I have been an electronic game player since the early '80's, and I find the aspect of game genre evolution fascinating. The category that 10tons Ltd's Miriel the Magical Merchant HD fits in is a time management style game known by many as a 'Diner Dash' type, since that game was the title that firmly established the genre. And like most titles that draw their inspiration from the defining source, enhancements, variants and improvements take the new game beyond the original concept. This is the case with Miriel the Magical Merchant HD (MTMMHD).
I have always been a bit of a Pinball Wizard. Something about the lights and sounds as that tiny metal ball goes pinging off the obstacles, racking up points. It always seemed a bit magical to me. As the digital age dawned, my love of pinball jumped with me to my laptop, as I discovered the fantastic pinball app which used to come prepackaged with Microsoft Windows Plus, among others. Now, pinball has made its way to the iPad with ESPN’s sport’s themed (would you expect anything less) pinball app.
Pinball wizards who are fans of Pinball HD for the iPad will be happy to learn that the same developer has created a pinball table for Sony Music themed with the heavy metal rock band Slayer.
Fans of Slayer's music will no doubt find the pinball interpretation of their music and visual style worth investigating, but for those of us who are not Slayer fans yet still looking for a pinball fix beyond Pinball HD will be satisfied with this game.
With over 250,000 titles currently available in the Apple App's Store, it can be a challenge finding the diamonds among the cruft. And since the games category bulks the majority of App Store products, this search can be especially daunting. However, once in a while a game title captures just the right amount of immediate gratification and strategic finesse that gives it an enduring, addictive quality. Does No, Human have this necessary spark? Read on time find out.
It’s that time once again where I take a look at yet another match 3 game to recently enter the App Store market. This time around we have Bermuda Triangle: Save The Coral, released by Bulkypix and developed by Northpole Studio. Once you get past the whole PSA about the destruction of coral you’ll find that there’s a decent little match 3 game to be played here. While probably not the strongest candidate on the App Store, it far outweighs the myriad of poor Bejeweled clones and decent but lacking non-Bejeweled matching games. Let’s find out what it takes to save the coral.
To its credit, I will say that I don’t think I’ve ever played anything like Vertex on my iPhone before. Conceptually it’s actually a sound game. Unfortunately, I really don’t find it all that interesting. Additionally, the time allotments are crazy and there’s no timer-less mode with any incentive to play it. I think with some embellishments on the different game play modes there could be something here, but right now it feels more like a highly polished late stage alpha game than a truly marketable product.
I never really got into the whole D&D thing, being too cool for that level of geek immersion (ahem, I might've been a ranger character of moderate EXPs once), but RPGs (role playing game) on computers are old as, well, I am. I have played some of the originals, believe me. The early games were mostly stupid by today's standards, but we loved them anyway. My friend's Dad had an old machine , on which we would play a text-only RPG game for hours (imagine that). The computer spit out a description of the scenery and game action at each move, while we would map out the mazes and dungeons on paper. Pretty arcane, but still loads of fun.