Archive for the ‘Simulation’ Category

AC-130 Spectre: iSniper from above!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

AC-130 iSniper from the sky

Anyone that has played the AC-130 Spectre mission, in Call of Duty 4, knows exactly what this game is; three different zoom levels, three devastating weapons, three percent chance of return fire…just like real life! Controls are a little more frustrating than the “real game”, but still playable. Be forewarned that the game is pretty repetitive.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ icon
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Lemonade Tycoon

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Lemonade Stand

This is a nice little business simulation, in which the player attempts to make as much ca$h as possible by selling lemonade to passers-by. An early morning weather report and news flash hint at the volume of sales that could be reached and the player must buy supplies accordingly. People will line up to buy lemonade and then report afterwards whether they liked it and why. This allows you to fine-tune your recipe and price. You can also hire help, do marketing, and rent new stands. A decent sim, for the price, which is putting up with EA marketing every few levels.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Ow My Balls!

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Ow My Balls!

OMB, here goes all my credibility as a reviewer…I like Ow My Balls! Granted, there is not much of a game here at all, but every time he hits the ground and yells, you guessed it…“Ow my balls!”, I laugh. In fact, I’ve been known to scream it out, in the middle of the day, for no apparent reason. The fact that he farts to propel himself further in the level is just icing on the cake, as it were. They took it off the app store, for a while, so I emailed the guy to see if he would float me a copy and his response began with, “Thank you for your interest in My Balls.” Genius. If you want to relive being 12 years old, get this app. Don’t do it for me, do it for yourself. Just don’t tell anyone I recommended it…

Update: Believe it or not, the developer added OpenFeint social network support, so you can keep in touch with all your master farting buddies. You can also unlock videos of people getting kicked in the junk.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2009

Friday, February 27th, 2009

9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2009

First off, I’m a big fan of Baseball Superstars ’09; super-deformed players like the old skool SNK title (which was better), killer rpg-like career mode, quick auto-inning feature, and wacky special characters. 9 Innings is not that game, but it’s great in an entirely different way; it is a much better simulation of of the sport of baseball. The pitching interface uses a streamlined golf-swing type meter, in which timing a scaling UI element dictates the success of the pitch. I do miss the obvious speed differentiation in the cartoony BS ’09, but it wouldn’t make sense in a more realistic game like 9 Innings. The field play is far superior and the scale and camera angle make it feel more like you are there. Revisiting the BS field felt like BS, compared to 9 Innings. The game modes include Season, Tournament, and Homerun Mode (see Homerun Battle 3D, by the same company, for a fully realized online version of this). Be forewarned, Just Like Real Baseball™, a game takes forever to play through. Any self-respecting Baseball fan should own both, in my opinion.

Rating: ★★★★☆ icon
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International Snooker

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

International Snooker

I’m a big fan of Snooker and this game is a really good mobile version. The rules are easy; just alternate potting reds and colors. You just have to learn the point values. The control mechanism is really nice; swipe left and right to align shot, but where you place your finger vertically dictates the aiming granularity. Even for that control innovation alone, I would recommend this title. Swiping up and down controls the camera angle, all the way to top-view. This game edges out Ronnie O’Sullivan Snooker as my favorite Snooker app, although that game is worth a look too.

Rating: ★★★★☆ icon
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