It used to be that I’d start every review about a brick breaker style game saying something about how I don’t really like the genre but… I think I need to stop doing that now. Either I’ve become more selective in the ones that I try or they really do keep getting better, because I’m actually finding myself enjoying the concept more each time I write a review. This time around the subject is Draw Breaker, the latest game from Elevate Entertainment, and this game is a blast! It’s cute, creative and different than any brick breaker I’ve played in the past.
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.
There was a day long before the mobile revolution when video game consoles reigned supreme, and many might have even said that computers were no good for anything other than causal games or low action fare like adventure games. I did a lot of console gaming back in the 8 and 16 bit eras, and one thing that was common among many games was that they were hard. It could be fair to say that some bordered on being impossible. Ironically, that was part of what appealed to gamers back then. The folks at 2 Ton Studios are clearly a product of that era as well, as evidenced by their premiere release Ninja Boy. My feelings towards the game shift at any given moment from intense enjoyment to sheer frustration, but in the end I’m almost positive I don’t regret any of the time I’ve spent with it.
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!
The cliché, of course, is that the knight in white shining armor rides in to save the damsel in distress and everyone lives happily ever after. Flying Princess severely bucks that trend with a sniveling “hero”, an overly ambitious princess and a cannon! Personally I think love might have drifted from being blind to teetering on the edge of insanity, but it makes for a great game, so who cares?
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.
When searching for the best iPhone games, you can get lost in companies propaganda. Articles likeTop Ten FavoriteiPhone Games, can help to alleviate the stress. The following snippets from articles can help you to decide what kind of game is better suited for you.
"Stinger Games' newly launchedStinger FoosballLeaguetakes a game that's already a step removed from reality into a truly virtual environment - topping as one of the best iPhone games. Foosball, of course, is the table version of football or soccer. With Stinger Foosball League, the field that was crammed into a table in a pub is now in your iOS device. The premise sounds okay, but the execution is way cooler than it sounds. That's because Stinger Foosball League is actually, well, cooler than actual foosball. First of all, the 3D graphics and game physics are right on, putting this game at the forefront of console-style graphics on iOS. Second of all, the view when playing real life foosball is… usually not that awesome. I'm sure there are people with foosball tables that are tricked out, but for most of us, they're usually a dingy affair. But Stinger Foosball League hasn't been sitting in your uncle's basement for the past forty years. Kick-ass flying cameras show off how much action there really is in a game known for being low-tech. And just to make it even more trippy, the ball leaves behind a golden light tail, kind of a comet-effect."
"The Universe ofSPIRIT FORCEwas inspired from the Japanese Samurai-era. Discover an epic story giving you a social experience where players fight with monsters and collect Spirit Cards in order to save the world. It places a core emphasis on player vs. player combat. The player begins his journey as a member of the SPIRIT FORCE. Battle with other players or clear the mission to get great treasure and rare card. Use crafting skills with the collected treasures in order to summon new Spirits. Players can team up with friends and cooperate each other to fight against boss, unlock new rewards and new stages. The most immersive and massively multiplayer online card game ever!"