My iPhone/iPad Pile of Shame


My video game hoarding ways have recently transcended the console space and into my iPhone/iPad life. Over the last few weeks, I’ve picked up a number of games at discounted prices mainly because they were cheap. Some of the games I have written about of late are the games I’ve put at least some time into. However, the following pile of games are currently taking up space on my iDevices and I’m not exactly sure when I’m going to get around to them.

Uno
The popular card game continues to make its presence felt on digital platforms. I picked this up for $0.99 thinking that I would find a few minutes here and there for some Uno action. From the little I’ve played of it, it seems to work as you would expect it to.

Streets of Rage
Like Uno, this Sega Genesis classic has been rehashed to every digital platform under the sun. Unfortunately for me, this is my first time actually playing the game. While the soundtrack is as amazing as everyone said it was, this version of the game suffers some extreme slow-down on my G1 iPod Touch. It also doesn’t help that the controls aren’t nearly as responsive as they should be for this type of game.

Pac-Man CE
Pac-Man CE surprised me when it first came out on XBOX Live. I never really cared for Pac-Man, but this new twist on classic Pac-Man gameplay was pretty fun. This seemed like a game that would be great on the go. So far it works alright, but the controls aren’t as responsive as a directional pad or a joystick. If you can overcome that, Pac-Man CE is a good buy.

Need For Speed: Shift
From what I’ve heard, Need For Speed: Shift on the iPad is awesome. However, at $12.99, I decided to grab the iPhone version instead, which was on-sale for $1. While it doesn’t look the greatest stretched out on the iPad screen, on the iPod Touch it looks just fine. Haven’t played enough of it to say whether or not this is a quality game.

Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles
The character of Altair is alien to me. I skipped the first game due to mediocre word-of-mouth and picked up Assassin’s Creed 2 instead, which was one of my favourite games of last year. At $0.99, I thought this might be worth a shot. I haven’t even gotten past the first level of this game, so I won’t go any further with impressions till I spend more time with it.

N.O.V.A.
N.O.V.A. is highly regarded as arguably the best FPS on the iPhone. I dread the idea of controlling an FPS on a touch screen, but so far I’ve thought N.O.V.A. has handled fairly well. Gameplay wise, this Gameloft product takes a lot of design and gameplay cues from Halo. At $0.99, I’m glad I picked it up and I look forward to putting in more time to it.

Tilt to Live
This one is a game that seems to be popular among the members of the gaming press, who seemed to mention it all the time a few months back. I grabbed it on the one day it was free. So far I’m not sure what the hype is all about. The biggest turn-off to me so far have been the tilt controls, which don’t seem to work the way I would want them to. For a game called “Tilt to Live”, not feeling good about the tilt controls is a deal-breaker for me.

Transformers G1: Awakening
This turn-based strategy game seems like the perfect game for me. I like turn-based strategy games like Fire Emblem. I like the Transformers. I also like games that go on sale for $0.99 . However, this game hasn’t really done much to grab me. To be fair, I’ve only played through the first two levels, but War of Eustrath on the iPad grabbed me on first level and I couldn’t put it down till I got completely stuck on the second last level. Time will tell if I ever get around to this one.

Super Monkey Ball: Sakura Edition
This iPad launch game I picked up on sale for $4.99. While it looks great, the gameplay so far has not grabbed me enough to stick with it. Since this was the most expensive game I payed for in this bunch, I’ll probably force myself to get my $5 worth.

This isn’t even the full list of games I’ve bought on my iPod Touch and iPad that I haven’t gotten around to. Hopefully, I can practice some self-control, resist buying any more games for the next little while and actually play the games I have. Easier said than done though, when I’m still regularly playing Street Fighter IV on the iPod Touch, Plants vs. Zombies on the iPad and game companies keep putting their games on sale. It’s hard out here for a gamer, isn’t it? 😛

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