Skyworks is well known for their sports arcade games such as World Cup Ping Pong and Arcade Bowling. Recently, they released a different kind of game called Mad Miner. Mad Miner is a timed maze game. You are the mad miner trying to collect all of the diamonds in the mine before you run out of time. The mines themselves are a confusing labyrinth of passages that you must navigate. Some even have secret passageways. You must also avoid snakes, bats, runaway mine cars, and falling stalactites throughout the mine. Your guide is a radar on the left side of the screen that shows your location in relationship to all of the items in the mine to be collected. Even though it doesn’t show you how to get to the various items, this radar can be very helpful in trying to find everything.
As you move throughout the mine, there are spots in the floor that are lighter in color. These are the spots where the mad miner can dig. Once he digs through the floor, he will be able to climb down to the level below. He can also climb back up the pile of rocks left behind. There are also, lifts within the mine to help you move from level to level in the mine. In addition to collecting the diamonds in the mine, there are other objects that will give you different bonuses. Gold nuggets give you bonus points, hearts help heal your health, miner faces give you an extra life, and hourglasses add time to the clock. The game ends when you run out of lives or run out of time, whichever comes first.
To move around in the mine, you have a directional control pad on the left side of the screen. Touch left or right to move in those directions. If you touch on just the tip of these buttons, you will run instead of walking. Touching up and down allows you to climb up and down piles of rubble in the mine. In addition to the controls on the left, you have an up and a down arrow on the right hand side of the screen. The up arrow makes you jump and the down arrow makes you duck or dig with your pickaxe. These controls sound straight forward, and they are. However, these controls, for me, were very difficult to use, at first. I got frustrated when I couldn’t get the miner to do what I wanted him to and I was running out of time. After playing the game for awhile, it did get easier and feel more natural.
Overall, mad miner is fun and challenging. I had enjoyed trying to find everything in the mine before time ran out.
Mad Miner is $1.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Developer’s Website: http://www.skyworks.com/iphone/
It appears as if Skyworks has another great app out. World Cup Ping Pong is currently coming it at #8 in the iTunes App Store. So, I decided to take a look and see what all the fuss was about. I wasn’t disappointed. This app falls in line with many of their other sports apps. It is well-written and fun to play, especially if you happen to like ping pong.
The game is simple and easy to play. Simply place your finger on the screen and slide it around to move your paddle. The direction and speed that the paddle is moving when it hits the ball determines the speed and direction the ball takes. You can also put spin on the ball by moving the paddle quickly in the direction you wish it to spin as you hit the ball. Being that the name of the app is World Cup Ping Pong, in each game that you play, you get to choose which country you want to play for from the eight country flags displayed.
The variation in the game comes in the four different types of games that the app has to offer. There are options for one player, two player, and tournament games. In Tournament Mode you are entered in a tournament consisting of three rounds (quarter finals, semi finals, and finals). The winner in each round game goes on to play the winner of the other games in the round until there is a winner. Of course, you are the only real player and the other 8 in the tournament are played by the app. It is still fun to see if you can come out on top.
In Arcade mode you play without an opponent. The ping pong table is folded up so that the other half of the table forms a wall for you to hit the ball off of. As you play, colored circles appear on the wall. If you hit the circles, you get extra points. The goal is to keep the ball in play as long as you can and to get the highest score you can.
Practice mode allows you to practice your ping pong against a computer generated opponent. The first player to reach 11 points wins. This mode is a great place to get used to the controls and learn how to play the game.
The last mode is Head to Head. In this game mode, you can play against another person on the same device. The view of the game in this mode switches to an aerial view of the table and each person plays on one half of the screen. World Cup Ping Pong is a well-designed game that provides hours of fun for all ages.
World Cup Ping Pong $0.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Developer’s Website: http://www.skyworks.com/iphone/
With Arcade Bowling Lite in the number 4 position among free apps and Arcade Bowling and Arcade Hoops Basketball selling in the top 50 among paid apps, Skyworks is making a mark with their games for the iPhone/iPod. We took a look at a few of these games and were pleased with what we found. None of the games are too complex or require too much thought or skill, but they deliver when it comes to quick easy fun.
Arcade Bowling and Arcade Bowling Lite brings the ever popular Skeeball game to your device. Each round that you play gives you the typical 9 balls to roll. To pick up your ball, touch the bottom of the screen and then flick your finger forward to roll the ball. The speed and direction of your finger affects the speed and direction of the ball. Once the ball is launched, you can further fine tune its direction by tilting your phone.
Arcade Bowling is $1.99 in the iTunes App Store. The lite version is free.
Arcade Hoops Basketball and QB Pass Attack Football are similar games with a similar goal. Which one is better? Depends on which sport you like better. In both these games, the object is to throw a ball as many times as you can into a goal before the time is up. Time starts when you throw the first ball. Grab a ball by touching one of the four balls at the bottom of the screen and throw it by flicking your finger toward the goal. Once again, speed and direction matter. Both games have classic and progressive games. The progressive game moves the basketball backboard forward and backward in Arcade Hoops and gives you four quarters of play in QB Pass Attack.
Arcade Hoops Basketball is $1.99 in the iTunes App Store.
QB Pass Attack Football is $1.99 in the iTunes App Store.
While still simple and easy to play, X’s & O’s Football is the most complex of the group. When you launch the game, there are two football teams of 5 players each on the field. You choose from a finite number of pre-designed plays. Then, tap the screen to hike the ball. The players will carry out the play. Your job is to tap the screen where you want the ball tossed. If you time it right and tap the right spot, the pass will be complete and your team will try to run the ball down the field for a touchdown. It is a fun way to play a simple game of football on the go.
X’s & O’s Football is $1.99 in the iTunes App Store.