Here is a little run down of a few quickie pick up and play style games. Remember though, you might find yourself picking up and playing a lot more than you intended!
Rafter Developer: Emantras Inc. Version: 1.4
This is a game that is challenging and interesting. The basic idea is that there is an area at the top of the game where you draw a shape. This shape, according to how large / wide / round you draw it, will have a certain weight and properties. This then has to fall and hit the red target on the screen. If you hit it, you progress to the next level. Easy peasy hey?
There are 51 levels and it has the potential to become addictive. I say potential because I got stuck a few times so I was a little frustrated and had to put it away and do something else so I would come back to it fresh. Also, although there is a huge element of you planning your moves, some levels seem pure luck and when I got frustrated I just did some ‘crazy’ move and did get lucky. I don’t think this is a negative thing though, I think games should be challenging and this has both elements. (It isn’t so challenging that it becomes unplayable, but it would be nice if maybe 2 levels ahead are unlocked so you could try one then go back to it.)
It will test your problem solving abilities so prepare yourself so some brain ache.
I liked the style of this game, and how it is drawn & looks really well made. You can keep your high scores with OpenFeint, though mine aren’t terribly impressive just yet. Another thing I liked about the game is you can jump straight on and play. “Instant play” lets you just get into it though I do think for your first go it may be worth looking at the instructions. It is described clearly in 3 steps which is great so there will be no confusion.
Super Search 60 Developer: KlickTock Version: 2.0 Just updated March 14th
This one isn’t rocket science but it is fun! You have 60 seconds to search. That’s it!
Simple? Yes, sure it is, but it is actually really fun to try to get a higher and higher score each time, and even better to beat your friends! The faster you find the items the higher your score. There are also Facebook updates if you like that sort of thing. The little drawings are cute, and it can be really frantic if you just can’t see the object it’s asking you to find. I really liked it and enjoyed trying to beat my kids at it. This makes a fun family game too.
The free version grants you time to compete against your friends each week. For those who are totally addicted, the paid version allows you unlimited time to play and smash those high scores.
Project Void Developer: iGotit Version: 1.12
This game is a lot like the idea behind Tetris where you have pieces that need to fit into a certain place, but that is really where the similarity ends. This is a fresh take on it because they give you the completed board and then you have to arrange the pieces into the grid and with as much precision as possible. I’m not brilliant at this game but that’s ok, because it allows you overlap of the shapes and you get some points penalised, but don’t have to start over.
It has 50 stages and they are random so you will play it differently every time. You can play in Casual mode or Time Attack mode and of course you can post your scores online. I liked the look and styling of this app and I think it’s a great attempt at a re-think on a popular style game.
Wow this is a hard game to find! This game seems to be relying on word of mouth in order to spread the word about it. Because of its unusual name it is impossible to find! This is a pretty clever company and they seem to be doing really well with it, they have several interesting and unique apps behind them so it is worth having a look at what else they have made. I am just having a look at this one today but you may like to try some of their others.
…TM Developer: ustwo Version: 1.0
This app we mentioned briefly a few weeks back when we reviewed a similar game. For me this app has a few winning points to it. I like how they are marketing themselves as trying to make a ‘collectable’ app. This is 3rd in a series of 6, and that idea, to take an app and just out that spin on it I found interesting. (Just wish I had more screen space – are you listening Apple?)
I also like their style when they describe their apps, for example this one in the app store is described as….
Tilt dot down the graphical soundscape. Fall for it. Don’t be crushed.
Which is exactly the entire app summed up. All you have to do is tilt the app, and try to survive as long as you can. Another thing I did like about it is that when you tweet your score it’s a pretty funny tweet. I don’t want to spoil it for you so have a play and tweet it out.
Hope you like and try some of those apps. I am pretty sure they will keep you busy! If you have any apps that you think we should take a look at please let us know!
~ The Girls
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