iQuarters [rating: 4.5/5]
When I was a child I spent many a break time at school playing money marbles. This consisted of standing any distance away from a hole and attempting to throw a coin into it using as few throws as possible. It was a cheap and easy when to while away the hours but as I grew up not so many people were interested in playing the game any more. Then I discovered that people weren’t spending so much time in children’s playgrounds any more, instead they were at pubs playing the same thing but this time with pint pots, shot glasses and anything else that could be used to throw a coin into. I guess it was warming and the refreshments were more enjoyable!
Needless to say if a past-time is enjoyable it soon finds it’s way into the App Store with iQuarters this is no different. iQuarters is a universal app meaning that one purchase will work on your iPhone/iPod Touch and your iPad if you should have both and the game plays the same on both, all be it in a larger, brighter way on the later of course.
There are two modes to iQuarters, the first lets you play through the game with a limited amount of coins in an attempt to complete the 12 included levels while in practice mode you can play any of the unlocked levels.
The game starts pretty easily with a simple set of three glasses laid out on the bar in front of you and all you need to do is swipe your finger up the screen to flip the coin into either of the three glasses. This isn’t difficult and you’ll soon have the three completions that you need to move onto the next round. From here things start getting a little trickier though with and introduction of obstacles and different sized glasses placed further apart across the bar.
There are two ways that you can affect the trajectory of your flicked coin, first is the direction of your swipe while the second is the angle at which you set the coin to travel using the angle options at the top of the screen. This provides a degree of skill but you’ll soon find that you are able to complete the 12 levels routinely even with the limited coins that you have available. The skill will come with increasing your high score by using the multiplier options that you earn by bouncing the coin off of multiple surfaces and objects or completing successful flicks in a row.
There are different obstacles that you can bounce off on many of the 12 levels and while this adds more fun to the game more often than not as long as you hit the first obstacle correctly the others will follow without a hitch even if that means being flicked by a lighter followed by cell phone followed by a bottle!
The leader boards are only local and while practice mode can be played by multiple players it would have been nice to see these options expanded to see online leader boards, achievements and online multi-player options.
Having said that I have been surprised to how often I’ve been coming back to iQuarters again and again in an attempt to beat my previous scores and with that kind of addiction they must be doing something right! At just $1.99 for a multi-device app that is both fun and addictive you can’t go wrong and it beats the cold, wet play grounds of my childhood any time!
- Single app for iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad
- Simple, engaging game play
- Only 12 levels
- No online leaderboards
- Limited multi player options
iQuarters: Official Game Trailer for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Price: $1.99 (iTunes Store)
Released: Jun 03, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0.0
Size: 23.5 MB
Seller: Incredible Technologies
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Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.