May 13th, 2014
Not all cowboys in the old west used guns you know. A little known fact is that many of them use catapults to keep their cattle in check – as you’ll realize when you play Slingshot Cowboy.
This fun free iPhone game charges you with the task of hitting as many cows as you can with rocks fired from a slingshot. You control your weapon by pulling back on the elastic with your finger then releasing. To aim higher and reach the cows that are furthest away you need to tilt your phone up to raise the trajectory. If you find the controls a little difficult at first then try the ‘Target’ mode, which makes things easier by showing you where the missile will go.
You score points in Slingshot Cowboy according to how much damage you do to the cow and the distance that the cow is away from you. You can only progress to the next level once you’ve filled the points meter at the top. There is enough variety between levels to keep Slingshot Cowboy enjoyable for some time, and I especially like the Stampede mode between each main level, which sees you trying to fend off a series of bulls that come hurtling towards you at high speed.
In terms of its presentation, Slingshot Cowboy has bright, cartoon style graphics with some fun sound effects thrown in. Unfortunately, the Country music soundtrack that loops through the game becomes very annoying very quickly.
Overall though, Slingshot Cowboy is an enjoyable and highly addictive game for wannabe rustlers of all ages.
May 12th, 2014
Ski on Neon is an addictive skill game in which you need to jump as high as you can to succeed.
Anyone who has played Tiny Wings before will be instantly familiar with the gameplay of Ski on Neon. Hold your finger down to crouch and gain speed while going downhill, then release it when you’re going up the other side to gain air. Timing is everything in Ski on Neon, and the game is very tricky. You’ll need lots of practice in order to master it.
Gameplay in Ski on Neon is more varied than in Tiny Wings. There are several different game modes and challenges, each set over different levels. There’s even a ‘pass-and-play’ multiplayer mode which lets you involve your friends in the fun.
Graphically, Ski on Neon isn’t that exciting. The neon effects are well produced but it gets a bit boring to look at all that black, and there’s little variation between levels except for the color of the lines, which change every time you play.
There are some small things about Ski on Neon that we’d like to be improved. There’s no pause button to freeze the in-game action and you can’t restart a level until it’s finished, which gets frustrating if you know you won’t make it anyway. Also, the jump-o-meter doesn’t display the height of your previous jump, and always resets itself to zero straight away, so you never know if you’ve made the target or not until the end of the level.
Ski on Neon is an addictive and very challenging iOS game that will frustrate and excite you in equal measure!
May 10th, 2014
Pocket God: Journey To Uranus is less a God-RPG and more a set of fun mini-games
Pocket God: Journey to Uranus from Bolt Creative is the follow up to the popular Pocket God. Designed as a universal app, Pocket God: Journey to Uranus has players still acting like a God archetype controlling the life spans of the pygmies that inhabit the island.
How Pocket God: Journey To Uranus changes the gameplay with touch controls is by having players pull pygmies into space where they can visit different planets and play new mini-games.
While pygmies are plentiful outside of the mini-games, there is a limited life during the various different mini-games of the planets. Intelligently using the accelerometer and touch controls, each of the games is different and uses separate mechanics.
The newest update is called Decapithon and requires players to kill various types of zombie pygmies that are on Earth. Armed with unlimited hatchets, players will guide their pygmy and dismember the zombie pygmies in a fun side-scrolling arcade game. Tilting the device will move the pygmy left and right with dedicated jump buttons. Players attack by touching the zombie which will cause the hatchet-armed player pygmy to hurl them at the zombie pygmy.
Combining small platformer gameplay with touch screen attacks is fun and challenging. The main frustration is that the tilt movement is difficult with the size of the iPad and is not as intuitive or easy. While success is possible, more mistakes are made than with a smaller iOS device.
The visual style of Pocket God: Journey To Uranus remains the same from the original with crisper graphics and the sound is also very similar. Bolt Creative solidified the style of the series with Pocket God: Journey to Uranus even with the various new updates.
There are five previous updates that are included with Episode 6 Decapithon and the mini-games are polished and challenging.
May 9th, 2014
Personally, whenever I go to a theme park I’m usually the one who volunteers to stay at the bottom and look after the bags. I did manage to pluck up the courage to install Rollercoaster Rush on my iPhone though.
The aim of Rollercoaster Rush is to get your carriage from the start of the track to the finish without derailing it. Your only means of doing this is by tapping the right side of the iPhone to accelerate and the left side to brake. The scoring system is based on the happiness of the passengers on the coaster, and it fluctuates depending on the speeds you reach, loop-the-loops passed, jump heights, etc.
Graphics-wise, Rollercoaster Rush is pretty impressive. The rollercoaster physics are very realistic and the impression of speed you get from the animation is authentic enough to scare you a little. The sound effects in Rollercoaster Rush are fabulous, and the developer has managed to get that fear-inducing roar of the metal tracks just right.
This free edition of Rollercoaster Rush features seven tracks to tackle and you need to ensure that you pass through each without falling off to progress to the next.
Unfortunately Rollercoaster Rush was not the white-knuckle, thrill-a-minute game I was anticipating. After the first couple of levels I was very impressed, but the action quickly become repetitive. Even though new obstacles, loops and jumps are added with every new level, there’s no getting away from the fact that all you’re doing is pressing either accelerate or brake the whole time. Perhaps if there were the ability to use tilt the iPhone to control the rollercoaster and do more tricks then the game would be better.
May 8th, 2014
ZombieSmash HD is a Tower Defense-style iPad game where your mission is to eradicate an invasion of flesh-eating monsters..
The zombies in ZombieSmash HD attack your house from both sides, so you need to get used to using both thumbs to flick them away. The further you flick the little monsters, the more likely they are to die straight away. There are different kinds of the undead to deal with but thankfully there are lots of weapons and power-ups to collect to help you out.
There are three different game modes in ZombieSmash HD: Campaign, Endless Siege and Sandbox. In the campaign mode, you need to survive night after night of zombie attacks in order to progress through the game. Endless siege, which is locked at first, is a never-ending flicking free-for-all. Sandbox allows you to set up your own games, experiment with weapons and summon as many or as few zombies as you like. Do well enough at ZombieSmash HD and you’ll be able to unlock bonus nights to play.
The graphics in ZombieSmash HD are great fun. Expect lots of heads popping off, limbs being tossed around and loads of blood. The sound effects that accompany these grizzly deaths in ZombieSmash HD are also very funny.
The trouble with ZombieSmash HD is that essentially the gameplay doesn’t alter. All you are doing is flicking your finger around the screen. Not only does this get a bit boring after a while, but your thumbs will start really aching.
May 7th, 2014
The life of a stuntman
You control a stuntman named Johnny whose goal is to collect as many gold coins as possible. He does this by riding his bike onto ramps, through pipes, over boats, and a variety of vehicles. In order to progress to higher levels you must collect a certain amount of gold coins. Overall, the tone of Fail Hard is light-hearted and displays cheesy jokes on loading screens.
Much of Fail Hard comes down to trial and error: you’ll crash a few times just to figure out where are all the stars are located and how to reach them. This isn’t particularly annoying and it’s nice that Fail Hard doesn’t force you to make inapp purchases to play for long periods of time.
How to play
The controls are straight-forward in Fail Hard as there are only three buttons to press: throttle (move forward), brake, and jump. The brake and jump buttons are located on the left side of the screen while throttle is on the right. There is also a button that allows to skip forward if you don’t feel like watching Johnny finishing crashing.
How it looks
The graphics for Fail Hard are fairly basic, but colorful; objects have a cartoonish blocky look to them. In keeping with the light-hearted nature of the game, the sounds effects are comical and include people chuckling, cheering and jeering as you crash your bike.
Fail Hard doesn’t bring much new to the table, however it still provides a decent time-killer.
May 6th, 2014
Penguin Airborne is a game app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that lets you chase other penguins to the ground in an all-out free-fall.
The object with Penguin Airborne is to get to the ground the quickest without actually splatting into it. It’s a fun contrast to Angry Birds, where you’re actually trying specifically to hit a target with your birds. Entirely touch screen activated, you play one of the the Penguin Airborne penguins who is free-falling against four other birds. Simply tap the screen to get started, wait for the countdown to end, and then tap the screen to jump once you’re prompted to “Go!” If you tap the screen too early, you’re caught in a block of ice you need to get out of, usually leaving you well in the other birds’ dust.
Activating your parachute with Penguin Airborne requires another simple tap. As you freefall, you collect points for style and grabbing star-shaped objects on the way down. Penguin Airborne’s first level gives you a hint on when to activate your parachute, while all other levels leave you guessing. If you don’t activate it in time, you end up hitting the ground with a thud. If you do manage to make it safely to the ground but in last place, a missile will swoop down and kill you anyway.
Penguin Airborne is a game of elimination. Every round kills off another bird. The last one standing rises up the ranks and gets to move on to the next level.
While fun, Penguin Airborne can get a little repetitive from time to time. Still, it’s a fun game to learn and definitely challenging to start out with.
May 5th, 2014
Metal Slug 3 is a classic arcade game that recreates the amazing gameplay of the original.
The Metal Slug series is one of the best side-scrolling arcade shooters available. Originally on the NEOGEO and ported to various other devices, the game is now on iOS. The game accurately recreates the same experience that existed when the original game released.
Visuals in Metal Slug 3 are 16-bit sprite-based action. The graphics are exactly like the original. With additional options for aspect ratio and scanlines, Metal Slug 3 is like the original. Expect lots of bullets and effects flying across the screen. Metal Slug 3 does have some frame rate slowdown when there is a lot of animation onscreen however.
Metal Slug 3’s gameplay uses a virtual joystick and the three buttons to throw grenades, shoot your guns, and jump. The game is among the first that actually accurately aims weapons, and it is possible to fire in all eight directions. The action buttons are also responsive. Jumping and shooting are no problem, and it is even possible to jump and fire in the opposite direction.
The controls in Metal Slug 3 needed to be precise because the game throws a lot of enemies at you at once. The only problem is that the joystick area is a little small and it is possible to miss the joystick motion. The vertical levels in Metal Slug 3 are also a lot more difficult to maneuver.
Offering multiplayer through Bluetooth and a Mission Mode on top of the Arcade Mode, Metal Slug 3 has a lot of replayability. Metal Slug 3 is not the easiest game and requires some memorization when moving through levels, but it is one of the best arcade games ever.
Metal Slug 3 is a must-have game for arcade fans.
May 3rd, 2014
Agent Dash is an addictive Temple Run clone that adds fun cartoon styling and quirky characters.
If you’re familiar with RS 3 Gold the popular Temple Run game, then you’ll feel at home playing Agent Dash. While gameplay is exactly the same, Agent Dash differentiates itself with quirky characters and fun power ups like jetpacks, parachutes, and “bullet time.” Agent Dash also adds Facebook integration so you can challenge your friends and keep track of their scores.
The premise is simple: run and collect diamonds to unlock powers, characters, and one-time-use aids. Being a free-to-play game, you can use real money to buy in game items. There is a trend in the mobile gaming industry of moving to the free-to-play business model and some games have been ruined because of constant nags to spend money.
Thankfully, Agent Dash doesn’t nag you constantly to spend real money, although the impatient will probably do so. You can buy more diamonds to unlock in-game items but players who don’t want to spend money won’t be punished. It will just take longer to unlock things but it will be good practice gathering diamonds in the game anyway.
Agent Dash is an addictive arcade running game with tons of unlockables, characters, and achievements that will keep players coming back for more.
May 2nd, 2014
Flying Cyrus – Wrecking Ball is RS 3 Gold yet another Flappy Bird clone designed to fill the gaping hole that the disappearance of the original has left. Developers Talo have decided to up the ante, however, by incorporating the likeness of everyone’ favorite bad girl, Miley Cyrus into the mix.
If you’ve played the original, you’ll know the score with Flying Cyrus – Wrecking Ball: tap the screen to keep Cyrus’ slobbering head afloat and able to navigate the obstacles. One crash and it’s all over.