Posts Tagged ‘3 Stars’

Alice Greenfingers

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Alice Greenfingers

This is one of the many farming sims on the App Store in which you control a cute little girl that must grow crops to sell at the local market, to make money to buy more seeds, to grow more crops…you get the picture. The starting sequence goes like this: dig plots, plant seeds, water them, harvest them, bring them to market, and set a reasonable price for them. Customers will come by your stand and purchase them or express their interest in buying a different type of fruit or vegetable. New seeds become available, over time, that you can buy from the local store to increase the variety of your harvest and sell more. The store also sells harvest baskets, watering cans, pumps, sprinklers, chickens to lay eggs, cows and sheep, and fences to keep them in check. You just run around each day of the month, repeating the sequence described above, while you expand your business and experiment with pricing. This may pull you in at first, but it gets really repetitive, as you may have guessed. There are no target quantities of items to sell or pressure to produce, so there isn’t much depth or challenge at all. It can be fun for a while, but eventually, you just feel like you are going through the motions. To be fair, many casual players and children don’t like being stressed out and they might like this, but for more seasoned players, you probably want to check out a more sophisticated game like Ranch Rush.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Wheeler’s Treasure

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

An innovative title; not quite a platformer, not quite a racer, not quite anything really, but it is fun. The player character propels themselves through the side-scrolling level in a giant hamster wheel, collecting coins, bouncing on enemies and treasure chests, and avoids obstacles like tar pits and lava. This is accomplished by grappling to a solid section of the wheel and riding it up to collect goodies. Your grapple has a cooldown, so timing is important. If you take too much damage, you can stop off at water holes to heal. It’s all very strange, but still compelling.

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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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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Inquisitor

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

This is a dead simple search app that is the exact opposite ofiCab Mobile. You have only a search window, with auto-complete, but the searches are filtered really well to provide a decent selection of hits very quickly. Not for power users, but the design is really slick and intuitive.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Flickitty

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Stellar graphics, good controls, and an adorable little kitty that must complete a series of platform quests. You steer the little bugger by stretching his neck out and snapping him in the corresponding direction. There are obstacles like fire that burn him to a crisp, as the screenshot shows, or seal him in a block of ice. Most of the quests are fetch quests and others are really quirky, like dragging a mine cart around, for no obvious reason. It’s worth it for the art and humor, but it is fun to pilot the little guy around too.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Cliffed

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

A Falldown clone with tons of cute characters to unlock, simple, but descriptive animations, a nice background, and very simple gameplay. You just try to fall as far as possible. Rocks get in your way, so you either need to land on top of them and slide off or use the side exit present on each platform. A dash move helps, to get you there faster. There are no powerups. You can post your scores online and you will have plenty of them, because it is one of those games that is easy to play a quick game of anywhere.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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Noiz2sa FREE

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Long-time readers know that I am a fan of the over-the-top shooter sub-genre known as Bullet Hell, which is basically too many enemies and waaaaay too many bullets. This is actually a remake of Kenta Cho’s original masterpiece, but it fixes some of the flaws, while adding some new functionality that I’m not really too sold on. (BTW, if you like this genre and don’t have his earlier title rRootage, you should get it).

Here’s what I know about the different versions: Noiz2sa has a soundtrack, light grey levels, square shots, an indie spirit, and an inexplicably hard to control front end screen. Noiz2sa FREE has thin bullets, a good front end, dark blue backgrounds, different shot patterns, and best of all…off-ship finger placement (which I feel is imperative in a Bullet Hell game)! The game also runs very smoothly, which was not always the case with the original.

    Most of the differences are down to the preference of the individual playing the game. Personally, I think both games are worth having. The new feature I alluded to was that you can now direct your shots in any direction, with the press of a second finger, which I think was a questionable addition. Part of the challenge of this type of game is using the tools at hand and, to me, this seems like an unnecessary addition, but at least it is opt-in (I actually thought it was a bug, lol).

    Rating: ★★★☆☆ icon
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