When Crime City debuted, sweeping conclusions were made that it would fill the void in the iOS market for a new Grand Theft Auto (GTA). Others drew on the fact that former Zynga GM Ken Chiu was CEO of the new company and claimed his debut game would lean more towards a standard Farmville or Mafia Wars, backed by the bland, generic name.
I thought this level of graphics was reserved for PCs only. I was wrong. With Touchgrind BMX, Illusion Labs AB has taken iPhone gaming to a whole new dimension. The level of detail is remarkable, and the smoothness even more so. I have found similar performance-demanding apps to occasionally stutter and slow down my phone’s OS after playing, but with Touchgrind BMX I have experienced no such problems… even on my measly iPhone 3GS. Gamers using the iPhone 4 with its faster processor should have no trouble whatsoever. Read the rest of this entry »
We love our iPhones, no doubt about it and that’s why I want to issue a note of caution when downloading Copter. Originally developed an internet game played by bored office workers and students this simple game has taken on cult status. If I were to review this game purely on its aesthetics the description would be something that closely resembled a crash landing with a pile of pejoratives falling onto the page. Fortunately, spectacular graphics aren’t what this game is about and what it lacks in style it certainly makes up for in pure gaming fun. Your mission is to pilot a miniature helicopter through what looks like the set of a dodgy 80’s video game and get the furthest distance possible. Read the rest of this entry »
Make some lemonade. Follow in the footsteps of Gates, Branson and Trump by building up a lemonade empire from the humble surroundings of your front yard. The developers EA Games have put together a solid game which combines strategy, business acumen and a bit of luck. The aim of the game is manage all areas of your lemonade business from the recipe to the marketing, equipment and location of your lemonade stand. Lemonade Tycoon is one of those games where the actual activity your building towards is secondary to the actual preparation, much like many sports managerial games it’s all about setting the right conditions in order to achieve the best result. Read the rest of this entry »
Florent Tournade, a French developer who worked on Alone in the Dark and WALL•E for the next-gen consoles, is now working on his first iPhone and iPod Touch game. Kerosen 3D is a combat flight simulator that gives users the opportunity to navigate through space and pick a point on the planet where they want to start their combat flight. The 3D engine of the game renders around one million pollygons per second, it sounds like a lot and it is a lot too. Via WiFi users can compete against each other and it’s possible that Kerosen 3D will be updated with an online multiplayer mode as well.
The latest addition in the App Store is Digital Chocolate’s time managing game Chocolate Shop Frenzy, selling for . Just like in Diner Dash, also available in the App Store, the gamer’s task is to take orders, deliver the food and to make sure that everything is running smooth in the Chocolate Shop. Other similar games like Daycare Nightmare and Sally’s Salon have proven that time management games on the iPhone are very addictive. If you’re not convinced about the game, then you should definitely try out the free Lite version of the game.
EA Mobile has moved into the final stages of production of Sim City, which should release later this month. Kotaku managed to get their hands on an early copy, so head over there to see what the guys thought. Despite a few bugs and minor setbacks from having to use your fingers to place the buildings it seems like Sim City will be a solid, fully functional (not trimmed down from the PC version) launch.
Two days ago Gameloft released a new video of Hero of Sparta, and today they released the game in the App Store. The game is available for iPhone and iPod Touch and uses the touch-screen of both systems to move your hero with the virtual analogue stick and to unleash his power by performing combos on the screen. Use your sword, axe, bow or twin blades to get rid of the enemies that guard the 8 levels of this full 3D game. The game contains mythical creatures like Cerberus, the Cyclops and many other foes. Get Hero of Sparta now for $9.99 in the App Store.
Ngmoco‘s latest iPhone and iPod Touch game called Dr. Awesome is now available in the App Store for $1.99. You need to perform microsurgery to isolate and eradicate the mutagens that have infected your friends personalized from your iPhone or iPod Touch contact list. Cut and trap the offending viruses by guiding the micro scalpel on your screen with the accelerometer. Here’s a list of features in the game:
Use your Tilt-guided micro scalpel to perform microsurgery
Isolate 16 types of viruses and bacteria to save your patients
Collect power-ups to help give you an edge in the ER
Save your friends, personalized from your contact list
Enjoy the powerful visual styles from Escalation Studios, i-am-8-bit Productions and Lord Mesa
Yoot Saito, the developer of Seaman and Odama for consoles, has announced that they’re working on Gabo!, a game in which you get to play god. You get to play with Gabo, a Peking Man who influeces his environment to grow. The game will be controlled via the touch-screen and it’s due to come out on the Japanese market next month.