Spider Jack

Spider Jack

Version: 1.2
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DESCRIPTION
Spider Jack is an addictive game of skill where your mission is to reach the flies that are caught in the webs – and eat them.

With a feel of Cut the Rope about it, Spider Jack is laid out of a series of increasingly difficult, one-screen levels. You touch an anchor point in order to throw a web at it, then you must swing and cut the web at the right time in order to land onto the fly.

Spider Jack starts off very simply, and the first few levels are more like tutorials. However, before too long things get very complicated, as multiple anchor points and electrocution machines are introduced. Each level challenges you to collect up-to three stars, which can be very tricky.

The presentation of Spider Jack is excellent, with fun graphics and an upbeat soundtrack that won’t leave your head for hours after you’ve finished playing.

It can be frustratingly difficult at times, but Spider Jack is nevertheless an addictive and fun game to play.

Categories: Arcade
May
13

Smash Cops Heat for iPad

Smash Cops Heat for iPad

Version: 1.01.02
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DESCRIPTION
Smash Cops Heat for iPad is an arcade game where you take part in high speed police chases to try and take down criminals.

The gameplay in Smash Cops Heat for iPad is extremely simple. You control a police cruiser in a high speed chase where you have to ram criminals into submission. There are powerups in the form of instant ramming and invincibility.

While the gameplay of Smash Cops Heat for iPad is simple, it’s also challenging. Your car gets damaged while hitting the suspect as well as anything else in the game. Deplete your health bar and your car will disintegrate into a fiery blaze. Players will have to manage how aggressive they are with ramming the suspect. Hitting cars from behind won’t do much damage. Smash Cops Heat for iPad rewards players who ram suspects from the sides to flip them, causing massive damage.

While there are powerups in the game, you’ll have to purchase them with real money once you run out. Smash Cops Heat for iPad is free to play so in-app purchases are expected. Still, it’d be nice to not have to rely on paying for powerups throughout the game.

There are different mission types in Smash Cops Heat for iPad. There are traditional chases and escort missions. Escort missions are extremely difficult to master as you’re constantly being rammed and chased by multiple enemies.

The most frustrating thing about Smash Cops Heat for iPad are its controls. You control your driving by placing your finger behind the police cruiser. Swipe left to turn right and swipe right to turn left. This control scheme is very counter intuitive and you’ll often find your hand blocking yourself when trying to pull off a tricky maneuver. The ram button is also at the very top left corner, making it impossible to play this game on the iPad without placing it flat on a surface.

Overall, Smash Cops Heat for iPad is a fun game but its frustrating controls and difficult gameplay may turn off some users.

Categories: Arcade
May
12

Super Hexagon

Super Hexagon

Version: 1.2
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DESCRIPTION
Super Hexagon is a tough game. It’s got really simple controls – you spin the a dot to the left or right, to make sure it avoids the walls of a spinning and fast maze that approaches. It’s accompanied by a thumping chiptunes soundtrack, which pulses in time with the frantic gameplay.
Super Hexagon is really original, but the tough gameplay harks back to the early days of arcade gaming, which is not a bad thing.

Categories: Arcade
May
10

ZombieSmash

ZombieSmash

Version: 1.07
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DESCRIPTION
ZombieSmash is a Tower Defense-style iPhone game where your mission is to eradicate an invasion of flesh-eating monsters.

There’s something about iPhones and zombies that goes together very well. Games such as Zombie Farm, Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies, and Plants Vs Zombies have all proved very popular on the App Store. ZombieSmash is another excellent ghoul-busting game for iPhone, in which you need to flick the evil undead to send them packing.

The zombies in ZombieSmash 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: 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.

The graphics in ZombieSmash 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 are also very funny.

The trouble with ZombieSmash 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.

Categories: Arcade
May
09

Rhythm Racer 2 HD

Rhythm Racer 2 HD

Version: 1.1.0
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DESCRIPTION
Rhythm Racer 2 HD is a high octane spaceship racing game where the aim is to make music as you whiz around the track.

The gameplay in Rhythm Racer 2 HD is kind of a cross between F-Zero and Guitar Hero. The aim of the game is to hit the colored beats that appear in time with the music. Steering is done simply by tilting the iPad left and right.

Although there is little variation between the tracks, Rhythm Racer 2 HD is made more interesting by the inclusion of jumps, hoops, and the ability to rack up combos. There are three difficulty levels, of which the first two are pretty easy to master, while the third can be insanely tough. You can adjust the steering sensitivity, which can also help to make the game easier or more difficult.

Thrilling graphics

Visually, Rhythm Racer 2 HD is a real treat. The futuristic backdrops are breathtaking, and the impression of speed you get from the slick animation is dizzying at times.

And the music? Well, the artists whose tracks are featured in Rhythm Racer 2 HD aren’t exactly household names, but the songs certainly rock, and suit the intensity of the game. The only problem is that there are just four tracks included in Rhythm Racer 2 HD, which seems a bit tight.

Once you get bored of these songs, you can pay to download more, including material from The Prodigy, Boston, The Crystal Method, and Edgar Winter. The selection of tracks in the Rhythm Racer 2 HD download store is a little paltry at the moment. However, the developer promises new additions very soon, including stuff from The All American Rejects, The Kaiser Chiefs, and The Airborne Toxic Event.

Categories: Action
May
08

Titanic Rescue

Titanic Rescue

Version: 1.13
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DESCRIPTION
If you were as sad as me when Leonardo Di Caprio died at the end of Titanic, then here’s your chance to rewrite history.

Titanic Rescue is a free game from the makers of the excellent Traffic Rush game. The object of the game is to save the passengers aboard the famous doomed liner. You do this by flicking them from their position in the portholes onto the lifeboats that are floating past beneath.

The controls in Titanic Rescue are very easy to master, which makes it instantly playable and instantly addictive. You simply hold your finger on a passenger and flick them into the air. Besides being a good aim, you’ll also need to be accurate with your timing, because if one of the trembling passengers hits the water, you lose one of your five lives.

Titanic Rescue’s graphics aren’t exactly mind-blowing, and although they are colourful, they’re not very detailed. The sound is good fun though, thanks to a combination of catchy background music and hilarious voices and sound effects.

Categories: Arcade
May
07

Egg Punch

Egg Punch

Version: 1.1.0
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DESCRIPTION
Egg Punch is a family friendly mini-golf game.

Players have to guide an egg around the course, collecting feathers and gaining points as they head toward the goal.

Egg Punch contains a very simple 3D polygon visual style focusing on mimicking a kid’s cartoon. It works perfectly for the game. The audio also borrows from the same theme in each of the stylized levels.

The gameplay in Egg Punch only requires one-touch aiming and power. Players pull away from the intended direction, adding power to the roll. Depending on the environment, the egg will bounce and react to the level as it moves along its course. The variety of levels add different challenges, but the store in Egg Punch contains some great power-ups.

While Egg Punch may not gain the interest of players looking for impressive graphics, the game is perfect for children. It is silently educational, teaching them about angles and geometry.

Egg Punch contains six worlds each with nine levels. There is a substantial amount of content and replayability to try to gain gold medals in each level.

Egg Punch is a great family game on iOS.

Categories: Arcade
May
06

Oldschool Blocks

Oldschool Blocks

Version: 1.8
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DESCRIPTION
Oldschool Blocks is a game for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that is reminiscent of arcade games of decades past.

Much like other arcade games for the iPhone, Oldschool Blocks is built on an interface of bright colors and fun action sounds. The object of the game is to bounce a ball off the paddle you control at the bottom of the screen and hit colored blocks in the air above you. If you’re unable to catch the ball on its downward bounce, it will fall into the abyss below and you’ll lose a life.

Oldschool Blocks also have a few other key objects that fall from the sky once you hit blocks. These include clocks, stars and large green balls that split into additional playing pieces to name a few. Oldschool Blocks employs a touch screen maneuvering system that’s a little hard to deal with at first. Once you get the hang of it, though, the fun will really start to begin! Plus, if you end up losing all your lives, Oldschool Blocks keeps track of the level you were last at so you can start from there again, although it doesn’t actually keep a record of your previous scores.

The only gripe we had with Oldschool Blocks is that you can’t turn the screen horizontally. Some users might find holding their mobile device vertically while playing a little hard to get used to.

Oldschool Blocks really does bring back the spirit of arcade games from yesteryear, which will be a delight for both adults and younger players alike.

Categories: Arcade
May
05

LEGO City My City

LEGO City My City

Version: 1.0.1
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DESCRIPTION
Sort out your city
Lego City is not one set game, but instead seven different mini games spread out over your city. The games include rescuing stranded fishermen in shark-infested waters, putting out fires in residential buildings, and racing formula cars. It’s a nice touch that Lego City offers so many different game types and it’s especially impressive that it’s in a free game.

Throughout these levels you collect gold coins but their purpose isn’t clearly explained which is apart of a larger issue: the game is lacking clear instructions regarding game goals. For example, I assume that the gold coins unlock higher difficulty settings, but the game doesn’t make it explicitly clear. No where does it say the number of coins that are needed to unlock the levels or even if that’s what the coins go towards. Stuff like that doesn’t take away from the gaming experience itself, but it certainly detracts from replay value.

Unfortunately the game has a considerable amount of glitches: on two different levels my character or vehicle fell out of the map and the round needed to be quit.
Running, driving, and flying!
Before each game, a small picture located at the bottom of the screen indicates the controls. Some of the controls are far too simplistic, such as the racing game which only requires you to press your finger on the screen. Others are very difficult and not particularly responsive, like the cops and robbers game type which requires you to use an on screen joystick and tap a handcuff button at the correct time to catch the criminal.

Overall, about half of the games have clumsy controls which also include driving scenarios where you must tilt your phone to control your vehicle. Unfortunately, the controls in Lego City My City get in the way of enjoying the game.

The game’s saving grace
The graphics for Lego City are the game’s strongest points. Character models look sharp and not blocky (ha!) or pixelated. Like the popular Lego console games, the block men and women have comical facial expressions that regularly change. The sound for the game features brass-backed music, vehicle sound effects, and a gibberish language for the Lego characters. The sound effects for the vehicles are realistic that feature tires screeching and helicopters humming.
Quantity over quality
Lego City My City has excellent graphics but levels are too short and it has inexcusable glitches for a game about such a popular brand as Lego. However kids are likely to look over these errors and still enjoy the game.
Notes
Clicking download will bring you to the iTunes app store, from where you can download and install the game.

Categories: Arcade
May
03

Crazy Penguin Catapult 2

Crazy Penguin Catapult 2

Version: 1.1.13
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DESCRIPTION
Ever had the urge to just get a huge slingshot and Buy RS3 GP fire penguins from it? Yes, so have I. That’s why I was so interested to try out Crazy Penguin Catapult 2, a game where you get the chance to help these normally flightless birds take to the sky.

The object of Crazy Penguin Catapult 2 is to help the blundering birds rescue their friends from the evil polar bears. Before the start of each level you need to select your army, which you do by firing a catapult up a mountain. You’ll need to time each launch perfectly so that each penguin makes it to the top without hitting his head or flying backwards. The more of your ‘soldiers’ you get across the better chance you’ll stand in the main level.

In each level you need to destroy a given number of polar bears. You do this through the use of flying penguins, who are cannoned over the top of the bears. Tap the screen when you want him to dive-bomb and any polar bears the penguin hits on the way down will be eliminated. Of course, it’s not quite as straightforward as this, and there are all sorts of traps, ice blocks, buttons and levers to content with that help add some spice to the gameplay.

Crazy Penguin Catapult 2 is nicely presented, and has the excellent cutesy graphics from the first game, along with jolly music and funny sound effects.

I think this is a good game for kids, but hardcore iPhone gamers may find Crazy Penguin Catapult 2 a little too easy, especially in this free version, where you’re limited to just five levels. In fact, it only took me 15 minutes to complete the whole thing.

Categories: Adventure
May
02
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