Archive for December, 2009

Cross Fingers

Monday, December 7th, 2009

From the developers of EDGE (which is awesome, but available infrequently, due to ridonkulous copyright battles). This is an interesting spin on tangrams, in which you slide the light pieces to properly fill the dark areas, but oftentimes needing to temporarily move the brown pieces, using multi-touch. I think it is one of the better implementations of this type of gameplay, although the snap-to-grid is sometimes wonky.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Starball

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Use accelerometer tilting to guide the green ball to collect stars, while avoiding the red balls. Each new star, spawns a new red ball. Powerups like Shrinkage, Ball Buster, Ball Bomb, and Inviciball keep the action lively. After reaching a certain skill level, it seems like your scores are dictated by the number of red ball-reducing powerups you get, but the game is fun.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Nanny Mania

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

This is a port of a popular casual game for PC and Mac of the same name. You are the nanny that has to clean up the house and take care of the bratty kids. If you leave the children to their own devices, they will pee in the plants, leave cola cans and candy wrappers all over, and just generally drive you insane…just like IRL! Gameplay is comprised of tapping things to pick them up or clean them. You can cue up a series of actions, but if you do too many, you’ll lose track of the kids. Tapping them makes them sit down for a short duration. Tapping the coffee pot speeds you up. I like it, but it’s not for everyone, and it is pretty buggy.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 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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Phoenix Project

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Dual-stick shooter like MiniGore, but with tanks. The controls are nice and fast, as is the fire rate; makes it easier to blow stuff up, but it doesn’t feel like a perfect match for the theme.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Castle Frenzy

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

A 3D Defend the Castle clone, with interesting special weapons like a Hydra, a Freeze Ray, and Fireball. Like other games in the genre, you primarily pick up an attacker with your finger and swipe him off the screen, but you can also slam them against the castle wall or hit them with a special weapon. There are various in-game challenges that are displayed before each level, which is a nice addition.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ icon
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