RSS

Category Archives: Game – Arcade

COIN FLIGHT [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (48%)

Coin Flight is a flying collection game and is released by Imperial Pengiun.

(Screenshot taken for App Catalogue, as not possible to take on Touchpad, image not as displayed here.)

“Fly your sport plane and collect coins in this simple, but challenging and addictive 3D arcade game. Coin Flight features 50 randomly generated levels of increasing difficulty to insure that the game is different every time you play it.”

Take to the skies in this game and collect the coins that float in the air.

The basic ideas of the game is launch on a mission, which is allows collect coins. Collection them and get more than 80% and then move onto the next level (So at least 80 out of 100 coins).

That is basically it for the game, there are no additional plane, options or power ups. There are lots of other games out their on the Touchpad that offer so much more than that.

The gameplay is reasonable, but the collection of the coins is dull to say the least, it is dull on level 1 and repeating this afterward just is not appealing.

The game is controlled (default) by tilt control, which even after calibration is a little poor. You do have a virtual joystick on offer and that works much better.

The graphics reasonable, although apart from the plane you feel the developer has just photographed their pocket change for the rest of the graphics. There is no music and the sound effects are annoying at best, and I turned them down almost immediately.

Another disappointment in the game was that the game stays in portrait and looks nothing like the screen shots. Words are cut off on buttons, the virtual joystick is just on the screen and the coin total is off screen most of the time.

On the upside:

  • Lots of random levels.

On the downside:

  • No music and poor sound.
  • Dull gameplay.
  • No worth the price tag.
  • Only works in portrait, which looks different from the screen shots on the App Catalogue.

Overall, I found this game a big dissappointment. Gameplay was dull, sound effects annoying and a real lack luster application that I do not feel the developers ever played on the Touchpad themselves. An old application, that is best avoided. 

Rating: 48%

Size: 8.6 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: Coin Flight- Imperial Penguin

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Game - Arcade, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

GLTRON [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (75%)

GLtron is a “Tron” lightbike game and is released by Studio 3D.

“A last player riding light cycle game loosely based on the movie Tron.”

For those who remember the light cycle sequences for the Tron movie will immediately know the type of game on offer here.

You are pitted against three computer controlled opponents as you race around the grid, your goal is be the last survivor as you try to block off opponents and dodge their walls.

The game design stays close to the film, there are no power ups on offer here and the only way to defeat the other racers is to block their path with the wall that follows your bike.

Gameplay wise, you are thrown straight into the game as soon as you tap start. There is no training or practice modes. Luckily you start far enough away from the other bikes to give you time to learn the controls before you enter battle.

The artifical intelligence of the computer controlled bikes is set at the right level, with them no overpowering you and they mostly do not make stupid mistakes.

One of the strange issues with the game design is bikes do not travel on the grid line, but away from them. The computer controllled opponents can appear to travel along almost the same line as another biker, a skill that you will find very hard to replicate, giving the computer an advantage.

The controls are done via either a tilt controls or swiping the screen to move left or right. There are some issues with the controls as the tilt is not sensitive enough and the swipe has issues due to the other touch screen controls for changing views and zoom.

The graphics are great look like the Tron film and sound also good.

On the upside:

  • Fun gameplay.
  • Great visuals.

On the downside:

  • Multiplayer would have been nice.
  • Controls just need tweaking to make them better.
  • Lack of difficulty levels does make the gameplay very similar for game to game.

Overall, this is a really enjoyable game. The controls could do with a tweak and I would have liked to have seen something extra added to the gameplay. The game is fun and worth the price tag, especially if you have fond memories of the Tron film.

Rating: 75%

Size: 11.5 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79 ($0.99)

Link: GLtron – Studio 3D

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Game - Arcade, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

SNAKE HD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (79%)

Snake HD is a remake of your classic snake game released by Pulse Apps.

“Snake HD is based on the classic retro snake game. Remade specifically for Touchpad you can now play this classic game in full screen glory! The object of the game is simple: try to beat your high score by making the longest snake.”

This game offers a classic style snake experience.

You control the snake in the game and you need to collect food to grow. There is no time limit on the collection of food so you can slowly build up and practice the controls.

At the start of the game your snake is only one block in size, but will increase by one block every time you eat the food. The grid area is 15 blocks high by 24 blocks wide. With the game only running in landscape.

Things start off slowly as you collect the first pieces of food, but as you do the game begin to slowly increase in speed.

Gameplay wise, the snake in this version of Snake can pass through the sides of the screen and wrap to the other side of the screen (some versions of Snake killed you if hit the wall), so the only real risk to the snake is running into its own body. This means that unless you try to move in a circle you are unlikely to be in danger for a little while at least. 

The controls can be done either by swiping on the main play area to change the snake to move in that direction or by the cursor keys in the bottom right hand side of the screen. You can switch between the two methods at any point of the game.

The controls are this games only real weakness in the version from the classic snake game, the controls are good enough, but you are sometimes left feeling that it missed a swipe or tap, or at the very least was late to react. This can of course be deadly at the high speeds later in the game.

The graphics are simple and more retro in style. There is no music, and just a beep when you pick up the food in the game.

On the upside:

  • Fast and fun gameplay.
  • Retro style gaming.

On the downside:

  • Controls are not perfect and can feel a little unresponsive at the higher speeds.
  • The gameplay is a little limited.
  • I would have liked a pause button.

Overall, this is a enjoyable little game. For some it may be a little too simple, but that is really the point of the snake game. If you like your classic style snake game then this one is worth a look, especially if you like the more retro style of the game.

Rating: 79%

Size: 5.8 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: Snake HD – Pulse Apps

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Game - Arcade, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

PARATROOPER HD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (71%)

Paratrooper HD is a tilt controlled dodge game released by Kaboom Apps.

“Parachute your troopers to safety with this new and improved version of Paratrooper HD re-designed exclusively for your new TouchPad! Lean your TouchPad from side to side to adjust your troopers fall, but it’s not quite as easy as it sounds to get a perfect 100 point landing.”

This game puts you in control of a parachute troop. You need to get your team safely to the landing spot and avoiding the various dangers on the level.

The game is split into levels of action. There are 54 levels in all with the first five of thes being the tutorial / introduction of the game. As you progress the levels become hards with the last 15 levels being called “Impossible?”

Gameplay wise, you are shown the level the action will take place. You will be set a challenge for the level, these are normally based on score or the number of surviving men at the end of the level. The plane may also have a limited number of passes.

The game begins, and depending on the challenge you can launch one or more paratroopers from the plane. They will begin to fall towards the ground and you need to open the paracutes for them, luckily this is fairly simple. Then guide them into the landing area.

At the start of the game dangers are limited to trees and lakes, however, as you progress things become more difficult. Special icons will be put onto the screen, these can explode your men or bounce them heavily off course. There are also some that give extra points and can be vital for completing some of the challenges.

At the end of each stage you are shown the high scores, however, if you get a high score you are given an annoying do you wish to submit your score pop up. I would have preferred this as a one time only set up and then change from the preferences if you want to start or stop.

Within the first hour of play I had breezed though 40 of the levels with only then need to reply two of the levels more than once. 

Control are done tapping a plane to release the paratroopers, touch the paratroopers to open their paracutes and then tilt the device to make the paratroopers drift in that direction.

The graphics are good with an interesting style that mixes hand drawn with cardboard cut out. The sounds are fairly poor, with no music and are off by default (as it warns it can effect performance of the app!).

On the upside:

  • Fun and simple gameplay.
  • Nice graphical style

On the downside:

  • Early levels have no real challenge.
  • Repetitive gameplay.
  • Portrait only (but this does give you longer to open the paracutes etc)

Overall, this is a fun little time killer. For me it was a little too easy with the challenges not being too challenging, but for a more casual gamer it is possible that some will be. The game lacks polish in places, but the gameplay which matters most is solid enough. For those looking for some casual gaming action this one is worth a look.

Rating: 71%

Size: 9.9 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.19

Link: Paratrooper HD – Kaboom Apps

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Game - Arcade, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

SUBTERRAN [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (40%)

Subterran is a 3D dodge game released by Imperial Penguin.

“Take the controls of a ship specially designed to fly dangerous missions through enemy tunnels in this exciting game. You will start off as an ensign, and if you play well, finish as an admiral. But don’t expect to make that rank on the first try. You’ll have to be the best of the best to achieve that goal.”

This game puts you in control of a spaceship that needs to dodge its way through enemy tunnels.

Gameplay wise, you can maneuver your spaceship around the sides of the tunnel, the tunnels are narrow and your craft is fairly big. If you hit an barrier or wall, it is game over, to you will need to play again.

When I loaded this game, and clicked new game I was given a page of mission briefing. “Operation 1: Feet”, yes, operation feet. I pressed start and immediately crashed and exploded into a barrier. Where the game displayed in big red letters. Game and two large buttons for “Try” and “Menu”.

Needless to say this was not the best of starts I have ever had for a game, and I clicked on try. Luckily this time the barrier right next to the start was slightly more to one side and I got past it, I rotated the Touchpad as another barrier was fast approaching and I slowly turned right into the barrier. Boom, game over.

After a few goes and lots of explosions within seconds of launch I had finally tweaked the controls enough to make it playable.

Gameplay wise, it is limited with very little to do by dodge the oncoming objects, or collecting items in later levels.

Control are done by tilt controls, left and right to rotate around the tunnel.

The graphics and sound are both fair.

On the upside:

  • The developers have a cool name…

On the downside:

  • Controls are pretty poor.
  • Lackluster gamplay.
  • Lack of polish (spelling mistakes, a few seconds to allow you to get orientated at the start of the level)
  • Portrait only.

Overall, this game disappoints on several points. As a reviewer I tried to give it a fair amount of time to practice the controls and try to advance, changing the sensitivity levels etc. However, after all that I still found the game hard to control and unforgiving. The developers need to do several tweaks to get this application to a recommendable level.

Rating: 40%

Size: 15.6 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: Subterran – Imperial Penguin

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Game - Arcade, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS