The physics-based iPhone game, like Tiggers, is made for bouncing.
Enigmo salutes those who "fix" ceiling leaks by placing a bucket underneath, making this mechanic into a game. A faucet drips a steady stream, and a vase waits some distance away, often obstructed by walls and other blockades. You’ll have to route the water to its goal by bouncing it off drums and other objects. Originally released on the Mac, Enigmo works well on the iPhone and iPod touch; you just drag parts to reposition them. We usually enjoyed the game’s pace and challenge, but an inconsistent difficulty progression and a lack of a tutorial keep Enigmo from fully riding its wave of potential.
EA has released an iPhone and iPod touch edition of Tetris through the App Store. The company also announced Scrabble and Sudoku, but those are expected to launch later in the day and weren't active as this post was published. All games had previously been published for the iPod, but several gameplay updates take advantage of the iPhone's input abilities.
Tetris is yet another copy of the falling-piece puzzler, where you complete rows to clear them away. In addition to the classic game mode with its original rules, this new version includes a "Magic" mode, with many embellishments. Shaking the iPhone, poking, and flicking blocks allows new ways to solve boards; you can even shrink blocks through a pinch or draw your own shapes. Tetris costs $14.99.
New software company, Publisher X, has targeted the iPhone and iPod touch in launching its first five games through the App Store. A pinball game, a puzzler, and three casino titles are available now at a price range between $4.99 and $9.99.
Zen Pinball: Rollercoaster brings a pinball table to the iPhone. 3D graphics show the action, while finger taps to any of the four corners launch the left or right flippers. An optional tilt mode even lets players nudge the table by twisting the iPod. In our initial experience with the game, the action felt fluid, resembling a physical table. Zen Pinball: Rollercoaster costs $4.99.
Gameloft has announced the release of six iPhone and iPod touch titles, available through the App Store today. You might be familiar with most of them, since each has already been published on the Classic iPod, to web browsers, on general mobile phones, and possibly even advanced refrigerators. (Oh, we kid. Those fridges aren't out yet.) We initially had low expectations for these conversions, but after hearing more, we're excited about some of the iPhone-only tweaks to these titles.
Diamond Twister is a tile-matching game, where you swap two adjacent tiles with a swipe of your finger; match three or more, and the like-tiles disappear. While the game mechanic isn't original--Bejeweled and others use the same scheme--Diamond Twister reads the iPhone's orientation to change the game's direction of gravity. This addition lets you chip away at hard-to-reach bottom tiles with just a twist of the phone. Diamond Twister costs $7.99.
Barbara Tuttle, voiced by Jamie Lee Curtis, jumps through one of the colorful levels. The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures has a lot going for it: big-name character voices, gorgeous graphics, several top awards. Plus, half the retail proceeds are donated to charity. But if you strip all of that away, you’re left with a pretty standard side-scrolling platform game. Then again, why would you strip all of that away?
Twelve hours of rest? Your character must be a teenager. Eschalon: Book I, the first title from indie developer Basilisk Games, is branded as a traditional RPG, a stereotype fulfilled here with a vengeance. Unfortunately, problems with skill choices and movement, and an uninspiring story line may turn that vengeance into slaughter for anyone who might not be a hardcore RPG fan.
Its looks are basic, but its story and crazy amount of options will keep you coming back for more. Avernum 5 is like a steaming plate of diner meat loaf—the presentation ain’t pretty, but it fills you up and leaves you satisfied. With an intense and engaging story smothered in traditional RPG gameplay gravy, it will thrill role-playing fans, as long as they don’t expect fine-dining flourishes like 3D graphics or multiplayer modes.
Foosball Rules!Haven’t you always wanted to play foosball on your Mac? Come on, sure you have. Foosball rules. And this is a light, practically brainless, stress-relieving, palate-cleanser of a foosball game, perfect for breaking up long stretches of...whatever it is you do all day.