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IRON FIST BOXING [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (77%)

Iron Fist Boxing is a boxing / training game released by realtech VR.

“IRON FIST BOXING is the original real-time 3D MMA fighting game finally on the Palm App Store. With a totally revamped input system, a longer career mode, more game modes, and more characters than ever.”

This game offers several mini games and a career mode to train and then progress your fighter.

The mini games range from tapping the screen rapidly for the speed bag, to a simple simon style copying for heavy bag. Some of mini games are fun, but the others lack anything of interest that would bring you back for me.

Gameplay wise, you have the training modes and the career event. The various modes have nice clear instructions at the start of each, but the career instructions are lacking, you need to play the “training” mode first to learn how the career works.

Even with the training, the career game does not always respond as it did in the training mode. The stamina drain in game is a little too quick, as leaves you blocking again within seconds.

The game is controlled by tilt for dodging and tapping the screen upper areas for an upper cut or lower for a body punch.

The graphics are pretty good, with the character being a little blocky, but reasonable.

On the upside:

  • Several game modes.
  • Interesting touch screen controlled combos.

On the downside:

  • Massive slow down at times. (Sound and Graphics faulter in Speedbag)
  • Swinging between the modes is not as easy as it should be.
  • Does not play in landscape like the screenshots shows?
  • Felt like it would play better on a phone than a Touchpad.

Overall, this game is reasonable and is fairly well put together. However, it does feel like a phone game converted to a Touchpad. For example the punch game just does not feel right trying to punch while holding a large Touchpad in your hand. I would have also have liked to see more clear instructions. A good attempt at a boxing game for the Touchpad, that just falls a little bit short.

Rating: 77%

Size: 72.1 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.19

Link: Iron Fist Boxing – realtech VR

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Game - Sport, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

RIPTIDE GP [IOS] – REVIEW (84%)

RipTide is a Jet Ski racing game and is released by Vector Unit.

“Rev up your supercharged jet ski and take a wild ride through twisting canals and rivers, futuristic cityscapes, and mysterious research facilities. Skill, stunts, and speed will be your best allies as you grab massive air off huge waves, kick out death-defying tricks, and boost your jet ski to victory across a dynamic, ever-changing torrent of foam and spray.”

This game reminded me very much of the classic Hydro Thunder in design and this is not a bad thing at all in my books.

The game offers several modes of play, you can select between 250CC, 500CC and 1000CC (Easy, Medium and Hard difficulty.)

  • Race – Select a track and then race against the other opponents to finish first.
  • Hot Lap – Select a track and race it on your own against the clock. 
  • Championship – Race through the five events, containing a number of races to be the winner. 

At first most of the tracks are locked, but as you finish these more tracks are unlocked.

Three Jet Skis are available to play at the start of the game, each with Unique levels of Acceleration, Top Speed and Handling. As you finish the later races three more Jet Skis can be unlocked.

As you race you will find ramps that you can pull stunts from, get the stunt right and you will gain more boost to use in-game. Stunts are easy to perform with a quick swipe on the two bottom sections of the screen. Stunts can be pulled without a ramp, but you need to launch from the bumpy water high enough.

The game offers a total of twelve tracks, however, there are really only six tracks, with a reverse version of these making up the rest of these. The tracks are generally well designed with a shortcut often opening on the second lap.

Each race is generally over three laps and each lap takes around one minute to complete.

Controls are done by tilting the device to move left and right. If you hold the bottom right of the screen you accelerate and the bottom left to brake. You can also tap on the turbo meter to activate it. I wish there had been alternative controls on offer, but the default ones work just fine. 

The graphics are excellent with nice water effects. The sound and music are both good.

On the upside:

  • A good racing game with nice tilt controlled handling.
  • Stunts are well designed.

On the downside:

  • Some of the tracks are better designed than others, when a shortcut opens it can be hard to the leader to take it.
  • Limited life span, easy is a little too easy, but the other difficults are as expected.

Overall, this the best Jet Ski game I have played on iOS. I would have liked to have been able to create a profile and modify my colours etc, but this was not available in games like Hydro Thunder, so I will not hold it against this title. If you like your water racing games then this one is well worth downloading.

Rating: 84%

Size: 40.7 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.99

Link: Riptide GP – Vector Unit

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2011 in Game - Sport, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

GLOW HOCKEY HD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (78%)

Glow Hockey HD is a table hockey game released by Natenai Ariyatrakool.

This game offers a very playable version of air hockey.

Game modes include:

  • Tournament – Savable one player game, go up levels against hard opponents.
  • Single player – Stand game with a selection of four difficulty levels (easy, medium, hard and insane.)
  • 2-player Mode – First to 7 wins.

There are lots of settings on offer. The game also offers several background styles to match your mood, including a realistic looking air hockey table rather than all the glowing effects, as well as changing the colours of the paddles and puck.

The AI is fairly good with easy being slower and making some dumb mistakes and the insane being lightning fast and almost no mistakes.

The game is controlled by using your finger to drag around the paddle and then the speed and direction is controlled by the speed and direction of your paddle on contact.

The graphics of the table is good and I like that you do not need all the glows and sparkles if you want to get rid of them. There is no music, and the sounds are mainly chirps and blips.

On the upside:

  • A nice version of table hockey.
  • Very fun and playable.
  • Lots of options.

On the downside:

  • The glow is a little bit too much, so you find yourself changing backgrounds.
  • A little more could have been made of the tournament mode.
  • Lack of music.

Overall, this is a very good digital version of table hockey, and if you like that it is well worth a look. The lack of music and a single player with some feeling of achievement does let things down a little, but otherwise and fun and playable game. If you have two players on the same device I cannot fault it.

Rating: 78%

Size: 21.4 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: Glow Hockey HD – Natenai Ariyatrakool

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2011 in Game - Sport, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

3D POOL MASTER HD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (74%)

3D Pool Master HD is a Pool and Snooker simulator game released by Noumena Innovations Ltd.

This game offers two forms on Pool and Snooker all in one package and even has built in multiplayer, which is lacking in many Touchpad titles.

Game modes include:

  • Tournament – Play 9 Ball, then 8 Ball and finally Snooker to win the Tournament.
  • Single player – vs. AI – 9-ball, 8-ball, Snooker and Mini Game (Trick Shots, based on number of attempts)
  • Puzzle Mode – Basically trick shots. (Infinite goes)
  • 2-player Mode – Against another player (pass and play) – 9 ball, 8-ball and Snooker.

AI can be set to Easy and Hard, which is a shame, as a “Normal” level AI would have been a nice option.

There are several options and preferences available to change the look of the game, including Sound, Music, Table and Cue. However, it lacks the ability to change your name.

The game is controlled by using the on screen buttons to change the view, direction of the cue and the power.

The graphics of the table and balls are good, if a little blocky. The sound and music are both fair.

On the upside:

  • Good pool game.
  • Lots of play options.

On the downside:

  • Getting angles and spin are tougher then they should be.
  • Some options missing, like changing the player names.

Overall, this is a very good digital version of Pool with a bonus of Snooker as well. However, the engine for the game does need a few tweaks to improve the overall gameplay. This game has some many options that it is well worth the 79p, but without the playability I still find it hard to recommend.

Rating: 74%

Size: 17.3 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: 3D Pool Master HD – Noumena Innovations Ltd

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2011 in Game - Sport, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

FLICK CHAMPIONS HD [IOS] – REVIEW (62%)

Flick Champions HD is a group of sports mini games released by Chillingo Ltd.

“Are you the next Roger Federer, Ronaldo or Michael Jordan? Put your sporting skills to the test with Flick Champions HD. Choose your nation, take part in eight different sports and become the ultimate sporting god. Play in one-off exhibition matches or take on a tournament challenge to get to the top. Got a friend that thinks they are a better player? Play one-on-one or in a 16 player tournament and find out who the most valuable player really is!”

Flick Champions is a group of eight mini games that all have the similar graphics and game play modes. Some are a bit more action based with you moving the characters and the others are static, with you flicking the character as the ball etc is in there zone.

The eight games are: Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Hockey, Bowling, Archery, Mini Golf and American Football.

The game starts with four of the sports unlocked and available to play:

  • Football (Soccer): A bit like table football with the ball rolling to the nearest character and then you flicking the ball toward goal. – 50%
  • Tennis: Very basic tennis game limited to best of 5 games. – 60%
  • Basketball: Flick the ball towards the basket, then the opponent does the same. Game over – 55% 
  • Hockey: Move around your half of the pitch. Like Air Hockey, first to 9. – 60%

As you win, draw or lose the games you are given experience. Generally 5xp for a win, 2 for a draw and 1 for the loss. The first game to unlock is Bowling that takes 250 xp to unlock, all the way up to American Football that needs 1500xp. So if you win every game you play that could be 300 games before you get the final unlock.

Along the way you get some extra unlock, but these are basically difficult looking balls etc.

I had to drag my way up to 250xp to unlock the bowling, and I did this by playing the basket ball which takes about 10 seconds to play. if I had done it via football or tennis it could have taken an age. The Bowling was reasonable 60% again, but nothing great.

When you play the sports you have the option of exhibition mode or cup. Exhibition worked fine for me, but the cup always failed to start giving the message “You have been eliminated, better luck next time.”

Gameplay wise, most of the games I found dull as you had limited interaction with them, only the hockey game really held any interest for me.

The game is controlled by either by dragging a single player round the playing area (hockey and tennis) or just flicking on a static character (basketball and football). Controls are often strange with something working perfect once and the next time failing all together.

The graphics are pretty average, with stylist blocky characters.

On the upside:

  • More games to unlock.
  • Some extras as you advance (new looking balls etc).

On the downside:

  • These mini games are just pretty dull.
  • It may have been better with all the games unlocked from the start (instead on the in-app purchase).
  • Painful drag to unlock anything of real interest.

Overall, this game is not up to the usual Chillingo standards, the mini games are slightly above average at best and having to pay extra to unlock all the sports, or else drag yourself through the game is just unfair. There are lots of other applications that offer sports mini games, and lets be honest do it much better. I cannot really recommend this one.

Rating: 62%

Size: 55.6 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.99 [plus an in-app purchase £0.69 to unlock all the sports.)

Link: Flick Champions HD – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Game - Sport, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews