https://touchreviews.net iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:09:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 4 Noteworthy Games: Trainyard Express, Monster Falls, TotemHeadz HD, 71 in 1 GameUtilities https://touchreviews.net/trainyard-express-monster-falls-totemheadz-hd-71-in-1-gameutilities/ https://touchreviews.net/trainyard-express-monster-falls-totemheadz-hd-71-in-1-gameutilities/#comments Wed, 22 Sep 2010 23:01:02 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=9983 Read More]]> Trainyard Express iPhone

Trainyard Express More Fun in the Trainyard, only this time for Free!

Earlier this year we reviewed the full version of Trainyard and it scored 4.5/5 thanks to its unique puzzles, simple controls and 100+ levels. Well now, or actually on September 30th 2010, a free version of the game is being released in the form of Trainyard Express.

It’s got the same smooth controls, stylish graphics and 60 brand new devilish puzzles. That’s right, 60 brand new never seen before puzzles and so this new game is going to appeal to 2 groups of people.

Firstly players of the original game will love the 60 new challenging puzzles while gamers who had previously sat on the edge can now take the plunge and try Trainyard Express for free before splashing the cash on the full version with 140 tricky levels.

Monster Falls A Fun Game with a Monster Load of Potential

Monster Falls iPhoneImagine Doodle Jump in reverse but instead of how far you fall it’s how quickly you fall and you’ll have a pretty good idea about what Monster Falls is all about.

Monster Falls is 19 levels of monster falling fun where the idea of the game is to steer you circular monster down through the caves as fast as you can. Hitting the walls of the caves and various other obstacles will slow you down while avoiding crashing into things and picking up the glowing bonuses spread throughout the level will earn you the points you need to progress.

The game is fun but needs some polish around the edges. The graphics while detailed in places are a little retro looking in style and while the check points that show you how you are doing compared to the high score is nice the fact that I was never able to view my score on the global leader boards was frustrating.

If the developers continue to work on Monster Falls, add new levels and polish the edges they could have a real winner on their hands here. (View in iTunes)

TotemHeadz HD iPad

TotemHeadz HD A Fun Game but with limited replay value.

While playing TotemHeadz HD it reminded me of playing the game Worms as the game play is very similar with a couple of changes namely it’s not turn based and the controls are as intuitive.

You take control of Bork, a small creature with death on his mind and he his loaded with a variety of weapons to destroy his enemies which are similar little creatures with equally unique names.

There are 20 maps to work through and each one will contain an increasing amount of enemies that you need to destroy to move onto the next level.

There are two virtual sticks one to control your movement, the other to control the power and direction of your weapons which include a pistol, mortar, grenade and landmine which all have there own level of damage.

Moving Bork around is not as intuitive as it should be be the weapon use is easily controlled and seeing your enemies blow up is as satisfying as always!

There are 20 levels to work through in campaign mode and completing them makes them playable in Skirmish mode too.

The game plays well on the iPad and if it is priced competitively it could be worth grabbing hold of. The game will be available on October 1st.

71 in 1 GameUtilities 5 Games 66 Utilities iPhone

71 in 1 GameUtilities There’s Something for Everyone in this Hit & Miss Application.

I guess if you use the scatter-gun approach you are bound to hit something eventually and that’s certainly the case with 71 in 1 GameUtilities which actually breaks down to 66 utilities and 5 games, which at just 99 is pretty good value for money.

None of the games or apps are going to win awards but many of them are usable and playable making the 99 cent cost worth the money.

The 5 games are pretty simple games that while not particularly challenging do provide a distraction and most young children will specifically enjoy Hungry Animals where you have to feed the animals the right food.

As for the utilities I cannot deny that I could defiantly find myself using many of them from time to time and having them all bundled up into a single app saves a lot of space on the springboard. The apps I could see using the most include the spirit level, converter, coin flip, dice roll and zip code finder which all offer good functionality even if they would be used rarely.

At 99c it’s difficult so see a bargain in this multi-app. (View in iTunes)

]]> https://touchreviews.net/trainyard-express-monster-falls-totemheadz-hd-71-in-1-gameutilities/feed/ 1 Gravity Runner – iPhone Game Announced https://touchreviews.net/gravity-runner-iphone-game-announced/ https://touchreviews.net/gravity-runner-iphone-game-announced/#comments Thu, 22 Jul 2010 10:40:00 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=8007 Derby, UK – Gravity Runner will soon be released for the iPhone and iPod touch devices. We Are Colin provides the same addictive experience you will expect from the popular ‘Running Game’ genre but delivers a more feature rich experience without detracting from the simplicity of the formula that makes the game fun.

The player takes the role of ‘Colin’ as he automatically runs through levels fraught with fiendish obstacles and traps, in order to reach the end of the level in the fastest time possible. The twist in this game comes with Colin’s ability to change the direction of gravity, this allows for some interesting challenges that mean the player must think and react quickly to reach the goal at the end. There are also various pickups along the way to aid the player.

Gravity Runner has been designed to be very easy to learn and play, using a simple and responsive one touch control system. The player taps anywhere on the screen once to jump, and taps again while the player is in mid air to flip gravity. Don’t let the simplicity of the game fool you though, there’s something here to challenge the most seasoned hardcore gamers. The game is OpenFeint enabled, which allows OpenFeint users to compete against other users from around the world and gain OpenFeint achievements for reaching milestones in the game.

Feature Highlights:
* Easy to learn, a lifetime to master
* Fiendish traps and difficult obstacles
* 25 widely varying levels + 4 secret levels
* An Endless mode to challenge even the most veteran of players
* A variety of pickups
* OpenFeint Enabled
* Submit your score worldwide and compete to become the best
* Post scores over facebook and twitter and challenge your friends
* A collection of achievements up for grabs
* Choose to listen to your own music while racing through the levels

Device Requirements:
* iPhone or iPod touch
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later

Pricing and Availability:
Gravity Runner will be priced at only $0.99 (USD) and will be available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Action and Arcade categories. Coming August 2010.

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Located in Derby, UK, We Are Colin Ltd was founded in 2009 by John Sear. We Are Colin is a small independent games company which makes games for the Apple iPhone’s App Store and Microsoft’s Xbox Live Indie Channel, aiming to create unique and innovative games. All Material and Software (C) 2009-2010 We Are Colin Ltd / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPod, the iPod logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/gravity-runner-iphone-game-announced/feed/ 0 Highborn for iPhone. Round-Based Strategy Game that is Engrossing from Beginning to End https://touchreviews.net/highborn-iphone-strategy-game-review/ https://touchreviews.net/highborn-iphone-strategy-game-review/#comments Sat, 05 Jun 2010 16:07:21 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=7099 Read More]]> Highborn iPhone

Highborn [rating: 4.5/5]

Highborn is the first iPhone/iPod touch game from Jet Set Games and it appears that they have started things off with a winner with a round-based strategy game that is fun to play and entertaining.

When you start the game in Campaign mode you get to start, as you would expect, with chapter 1 with the first of 8 parts the only option unlocked to you. The others become unlocked as you complete them and there is already the promise of a 2nd chapter coming soon, whether that will be free or not remains to be seen.

The first couple of things you’ll notice are the great looking style of the game and the well written story-line which is both humorous and engaging. Yes it can be a little wordy at times but if you are a fan of this genre of game that won’t be a problem for you, in fact it makes the game more entertaining.

As the game starts you will find yourself taking the role of Archie, a knight who aims to rid the land of all the evil within. You complete this task by moving Archie and his minions, around the various maps fighting any enemies that you stumble across. The controls are relatively self explanatory and are quickly picked up and before long you will find yourself pitted into battle with one of the many enemies that you’ll we come across in your aventures.

The battles feel a little disjointed and will also be a little too simplistic for some more advanced players. As you move next to any enemy you get the chance to attack them. At this point the game tasks over and based on the combatants strengths and weaknesses the animated cut scene will act out the ensuing battles. Any spells that you have picked up on your travels can also be cast at this point to give you an advantage.

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There are plenty of different spells to be collected too and while they can only be used in attack rather than defence it just makes success come to players that act predominantly on attack rather than defence and that’s no bad thing.

The first map is relatively small with just a few villages and cities to capture along with a few enemies and as long as you don’t do anything crazy you’ll find yourself coming out on top of with little difficulty. However it’s merely an appetizer to the larger and more involved maps and battles that you an Archie will face on your campaign to greatness.

What was nice was the balance between battling the enemies and capturing points of interest around the map, concentrate too much on either and you’ll soon find yourself in a real uphill struggle to win, get it right though and Archie and his armies will progress successfully.

In addition to the campaign mode for you to play on your own and hone your skills and then there is a multi-player mode which utilizes Facebook where you can challenge your Facebook friends to a game across any of the 6 maps. Some people will find the requirement of Facebook to play a multi-player game annoying but it works well and is better than no multi-player option at all. What it also means is that each player can play at their own pace wherever they are in the world. The Facebook challenge mode also lets you have multiple games running at the same time which is nice.

Overall Highborn is an entertaining round-based strategy game which you can play all at once or in small bite size pieces. The storyline is well written and engaging and I would recommend Highborn to strategy game experts and those looking to try one out for the first time too. At the moment the introductory price of $3 is a bargain and is money well spent.

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Price: $2.99 (iTunes Store)
Category: Games
Released: Jun 02, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 69.8 MB
Language: English
Seller: Jet Set Games, Inc.
© 2010 Jet Set Games, Inc.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/highborn-iphone-strategy-game-review/feed/ 0 ‘Zombie Wonderland’ for iPhone Coming Soon https://touchreviews.net/zombie-wonderland-iphone-game-coming-soon/ https://touchreviews.net/zombie-wonderland-iphone-game-coming-soon/#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2010 18:20:03 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=5157 Read More]]> Zombie Wonderland iPhone

The App Store is currently seeing an increase in the number of Zombie shooting games, Chillingo and Xoobis recently signed an agreement to add another game to the growing list with their upcoming title called Zombie Wonderland.

Zombie Wonderland is a simple zombie shooting game where you play as Chuck, a zombie clearer whose job is to eliminate the zombie infestation in a town called Niceville.

You fight the zombies with your weapons in four different locations (Aunt Lilly’s Home, Joe’s Bar, Jake’s bodyshop and Olaf’s Funeral Home) The game is almost ready and will be submitted at the end of this month.

Chuck’s bad guys list

Zombie Wonderland Screenshots

ZOMBIEWONDERLAND_SCREENSHOTS-4 ZOMBIEWONDERLAND_SCREENSHOTS-18 ZOMBIEWONDERLAND_SCREENSHOTS-26 ZOMBIEWONDERLAND_SCREENSHOTS-27 ZOMBIEWONDERLAND_SCREENSHOTS-28 ZOMBIEWONDERLAND_SCREENSHOTS-32 ZOMBIEWONDERLAND_SCREENSHOTS-35 Zombie Wonderland iPhone ]]> https://touchreviews.net/zombie-wonderland-iphone-game-coming-soon/feed/ 0 Aegis for iPhone Fails to Hit The Target https://touchreviews.net/aegis-review-iphone/ https://touchreviews.net/aegis-review-iphone/#comments Thu, 18 Feb 2010 03:44:10 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=5106 Read More]]> Aegis [rating: 3/5]

There are a lot of games in the App Store that suffer from being a step or two away from true greatness. They might be missing social gaming, or ignore some basic gameplay functionality, or just scrimp on one aspect or another of the experience. Aegis from V-Sense Communications is unfortunately such an app. You get a sense that with perhaps a little more effort this game could be a hit.

Aegis puts the player in control of a warship in various war scenarios. Your task is to attack enemy units; destroying all before progressing to the next level. Play is conducted in a 2D space so movement is limited to a back and forth motion controlled by either a virtual joystick or the accelerometer. Movement is primarily a means to avoid enemy shelling although it is also useful in attack strategy. Enemies are attacked using a targeting reticle moved around the screen by touch. Since the game uses an artillery model, you rarely attack enemies with direct fire. Instead, you must move your reticle around the screen until your fire homes in on the enemy. An auto fire option is enabled by default so your ship continually fires but you can also set it to fire on your command. If you set that option, tap the reticle once again after it’s placed to attack.

Aegis iPhone Game Review

Aegis is a fun little arcade game but compared with its competition, it lacks in several key areas. Firstly, gameplay is repetitive. The quantity, size, and type of enemies may vary as you move through the missions but the mechanics stay exactly the same. You move back and forth in your unchanging ship attacking enemies that line up on the right side of the screen. The scenery doesn’t change, the appearance of the enemy units doesn’t change, and the mode of attack doesn’t change. I found the game to be enjoyable at the beginning but over time it wore on me until about three or four missions in I had to put it down.

Secondly, the graphics are positively underwhelming. The iPhone is a marvel of mobile computing power. Having graphics in a game that look like they belong on my original NES isn’t retro, it demonstrates how much you didn’t pay attention to this aspect of your game. The images of your ship or the enemy don’t even change when either takes damage! That’s just unacceptable.

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Aegis does have some good points. As I said, it is a fun little arcade shooter. It also implements OpenFeint global high scores. I just feel like it could be so much more with a little more work and tuning.

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Reviewed By: Erin Peterson

Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Released: Feb 05, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 9.2 MB
Languages: English
Seller: Keith Hung
© 2009 V-Sense Communications Limited

]]> https://touchreviews.net/aegis-review-iphone/feed/ 0 Graves Robber for iPhone Could Leave You Feeling Like A Zombie! https://touchreviews.net/graves-robber-review/ https://touchreviews.net/graves-robber-review/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2010 17:29:37 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=5049 Read More]]> Graves Robber [rating: 2/5]

Before I start in this review I’ll warn you, no not about Zombies or things that go bump in the night, but at present this game is on offer for 99 cents for a reported 8 hours only, so if you decide you do want to give it a go, do it now! Anyway, on with the review.

Graves Robber is a 3D RPG Zombies-Shooting game. You take the role of Sara a professional grave digger, (do any of them do it just for pleasure?), on her quest to find six crystal skulls. Each skull is protected not only by an army of the un-dead but also at the end of each level a boss who must be defeated in order to retrieve the skull.

Graves Robber

The game is set on a dark and gloomy island, just right for a zombie style shooter, and Sara must roam through the dark and desolate land in search of the bosses and the power-ups that are available throughout the game. The power-ups are the usual fair for an RPG shooter, shields, speed, magic and coins are all available both just lying around to pick up by walking near or by tapping on boxes, tombs and other items that just may contain some goodies. Beware though, while the various items may contain treasures they will probably also contain zombies that will appear before you and immediately attack.

The surprise attack method is frequently used in the game with zombies apparently appearing from nowhere ready to attack you, even from behind, and rather make it a Resident Evil style shock-a-thon it merely gets frustrating especially as it is almost impossible to reload your weapon whilst under attack. It’s also near impossible to out run your zombie attackers so it’s imperative that you keep your weapon loaded at all times, or rely on the time machine to make your escape.

Controlling your character is not easy either with a combination of accelerometer and half d-pad controls required to move your character around her environment. The accelerometer controls your aim and positions your character in the direction you wish for her to walk. The half d-pad can the be used to move Sara forward or backwards. The trouble with these controls is that you will often find yourself at 90 degrees to the screen as you try to move your character quickly around to move or look for a zombie that has appeared on your radar and the lack of a strafing limits movement even more.

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The graphics aren’t going to blow you away either, seemingly more fitting to the original PlayStation, and that’s being harsh to the PlayStation, iPhone/iPod Touch graphical capabilities aren’t getting pushed with Grave Robber which makes the often sluggish behavior of the game somewhat more confusing.

The action does come thick and fast especially as you progress through the levels and as the action does get more and more frantic it will become imperative that you upgrade both your armor and weapons if you are to succeed.

If you persevere with the game you should be able to complete it in around an hour and maybe at 99 cents you won’t feel too hard done by. Get it at $5 though and it may not seem to be such great value for money.

Graves Robber is an ambitious title that falls short of the mark and could leave you feeling like a zombie yourself!

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Reviewed By: Craig Willis

Gameplay

Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Released: Feb 04, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 63.4 MB
Seller: Han Zhicai
© DigiArty, inc.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/graves-robber-review/feed/ 0 Tapulous Has Another Hit With Riddim Ribbon for iPhone https://touchreviews.net/riddim-ribbon-iphone-game-review/ https://touchreviews.net/riddim-ribbon-iphone-game-review/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2010 14:04:07 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=5033 Read More]]> Riddim Ribbon [rating: 5/5]

The iPhone ecosystem has given the opportunity to thrive and succeed to big and small development houses alike. One of the small development houses that has leveraged its success into business dominance is Tapulous. Its long and prosperous flagship line of Tap Tap games has driven Tapulous in two years from unknown Palo Alto, California start up to iPhone game superstar. Building on the success of their trail blazing rhythm application, Tapulous has just released Riddim Ribbon.

Riddim Ribbon both borrows from the Tap Tap franchise and completely deviates from it. Instead of attempting to keep the beat to a song, Riddim Ribbon challenges the player to follow the song through a twisting course; the titular Riddim Ribbon. The player guides a speeding ball along the ribbon as it twists and turns through the level; collecting points, avoiding obstacles and playing through optional parts of the course. While game play in Tap Tap was focused on precisely keeping the beat, game play in Riddim Ribbon is focused on precisely following the ribbon.

Riddim Ribbon iPhone Game

The player steers their vehicle using tilt steering and attempts to stay on the track as closely as possible. Each track is divided into a series of checkpoints that the player has to achieve to complete the overall level. If the player deviates from the ribbon, two things happen. First they lose their points runs they’ve accumulated by staying on the ribbon. The second, and most important, outcome is the loss of energy. Energy is maintained by staying on the ribbon and collecting the energy spheres that appear on it. Running off the track and running into obstacles drains your energy. If you lose all your energy before the checkpoint you lose the level. Maintaining your energy levels allow you to achieve checkpoints and completing all checkpoints leads to winning the whole level.

The current version of Riddim Ribbon features the music of the Black Eyed Peas. Their music provides an excellent back drop to the game. Riddim Ribbon comes with the hit Black Eyed Peas songs Meet Me Halfway, I Gotta Feeling, and Boom Boom Pow. Players may also purchase Escape Me Louder Than Boom by Tiesto and Satisfaction by BennyBenassi. As usual, all of the music suits the game very well and the in app purchasing makes acquiring the additional tracks very easy. Although the current version of the game features the Black Eyed Peas, I am sure that future iterations of the game will feature other hit songs and artists if Tapulous follows the Tap Tap model.

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In addition to the first rate game play and music, Riddim Ribbon also provides some nice extras. As I’ve stated in other reviews, I think social gaming is a very important aspect of the iPhone gaming experience. Riddim Ribbon delivers by providing local and global high scores. You can also e-mail your scores and progress at the end of each level in game. Challenge your friends directly and compare your progress with other Riddim Ribbon players around the world. Riddim Ribbon also provides good feature customization to change the interface to suit your needs.

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Tapulous has another huge hit on their hands here. Riddim Ribbon is an innovative and interesting take on the genre Tapulous defined for themselves. The only addition I would suggest to this complete game is some form of competitive two player mode. Its absence does not detract in any way from this game, just a suggestion for the future. If you liked the Tap Tap series of games you’ll love Riddim Ribbon. Even if you didn’t like the Tap Tap series of games you’ll love Riddim Ribbon. Go out and download this game today, you won’t regret it.

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Reviewed By: Erin Peterson

Riddim Ribbon – I Gotta Feeling Demo

Price: $2.99 (iTunes Store)
Released: Feb 08, 2010
Version: 1.0.2
Size: 45.4 MB
Seller: Gogo Apps, Inc.
© Tapulous, Inc.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/riddim-ribbon-iphone-game-review/feed/ 0 Project “Thor” for iPhone Is A Collision With Fun https://touchreviews.net/project-thor-iphone-collision-with-fun/ https://touchreviews.net/project-thor-iphone-collision-with-fun/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2010 23:07:27 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=5026 Read More]]> Project “Thor” [rating: 4/5]

With over 140,000 applications in the App Store, it can be easy to overlook even a great one. Most application recommendation is based on popularity or downloads so if a great game is new or hasn’t attracted a lot of attention it can be easily overlooked. Project “Thor” for iPhone by Jury Shortki could easily fall into this trap but I’m here to tell you that I hope it doesn’t. Project “Thor” is a fun game with an original concept and great potential.

Project “Thor” takes place in a dystopian future. Humanity’s robot servants evolved and rebelled against their masters. After fighting a war, the few surviving members of the human race fled to a planet hidden deep in an asteroid field. While the asteroid field provides a certain amount of protection from the robots that hunt the remainder of humanity, it also places the outpost in constant danger. To protect the planet, a huge planetary defense system was put in place to keep the colony safe from the ever-present asteroids and from the robots should they ever find humanity’s hidden sanctuary. The defense system revolves around the planet in conjunction with a planetary shield and resembles Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor from Norse mythology. As commander of the planetary defense system, your job is to keep the colonists safe from asteroid strikes, improve the Thor system’s shields and weaponry, and prepare for the day you need to repel a robotic attack.

Game play is very well organized and presented on an easy to follow surface. At the middle of the screen is the planet equipped with a planetary shield and the Thor device. Two circular controls in the lower right hand corner of the screen are used to move the Thor device and shield. The Thor device moves very quickly and is responsive to inputs. The shield takes much longer to move so its a good idea to upgrade the shield whenever possible. Shields and other aspects of the planetary defense can be upgraded throughout the game as you finish missions and build up experience. At the beginning of the game the shield is very small and moving it is very slow so the Thor device will be your best friend in the early going. As the shield builds up and covers more of the planet you can rely on it a bit more.

Project Thor iPhone

I really enjoyed playing Project “Thor” even though it isn’t very well known or come from one of the larger gaming houses. As I said, one of the problems with the profusion of App Store entries is that games like Project “Thor” can be overlooked. Don’t overlook this game, its definitely worth the price. One shortcoming I did find with the game was a lack of social gaming. As I’ve said on many different occassions, social gaming is easy to implement with platforms like OpenFeint. There really is no reason to ignore this important aspect of the iPhone gaming experience.

Overall, Project “Thor” is a great game you should give a try. It is truly a collision with fun!

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Reviewed By: Erin Peterson

Project “Thor” Gameplay

Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Released: Feb 06, 2010
Version: 1.0
Size: 5.7 MB
Seller: Iouri Korotkikh

]]> https://touchreviews.net/project-thor-iphone-collision-with-fun/feed/ 0 Detonate! for iPhone Could Sparkle With A Few More Tricks https://touchreviews.net/detonate-iphone-game-review/ https://touchreviews.net/detonate-iphone-game-review/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2010 18:50:02 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=5019 Read More]]> Detonate iPhone Game

Detonate! [rating: 2.5/5]

Most people enjoy watching people fall over, that’s why shows like American Funniest Home Video’s, and in a similar way watching a building be destroyed on purpose by explosives always draws a big crowd whether it be in person or on TV. And that’s what the game Detonate! is all about, blowing up the structure of a building so that it falls as required. I thought the premise sounded great and I could not wait to get it started.

The game starts with two options, play the game or play the tutorial. To ensure that I get the best out of the game I started with the tutorial and it was one of the most basic tutorials that I have ever seen, however as a plus point at least the game had a tutorial, something that a lot of games don’t do. The reason that it is so basic though is because the game is too.

The controls are as simple as choosing the length of the detonator, placing the explosive(s) and then setting them off. The aim of the game is just as simple as the controls are. Each building, and I use that word in the loosest sense of the word as they are simply a collection of lines or “walls” piled up on each other, has a blinking “wall” that you have to ensure lands on the green line. Most of the time the blinking “wall” will be at the top of the building and so your task is to blow the walls out from under it allowing it to fall to the green line below.

Each level will have a set number of bombs for you to use and while placing them is as simple as dragging and dropping there is one frustration and that is that if you fail with your first effort the bomb placement gets completely reset so rather than just making simple adjustments to your next attempt you have to restart all over which can be very frustrating especially if you only just failed in your prior effort.

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The basic style of the walls is repeated throughout the game, and this is not the games strong point and neither is the audio, although the explosions are effective enough Detonate is not going to be winning any awards based on it’s graphics.

Having said that a game like this doesn’t need strong graphics to succeed and even while there may be 30 different levels the challenge just isn’t strong enough over and long lasting appeal. This is emphasized by the fact that you can access any of the 30 levels at any time preventing any natural progression to the game which diminishes the challenge of the game.

There is no multi-player mode, no leader boards either local or online and no achievements all of which would have added not only extra value to the game but would have ensured that it would have stayed on your iPhone or iPod Touch a little long than it will in it’s current form.

The game has a lot of potential and it’s not going to break the bank at a cent under $2 but it feels like it’s been rushed to market and that lack of sparkle prevents it from becoming the quality game it could have been.

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Reviewed By: Craig Willis

Detonate! Trailer

Price: $1.99 (iTunes Store)
Released: Feb 01, 2010
Version: 1.0
Size: 4.5 MB
Languages: English
Seller: Vista Film & Media

]]> https://touchreviews.net/detonate-iphone-game-review/feed/ 0 iPirate for iPhone is Swashbuckling Fun https://touchreviews.net/ipirate-iphone-game-review/ https://touchreviews.net/ipirate-iphone-game-review/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2010 20:16:19 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=4967 Read More]]> iPirate iPhone Game

iPirate [rating: 5/5]

It is the great joy of discovery when an app exceeds your expectations. There are a lot of mediocre iPhone games out there and I thought I had run squarely into one with iPirate. To my joy and surprise though, I found iPirate to be a fun and engaging game that’s hard to put down.

iPirate from Go Games is a simulation and resource management game. In it, you play a pirate learning the ropes from Black Beard the pirate. iPirate divides the action between battle and resource management and distribution. During the battle portion of the game, you must attack enemy ships with your cannons. Cannons are loaded by dragging a round from the available ammunition stocks on to the cannon you want to fire. When you’re ready to fire press and hold the cannon, letting go when you’re ready to fire. Holding the cannon for longer increases the distance of the shot; quickly tap for close ships and press and hold for those further away. You can impart a curve in other direction to your shot by tilting your iPhone one way or the other.

Some ships may take multiple shots to sink while others will crumble under the first shot. Sinking a ship will add its gold to your treasury. Unfortunately, ships will defend themselves with cannon fire but this can be blocked by tapping the cannonball in air before it reaches your ship. If your ship is hit you can repair it with points purchased with the gold you win in each battle.

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The resource management aspect of the game kicks in after each battle. At Lisa’s shop you can purchase items to further your career as a pirate. In the ammunition shop you can buy and sell various types of ammunition. Improved ammunition costs more but has advanced capabilities. It’s a good idea to keep a good mixture of ammo to accommodate various situations. In the cannon shop you can upgrade the cannons on your ship for increased effectiveness and attack. In the ship shop you can repair and upgrade your ship and buy repair points used during the battle portion of the game.

Play is campaign based as you battle your way through increasingly difficult levels on a map. I found the game play to be varied and increasingly difficult enough to keep me engaged and interested. I would have liked a free play option but that doesn’t really detract from the overall quality of the game. As I admitted at the beginning of this review, I didn’t really know what to expect from this game but what I got was an interesting turn on the simulation genre in a fun package. iPirate also implements the OpenFeint social gaming system with a unique set of achievements and global high score system.

iPirate is a fun and engaging game that you might overlook in the App Store. Don’t. Pick up this game for an exciting adventure full of swashbuckling fun!

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Reviewed By: Erin Peterson

iPirate Gameplay

Price: $1.99 (iTunes Store)
Reviewed Version 1.0.1
Size: 31.9 MB
Seller: DMYTRO LUKASH

]]> https://touchreviews.net/ipirate-iphone-game-review/feed/ 0 Collider the Game | Physics-Based iPhone Game https://touchreviews.net/collider-the-game-iphone-review/ https://touchreviews.net/collider-the-game-iphone-review/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2010 19:42:21 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=4956 Read More]]> Collider the Game [rating: 3.5/5]

Physics based puzzle games have become more and more popular and one of the latest to fall into the App Store is Collider the Game from Dan Russel-Pinson. Collider the Game challenges you to clear over 50 levels of positive and negative elements.

The game is as simple as they come yet sometimes frustratingly difficult, especially in the later levels, it also has the kind of can’t put down addictiveness that can result in sleepless nights and late attendees at work, college or school. All that being said though it’s not without it’s faults.

Collider the game iPhoneEach level presents you with a selection of negative and positive particle balls and your challenge is to collide them together to make them disappear. As with most games of this style the early levels present you with pretty straight forward challenges where you task will be as simple as rolling the balls along metallic runways, tubes and platforms. Placing your particle balls where you think they will collide with themselves and or the non-placement particles balls you then hit the play button to set them free and watch how they react in the industrial environment.

As you progress the levels get more and more challenging and you’ll have explosives, gates, non-charged balls and ropes to name but a few additional challenges to overcome and you’ll find yourself replaying some of the levels multiple times while you tweak your placement to complete the level. Replaying the levels is simply enough, hit the rewind button and the level will reverse back to your previous setup. However, while the rewind motion to reset the level is cute, by the time your are on your 20th reset the slow motion rewind can be frustrating and an option to instantly reset the level would be a great addition.

Collider the game iPhone_2In addition to the rewind option you can also use a fast forward button to speed up the levels to find out whether your particle placement has worked or not. The levels have an industrial feel to them but the styling is a little lacking and has a retro feel that doesn’t feel in keeping with this type of game. You can also choose to play the game both the sound effects and music, just the sound effects or no sound to allow you to listen to your own music.

The game is a single player game and offers no leader boards for either local or online comparison.

Overall Collider the Game just misses the mark, the difficulty level just out balances the addictiveness and while it can be fun it can also be challenging.

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Reviewed By: Craig Willis

Intro Video

Price: $.99 (iTunes Store)
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 9.7 MB
Seller: Dan Russel-Pinson

]]> https://touchreviews.net/collider-the-game-iphone-review/feed/ 1 Heavy Gunner for iPhone | Hands-on Preview https://touchreviews.net/heavy-gunner-iphone-game-hands-on-preview/ https://touchreviews.net/heavy-gunner-iphone-game-hands-on-preview/#comments Sun, 31 Jan 2010 05:36:19 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=4906 Read More]]>

Com2us have already produced some of the App Store’s big successes especially with Homerun Battle 3D (our review) and Sniper Vs Sniper Online which show how iPhone/iPod touch gaming should be done. So when they bring out a new game there is always going to be a buzz. Their latest title which is currently in closed beta testing is Heavy Gunner, a 3D inter-galactic shoot-em up.

As we’ve come to expect with Com2us games the graphics of the navigation menu’s and in game are gorgeous and navigating through the menu’s is a breeze with the slick military style screens.

The controls have been well implemented, controlling your movement and aim is done via the accelerometer which can be re-calibrated at anytime making it easy to play as you move around and change position without having to have the neck of a contortionist! During the game itself your two weapons are controlled via two large buttons in the bottom right and left hand corner of the screen. You’re aim can be controlled simply by using the accelerometer itself, however for increased accuracy you can also move your thumbs on the fire buttons to move your aim too.

The are two different game modes to choose from, the first is Campaign mode where your task is to make your way through 35 levels of intense action as you defend yourself and humanity against a seemingly never-ending supply of alien craft. Challenge mode meanwhile sets you different challenges where you can compare your best scores to other players via the online leader-boards.

As you complete each level you will be rewarded with points that you can use to not only upgrade your existing weapon which is a pretty affective gattling gun but also purchase new weapons including plasma guns, an EMP shockwave and a Avenger heavy machine gun. In total there are 8 guns to work you way through and upgrade while you can also upgrade your Integrated Combat Platform, which is your combat machine in which are are based.

As mentioned previously the game-play comes thick and fast, however while this is great it also leads to the games biggest problem, namely a slow-down in the frame rate when the action gets particularly fraught and unfortunately the action packed pace of the game is one of it’s selling points so for it to suffer slow-down is a major disappointment. However, with each beta release this has been greatly improved and if this continues before the full version is released the problem should be all but gone.

If you are a fan of shoot-em ups you are not going to be disappointed with Heavy Gunner, there is plenty of content, online leader boards, social networking integration and 3 levels of difficulty to keep you going for a longtime.

Previewed by: Craig Willis

Heavy Gunner Beta Build Screenshots

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/heavy-gunner-iphone-game-hands-on-preview/feed/ 0 Guerrilla Bob Review: Wonderful Cartoon Style Graphics and Relentless Action https://touchreviews.net/guerrilla-bob-review-wonderful-cartoon-style-graphics-relentless-action/ https://touchreviews.net/guerrilla-bob-review-wonderful-cartoon-style-graphics-relentless-action/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2010 09:45:15 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=4810 Read More]]>

Guerrilla Bob [rating: 4/5]

It seems that Chillingo are positively trying to fill the App Store with their own games, (if you include lite versions), and now they’ve just released their 101st title in the form of Guerrilla Bob, a not so much a follow up to Minigore more of an older brother!

Guerrilla Bob is a twin-stick shooter where the d-pad under your left thumb controls direction while the d-pad under right thumb controls your weaponry. Launching Guerrilla Bob sets the scene of the campaign mode for you which see’s you taking revenge on your brother John Gore and his army of men. That is pretty much where the story begins and ends though as after that it’s all about the action.

The cartoon style graphics have been wonderfully implemented, from the menus and cut scenes to the in game play they ooze quality and make the game a pleasure to behold. Guerrilla Bob is a mustached wearing, muscle bound, cigar smoking man and doesn’t take any prisoners. Even from the start he is well armed and he needs to be as the onslaught of enemy troops is strong.

The action is played out 7 locations all with a dessert theme and you’ll make your way thought shanty towns and across sandy terrain as your move Guerrilla Bob up screen killing everything in your path. You have three weapons to use in total, machine gun, rocket launcher and flame thrower each with there own advantages. The flame thrower is great in close up action especially when you are up close and personnel with multiple enemies while the rocket launcher enables you to pick off the bad guys at a distance with one fatal shot. The machine gun however is your all rounder.

You’ll encounter a couple of mini-bosses along each level with a major level boss at the end. None of these prove to be too much of a challenge as once you work out their weak spot you’ll be able to kill them with a few well placed shots. Each boss has there own energy level too so you can see how close you are getting to defeating them while keeping an eye on your cigar which acts as your energy guide.

Killing continual waves of mini enemies is as pleasurable as ever, however rather than rocket launchers blowing them limb from limb they merely collapse into a heap on the ground with a whimper rather than a bang and the sound effects could certainly do with being cranked up a little to provide better feed back especially the explosions.

Also scattered throughout each level are power-ups for your weapons, extra points and health boosters too meaning that investigating every side street can bring it’s own rewards. The action comes thick and fast in the campaign mode but that is nothing compared to Survival Mode which is unlocked when you complete the campaign mode. In survival mode it’s exactly that, just a fight for survival. Survival mode also includes the random arrival of boss characters and while there arrival adds an extra level of difficulty they also bring there rewards as defeating them will reward you with power-ups and health boosts to aid your survival for a little while longer.

The addition of the Survival Mode adds value to the game and will keep you coming back for more even after you’ve beaten the campaign mode. Added value is also boosted by the addition of Crystal, a new social leader-board, achievement interface along the same lines as the Plus+ and OpenFeint networks that allows you to track and compare scores, achievements and challenges with friends who are also signed up to Crystal. It integrates seamlessly and if it can get a good range of games signed up to it should do as well as it competitors if not better.

The end of the campaign mode eludes to future available content and this would be a great addition to what is already a good game but a little short.

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Reviewed By: Craig Willis

Guerrilla Bob Extended GamePlay Trailer

Price: $2.99 (iTunes Store) as of 27 Jan
Reviewed Version 1.0
Size: 48.1 MB
Seller: Chillingo Ltd.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/guerrilla-bob-review-wonderful-cartoon-style-graphics-relentless-action/feed/ 0 Broken Sword: The Director’s Cut | Interactive iPhone Adventure Game https://touchreviews.net/broken-sword-the-directors-cut-iphone/ https://touchreviews.net/broken-sword-the-directors-cut-iphone/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2010 15:42:10 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=4749 Read More]]>

The success of any interactive adventure game largely depends on it’s strong story line, great narrative and appealing graphics and Revolution Software Limited have tried to bring everything together  in Broken Sword: The Director’s Cut for iPhone.

The game opens in Paris, where photo-journalist Nico Collard has just picked up an assignment. She is en route to the Palais Royale to interview media magnate Pierre Carchon. This scoop is the break that she has been waiting for – the chance to make her a household name. Carchon has been giving a talk to a select group of luminaries in his famed salon overlooking the central garden: but Nico has a special invite – for a private audience. Little does she know that the mime, who startles her as she approaches, is a merciless killer in waiting or that she and Carchon already share a sinister and powerful connection or that Carchon’s glamorous wife Imelda will change Nico’s life for ever. As the story unfolds, it is clear that everyone has a dark secret and Nico will be devastated to discover her own. Aided by the amiable American tourist George Stobbart, Nico embarks upon a quest to find the killer and uncover the ancient conspiracy he is protecting. Never in their most fevered imaginings could the two predict the dark events to follow. And only with your help will they succeed in unravelling the mysteries of the Broken Sword.

The game features beautiful hand drawn graphics and excellent voice cast which makes this point-and-click adventure game very special.

If you enjoy graphic adventure games then Broken Sword: The Director’s Cut for iPhone is certainly worth checking out. The game is available for $6.99 in the app store.

You can leave a short review in the comments section if you have already bought the game.

Broken Sword: The Director’s Cut for iPhone and iPod touch

]]> https://touchreviews.net/broken-sword-the-directors-cut-iphone/feed/ 0 SPORE Creatures for iPhone | Now Available https://touchreviews.net/spore-creatures-iphone/ https://touchreviews.net/spore-creatures-iphone/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2010 11:17:42 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=4745 Read More]]>

EA Mobile had sent us early screenshots of SPORE Creatures in December. The game just like SPORE Origins focusses on evolving your creature by eating everything lower on the food chain and socializing with other creatures.

SPORE Creatures for iPhone allows you to explore the environment and  even create your own creature with more than billion possible combinations and share it.

The game is available for $6.99 (iTunes Link)

Check back soon for an in-depth review.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/spore-creatures-iphone/feed/ 0 ‘Dawn of The Dead’ for iPhone Now Available | Gameplay Video https://touchreviews.net/dawn-of-the-dead-for-iphone-now-available-video/ https://touchreviews.net/dawn-of-the-dead-for-iphone-now-available-video/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2010 19:36:04 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=4605 Read More]]>

Byte Mark Games latest game Dawn of The Dead is now available on App Store (iTunes Store, $1.99) The game is based on the smash hit horror movie.

Your town has been plagued with horrific zombies and you escaped the infested suburb but now you have to find the other survivors while keeping yourself alive. The gameplay looks fantastic filled with gory graphics and bone crushing sound effects.

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‘Dawn of The Dead’ for iPhone Gameplay

]]> https://touchreviews.net/dawn-of-the-dead-for-iphone-now-available-video/feed/ 0 Guerrilla Bob For iPhone | All Set To Bring Mayhem On Your iPhone https://touchreviews.net/guerrilla-bob-iphone-game-preview/ https://touchreviews.net/guerrilla-bob-iphone-game-preview/#comments Fri, 08 Jan 2010 06:38:20 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=4358 Read More]]> guerrilla_bob_2

Chillingo has been publishing highly polished games for the iPhone, their name is almost synonymous with ‘awesome iPhone games’ They have been successful in producing many popular games like Zen Bound, iDracula – Undead Awakening and Minigore to name a few. Chillingo is all set to release their upcoming game Guerrilla Bob which has been developed by Angry Mob Studios.

Gameplay videos after the break!

We have been noticing an increase in the number of survival shooting games and there are some exceptional games available in the App Store if you love this genre and Minigore (iTunes, $1.99) from Chillingo is certainly worth checking out.

Guerrilla Bob For iPhone has been creating a lot of buzz and the gameplay videos have been viewed more than 45,000 times on YouTube in the past two months. Guerrilla Bob is a dual stick survival shooting game for iPhone and iPod touch with high detail cartoon style 3D graphics.

Angry Mob Studios have presented the game very well with beautiful artwork and music. You play as Guerrilla Bob in this top-down shooter and your mission is to take revenge from his friend and his troops who set him up to look like a corrupt solider.

The game is going through the polishing stage now and will be ready to be published in the coming weeks.

Guerrilla Bob For iPhone Gameplay Videos

Guerrilla Bob Screenshots

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Pop bubbles? Yeah, I know how to do that. But the whole glob moves every time I hit it! Oh noes! You’ll have to use strategic thinking, bud. Sometimes it takes more than pressing a button to score a hit. Angle the pointer, touch the screen, KABLAMMO, score!

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/bubble-spinner-iphone-addictinggames-com/feed/ 1 RocketCop: Great Addition To The Line Drawing Genre | It’s Free https://touchreviews.net/rocketcop-iphone-game-review/ https://touchreviews.net/rocketcop-iphone-game-review/#comments Fri, 18 Dec 2009 04:35:35 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=4042 Read More]]> RocketCop [rating: 3.5/5]

You know the drill, tap the taxi, boat or plane that you want to control, drag your finger across the screen to draw a path to it’s destination and watch as your vehicle travels your predefined route to it’s destination. It’s a tried and tested formula for success on the iPhone/iPod touch and the latest to throw its hat into the crowded ring is RocketCop from Headlight Software, Inc..

In RocketCop you are in control of a plethora of rockets as they come into land on a distant planet. Each planet has a variety of colored bases on them and your task is to land your rockets in the base that matches its color. As previously mentioned this task is simple enough as you drag your finger along the path that you wish your rocket to take.

As you can imagine this starts off relatively easily and you will find your rockets swiftly and successfully making there way to their bases. The drawing of the rocket paths isn’t as smooth as some similar titles and the rocket movement can also be a little jerky at times but nothing that will take away from your enjoyment of the game too much.

rocketcop iphoneAs the levels progress you will have obstacles thrown in your way which adds a nice challenge to the game and increases the difficulty level too. The main obstacle to your rockets successful docking are the asteroids that begin to float across the screen. Your only defense against these large pieces of floating rock however are not just reflexes for your bases are also armed with an unlimited supply of missiles to blow up the asteroids and ufo’s that appear on later levels.

Launching your missiles is just like directing your rockets and a quick swipe of you finger will define the course for your missile. however once the missile has been launched it can’t be re-directed so care must be taken as to not blow up your own rockets. An emergency abort feature is available and a swift shake of your device will see all launched missiles blowup immediately where ever they are. Extra points can also be achieved by rescuing the spaceman that periodically float across the screen. Once again you must be sure that you don’t hit them by mistake with your missiles.

Incidental sound effects are your standard space sounds and these could be improved on and there are no sound effects at all when your missiles hit an asteroid which is not good. The overall graphics are functional rather than breathtaking but then again this genre of game doesn’t thrive on it’s looks, more so it’s game-play and overall feel.

The free game will give you 2 levels to play with and to get all the levels you will need to spend 99c. In essence RocketCop takes the form of providing you with a Lite version and then paying for the full version via the in app purchase of the Cheat Codes that not only gives you extra features such as your rockets not hitting planets or being able to pick up the rouge spacemen from further away but also unlocks all the current and future levels too. All that for just 99c, what a bargain.

Achievements also add value to the game in the form of badges which are awarded for completing certain tasks. These badges and your scores can then be posted to Facebook allowing you to show off your best achievements to your family and friends. This functionality is seamlessly built into the game although the option of a global scoreboard is missing which would have been nice.

On a couple of occasion while the planet was initially drawn the bases were not appearing meaning that your rockets had nowhere to land, however as this was evident immediately from the start of the game it was easily resolved by starting a new game, hopefully this small glitch will be resolved in an future release.

Overall RocketCop is a great addition to the genre and with all of the levels unlocked/purchased will provided many hours of fun. There are a few areas that need updates to smooth them out but with those fixed and the promise of more levels to come RocketCop has the potential to be a solid contender.

Price: Free (iTunes Link)

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RocketCop: iPhone Gameplay

Reviewed by: @CraigWillis

Expedited Review: Request received on December 16 and published on December 17.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/rocketcop-iphone-game-review/feed/ 0 METAL SLUG TOUCH 2D Action Shooter Now In App Store https://touchreviews.net/metal-slug-touch-iphone-game-action-shooter/ https://touchreviews.net/metal-slug-touch-iphone-game-action-shooter/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2009 09:02:01 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=4010 Read More]]> Metal Slug Touch iPhone
Metal Slug is a popular series of ‘run and gun’ games first introduced in 1996. SNK PLAYMORE has brought this classic game  to the iPhone.

Metal Slug Touch for iPhone/iPod touch is a side scrolling shoot-em-up game with 2D graphics, dot pixel artwork and fast paced gameplay.

Game Features

If you love classic ports on iPhone then Metal Slug Touch is definitely worth a look.

Checkout the in-game video.

Price: $4.99 (iTunes Link)

]]> https://touchreviews.net/metal-slug-touch-iphone-game-action-shooter/feed/ 0 BATTLESHIP For iPhone Brings Interesting and New Dynamic Gameplay To The Popular Classic https://touchreviews.net/battleship-iphone-game-review/ https://touchreviews.net/battleship-iphone-game-review/#comments Wed, 16 Dec 2009 13:07:24 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=3983 Read More]]> BATTLESHIP [rating: 4.5/5]

To quote We Are Scientists, it’s a HIT, IT’S A HIT!

The return of thee classic board games of all time sails onto the iPhone and into the 21st century with two fresh gameplay modes adding to the classic hit ‘n’ miss. Starting with Salvo mode which lets you target as many points on your opponents board as you have ships in the water and Superweapons mode which lets you choose three additional weapons to the standard single shot missile which really mixes up the game dynamic with mines, cluster bombs and other unlockable weapons earned through achievements or promotion. Rounding off the package Battleship for iPhone has an excellent multiplayer mode which supports WiFi, Bluetooth and pass ‘n’ play for those friends who just don’t have an iPod touch or the game to play against.

Battleship iPhone

As you’d expect from such a game, everything has a Navel Military theme albeit a bit too cartoony for my liking but no major issue. By default the game has 3D cutscenes and not just pre rendered CGI films but dynamic cutscenes that reflect the position and condition of your fleet, while they look good they also sneakily ramp up the tension as you see armaments flying through the air and always curve slightly to the left. Thankfully these can be turned off as they do add a good amount of time between turns and I personally feel they don’t add much to the gameplay.

The screen you’ll be spending the most time is the peg board, green for yours and blue for your opponents complete with traditional looking ships, pegs and nice explosions on hits along with gunshots, the sound of the ocean, it couldn’t be more fitting along with the the odd bout of rousing military band music really piles on the the atmosphere.

The only sizable issue I have with this game other than being *way* too addictive is that the lineup sight on the standard missile isn’t as clear as it could be, with the x and y axis showing as feint translucent lines on the game grid which could easily be mistaken for being in different rows or columns and cause the player frustration.

A great port of the all time classic board game with new weapons and modes, bringing interesting and new dynamic gameplay while remaining true to it’s root.

official-app-store-badge_touch_4Price: $2.99 as of 15/12/09
Version reviewed 1.0.5

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Reviewed by: @TylerDurdan

]]> https://touchreviews.net/battleship-iphone-game-review/feed/ 0 Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear Is A Sparkling Success! https://touchreviews.net/jewel-quest-mysteries-iphone-game-review/ https://touchreviews.net/jewel-quest-mysteries-iphone-game-review/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2009 03:36:28 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=3970 Read More]]> Jewel Quest Mysteries iPhone Game

Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear [rating: 5/5]

If you’re a fan of hidden object games or the match 3 games then Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear could just be the game for you, and if your are a fan of both then all your dreams may have just come true as it’s those two genre’s that are both included in this new game from EA Mobile, the prolific iPhone/iPod touch game makers.

Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear is a puzzle adventure game with a Indiana Jones style to it, in fact the whole game seems as if it’s been taken from the Indiana Jones story boards from the font style and graphics to the storyline where you hunt for hidden jewels, and that’s no bad thing either as it all fits together so well.

Jewel quest Mysteries iPhone Game Review

The main part of the game is the hidden object part where you will make your way across Egypt in your hunt for the Emerald Tear jewel and the mysterious powers that it beholds. Making your way though the 20+ hidden object puzzles is completed by selecting various locations on your map and completing multiple hidden objects will take you through to the Jewel Quest match 3 puzzles which you’ll need to complete before you can move on to the next part of the map and the next set of hidden object puzzles.

So lets start with the hidden object puzzles. Each of these puzzles is set across various locations and they are all beautifully drawn and are packed full of many, many objects. The objects are scattered all over the screen and while some are simply laying about waiting to be found others are well hidden into the surroundings making for quite a challenge.

There is a time limit on each puzzle and at times it can be a challenge to find all the objects in that time. Random clicking is also combated as you will find yourself penalized 30 seconds each time to you try to select a wrong object 3 times.

Jewel Quest Mysteries

There is salvation to the tricky challenges though as in each puzzle there are also hidden jewels and coins. Finding these additional coins and jewels will not only allow you to find those difficult objects that you can’t find but also purchase power-ups that will help you on later levels. A nice touch that adds an extra dimension to the game.

As mentioned earlier completing the hidden objects puzzles will take you through to the Jewel Quest puzzles. These are your standard match 3 style puzzles where matching a horizontal or vertical line of jewels will not only clear the board to be replaced by new jewels but more importantly change the color of the board behind the cleared squares to gold for this is the main challenge of the Jewel Quest.

If you can turn all of the board gold you can move on to the next set of hidden object puzzles, this task is also not as straight forward as you may think with the corners of the board proving particularly tricky to convert to gold. Again you find yourself up against the clock but also you can use your previously earned coins to help you out of tricky situations.

The back story of the game where the explorers Rupert & Emma trek across Egypt provides a fun way of linking the puzzles together rather than taking away from the game or even getting in the way of it.

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This would be a great game as it is, however the addition of a multi-player option where you can play against other players via Wi-fi and Bluetooth adds even more value to the game which means you’ll be playing it for a long time indeed.

official-app-store-badge_touch_4If you are a fan of either style of puzzles in this game then spending $2.99 of this app will be some of the best money you have spent on a game, while if you are new to them then this is a great time to give them a try. EA Mobile have once again hit the mark with Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear.

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Reviewed by: @Craig Willis

]]> https://touchreviews.net/jewel-quest-mysteries-iphone-game-review/feed/ 1 GUTS Goes Live On App Store! https://touchreviews.net/guts-iphone-game-releases/ https://touchreviews.net/guts-iphone-game-releases/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2009 21:17:10 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=3448 Read More]]> We just received an update regarding Tag Games latest game for iPhone/iPod touch called GUTS, the game is now available on App Store.

GUTS is based on two microscopic people attempting to navigate their way through a Communist general’s body in order to fix his multiple ailments.

We found the press release quite interesting to read so we’ll share it here!

General Schmerdiakov Hails Glorious State‐Mandated iPhone Debut

General Schmerdiakov, the cruel yet loveable dictator of Slabovia, the last communist dictatorship in Europe, has issued a formal statement and decreed a national holiday to celebrate the launch of GUTS on the App Store. The general has also arranged for each comrade within Slabovia to receive at least one free potato each as the state’s official game‐based tale of medical drama takes its miraculous story to the wider world. General Schmerdiakov’s statement is as follows:

“Comrades, it is I, your fearless leader General Schmerdiakov. Stop grovelling, put down your potatoes and hear what I have to say!

In recent times, we have seen great advances in our joyous state of Slabovia. We have exploited the technology of the West, bringing our glorious nation to the attention of the world through the Slabovia.tv website and our SlabSpace social networking regime. Now, as we enter a new era of cultural enlightenment, we shall show the world not only how beautiful my innards are, but also how advanced our medical technology has become with GUTS, a glorious re‐telling of that fateful day two micro‐comrades entered my body and gave me back my health. It can be played on the West’s iPhone and iPod touch entertainment devices.

Under orders of Professor Probious, The Slabovia 8‐Bit orchestra has joined forces with “madcap beat scientist” Si Begg to produce The Sounds of GUTS, which again demonstrates the might of Slabovia’s creative shadow ‐ it is truly massive and casts the rest of the world into darkness. The fact that the mighty App Store has bowed to the greatness of GUTS also demonstrates this. The message I now send to the West is this: BUY THIS GAME.ENJOY THIS GAME. OR PUNISHMENT WILL BE SEVERE.

That is all.”

official-app-store-badge_touch_4Price: $2.99

GUTS Promo

GUTS: iPhone Game Screenshots

GUTS iPhone Game Released

GUTS iPhone Game Released

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After the grand success of MONOPOLY Here & Now: The World Edition the game that won the 2008 Mobile Excellence Awards, EA Mobile is all set to give us the classic version of the game which almost everyone can relate to their childhood.

Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition is a stunning 3D board game but gamers who bought the game wanted an option to be able to play the classic version too. Instead of updating Monopoly Here & Now with in-app purchase to get the classic version EA mobile is bringing the classic version as a separate title to the App Store.

Monopoly Classic will feature iPhone OS 3.0 updates which will make listening to your own iPod library possible.

Key Features:

Monopoly Classic for iPhone: Game Screenshots

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/monopoly-classic-iphone-game-preview/feed/ 1 Upcoming EA Mobile Game: Battleship https://touchreviews.net/battleship-iphone-game-preview/ https://touchreviews.net/battleship-iphone-game-preview/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2009 04:56:59 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=3381 Read More]]>
Battleship iPhone Game
Battleship iPhone Game

EA Mobile have proved their forte in redefining and transforming classic board games for iPhone with popular games like SCRABBLE and Boggle. After the glorious success high action 3D games Rock Band and NBA Live EA Mobile is ready to rule the sea with Battleship for iPhone/iPod touch.

Battleship is popularly known as the pencil and paper guessing game where you and your opponent place battleships on a grid and win by sinking the enemy ships. In Battleship for iPhone you use touch screen controls to place your ships (red/white pegs), map your co-ordinates and fire at the enemy ships. Each shot destroys certain grids of the enemy ship and it sinks when all grids are destroyed. The game will ship with fun game modes including Quick-Fire Salvo, Heavy Duty Super Weapons. Battleship for iPhone will feature Wifi and Bluetooth multiplayer options to take on friends and prove your tactical superiority.

Key features

Battleship for iPhone: iPhone Game Screenshots

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