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AERO VACATION [IOS] – REVIEW (80%)

Aero Vacation is a Freemium “Build A Plane” game and is released by Chillingo Ltd.

“See the world on an Aero Vacation
! Captain the ultimate airship in this highflying adventure. Keep your passengers happy as you travel around the world. Upgrade your ship with marvellous facilities like roller-coasters and water parks that are sure to make your airship the greatest vacation destination to sail the skies.”

The idea of the game is to build the ultimate airship / plane. You will get passengers and they will fly to various destinations aroud the world. As you play your passengers will give you money depending on the quality and quantity of rooms in the plane. This money can be invested back into the airship to make it bigger and add more rooms and functions.

There are three main resources to control in the game coins (for buying items), energy (needed to upgrade rooms) and Aero credits (used to reduce waiting times by 1 credit per hour or buying special rooms).

As your progress in the game you can create new room for the passagers and new destinations will open.

You are set goals to achieve, by your “assistant” and the passengers that will give bonus cash, aero credits or energy.

There is also a social element to the game allowing you to add friends, sending them a boost when visiting their plane.

On the Freemium side, you do not need to use real world cash to continue playing the game, and you may be able to play for about half an hour or so before you really need to start waiting for things to happy. If you are willing to play twice a day you can still progress at a steady rate. If you want to sit and play it for hour after hour, then you will find yourself waiting and wanting to spend real world money to speed things up.

The game is controlled by selecting items from the menu and placing them on the plane. Things on the plane can be clicked on and a menu will appear at the side of the screen for it, so you can move them (an option you will use a lot) or upgrade etc.

The graphics and sound are very good.

On the upside:

  • Well designed game.
  • Lots of feelings of achievement as your plane grow and new things are built.
  • Keeps you coming back for more.

On the downside:

  • The Aero Credits side of the Freemium – the Aero Credit hard to gain later in the game, and some rooms cost hundreds of them.
  • Costs and Time increases as you advance, I gained a level and the rooms doubled in price, I was saving up for 70,000 and suddenly it cost P140,000.
  • Notifications automatically on, so you will need to go into settings to control them.

Overall, this is one of the better “Build A …” style games I have played. The Freemium is a little on the heavy side for me, it is possible to play the game without it, but it can be very much a waiting game if you do not wish to play for things. Therefore, if you are someone who cannot wait this game will cost you a lot of money and avoid if you don’t have the cash. Otherwise, it is well worth checking out, just do not be surprise if you are tempted to make an in-app purchase. I just wished the prices and time were not a moving goal post as you advance.

Rating: 80%

Size: 20.4 MB

Price (at time of review): Freemium

Link: Aero Vacation – Chillingo Ltd

 
 

EXODUS [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (79%)

Exodus is a traffic control game released by Yubi Games.

“Are you enough skilled to manage your own space fleet? Have you enough courage to avoid all the dangers that populate the universe? Do you think that you have steel nerves? Then Exodus needs you! Your goal is travel from distant planets rescuing people by putting them safely on Space Stations docks.”

The basics of the game, are you are given control of the space around several space docks. You need to plot paths for the incoming ship ships to follow to allow them to dock safely and avoid crashes. The game continues until a crash happens and it is game over.

The game has a simple design and you basically have the goals of filling the space stations with people so if they have a green centre so you can move onto the next level. As the game advances there are added dangers added to the game, such as black holes.

There are several different space ships. The larger ships are slower with more people onboard and the small ones are fast with few people.

The game has a fast forward mode (double speed), which to be honest in the early level you will be leaving on full time, as the game moves too slowly and lacks excitement. However, once the first few levels are complete the action improves with the strategy of avoiding dangers makes things more complex.

The game is controlled by touching the aircraft and dragging a path to the landing areas, however, I found that controlling the ships coming on the base of the screen left me sending the card mode.

The graphics and sound are very good.

I have played the iOS version of the game and it stands up well with almost identical gameplay. 

On the upside:

  • Fast and fun gameplay.
  • Great mix of planning and strategy to avoid crashing the ships.

On the downside:

  • Accidently sending into card mode when trying to navigate a ships to a landing pad.
  • Very slow to get going.

Overall, this game has been around a while on iOS and now makes its way to the Touchpad. The game itself is a solid, if a little slow to get started. If you are looking for more flight control action this game is a good choice, but you will probably find yourself playing on fast forward for the first few stations.

Rating: 79%

Size: 31.2 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.16

Link: Exodus – Yubi Games

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in Game - Strategy, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

FLIGHT CONTROL [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (80%)

Flight Control is a traffic control game released by Namco Bandai Games America Inc.

“Keep the skies safe in Flight Control, the insanely addictive worldwide hit! It only takes a minute to learn but you won’t be able to put it down. Guide aircraft to their landing zones but don’t let them collide!”

The basics of the game, are you are given an airport to control. You need to plot paths for the incoming aircraft to follow to allow them to all land safely and avoid air crashs. The game continues until a crash happens and it is game over.

The game has a simple design and you basically have the goals of improving the score of landed aircraft for each of the 5 airports and to try and get the several achievements that are available in game.

There are several different aircraft that can enter the airport air space. They all have different speeds and can only land on a single landing area title, so you need to plan the routes carefully and make sure you do not get them too close to the edge of the screen, else you will not have time to dodge other aircraft entering the screen. Luckily, you can change the flight paths at any time and you will find yourself doing this often.

The game is controlled by touching the aircraft and dragging a path to the landing areas.

The graphics and sound are very good, although the music does not repeat on longer games, so you are left with only the sound effects.

I have played the iOS version of the game and it stands up well gameplay wise, it lacks one or two on the current iOS features, but in the main is complete.

On the upside:

  • Fast and fun gameplay.
  • Great mix of planning and strategy to avoid crashing the planes.

On the downside:

  • An old title for the rest of the mobile industry.
  • Lacks some of the features of its iOS counterpart.

Overall, this game has been around a long time now, but still as playable as ever. I am very happy to see Namco releasing it on the Touchpad and hope to see other titles in the future. If you like this style of gaming then Flight Control is still one of the best around, and at 79p it is well worth a look.

Rating: 80%

Size: 26.9 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: Flight Control – Namco Bandai

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Game - Strategy, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

CHESS HD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (68%)

Chess HD is a chess game released by Flash Media.

“Chess HD is great for building concentration, memory, and strategy ability. Unlike many online chess games, this game displays the chess board in three dimensions (3D) rather than as a two-dimensional flat board.”

Gamplay wise, this is your standard Chess game. Select your opponent and pick your colour and away you go. The game plays well and even tracks you moves, so you can see where you went wrong.

The game is clearly a web app, that connects to the connects to a website and offers up the content. This is not a bad things, however, it does mean that the game cannot be played off WiFi and the game also has loading issues for time to time

The bigger disappointment is I have found the chess game on the web and it is free via my computer. However I could not get it to launch on the Touchpad at all, but the Touchpad can load all flash content?

The game offers four levels of difficulty in the single player. There is no multiplayer on offer (this is on the website). Three of the opponents are unlocked, and apparently the Guru level is bugged and will not unlock.

Even the easy opponent “Cody” is fairly good at chess, so novices will find themselves defeated again and again by him.

The game is controlled by tapping to select your piece, and then tapping the square you wish them to move to. The game gives a helpful hint on this turning the possible squares green.

The graphics are very good considering it is a chess game. There is no sound in the app at all.

On the upside:

  • Good version of Chess.
  • Tough opponents.

On the downside:

  • Online Only.
  • Sometimes does not even load.
  • Free if you have a computer.

Overall, this is a good version of chess, it is well done and generally plays well. However, when it is free on my computer with multiplayer, it just feels like the developer has short cutted an application and made it a paid application. If it could be played offline and offered the same at the website I for one would be happier.

Rating: 68%

Size: 1.3 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link:  Chess HD – flash media

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Game - Strategy, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

MINOMONSTERS [IPHONE] – REVIEW (76%)

MinoMonsters is a pet fighting and training game and is published by MinoMonsters, Inc.

“Brace yourself for adventure! Journey to an exciting world filled with incredible MinoMonsters. Choose from tons of Mino species and train your team against others in battle. Each Mino has its own special skills and personality, so choose your Mino wisely. Collect, train, and battle your way to greatness in this insanely addictive adventure game!”

This book puts you into control of a small group of Mino Monsters. You start with a selection of three Mino’s to select from, then you take you selected MinoMonster into battle as your trying to find the lost cargo on the islands on which you have been ship wrecked.

As you battle the creatures on the island, you can use candy to try and get them to join you. They are more likely to do this if they have been weakened in battle first.

You are able to have many different creatures with you at once, but only four in your team at any one time.

Gameplay wise, yoy move around the islands by tapping on the rock you wish to travel to. If the rock is occupied by an enemy creature or a box they will automatically trigger with the box opening, or a fight beginning.

The combat side of things, has you tapping on the creature to make a simple attack, and tapping on the powers icons if you can build up enough energy to us them.

The graphics and sound are both good, with the creatures being Pokemon like without risking copyright.

On the upside:

  • Fun battles.
  • Well designed and drawn Monsters.

On the downside:

  • Lack of real story line, just finding the boxes and doing random quests.
  • The top menu bar gets in the way of upwards movement.
  • Repetitive gameplay (wander the map and fight, repeat)
  • In-app items are too expensive (£10 for a new special pet)

Overall, this is an enjoyable game to play, I just wished that more could have been made of the owning the pet side, giving them collars is just not enough. The game lacks the story lines of Pokemon games which it will be compared with. The in-apps are far to expensive to use, and there is nothing extra you can do without them. With a few tweaks and a revamp of in-app purchases this game could be much improved. All that said, the game is fun and with Pokemon unlikely to come to iPhone this is a nice alternative.

Rating: 76%

Size: 108 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: MinoMonsters – MinoMonsters, Inc.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2011 in Game - Strategy, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews