When I was a child I was primarily enamored by giant monsters and building things. Crafting creatures out of Legos or Construx was one of my favorite pastimes. Chillingo's new iOS puzzler, Feed Me Oil, competently combines construction with monsters, videogames, and puzzles, sating my lingering childhood obsessions.
In a title that may challenge the best-selling Angry Birds and Cut the Rope for the top puzzle game slot on the App Store comes the recently released Casey's Contraptions, an iPad game in which you must invent new ways for Casey to put his toys away via 30-plus household items that can be arranged and tested to solve the puzzle. This delightful, Rube-Goldberg title proves that sometimes they get an iOS app just about perfect on the first try.
Most of the time, a one-person party just isn’t a party -- at least not a fun one. And sadly, that’s true with the iOS version of You Don’t Know Jack, which pretty much ruins an otherwise wonderful, evilly clever game by forcing it into a single-player-only coffin.
This music game for iPad hits the sweet spot between difficult and soothing. The gameplay is so basic they don't even bother explaining it to you. But it's also exhilarating and lovely, and addictive in a way we can't quite explain either.
Licensed sports games so often aim for the diehards and sim junkies, leaving the casual and less devout fans on the bench. Not NBA Jam, though -- this light and speedy take on professional basketball pops with big-headed players and two-on-two dunk-fests, and nearly two decades after its original arcade debut, it's been revived for iPhone and iPad with all the latest teams and stars.
EA Sports surprisingly skipped the opportunity to port the successful iPhone version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour to iPad last year. But with a fresh version out for consoles, the publisher saw it fit to finally bring the successful golf simulation franchise to Apple's tablet with a pretty sizable selection of content.
Decades ago, in the United Skates of America roller rink in Rumford, Rhode Island, I was introduced to the joys of dual-stick shooter arcade games. Here, my lone robot warrior faced off against thousands of less-friendly robots, the only tactic being to dodge, refocus your fire in the direction needed and pray that the next available power-up would boost your weaponry or atomize the opponents on your screen entirely. This tradition lives on in Infinity Field, a new dual-stick space shooter developed by ForzeField Studios and published by Chillingo.