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.