2010 Quick 3: iPhone Games

Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -

For my G of the Y blog, I'll be splitting it up by platform. The first one is for my choices on iOS. 
 
To me, the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad have firmly planted themselves somewhere between last generation handsets, current generation handheld gaming systems and computers. Though the iPhone and iPod fit easily into a pants or jacket pocket and can be used to Skype or stream or game or whatever, the iPad is the size of a small netbook, even though it is easier to use while standing or moving. 
By now it is common knowledge that the devices don't play well with the so-called "hardcore" genres like shooters, but the things they can do with casual games like racers and puzzles is actually kind of revolutionary. Multitap, whether we like it or not, is here to stay. Anyway, with out further ado, the list:
  
3. Hook Worlds ($.99) 

Hook Worlds is a fantastic game that takes a lot of influence from the popular game Canabalt and makes it rock. Anyone who has played a Rocketcat-developed game before knows exactly what to expect, especially since it has "Hook" right there in the title. The game is a run-as-far-as-you-can-before-you-die game, but it also gives you a grappling hook and a special ability entirely dependant on which character's level you decide to play. One character has rocket boots, one character has a revolver, and the other gets the ability to change gravity in a manner befitting Gravity Guy or VVVVVV. Suffice it to say that this is an incredibly addictive, if not shallow title that for a buck, everyone with an iPhone should own. 
  
 
 

2. Real Racing 2 ($9.99) 
Weighing in as the most expensive entry on the list, Real Racing 2 also looks the best and drains battery the fastest. Taking a few concepts from the Gran Turismo and Forza franchises, this driving sim manages to hold it's ground even when compared to more expensive driving titles like Gran Turismo PSP. Aside from it executing the concept in an incredibly addictive and rewarding fashion, there isn't anything else to say about this game except that it looks about as good as Infinity Blade, and provides a good return-on-investment.
  
 
 

1. Tilt to Live ($2.99 + $.99)
Funny story, I didn't even remember this game came out in 2010 until I did a brief look back at 2010. 
Tilt to Live is simply the most addictive game I have ever played. You control an arrow using the accelerometer controls, which is actually a lot more accurate than you might think. It's your job to avoid incoming red dots and destroy them using unlockable pickups to gain points. From that basic premise, no less than five game modes exist within the three dollar app, one of which needs to be unlocked with an in-app purchase. 
Aside from being hugely addicting, this game also features crisp retina graphics and a twangy spaghetti western inspired soundtrack and achievements that will keep you busy for hours. Without a doubt, it's the best four dollars you can spend on the app store.
#1 Edited by Skald (4367 posts) -

For my G of the Y blog, I'll be splitting it up by platform. The first one is for my choices on iOS. 
 
To me, the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad have firmly planted themselves somewhere between last generation handsets, current generation handheld gaming systems and computers. Though the iPhone and iPod fit easily into a pants or jacket pocket and can be used to Skype or stream or game or whatever, the iPad is the size of a small netbook, even though it is easier to use while standing or moving. 
By now it is common knowledge that the devices don't play well with the so-called "hardcore" genres like shooters, but the things they can do with casual games like racers and puzzles is actually kind of revolutionary. Multitap, whether we like it or not, is here to stay. Anyway, with out further ado, the list:
  
3. Hook Worlds ($.99) 

Hook Worlds is a fantastic game that takes a lot of influence from the popular game Canabalt and makes it rock. Anyone who has played a Rocketcat-developed game before knows exactly what to expect, especially since it has "Hook" right there in the title. The game is a run-as-far-as-you-can-before-you-die game, but it also gives you a grappling hook and a special ability entirely dependant on which character's level you decide to play. One character has rocket boots, one character has a revolver, and the other gets the ability to change gravity in a manner befitting Gravity Guy or VVVVVV. Suffice it to say that this is an incredibly addictive, if not shallow title that for a buck, everyone with an iPhone should own. 
  
 
 

2. Real Racing 2 ($9.99) 
Weighing in as the most expensive entry on the list, Real Racing 2 also looks the best and drains battery the fastest. Taking a few concepts from the Gran Turismo and Forza franchises, this driving sim manages to hold it's ground even when compared to more expensive driving titles like Gran Turismo PSP. Aside from it executing the concept in an incredibly addictive and rewarding fashion, there isn't anything else to say about this game except that it looks about as good as Infinity Blade, and provides a good return-on-investment.
  
 
 

1. Tilt to Live ($2.99 + $.99)
Funny story, I didn't even remember this game came out in 2010 until I did a brief look back at 2010. 
Tilt to Live is simply the most addictive game I have ever played. You control an arrow using the accelerometer controls, which is actually a lot more accurate than you might think. It's your job to avoid incoming red dots and destroy them using unlockable pickups to gain points. From that basic premise, no less than five game modes exist within the three dollar app, one of which needs to be unlocked with an in-app purchase. 
Aside from being hugely addicting, this game also features crisp retina graphics and a twangy spaghetti western inspired soundtrack and achievements that will keep you busy for hours. Without a doubt, it's the best four dollars you can spend on the app store.
#2 Posted by Claude (16255 posts) -

I had two people over the other night and both played games on their phone. They weren't iPhones, but video games do exist there and people are playing them. This is a category that should not be overlooked.

#3 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -

Does anyone else have opinions on what iPhone games made their favourites list?

#4 Posted by Mikemcn (6982 posts) -

You buy the turret DLC for tilt to live?

#5 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -
@Mikemcn said:
" You buy the turret DLC for tilt to live? "
Yeah, but it's worth the measly $1.
#6 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

I just bought an iPod Touch (fourth generation, thirty-two gigagytes), about a week ago. I didn't have any intention to actually use this as a videogaming device, but now I'm glad I discovered a few great games:  
 

  1. Zombie Shock, $1.99 / Featuring some awesome music and really grand art design, this is a very simple run-to-the-right and shoot the zombies title. Featuring a heap of levels, a point system that can be used to either buy new guns and/or upgrade your characters attributes, this title has definitely sucked a lot of time away from me in the past week or so. I'm only halfway through it, and I've played it for several hours.
  2. Predators, $.99 / A standard beat'em up that utilizes a two-button system. Complete with upgradeable items, weapons and the ability to play as Predator, this is a fun little title.
  3. Nick Chase, A Detective Story, $4.99 / A classic point and click puzzle/adventure game, you play as Nick Chase trying to solve crimes in a title that features awesome Noir-ish art design and very, very cool music. I haven't gotten too far in this because I have a low patience for this kind of game, but it's one I'll only play on this platform, so I'll go back to it eventually.
  4. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz, $.99 / A classic match-three game that translates perfectly to a touchscreen handheld.
 
I'm going to beat all of these before I delve into any other titles, but I wanted to get a nice, even spread over different types of games the iPod Touch had to offer.

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