Monday, March 12, 2012

iPhone/Pad/Pod/Scrod Game Round-up

Since there haven't been many console games that interest me in the last couple months, the bulk of my time has been spent on iOS games. Here are a few that I've been playing lately and my feelings about them.

Canabalt - A cool looking running platformer with one-touch controls. There really isn't anything to it besides seeing how far you can run before falling to your death. Even so, it's still great fun.

8 Bit Rally - I love the old-school look of this game, and the controls work fairly well but it's just not that fun. The car you start with is such a giant piece of shit and you have to spend a long time grinding to get a better one.

Peggle - I never will understand the appeal of this game. It's like pinball for morons.

Kingdom Rush - It's tower defense. Yep. Also you can summon dudes and drop fireballs, which actually makes it a little more like a regular RTS and a lot more fun.

#Sworcery - This game looks amazing but it feels like a chore to play. It's obtuse and frustrating. I could tolerate that if the game wasn't so fucking smug about it all the time.

Velocispider - A nice looking sort of Space Invaders rip-off with tilt controls. This game is awesome.

Groove - It's like Rez meets Elite Beat Agents and it's the best rhythm game on the iOS. Some better songs would make it absolutely perfect.

Where's My Water? - A really creative physics based puzzle game. I actually enjoy it more than Cut the Rope, which is saying something.

Bike Baron - It's sort of like Joe Danger meets Trials. While it might not really be as good as either of those, it's still quite fun.

Ski on Neon - This game was free but still good. Some of the later levels get pretty bullshit, but for some reason I can't stop playing it. Once you get in the zone you just can't stop.

Sonic CD - This seems like a really well-done port of a game I never played. The platforming is probably some of the best in the series, but the levels don't do much for me. There's nothing here as cool as Chemical Plant or Casino Night zone.

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