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 Rabbids Big Bang for iPhone and iPad Launching on October 17th https://touchreviews.net/rabbids-big-bang-iphone-ipad-october-17th/ https://touchreviews.net/rabbids-big-bang-iphone-ipad-october-17th/#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:04:43 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=23084 Read More]]> Rabbids Big Bang

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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Bad Piggies Review

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks then let me introduce you to Bad Piggies for iPhone, the new spin off game from the mega franchise Angry Birds.

If you’ve played any of the Angry Birds games then you will feel perfectly at home in Bad Piggies which especially from a graphical point of view where environments for each level look like they’ve just been lifted off one of the Angry Birds games.

While Bad Piggies is certainly part of the Angry Birds franchise don’t expect to see any of your colorful feathered friends as this is hog territory only. While it’s also a physics puzzler there are no sling-shots in sight, while there are three stars to be collected on each level this time it’s not based on your high score but instead 3 separate achievements.

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In Bad Piggies for iPhone your task is to build a vehicle on which to transport your hogs to a finish-line somewhere on the level. You can zoom around the environment to find where your destination is and then view the the three star requirements set for the level.

These stars requirements range from reaching the finish line, not using certain vehicle part, complete the level under a certain time and many others which change from level to level. You’ll also rarely be able to complete all the stars in one go and will have to change your plans within each level just to complete each objective.

Because of this the game is certainly takes more thought and planning than most of the Angry Birds games and because of this younger players may get frustrated with the subtleties required to complete the levels.

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Of course help can be brought in if you are struggling with any of the levels by calling on a mechanic to suggest the best approach to take, which of course can be purchased via in-app purchase and if you insist on completing each level with 3 stars that may very well be required.

Instructions for the 90+ levels are provided via a little in game book which give pictorial guidance on what you need to do on each level. The 90 levels are split over 3 worlds and my favorite of the 3 is the 2nd world where you transport your pig on balloons!

While much of Bad Piggies is good, including the Game Centre integration with 33 Achievements it’s still disappointing that it’s that Rovio continue to not release the game as a universal app and have no progress syncing between devices.

BadPiggies Review

It also appears that the release of the iPhone 5 came a little too quickly for them as it’s still currently ‘letterboxed’ on the iPhone 5.

Overall Bad Piggies is a fun and challenging game and takes the challenge of Angry Birds to the next level.

[rating: 4.5/5]

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BadPiggies Splash Screen BadPiggies iPhone 5 BadPiggies Review BadPiggies iPhone 5 Game BadPiggies iPhone5 Game Review ]]> https://touchreviews.net/bad-piggies-review/feed/ 1 iPhone 5 TV Ads – “Thumb”, “Cheese”, “Physics”, “Ears” https://touchreviews.net/iphone-5-tv-ads-thumb-cheese-physics-ears/ https://touchreviews.net/iphone-5-tv-ads-thumb-cheese-physics-ears/#comments Sun, 23 Sep 2012 14:58:20 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21153 Read More]]> iPhone 5 TV Ad

Following the launch of the iPhone 5, Apple is now airing a series of television ads promoting their latest product. Apple began airing the iPhone 5 TV ads late Friday on national networks in the US, and focused on numerous features in iOS 6 and the hardware of the iPhone 5.

One of the ads, called “Thumb” focused on how the iPhone 5 is the perfect size for the user’s thumb, while another called “Cheese” highlighted the new Panorama feature in iOS 6. A third ad called “Physics” focused on the larger 4 inch screen of the iPhone 5. Apple even aired an ad for the new EarPods called “Ears”, showing off how the new headphones have a one size fits all ear shaped design.

All four of the new ads are voiced by actor Jeff Daniels, known for his role as Will McAvoy on HBO’s Newsroom. The ads appear to take on a humorous and humanistic approach, and focuses solely on the actual usage of the device rather than the technical specifications of the device. The ads also do not target any specific demographic, depicting the iPhone 5 as an all inclusive device. This is common in Apple’s ads and the Cupertino company seems to be continuing this approach in marketing its products.

The four TV ads can be viewed below:

Thumb

Cheese

Physics

Ears

What do you think? Are you going to buy an iPhone 5 after watching these ads?

]]> https://touchreviews.net/iphone-5-tv-ads-thumb-cheese-physics-ears/feed/ 1 Mad Skills BMX Review – Pedal Your Way to Fun Filled Racing https://touchreviews.net/mad-skills-bmx-review/ https://touchreviews.net/mad-skills-bmx-review/#comments Mon, 20 Aug 2012 05:41:35 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20860 Read More]]> Mad Skills BMXIf you’ve been watching the Olympics which just recently finished you may be familiar to the excitement that took place on the BMX track. If so then Mad Skills BMX could be just the game you are looking for as it recreates the experience on your iPhone or iPad in a universal app that is available in the App Store right now for just 99 cents.

If you’ve already played turborilla’s other title Mad Skills Motocross then you will be pretty familiar with the game-play here although it’s a slimmed down version, both in the fact that you are using pedal power and in some of the features.

The game includes 40 different tracks and the first 11 will provide you with all you need to know about how to power and control your BMX. Controls are simple touch screen controls which you control using just two fingers via the left and right side of the screen.

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With these controls you get to manage the pedalling and the positioning on the bike which will enable you to wheelie, flip and ride the bumps at the fastest pace you can, and speed is of the essence as each race is against another competitor and it’s winner takes all.

The tracks are set across a variety of environments including the concrete of inner city, the desert and the forest and while the graphics are good it’s the physics of the game-play which really makes this game what it is.

I can’t begin to imagine what it takes to translate the physics of riding a bike in real life to the small screen and it’s obviously not easy as many have tried and failed, however, whatever it is Turborilla have found it as it feels great to ride and even crash in Mad Skills BMX.

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The art to winning the game is to keep your momentum up, hit the jump to early, or too late will result in giving your opponent all they need to take advantage and disappear off of the side scrolling screen. If you take a considerable lead over your opponent or find yourself behind you can see how far you are in-front or behind them via the gauge in the top left corner. You’ll have to respond quickly though if you are going to catch up.

Completing tracks will ultimately unlock the subsequent Intermediate, Expert and Pro levels through the single player mode of the game, you can upload your scores to compare them against your Facebook friends and post your scores to Twitter also. The Facebook leaderboards do add a degree of competitiveness but the promised GameCenter integration with the next update should improve that even further.

If you are looking for the tournament features that are available in this games big brother title Mad Skills Motocross then you are going to be disappointed as they haven’t found there way into this title yet but that doesn’t take away from the fun that can be had playing with yourself!

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More tracks are promised via future updates and if you don’t want to have to win your way through the existing tracks to unlock them you can unlock them via inapp purchase. You can also purchase custom bikes and riders should it take your fancy.

Mad Skills BMX {App Store, $.99} is an enjoyable game and while the addition of ghost riders to compete against would make the game even more addictive it’s still pretty addictive without it.

[rating: 4/5]

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/mad-skills-bmx-review/feed/ 0 KooFish:Break’em Out Review – Can’t get enough of Angry Birds? Try this. https://touchreviews.net/koofish-break-em-out-review/ https://touchreviews.net/koofish-break-em-out-review/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2012 09:03:37 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20597 Read More]]>

KooFish: Break’em Out for iPhone and iPad is a slingshot puzzle game like Angry Birds. Using the wildly successful platform that Angry Birds made famous, KooFish takes to the water in this slingshot puzzle extravaganza. The puzzles are elaborate and there are a lot of them.

KooFish is a very simple game unless you are one of the few people are there who haven’t played Angry Birds. It employs the same gameplay and similar physics. You slingshot conch shells at blocks of ice that contain fish. Using your surroundings you have to break out the fish that are trapped in the cubes while using as few shells as possible, sound familiar? The characters and levels are very nice and fairly polished. This game looks great.

The fish are “cute” in the words of my wife and with 150 unique puzzles that are strategically laid out, there is plenty to keep you busy here. The game also has Game Center integration which is a must these days to compete with friends. Who doesn’t have office wide game challenges like my company?

This game is for both the iPad and the iPhone and looks great on both. I enjoyed the game very much, though I must admit, I haven’t played Angry Birds in quite a while.

Angry Birds fanatics will surely have their rips about this game not being quite the same and being incredibly similar. I say why not let someone use the same base game and have their own spin on it. It worked for Battlefield and Call of Duty. That being said, the similarities and the price made me go with 3 stars on this one.

I like the game but the audio isn’t that great, it is very similar to Angry Birds and at the 3 dollar price, its tough to go any higher. That being said if you can’t get enough of the Angry Birds style play and want a new atmosphere, this is the game for you.

[rating: 3/5]

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When your catalog consists of some of the biggest, most popular and dominating titles in mobile gaming you could be forgiven for resting on your laurels and continue to milk that money cow. That’s not the case for Rovio Entertainment Ltd., the makers of the Angry Birds series who have released Amazing Alex for iPhone and iPad into the App Store.

Amazing Alex uses previously successfully implemented techniques, it’s a physics based puzzle game with usually 3 star per level rating system for each level, and as those features have worked before there’s no reason why they shouldn’t work again…..right?

Amazing Alex Review

Alex is a young boy with a taste for creativity and problem solving and in the style of toppling a chain of dominoes, only on a much larger scale, you are challenged to help Alex produce a daisy chain of events to clear each level.

The initial levels get you started on how you play the game, even showing you where you should place the range of objects that you are given to utilize on each level, and because of this you may be fooled into thinking that Amazing Alex is going to be a simple game that you can rush through in a matter of minutes.

However, that is soon to be shown as a wrong assumption to make as when the placement guides disappear the levels immediately get more complex and as you continue to the Classroom, Backyard, Bedroom and finally onto the Treehouse the levels become more and more challenging, especially, if like me, you want to get three stars on each level.

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There are over 30 objects at your disposal across the levels and as these become unlocked they are also made available to build your own levels which has the potential of adding an endless number of levels for you to play with.

Creating your own levels is very easy. You have all of the objects that you’ve unlocked and can place them anywhere on the screen with guidelines for legal and illegal placement. The final step is to place the 3 stars on the screen which act as the measure for other players to complete the level.

The ease of both creating your own levels, sharing them online and then downloading other players levels is amazing. The only issue I have with the custom levels is that there is no rank of them, either via voting or just the number of downloads to help you find the best custom levels available.

Amazing Alex iPad

As you might expect from Rovio the whole game looks polished, cute and engaging. Something else that Rovio seem keen to do is keep their iPhone and iPad versions of their apps separate rather than universal. Why they do this, especially considering that there are no differences between the two versions is beyond me. Needless to say if you want Amazing Alex on both your iPhone and iPad you’ll need to pay twice and play it twice as there is no synchronisation of your progress between the two versions.

Of course Rovio promise multiple free updates to add more levels and based on their previous history there should be quite a lot of them! Quite what they plan to do with the GameCenter integration with no leaderboards and only one achievement remains to be seen.

[rating: 4/5]

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/amazing-alex-review/feed/ 1 Where’s My Perry Review – A Great Addition to Anyones iPhone or iPad https://touchreviews.net/wheres-my-perry-review/ https://touchreviews.net/wheres-my-perry-review/#comments Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:07:58 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20514 Read More]]> Back in September 2011 Disney introduced a new character to the world. This time though the character wasn’t their latest animated movie star, instead it was Swampy the Alligator, a friendly alligator that needed your help to get him enough water to bathe. It was an instant hit and continues to be popular with rave reviews and continual downloads.

Now though Disney have decided to make the most of the popular puzzler by combining it with one of the most popular cartoon characters at the moment in the form of Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb.

Nothing much has changed but it will still appeal to both players of Where’s My Water and new players to the game especially those who are familiar with the popular cartoon as the sites and sounds of not just Perry, but also Dr. Doofenshmirtz are used throughout the game to great effect.

80 levels are spread across four different environments and your challenge in each of them is to provide enough water to enable Perry to slide through his underground tubes. This is achieved by clearing a path through the dirt to Perry and on the way unlock the three gnomes that are placed throughout the level.

These gnomes provide the 3 gnome ranking required to complete the game at 100% but in 6 of each level there are hidden items which unlock additional ‘secret’ levels including 4 that introduce you to Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s childhood ‘friend’ Balloony!

The physics of each level is well designed and you will not only find yourself using the water to unlock and open switches and levers but you also need to avoid hazards that will attempt to suck the water away preventing you from having enough to push Perry on his way.

If that wasn’t enough challenge you will also have to change the state of the water to open, unlock and rescue certain kind of gnome that can only be rescued by either water or steam. This all adds up to a great variety of challenges and a very enjoyable game.

The game is a universal app which is currently available at just 99 cents from the app store and while you can play through all the levels for no additional charge by completing them all in order you can also pay to unlock them via in-app purchase if you don’t wish to wait, or get stuck.

As you would expect from Disney the graphics and sound are great and for anyone that has watched Phineas & Ferb before you will feel perfectly at home here. The great thing about Where’s My Perry though is that it stands up as a quality game in it’s own right too.

[rating: 5/5]

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/wheres-my-perry-review/feed/ 2 My Diamonds Review – Fun physics puzzle game for iPhone and iPad https://touchreviews.net/my-diamonds-review/ https://touchreviews.net/my-diamonds-review/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2012 19:49:50 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20470 Read More]]> You know the story, alien has diamonds, alien loses diamonds, you help alien collect diamonds! It’s the usual story that you hear everyday and now you can live it on on your iPhone and iPad in the universal game My Diamonds.

If you’ve played such games as Cut The Rope, Where’s my Water or even Angry Birds then you will feel right at home with this fun physics puzzler which challenges you to collect diamonds in over 60 levels spread across the garden, garage and kitchen.

To add an additional twist over the three star rating system of most other similar games My Diamonds creatively adds an additional star so on each level you are rated on speed and accuracy out of 4 rather than the usual 3.

The graphics are relatively simple but they effectively represent the three environments and the various tools that are put to your disposal to collect the diamonds that pour from the multiple faucets when you choose to turn them on.

Given that you are in control of when the diamonds start flowing from the faucets you are given the opportunity to move the multitude of objects that you can use to impact the movement of the diamonds.

A nice feature is the way that ghost diamonds will initially flow from the faucet that will provide an outline of where the real diamonds will go once you turn them on. Aligning them with the ghost diamonds wont always get 100% of your diamonds but it gets you to with the odd tweak of completing the levels with all the stars.

Another nice touch is that you can move the objects while the diamonds are in motion, this is sometimes a requirement of the level, other times it’s a feature that can help you take shortcuts to complete the level.

You’ll start with 20 levels in the garden before moving on to another 20 in the garage before moving into the kitchen. As with most games these days if you aren’t willing or able to unlock the later levels you can do so with a one off in-app purchase of 99 cents on top of the initial 99 cent outlay for the game itself.

Overall My Diamonds {$.99, App Store} is a fun physics puzzle game with charm and a decent amount of challenge and given the promise of further levels via free updates, achievements and high scores via Game Center integration it should be an easy choice for players that like this genre of games.

The one problem that it would be nice to see addressed especially considering that this is a universal app is the inability to synchronise your progress between devices, perhaps that will come in a future free update too!

[rating: 4/5]

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Zio Ball Review

Zio Ball is a bit of pinball, a bit of a maze, a bit of Cut the Rope, and more difficult than a first glance would indicate. The challenge is to place magnetic spots that pull or push your ball toward the escape hatch.

Zio Ball is easy to understand and has few controls to master. You are given an obstacle course with a ball placed in it and magnetic spots to position in relation to the course to move the ball to the escape hatch. The red magnets pull the ball and the blue magnets push it. But getting these magnets placed so they have just the right amount of influence on the ball is the tricky part. Beyond placing the magnets, the only other control is turning them on or off. That allows you to drop the ball at strategic times to send it rolling in a useful direction.

Placing the magnets in just the right locations to move the ball through the course isn’t easy. Just a nudge one way or the other can leave the ball motionless or jammed between the magnet and the course. And coordinating the push and pull of the magnets with the timing of the on/off switch can take several attempts to get right. And refraining from trying to swing or tilt the ball using the accelerometer is hard to overcome.

The industrial look of the game suits the task perfectly. The setting of the courses resembles a tunnel or an engineering deck. There are controls for music and sounds, but I couldn’t hear anything. There’s also a control for vibration, which did work and provided feedback when the magnets were interacting with the ball.

While simple in concept and controls, Zio Ball offers a surprising level of difficulty. There are plenty of levels and courses to keep the challenge going. Zio Ball takes a bit more concentration and puzzle solving skill than many games. And if it starts to get easy, there’s always the challenge of beating your best time.

[rating: 4.5/5]

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On Thursday of last week Rovio released its most recent installment in it’s mega hit game, Angry Birds. The game has been an instant hit, netting 10 million downloads over by Monday of this week. Insane numbers, even by Angry Birds standards. Angry Birds Space takes the fun out of the atmosphere utilizing new physics.

Angry Birds Space was release for Apple iOS, Android devices, PC and Mac. Specific details on the number of downloads were not released. I found it interesting that there was not a free version on iOS when released, iOS being one of Angry Birds’ most prominent platforms for the game.

Peter Farago, vice president of marketing at the mobile analytics firm Flurry said “The closest success story I can think of is OMGPOP’s Draw Something, which racked up 20 million total downloads in five weeks.” So 5 weeks compared to 4 days is the closest comparison. Whether you like the game or not you have to admit that is pretty amazing.

Overall, this installment of Angry Birds changes things by altering a world class physics machine. There is something to be said for the depth of Angry Birds. I admit, its a simple pick up and play game but how many clones have you seen that haven’t gotten it right? Certainly didn’t do 10 million downloads over a weekend. I’ll continue to play my Angry Birds and agree to disagree with the haters. Download it and try it out, $0.99 isn’t bad and 10 million downloads can’t be wrong.

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Tiki Towers 2: Monkey Republic [rating: 2.5/5]

There is a saying that goes ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ and this certainly appears to be the case with Tiki Towers 2: Monkey Republic which provides more of the same monkey taming action as the original Tiki Towers.

The premise of the game hasn’t changed, your task is too use a handful of bamboo sticks to create bridges and structures that monkeys will climb over on their way to the levels exit. On the way bonus can be picked up in the shape of bananas, (how original!), and other bonus items that will open other areas on the map.

If you have played the original game you will be more than comfortable with the action here although the physics of the gang of monkeys as they climb and clamber over your structures seem to be more random than they were in the original game.

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Some may see this as an improvement as this ensures that no two attempts are the same, however, in reality it prevents you from making minor adjustments to complete levels or get the maximum score as there is no guarantee that the monkeys will act the same. Much like real life I guess!

There is a nice variety in the levels but the aforementioned frustrations make completing them too difficult. The placing of the bamboo shoots is somewhat easier then the original game and the zoom in function that can be turned on/off in the options menu is a nice feature to gain additional control over the placement. However, more often than not just as you think you have built the perfect structure you find that you have run out of bamboo shoots and you must start your structure again.

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Despite it’s failings Tiki Towers 2 does have some good points. The control systems work well not only the aforementioned placement of the bamboo but also the zooming and navigation of the levels. The game looks good, the navigation map and the in game graphics are bright and colorful too which does add some silver lining to the grey cloud that is the game-play.

At two dollars more than the original Tiki Towers I would have expected a whole lot more but with less levels, reduced game play and nothing else going for it I would rather spend more time with the original game than this latest incarnation of the Tiki Tower genre.

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$2.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Games
Released: Jan 20, 2011
Version: 1.1.1
1.1.1 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 126 MB
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Seller: RealNetworks, Inc.
© 2011 RealNetworks, Inc.
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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Mad Skills Motocross [rating: 4/5]

Mad Skills Motocross is a new universal app for the iPhone and iPad from developers Turborilla AB based on the game of the same name that has been available on the PC for quite a while now. I haven’t played the PC version of the game but if it’s anything like this portable version then it must be pretty food.

The game is a sideways scrolling race against you and one other opponent in a race to the finish of 54 different tracks split across 5 divisions. Each track brings it’s own range of jumps, bumps and tricks and it’s your task to maneuver your motocross bike over them all before your opponent.

Controls can be set to either use the accelerometer or onscreen buttons and it’s the onscreen option that worked the best for me although having said that on the iPad the buttons are much too small and also because the game won’t rotate on the iPad’s screen if you are playing the game with headphones in are positioned very awkwardly.

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There are only four buttons to control your motorbike with, accelerate, brake, lean forward and lean back and so learning the basics is pretty simple. However, as the tracks get more difficult and the opponents give you more of a challenge you will need to use the subtleties the leaning forward and back to take full advantage of the conditions.

Moving through the division is down by completing the previous divisions and this is done by beating your opponent on each of the tracks.

You will find yourself crashing quite a bit so does your opponent so there is always the chance to catch up and win the race. If you do find yourself falling to far back though there is a re-start button which reloads the gaming very fast indeed. This reduces the frustration of crashing and keeps you coming back for more.

The physics of the bike, the rider and their interaction with the environment are very good as are the graphics especially on the retina display of the iPhone 4 where the scenery looks great as it flies past you at high speed.

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To help you in your racing there are five power-ups which help you complete the course but I found that the sheer speed of your racing is the key to your success.

In addition to the career mode you can also race all the unlocked tracks in time-trial and race against a ghost of your best times. Then there is the integration with OpenFeint which not only provides leader-boards for each of the 54 tracks and 30 achievements.

This all adds up to a great game which offers great value for money especially considering that it’s a universal application. If you are a motocross fan then at $1.99 this is a great purchase for you.

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$1.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Games
Updated: Jan 10, 2011
Current Version: 1.2
1.2 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 19.6 MB
Language: English
Seller: Turborilla AB
© 2011 Turborilla AB
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later

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You may have guessed from the title already that in the game of Ramps for iPhone you get to use a lot of, yes you’ve guessed it….ramps!

Your challenge in Ramps is to use a given number of ramps to move a ball from it’s entry point on the screen to it’s exit point while meeting a number of challenges along the way of the 100 levels that are split over two worlds.

The physics of the game work very well, from moving and rotating the ramps to the bounce and speed of the ball as it rolls towards the end of level cup.

Each level has it’s own set of obstacles to overcome and each level has three challenges such as completing the level in a given time to not using all the ramps that are provided in the level.

Ramps iPhone

You don’t need to complete all the challenges to move on to the next levels but you must successfully complete the level to move on though.

The two worlds work independently of each other so you can play both of them separately if you wish to.

The game looks good and is well presented with easy navigation. At $1.99 it’s a little pricier than some similar physics titles but if you enjoy this sort of game you will enjoy Ramps for iPhone.

$1.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Games
Released: Dec 21, 2010
Version: 1.0
1.0
11.9 MB
Language: English
Seller: Backabit LLC
© 2010 Backabit LLC
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.

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Ducked Up! [rating: 4/5]

Ducked Up! developed by Alphasprite is a challenging physics based game. It is an addictive puzzle and only your quick reflexes will help you complete the game.

The aim of the game is to guide your little rubber duck from the moment it appears out of his vent, back into another vent where ever it is located on the screen. To do this you have to use pockets of air to blow the duck in which ever direction you want it to go. You do this by tapping your finger and then swiping it into the direction you choose. It then shows on screen a little fan vortex and an arrow showing you the direction it will make the duck drift. Watch out though depending on what level you are on you only have a set amount of them to use.

The first few levels will be nice and easy then as you move along there are lots of obstacles to avoid, if you don’t avoid them the level ends. There are also different types of scenes, you might find some with stationary scattered around the screen, bath tubs or a pool table. There is even an unusual haemoglobin roamin’ scene. All strange and yet very entertaining! At certain stages you also get little pigs floating around the screen as well.

The controls are very simple just one finger is needed to swipe on the screen. You can play easy, normal or hard depending how good you become and how much of a challenge you are wanting. As you play your scores are also saved so you can attempt to do them again to try beat your previous score.

I got a little confused when playing the game because even if you failed to get your duck to its destination it said level complete and it recorded your score even if you got no ducks home and a score of 0%. I felt that seemed a bit pointless it should only really record it if you finished the level.

The graphics are really good. Very bright and full of color and all the items in the scene are easy to make out, even the tiny ducks and pigs floating round. I liked the background music, I have a habit of turning music off when playing games as they become increasingly annoying but I left this one playing. It was catchy but not in such a way that I couldn’t concentrate and I had to turn it off. It fit the game perfectly.

Ducked Up! is a quick pick up and play game. It is addicitive and the type of game where if you can’t complete it you can’t stop playing until you have. It’s fun for all ages and a game for the whole family.

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Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Released: May 10, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 5.7 MB
Language: English
Seller: Andrew Empson
© 2010 Alphasprite
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

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