Notable Mobiles: The Week’s Most Interesting iPhone Games
Retro games ruled last week, with Sega dropping an iOS version of Virtua Fighter 2 joining up with a few other old-school offerings to top the iTunes App Store. After having worked our way through what the iPhone had to offer, we came up with this, your guide to the interesting games to pop up among the flowing waves of crap apps clogging up the Intertubes. Read on below to find the apps we thought were worth your time.
Tiki Towers 2
For the iPhone gamer, it’s kind of a bummer that we don’t get a version of World of Goo, a game that PC, Mac and iPad players get to enjoy. But there’s Tiki Towers 2, which is similar in spirit to the indie puzzler. You’ll be tasked with building bamboo structures to help get monkeys from one side of a level to the other, but you’ll have to conserve resources as you go by removing chunks of your tower in order to build it higher or further. The key is to remove pieces that don’t weaken the overall structure and send the monkeys you’re tasked with saving plummeting to a watery grave. Tiki Towers 2 comes with 30 levels and leaderboards and achievements from Apple’s Game Center service — it’s not quite World of Goo, but it does provide an interesting building experience and a fun and humorous style.
It goes for $2.99.
Virtua Fighter 2
Feel like a little gaming time travel? Sega has brought its classic Sega Saturn fighter all the way to us from 1995 and ported it to the iPhone. The port is pretty basic — Virtua Fighter 2 on iPhone is pretty much the same game from a decade and a half ago, but with virtual buttons overlaid on the screen so it can stretch to fit your iOS device. The game’s pretty much as you remember it, and it doesn’t have much in the way of bells and whistles, but nostalgic Sega fans will find all eight original characters and 10 arenas to fight through. It includes Bluetooth support for local multiplayer, but unfortunately, you can’t challenge other players over Wi-Fi.
It goes for $1.99.
It may pretty simple in the looks department, but Minotaur Rescue strikes an old-school arcade shooter nerve that’s hard to deny, or put down. Reminiscent of an old super-simple Atari 2600 game, Minotaur Rescue uses simplistic touch controls to let you guide your red ship around a single screen of asteroid-and-alien-blasting mayhem. At the center of the screen is a singularity whose gravity will continually draw you toward it, and when you’re not avoiding getting destroyed by that, you’ll have to zip around, taking out everything in your path and rescuing floating minotaurs loosed from the asteroids you’ve cracked open. Add to that the fact that you can join up in a two-player mode on the iPhone (four on the iPad) and Game Center’s leaderboards to track your scores, and you have a game that goes for a buck but has a tendency to keep you wanting to set new records of destruction.
It goes for $0.99.
It’s hard not to have fun when driving like a psychopath, causing other racers to slam into objects and explode ina ball of fiery death. That’s what’s offered by Road Blaster, a 1980′s driving game revival in which your thirst for vengeance is matched only by the coolness of the anime-inspired FMV graphics. You’re not technically doing the driving — in fact, you’re responding to on-screen prompts that tell you where to turn or whether you should hit the gas or break — but that doesn’t make it any less harrowing and certainly no less difficult. Points are scored by not becoming a squashed and mangled mess of car and man yourself, and you’ll hit checkpoints as you go to avoid having to play everything over again. Apple’s Game Center lays down achievements to strive for and a leaderboard to track your progress.
It goes for $0.99.