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Tilt to Live HD Review: When Inconspicuous Dots Attack, Act II

One Man Left is notorious for their crazy addictive title Tilt to Live, with tons of achievements and different game modes to keep you going.  Among all of the features, weapons are one of the key motivating factors for unlocking achievements and, as the more achievements you collect the more weapons you unlock.

As for controls, all of it is done by tilting the device using the accelerometer, and while it would be nice if it auto-calibrated, it shouldn’t be a problem for people playing the game in a normal sitting position.

Also, from what I see, the additional three game modes will be available as DLC, unlike the iPhone version that has all four available for $2.99.  Some may see this as nothing different, but for me personally, it’s made me love again.

Likes

Addictive factor: I’ve never really been addicted to the iPhone version of the game; after playing the first version, I deleted it because I didn’t find it all that appealing.  Of course, that was before all the new game modes and a gameplay change to motivate you to earn achievements and unlock new weapons.

Attack of the dots: Game balance is perfect, with dots taking not too long to start appearing in swarms.  But it’s not like it’s overwhelming too fast; in fact, the beginning takes enough time for the player to get situated.  Basically, the game balancing is absolutely perfect.  And the band that’s playing on Sunday night football says it perfectly, “Baby, I like it.”

Weapons: Each weapon brings a new level of creativity, with bombs, wave lasers, frost bombs, and more.

Dislikes

Tilt-calibration: This is a problem with the iPhone version as well, but it would be much more comfortable if it auto-calibrated on its own rather than choosing four different options.  Just more convenient that way.

Tilt to Live HD is as fun as it was on the iPhone; I actually forgot how much fun this game was until reliving the experience on a larger estate.  There really isn’t much to dislike about Tilt to Live HD, and if you’ve got the iPhone version, it’s still safe to say that you should pick up its HD counterpart.

Tilt to Live HD was developed by One Man Left, and I played through version 1.0 on my iPad.  The game is available for free, with the ability to unlock the rest of the game for $3.99.


Mad O Ball 3D: Marble Rolling Fun?

Marble rolling puzzle games can be quite challenging and fun, but they can also be very frustrating for practically the same reasons if the controls are not just right.  Mad O Ball 3D brings marble rolling to the iDevices by using accelerometer controls to tilt and guide the marble through a variety of levels and challenges.

Likes

Good puzzles: If you’re looking for a challenge this is it. There are a variety of tracks that will drive you nuts (but that’s not necessarily a bad thing is it?) but you keep coming back because you know it’s completable.

Almost catchy music: The custom soundtrack is a little annoying at first but it does grow on you and really adds a lot of charm to the game.

Dislikes

Bland backgrounds: The 3D environments around the tracks are not very colorful or particularly detailed. Whether this is intentional or not is hard to say. It seems like the background art was cut to save development time and costs, but it is also equally possible that it was done so that the game can run on the lower powered first and second gen iDevices that simply don’t have the processing capacity.  At least they don’t distract in any way from the puzzle at hand.  Although some might argue (myself included) that the distraction is an added layer of difficulty that the game lacks.

Strict Calibration: If you think you can play this game on the go think again. The game seems to have great difficulty playing in any position other than perfectly flat on a table top. Every time I tried to play the game in a non-horizontal position it simply freaked out and the ball just spun around not knowing where to go. I tried to recalibrate in the desired play position but it was still a no go.

Mad O Ball 3D is a tough one to rate. There are some interesting puzzles in the game that can be a tough challenge if that’s what your looking for, but there is a lot of little things that detract from it that leave me feeling that I should probably not recommend it.  If you’re still interested I would suggest trying out the lite version and see for yourself.

Mad O Ball 3D was developed by Tommaso Lintrami, and I played through version 1.0.2 of the game on my iPod Touch 3G (OS 3.1.2).  The current price point of the game is $3.99.


ESPN Pinball for iPad Review: Step up your game, Disney

I’m a huge American football fan, particularly when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets.  So the name ESPN isn’t an unknown name within my mind, and I actually read football news every single day, following up on trades, the draft, and other editorials around the site.

But one part of the site that I rarely visit is the ESPN Arcade, a place where sports games live.  Of course, I’m not at all familiar with the environment in the ESPN Arcade, but from what I see from the App Store offerings, I think I’ll just keep it like that.  The only factor that impressed me were the visuals; otherwise, it’s best to go hunting for a different pinball game.

Likes

Visuals: The bright, 3D visuals were impressive, and I thought they were well done.  It didn’t feel like an actual pinball table, but it drew you into the game, and all the lights definitely added to the “party” atmosphere.

Dislikes

Physics: Pinball physics, in my opinions, is the most important part of a pinball simulator.  Because if the physics suck, then it fails to be a simulator as it feels far from reality.  The physics in ESPN Pinball are absolutely horrendous, and when you expect the ball to bounce high off an obstruction, you find it just slowly falling toward your paddles.  The physics were far from accurate, and I found the pinball doing so many unexpected things.

Missions: The missions are unclear, and I don’t exactly have a clue of what I’m doing.  There might not even be any missions, which would make this pinball simulator a flush down the toilet.  It would be nice to make the missions a bit more obvious, and they could have some question or help section addressing this.  For now, I’m playing this game with no clue on what to do; only to keep the pinball out.

ESPN Pinball is a beauty on the outside, but a horrendous, evil, ugly, and confusing game on the inside.  This is one of the worst pinball sims I’ve ever played, and with horrid physics and unknown missions, I can’t recommend this game to anyone.  I don’t care if it’s on the iPad, this game is horrible.

ESPN Pinball was published by Walt Disney, and I played through version 1.0 on my iPad.  The price is $3.99.


Chillingo iPad Games: Radio Flare Redux, Cogs, and More

The iPad is nearing its release; actually, it’s coming out tomorrow.  April 3rd is the magical day for the release of the magical device, and Apple has jump started the gun by releasing tons and tons of iPad apps onto the App Store.  Notable developers such as Activision and EA Mobile have ported some of their games from the iPhone to the iPad, along with Activision bringing an all new, Geometry Wars: Touch experience onto the iPad.

But what came as a slight surprise for me was Chillingo bringing 14 titles to the iPad.

Here’s a list:

  • Ice Age Deluxe: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (20th Century Fox) – Help Scrat, everyone’s favorite saber-toothed squirrel, capture that elusive acorn in this fun, quirky platform game.  Free updates featuring new game levels will also be available by the end of the month! $4.99
  • Angry Birds HD (Rovio) – The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the green pigs that stole the birds’ eggs in this award-winning, highly addictive puzzle game. $4.99
  • Minigore HD (Mountain Sheep) – Plunge into the tiny shoes of John Gore in this 3D survival shooter where our small hero must protect himself from vicious Furries using his arsenal of deadly weapons. $4.99
  • Cash Cow Deluxe (Riverman Media) – Help Buck the Cow and his friends save the farm in this award-winning, coin-counting puzzle game. With its unique challenges, fantastic graphics and catchy soundtrack, Cash Cow makes your loose change add up to loads of fun. $4.99
  • Cogs HD (Lazy 8 Studios) – Get in gear with this unique steampunk-style puzzle game where players are challenged to build miraculous, 3D machines from a wide array of moving parts. $4.99
  • Radio Flare REDUX HD (studio radiolaris) – Play to the beat in this trendy shooter, as your ship moves and shoots in rhythm. Target enemies and watch them pulsate and explode to the beat of each licensed techno song. $4.99
  • Sneezies HD (Retro Dreamer) – Prepare to be overloaded with cuteness as you drop sneezing powder into a field of floating Sneezies and watch as they sneeze themselves out of their bubbles to form a marvelous chain reaction while you try to rescue them. $4.99
  • Puzzler World XL (Team 3 Games) – With an extensive array of classic games such as Hangman, Fitword, Link-A-Pix, Sudoku and Crossword – in all-new puzzle formats, Puzzler World XL will challenge players with endless entertainment. $7.99
  • BoardBox™ HD (Movile) – Delivers the most graphically rich and realistic looking board game set on iPad. With single and multiplayer game modes of popular games ranging from Chess and Checkers to Reversi and Tic Tac Toe, it will be the only board game you ever need! $3.99
  • Quantz HD (Gamerizon) – Watch colorful spheres explode as you remove them from a cube using the lowest number of matches possible in this new variation of a match-three puzzle game! $4.99
  • Super Shock Football HD (Steamroller Studios) – Tackle, pass and score touchdowns in this vintage, electric vibrating football game that is simple enough for casual gamers, yet deep enough to satisfy hardcore pigskin fans. $4.99
  • GEON HD (Strawdog Studios) – Players compete in this slick, psychedelic puzzle game to collect pellets and deposit them in their opponent’s goal to score while defending their own goal from ruthless attacks. $4.99
  • Sword of Fargoal Legends (Fargoal) – This classic retro game immerses players into a series of deep, dark dungeons in search of a legendary sword. The randomly generated dungeons only reveal themselves once a player explores it and dares you to escape as soon as the sword is found. $7.99
  • Piyo Blocks 2 HD (Big Pixel Studios) – Challenge yourself in this addictive game where you must match as least three of the same color objects in a grid by moving them into an adjacent space. You will never look at blocks the same. $2.99

As the number of iPad apps expand, this is definitely a good place to start when searching for iPad games.  While I haven’t had hands-on time with the iPad yet, I’m definitely looking forward to it.

Cocoto Magic Circus Review: Circus Shmircus

Eurocenter is usually good at bringing solid experiences to the iPhone, whether it be Ace Tennis Online or DinoSmash.  And while they decided to upgrade in the graphical department, they cut out some of the fun in what appears to be an amalgam of circus mini-games.

And while it’ll keep you entertained for a few minutes, there’s nothing else to it.

Likes

Visuals: The visuals are definitely impressive, and the 3D, cartoon look is very appealing to the eyes.  This may just be Eurocenter’s best-looking game, and I was definitely impressed through my first go at Cocoto Magic Circus.

Online: Eurocenter has always been good at this area, as this is their area of expertise.  The online experience is very smooth, I didn’t encounter any bugs, and there are a lot of reasons to play online.  While it didn’t totally pull me in, the online works pretty well.

Dislikes

Repetitive: This is the part of the game that gets me the most.  It’s the same thing over and over again: tap here, tap there.  That was one aspect of the game that turned the lights off for this game, and I wasn’t exactly impressed with it.  It was so repetitive, in fact, that I grueled through the game only for review purposes; if I was playing just for fun, I would have quit within minutes.  I have better things to do than play such a boring game.

Nothing to it: It’s basically the same circus mini-games over and over again.  There’s nothing else to it.  No story mode, no accruing of points, no challenges, no nothing.  I didn’t exactly understand the whole point of the game, and that may be because of one reason: the game is pointless.

Cocoto Magic Circus looks good but plays horribly.  I don’t think I have much more to say on this topic other than the fact that you should save your $3.99 on something else.  The mini-games are far from entertaining, and they’re so repetitive that I deleted the game after 30 minutes.  You want a game that lasts right?  More bang for the buck?  You won’t find it here.

Cocoto Magic Circus was developed by Eurocenter, and I played through version 1.0 on my iPhone 3GS.  The price is $3.99.