Archive for November, 2009

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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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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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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Puzzle Dice

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

This is the follow up to the follow up of Str8ts (the first follow up was Domino Dice, which had its issues). Basically, Puzzle Dice is Str8ts, with better art and I’m a big fan of Str8ts. They are sorting out some bugs right now, but once the update drops, it’s a recommendation for anyone that finds Sudoku-style games interesting.

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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Harbor Havoc 3D

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

The latest in the long line of traffic control games, Harbor Havoc 3D actually offers something new, which is a 3D component, as the title suggests. There are several terrain heights on each map and this adds new challenge when steering your crafts. Notice “crafts” is plural, because you now have land vehicles or submarines and helicopters present in the same level. Most everything else is lifted from other games in the genre, like the lighthouse from Sea Captain, but it is still a quality title.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Radiant

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

This game is like Galaga with upgrades. It starts out really slow, by design, because over time you purchase tons of upgrades for your ship and weapons to become an uber-destructoid. They aren’t balanced perfectly and switching to a new weapon borks your upgrades, but the game is still fun. The soundtrack is outstanding; downtempo blip-hop feels perfect for the game.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Boost 3D

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Fly down the tunnel, hit the speed boost arrows, and don’t hit any obstacles. Really well done.

Rating: ★★★½☆ icon
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Totemo

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

A nice little puzzler that has the player matching up groups of a certain size to move them from the board. If you leave a loner or more out in the cold, you’re done, kid.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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iCab Mobile

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Looking for a replacement for Safari? This is the most full-featured of the bunch; full-screen browsing (as shown above), private browsing, saved web forms, banner blocker, tabs (that are saved after shutdown), screen orientation lock, optional Google Mobilizer page compression, in-app email, and more. My only complaint is that the scroll bar stays in portrait mode, even when in landscape mode. If you aren’t interested in any of the aforementioned features, stick with Safari, but if you want full-screen browsing with forward/back swipes, for instance, it’s worth the price.

Rating: ★★★★☆ icon
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