Welcome to our weekly gaming column. Every Tuesday, we march through the mediocre multiplayers, sift through the sordid sporting titles, and pound through the petty platformers to find the best, most interesting iOS gaming gems.
This week, we've got TRON, Miner Disturbance, Spider: Bryce Manor HD, Star Wars: Battle for Hoth, and Space Invaders HD.
You gotta hand it to those resourceful folks in Taiwan: With only a weekend, they’ve created their own version of how Apple’s iPhone 4 “Antennagate” has gone down, complete with a recap of the Friday press conference. This may very well be the best thing you’re likely to see all week!
The name says it all. The one thing that Star Wars games hadn’t done before is let you go hog-wild with the Force, but this videogame port takes the handcuffs all the way off. Romping through that far-away galaxy while fully exploring the power of the Dark Side is such a blast that it almost overshadows Force Unleashed’s shortcomings. Almost.
One of the more amusing apps for the iPhone has to be Lightsaber Unleashed, which turns your device into a Star Wars lightsaber. Now the developer has kicked things up a notch, with a new app that allows two users to actually duel.
With Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for iPhone being released tonight, THQ's mobile division has mapped its next games. After a recent meeting with THQ, we've got details on the rebranded Phone Saber, WALL-E, and Pass the Pigs.
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.