This week, I played 2 great games that are very different, but both great fun. Trigger Fist is a combat game that you will both love and hate. Hate it because like real combat, it's so easy to get killed, but love it because it's so freaking cool!! Cool enough to warrant an iPhoneLife video demo, also included in this review. The other game I played the week, Flight, is a simple 2D-scroller recreating the fun and nostalgia of paper airplane flight.
With all the chatter in the blogosphere, about new products soon to be released, and patent battles being fought on all fronts in the courts of law, I think it's important to keep in mind the old expression: "You ain't seen nuthin' yet!" Truly, hasn't this week been a great example of that.
With the court cases bringing out details Apple would just as likely have preferred to keep private, we have been granted a rare insight into the evolution of products in the Apple iDevice chain, as well as having been given glimpses into what Apple had in mind, in prototype form, two years ago.
That said, can you imagine what Cupertino has in store for us in say, 5 years? That's not that long. Think about it. Within 5 years, devices and functions that are now, only in prototype/patent form, may very well be seeing the light of day. It's not for nothing that Johny Ive says that the products Apple is working on now, are some of the best, most exciting products Apple has ever invented!
This game in a word, ROCKS!! Just released today, Trigger Fist, an awesomely smooth shooter with lifelike combat sights and sounds, is available now on the Apple App Store for $4.99. Built with the Unity3D engine, TF is likely to become one of the hottest games you grab this year! The combat action is intense, if you survive long enough to appreciate it, that is. Review coming soon, but do yourself a favor, and grab this game NOW!
Will post a review up soon, but wanted to get the word out that you can grab the iOS port of Flight for free (limited time only this week), a formerly flash-based 2D paper airplane game recently added to the app store here. Throw your paper airplane, collecting stars and power-ups which earn you upgrades and enhancements, while trying to eke out an even longer glide. The game has been redone with new visuals and enhancements, and I can vouch already it's a lot of simple fun... grab it while it's still gratis for a limited time!
Finally! An awesome new handheld game for drum lovers! Drum Fanatics is a new app for your iPhone, iPod or iPad that allows you to get your drum addiction in even when you are away from your drum set. Or if you’re looking to start learning the rhythm of drums but don’t have a set yet, this is a fun easy way to start! This drum game uses your fingers in a five line music rhythm system so you can rock out to your favorite songs.
Last month it was reported that Electronic Arts (EA) was combining two of its mobile game design studios. Firemint, who make the hit racing series Real Racing, with Iron Monkey, who have developed for EA, stellar games like Mass Effect: Infiltrator as well as the award-winning Dead Space, have now been consolidated to form Firemonkeys. What can we expect to see from the joining of these two great design studios?
Well, good news racing fans! Now hot on the heels of this merger, Firmonkeys has just released a trailer for the upcoming Real Racing 3.
The third and final chapter of the Moonwall series (originally called “The Train”) has finally arrived on the iPad, and I couldn’t wait to dig into it. I’ve always been a fan of the series thanks to its intriguing story, even though part two had a few annoyances where the game engine was concerned. This last episode seems to have fixed those issues for the most part, and continued to uphold the tradition of strong story and some challenging puzzles. There were even a couple of innovative uses of the device, at least where adventure games are concerned. My biggest disappointment, however, besides the fact that this was the end, was how it ended. Still, up until the last few minutes of the game the journey was certainly worth it.
The GoSmart is really not the typical stylus your grandfather used (though it might resemble a sort of drafting instrument). It is substantially more, in point of fact. An ingenious twist of simple engineering applied to the challenge of drawing or writing on the iPad screen in a natural, tactile manner. As a former weather guy, I used to spend hours hunched over first paper charts (waaay back) and then later a computer screen/drawing tablet... mostly just drawing lines (always lines of equal something or other). In the bad old days, drawing on a computer screen was an act more akin to connecting the dots using a drawing puck (on a tablet surface), and the whole experience was frustrating, jerky, often producing an erroneous result. If I would have had an iPad and a GoSmart stylus, I would have relished the task! It might have helped me forecast the weather better as well--ok, joking aside, the GoSmart is a stylus worthy of it's name...read on to learn why you will want this one.
The best iPad games, reviews, and free iPad games are always hard to find, especially when you don't know where to start. Tons of reviews on 'the game that must be played' are written right here on this page. We are constantly looking for ways to improve and the article on the NBA 2K12, is just one example of what we do.
Here is a brief description of the article: “In iOS world, there’s an App for everything, and everything has an App. Until recently, the only exclusion was that of a true NBA game. Well thanks to NBA 2K12, by 2K Sports, throwback fans of “The Hick from French Lick” and his more modern counterpart of “The Candy Man” now have their favorite teams and players in reach of both thumbs. This is 2K sports first edition (in iOS format) for this #1 selling basketball game. Did they do right by iOS users? In short, “Yea baby”, they did.”
We try and keep the articles lively and informative. Although not all of them are based on sports. Skillz is one example that has become one of the most addictive and an overall fun game that has recently hit the market. The concept matches many other popular music games that test your rhythm, tap speed, and ability to rock the turn tables. It’s similar to Guitar Hero and Rock Band, but much more difficult which makes it appealing.
Another key point in choosing the best iPad games are the graphics. Shadowgun is a new game that is pressing the boundaries of the new graphic cards. The linked article even has a video for you to see what it actually looks like. It's a first person shooter that guides the gamer through an intense story line out in space.
All reviews, like the ones linked above, are the best iPad games that we can find.