An award winning, stylistically beautiful platform game now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Move around spacey geometric structures by dragging your finger across the screen to rotate the cube, climb stairs, collect prisms, press switches, ride platforms, and perform gravity-defying acts of awesomeness. There are over 40 levels of increasing complexity, plus one level to unlock by collecting all the prisms on every stage. The design is elegant and among the best we've seen from any app in the store. Later levels can get frustrating as the game forces you to learn new moves that require precision and accuracy. Borderline casual to hardcore audience.
Easily one of the best, most polished and well-rounded tower defense games on the iTunes App Store, Fieldrunners drops you in one of three maps and challenges you to destroy oncoming soldiers by placing a few towers in their way. Carve a complex maze to maximize shooting time, and use the cash you earn from victories to upgrade your defenses. A ton of replay value, unlockable maps and modes, and overall great presentation makes this one well worth grabbing.
Ever wanted to be in charge of routing flights safely from the air to the ground? Me neither, but somehow Flight Control makes it fun. Tap and drag an airplane to set its path to the runway. Make the trail as long and windey as you like, as long as the plane makes it to the ground and doesn't smash into another plane, you're good to go. See how many vehicles you can safely land in one sitting!
Galcon's Risk-inspired galaxy-conquering gameplay is back, now with more modes and multiplayer! Overwhelm your opponent by sending troops from your planets with a single tap to the touch screen. Take over planets and they begin producing troops for you to use, but be careful, as the enemy has ships of its own. New modes include Billiards with moving planets, Stealth with invisible ships, Assassin with assigned targets, and Crash with solid ships, allowing you to intercept enemy forces before they even reach their target!
From the creator of Trace comes a game that combines the likes of Rolando, Katamari Damacy, and something strange and wonderful I'm not quite sure of. Roll around gravity-independent masses of land, gathering increasingly large objects to clean the gunk off and make the place beautiful once again. Complete the goals for each level and open up new places to explore. You can even unlock mini-games and character customizations! It's all much more exciting when you actually play, as this is one of those sugar-cheery titles you have to play to believe. The free Gomi Lite is also available.
Video game characters love grappling hooks, and we love to help them swing around with them. Hook Champ is all about swinging through a series of caves as quickly as you can, nabbing coins and dealing with a variety of obstacles along the way. After completing a stage, visit the shop to purchase new items and upgrade existing equipment, then head back and do some more grappling! What adventures won't do for treasure!
So you have this digger, you see, a machine pieced together by a poor farmer when the soil refused to grow crops. The new plan is to dig beneath the ground, haul treasures to the surface and selling them for cash to pay back the bank. You'd be surprised how many expensive cola cans, colored gems, fossils, ores and other items (collectively called diggins) are nestled in the warm brown earth. Drilling downwards and to either side, carve tunnels from the dirt and gather as many shinies as you can. When your cargo hold is full, bring them back to the top and cash them in. Money you earn can be used to upgrade your digger's drill, fuel tank, hull strength, cooling system, etc., each allowing you to dive a little deeper and gather more expensive treasures. It's a simple design concept not unlike Motherload, but developer InMotion has put together something truly addictive. Half a dozen game modes add a ton of replayability, beautiful visuals keep your eyes riveted to the screen, simple controls allow you to jump right into the action, and a progressively interesting mechanism of upgrades/discoveries ensures you won't stop playing any time soon. I Dig It has captivated me like no other iPhone game has.
Another stylish rhythm game, this one conjures images of old Atari-age racing titles with its vector-style visuals. Pilot a white line through passageways by tilting the iPhone left to climb upwards, right to move down. Every time the line runs across a white bar (which just so happens to coincide with beats in the music), tap the screen. Don't miss a tap and earn more points!
Like the name implies, this "dual stick" isometric shooter is packed with gore—wait, no it isn't! It's all cute and cartooney and stuff with blocky-headed characters and colorful bushes! The game plays much like iDracula where your left thumb moves your character while your right controls which direction you shoot. Mow down the progressively stronger packs of enemies and stay alive as long as you can.
Our 3rd Casual Gameplay Design Competition received a ton of great submissions from a number of talented game designers. Taking first place in that competition was Wouter Visser's Gimme Friction Baby, a strikingly simple arcade-style game of skill involving a moving turret and expanding orbs. Now, just over two years later, Bitforge has come and updated the game for iPhone and iPod Touch users. Orbital is the new incarnation of Gimme Friction Baby, adding some slick visuals, tweaking the physics a bit, and adding a new gameplay mode along with multiplayer support!
A surprisingly addictive physics-based arcade game created by Tumbleweed Interactive. Bounce the ball upwards by drawing clouds on the touch screen. Hit a brick and the ball becomes heavy for a few seconds, but land on a floating balloon to get a massive boost upwards. Three modes of play are available: Easy, Normal, and Boss, which pits you against a tres cool floating eye monster. A number of interesting achievements keep you coming back for more, and I just can't get enough of the awesome artwork. A free lite version is also available.
The great-grand daddy of all shooters has evolved and come to the iPhone. Space Invaders: Infinity Gene is the original game taken to the next level. And then given a nitro boost. Starting from the classic shooter and slowly adding abilities, weapons, and options, the game truly evolves as you play. Movement is handled by tapping and sliding anywhere on the touch screen, allowing you to move your ship without obscuring it with your finger. The levels play out like a tripped out version of Galaga, and the action is fast and furious. This is Space Invaders for today's generation.
You play a tiny little spider (not the EWW OMG GROSS kind, this one's sorta cute) crawling around a gorgeously drawn series of levels. You need to eat bugs to survive, but in order to nab them, you have to spin a web. Tap Mr. Spidey to crouch down, then swipe your finger across the screen to leap with a web trailing behind. Create a geometrical pattern and the web spins itself, trapping any bugs that happen to be there. It's a great little artsy game with enough action to give it a substantial amount of gameplay to go along with the eye candy.
A short and quirky arcade-style puzzle platform game that quickly turned into a series. You take control of the Tiny Toy Bot who awakens inside a strange machine and wants to get out. Tilt the iPhone/iPod Touch to move left and right, and a simple tap on the screen fires his handy grappling hook that can latch onto coins (which are used to open gates) or hold onto objects and swing back and forth. Toy Bot Diaries makes good use of the system's accelerometer and features a surprisingly fun (if unrealistic, at times) physics engine along with a delicious blend of puzzle/adventure gaming.