Despite its apparent popularity in the States, I’ve not seen a Skee-Ball machine over here in Malaysian arcades or amusement parks. No matter, as Freeverse’s latest game, is set to fill in that gap, albeit virtually and on my iPhone (not that it’s a bad thing).
Check out the video below, and the following press release for Skee-Ball. Gotta admit, it looks pretty darn good:
OFFICIAL SKEE-BALL GAME ANNOUNCED BY FREEVERSE FOR iPHONE AND iPOD TOUCH
Brooklyn, NY – Sept. 16, 2009 – Freeverse is pleased to announce its newest title for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch, Skee-Ball! Celebrating its 100th anniversary, Skee-Ball has been enjoyed by generations of players from boardwalks to arcades, and now Freeverse brings the fun to your iPhone!
Developed by Graveck, the game’s excellent physics and 3D graphics make rolling the signature Skee-Ball an extremely fun and exciting experience.
Skee-Ball‘s authentic gameplay and irresistable bowling action set it apart from any other game of its kind. Taking advantage of the flawless touch screen controls and featuring bright, colorful graphics, Skee-Ball brings the enjoyment of the great arcade pastime to life in your hands.
Roll the ball up the incline with a simple flick of the finger to land in one of the high value holes to rack up points for redeemable tickets! In addition to more than 80 hilarious in-game prizes, players can challenge themselves by working their way up the Skill Star levels to earn more tickets per game.
The official game of Skee-Ball features online leader boards with Plus+ integration. Challenge friends and family instantly and keep up to date with achievements, news, and highlights always at your fingertips.
Last night’s 1 hour play through of Terminator Salvation for the PS3 netted 2 gold trophies in a span of 1 hour. I was literally stopped in my tracks at the end of the “Angie” level after my huge machine got blown to bits.
GameFAQs is pretty thin on this, but if you are looking for a walkthrough, check out the one on IGN (click here). Hopefully I can get over this speed bump tonight.
War…war never ends. And indeed it doesn’t, especially when it’s made into a fun little package in the form of AddictingGames’ recent release for the iPhone/iPod Touch, World Wars.
Gameplay takes place, board game style, on a map with the objective of defeating the opponents and conquering the entire map. Players can face up to 7 AI-controlled opponents. The player can launch any number of attacks on enemy countries/territories during each of his/her turn and the outcome of each battle will be determine by a dice roll.
With that kind of premise set, the game actually sounds pretty simple but I found it pretty hard to master as well. Earlier in the game, I felt inclined to attack as many enemy territories adjacent to my troops. While this tactic results in more territory to be conquered per turn, it also thins out my troops (you are bound to lose troops when attacking a territory).
Reinforcements do arrive throughout the game but the number of reinforcement is determined by the largest area of countries a player has. So instead of surrounding enemy territory, try breaking up the connections between their countries by conquering the contries in-between.
I don’t know why, but the casual games that I’ve been reviewing lately are really top notch, with World Wars being no exception. The game does have some kinks, the lack of any multiplayer options, and occasional dubious combat results come off as slight disappointments in otherwise a really great game with a 99 cent price tag.
Click here to purchase and download World Wars from the App Store.
It’s a device slightly bigger than a GBM that plays everything from NES games right up to GBA, Neo Geo and even Capcom CPS 1 & 2 games. ThinkGeek calls it the Pocket Retro Game Emulator while DealExtreme calls it the “Dingoo A-320”.
But if you are looking for a bargain for the device with such an impressive feature set (look out for the expanded list below), you are better-off buying it over at DealExtreme (click here for details) since the site is selling it for just USD 82 with worldwide free shipping compared to USD 99.90 on ThinkGeek.
Check out the following video from ThinkGeek putting the Dingoo through its paces.
There’s one thing about the 16-bit video games era that I totally forgotten until 30 minutes ago, and that is I totally suck at 16-bit games. Be it Mario or Sonic, I had two left thumbs on the controller.
And the game that reminded me of all that was the compilation that arrived yesterday afternoon, Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection for the PS3. I only had the time to try out the games just now and it turned out to be an embarrassing experience.
Blame it on rust or anything, but I didn’t manage to finish a level in any of the games that I tried, except for Sonic The Hedgehog.
The list of retro games in this compilation is really comprehensive (click here for a breakdown) and I think I’ll probably take some time to go through all of them. But if you are a retro game nut (honestly, I prefer playing old games on a handheld console), especially one who covets SEGA stuff, this is the compilation for you.
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection is available at USD 29.90. Click here for details.
Another day, another jigsaw puzzle, but this time it comes with an aquatic twist and with a pretty cool special effect. 99Games’ Aqua Jigsaw will have you assembling jigsaw puzzles of marine life and scenery, while a ripple effect gives a feeling that you are doing all that underwater.
What I feel that makes Aqua Jigsaw a compelling addition to anyone’s casual games library on the iPhone/iPod Touch are the really beautiful and fascinating marine life pictures used as the basis for the puzzles. That goes to say that the graphics in this game is pretty much top notch.
By default, each picture is broken up into 12 jigsaw pieces and while these are not many, it’s perfect for bite-size gameplay. But if you desire a challenge, you can always increase the number of pieces to up to 24!
The ripple effect is a nicely done visual effect, and is triggered by touch. While this can be disabled, it’s fun to see the ripples come to life as you move your puzzle pieces around the screen with your finger.
The game increases its replay value and certainly belies its 0.99 cent price tag by allowing players to use pictures taken directly from the iPhone camera or from the photo albums to create puzzles.It’s pretty cool to assemble a jigsaw puzzle of the Petronas Twin Towers “underwater”.
Having said all that, Aqua Jigsaw is pretty much one of the best casual games out there on the iPhone, irrespective of price point. The game also sets the benchmark for other jigsaw puzzle games out there. Check it out over at the iTunes Store (click here).
This is pretty cool, Play-Asia has two types of HORI Fighting Sticks selling at discounted prices. First up, it’s the HORI Fighting Stick EX2 for the Xbox 360 going for USD 56.90, down from the sticker price of USD 69.90. Click here for purchase information.
The second fighting stick is a really formidable one and is also for the Xbox 360. Featuring the same layout as arcade boards, the HORI Real Arcade Pro.EX or HARP for short, is going for USD 119.90, down from the original price of USD 149.90. Interested? Click here for details.
Written by 2008 Writers Guild of America Videogame Writting Award Winner, Dave Ellis, the game makes up for its shortcomings by making tongue-in-cheek references to the likes of Duke Nukem, Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Bond movies, etc etc.
If you must know, the game is about a retired video game star coming back for a new video game but finds that he is slated to be replaced in a first level plot twist. Poor guy.
Anyways, it’s also a game for trophy whores, not that I’m one of them. I played the game for an hour and I netted not 1 but 9 bronze trophies (you even get one surviving a level unscathed and one for pausing the game for the first time) and a silver one.
I deem that to be a really impressive ROI. Come tonight…”It’s Hazard Time!” Matt Hazard is currently available at a bargain bin price over at Play-Asia. Check it out here.
Terminator Salvation is a watershed for Gold Trophies on the PS3. I was on the game for 20 minutes last night, and wa-lah, a gold trophy in hand. In anycase, the game is probably easier to play in co-op mode.
Those crabby robots seem to know that I’m flanking them, all the time and my AI team mates aren’t that proficient in taking them down when I got those robots distracted.
Onto other things, it’s only the first half of the day and I’ve heard the name Scribblenauts mentioned too many times. But if you are curious on what the game can actually do, here’s the list of words, all 22k + of them from the game’s object list (view it here).
Scribblenauts is now available at Play-Asia. Click here for purchase information.
Do you like jigsaw puzzles? I know I do. Not only did I just buy a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle yesterday, I’ve been playing two jigsaw-puzzle-like games on the iPhone in order to write reviews for Nine Over Ten 9/10.
The first of the two games is AddictingGame’s 50 States. In this game, you are giving 50 turns to fit the different states of the USA on to a map of the country. Stumped? Shaking the iPhone will replace the current piece with a new state, but at the cost of 1 turn.
It’s pretty fun to see how much errors you made, which are calculated in miles (off-target) at the end of the game. I also had a lot of fun figuring out which state belongs to which part of the map, and yes, I did cheat a little with help of a map of the United States 😛 (I’m not American anyways).
The game however is not without its kinks. Putting in the 50 states in their rightful places in the map can be a really time consuming affair, and it’s surprising to see that it doesn’t have an auto-save feature somewhere.
Secondly, you got to be really precise in placing the pieces, since the game is pretty anal about placement, allowing only up to a 2 millimeter offset. This makes smaller states a pain to place on the map.
In any case, at 99 cents, 50 States is one cheap and effective learning tool/game to get you to know what and where the American states are, give it a few tries and you too will be an expert. Grab it at the iTunes store for your iPhone/iPod Touch by clicking here.