Posted on Feb 21, 2011 under iphone |
As a child, I found those giant model dinosaurs that fill museums across the world simultaneously frightening and fascinating.
My young mind was unable to identify the lack of movement and the peeling paint as evidence that the dinosaur wasn’t able to eat me, or do any of the other amazing things that dinosaurs could do in their day.
BattleNoidz is the ageing model T-Rex of the iOS gaming world. While the initial impression given by the presentation is an awe-inspiring one, stiff movement and cracks in the gameplay belie a title that belongs more in a museum than in your hands.
The ideas behind the game are sound: you control a tiny robot tasked with ferrying items safely back to your ship without being blasted to bits by evil robots. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Feb 17, 2011 under iphone |
You don’t have to go back far to remember the last major volcanic eruption on planet Earth. Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull halted trans-Atlantic air travel and dominated the headlines as a freak of nature, despite the fact that eruptions occur all the time.
It’s a point to consider amid the bombast surrounding Volcano Escape. This undeniably great-looking game might seem like something fresh, but it’s ultimately just another jumping game.
Slick graphics is the game’s only claim to fame, whereas floaty controls and a lack of options make it less desirable than the leagues of jumping games that have come before it.
As one of six visitors to a remote tropical island, you’re sacrificed in an erupting volcano by a tribe of natives. Using a virtual analogue stick and ‘jump’ button, you have to flee from the rising lava by hopping rocky platforms. Of course, there’s no escape – the game continues until you finally succumb to the fiery sludge. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Feb 14, 2011 under iphone |
They say it’s a man’s world, but in the case of Wild Frontier’s Chris Noah, he’s not the one wearing the trousers.
Instead, his feisty girlfriend Lamia is the one calling the shots, so when she announces she’s boarding a ship in search of a new continent, Chris reluctantly tags along.
When the ship is wrecked and the two lovebirds arrive in a new and mysterious land, the adventurous Lamia is forced to break up with the inexperienced Chris, kick-starting the events of what is easily one of the most appealing and unique action role-playing games to hit iPhone in some time.
We’ve been critical of the genre in the past, citing the repetitive gameplay, poor translations, and fetch quest gameplay that typifies this particular breed of role-player. With that in mind, high hopes were not in evidence when approaching Wild Frontier, but I’ve come away pleasantly surprised. Read the rest of this entry »