Years ago, the trend was expansion – great, big expansion. Bigger TVs, bigger stereos, bigger cars. Now, the trend has shifted to smaller. Sony’s PSP is a hit and nearly every tween I’ve encountered (including my little sister) owns a Nintendo DS.
Apple introduced games for the iPod years ago, and though they were mostly okay (especially since the purchase price on average was around $5), what counted was that you had something extra to do on your iPod besides listening to music and watching videos.
I’m happy enough with my BlackBerry to want to keep it, so it made little sense to get the iPhone when all I actually wanted was the ability to download cool Apps and free games; I went for the iPod Touch.
There are a few setbacks (no camera, and some of the games won’t work well without WiFi access), but overall, it’s a dream pocket gaming console.
Here are some of my favorite iPhone/iPod Touch games in no particular order:
CC Ninja and CC Tennis: The “CC” stands for “Chop Chop.” The biggest difference is one’s a tennis game, and “CC Ninja” is all about slicing and dicing larger opponents than yourself.
Chess Free: Classic board game action. You can test your chess skills and improve your game on the go.
SP*Free: The “SP” is short for South Park, and this one’s just a jaunty little take on a game show, which has Cartman doing all sorts of amazing things, in spite of his girth. Fans should get all the references.
Battle Bears: Carnage at an alarming level, all involving cute little multi-colored bears that will pounce you to death if you don’t cut them down with your semi-automatic. It’s as idyllic as you could imagine. Green fields, sunny plains, and the cutest bears this side of “Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-Lot,” but don’t let them get too close: they will eat you for breakfast.
Robot: How about some old school 1950s sci-fi mayhem? Here’s a game App for mostly destroying puny humans too dumb to move out of the way. Like the X-Men’s Cyclops, you’ve got a deadly ray gun stare. Cities tumble at your feet. Gruesomely awesome.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Lite: Haven’t had the opportunity to play the full version yet. Can’t say I exactly care for the game play or the graphics on this one, but just having the “Grand Theft Auto” logo on my iPod Touch makes me feel cooler somehow.
(Rock Band) RB Free: You’ll probably grow out of this “Rock Band” lite version fairly soon. Modes are “Easy,” “Medium,” and of course, “Hard.” You jam to the Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly.” The full version goes for about $7 (that’s the rounded up price). (2) Out of all the games on my iPod Touch, this one feels the most natural. It utilizes the touch screen technology so perfectly. I’m actually kind of inspired by this song.
Bottom line: casual gamers will find the graphics appealing and most of the controls easy enough to work with.
There’s no doubt playing either of these games on the iPad is a superior experience, but the key word here is “free” – get it where you can get it.
While most games have become cinematic with complex storylines, the reason most of us picked up a game controller and subsequently, suffered from “gamer thumbs,” was because at the end of the day we were having fun. Isn’t that what gaming’s all about?
1) My iPod Touch