A game whose play involves catapulting involves catapulting birds into castles occupied by green pigs hardly sounds like the stuff of a winner. But Angry Birds ($0.99) is the top-selling game in the App Store — and so popular that it got written up in the Wall Street Journal a couple days ago. It has an astonishing 25,000 five-star ratings in the App store. It has two key components: it's fun and addictive.
I admit it, I am a self-confessed movie junkie. When watching animated movies, I love to identify the actors from their voices, and on the rare occasion when I can't place the name, I have the IMDb (Internet Movie Database) app and website close at hand. So I looked forward to playing with Ultimate Movie Buff, $0.99, from Super Monko Studio, especially since it is billed as "dedicated to cinemaholic people"!
The second game I reviewed on my iPod Touch was Sneezies (published by Clickgamer, developed by Retrodreamer, review here). Back then I didn't have a ton of games, so anything I got I kept on my device. The problem was, while I didn't play Sneezies for hours at a time, it was still way too tempting for me to launch the game and play it for a while instead of playing some game that I was supposed to be reviewing or beta testing. I finally had to remove the game from my iPod so I could move on with my life and become productive again. For a long time I was good. And then it happened.
If you like solitaire, you'll want to check out Mondo Solitaire. The app includes more than 100 different solitaire games, as well as 200 different combinations of playing.
In today's App Store, it's easy to find a plethora of games featuring zombies; just as it's easy to find fart apps, overpriced flashlights, and a myriad of other uninspired creations. However, this is only one side of the story - there are also many wonderful apps to be found hidden among the rubbish. Today I'll be touching briefly on "Fly Kiwi, Fly!," which is one of the most enjoyable games I've played on the iPhone platform.
Another of my favs to hopefully become a big hit now on iPad...press release/links follow: Alexandria, VA., -- May 6, 2010 -- Vito Technology today announced its Solar Walk App for iPad is available on the App Store. A comprehensive addition to Star Walk, Solar Walk shows a 3D model of the Solar System with detailed info about each planet. It gives users a beautiful, educational, and interactive walk around the Solar system on their iPads.
Five top titles make gaming an adventure
Even the most die-hard Mac fans have to admit that gaming has historically been the platform's Achilles heel. The one exception to that rule has consistently been adventure games. For a variety of reasons, small, independent studios have been able to produce high-quality adventure games. The best example of this is Myst, one of the bestselling computer games of all time, and the game that defined the adventure genre in the nineties.
Students jump with joy and parents slump with trepidation, but the iPhone can help parents endure the summer break.
Long hot days, graduations, BBQ’s, vacations, bug bites, bored kids, and amusement park crowds…all a part of our love-hate relationship with the summer season. For Moms (and Dads or any caregiver), summer means that the kids are "free" from the day-to-day structure of schooling, sports, after-school lessons, etc. While a great time to be a child, it is also a potentially stressful time for parents. It starts off with graduation, then vacations, camps, and inevitably ends with back-to-school shopping. Here are a few apps to make getting through the summer heat a breeze.
It’s been a least a week since I’ve mentioned it, so let me start by saying that I love shooters. Vertical, horizontal, 360 degrees – they’re all good to me as long as they are fun. That being said, I’d probably argue that vertical shooters are my favorite. As luck would have it, Icarus-X is a vertical shooter. It’s not a bad little game either. Sadly, it suffers from lack of some of the things that I really enjoy in shooters, but I’ve enjoyed it none the less. Now if I could just get past level 4…
New games that take advantage of the iPad's enhanced features
At this year's Game Developers Conference (GDC) in March, much of the buzz was centered on the iPad. Everyone was eager to get in on what Apple executive Scott Forstall called, "a whole new Gold Rush for developers." However, these game developers were encountering a problem: Apple had not provided even the biggest third-party companies with early iPad devices to test their applications. Developers instead had to rely on computer emulation, without the security of knowing how their games would play on an actual iPad.