iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:57:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Emergency Review – Time Management Game for Catastrophic Events Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:32:35 +0000 Read More]]> I’ve played my fair share of time management games in my gaming years but I can’t remember one that was based on controlling the emergency services during critical situations, unless you count the alien attack in Sim City!

This is what you get to do in Emergency, the 13 situations that you have to manage range from train and plane crashes, gas explosions, burning submarines and even an alien invasion and you have a whole range of emergency services at your disposal, from the day to day services such as the police, ambulance service and fire brigade to helicopters and the secret service.

Each of the 13 campaigns are introduced with a short animated video showing the incident taking place, don’t worry, while the scenarios are pretty intense the videos aren’t too graphic, although whether you’d want younger children playing this game is up to you as the themes are obviously pretty dark.

Once the campaign starts you can’t stop, or even slow down, as there are lives at stake here and one false move could see one, if not all of the injured become fatalities. As with the introduction videos none of this is graphic in nature as its all completed in a Sim City like environment.

There are continuous themes throughout most of the levels. Put out fires, rescue people, tend to their injuries and get them to hospital, this is all interspersed with scenario specific actions such as cutting people out of train carriages, stopping and arresting terrorists and of course the alien destructions.

Actions are controlled by tapping on the person or vehicle and then selecting the available action. Some people and vehicles have multiple actions available but only the ones that can be used at the time are highlighted which helps direct you. And over the initial levels you are also guided by a help system.

As with most time management games the basic activities are pretty similar throughout the levels but with the campaign specific actions thrown in create a nice variety that keeps things moving along nicely and the difficulty level keeps raising also to keep the challenge level raising too.

The graphics look good and there is certainly no problem telling what is what and interacting with the people and vehicles even when they are close to each other which is all via touch controls.

Medals are awarded throughout the game based on points earned and these are earned through completing the various objectives in each level and based on how quickly you complete them too. It’s the speed that is the biggest challenge and while you may be ok with just scraping through with a bronze medal as you take your time completing each task if you do things too slowly you could end up with a catastrophic event on your hands as a gas line explodes!

I’ve very much enjoyed playing Germany’s number #1 rated App Store game, it could certainly do with more levels, but the variety between the different scenarios is fun, if fun is the right word when dealing with catastrophic events.

At $3.99 it’s not cheap but if you are a fan of such games you can’t go wrong with Emergency for iPad and comes highly recommended.

[rating: 4/5]

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]]> 1 Park Rush HD for iPad Has Potential but Falls at the First Hurdle Thu, 05 Aug 2010 19:13:43 +0000 Read More]]> Park Rush HD

Park Rush HD [rating: 2/5]

There are plenty of quality time management games in the App Store at the moment and many that focus on cars so when another one hits the App Store it’s going to have to something pretty good to make tracks on the existing ones.

Luckily Park Rush HD does bring something new to the table in the form of the environment that you get to play in, namely parking garages where you take the role of a parking attendant moving cars for many, many busy patrons.

While the premise may be a good one with a lot of potential unfortunately the game is let down by some basic features that will frustrate and annoy until they are hopefully fixed in a future release.

The graphics don’t specifically bounce off of the iPad screen and the sound effects and music aren’t going to win any awards but the major problem with Park Rush HD are the controls and more importantly the implementation of them.

The controls should be simple enough, tap the person who’s car you wish to park and the car appears, tap the car and your character jumps in it. Then you need to select a parking space and that is achieved by simply tapping the parking space you wish the vehicle to be parked in.

This is done repeatedly as the line of customers of your parking lot gets longer and longer, we’ll skip over why your customers aren’t actually in their cars and are lining up on the sidewalk, and get angrier and angrier. As soon as you’ve parked their cars and they disappear they reappear again where you’ll have to deliver the car back to them.

The parking lots get bigger and bigger and extra obstacles are added along the way including parking lifts that lift the cars above the parking spaces allowing an additional car to parked beneath it. All this put together has the potential of being a major hit which brings me back to the flaw.

The controls; tapping on the screen to move your character should be simple enough and it is, however the movement of your character is sluggish, jerky and is never direct meaning that your character walks the long way round to each and every place you tell them to walk to which considering that time is of the essence, it becomes more and more frustrating as you progress through the game.

As I’ve mentioned previously this game has a lot of potential and could be a huge success if this major flaw is addressed and the graphics are sharpened up a little. The developers claim that they are keen to hear from players about future improvements and so I hope they are listening as I would love to come back to a tighter version of this game.



Price: $1.99 (App Store)
Category: Games
Updated: Aug 04, 2010
Size: 90.6 MB
Seller:TapTomic, Inc
© TapTomic, Inc
Requirements:Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

]]> 0 Supermarket Mania HD for iPad Review Fri, 30 Jul 2010 05:15:25 +0000 Read More]]> Supermarket Mania HD

Supermarket Mania HD [rating: 4/5]

I have never been a fan of time management games such as Farmville, Sally’s Salon, and other games where the purpose is to perform certain tasks within a set amount of time. I find most of them to be repetitive and not exciting enough to satisfy my need for fast paced games. Supermarket Mania HD for iPad, I am happy to say, is the exception.

Supermarket Mania HD follows the daily adventures of Nikki who is busy running several stores in her hometown. Her story is presented to the user via a series of comic book style pages. Nikki’s main purpose is to stock products, clean up after customers, deal with shoplifters, and even compete with other businesses. Overall, Nikki’s day is very busy and hectic. You, as the player, control Nikki in performing all of these tasks throughout the day.

The control scheme is very simple. As customers enter the store, you must stock items that are running low. When products run out, the customers will wait for a certain amount of time for the items to be restocked. If they are not restocked, the customers will become irate and throw the content of their cart on the floor. Needless to say, a clean store is more inviting to other customers so you must clean up the store as well. You stock items by simply pressing on them and clean up garbage by pressing on it and then pressing on the garbage can. Your re-stocking cart will empty out and you will need to go to the stock room by pressing on it. Overall, it is a very easy game to pick up and the iPad screen size definitely helps. I always thought that these types of games can not be played effectively on the iPhone’s small screen since they tend to get very busy.

Supermarket Mania HD iPad

The game offers both a story and an endless mode. The story mode has 50 levels which are very entertaining. My daughter picked it up very quickly and the first reaction from her was “awsome!”. She kept on playing it for a couple of hours and did not loose interest.

The endless mode provides for a global leaderboard and several bonuses which get unlocked. I enjoyed playing the game on both modes with the story mode being more enjoyable. The game has a good soundtrack that seems to follow the action much like an action film.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable game which marries the time management style with arcade action.



Price: $4.99 (App Store)
Category: Games
Released:Jul 13, 2010
Reviewed Version:1.0
1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 45.8 MB
Languages:English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Seller: G5 Entrtainment AB
© 2009-2010 G5 Entertainment AB
Requirements:Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

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