iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:57:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Deer Hunter: African Safari for iPad [Game Review] Mon, 08 Nov 2010 20:04:54 +0000 Read More]]> Deer Hunter African Safari for iPad 2

Deer Hunter: African Safari for iPad [rating: 4/5]

First there was Deer Hunter, then Deer Hunter for iPad, then Deer Hunter: African Safari and now Deer Hunter: African Safari for iPad.  They do say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it and that certainly appears to be the case with Glu’s popular hunting series.

If you’ve played any of the series before then you can skip the next few paragraphs as nothing has changed with the fourth in the series, however if you are new to the game read on.

As the name suggests Deer Hunter: African Safari for iPad places you in the heart of Africa with a gun in hand to bag yourself so big trophies and while there are African deer in your sights it’s the glamour animals that really catch the eye.

The main part of the game is the Safari where over three different locations you are challenged to kill a range of animals to achieve a given score.  Scoring is based on the size of the animal comparative to it’s breed so going for the elephant is not always the best choice even if your instinct tells you otherwise. Points will be lost should you leave a wounded animaanon the field when the day is over.

Navigating your safari is done via your GPS, touching a location on your map or dragging your finger across the screen will move you to that destination.  Should you get within range of a target the animals prints will appear on your map and if you aren’t all ready shown what the animal is you can move towards the animal prints again to see what it is.  If you like the type of animal, and its size, you can select to enter the field of action, choose your location and take aim.

Deer Hunter African Safari for iPad_1

Once you are in the field the cross hair of your gun will appear on screen.  You can control your aim by dragging your finger across the screen, not only to take aim on any given animal but also to scan the full playing area that goes beyond either side of the iPad’s screen.  Once you’ve decided on which animal you are going to take down you can zoom in and use the ‘steady’ button to minimize the amount of shake.  With the animal firmly in your sights you can tap the screen anywhere to fire.  You can customize the control to enable a dedicated fire button but I found the ability to tap anywhere on the screen to work the best.

You have a full day to bag yourself 5 animals and should your score minus any deductions total the target score then you will unlock the next Safari.  There are 12 levels to unlock in total with 4 difficulties spread over 3 locations and they will take you a while to complete thanks to the challeging nature of the scores you’ll need to beat.

As you progress you will unlock access to new weapons, accessories and skills that help you aim, shoot and remain un-detected by the animals.  It’s very important as in Deer Hunter: African Safari some animals will charge to devastating effect. If you don’t want to work for your rewards you can purchase up to 3 add-on packs which will enable all the additional features from the start.  To be honest though I didn’t find them necessary and got more satisfaction from unlocking the items myself.

Deer Hunter African Safari for iPad

The game looks as great as ever, not as good as on the iPhone 4 but still the African plains look great on the iPads screen and for the most part the animals look realistic too. In game menu’s are clear and easy to navigate and the sounds are appropriately authentic sounding throughout the game too.

As hunting games go I know no better, however Glu appear to be taking the easy options with these titles.  Considering that the iPhone and iPad games are the same I see no reason why they shouldn’t be a universal app, if not then why not add some additional features that take advantage of the additional real estate that the iPad offers.

If you already have Deer Hunter: African Safari for your iPhone there is minimal reason to buy this version for your iPad, however if you are new to the genre and want to bag yourself some big game then you can’t go far wrong with this excellent hunting game.



$6.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Games
Released: Oct 28, 2010
Version: 1.0.0
157 MB
Language: English
Seller: Glu Games Inc
© 2010 Glu Mobile, Inc.
Rated 12+ for the following:
Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence
Requirements:Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later

]]> 0 Robo Dude for iPad A Good Addition to the Brick Breaker Genre Tue, 12 Oct 2010 17:03:11 +0000 Read More]]> Robo Dude Brick breaker

Robo Dude [rating: 3.5/5]

I had a brick breaker style game back when I had one of my first mobile phone. This was back in the day when Sony Erricson were big in the cell phone market so that gives you an idea of how long ago it was! It was a simple game where your task was to bounce a ball against a wall knocking out all the bricks using a paddle that you could move left and right.

It was a simple game for a simple time and I spent many hours trying to beat my high scores and progressing to the new wall.

The latest incarnation of the genre is Robo Dude for iPad and for some reason they’ve added a back story of love between robots. It’s a pretty loose story and to be honest I did find that it added nothing to the game. Completing a level and moving on to the next was enough of an incentive for me.

The game itself works very week on the iPad. The accelerometer enables a choice of ways to control you paddle along the bottom of the screen. By default you control it via the tilting of the iPad. However you can also control the paddle by dragging your finger across the screen. After trying both out for a few games I decided that the accelerometer controls were the most responsive.

The initial set of 20 levels, there are 80 in total, sets you the task of collecting 20 coins and this is completed by simply completing the 20 levels. Tis is no easy task though as you only have three lives and the levels get more and more complex as you progress.

Unlike the simple rectangular blocks that built the wall that I attempted to breakdown on my old cell phone Rodo Dude presents a wide range of bricks each with their own requirements for breaking through them. Some will take a single shot while others will require a hit on the side before you hit them on the top. This is a nice enhancement to the original and keeps things interesting.

Robo Dude iPad

As you complete the first few levels you will start collecting coins and balls that are released when bricks are destroyed. These collectables can then be exchanged for weapons that can help clear large areas of the wall in one go.

These power-ups don’t come cheap though so while they are effective they should be used wisely to maximize their affect.

The levels look bold and bright and there is always something going on although as with any similar game when only one block remains it can be frustrating trying to get the right angle to clear it and move onto the next level.

The game handles multiple profiles so more than one player can play the game on a single device but there is no multiple option or leader boards which is a disappointment.

Overall Robo Dude is an enjoyable brick breaker game with a lot to offer. And while there are some frustrations the overall game is enjoyable to play and with over 80 levels should keep you busy for some time.

It’s currently available in the App Store with an introductory half price offer and if you like this sort of game and don’t need multi player and leader boards then Robo Dude will keep you entertained for some time.



$1.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Games
Released:Sep 28, 2010
24.7 MB
Seller:Ovidiu Ene
© Magic Games
Rated 4+
Requirements:Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later

]]> 0 Deer Hunter 3D for iPad. Virtual Hunting Never Looked So Good (Game Review) Mon, 12 Jul 2010 17:46:36 +0000 Read More]]>

Deer Hunter 3D for iPad [rating: 4.5/5]

One of the best hunting games on the iPhone/iPod touch has now ported its way over to the iPad in the form of Deer Hunter 3D for the iPad and it works even better on the iPad than on it’s smaller predecessor.

The first thing you’ll probably notice is the price tag which is a significant increase on the version for the iPads version. The iPhone/iPod touch versions are currently available for 99 cents while the iPad version will cost you a whopping $9.99.

That’s ok though as surly for that price extra features will have been included to take advantage of the iPads extra real estate. Well, that would be a legitimate thought but unfortunately it’s not the case as the only difference are the slightly enhanced graphics.

For those of you that haven’t played Deer Hunter 3D before the premise is pretty simple, as you’ll find yourself immersed in a realistic hunting sim through different 3D environments across 4 different countries.

The four different environments are beautifully drawn and represent their respective areas perfectly. You’ll start in the American Midwest and successfully completing those hunts will move you onto Northern Europe. From there you’ll move onto Western Russia and finally Northern Mexico.

The animals across the 4 locations a predominately the same with deer, moose, bear and turkey often presenting themselves to be shot by your range of guns. Each level, weapon and difficulty level is unlocked based on your success in the earlier levels but in addition you can also buy various equipment packs in the weapon store via in app purchases.

These additional items include laser sites, skill increases and an elephant gun but while these additional items can make the game easier and add features to the game they are necessary to complete the game.

Playing the game is relatively simple. You are initially provided with a GPS view of the hunting landscape and you can move around the map by dragging and dropping your location marker. As you move around the map you will either stumble across animals or their tracks will and you can head towards them.

When you do find a suitable target you will then be transferred to a 3D view of the location with the cross hairs of your selected weapon in the center of the screen and the sometimes multiple animals wanderering happily arround the scene.

Moving your sights is as simple as dragging your finger across the screen and as the scene extends beyond the iPads screen when you move towards the edge of the screen the view will pan arround accordingly.

Deer Hunter 3D for iPad

With your sights set on your target of choice you can zoom in on your target, presuming that you have unlocked the scope and that you have a weapon that can use it. Clicking the scope button on the edge of the screen will enable it and you can then set your level of zoom by rotating it directly on the scene.

All this is very intuitive which it needs to be as if you take too long the animals will sense your presence and make a run for it, just as the other animals will after you’ve taken your first shot.

To complete each level you have to accumulate a given number of points and these are awarded based on the size of the animal you kill and you accuracy so while you may be excited to shoot a turkey it’s not going to award you many points so it may be worth while moving to a different location for a larger target.

In addition to the main story mode there is a Quick Game mode where you are thrown into a hunting scene with the aim of simple killing as many animals as possible. All of your successes are also tracked via your profile and your best kills are also added to your trophy room where not only can you see the details of the kill but also where the bullet entered and exited the animal!

The only things missing are the ability to compare your best scores online and no multi-player options which would have made an already great game even better!

The attention to detail in Deer Hunter 3D for iPad sets this title a part from other hunting titles and will provide many hours of entertainment. The one down side especially for those that already have the title for the iPhone/iPod Touch is whether or not it’s worth $9.99, that decision is up to you.



Price: $9.99 (App Store)
Category: Games
Released: Jul 08, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0.0
1.0.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 113 MB
Language: English
Seller: Glu Games Inc
© 2010 Glu Mobile Inc
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

]]> 5 Swipe Soccer HD for iPad. Crazy Soccer Action in this Line Drawing Hybrid Thu, 08 Jul 2010 03:45:53 +0000 Read More]]> Swipe Soccer HD [rating: 4/5]

Swipe Soccer HD brings a whole new approach to soccer games on the iPad. Gone are the high quality 3D graphics, gone are the d-pad controls and actions buttons, instead Swipe Soccer HD combines the line drawing techniques made famous by Flight Control, Harbour Master and Fare City and combines it with the worlds most popular sport.

As the game is a pretty unique concept the game includes a detailed tutorial ranging from the seemingly obvious tasks of running, chasing, passing and shooting to the more advanced techniques of first-time passing and shooting and the highly technical two finger kick.

Swipe Soccer HD iPadWhile it may seem irrelevant to view such basic instruction it is highly recommended and once viewed and practiced the basics at least become second nature.

The games use five aside rules for play so there’s no need to worry about offside or thrown-ins as the ball is always active bouncing off of the sides of the pitch should a pass go astray.

Moving your players is as simple touching the relevant player that you wish to move and draw the path that you wish them to run along. This will need to be done with all five players as not only do you have to contend with getting the ball but also positioning your players to move into space to be available for a pass.

When your player has the ball, drawing a line from them will either shoot the ball towards the goal or pass to another player. You can also draw a line to the ball or a specific player and your player will follow it until they get the ball.

You can play the game through 6 different levels of difficulty with each level becoming unlocked as you complete the previous difficulty. This helps you build up your skills without getting hammered 10-0 every time. The main difference between the difficulty levels is the speed and AI intelligence of the opposition.

Swipe Soccer HDRather than an alternative to any one of the full on soccer simulators that are available such as Pro Evolution, Fifa or X2 Soccer, Swipe Soccer HD is a more appropriate alternative to Foosball apps especially when you take on the two player challenge.

The two player mode works on a single app where you will intertwine your fingers with you opponent on a single iPad. The two player game can be set to be decided based on a time limit or the first to a given number of goals.

It works really well and other than the risk of a fractured finger as you and your opponent attempt to draw lines on the iPad at the same time it provides a lot of line drawing soccer fun.

The only thing missing from this fun game would be the ability to change the theme including the pitch style, player colors and the ability to track your game history especially the two player mode so your wins can be retained for the ultimate in bragging rights.

While Swipe Soccer HD may not have the depth of the full soccer sims it makes up for it in pick up and play fun and the craziness of the two player mode. It may not be a game that you play everyday but when you have friends over it’s the perfect app to load up for some crazy soccer action.



Swipe Soccer HD for iPad

Price: $2.99 (iTunes Store)
Category: Games
Updated: Jul 05, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.2
9.2 MB
Language: English
Seller: Markus Halttunen
© 2010 Essentia Solutions
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

]]> 0 Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD for iPad. Bloody, Fun Hack and Slash Fest Sun, 04 Jul 2010 18:03:31 +0000 Read More]]> Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD [rating: 4/5]

If you want to travel back in time to the peace and beauty of ancient Japan then you have come to the wrong place as while the beauty can be achieved in this game peace is not one of them as you hack, slash and slice your way through a blood bath of killing as you aim to rescue the people of a 16th century Japanese village from their evil masters.

The first thing you will notice about Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD for iPad is it’s beautiful and stylish sound and graphics. The in-game graphics which take the form of a top-down view of your character as it navigates the unique environments are rich and colorful in their cartoon style and perfectly represent 16th century Japan while the story between each level is told via graphic novel style interface which is arguably strong enough to stand up in it’s own right.

This is all wrapped in a soundtrack that encapsulates it’s oriental theme perfectly, switch on the game, close your eyes and the music itself will create the oriental atmosphere by itself.

The story that is told through the beautiful graphic novel between each of the levels is that of Daisuke Shimada a wandering Samurai who stumbles upon a village where he meets the beautiful Daimyo. Subsequently Daisuke finds himself facing the evil of Daimyo Hattoro and his many, many henchmen as he battles for the freedom of the area.

The game play is simple and the basics will be picked up quickly and easily. As mentioned previously the view of the playing area is a top-down view and your character Daisuke stands proudly in the center of the screen. Moving him around is down by simple touching the screen and he’ll move their. While navigating long distances you can keep your finger on the screen and Daisuke will follow it.

Ultimately though you will come across one of the many, many enemies that block your path and defeating them is also via the touchscreen via combinations of left, right and up swipes on screen. You start with just four different combo’s to use against your enemies and to begin with it appears that any random swipes will take them out. However as you progress through the game and the enemies get harder and more difficult to defeat remembering the more complex combo will certainly aid your effectiveness.

As you progress you will also unlock new combo’s and you can remind yourself of them via the scroll button at the top right of the screen.

The levels are relatively linear although each the levels do split off on separate paths at various times and failure to clear those paths of the enemies will prevent you from moving forward as you will find your way blocked by large floating padlocks. When this happens though it’s easy to retrace your steps and find any hiding enemy that is still breathing and slice them into pieces.

This brings me nicely to the graphic nature of the killing in this game. As you can imagine a samurai sword is not backward in coming forward when it comes to bloodshed and this is emphasized in graphic effect with each slice and dice of your enemy. From severed limbs, decapitation, and complete quartering the deaths in Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD are nothing short of graphic, all be it in cartoon form and this extends to the blood that is splattered on the touch screen.

You have been warned, this is not a game for those who are squeamish at the site of cartoon blood and dismemberment!

The story mode in itself is a lot of fun even with the linear nature of the levels and while it is a little short, you should be able to complete it in around an hour, you’ll still enjoy the time you spend completing it.

And even when you have completed the story mode of Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD you can still enter the DoJo and test your skills against wave after wave of samurai in a fight to the death. There are multiple DoJo’s to fight in and your high scores in both the Story Mode and the Dojo can be submitted to the online leader boards to compare your scores with other players.

These leader boards are provided via the integration with Agon which also provides Facebook and Twitter integration, awards and friends lists.

Samurai: Way of the Warrior HD for iPad is a wonderful game but it could do with a couple of issues that need to be addressed. Firstly it would be nice if the environment could be interactive so that it can be smashed up along with the enemies and then there is the price. At present the game will set you back $4.99 and that’s about right. However that is a sale price which takes 40% off of the full price so if your not quick it’s going to be considerably more expensive.



Price: $4.99 (iTunes Store)
Category: Games
Released: Jul 01, 2010
Version: 1.0
Size: 55.9 MB
Language: English
Seller: MADFINGER Games, a.s.
© MADFINGER Games, a.s.
You must be at least 17 years old to download this application
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

]]> 1 Crossings HD for iPad. Brain Teasing River Crossing game with too few options Sun, 27 Jun 2010 17:53:49 +0000 Read More]]> Crossings HD 5

Crossings HD [rating: 2.5/5]

Crossings HD is a puzzle game in the River Crossing style. I remember similar style brain teasers where the puzzle is how to transfer multiple people/animals/objects from one river bank to the other where there are certain restrictions on how much or how many things you can put in the boat at anyone time.

In this version for the iPad the same type of brain teasers are presented in a graphical form where you can attempt to move the passengers across the river in as few moves as possible based on the restrictions that are presented with. For example the second river crossing brain teaser provides the following conundrum:-

Four travellers want to cross the river
Only two travellers can cross the river simultaneously
The time to cross the the blue boy is 5 seconds, green is 10 seconds, red time is 20 seconds and the girl is 25 seconds.
You only have 60 seconds to cross all of them

While all of these things need to be taken into consideration as you attempt to make your crossing you don’t need to remember all the details as if you attempt to move one of the characters and it’s not a legitimate move you will be informed and will need to change your plan.

The graphics are pretty basic but they are drawn well and look bright and colorful on the iPads large screen. The sounds are rather minimal and basic too but just like the graphics this is not what you would be buying this puzzle game for. By default the background music is turned off but if you want to hear the cheery music you can simply tap the speaker icon at the bottom of the screen.

Moving your characters on and off of the boat on each side of the river is as simple as touching them on the screen and as previously mentioned if you attempt to make any illegal moves you will be prevented from doing so and you’ll need to try an alternate route.

What the game is missing is a reset button so that if you are part way though a puzzle and you realize that you need to restart it you have to return to the main menu and select the puzzle again.

Ultimately the game is let down by the fact that there are only 6 levels in the game which while they will keep you puzzling for a while offer no replay value once you have completed them. Also you can only unlock each level as you complete the previous level meaning that if you get stuck on any of the levels there is no way to look at any of the other levels and with the lack of any hints if you get stuck there is a definite possibility that you may only ever play half of the levels that are available.

At just 99 cents this app is not going to break the bank and if you like this kind of brain teaser you will be kept entertained. If these type of brain teasers are not for you then this app isn’t going to help you become a fan.



Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Category: Games
Released: Jun 18, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 5.4 MB
Language: English
Seller: douglas santos
© 2010 douglas santos
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

]]> 0 MarineBlueHD for iPad. Undersea Shoot-em-up with a Short Life Span Sat, 19 Jun 2010 17:58:06 +0000 Read More]]> MarineBlueHD

MarineBlueHD [rating: 2/5]

With all that has been going on in the Gulf of Mexico with the BP oil spill it’s difficult to remember sometimes the beauty that goes on below the surface of some of the worlds oceans. Well, in case you are in need of a reminder then you can’t go too wrong with MarineBlueHD from developers IndiaAn.

MarineBlueHD is an underwater shoot-em up with faced paced action and lots of explosions! The underwater scenery looks very nice and the overall water effects gives a great impression of being deep underwater.

Unfortunately there is only one location so while that location may look good there’s not much variety to the environment or the repetitive music that is on a 3 second loop that eventually ends up being only slightly less annoying that a stadium full of vuvuzelas!

Once you get into the under sea action the initial few minutes of game play are quite fun. From your stationary submarine located at the bottom of the screen your task is to simple blow everything that moves out of the water with your torpedoes. You don’t have to worry about direction and power though as all you need to do to launch your weapon is to touch the screen where you want the torpedo to explode.

This makes things pretty easy to hit with the only thing that you’ll need to take into consideration is the the movement of the schools of fish and other underwater creatures. There is also no limit on the number of torpedoes either so you can repeatedly tap the screen without fear of ever running out of weapons.

Combo’s can be earned by hitting multiple targets in quick succession and power-ups can also be gained, these include piranhas, extra time and freezing the fish all helping you to maximize your points.

There are no levels to progress through it’s just a simple race to get the highest score possible before the time runs out. There is OpenFeint integration too but only partial integration with no achievements possible but just 3 leader boards for highest scores, most combo’s and most hits.

Even at just $.99 for the iPad MarineBlueHD is going to leave you feeling a little short changed, while the action is frantic the longevity of the game is way too short.



Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Category: Games
Released: Jun 08, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0.0
Size: 13.6 MB
Language: English
Seller: 해준 Byun
© IndieApps
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later.

]]> 0 Hot Reversi HD for iPad. Hot Stuff, at a price! Sat, 19 Jun 2010 14:12:38 +0000 Read More]]> Hot Reversi HD [rating: 3.5/5]

Reversi, or as some people may know it Othello, is a board game for two players where the object is to cover the board with as many of your colored pieces as possible. It’s another game that is simple to understand yet difficult to master but has remained extremely popular all over the world.

In Hot Reversi HD the game has been brought to the iPad where you can play against the computer or utilize the app for a game between friends. The game is an accurate representation of the original game all be it with with a touch of heat that fires things up a little!

The playing board looks great on the large screen and available spots are highlighted so that even beginners will know where they can make their next move. And with each move comes the explosive animations as the pieces flip over. These explosions of lightning are definitely not something that you would get when playing the original version of the board game, but they do look and sound good and certainly spice things up a little.

Each player also has a red hot switch on their side of the board so at any time they can increase the pressure on their opponent by sending shock waves across the board to distract them. This doesn’t really affect anything, even after repeated presses and the pieces explode off of the board they will quickly reset back to their original resting place. It’s just a nice touch, although how much you would do it after the first couple of times remains to be seen!

There are options to tweak the look and style of the board including the color, perspective and effects but what is disappointing is the the fact that the game doesn’t rotate when the iPad is rotated.

It would be nice to have the option to play against other players online and also have the ability to track you game history but if you are looking for a game of Reversi on your travels with the addition of lightning and fire then this would be a good a choice as any of the other options available.

It’s not the cheapest Reversi game available at $4.99 but if you are quick you may be able to catch it at it’s current sale price of $3.99.



Price: $3.99 (iTunes Store)
Category: Games
Released: Jun 10, 2010
Version: 1.0.0
Size: 5.4 MB
Language: English
Seller: moak-1 co., Ltd.
© 2010 moak-1 Co., Ltd.
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

]]> 2 iQuarters for iPhone & iPad. Simple, Addictive and Provides Full Enjoyment Thu, 03 Jun 2010 19:27:42 +0000 Read More]]> 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!

iQuaters iPhone iPadNeedless 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.

iQuaters iPhone iPad_5There 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!



iQuarters: Official Game Trailer for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Price: $1.99 (iTunes Store)
Category: Games
Released: Jun 03, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0.0
Size: 23.5 MB
Language: English
Seller: Incredible Technologies
© Incredible Technologies Inc. All rights reserved.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

]]> 2 5 in 1 Kids Pack HD .Great iPad Introduction for Young Children (Game Review) Thu, 03 Jun 2010 18:12:42 +0000 Read More]]> 5 in 1 Kids Pack HD iPad Game

5 in 1 Kids Pack [rating: 4/5]

Thanks to the intuitive controls of the latest hand-held devices younger children are getting access to and playing with these devices and no more so than the iPad which with it’s larger screen makes things even clearer and accessible.

And this is where 5 in 1 Kids Pack fits in with it’s range of children friendly versions of a variety of pairs games for the younger end of the gaming market. The games look bright and colorful on the iPad screen and proves to be very engaging for the younger child too. Each of the games is a variation on the two card match game and have a variety of difficulty levels from a simple 2×2 grid for the real beginner to a 6×5 grid for the more advanced player.

With the game mode chosen and the difficulty level selected you also get to choose whether to play with animals, pictures, letters or numbers and then start the game. The main game is the Match mode and the task is two fold. The first task is to pair up the cards in the traditional manner of turning the two cards over to reveal a pair.

The great part of this is the audio that goes along with each of the cards especially the animals where each reveal is met with the sound of the animal too. As all the pairs are turn over a picture is revealed and the second task is to select the revealed picture from a roll of animals on the left hand side of the screen.

5 in 1 Kids Pack HD iPad Game_1

These two pieces of the puzzle add extra fun to the game and with each part being scored it’s the combination of completing both parts that complete your score and push you up to the local high score table.

Tap, Mystery and Timed modes are the other variations of the game. Mystery is the two player version of the main game where two players compete against each other on a single iPad.

Tap mode is a simple recognition game where you have to chose the correct picture from the pictures provided based on the audible prompt. The final option is Timed mode with is a single player version of the game where you are timed to find your matches as quickly as possible.

While all of the games are pretty similar they have enough variety too them to keep a young child engaged for a decent period of time and if you are looking to keep a young child entertained and don’t mind them doing that on your iPad then you can’t go far wrong with this.



Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Category: Education
Updated: May 20, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.05
Size: 19.7 MB
Language: English
Seller: Bacciz,LLC
© Bacciz, LLC
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

]]> 0 Brain Shake HD iPad Game Review. Crazy lever pulling fun Sat, 24 Apr 2010 21:59:42 +0000 Read More]]> BrainShake iPad Game

Brain Shake HD [rating: 2.5/5]

A Fun Game That Lacks Longevity

Many people who are reading this review will have probably heard of a game named BopIt where a single player or groups of players pass around the toy and follow the instructions on whether to push, pull or indeed BopIt. Well for me I’m a little bit old school so my reference point is a game toy called Pass Me from the early 80’s where the premise was similar although it was all based on colors and numbers. Anyway, I digress, Brain Shake HD is similar to these games only in an iPad app form.

The game consists of four different levers that you have to switch, twist, pull and squeeze under the instruction of the robotic voice that commands you.

The graphics look great, very clear and sharp, unfortunately they never change, the game could have certainly gained by switching the graphics or background on a regular basis to mix things up a little.

The same could be said for the sounds, they’re effective enough but not enough variety. As the game starts it will instruct you to complete one of the actions, too slow and it’s game over, do it quickly enough and you’ll be instructed of the next action to perform.

The four levers will also rotate at times placing the levers in different corners of the screen as well as this you will be randomly instructed to shake the whole iPad, just make sure you don’t drop it! This process continues with things getting progressively faster and faster until you finally miss one of your instructions.

The game is fun but there is definitely room for improvement. For example there is no multip-player option which would be a lot of fun especially on a single iPad and I’ve also been unable to find a high-score table even though you get to enter you name each time you get a high score.

At 99 cents Brain Shake HD will certainly provide a dollars worth of entertainment and if future updates include a multiple-player mode as well as alternative graphics and more gaming styles this could prove to be a game that hangs around for quite a while.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Updated: Apr 22, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.1
Size: 25.8 MB
Language: English
Seller: Mundomono
© 2010 Mundomono ltda.
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

]]> 2 Quality & Innovation Shine in Scrabble for iPad. Game Review Thu, 15 Apr 2010 07:35:47 +0000 Read More]]> Scrabble for iPad [rating: 5/5]

Quality & Innovation Shine in this Classic Word Game!

Scrabble has been hitting the headlines recently when Mattel announced that they will change the official rules to allow Proper Nouns to be used, click here to read the full story. Now I for one am not impressed but I understand why they are doing it, however that is irrelevant to this review as to this point the iDevice versions of Scrabble have not included this new rule change.

Scrabble has been available on the iPhone and iPod Touch for some time now and has a great range of features including single player, local multi-player and multi-player via Facebook and it’s a well put together application. However, EA & Hasbro have launched a new version of Scrabble for the iPad with all the existing features and fun of the original plus a whole lot more.

SCRABBLE for iPad EA MobileThere are many word games available in the App Store already but Scrabble is the master, with it’s simple rules and scoring system it’s a game that everyone can play and now rather than having to carry around a Scrabble board and all the tiles, not to mention a pad and paper to calculate the scores ‘Scrabble for the iPad’ offers a real alternative playing scrabble with a group of people. This is because in addition to the versions of the games that you can play on the iPhone and iPod Touch you can now play in Pass ‘n Play mode as well as my personal favorite Party Play mode.

Before I get into those great new versions of the game lets talk a little about the style of the game. If you’ve played Scrabble on the other devices before you will be very familiar with the polished style of the graphics and presentations and they have continued with that style here on the iPad although it now looks even better and sleeker on the bigger brighter screen.

The background music to the game is nice and soothing, although it is a little short and when playing for any length of time it will look all too frequently. Not to worry though as you can either turn the music off altogether or simply listen to your own music from your iPad instead.

The other three game options are Play Now, Facebook and Local Network Play. Play Now lets you play against the AI of the iPad and in addition to the standard options of Game Style and Dictionary type you can also chose between Easy, Normal and Hard difficulty levels. Local Network play allows you to play against a friend who also has an iPad with Scrabble on it while the Facebook games allows you to compete one move at a time against 3 other friends via Facebook. All three of these options are well implemented and play smoothly and seamlessly.

However, it’s in the remaining two modes that Scrabble for the iPad really makes it mark showing not only how a classic board game should be ported to a device but also in the innovative way you can play. Pass ‘n Play mode allows up to 4 players to play Scrabble on a single iPad. The usual options are available before you start including the 5 game style, these include the classic game mode for those with time on their hands, and the 75 point and 8 round game for the times where you want to keep the game a little shorter.

Launching the game sets player 1 with his tiles ready to place them on the board and it’s a simple task of dragging and dropping the tiles onto the board before clicking the Play button to submit the word. When it’s Player 2’s turn the screen hides the tiles and waits for Player 2 to click ok, hence preventing the other players form seeing their letters as the iPad is passed around. It works great and is ideal for when you want to play Scrabble with a group of friends. The only downside of this Pass ‘n Play mode is that you can’t change the default names meaning you have to remember your player number as you pass the iPad around.

Having said that though what if you hand all of you friends not only have an iPad between you but also all have iPhones or iPod Touches? Well then you are in for a treat as instead on using Pass ‘n Play you can select Party Play instead. With Party Play all the players can use their iPod Touches or iPhones to download a free Scrabble Tile rack. With this installed they can join the game over either local Wifi or Bluetooth and use it to keep all of their tiles on not only allowing them to keep their tiles even more secure form prying eyes but also allowing them to work on their word selection while they wait.

Once it’s your turn to play and have your word ready all it takes is a flick of your finger on each tile and it magically appears on the tile rack on the iPad which is acting as the playing board. From there you can simply drag and drop your letters onto the board and score your points. Not only is this innovative in it’s design but also superbly implemented, reactive and robust. We played our first game over a two hour period and not once did any of the players have any technical difficulties with the game and that even include a couple of times when players had to exit their tile racks to use their iDevices for other reasons.

For Party Play alone Scrabble for the iPad fully justifies it’s $9.99 price tag and with all the other game styles available there is no reason not to have this game on your iPad. It’s a must have app that not only brings non-iPad owners in on the fun but also shows off everything that the iPad is about.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $9.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Apr 01, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0.55
Size: 12.6 MB
Language: English
Seller: Electronic Arts
© 2008 Hasbro. US and Canada Only.
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

]]> 2 Heavy Gunner 3D for iPad. Game Review Tue, 13 Apr 2010 11:45:38 +0000 Read More]]> HEAVY GUNNER 3D for iPad_1

Heavy Gunner 3D for iPad [rating: 5/5]

A great game that plays even better on the iPad!

Com2us have ported another of their quality titles to the iPad and this time it’s Heavy Gunner 3D for iPad. Back in February this year we reviewed and rated Heavy Gunner 3D when it was released for iPhone and iPod Touch. We commented on the great graphics, sound, controls and the immersive environment and rated it with an unmissable score of 5/5. You can read the full review here for more details.

Even at this early stage many developers have created unique versions of their existing applications that utilize the extra capacity of the iPad from the extra power to the extra space and it’s resulted in some great games. However in a similar situation to the iPad specific release from Com2us of Homerun Battle 3D the iPad version of Heavy Gunner 3D is nothing more than a slightly tweaked version of the original. No additional features, no additional levels just graphics that have been updated to look better on the iPad compared to the original application being expanded to x2.

HEAVY GUNNER 3D for iPad_2

One area that has definitely improved from the move to the iPad is the controls. Nothing has changed in the control method between the two version of the game but the extra size gives you a greater level of accuracy in aim your two weapons. Controlling the weapons is via the two virtual pads in the bottom left and right hand corner of the screen which you control using both thumbs. Each weapon is independent of the other and it’s much easier to use them independently in this new version on the iPad than it was on previous version which lends itself to a more enjoyable playing experience.

The wave after wave of enemies are just as ferocious as ever and do look great on the larger screen and the sound now sounds great even when you don’t use earphones for an even more immersive feel. You can still upgrade you weapons which you will certainly need to do if you plan to progress through the 25+ missions.

Despite the lack of additional features between the iPhone/iPod Touch version and this iPad version Heavy Gunner 3D for iPad is still a great game and even at $2 more than the iPhone/iPod Touch original it’s still a worthy addition to your application arsenal.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $4.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Apr 01, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0.0
Size: 21.5 MB
Language: English
Seller: Com2us USA, Inc.
© 2010 Com2uS
Rated 9+ for the following:
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

]]> 1 Sherlock Holmes Mysteries for iPad. Game Review Mon, 12 Apr 2010 11:46:24 +0000 Read More]]> Sherlock Holmes Mysteries for iPad_2

Sherlock Holmes Mysteries for iPad [rating: 4/5]

An Entertaining Short Adventure Set in Olde London Town

Much of the success in the world is not necessarily about how good something is but more about timing and so on the back of the recent release of the Hollywood version of Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. Warner Bros have released Sherlock Holmes Mysteries for iPad. So it certainly meets the criteria for success on the timing, how does it stand up on the quality issue?

The game is an adventure game that see’s you take the role of Sherlock Holmes in a point and click style adventure. There are two separate mysteries to solve in the game and in addition the iPad version comes with a mini game called Puzzle Boxing Tourney where you are challenged to fight your way through 12 different boxers to become the boxing champion. The style of the boxing mini-game is a simple multi-touch game where you need to touch the different bubbles as they appear on the screen. It’s a simple game and getting through the 12 different fighters is going to be based on the speed of your reactions. Too slow and your opponent will land punches on you before you can retaliate and you’ll soon find yourself counting the birds as they fly around your head.

The mini-game is not going to be the reason you buy this game, it’s very repetitive and is relatively unexciting so let’s get back to the investigations themselves.

As mentioned previously there are two mysteries to solve, The Missing Memento & Case of the Innocent Man and both are independent of each other and can be played at any time.

Sherlock Holmes Mysteries for iPad_4

The game is obviously set in Victorian London and the graphics and sound reflect that pretty well. The graphics are good and help to set the Olde London Scene pretty well as do the sound effects and incidental sounds.

You start the game in a bar, a place where many a good mystery starts, and you are introduced to the basics of the control mechanism and interacting with the various characters. You can look around each of the locations by simply dragging your finger across the screen and any characters that you can interact with are high-lighted and you can click on the interact button on the top of the screen.

The conversations between the characters are well written and engaging but it’s a shame that they are all text based and that no vocal acting has been used through out the game as that would definitely made the game more enjoyable.

As you would expect speaking to the various characters will lead you the clues you need to solve prevent an innocent man from being convicted of murder.

As you move around the various locations which you can do via the map you will need to solve a variety of puzzles. These will include a hidden object style game where you search the screen for clues, a lock picking game reminiscent of the classic lock picking game and the foot chase where you need to out-maneuver those attempting to catch you.

The puzzles offer a nice variety but there is no penalty for failing any of them meaning that you can simple repeat them until you are successful which reduces the enjoyment of the game as you know that you can just keep trying until you succeed.

The game is very linear too. There are limited options to take different paths through the game and you simply have to follow the flow of the game.

The first of the two mysteries is pretty short and you’ll have the mystery solved relatively quickly. The 2nd mystery though is more involved and you will find yourself getting drawn into the story more offering a much more satisfying game.

It would be nice if additional mysteries are provided via additional updates but even without them at just $2.99 Sherlock Holmes Mysteries for iPad is an entertaining game all be it a short one.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $2.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Apr 01, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 55.9 MB
Language: English
Seller: Warner Bros. Entertainment
WB™ & © and Frogwares™ (S10)
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Simulated Gambling
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

]]> 0 Thumpies XL iPad Game Review. Mon, 12 Apr 2010 09:46:26 +0000 Read More]]> Thumpies XL [rating: 4.5/5]

Thumpies XL adds Multi-player Fun to the Crazy Rhythm Game!

I guess it’s not surprising that for every brand new app in the iPad App Store there appears to be 2 conversions from the iPhone/iPod Touch Store and Thumpies XL is one of the ones that is a conversion of it’s iPhone/iPod Touch counterpart. Back in February we reviewed the original version of the game and loved it’s originality, it’s childish horror style and how addictive it was. (Click here to read the full review).

Thumpies XL is a rhythm based game where you have to build up a basic beat to a cavalcade of beats. This is done by tapping along to the beats as little balls of beastliness bounce on toadstools and tree trunks. The beats are unique, infectious and entertaining and as you continually hit the beats accurately your progress bar builds to complete the level. In addition to hitting your beats there is also the task of collecting butterflies as they flutter around the screen. Grabbing the butterflies allows you to unlock more of the Thumpies that are then used in later levels.

Thumpies XL iPad GameNone of this is any different though from the the original Thumpies although the larger screen does make it easier to play. Unlike some other recent conversion to the iPad Thumpies XL includes a new feature as well as all the original craziness. There are still the same 16 unique levels, each of them offering a new rhythm for you to tap along to but in additional each of these 16 levels can now be played in 2 player mode.

In two player mode the game area splits in two and is both co-operative and competitive. Completing the beat is now up to both players and it’s your combined efforts that will enable you to complete the level with each player then getting ranked on the % of accurate hits.

This adds an extra dimension to the game and while the two player mode could have included more such as a non-cooperative version where you compete to complete the tune first and have power-ups that interfere with your opponents Thumpies it’s a lot of fun.

Also, while playing Thumpies XL my daughter was instantly attracted by the unique sounds of the Thumpies as they bounced around the screen and the larger screen allowed her to help me by taking care of the butterfly collection duties, adding a further unintentional two player co-operative mode to the game.

Selecting one of the 16 levels is done by tapping on one of the icons hanging from a tree. I noticed that just to the right of the main tree there is a smaller tree beginning to grow, perhaps this suggests future tracks and levels with a future update. I certainly hope so.

Thumpies XL takes the original Thumpies and adds a decent multi-player option that takes advantage of the iPads large screen. If you are a fan of rhythm games then you will love the unique crazy horror style of Thumpies XL and it continues to be a highly recommend game.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $4.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Mar 31, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 150 MB
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Seller: Big Blue Bubble
© Big Blue Bubble 2010
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

]]> 0 Slate Solitaire for iPad. Traditional way to play card games Sun, 04 Apr 2010 16:07:41 +0000 Read More]]> Slate Solitaire iPad

Slate Solitaire [rating: 3.5/5]

Even to this day, thanks to the fact that it was installed on all Window’s PC’s, Solitaire, along with minesweep, is one of the most popular games, well it is in my fathers house at least and he’s a great barometer of popular opinion. The fact that you don’t need anyone else to play it with also helps. And now you can play on your own some more with the definitive single player game in Slate Solitaire for the iPad.

Slate Solitaire contains 30 different card based solitaire variations, including Blind Alleys, Free Cell, Pyramid and the classic Klondike there is a variation for everyone here and selecting the appropriate one is done simply via a drop-down menu. The cards are automatically dealt out across the screen in their appropriate format depending on your selection. For me my first game was the classic 3 Card Klondike and the cards drawn are animated beautifully.

Playing the game is obviously done via the touch screen where you can simply drag and drop the cards from one pile to another. Again this is all very smooth and accurate making the game very easy to play. There are many options as well to have the playing area, cards and animations displayed as you like them. You can change the look of the cards and the table from a list of multiple options and also control the way the cards play including the automatic turning over off cards where it’s appropriate which is nice.

Slate Solitaire iPad_2

Each game offers a help page so even if you don’t know the specific rules of any of the specific games you’ll soon be able to pick them up. That being said the help pages are a little messy and with so much information on a single page can be a little difficult to read.

Slate Solitaire is a great game to pick up and play in short bites as the auto-save feature will enable you to jump in and out of the app and not lose your place in your active game. There are also statistics for each game so that you can easily see how well you are at each game.

The game is lacking sound, background music isn’t required but some sound effects as the cards are shuffled, dealt and drag around the screen would be nice.

Slate Solitaire doesn’t add anything to the game of solitaire it just brings 30 solitaire games to the iPad in a slick and functional interface. If you like playing solitaire card games and you don’t want to carry a pack of cards with you or don’t have the space to deal out a deck of cards on the bus, train or aeroplane then this game could be just for you.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $3.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Mar 31, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 11.5 MB
Language: English
Seller: Ben Taylor
© 2010 Ben Taylor
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

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