Archive for the ‘3 Stars’ Category

Sniper vs. Sniper: Online

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Finally, a multiplayer sniper game. The locations are awesome, the binocular and sniper scope work like you would expect, for the most part, and it is fun to climb the leaderboards. Tilting is non-optimal, but whatever.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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SkySmash 1918

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

This is a solid top-down shooter, if you are in the mood for one. It has all the obvious powerups and enemies. Good graphics too.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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JellyCar 2

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Jelly Car was an early app store phenomenon that most people adored for its quirky graphic style, physics model, and price (free). This is more of the same, but with added mobility objects like balloons. Personally, I never really got used to the controls, but most people do. This version is $1, and it’s better than the first one, but I would start with the free one, if you have yet to play it. Most people that play it, shell out the $1 for this one too.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Resident Evil: Degeneration

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Resident Evil: Degeneration
Ack! TMI, dewd. People seem to like this one, but I can’t really get into it. The controls are sketchy, just like the other games in the franchise, but they are manageable. The game just feels kinda slow and boring to me; you shoot, miss, zombie grabs you, you shake him off, you shoot. Wash, rinse, repeat. Not necessarily the ideal game for the iPhone. You shouldn’t really take my word for it, but there is no lite version, unfortunately. If you are a big fan of the franchise, it may be worth the asking price, but I wasn’t thrilled with it.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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2Doku

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

2Doku

KenKen is a very popular game in Japan and this is a good version. The total of the numbers in a cell grouping has to equal the small number in the upper left and the player must arrive at that total, using the mathematical operator shown. Duplicate numbers are disallowed in each row or column, but are allowed in a cell group. The one shown is easy, but they get much more difficult, as the total number of cells increases. Each puzzle has only one correct solution. The maximum grid size is 6×6, in this implementation, and the game includes over 300 puzzles. There is an advanced version, cleverly titled, Advanced 2Doku, that has puzzles sizes up to 9×9.
Update: A quick-tap button interface was added, the pencil marks were improved, and 30 more puzzles were added. Down a star for not including the advanced puzzles for free or as DLC, so the icon could be shared and springboard space could be halved.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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T.A.N.K. Arena Battle

Monday, March 30th, 2009

T.A.N.K.

This is Battlezone meets Atari Combat Deathmatch-style tank game, with beautifully rendered graphics, several tank upgrades, okay controls, and a mini-map to guide you through a limited number of arenas (4). It seems like 1v1 multiplayer would be a no-brainer for this game, but your only option is to play versus an AI opponent.

Update: 4 new outdoor maps have been added, as well as a Capture the Flag mode, which boosts my rating up to a 3, since I originally thought the map selection was weak and the developers addressed the problem.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Merlin’s Legacy

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Merlin's Legacy

Battling Wizards, FTW! The player builds her dueling deck of up to 5 cards, prior to the match, from a selection of cards and then enters battle against an opposing Wizard on the far right of the map. You can scroll back and forth between them at any time. Powerups drop and can be picked up automatically by the first minion, from either side, that touches it. Managing your Mana efficiently and casting the right spells, at the right time, and in the right location are the primary skills needed (other than deck-building). There are a total of 15 spells that are unlocked over the course of the game and three different modes of play. This game is better than I thought it would be, but it is not earth-shattering.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Cops & Robbers

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Cops & Robbers

This is pitched as a Mirror’s Edge Parkour game, but I think that is a bit misleading. It has more of a straight platformer feel to me, all though you do jump off of walls and such. You run from the cops, through a variety of obstacles, both on street level and atop buildings. Speed and precision is the key. There are also mini-games along the way. It’s a decent little game, by Glu.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Dig Dug Remix

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Dig Dug Remix

What is this, 80’s Night at the App Store? This game has the original version of the game, as well as a remixed version (pictured), as the title suggests. “Better” art for the new version and some mechanics changes including an inventory that I don’t fully understand. The reason I haven’t played it much is because the controls are unbelievably frustrating. The D-Pad is too small for usage by humans and the swipe-to-move method is sketchy too, because your thumb is always in the way.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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CounterBalancE

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

CounterBalancE

This is a decent logic puzzle, even if “ur scared of numbers”, like me. Each red node on the graph has a number that indicates how many empty spaces, in the cardinal directions, are needed to turn them green, FTW. Easy at first, but it gets progressively harder. Art is kinda bland, but it is being updated.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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