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Beat Hazard Ultra – Play Your Music And Have A Blast Too

Beat Hazard Ultra by Cold Beam Games is an auditory and visually stunning experience.  You fly a ship in a confined area destroying asteroids and ships while gathering powerups to make the music louder and your vessel stronger.  Oh yeah—and all of this is generated by your music, or the music of one of the available Internet radio stations.

Beat Hazard Ultra analyzes the music from your iDevice library to create a playing experience that corresponds to the peaks of your chosen song, and this works incredibly well.  The visualizer in the background gains intensity as your song does.  Then more enemies spawn, and the screen goes crazy!  It’s frantic, hectic fun.  I’ve played music from “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys, to “The Seed (2.0)” by The Roots, and every song has proven to be different in terms of what the game sends your way.  And all of them have been enjoyable to play this way—there rarely is a complete lull in action, the game creates a challenging progression of enemies for each song.

The audio is clearly awesome, but how are the controls?  They’re amazing, because they’re very customizable.  You can play it as a dual-stick shooter, or use one stick, and choose between floating and fixed, as well as change the size.  All you need to do is try a few things and one of the options will work out perfectly.  Honestly, the controls feel as responsive to me as they do when I play the computer version using my gamepad or keyboard and mouse.

The game has a few modes: standard, survival, boss rush, and chill out.  They’re all pretty self-explanatory, and all very fun.  If you play well you are rewarded with points to spend on perks that can alter your game and customize it to fit your needs.  If you die a lot, you can purchase a perk that gives you two extra lives.

Likes:

Graphics: These are fun and exciting.  The visualizations that take place in the background based on your music make the gameplay more exciting, and are just plain cool to watch.  The ships and asteroids are all very well designed.

Controls: Completely customizable to your needs.  What more could you ask for?

Concept: The overall experience of this game is awesome.  Being able to play your music is incredible—because you can choose songs you like and then add another element of fun.

Modes and Perks: The standard mode is enough, but the other modes create more depth, as do the perks.

Dislikes:

Radio Stations Available: This is a stretch, I truly don’t dislike anything about the game, because they have is good, but more customizable experiences here could be nice.

Beat Hazard Ultra has been flawlessly ported to the iDevices.  The core gameplay is still a blast, and the visualizations are phenomenal.  What surprised me are the controls—they work perfectly once you find what works for you.  Definitely a “Must Have,” and I whole-heartedly recommend picking it up.

Beat Hazard Ultra was developed by Cold Beam Games, and I played through version 1.4 on my iPod Touch 3G.  The current price is $1.99.

Namco Holds Thanksgiving Sale

Namco, the developers and publishers of games such as Pac-Man and Galaga, have put on sale some of their most popular games for Thanksgiving.  The sale prices range anywhere from $0.99 to $2.99, and I’ve bolded the games that I personally recommend above the others (please note I haven’t played all of the games mentioned, so there may be some hidden gems that I just haven’t tried out yet).

The sale starts today and will end on November 28th 11:59 PM PST, so be sure to pick them up anything you’re interested in before time runs out.

‘Cut the Rope’ Receiving Yet Another Update, Plush Toys Coming Soon as Well

Cut the Rope, the very successful iPhone puzzler published by Chillingo, will be receiving a new 1.4 update in the coming months, which includes 25 new levels, a new character, and all-new gameplay mechanics that challenge the players to bounce the sweets into Om Nom’s mouth.

Along with that, the new update promises the introduction of the Star Key, which allows you to unlock future level boxes.  There are also hidden drawings within each box, and once found, you can post them on Facebook; the update also includes the ability to choose what type of candy you want to play with — donuts, cupcakes, and hard candy.

In other news, Chillingo and Zepto Labs have announced the upcoming arrival of Cut the Rope plush toys for all those Cut the Rope fans out there.  These will be arriving sometime in September through online gift and specialty stores.

If you haven’t picked up Cut the Rope yet, be sure to check out our thorough review of the game.  It is available now for $0.99 on the iPhone and $1.99 on iPad.

Halfbot’s ‘The Blocks Cometh’ Receives Huge Update, Robots and Humans Rejoice

The Blocks Cometh, a classic Flash game made iOS game, has received a significant update, one that should bring smiles to all who have been playing around with this game.

Added in this new update are as follows:

  • Landscape mode: play the game in landscape
  • Arcade and Casual modes: These two modes introduce a life system that helps extend Gameplay and bring a new dimension to the game. Casual mode offers players a less aggressive experience, while the hardcore fans will get challenged to new heights in Arcade mode.
  • 4 new characters to unlock
  • Now with more than 30 achievements
  • In-app purchases — Gamebot mode: Play The Blocks Cometh like it’s 1989! This mode offers players a complete throw back to the old school handheld consoles. Complete with all new retro art, soundtrack and the custom Gamebot skin.
  • Unlock all characters (in-app purchase)
  • Bug fixes and optimizations

The update should be live on the App Store now; if not, abusing that refresh button shouldn’t hurt.

And if you just happened to miss The Blocks Cometh, be sure to check out our review of the game.  It’s currently available for $0.99.

All of the Real Racing Games on Sale, Drive as Crazily as You Want for Less Money

The sheer sound of the name Real Racing gets me creating all types of images and words in my mind: awesome, realistic, graphically ground-breaking… the list can go on and on and on.

And if you haven’t been a part of this ground-breaking experience yet, Firemint has made it a little less of a pop to your wallet by putting its Real Racing games on a sale of up to 80%.

The original Real Racing is $0.99, the HD version is $1.99; Real Racing 2 is put at $4.99, and Real Racing 2 HD at $5.99.  In my personal opinion, if you have an iPad, I suggest just picking up Real Racing 2 HD, as it’s one of the most technologically-advanced game out so far, along with the fact that it will support the mirror display feature once iOS 5 is released.

And if you own an iPhone, you really cannot go wrong with Real Racing 2, although the original Real Racing is still quite a steal at $0.99.

And if you’re still not convinced, be sure to check out our reviews on the Real Racing titles.