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iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch game recommendations

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:18 am

QUICK FAQ EDITED BY CRAIG

- For Apple handheld apps, you do NOT need an iPhone—an iPod touch will do. You can get one for about £150 from Amazon.
- The App Store works on a straight payment system—in other words, if a game is 69p, that's what you pay. There's no pissing about with buying a fiver of credit and then working out how to spend it.

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With so many threads going off the rails or springing up due to Apple's machine, I've created a dedicated thread to the best handheld I've ever owned.

Here's just a selection of what's currently getting playtime.

Archon
Price: £1.79
Update of the classic 8-bit game. Needs multilayer support, but still great fun.
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Stone Loops
Price: 59pence
Great variant on Zuma, which was itself a clone of the brilliant Puzzloop
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FAST
Price: £1.19
Amazing looking shooter that plays like a cross between afterburner and Air Combat
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Droplitz
Price: £1.19
Stupidly addictive puzzler by the Oliver Twins that's making me waste a lot of precious time. Plays like a cross between Pipemania and Downfall.
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I Dig It
Price: 59 pence
Interesting variant on Mr Driller. You dig into the ground but must manage temperature, fuel and other bits and bobs.
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Post by CraigGrannell » Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:30 am

From one of the other threads:

Blue Defense (insanely frantic twist-based Space Invaders, £1.19)
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Critter Crunch (Magical Drop-oriented action puzzler, £1.19)
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Cube Runner (3D Deathchase with user-definable tracks, free)
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Drop7 (Tetris meets Sudoku, but better than both, £1.79)
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Dropship (Gravitar/Thrust clone with 'anywhere dual-thumb' controls, £1.19)
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Edge (sorta Marble Madness with a cube, £2.99)
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Eliss (beautifully retro-styled multi-touch effort, £1.79)
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Giant Metal Robot (slightly crazed Japanese game akin to tilt-based G+W. Very simple, but it's only 59p)
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Missile Command (£2.99)
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PapiJump Land (similar to Bounder, but tilt-based and more fun, £0.59)
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Pinball Dreams (£2.99)
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Saucelifter (Choplifter, but with you piloting a tilt-based UFO and rescuing your alien chums, £1.19)
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Spheroids (Asteroids wrapped around a sphere, £0.59)
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Star Trigon (£0.59)
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Taxiball (Crazy Taxi crossed with Marble Madness, £2.99)
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Westbang (tap-based Bank Panic update, £0.59)
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Total cost of the above, if I've got my sums right: £23.25—about the same as a single DS game. And the above doesn't even mention my 'game of the year', Flight Control, which at 59p has managed to give me more game time than every single DS title I've ever owned.
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EDIT: And in the latest issue's feedback thread, the mighty Stu Campbell reminded me of his rather spiffy new article on the iPod touch, which should give those considering the platform some serious food for thought.
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Post by SirClive » Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:32 am

For me it would definitely be...

CubeRunner
Price: FREE
3D Deathchase clone with wonderful tilt controls. This game made me want an iPhone.
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Virtual Pool
Fantastic Pool game with plenty of features, online play and great controls.
Price: Lite= FREE / Full= £1.79
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Fuzz Ball
Price: Lite= FREE / Full= £0.59
Like a cross between Subutteo and Rebound. Great online play too.
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am also a big fan of these free time wasters...

Done Drinking
Price: FREE
Very simple, keep the drunk from falling over.
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iPint
Price: FREE
The game is so-so, but the virtual pint you get for winning is a joy.
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Post by famicom69 » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:20 am

http://www.vectortanks.com/ - Vector Tanks - Battlezone remake. If only all remakes could be this good.

http://www.appleiphoneschool.com/2008/0 ... ootage-10/ - rRootage - Solid vertical shooter.

http://www.appvee.com/t/game--watch - Game and Watch - port of original Game and Watch games.

http://toucharcade.com/2009/03/08/droid ... he-iphone/ - Droidz - Paradroid (c64) release

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bejeweled_2 - Bejeweled 2 - This game is unbelievably addictive. Probably my most played itouch game.

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Post by CraigGrannell » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:29 am

famicom69 wrote:http://www.appvee.com/t/game--watch - Game and Watch - port of original Game and Watch games.
It's probably worth noting that Mobile 1Up's games have all received a rather drastic graphical update, since Nintendo objected to the original G+W App Store games.
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Post by Bub&Bob » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:34 am

famicom69 wrote:droidz-the-c64-classic-paradroid-comes-to-the-iphone
Rev. Stuart Campbell wrote:Mm. If you're planning on mostly using it as a games machine, 8GB is tons. That'll hold literally hundreds of games, and the interface is only designed to cope with about 160. Fill that and you'd still probably have about 4GB free on the side for music and video. (Though the apps limit is quite easy to get round anyway.) I've currently got 208 games on my Touch, occupying just over 2.9GB.

And remember, the PSP and DS come with basically zero onboard memory. If you wanted to have music and videos on your DS or PSP as well as games, you'd need to fork out for a memory card. A 16GB memory card bumps either of those up pretty close to the cost of the 16GB model of the iPod Touch.
Taking this out of the Issue 66 feedback........
Ok, am seriously thinking about this now (b*stards the lot of you)

Ive got about 20ish GB of music in WMA format and I believe if I put that through I-Tunes it will compress it some more - so I should be able to get a good chunk of my music on the 16GB - quick question, all of my music files have the album art embedded (using ID Tag software) - will these show up on the touch or will I have to get the album art again through I-Tunes?

May have to consider getting rid of my PSP collection to help fund this though (got about 6 games, a few movies and 5 mem cards with lots of things I would only list via PM!!)

Do you guys think emulation will ever appear? I remember the C64 emu thread recently but I think it didn't happen....
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Post by CraigGrannell » Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:18 pm

Quickfire-answer-o-tron:

If I were you, I'd churn out your WMA as MP3, not AAC, since it's more compatible with a bunch of things. If you use iTunes smart playlists, you can sync one of those with your iPod touch rather than everything. In my case, I just have a standard playlist called 'favourite albums' that I bung across and a smart playlist that shows everything that's not in that list. Simple enough management and it keeps down my full collection (80ish GB of ripped CDs) to something manageable and towards stuff I actually play. (You could, of course, also rate stuff and fling across high-rated tracks only.)

Album art—no idea how that'll survive a conversion. iTunes should be able to grab art from the store though, for most stuff, and you can always drag-and-drop for stuff it can't find.

As for emulation, it already exists. Sega's stuff is mostly MegaDrive emulation, and Frotz is a Z-machine interpreter, which is basically an emulator. There's also a Chip-8 one on the App Store.

I recently interviewed the C64 app guys and they think there are some specific things Apple rejected their app for, not the fact it was an emulator per se. The newly submitted version lacks BASIC for example, and makes it more obvious that the built-in 'store' is actually just a means of integrating further content from the App Store (in the form of officially licensed game packs). This is the kind of emulation you'll likely get in the future, but don't expect the kind of thing you see on your PC unless you 'jailbreak' your iPod touch (which is essentially the same as a PSP firmware hack, but comes with the same potential issues regarding bricking and software support).
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Post by chrislondon » Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:43 pm

I'm mainly playing Star Fusion on my iPhone -> http://www.bytesizeadventures.com/starfusion/

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I must admit that this is mostly because i'm the developer; its my first iPhone game. I've submitted it to Apple and i'm waiting for them to approve it so wish me luck :-)

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Post by michaelf » Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:42 pm

I've bought/ downloaded quite a few over the last year ... some of my favourites are (which haven't already been mentioned in earlier posts):

BlocksClassic (59p / free demo) - aka arkanoid clone
GloBall ((59p / free demo) - like arkanoid, but, err, not. Uses the accelerometer (just try the demo):
Pole Position Remix (£3.49 / free)
SkyForce Reloaded (£1.79)
Pac Man (£3.49)
Wolfenstein 3D (£1.79)
Galaga Remix (£3.49)

As a bit of a pinball fan I've already got Pinball Dreams and anxiously waiting for Pinball Fantasies to be released.

Most (if not all) of those above have free versions, so it's worth having a bit of an explore on the app store for the freebie ones if you're unsure about spending a few quid

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Post by CraigGrannell » Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:33 pm

michaelf wrote:As a bit of a pinball fan I've already got Pinball Dreams and anxiously waiting for Pinball Fantasies to be released.
Likewise. I take it you've seen the YouTube video? (Hopefully they'll get any skipping issues sorted—there's the odd jerk in the video, although that could also be down to video compression.)
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Post by sscott » Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:43 pm

As Sir Clive says, +1 for Virtual Pool, loved VP3 on PC and this is an amazing conversion for 59p, very intuative. Play this almost every day. The new Tiger Woods game is also good. I wanted to like the Pole Position remix game but I crash waaay too often.
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Post by witchfinder » Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:31 pm

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:I've created a dedicated thread to the best handheld I've ever owned.
That's a bold statement! :o

So it's better than a Gameboy, or a DS, or a Neo Geo Pocket, or a PSP? From the looks of those games it just seems like most of them are clones of games that already exist on other systems. I'm not saying these iPod games aren't good, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of originality there to me... :?

To be honest I'm getting fed up of you lot championing it every 5 minutes!
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Post by SirClive » Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:35 pm

witchfinder wrote:So it's better than a Gameboy, or a DS, or a Neo Geo Pocket, or a PSP? F
Yes.
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Post by sscott » Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:45 pm

SirClive wrote:
witchfinder wrote:So it's better than a Gameboy, or a DS, or a Neo Geo Pocket, or a PSP? F
Yes.
Better than a DS with an R4 card though? Not so sure about that! :)
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Post by michaelf » Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:22 pm

CraigGrannell wrote:
michaelf wrote:As a bit of a pinball fan I've already got Pinball Dreams and anxiously waiting for Pinball Fantasies to be released.
Likewise. I take it you've seen the YouTube video? (Hopefully they'll get any skipping issues sorted—there's the odd jerk in the video, although that could also be down to video compression.)
Yes, I've seen that - what with watching that and playing real PF on my Amiga (and emulated on my MacBook Pro) I am almost at fever pitch. Yes, I'm that sad ;-)

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