isn't all that compelling, but I haven't regretted buying it for one second. Its unique visual style sucks you into the game and the interesting array of weapons continues to surprise you and make you wonder what's coming next.
In this game, you must protect a damsel in distress from zombies as she tries to get to the door at the end of each level. Shoot everything that's not the damsel, collect money to buy weapons and health, and get to the exit on each level.
Zombie Flick is one of the more original games I looked at. As with other zombie games, you're the lone survivor fighting off hordes of the undead. But this one lacks guns or any sort of traditional weapon.
Zombies come at you from all directions, and all you have to throw at them are items from the pile of junk you're standing on. You fight off the moldering crew with rolls of toilet paper, old guitars, and an occasional cat. The targeting is also interesting; you simply swipe a line between the object you're holding and the zombie you wish to attack.
I can't think of a much more amusing scenario than a trailer park being overrun by alien meteors that produce nasty zombies. While there are times when this game starts to feel like just another shooter, it has enough quirkiness to stand on its own.
In this game you're redneck, Tucker Ray trying to rescue your sweetheart, Betty Sue from the menacing zombies. In true dual stick fashion, you use one thumb to move your character around the screen and the other to fire your weapon.
This fast paced game lets you control an army trying to keep the zombies at bay while it guides clueless
civilians to choppers so they can be flown to safety.
You start out with campaign mode, which takes you through 28 days of mashing the undead in several locations throughout the city. When you make it through the 28 days in one location, you can play that same location in survival mode.
From Night of The Living Dead to Zombie Wonderland, movies have shaped our perception of that most intriguing of undead adversaries: the zombie. The App Store is crawling with zombie games—more so than the Tetris and Jewel derivatives. Here are a few of my favorites. Each one offers something unique to the genre; they'll provide you with hours of gruesome fun.
I tend to like tank games, because at a base level they all tend to involve blowing things up. Tank Raider is no exception, except it throws the convention of collecting gems into the mix. In theory that should make the game more fun, but it tends to make it more tedious instead. Add to that controls that aren’t real conducive to fast action, and what could be a nice change from the run of the mill tank game feels like a bit of a mess instead. It’s certainly not a terrible mess, but it doesn’t stand out like it could, either.
Board Games — All in One ($1.99) now has an English version. You get 10 classic games for your iPad: checkers, chess, Chinese checkers, backgammon, tic tac toe, peg solitaire, Ludo, and more. I like the idea of having all of these games in one app for the iPad. They're attractively designed, and can accommodate up to 6 players. These are pretty basic. You won't be able to play against your iPad, though, as in other chess apps, for example. And to have access to the instructions, you'll need an Internet connection, since it simply accesses the info on Wikipedia.
There are certain genres that seem to remain fun even though each new game in the genre isn’t necessarily that different from the last. Time management games are one such anomaly, and so to, it seems, are “marble poppers”. Granted there have been some that weren’t quite as engaging as others, but there’s something about the whole concept of trying to whittle away a string of objects before it reaches its destination that’s simple yet challenging, and ultimately enjoyable. Aqua Pearls is no exception to this rule, and what sets it apart from many of the others I’ve played are some new game modes as well as the general atmosphere of the game.