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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

 
 

STREETBIKE: FULL BLAST HD [IPAD] – REVIEW (65%)

Streetbike: Full Blast HD is a driving / racing game released by Chillingo Ltd.

Get ready to race… Race your superbike against other racers or against the clock in this throwback to classic arcade bike-racers. Watch scenery fly by as you power through complex and exciting tracks at breakneck speed!

This game was released on iPhone several months ago, and now makes its appearance as a native iPad app.

This game offers you a Street Battle mode which is like a champion and a quick play mode that offer several modes for the races, these are: Normal Race, Time Attack, Rush Hour, Money Chaser, 1 to 1, Wheelie, Pass Cars and Don’t Crash.

The races do not really have the high speed feel that the name implies, even when nitro is used.

Gameplay wise, the races have you racing up to 12 motor bikes and dodging traffic.

I have to say what hurts the game the most is the strange AI of the other vehicles. In the iPhone version they slammed on the brakes to let you win. In this version they seem to do their best to destory your chances of winning, knocking into you and even more than on racer turboed past me to the finish line, while I was turboing.

Controls are done with enough touch control or tilt. You then have virtual buttons for nitro and brakes. Tilt works OK, but is not great. Touch controls are totally broken sending you completely sideways into walls.

The sound and graphics are generally good and somewhat improved for the iPad, but still no match for the competition, like Asphalt 6.

There are in-app purchases to unlock the game (like tracks and motorbikes) without playing the game, but for me this is just a way of trying to make more money from the app (as they know it will not sell for more than 69p.) 

On the upside:

  • Plenty of tracks and bikes to unlock.
  • Lots of challenges and modes.

On the downside:

  • Touch controls are broken.
  • Money earnt in game is not added to your total, unless you “win”
  • The track design can be bad, and filling it with traffic can make them worst.
  • You past right through signs and posts at the side of the road.

Overall, this is a reasonable motorbikes racing game. The iPad version has not improved on the iPhone version, in fact, in areas like the controls it is worst. The game has not been improved or polished since the original release, just upsided for the iPad. There are lots of great racing games out there, like Asphalt 6, that are much better. It is a real shame that several improvements were not made between versions.

Rating: 65%

Size: 110 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Streetbike: Full Blast HD – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Game - Driving, iPad, Reviews

 

MADCOASTER [IOS] – REVIEW (80%)

Madcoaster is a “run” and jump game released by Chillingo Ltd.

“Please keep arms and legs inside the car at all times… Get ready for the roller coaster ride of your life with MadCoaster. Speed through various environments, collecting coins along the way as you try to beat your latest high score!”

The game is controlled by simply tapping the screen to make the roller coaster jump into the air, the longer you hold the higher the jump.

The main gameplay consists of trying to achieve obectives while getting as far as you can in the game. You collect coins for points and smash birds and creatures on the tracks to get points. Every 1000m their will be a coin filled cave and then you switch to a new theme background which changes the creatures on the tracks.

During gameplay, you really need to just focus on not falling down the gaps in the track, everything else in the game needs to be hit, coins to collection them and birds etc to smash them.

Along the way, you will hit power ups which give you about 20 seconds of extra abilities, like a coin or bird magnet, jetpack or extra speed.

The game has dozens of in-game objective and achievements to complete, to add to the interest.

You do collect coins in the game, but you can not do anything with them, in other games of this type you can buy different costumes and equipment, but on this one the roller coaster cars are upgraded automatically, and may become a colour you hate, this could have easily been mixed into the coin system.

There is a store for in-app purchases, but this gives you more lives which is pretty pointless and to unlock more themes. You can unlock these by playing the game for distances over 10,000m, but this will be fairly tough. With only 4 themes it is silly locking away others via in-app.

The graphics and sound are both good, but nothing outstanding.

On the upside:

  • Fast and furious gameplay.
  • Universal Application

On the downside:

  • Repetitive gameplay.
  • Lack of really useful power ups (bar coin magnet and jetpack).

Overall, this is an excellent game for the casual game, and even a hard core gamer will enjoy this one for a while. The objectives will keep you coming back for sometime as well as the fairly addictive gameplay. If it had made more of the coin collection and not focused up in-app for silly things, like for example, Jetpack Joyride, it would have been a better game, but it is not a bad alternative especially at 69p.

Rating: 80%

Size: 16.1 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Madcoaster – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Game - Arcade, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

LIGHT THE FLOWER [IOS] – REVIEW (89%)

Light The Flower is a clever puzzle game released by Chillingo Ltd.

“FLOWER POWER! – Guide the light from the window to the flowers using a variety of objects including mirrors, colored lenses, and torches! Make sure you guide the correct color of light to the corresponding plant otherwise they’ll never wake up!”

This game is simple in design, but very clever at the same time. The game uses the idea of reflecting light beams around a puzzle area to give the plants within the sunlight they need.

This game borrows a lot of the puzzle ideas that are in many iOS games today, needed to collect (by lighting up) the three stars in the area, using these to unlock later stages etc.

Gameplay wise this game is fun and addictive, you will continue playing level after level without stopping. The puzzles test you mind as you try and work out where to place the mirrors and how to angle them to collect the most  stars possible. It is fairly easy to light the plant without any stars, this will move you quickly through the levels, but this will not win the game.

Currently, the game includes 5 houses (areas) with 12 levels in each (60 in total). There is a promise of more houses on the way.

Every house added more new dangers and objects that make the game play more interesting, like switches, light filters for different coloured flowers and bombs that will explode if sunlight is on them too long.

The game is control by selecting a mirror, then dragging it into a location and then rotating the mirror using two fingers.

The graphics and sound are excellent, the graphics of the cute flowers drawing you in.

There is an in-app purchase where you can unlock all the levels, but this is not needed as long as you are reasonable at collecting stars on each level.

On the upside:

  • Cute game.
  • Some nicely designed puzzles.
  • Addictive gameplay.

On the downside:.

  • Switching between mirrors is not as easy as it can be at time, with you accidently turning the same mirror again.
  • Memory hungry, especially on the iPad 1 you may need to reboot before playing.
  • 60 levels is good, but you will finish without all the stars within about 3 hours.

Overall, this is a really fun and playable puzzle game. I believe this will become another of those sleeper hits that will slowly gain fans until word of mouth and several reviews push it into the limelight and suddenly it jumps to the top of the charts. Hoperfully more house can be added to the game soon, and a tweak on the memory usage. Well worth downloading at the 69p price point.

Rating: 89%

Size: 17.2 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Light The Flower – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Game - Puzzle, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

PICNIC WARS HD [IPAD] – REVIEW (71%)

Picnic Wars HD is a 3D physics puzzle game released by Chillingo Ltd.

“FOOD FIGHT! It’s a battle as old as time, fruit versus vegetable. Take the role of either edible army in this arcade fort destroying game with an appetising twist. Catapult your fruits or veggies into enemy fortresses and crush their defences to a pulp!”

Picnic Wars brings the catapult gameplay of angry birds and similar games in a pseudo 3D world.

Gameplay wise, you have four tracks on the ground to place the catapults on the picnic blanket. In front of the blanket is a building that contains your opponents. You move the catapults forwards and backwards on the blanket, not side to side. Then tap on a vegatable/fruit to load into the catapult and fire. As you smash through the building you squash the opposition within, picking up bonus items on the way (plant food etc)

The game offers 64 levels to play through, however, really there are 32 levels repeated twice as the Fruits or Vegatables.

As the game progresses you gain access to more upgrades to the catapult and different fruits and vegatables to use. The new plants can explode, split etc, doesn’t that sound familiar.

I found the game very easy in general, and had soon plowed through sixteen of the stages, and found myself feeling a real enjoyment or interest in them.

Another downside off the game is long loading screen between each level, especially on the original iPad, this just slows the game down a little too much.

The graphics and sound are good, but the music is very repetitive. The artwork is nicely stylised.

On the upside:

  • Interesting gameplay.
  • Some well designed puzzles.

On the downside:

  • Crashing issues on the original iPad.
  • Not Universal.
  • A few too many pop ups.

Overall, this is an interesting game. It takes the catapult game design and tries to bring something new. It works in some ways, but fails in others. There is not enough of the game to keep you going long and it fails to really engage you. Do not get me wrong there are some good ideas here, but good ideas do not always make a great game.

Rating: 71%

Size: 91.6 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.49

Link: Picnic Wars™ HD – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Game - Puzzle, iPad, Reviews