Big Blue Bubble, the creators of Thumpies and the smash-hit Fighting Fantasy series, recently posed a rather interesting challenge to their employees. The deal was, six teams were given a Friday and the weekend (that's only 72 hours!) to whip together an with an app that could be launched onto the App Store. The first two projects to be given the green light by discerning CEO, Damir Slogar, are Invaders from Uranus and Aaah! Chompsters!.
Some have it that a humongous asteroid wiped the dinosaurs off the face of the earth, others reckon a sudden and deadly cold snap was to blame. App Store newcomers, Nemoid Studio have another theory - perhaps it was simply their monstrous appetites and mega-fast metabolisms that brought about extinction.
I'd imagine I'm not the only person getting more than a little tired of developers sticking the word doodle in their games' titles in a transparent attempt at cozying up to the chart-topping hit Doodle Jump. So I guess I'd better start this review by saying FunTribe's Doodle Lab 101 isn't just another game jumping on that particular buzzword-bandwagon. On the contrary in fact, it's a surprisingly innovative twist on a path drawing/physics puzzler, based around a pretty neat drawing mechanic.
MemMatch is a charmingly simple little app that's perfect for the casual gamer. While it's hardly likely to set the world on fire, this title's modern twist on the classic memory/concentration card game, pick-up-and-play usability and polished presention does impress.
Such is the god-awful state of reality TV and game shows these days, that the nightmare scenario brought to vivid life by id Software's newest shoot-'em-up RAGE Mobile - tooled-up contestants battling killer mutants for the viewing pleasure of bloodthirsty coach potatoes - probably isn't as far-fetched as one might like to imagine.
Cleverly subverting ye olde side-scrolling video game's traditional principles, WackyLands Boss by Chillingo and FairPlay Labs casts the player as the big, bad boss rather than yet another generic Mario or Sonic wannabe. It's a fantastic idea, and allows for some tremendously enjoyable, tongue-in-cheek action as you stomp through levels smiting the good guys, chowing down on princesses, and generally being a butt ugly menace to society.
Having been relentlessly pursued across the seven seas by those you've pillaged and plundered from, Enora Software's iPirate Battle sees you dropping your ship's anchor, raising the Jolly Roger, and turning your cannons on a tooled-up fleet of attackers.
Burrow is the creation of a husband and wife team with no previous programming or application development knowledge. Not that you'd know it, because the game boasts a charming hand-drawn art style and oodles of seriously polished and addictive gameplay.
Doodles are so last season. I mean, given the chart-topping success of Rovio Mobile's Angry Birds, shouldn't we now be seeing a dramatic increase in the number of games that involve pelting irate pigeons at greedy pigs' houses, rather than yet more attempts at emulating the Doodle Jump formula? Nevertheless, with Flight Doodle, Eyedip LLC throw their hat into the depressingly overcrowded doodle/avoidance/high score ring.
Having already put iPhone gamer's reactions through their paces with a one-two punch of speedily paced platformers Fastball 1 & 2, Klik! Games return to the App Store with Little Hero, another game that requires quick wits and quicker fingers to master.