Part WALL-E and part Spider-Man, Toy Bot swings, spins, and hurtles through a world of puzzles and perils in Toy Bot Diaries. Cute art, great music, and accelerometer-powered gameplay put a fresh face on the game’s familiar elements, but Toy Bot Diaries is almost undone by one exasperating control issue.
Quordy is a Boggle-like word game that gives players three minutes to create as many words as possible out of adjacent letters. The longer the word, the higher the score. But before you play, you first have to scramble the digital tiles by giving your iPhone a shake, like a word-nerd James Bond making a vodka martini.
A World War II-era tank game with 3D graphics and arcade action—how can you go wrong? Unfortunately, Tank Ace 1944 goes very, very wrong, with graphics and sound effects straight outta 1984 and gameplay that’s as bland as rice cakes. It has weird controls, awful 3D rendering, and dismal AI. And, yet, damn if this game isn’t kinda fun!
Don't have an Intel-based Mac, iPhone, or iPod touch, but still want to sample Spore? EA has launched Spore Origins for iPods, available now. The $4.99 game mirrors the version for generic mobile phones, scaled back slightly from the upcoming iPhone edition.
Tap 6 and tap Highlight, and you can see all the places a 6 could go. Handy.
For mere grasshoppers in the ancient ways of sudoku (also known as "newbies"), Satori Sudoku is helpful and forgiving. If you know what you're doing already, you can just tap an empty box, then tap a number in the keypad: once to make it a notation, twice to make it your real guess.(We'd prefer it be one tap to guess, two taps to notate, but that's a small quibble.)
But if you need some help, you can tap an empty box and then tap the Auto button, and the game will highlight the possible numbers for that box in the keypad. Or, tap a keypad number first and then the Highlight button, and the game highlights all the empty boxes that number could possibly fit in.
As for difficulty levels, you only get Easy, Medium, and Difficult. There’s no timer, and you can’t enter puzzles you see in the newspaper. But the interface is uncluttered, the help is helpful, and there's no music so you can listen to your favorite iPod tunes instead.