Since today Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition is available for iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store. For $7.99 you get a real classic that uses the touch-screen controls and the accelerometers of the iPhone. Here is the feature list of the game:
Use your touch screen to flick and drag property cards and simulate real-life game experiences
3D view of the board and movers
Wi-Fi Multiplayer Mode allows 4 players to connect via the same router on a Local Area Network
Give your iPhone/iPod touch a shake to roll the dice or animate the movers
Automatically replaces players who leave with AI
Select full-board view or zoom in for a close-up
Play solo against the computer or Pass n’ play for 4
VentureBeat had a chance to test out SimCity for the iPhone and got some extra info on this iPhone and iPod Touch game. He says the game looks very similar to SimCity 3000, but with the multi-touch controls it controls a lot better thant he old-school SimCity-games. SimCity will come out in December for $9.99.
EA has dropped the price of Scrabble for the iPhone and iPod Touch from $9.99 to just $7.99 for a limited time. EA seems to be trying out some things with different pricepoints, it recently dropped the price of Tetris with $2 as well. In Scrabble gamers need to form words with lettered tiles they pulled out of a bag. The number of points you get for a word depends on the placement of your word on the board.
During Apple’s “Let’s Rock” event Electronic Arts showed a new trailer of its upcoming iPhone and iPod Touch game Need for Speed: Undercover. We’ll have to disappoint fans of Margaret Quigley, because apparantely she’s not in the iPhone version of the game.
FingerGaming reports that EA’s Scrabble, which they showed off last week during a press demonstration, will only have a local Wi-Fi mode. When Electronic Arts announced the game for Apple’s iPhone many gamers hoped that this addictive board game would have an online multiplayer mode. According to EA it’s Apple’s fault that they can’t put an online mode in Scrabble because they haven’t made this ability yet. Because Apple doesn’t have the ability for online gaming yet developers are using other tools such as Neutron from Exit Games.
Electronic Arts has announced that Need for Speed: Undercover, the twelfth game in the Need For Speed series, will also be released on the iPhone. Today they also announced that Mission Impossible III actress Margaret Quigley will be the game’s main character. EA is reintroducing cops in the game and has added in a ton of new features. A release date and more information about the iPhone-version of the game haven’t been released yet.
Time has a really interesting article about the future of gaming for Apple’s iPhone. In their article they give a nice overview of some of the upcoming games for the iPhone and some of the pro’s and contra’s of the iPhone as a gaming device. Here’s an interesting quote of Greg Yardley of Pinc Media, a studio that builds free tools for the iPhone:
“The iPhone has excellent hardware in it. It is as capable as the DS or PSP”