Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

Space Miner: Space Ore Bust

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Space Miner

If these guys would have told me they were developing an Asteroids/Sinistar RPG, I would have said they were nuts. Well, after playing it, I’d have to say you would be nuts not to buy it. It’s an  innovative hybrid with quirky characters, humorous dialog, a beautifully engineered progression system, and addictive gameplay.

The idea here is that you have a space station that serves as a hub for your adventures, populated by a small but diverse group of characters, each with their own motivation and personality. You receive quests here and then pilot your ship out into the surrounding sectors of space to not only complete the mission, but also to mine for ore, which is used to upgrade your ship.

Ship upgrades have both breadth and depth. There are a total of seven ship sections to upgrade: hulls, reactors, engines, collectors, weapons, shields, and scanners. Within each of these categories, there are countless upgrades of varying costs and abilities, enough to scroll off of the screen. Hours of gameplay, witty banter, and upgrade goodness here; don’t pass it up.

Rating: ★★★★★ icon

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Bird Strike

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Bird Strike

This game offers the same approachability,  intuitive controls, and replayabitlity as some of the best casual games, with the added bonus of some delightful artwork. If you are a fan of games like Scoops or Doodle Jump, this is really worth checking out. The graphics are top-notch and loaded with character. It starts off as a simple Winter Bells clone, but soon diverges from the formula by adding different powerups and obstacles. The best part, though, is when you reach the maximum sky height, by grabbing rocket powerups, you encounter a UFO that blasts you back down through the vertical level at top speed. It’s even more fun on the way back, because you score big for destroying any of the obstacles that you originally had to avoid. At the very bottom, if you tilt your little blue bird perfectly, he plummets down through an open sewer lid to grab even more goodies. Great stuff here, for the most part, but the end-game can sometimes degenerate into an un-winnable state, if you overuse your rockets. Once you play through all the levels, you either return to compete more on the OpenFeint leaderboards or simply delete it with a satisfied feeling.

Rating: ★★★★☆ icon
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Tomena Sanner (US)

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Tomena Sanner (US)

Okay, this game is pure genius. The gameplay consists entirely of timing moves for your little man in a business suit to execute, WHILE BREAKDANCING, in order to keep his pace and reach the goal before the timer runs out. It is loaded with wacky Japanese goodness, including a rhythm section at the end of every level. The crazy factor most closely resembles that of a old playstation game I have called Incredible Crisis (which is a must-play); while the gameplay is completely different, the humor and style is similar. Over the course of the 9 game levels, you will accomplish all of the following important tasks:

  1. Moonwalk with Santa…on the moon
  2. Ski down a dinosaur’s back
  3. Disco-dance with a panda
  4. Play Baseball with a man in a Godzilla suit
  5. Get a kiss from a Swedish maid
  6. Line-dance with Japanese schoolgirls
  7. Slam dunk on a 20’ rim
  8. Do the robot…with a robot

    By the way, if you play through the whole game, you will be able to visit both heaven and hell. Buy this game and make Konami filthy rich.

    Rating: ★★★★☆ icon
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    Goals! Pro

    Friday, December 4th, 2009

    Very nice top-view Sensible Soccer style game. Very simple, sometimes sluggish on the controls, but still a ton of fun.

    Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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    Drag Racer: Perfect Run

    Thursday, November 19th, 2009

    As you can see, interior graphics = acceptable, exterior graphics = horrible, but what really matters here is the gameplay and I like it. You drag race against an opponent, hopefully win money, upgrade your car. Wash, rinse, repeat. The upgrades are actually quite useful and range from simple paint jobs to necessary performance mods, such as exhausts systems, nitro, and engine upgrades. All mods follow a strict rule-set with regard to weight and such, which is actually somewhat believable. The shift controls are sometimes wonky, which can be frustrating, but you can make up for a miss-shift if u got skillz. It’s definitely not for everyone, but if you are looking for something different, this could be it.

    Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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    Rally Master Pro 3D

    Friday, November 13th, 2009

    This is a hard one to review. The graphics are amazing, not quite on par with Real Racing, but close, with all the rain effects and such. It’s a rally game, though, in which the developers focused intently on car damage, but then included no other cars. Yes, rallies are all about your time, but games are all about fun and beating an opponent is more fun that beating a clock. Your car will take damage not only from slamming into walls, which I personally do all the time, but just from running along the dirt edges of the track. It is a good game otherwise, so I’ll stop slamming it, but you’ve been warned.

    Rating: ★★★★☆ icon
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    PDC World Darts Championship

    Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

    Currently the best and most polished dart game on the app store, by a country mile. It uses real dart players from the professional circuit, has simple and intuitive controls, and the graphics are spot on. Recommended for dart buffs.

    Rating: ★★★★☆ icon
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    Fore! by Cobra Mobile

    Monday, November 9th, 2009

    I’m really into this. It feels very different from Let’s Golf and Tiger Woods PGA Tour, due to its overhead perspective. The gameplay is more akin to Golden Tee Golf, in the arcades, and uses swipe controls instead of a trackball (duh). I’ve played three courses, thus far, and they are all stunning. Club selection matters, as does the wind, somewhat. The feel of hitting the ball is the best part of the game, which is good, since that’s pretty much all you do. The multiplayer component is local peer-to-peer.

    Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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    2XL ATV Offroad

    Sunday, October 25th, 2009

    This is a really fun game that is a good showcase for the technical abilities of the platform. The developers were able to get quite a few racers on-screen simultaneously with lush backgrounds and kewl dirt effects. There are several modes to play and tons of content to unlock, so it seems like it will have staying power. The tilt-to-steer controls work fine and it actually feels kinda like you are steering an ATV. You can preload for jumps to get extra boost and allow for trick completion. There are several tricks you can perform, but I really wish there was more ceremony associated with them; all you get is an animation, no effects or shout-outs. All in all, this is a really solid entry into the racing genre and feels very console-like.

    Rating: ★★★★★ icon
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    FIFA 10

    Saturday, October 24th, 2009

    Yes, I am a die-hard Pro-Evolution Soccer fan, but they haven’t gotten their act together and released an iPhone version, so hello FIFA. It’s the first iPhone football game to have full team licenses, which is great. The controls are simple enough for the platform, do allow for some finesse, but are also somewhat frustrating. The AI seems competent, unlike the Real Soccer ‘09, but I have yet to compare it directly to X2 Soccer 2009, which I really like. There are a ton of camera views, full-on manager mode, and most of the other options we’ve come to expect from a full-fledged console game.

    Rating: ★★★★☆ icon
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