Sam Buys An iPhone
So, I finally caved in and bought an iPhone 5. I don’t regret it. In fact after suffering many years using first a Blackberry, and then even worse – a HTC, it was about time I got a phone I really liked, and one that can capably allow me to play games wherever I am! On my voyage to owning all consoles of this generation (save for a 360, and yes I’m counting the iPhone 5 as a console) I now have access to ‘applications’ and I thought I’d share with you my impressions on the first loads of apps that I happened to download.
The first two games on my list are Temple Run 2 and Into The Dead. The reason I group these two games together is because they have both been out for a while now, and are also fairly similar in nature. Both involve non-stop running where you have to move the character to avoid certain objects. The objects specifically for Temple Run 2 are chasms, fire, stone walls, and a weird running bird-creature with a skull for a head that is constantly chasing you. Whereas with Into The Dead the objects are simply just zombies… The challenge in both comes from running as far as you can without dying. In Temple Run 2 the speed gets faster and faster, making it more difficult as you go along. With Into The Dead the difficulty increases as more and more undead appear in your way. Luckily you can wield a pistol to take out a few stray zombies, but you will mainly half to rely on your dodging skills. Both games are on par with each other and are also pretty basic. But then they are also both addictive, and surely that is the sign of a good game?
Then we have Simpsons Tapped Out and Jurassic Park Builder. As before I have grouped these two together for the same reasons. Except in this case we move on from ‘running’ to ‘building’. In Tapped Out you build your own Springfield whilst allocating tasks to various characters from the show. The tasks take time though and you will find yourself having to wait long periods of time before you can play some more. It’s a similar scenario with Jurassic Park, except in this instance you are building a park of dinosaurs rather than your own town, and you don’t get the awful loading times that come with Tapped Out. There is also plenty more to do here – research fossils to breed new dinosaurs, stock food to feed them with, create other buildings and attractions, plus bulldozing down land in order to build more. My personal preference would be Jurassic Park. I don’t like having to wait 24 hours before I can do my next task, ala Tapped Out, whereas with Jurassic Park there’s enough to be doing whilst you’re waiting for your dinosaurs to grow, or your stock of food to come in. By all means try both, as they are free apps after all. Just don’t become so addicted to the games that you get roped into spending real money to get more cash and donuts within the games…
Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy was an addition that I already actually owned on the 3DS but wanted to try out on the iPhone. The fact that it was free helped this matter, as well as having an additional mode where you can create your own songs. The basis of the game is to tap and swipe along to songs. Circles move along the screen and you will have to tap as they pass over one of your four chosen characters. Arrows indicate that you must swipe and long bars mean that you must hold your finger down. The animation looks lovely, with cutesy looking versions of your favourite characters, and there is a load of unlockable content to boot. Any Final Fantasy fan who appreciates the genius music from the series should consider this game a must.
Lastly we have Walking Dead Assault. At first it was infuriating; trying to complete as early as level 3 without upgrading, simply because I wanted to save enough points to get Michonne as a handy addition to my team. Of course my adamant side got the better of me and you don’t actually have to do this straight away. Therefore the frustration I received was my own doing and once I had Michonne, and began to upgrade my characters stats, I found myself moving through the levels of the game and thoroughly enjoying it as I did. You look down on your characters from a slanted birds-eye-view, much like old school Grand Theft Auto, as you move through various scenes from the first graphic novel – Days Gone Bye. It remains true to the comic by being black and white, with the extra additions of red blood (can anyone say Sin City?), and you get to choose a total of 4 characters for each level from a total of 10, all of whom are in the first graphic novel. Well, save for Michonne. Each character has their own weapons and skills and you will find yourself using a different variety to achieve different tasks. The main aim in each level is to kill all the walkers. You point where you want your characters to move and they will attack automatically if there are nearby enemies. You can collect ammo and points to upgrade, as well as attack hunters, cause herds to attack, and take on bonus objectives that if completed will grant you extra points, trivia, and artwork.
I think it goes without saying that some of these games would be best played on an iPad simply because it has a bigger screen, and therefore would give you more room to control what is going on, particularly in the case of Walking Dead Assault where you have to move characters around with an urgency. The ‘speed-run’ games – Temple Run 2 + Into The Dead – I would actually prefer playing on the iPhone because all you’re doing is essentially swiping you finger at the right time to avoid obstacles and objects. As for the ‘builder’ games – Tapped Out + Jurassic Park – it could go either way. You have all the time in the world to create your worlds, and at no point did I find the iPhone’s screen too small to prevent me from playing them properly. That leaves Theatrhythm – simply put, if you have the joy of owning a 3DS then I would recommend that you get this game on that. Not only do you get a vast array of songs to play, rather than just 2 for the ‘app’ version (with plenty more that you have to purchase separately), as well as the glory of seeing your favourite Final Fantasy characters in ‘glasses-free’ 3D but personally I find it easier using the stylus rather than my forefinger.
If I had to pick one game from the list it would have to be Walking Dead Assault. Sure, it is the only one of the bunch that you actually have to pay an initial sum for. But seeing as that price is as low as £1.99 it is a game that any Walking Dead fan would relish, especially with all the unlockable artwork you can use as your home/lock screen wallpaper. Just remember that all the other games are free and fun, so I would recommend giving them all a blast. Just don’t be a fool and spend your money on fake pink donuts that you can’t even eat!
Into The Dead – Jurassic Park Builder – Simpson’s Tapped Out – Temple Run 2 – Theatrhythm – Walking Dead Assault