Ancient treasure awaits in the App Store: the 1993 role-playing game Vay has been ported from the Sega CD to the iPhone and iPod touch. Vay is a full-length RPG that boasts an epic quest, hordes of monsters, and even animated video cutscenes with voice acting. Adventurers, your call to action has arrived.
A shareware title to pass the time between incredibly important work-related projects.
Brain-training games are all the rage these days, and IQ: Identity Quest wants to sharpen your language, memory, observation, logic, intuition, and musical skills. The nonlinear story has you jumping between locations to solve puzzles and gather clues about the origins of your mysterious “puzzle cube.” The puzzles should look familiar—they’re based on Memory, Boggle, Sudoku, Simon, and Minesweeper-type games—but the variety of gameplay types and the sharp graphics kept us entertained for hours.
A shareware game to pass the time between incredibly important work-related projects.
If you’re a fan of 2D platform games like Dark Castle or Pitfall, Midnight Mansion is fun, easy to pick up, and should keep you busy for a long time. Its eight mansions hold 350 rooms to work your way through (avoiding monsters, climbing vines, collecting keys, and so on), and the included Mansion Builder lets you design your own levels. Three difficulty levels keep players of all abilities coming back for more, and the 32-bit graphics are polished enough that Midnight Mansion doesn’t feel like a relic from a bygone era.
From its animated opening cut-scene to its dazzling DayGlo-infused tracks, Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D brings console-style racing to the iPhone. If you don’t immediately recognize the name, Crash is the furry, PlayStation-born answer to Nintendo’s Mario—and he’s got the kart-racing cred to prove it.
If you’ve ever watched an episode of The Flintstones, you know full well that cavemen (sorry, cave-people) had cars. Cro-Mag Rally lets you channel your inner Fred or Wilma, racing cutesy stone-age vehicles (Bone Buggy, anyone?) around a variety of cutesy tracks. The result? A cute little kart-style racing game, albeit a flawed one.
The iTunes App Store launched with not one, but three racers vying for the winner's circle that is your iPhone/iPod touch Home Screen. We pit Wingnuts Moto Racer, Cro-Mag Rally and Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3Dagainst each other and learn that accelerometer-based steering doesn't always equal an innovative gaming experience.
Check out the road race for your iPhone/iPod touch after the jump.
Wizards, elves, dwarfs: If it’s not Tolkien, it’s probably Dungeons & Dragons. Underneath the Neverwinter Nights 2 videogame interface, the ghost of Gary Gygax rolls d20s to determine your success. These tested underpinnings and an almost paralyzing range of choices make Neverwinter Nights 2 an entertaining journey. Unfortunately, regular glitches and weak graphics keep the game from excellence.
Feeling the need for speed? Find another game. Wingnuts Moto Racer will bore you to tears if it doesn’t frustrate you silly first. If that sounds harsh, it’s only because competing racers like Cro-Mag Rally and Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D offer better graphics, more varied gameplay, and fewer interface problems.
Apple enthusiasts, who are also Star Wars fans, will now be able to take the saga with them on the go. Lucas Arts is releasing a version of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for the iPhone 3G. Exciting? You bet, because the game will take advantage of the iPhone’s amazing touch screen features and will be one of the first full-length game titles released for the iPhone.
The game will be a scaled down version of its console counterparts, including the Wii and Xbox 360. The iPhone version won’t follow the third-person perspective, but instead players will travel through a series of static environments similar to that of the Resident Evil franchise. The phone’s accelerometer only changes the aspect ratio, while the touch screen will be used to control the main character (an apprentice of Darth Vader’s, set out to rid the galaxy of Jedis), including his lightsaber swings.
Lucas Arts has a trailer up (console versions only) for those interested in the whole plotline. Gizmodo also has some screen-shots of the iPhone in action. Star Wars Unleashed should provide about 2 to 3 ½ hours of gameplay. It’ll be available through the App Store on September 16, 2008.