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I Have An iThing

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It's had some time to heat up the market, but now the iOS has finally landed in my hot little hands. I've never owned a touch device before, and my good friend Jordan has deposited his with me...loaded with games. I've been on a grand tour of apps, finally playing Angry Birds, Plants Vs. Zombies, Fruit Ninja and more. For a guy who considers himself up on games this was a whole world I was ignoring...but no longer! Here is a play by play of me getting used to the device on my commute to work.

First off, I noticed how small the device feels in your hands. iPods are thin things, and despite mine having a fancy green covering it still felt thin. My fingers could knit behind it comfortably, and to hold my thumbs in the right place for games I had to constantly find "the position"...the number one best way to hold your hands for that app...for that moment...It's a bit of a juggling act, really. Tiresome, but not deal breaking. I've had an iPod nano for some time now, so I was used to the hardware: lock button, volume...simple stuff. I gripe over fingerprints on my screen, and am ever conscious of scratches. I hope to goodness this thing doesn't scratch easily. The speaker is fine, I use it with headphones mostly, and it's responsive as hell of course.

Once I got over the hardware, the games I was playing were engaging at first, but I saw where my original concerns about iOS games were well founded: The games were mostly derivatives, shameless copies or toned down versions of larger titles. Some shined, but only some amidst so many others. Within about 15 minutes of playing I was flipping finding new games, already tired or bored with the ones I was playing. Maybe it's not for me, maybe I want more from my mobile games. They fit the market: whip it out on a commute, or sitting at a coffee shop, or waiting for a movie to start...but why wouldn't I just bring my DS/PSP? Does the fact it plays music and orders Grub Hub make it more or less useful as a pocket console when the ones that don't, in my opinion, have better games?

What I'm looking for is a simple little "Best Of" for iOS. If touch gaming is the big thing now...I want in. Suggest your personal favorite games or apps, I need to load this puppy up.

12 Comments

Isnt this something more for the forums??

Cube said:

These would be my recommendations to any new iOS gamer:

Carcassonne
Helsing's Fire
Mirror's Edge
Zen Bound 2
Fruit Ninja
Defender Chronicles
Cross Fingers
Game Dev Story
Tilt to Live

If I had to pick the best of that list, I'd go with Zen Bound 2, Defender Chronicles, and Carcassonne - three games that even after years of ownership I still regularly go back to.

Henshin A Go Joe said:

JustTheTrick: I had hoped to make it a "First impression op/ed" of sorts.

Jake said:

Ooh if you like RPGs, go with "Chaos Rings" by Square Enix.
awesome game(play). You can also try Plants vs Zombies! it works so well for your phone, you'll love it.

Grettir said:

Battleheart by Mikka Mobile
Helsing's Fire by Ratloop
Legendary War by Liv games

Eric said:

So Joe, you video chat with Kamen Rider 1 on your iPod?

HenshinAGoJoe said:

Eric: I do in fact! I share a birthday with Hiroshi Fujioka, it was destiny.

Grettir: I really liked the looks of Legendary Wars, I'm dling it now.

Cube: GAME DEV STORY! How could I forget! I've wanted to play this for ages! Thanks for reminding me!

Eric said:

That's pretty amazing, haha. You should get Cakeboss Kougami to make you guys a cake.

Eric said:

HAPPYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRSSSSSDDDDDDDDDDDAAAAAYYYYYY!

Joe said:

And so Joe, in his haste, has named himself the same name as the person he meant to reply to.

*Whistles...and walks away*

WOW... I was totally going to geek out on seeing Kamen Rider 1 there, but I see Eric beat me to the punch on noticing it first.

I share a birthday with "Ken" from Gekiranger (same day that Kamen Rider Kiva premiered also).


Perhaps PinkKryptonite could include a few more Sentai and Kamen Rider stories for us RiceQueen Hero lovers.

Janvier said:

Here's something you should be looking for if you find grip an issue for the iDevice. It's bulky, for sure, but it sure does give a good sense of grip when it comes to some games, like dual controller games like Solomon's Keep/Minigore, or for Street Fighter and Devil May Cry 4 Refrain.

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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