A month or so ago, I posted a review up about an app called City Story. Since then, there have been a few complaints from readers who have incurred excessive charges. The screenshot above (which clearly warns of an In App Purchase), was taken during my testing of the game, and appears in the review. I inquired to the vendor what could have contributed to these cases. A spokesperson for the app responded (see below), but be sure to always pay attention to prompts on your phone when playing this and similar games, and is not advisable to let small children play unattended.
Mani Golf is an interesting game. Some might consider it an overly simple golf game with whacked out courses. Personally, I look at it as a physics puzzle game under the guise of a whacked out golf game. Whatever your perspective is, there’s no question that Mani Golf is fun, crazy and at times quite challenging. You’ll not hear the word “fore” uttered from the main character’s mouth, but be prepared for some zany comments as you attempt to conquer 36 holes on two insane courses.
I will eventually get around to checking it out, but if you are into addictive, simple time-killers, Tap Disk looks like it might be a good one. Tap to collect flying disks and collect points and power-ups...Looks fun!
Not too long ago I previewed this fun new casual game called Pig Shot. Well, now it’s in the App Store for you to purchase so I thought I’d give it a more thorough review. Of course, the irony is that the game is rather simple (hence the term “casual”), and I really kind of covered it all in my preview, at least in a nutshell. Still, I’m sure I can find a few more words to say about it, so here’s my look at the game Pig Shot.
If you are looking for one of the best Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games for the iPad, look no further than Land Air Sea Warfare HD. Graphics and sound combine with gameplay that in many ways is better than the original game that launched the RTS genre, Command & Conquer.
I don’t go for the “farting is fun” application genre on my iPod Touch. I think it’s silly and juvenile, and just further crowds the App Store so that good games don’t get noticed. For that matter, I’m not big into the defecation appreciation games as a whole, but something about Pigeon Squadron intrigued me. I’m not sure if it’s because at its heart Pigeon Squadron is really just another target bombing game where the weapon of choice happens to be bird feces, or what drew me in to wanting to try the game. Well as it turns out, despite the fowl droppings premise, Pigeon Squadron is actually a rather entertaining game. It’s also quite challenging, so don’t think you’re going to just coast through this defacing experience with a gold medal for no effort. Are you ready to join the pigeon army?
Here are the apps plus one accessory that I use most often during my down time. I can't guarantee they are best in their class, but I can strongly recommend each one.
Entertain your children, stimulate their development, and give them an alternative to the mindless distraction of TV
My three-year-old, Emily, is smitten with "Daddy's favorite toy." After a timid start, she's quickly mastered the swiping, tilting, and tapping of my 2nd Gen iPod touch. Like any child, she loves playing games, and we've downloaded a number of apps that entertain her, but also offer an enriching learning experience.
$2.99, app2.me/197; Free "Lite" version, app2.me/2640; other variations of this app available
Sports games have made the transition to iOS devices quite well.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
This is probably the best Tony Hawk title ever made. I'd enjoyed playing this title on a PC and a Game Boy Advance, so I thought I'd give it a try on the iPhone. This complete port of the game has better graphics than the original. Playing this really brings back memories—the nostalgia is almost unbearable.
Great graphics and death-defying speeds keep simulation, arcade, and kart racers interesting
Need for Speed Shift
$6.99, app2.me/363; $12.99 (iPad), app2.me/2600; free version also available