If you’re one that likes to just play a game for 60 seconds or so then this game is for you. The whole point of the game is to survive the longest by moving your player icon (the blue circle) with the control pad and not hit or get hit by any of the pink orbs. Since the orbs keep multiplying the game gets increasingly difficult very quickly.
High scores are optionally posted to the “online” community where you can see how well others are doing (ie: how long they last in the game). At time of writing, the number 1 spot went to a player named “Masternay” with 83.16 seconds.
HellFire, released just a few days ago on the 21st of January, is a game that offers the player several types of helicopter missions to complete. As the pilot of either an American or Soviet era helicopter you must complete certain tasks on each mission. For example, on the easier level you must go into enemy territory, defend yourself, destroy enemy gunners, pick up your captured comrades and return to base. Each level complete progresses to another, more difficult level and there are even different types of missions to choose from and the more you play the more missions are unlocked.
HellFire provides the user with a rich, visual view into a 3D battlefield. Front and center is your helicopter, which you control by moving the device (ie: accelerometer) and there are touch-bottons on the screen to control your weapons (fire and weapon select) and a slider to control altitude. There is also a “radar” view or HUD in the top-right corner of the screen which helps you navigate towards your enemy.
At first I found the controls to be overly sensitive but once I turned down the accelerometer sensitivity (via config screen) manouvering the helicopter became much easier. As stated earlier, the scenery and effects are very well done and provides an excellent graphical experience for the player.
At first I really enjoyed HellFire, but it quickly became boring for me and since I stopped playing it I haven’t had a desire to go back to playing it. Now, having said that, it’s a keeper for my iPhone for the occassional 2 minute mission and to show off its graphics to friends but that’s about it for me.
HellFire is $4.99 in the iTunes App Store
Cute Math is very much just what it’s name says. It is a cute way to approach math with very young children. It consists of 6 different games. Each game has a specific aim and ability level in mind, and each one is harder than the one before. They all use numbers 1-10 exclusively (nothing higher and no zeros). The first two games, Apple Harvest and Baby Penguins, concentrate mainly on counting and number recognition. In Apple Harvest, the game speaks aloud and asks the child to put a certain number of apples in the basket. Baby Penguins asks the child to line up the baby penguins, each of which has a number between 1 and 10 on their tummy, in order. The next two games, Happy Birds and Fruit Fall, introduce addition and subtraction using fun animation and visual aids. The final two games, Balloon Bounce and Parachute Jump, work on mastering addition and subtraction without the use of visual cues. The child must now figure out the addition and subtraction problems in their head or using their fingers. Parachute Jump even adds a time limit within which the child must solve it. There are minor quirks in the program that bothered us a little. The voice that speaks in the first two games is sometimes hard to understand and in half of the games there is no way of correcting a mistake. You only get one chance to solve each problem.
We tested the game on a four-year-old. None of the things that bothered us seemed to make a difference to him. He had no trouble understanding the voice. He enjoyed the games and the simple animations and even seemed to be catching on quickly to the math concepts. We did have to sit down with him and explain what he needed to do in each game because it was not readily apparent what he should do and there were no explanations given. Once the games were explained, though, he caught on quickly.
This program is very simple, but it seems to do the job, at least as far as kids are concerned. We as adults weren’t too excited about Cute Math until we saw that it could indeed provide what it promised. This app is a pretty good one for introducing youngsters into the world of math in a fun way.
CuteMath is $1.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Lights Off is a very clever game that requires a very clever mind. Each level presents you with a new puzzle. The screen consists of 25 squares. Each square is either lit up or dark at the beginning of each level. To complete the level you must “turn off” all of the squares that are lit up. You turn a square on or off by touching it. However, when you touch a square it not only turns that square on or off, but you change the state of the squares directly to the right, left, top, and bottom of the one you touched.
The game starts with a few easy puzzles to get your brain going and then quickly becomes more difficult. If you get stuck, you can reset the puzzle and start again. You can also revisit the levels that you have already completed by touching the area of the screen where the level is displayed. If you like puzzles and thinking games, this one is for you. Don’t think too hard, though. Sometimes the answer is easier than you think.
Lights Off is $1.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Alphabetic is a simple yet challenging game to play. It is challenging enough to keep adults interested and easy enough for kids to catch on. The object of the game is very straight-forward. Find the 26 letters of the alphabet before time runs out. You start with 26 seconds on the clock and earn 3 seconds for each letter you find. The game starts with only one or two letters on the screen, making touching the right one easy. As the game progresses becomes more and more challenging as the letters bounce, swirl, and fly around the screen, crossing in front of and behind one another.
Once you complete the “Quick Game,” you can move on to the “Challenges.” Here is where things really get tricky. Now you must complete the game with several different twists. One challenge has you find the letters in the alphabet backwards, one has you find numbers, and still others increase the speed or difficulty of the game. For completing difficult feats, you earn trophies. Twenty-six of them in all. One for each letter of the alphabet. Some trophies are easier to earn than others. However, don’t plan on being able to get them all on your own. To earn them all, you must use the “Tell a Friend” function of the game. Alphabetic is fun and addicting to play. Whether you are looking for a quick 2 minute game or something to work at for awhile, this one fits the bill.
Alphabetic is $1.99 in the iTunes App Store.