Hidden Variable Studios released Bag It!, a new grocery bagging puzzle mobile game, on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices. Bag It, offers 50 levels of puzzles and challenges. The game player must bag virtual grocery items like Eggs, milk, potato ships ideally without breaking them. You are able to re-arrange items in the bag, even turning items right side up. I wonder if professional grocery store baggers would consistently score higher than the non bagging human. Bag It includes some elements from Tetris but it’s a little more involved. Bag It costs $0.99 on the iOS platform and $1.99 on the Android platform. We have an email into Hidden Variable Studio’s contact asking them to explain the price differential and will update this post when they respond. (more…)
Mind Splat Design released their first game called Avoid-A-Ball for the iOS and Android platforms for $0.99. Spoonbill provided the sound effects.
As the name states you must avoid the tadpole like ball by shooting your ball around from tooth to tooth. You can earn power ups by directing the ball into the stars and also by colliding your ball when its enlarged into the ball you normally avoid. Everyone will enjoy Avoid A Ball. (more…)
Denmark based Happy Camper released Pearls, an action puzzle game for the IPad, IPhone, IPod Touch for $0.99. You take control of the Sam the happy pearl and must to draw a line through the other pearls floating down to the ground. I agree consumers will easily understand the objective of the Pearls. Since the pearls are moving or floating you must draw the line through the anticipated path of the pearl as opposed to drawing the line through the pearl’s exact location. (more…)
PlaySnack, self described “makers of delicious games”, released TurtleWorld, a physics based arcade game for the IPhone and the IPad priced at $0.99. Turtleworld stars Frank, an ordinary turtle tasked with doing extra-ordinary things like shooting Frank’s shell at the bad guys. (more…)
Will George Constanza play this version of Frogger on his IPad? If he has an Android device he would be shit out of luck. Did you know this year marks the 30th anniversary of Frogger? As part of this iconic anniversary Konami Digital Entertainment released Frogger Pinball for the IPad, IPhone and IPod Touch priced at $1.99. (more…)
Bangkok based Picsoft Studio released Tiny Defense, a strategy tower defense game for the iOS platform for $2.99. Tiny Defense takes place on the Green planet in a far away galaxy where the game player must help “cute” little robots defend their land against invading hordes of evil invaders. (more…)
Joost van Dongen will release Proun aptly described as a downloadable tube racing game later this spring for the PC. You are racing against time on the outside of a tube while avoiding modern art like obstacles by rotating your position using the control buttons or arrows. Proun looks very interesting, unique, addicting and fun. Proun belongs in any city’s museum of modern art. Dongen, Proun’s game developer combines beautiful art with challenging eye hand coordination with speed. You can still download Proun’s beta here.
Proun’s price is to be determined.
Frogames, an indie game developer, have joined the pay what you want business model faction for their downloadable racing game called MiniOne Racing. MiniOne Racing offers players a 3D racing and we would say balancing game. The game player doesn’t simply race around a track which you will discover on the first level. MiniOne Racing’s opening level requires the game player to race and balance along a narrow wooden dock above water. We fell off 6 times in the first 2 minutes of track. Consumers can download Minione Racing for their PC or Mac and they get to pay what they want.
Here’s the game trailer:
Game Review by Shane Mooney
Game Rating = 3/5
Smart, simple and surprisingly easy, ‘GabCab’ shows promise as a highly addicting downloadable game reminiscent of classic arcade games such as ‘Frogger” in it’s ease of play. The game revolves around a taxi cab (you) which picks up customers and delivers them to their various destinations by means of mouse clicks. This starts off as an easy task, but as the gas runs out and customers expect better standards in higher levels, ‘GabCab’ becomes more of a challenge.
Three Reasons to buy ‘GabCab’:
#1 – It’s easy to play. Simple controls and easy to grasp objectives, this downloadable game is perfect for players of any age and skill level.
# 2 – Cheap price. At $6.99 this game won’t leave a hole in your wallet. The website also offers a free hour trial version. This gives you the option of trying out the game before splashing out the cash.
# 3 – It’s addictive. After paying your money you want to have a game that doesn’t become boring after two or three levels. This game provides an easy game play that will keep you playing over and over again.
Three Reasons to avoid buying ‘GabCab’:
# 1 – It’s repetitive. Each level is pretty much the same thing over and over, only becoming harder by customers expecting better standards and gas running out more quickly.
#2 – Annoying soundtrack. The soundtrack is not the easiest to listen to in the word, and the sound is better kept on as it makes it easier to identify when a new customer is looking for a cab.
# 3 – Too easy. While it’s ease of play might be a good reason for lesser skilled gamers to buy this game, veterans will find it a walk in the park which poses little challenge.
Overall, ‘GabCab’ is definitely worth a look. It’s creativity makes it different, which is rare in toady’s gaming world. The graphics are what you expect from a DivX 8 game – not great but highly tolerable. The soundtrack can get extremely annoying at times, but is better left turned up to hear when somebody is looking for a pick up. It’s definitely playable, and does get you hooked (something you’d expect after paying $6.99).
‘GabCab’ gets a score of 3/5. It loses marks for it’s soundtrack and repetitiveness, but is definitely not a bad game. It’s a game which is probably best suited for young children.