Game Center Blog: Multiplayer with Cro-Mag Rally

Game Center is now out for the iPhone and iPod touch, and while having leaderboard and achievement support is nice, I love multiplayer. 
 
Pangea Software (the people who made those Nanosaur that shipped with the old macs), well, those guys updated three of their old apps to have multiplayer via Game Center, so I re-downloaded my copy of Cro-Mag Rally to try it out. 
 
 Epic Citadel
  Now, did I mention that Pangea updated its old apps? Yeah, well Cro-Mag Rally doesn't look too good. It was an early iPhone game, released in July of 2008, so I guess I shouldn't expect too much in terms of eye-candy. I guess Epic Citadel spoiled me. Actually, bullshit, this game simply doesn't look good. So, how does it play?  
 
 
 
 
  
After about 4 minutes, during which I wrote the first part of this blog post, I was able to find three other people and do a race. It was pretty lo-key, since the maps are fairly large, and not very busy with only three other people. 
 
Apparently there is some type of VoIP chat support, I saw a mic icon in the corner of the screen, and tapping it seemed to raise or lower the game volume. I tried saying stuff, but I guess my fellow racers were focusing on the action rather than the chit-chat.  
 
Asides from the lengthy time it took to find three other people to play with, everything else was very smooth. The interface to look for players, or invite your friends, seems really nice. My only issue is that I have no idea if my friends are free to play a game, which discourages me from sending an invite. If Game Center could let me know if my friends are playing a game, I might feel more inclined about sending them an invite. 
 
I will try Nanosaur 2 next after some more Cro-Mag, so stay tuned.
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Posted by Jayross
Game Center is now out for the iPhone and iPod touch, and while having leaderboard and achievement support is nice, I love multiplayer. 
 
Pangea Software (the people who made those Nanosaur that shipped with the old macs), well, those guys updated three of their old apps to have multiplayer via Game Center, so I re-downloaded my copy of Cro-Mag Rally to try it out. 
 
 Epic Citadel
  Now, did I mention that Pangea updated its old apps? Yeah, well Cro-Mag Rally doesn't look too good. It was an early iPhone game, released in July of 2008, so I guess I shouldn't expect too much in terms of eye-candy. I guess Epic Citadel spoiled me. Actually, bullshit, this game simply doesn't look good. So, how does it play?  
 
 
 
 
  
After about 4 minutes, during which I wrote the first part of this blog post, I was able to find three other people and do a race. It was pretty lo-key, since the maps are fairly large, and not very busy with only three other people. 
 
Apparently there is some type of VoIP chat support, I saw a mic icon in the corner of the screen, and tapping it seemed to raise or lower the game volume. I tried saying stuff, but I guess my fellow racers were focusing on the action rather than the chit-chat.  
 
Asides from the lengthy time it took to find three other people to play with, everything else was very smooth. The interface to look for players, or invite your friends, seems really nice. My only issue is that I have no idea if my friends are free to play a game, which discourages me from sending an invite. If Game Center could let me know if my friends are playing a game, I might feel more inclined about sending them an invite. 
 
I will try Nanosaur 2 next after some more Cro-Mag, so stay tuned.