https://touchreviews.net iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:57:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 ‘Swing Copters’ Review: Frustratingly Impossible Game https://touchreviews.net/swing-copters-review-frustratingly-impossible-game/ https://touchreviews.net/swing-copters-review-frustratingly-impossible-game/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:55:36 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=23295 Read More]]> The App Store has given us many addicting games, but some games have tempted us to throw our iPhone in frustration to clear levels or achieve high scores.  My first experience with the “frustrating” genre in the App Store was with ‘The Impossible Game’ $0.99, repetitiveness has been the key aspect in such games and it works. If you’re a fan of “impossible” games then some games worth giving a try are Stupidness 2 [FREE], Geometry Dash Lite [FREE] and IMPOSSIBLE ROAD [$1.99].

The game responsible for giving a new meaning to the word “impossible” was Flappy Bird. The developer behind the hugely popular game ultimately removed the game from the App Store citing reasons of the game being too “addictive”. However, this time the developer is back with yet another frustratingly impossible game called Swing Copters.

If Flappy Bird wasn’t high enough on the scale of difficulty, with Swing Copters the developer is all set to achieve a new record. The concept of the game is similar to its predecessor. You control a bird wearing a “copter” hat by tapping on the screen to change its direction. As you attempt to climb vertically there are obstacles in place to kill the birds dream to fly in an instant. Each time you fail and retry the background of the game changes slightly, and that’s exactly what you get in this game.

Attempting to get high score and testing your patience before you are tempted to throw your iPhone seem to be the only two objectives of this game. There is not much variety in the gameplay.  The success of this game can be credited to its ruthless difficulty level which has become a point of reference in proving ones gaming prowess or just settling an argument in the favour of the one who has higher score!

I have to admit I’ve never been inclined towards such simple impossible games. However, Swing Copters successfully manages to ignite that feeling of giving it a ‘one more try’.

We have just one advise for the developer, if possible please have some mercy and at least let us reach 10 points, at the time of writing this review I had to settle with just 2 points.

What’s your high score in Swing Copters for iPhone and iPad? Have you discovered any tips or tricks to gain high score? Let us know what you think about the game in the comments below.

Our [rating: 3/5]

Swing Copters

by Dong Nguyen

Swing Copters

Flying with a propeller hat is not as easy as it looks.

[HOW TO PLAY]
• Tap to change direction.
• Get 4 medals to unlock more characters.

Enjoy the game.

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Ever thought chewing gum and adventure could make a deadly combination? If not, try AdvenChewers for iPhone and iPad from Warner Bros. to get a feel of a fast paced game where chewing bubble gum might just save your life.

You take on an adventurous trip to save your father from an evil general who obviously has evil plans. The back story plays very little role in the actual gameplay. Once you get started with the game your objective is to simply fly through the different environments while dodging obstacles.

The controls are very simple and the initial levels are slow-paced to help you get used to them. Your character chews on a bubble gum that gives it flying abilities. The ‘advenchewer’ keeps running continuously, you tap to make it jump or tap again and hold to inflate the bubble gum and fly. Your flying capability is limited to how big a bubble you inflate, hold for too long and the bubble will pop sending you down to the ground.

The continuous action of deciding to jump, flying or gliding as you dodge various obstacles makes the game quite challenging. In each level you need to find a maximum of three birds that also act as three extra lives. You lose a bird in the case of a failed attempt as you respawn back into the game. Summon a Phoenix by finding its feather and you can fly on its back as you become invincible.

As you continue your journey to find the evil general you will cross environments in different terrains. You start with a city view with high rise buildings and then progress to volcano, ice mountains and more. Flying goo and monkey robots act as obstacles in your path.

The complexity of levels will force you to equip yourself with special bubble gums. Use an electric gum to destroy anything that comes in your path, freeze gum to render everything powerless or soap gum to clean up the goo. There are many more special gums available in the game that manage to  give you that extra edge in completing the levels.

Scoring is based on number of coins collected, obstacles smashed, birds remaining and powerups used. There are many achievements to unlock in the game that can keep you coming back for more.

The game comes with a single career mode. I was able to complete 5 game worlds in less than two days. Even though one could play the levels again to collect all three birds to boost score however, more game modes could have been added.

An endless mode where you keep flying as obstacles came in faster would have been a perfect fit. Online mode where you race against your friends ghost would have also been a great value addition. With just a single career mode the game has limited replay value.

In addition to special bubble gums you can also buy gadgets to give you an edge in the game. These gadgets are costlier than the gums. This is where in-app purchases come in. You can buy extra coins in order to buy these gadgets or buy any number of special gums to aid you in clearing the levels.

AdvenChewers takes on a classic genre and bundles it with unique twists to create an addictive game. However, with limited modes it manages to burst its own bubble rather quickly.

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Ubisoft is all set to launch Rabbids Big Bang for the iPhone and iPad on October 17th. It is a physics-based game where you get to control little mammals called Rabbids.

Rabbids belong to the race of bunnies that have evolved over a hundred years. The Earth is not enough for them so they are taking a journey to space to explore and make it their playground.

You get to pilot the Rabbids using jetpack boots and gravitational pull of the planets. The goal is to avoid accidents by flying around various obstacles.

The game will include 150 different missions including “crash-landing landing on planets, bouncing off of space cows and reaching specific speeds.” Ubisoft in a press release revealed that Rabbids Big Bang will include lots of customisation options such as upgrading jetpacks, dressing up Rabbids and much more.

Rabbids Big Bang for iPhone and iPad will be priced at $0.99. Ubisoft shared a few screenshots of the game with us. The 3D game environment reveals that you will collect bunny coins and you will have limited fuel to complete your journey around the planets.

Physics-based games have proved to be a popular genre on the App Store. Angry Birds has been one of the most successful series in this genre. In Angry Birds Space we saw the birds fighting the pigs in space.

We will have to wait for the launch of Rabbids on iPhone to see how exciting will the gameplay be and if it manages to get us addicted.

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While car racing games dominate the App Store racing market there are those that prefer 2 wheeled transport and for those people there’s a new ride in town in the form of Rock(s) Rider, a new universal game that’s available in the App Store right now.

Rock(s) Rider is a trials based motorcycle game where your opponents are both a variety of obstacles and the clock and is based in a DaftPunk style warehouse full of ramps, jumps, loops and fireworks, yes fireworks!

If you’ve played Bike Baron before then you’ll have the basic idea of what you are in for here, however while Bike Baron is cartoon style arcade game, Rock(s) Racer is more of a simulator, with a few bells and whistles added for good measure.

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The graphics look great, from the line-drawn design on the I game navigation to the industrial graphics of the levels themselves you aren’t going to be disappointed and the pleasure is matched in the audio department too where a pumping soundtrack and great sounding audio effects create an environment which you’ll want to keep coming back to.

Despite the claustrophobic confines of the warehouse each level is packed with action and controlling your two wheeled chariot over and through these obstacles is fun, challenging and at times frustrating.

These frustrations come from some of the level designs which can often leave your motorcycle trapped in a position that it can’t get out of. Sure you can go back to your last check point but the fact that you can even get stuck is, as I mentioned before, frustrating.

That frustration aside the game is a lot of fun, the controls are accurate and have multiple configurations so that you can choose between virtual buttons and touch controls but a combination of them both too, add to that the ability to control the sensitivity of them means that you have no excuse to control your bike with skill and accuracy!

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And the bike responds well to these controls to and after a few rides you should be able to get the bike to do pretty much as you please. Of course that may sound like the challenge to the game is over at that point, you’d be wrong though as the real challenge comes not only from control the bike but from anticipating the tracks, collecting the relevant objects and finding the hidden objects too.

All of this takes place across 24 progressively difficult levels, bonus levels and additional levels promised at a later stage too, as you progress you will unlock features for your bike and character as well as a 3 wheeled bike that you can use on the bonus levels. Once you think you’ve mastered the various tracks though you’ll find yourself racing side by side with the bosses who are out to prevent you taking their crown.

Leaderboards and 40 achievements are provided via GameCenter integration which provide additional challenge to the game and while it’s a Universal app there is no synchronization of your progress between devices.

Rock(s) Rider, despite its frustrations, is a fun and challenging game, if you like you racing action on two wheels then this could be $2.99 well spent.

[rating: 4/5]

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/rocks-rider-review/feed/ 0 Ski Safari Review – Like Jetpack Joyride on the Alps https://touchreviews.net/ski-safari-review/ https://touchreviews.net/ski-safari-review/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 20:33:39 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20836 Read More]]> Ski Safari iPhone

A game that’s been floating around the top of the charts for a while now is Ski Safari so we thought it was about time that we took a look at what’s making this 99 cent universal app so popular.

In Ski Safari you are faced with controlling Sven down a steep snow covered mountain side in a desperate attempt to avoid being swallowed up by the avalanche that is tearing down behind him.

From a controls point of view this task is easy, tapping the screen will cause sven to jump while tapping and holding either side of the screen will enable sven to perform forward and backward somersaults. The actions are all helpful for avoiding obstacles such as piles of rocks but also to help boost your speed by grabbing and riding with penguins, birds and the odd abominable snowman!

The action comes at you very fast as your speed down the mountain side attempting to keep out of the clutches of the foreboding avalanche that is chasing you, so quick reactions are a must if you are going to keep yourself alive.

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If you are familiar with games like Jetpack Joyride and Subway Surfers you’ll also be familiar with the process of having mini goals set each time you take to the slopes. This can range from performing a double backflip or picking up 3 penguins to flying with a bird for X distance to tumbling for a given amount of time.

All this adds to the basic game premise of travelling as far as you can before you get swallowed up in a cloud of snow. These goals keep the game interesting and while all this is going on you also pick up coins which you can then spend on purchasing items such as coin magnets, costumes and rockets which will boost the distance you travel.

The key to a successful run is using the variety of animals that frequent the mountain side to boost the distance you travel and your ability to survive hitting the obstacles. If you manage to fly with the the bird, ride the abominable snowman and tame the wild wolves you should be on to a good score and even open.

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The cartoon graphics lend themselves well to the snowy environment and even though you won’t have time to appreciate it as you speed down the slope the background detail of having other mountains with animals running down them is a nice detail.

If you haven’t joined the Ski Safari party {$.99, App Store} yet then there is no time like the present. It’s a fun game which you can use as a quick pick up and play title when you have a spare five minutes only to find that 3 hours later you are still playing it!

[rating: 5/5]

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/ski-safari-review/feed/ 1 Frisbee Forever 2 Review – It’s Like Quidditch with Flying Disks https://touchreviews.net/frisbee-forever-2-review/ https://touchreviews.net/frisbee-forever-2-review/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:46:59 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20614 Read More]]> Frisbee Forever 2 is a nice mashup of Frisbee quidditch and mini-golf. Your objective is to flick your Frisbee to collect stars as you guide your Frisbee through hoops or tunnels or other obstacles along the way.

You can choose to play Frisbee Forever 2 for iPhone and iPad by either pressing on the edges of the screen or by tilting your iOS device. I started with the tilt and then switched to the screen control. I’m not sure which I liked better, but tilting seems like such an instinctive way to play the game, even when I was using the screen controls I was tilting as well.

Each level begins with you flicking your Frisbee as far and as straight as you can. Like Sonic the Hedgehog, you follow the path of stars and pipes and slides and hoops and other obstacles that are on the designated path. But like any Frisbee throw, it eventually runs out of steam and falls back to the ground.

One of the parts of the game I liked the best was a clear list of objectives that needed to be completed. Whether you succeeded or failed, you were shown a screen stating that you needed to fly through more rings, collect more starts, or just fly further. The objectives changed frequently and it really helped to focus your efforts.

The sound effects were cool, but the background music was annoying. It was some sort of acoustical guitar that didn’t really fit a particular style. It was perky enough, but somehow it just didn’t fit the game for me. The graphics were bright and crisp and the in-game baubles were big and clear that they were you’re target.

This is an easy game to understand, just flick the disk and collect the obstacles. But it was challenging to accomplish the various objectives and required some serious concentration. Both the screen and tilt controls will take some practice to master. Frisbee Forever 2, though, is a solid game that will provide lots of reasons to keep coming back for more.

[rating: 5/5]

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/frisbee-forever-2-review/feed/ 0 Subway Surfers Review – Welcome to your new addiction! https://touchreviews.net/subway-surfers-review-addiction/ https://touchreviews.net/subway-surfers-review-addiction/#comments Mon, 28 May 2012 19:21:15 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20214 Read More]]> Subway SurfersSome of the most popular games on mobile devices are those quick, pick up and play games that you can play for a couple of minutes and end up still playing 3 hours later!

The latest to attempt to meet those requirements is Subway Surfers, a free universal game for your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad from Kiloo.

Subway Surfers task you to travel as far as you can along the tracks to prevent you from being caught by security who have caught you tagging one of the trains.

As you would expect there are multiple challenges for you to overcome and avoid as you aim to get as high a score as possible. Your biggest challenge is to avoid the trains that are on he track, both stationary and moving.

There are three tracks for you to navigate, swiping left and right will move you between the tracks to avoid the trains but you can also run on top of the trains should you find a ramp to get you up there or the sneaker power ups that will allow you to leap double height.

The game is all about timing as the trains leave little room for you to run or jump between them, however there is more to overcome including barriers that you can slide beneath or over and tunnels. If you do hit any of the obstacles you may get a second chance if you don’t hit it too hard, do it twice in short succession however and it will be game over.

The game does give you a helping hand to boost your high scores in the form of a variety of power-ups that include not only the previously mentioned Super Sneakers but also a Hoverboard, Headstarts, Coin Magnets and even a Jetpack! All of these can be purchased with the coins you pick up in the game but can also be brought via in-app purchase. These in-app purchases are pitched pretty well so unless you want to take massive shortcuts to big scores there’s no need to use them.

Coins can also be earned by liking the game on Facebook or tweeting about it on Twitter, however these are one off options unlike the ability to watch sponsored videos and earn 50 coins each time, although on occasion there are no videos to watch.

There are also 4 characters to play as, unlocking these is done by collecting special items that also appear in game, however after playing Subway Surfers for multiple hours I’ve only come across one of these special tokens once.

As if this wasn’t enough for you there are daily challenges and missions to complete while you play, these come in the form of traveling X distance, dodging X barriers and collecting tokens, if the game wasn’t addictive enough already these additional tasks certainly do.

Having taking multiple paragraphs without mentioning how the game looks you would think maybe that they aren’t all that special, in fact they look pretty good. Bold, solid and colorful graphics flow by fast both on the iPhone and iPads retina screens and will appeal to all players.

You can compare your scores with your friends via Facebook and GameCenter integration and although I did find that I they wouldn’t always connect as quickly as I would have hoped after playing a few games it would sync up and show me the leaderboards.

Subway Surfers {Free} takes the best of Temple Run and throws in the best of Jetpack Joyride and with the ability to challenge your friends via both Facebook and GameCenter integration this is a game that you will be playing for a long time to come.

Welcome to your new addiction!

[rating: 4.5/5]

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/subway-surfers-review-addiction/feed/ 4 Shark Dash Review – A Fun Physics Game with Plenty of Bite https://touchreviews.net/shark-dash-review/ https://touchreviews.net/shark-dash-review/#comments Wed, 02 May 2012 13:57:43 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19989 Read More]]>

Shark Dash Review

In the world of gaming anything goes, so a back story of a group of sharks hanging out happily in a bathtub before being joined by a noisy group of rubber ducks and helping them take revenge on them is perfectly normal, right?

Luckily, reality is not a requirement in most games these days, in fact quite often the more bizarre the story the better, and that’s certainly the case for Shark Dash.

The game uses the now traditional 3 star rule to progress through the almost 100 levels over 4 different environments, (i.e. bathtubs), and these are achieved by eating all the ducks, collecting all the coins and doing this within the given number of shots.

Each level is played within the confines of a bathtub and is viewed as a sideways cut through including, bubbles, plughole, and all of the usually bathtime accoutrements that you would expect to see around the side of a bath. The graphics are solid and are certainly in keeping with the cute and fun style of the game as is the music which in is light and jaunty.

Controls are easy to learn but the levels can be difficult to master especially if you aim to get 3 stars in every single level. Collect the coins and stars is a simple task of pulling back on the shark’s tail and launching him in the direction that you desire. Your shark will pick up coins and the rubber ducks as he passes over through them, ducks will also float along the top of the water so as long as you knock them into the water and there is nothing blocking their path then they will willingly swim into your jaws.

As you progress through the 100 levels additional obstacles will be put between you and the ducks, these include salt sticks, soap, pipes, chains and a host of other things which all affect the physics of the game. The physics are additionally affected by the water in the bath so you will have to take that into consideration if your plan of attack takes you underwater, rather than over it.

Some of the objects that you’ll need to overcome will require sharks with different skills and as you progress you’ll get to unlock Sawy, Hammy and Scuby who all have skills associated to their names.

As with the majority of these games, if you don’t want to put the work into unlocking all of the levels by competing all the stars and earning coins then you can purchase coins to spend on unlocking levels, sharks and undo’s that will allow you to rewind a shot it didn’t quite go according to plan.

As if completing the 100 levels wasn’t enough there are 24 achievements to unlock and another 24 missions to keep you entertained. Unfortunately these don’t synchronise with GameCenter so there’s no way to compare your scores and achievements with your friends.

Shark Dash is a universal app and is available from the App Store now for just 99 cents. Grab it now for hours of fun, with a bite!

[rating: 4.5/5]
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]]> https://touchreviews.net/shark-dash-review/feed/ 0 Magnetic Baby Review A Fun Platformer with Depth Beyond Its Cutesy Graphics https://touchreviews.net/magnetic-baby/ https://touchreviews.net/magnetic-baby/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2011 20:21:06 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=17131 Read More]]> Magnetic Baby Review-5

[rating: 4.5/5]

Magnetic Baby Review: It seems that the 3 star rating system for completing levels in games is the way to go and I guess as the saying goes if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The latest to use that method in its game is Magnetic Baby.

The baby in this game is a small spherical character whose task it is to rescue the girl by navigating the 63 levels across three worlds by using the magnetic field of the various worlds to throw yourself around the levels avoiding various obstacles, collecting stars and reaching the girl.

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A nice feature of the game is the fact that there are three control methods. You can either use the accelerometer, a virtual pad and jump button or a drag option where you your character will follow your finger around the screen. You can change these controls on the fly to until you find the one that works for you and for me that was the combination of the virtual pad and jump button.

The game has a great distinctive look about it and this flows through the navigation menu’s and the game itself. The only problem is that some of the navigation buttons are tricky to hit and can take multiple attempts before you succeed!

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After selecting the first world you get to play the first level. Access to subsequent levels is gained by completing each of the previous ones so getting stuck on a level is going to hold you up. Luckily completing the levels is not too difficult, however completing each level with 3 stars is going to be more of a challenge especially on later levels. This method keeps things interesting as while you can complete the game by just reaching your girl on each level you have something to go back for with the collection of the 3 stars on each level.

You roll around the worlds by moving your character left and right and then you can use the jump button to avoid obstacles, jump between worlds and collect stars. The game could equally be called Gravity Baby as when you jump off of the worlds you will find your self in a sling shot motion around the world, this is especially the case the more speed you have!

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As well as jumping between worlds certain worlds contain portals which you can travel through and as you progress through the levels you will also find spinning spikes, spiked gates and lasers that will instantly kill you.

While completing the game with 3 stars on each level may seem like the end of the game you can still go back and try and beat your fastest time so there is a lot of value to this game and that’s even before you count the Achivements and Leaderboards provided by the OpenFeint integration.

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Overall Magnetic Baby is a fun and challenging platformer with a lot of depth. At just 99 cents this is a game that would be a welcome addition to anyone’s game catalogue.

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/magnetic-baby/feed/ 0 ‘Angry Business Man’ Review: It’s not just birds that can get angry you know! https://touchreviews.net/angry-business-man-review/ https://touchreviews.net/angry-business-man-review/#comments Sun, 19 Jun 2011 19:48:15 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=16724 Read More]]> Some of the simplest and obscure ideas can turn into addictive little games and that is the case with ‘Angry Business Man‘ for iPhone. Put simply your task is to run after the bus that you have just missed in an effort to catch it. However, that’s never actually possible and instead you are just ranked on how far you can run before you crash and burn!

The graphics are sublimely simple with a solid black earth against a perfect white background, your angry business man is also cut out in solid black. The black and white color is interrupted on occasion with a splash of color in the form of selected obstacles that you’ll have to leap over.

The controls are pretty unique, to keep your business man running you have to keep the ground that he is running on flat. If he’s running up hill he’ll slow down and fall off of the back of the screen, while if he’s running down hill he’ll end up running head first off of the front of the screen.

To keep him balanced and centered in the screen you will have to rotate the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, not just tilt, but a full rotate and this can be quite a challenge especially as you have to look out for those obstacles that will appear in your path.

Touch Reviews Angry Business Man-2Jumping the obstacles is easy, a simple tap on the screen and he’ll jump, tap and hold and he’ll jump further. You have to be quick though as this angry business man can run very fast.

At first I was only able to run to the first obstacle before hitting it. With a little practice though I was able to get further and further and this is where the addictive nature of the game comes in as you’ll always want just one more go to better your previous score.

Although this is all there is to the game it’s definitely worth the 99 cents that it will set you back, this is especially the case as it’s a universal app meaning that it will work on both your iPhone and iPad should you have them with a single purchase.

Global leader boards are offered with integration with OpenFeint but unfortunately at this point there is no Game Center integration.

If you are looking for a fun game that you can pick up and play instantly then look know further than Angry Business Man.

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/angry-business-man-review/feed/ 1 Round Up Some Penguins in ‘Arctic Escape’ for iPhone [Review] https://touchreviews.net/penguins-arctic-escape-iphone-game-review/ https://touchreviews.net/penguins-arctic-escape-iphone-game-review/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2011 18:04:02 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=15428 Read More]]> Arctic Escape for iPhoneArctic Escape is a simple yet unique puzzle game for the iPhone. You use commands to help corral penguins into a helicopter. Penguins into a helicopter you ask? Yes, the penguins have been abducted from Antarctica by an evil scientist and guess who gets to help get them back home: YOU! You will use commands to guide the penguins through levels and avoid obstacles. The goal is to get all of the penguins to the helicopter in a timely fashion.

As I mentioned earlier, the control system in Arctic Escape is incredibly easy to wrap your head around. You see a list of controls at the bottom of the screen that tell your penguins to go up, down, left, right and jump. You also have the option to erase something you put down by accident which I must say happens quite often with the screen size of the iPhone. You use the controls I mentioned to guide the penguins past traps that try to keep them from getting to the helicopter. Traps like breaking ice, holes, collapsing bridges and cages. If you plan out your routes carefully, these obstacles can be avoided but the maps always seem to find a way to throw your curveballs.

Arctic Escape iPhoneA word to the wise, try to space out your penguins so that they do not run into one another. This will help make them do what you intend to do. If they run into one another sometimes they will change directions unexpectedly and cause you to lose a penguin. As you progress through the game, other obstacles rear their ugly heads. These obstacles such as a hungry wolf and gates that have switches to open them can throw a kink in your plans so be careful.

This gameplay is very simple as you can tell but it is extremely addictive. This is a great thing because there are over one hundred levels that will challenge you along the way. There are 8 separate worlds with thirteen levels each. This may seem like too many at first but I can tell you as I progressed it was awesome to know that there was plenty more fun to be had and that the game would not be ending soon. The replay value due to this fact alone is awesome. I also love the fact that with 8 icy worlds the settings seem to continually change. This along with the continually changing challenges that you see along the way, the game is never dull and is always testing your wits. On top of the difficulty is the fact that being able to get Arctic Escapethrough the levels quickly is how you get the best score. However, attempting to speed through the levels quickly is what gave me trouble so remain cautious when you increase the pace.

The visual and audio presentation of this app is nothing over the top but is ample for the extremely addictive puzzler gameplay. The type of game plays a large role in what you can do visually and how you should approach it audibly and they do a great job of both in this game. Too much focus in these areas would most certainly have taken away from level design and gameplay and those two things take the cake. The audio is great and the adorable penguins were well received by my wife. I would highly recommend this game to puzzlers who are looking for a nice long play that is extremely addictive.

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$0.99
Category: Games
Released: Mar 30, 2011
Version: 1.0.0
1.0.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 30.9 MB
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Seller: Teyon
© 2011 Teyon. All rights reserved.
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later

]]> https://touchreviews.net/penguins-arctic-escape-iphone-game-review/feed/ 2 Smoody for iPhone Get Ready to Get Addicted to This Puzzle Game https://touchreviews.net/smoody-review/ https://touchreviews.net/smoody-review/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2011 02:34:57 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=14817 Read More]]> Smoody for iPhone-1

Smoody [rating: 4.5/5]

A species has found itself spread out throughout space and Earth and are trying to reunite and it’s your job to help them. Smoody for iPhone is an awesome game that challenges you to find creative methods of getting your character through a series of obstacles to a black hole. Various actions like tapping, sliding or releasing help you find ways to get them back together. It tests your creativity and quick wits early and often, let’s see if you make the cut.

Smoody offers many different tasks and often several different ways of completing them. You begin by making cuts with your finger (aka chainsaw) on strings and boards and allow gravity to do the rest and take smoody to the black hole. Sounds easy enough right? Well it isn’t always that simple. Getting the highest score is the goal and to do that you have to use as few cuts as possible. This is where it gets interesting, each performance is rated by stars from one to three. Fewer the cuts the more the stars and when you are looking at your level screen, who doesn’t want to see all maps with 3 stars? This makes even the easy maps a little more interesting and keeps the gameplay competitive.

The game often tasks you with picking just the right timing to release you smoody to go through a slew of obstacles such as swinging boulders, boards and rocks. Stationary objects can also present obstacles as you may have to cut to release them to help the game character reach its goal. It is always important to pay attention to your environment because overlooking the smallest thing may stop your smoody cold in its tracks.

Smoody for iPhone-2

The maps are generally short but can take several attempts to get 3 stars. This keeps the game from getting stale and provides you with new looks and challenges around every bend. There are also 4 environments that present you with 80 levels which is an awesome amount, especially since I had a hard time putting this game down. The different environments help with changing up the background and level design so it doesn’t feel like you are continuously doing the same thing over and over.

Smoody does a great job of changing the pace with new types of obstacles. Items like magnets, rolling boulders and swinging boulders change the way you attack maps from the early stages in the game. Learning to adapt to the changes in the environment is key to getting a high score so pay attention.

The visual part of this game is great. The characters are funny little guys and they change throughout the course of the maps. The environments are fairly simple but have a nice clean appearance and clearly show themselves for what they are. It is easy to see if something can be cut through or not. I never had a problem with this game bogging down at any time and it always played very smooth. Overall the appearance and presentation of this game comes second only to the amazing gameplay.

Smoody for iPhone-3

The audio of this game carries a single tune but is there just as a buffer to the sound effects of the game. I found myself paying more attention to the sound effects than the music. The music however was very fitting tune that went well with the game.

This game never got old to me and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I should also mention that it supports OpenFeint social gaming network so you can brag to your friends about your high scores and compare them. I find this to be a value adding feature that I have come to love about games that support it. The presentation and gameplay make a stunning combo and make this game very addictive. It is certainly worth every penny.

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Cons

$0.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Games
Released: Mar 08, 2011
Version: 1.0
1.0
Size: 9.5 MB
Language: English
Seller: Federico Kalayjian
© 2011 Federico Kalayjian
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later

]]> https://touchreviews.net/smoody-review/feed/ 1 Sheeple Chase for iPhone Purchasing this average racer may let EWE down https://touchreviews.net/sheeple-chase-iphone/ https://touchreviews.net/sheeple-chase-iphone/#comments Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:03:00 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=13842 Read More]]> Sheeple Chase [rating: 2.5/5]

Sheeple Chase App StoreThe play on words in the title is a reference to Steeple Chase which is a type of horse race where horses race against each other while jumping over fences and while the play on words works in relationship to horses being replaced by sheep but not in jumping fences as that is limited if non-existent in this game. Perhaps I shouldn’t take titles so literally though!

So, on with the game where you may have guessed it is your task is to race your sheep to the finishing line against anywhere between 1 and 3 pigs.

The game uses a top down view of the courses which have three different themes including the Countryside Cup, Farmyard Cup and Star Cup the graphics are effective if nothing spectacular.

The game uses the rare option of having the race run from the top of the screen to the bottom and this adds an extra level of complexity to the controls as this view doesn’t seem natural. Talking of controls you have a choice of either two buttons that will steer your sheep left and tight or via the accelerometer which will do the same as you tilt the device.

Speed is also controlled by the accelerometer but with no on screen gauge it feels like the only option is maximum speed or no speed at all.

Sheeple ChaseOver the first few levels you won’t notice how difficult it is to combine these controls along with the down screen action but as soon as you hit the second set of eight levels in the Farmyard Cup they become very difficult to use and your sheep will start hitting anything and everything rendering the chances of you beating any of the three pigs that you are up against very difficult indeed.

The courses aren’t very long but they are full of obstacles and power-ups to help you past your piggy opponents and should you complete all the levels of the three courses you’ll unlock up to three bonus courses where you will find yourself racing against such exotic animals as ostrich and penguins.

One major bonus of Sheeple Chase is that should you not like any of the 27 courses that are built into the game you get the opportunity to create your own course thanks to the course designer that is built into the game.

Sheeple Chase iPhoneIt’s easy enough to design the courses and you can also share them with your friends via Blue-tooth. Unfortunately there is no multi-player option so although you can share tracks you can’t compete against your friends.

The game has a good sense of humor with many, many pig and sheep related puns but it’s not enough to push this average game over the edge to excellence which is a surprise coming from Chillingo who produce such quality titles.

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Cons

$0.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Games
Released: Jan 13, 2011
Version: 1.0
1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 19.6 MB
Language: English
Seller: Clickgamer Technologies Ltd
© Ross Styants
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later

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