Forget the black infused back drop of Icycle: On Thin Ice's title screen, since everything about this game is colorful. Starting with its James Bond inspired opening sequence, this app reels you in with all its pretty pictures, illustrating a surreal dreamscape where bicycles fear to tread. Adventurers, however, may love the thrill of the chill.
Physics Based Games
Roller coasters are one of my earliest fears, and biting my lip as I experienced my first loop is a memory I'd soon forget. But with a bit of foolhardy bravado, I ended up loving the amusement park's go to ride, so I was more than willing to delve into the latest iOS release Coaster Crazy Deluxe. A bit of insanity prevails in this app, and maybe that's a good thing.
In today's politically correct climate, describing a woman as a "chick" may not go over so well in certain circles, but apparently in an iOS world all bets are off. I personally don't see the word as a pejorative, and gamers really shouldn't take offense to this endless runner hybrid. Who doesn't want to save a damsel in distress by jumping from planet to planet?
Let Me Loose possesses a great moniker, as any human or creature can relate to the idea of yearning to break free. In this case, our suffocating protagonist is an amoeba, an explorer who refuses to remain stagnant. There is a world to explore and tasty scrummies to digest, and it's our duty to help him venture forth into that great unknown.
Halos Fun is a kid friendly app that's also aimed to spotlight Halos California mandarins. The combination of an orange with an angelic twist is a bit odd, but who knew peanut better and jelly could taste so good? Whether you're in a heavenly state or just have a bit of citrus on the brain, this game is free to play, and that's great news from the get go.
Beetle Breaker is the latest free to play app from Chillingo, a publisher known for their array of addicting apps. They may not shoot for the stars when it comes to epic narratives, but most of the games under their line are definitely worth the download. Beetle Breaker places us in the world of insects, where our heroes unleash a world of destruction before their demise.
The screaming bunnies are back, but this time in the form of an iPhone/iPad game with Rabbids Big Bang. In this they pushed aside Rayman and left the crazy rabbits to their own devices as they float or fly around in space getting coins and other such items. The Raving Rabbids may be one of my favorite video game characters to be made in the past decade, mainly because they're so stupid and cute at the same time. Rabbids Big Bang is a mixture of the Angry Birds structure with far cooler graphics, creating hours of addictive gameplay.
I love typography. There is something so beautiful and useful about the design of letters. If you've ever taken a look at the last page of most books, you'll notice that there will be a note on the typography. You'll find that many fonts are very old and hail from all sorts of places. It seems as though I'm not the only person intrigued by the mysteries of typeface. Type: Rider is a new title that aims to enlighten you with the history of typography while at the same time providing some physics puzzle-solving fun.
The ring's the thing for Ring Run Circus, and this physics based platformer will have gamers collecting stars and keys as they dodge and weave with the greatest of ease. Acquiring the skills for success requires a combination of coordination and mental acuity, so if you're a dunderhead like me this app may leave you perplexed and occasionally frustrated. Is this game worth all those wasted brain cells, or does it leave players running around in circles?
The hills are literally alive with Happy Hills 2: Bombs Away!, and unfortunately, their smiles are gone after a mountain explosion. Different blocks have surfaced from Mount Majestic's eruption, thus putting a damper on their spirits. Before you head out on your rescue mission, are these hills truly worth saving, or is this app a creative bomb to avoid?