Hero of Sparta II revisits the world of the early iPhone action hit, once more putting you in command of warrior Argos as you decimate scads of demonic foes. The hack-and-slash action offers several notable upgrades over the original, such as new weapons and environmental interactions, plus crisp visuals that shine on the iPhone 4 Retina display. The new multi-directional attack nub is an appreciated addition, making Hero of Sparta II a lengthy, improved, and more immersive sequel that inches closer to the home console games it emulates.
Gaming has made up a significant part of the iPhone experience for some time now. We don't know one person with an iPhone who doesn't have some kind of novelty amusement, be it Scramble or PegJump or even iChess (we're quite partial to Ramp Champ ourselves).
But a lot of the more complicated, graphics-intensive games on the iPhone have been a little weak because of the screen real estate. Like so many other apps, games are getting hellaciously awesome makeovers for the iPad, and we've got the screenshots to prove it. Just feast your eyes on some of these beauties.
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.