Repulze (iOS)

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When I first owned an iPhone, I thought there was no way it would become a premium gaming device. I thought it would be something fun to waste some time on when waiting in line, or at the theater before my movie started, or things of that nature. As time has passed, quite the opposite has happened. My iPhone is my primary gaming device. No longer do I own any other handheld gaming equipment to get my fix.

I recently came across “Repulze” for iOS in a search for a fun racing game. I have played the variety of “Need for Speed” games available in the App Store, but wanted to try something different. This game is “different”, and that is not a bad thing. The UI environments are very futuristic looking, and the gameplay comes at a very fast pace. There really is no way to take this game slowly. You are thrown in, and off you go.

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The tracks all have a similar feel, but they are different enough to keep you going. You are given certain tasks to complete to be able to advance to the next track. There are several vehicles to choose from, which provides a nice variety as well. I find myself getting stuck on tracks for quite a while. There are certain times you have to finish your laps in, to advance, and it is a trial to hit those times. But I like a good challenge. Now, I should state that I am not a hardcore gamer, although I really do appreciate a well designed game. That being said, I can’t really gauge the intensity level for a high level gamer. But my somewhat uneducated guess would be that this could keep anyone playing for quite a while.

I really like the controls on this game. There is really one word for them: simple. All you have is a left and right directional key. There are no brakes. I am not a big fan of the controls that utilize the accelerometer that is used in a lot of the racing games. And it’s a good thing the controls aren’t tricky, because you have to keep your full focus on the game while playing, due to the very fast-paced style of gameplay.

Another aspect of the game I really like is the soundtrack. It is kind of a futuristic techno. It matches the feel of the race, and has that pump-you-up type of feeling to it, and is a welcome addition to the whole experience of the game.

Of all the racing games I have played on iOS, this is my favorite. However, there is some great competition for it. I would recommend trying the “Need for Speed” series as well. Great job to Pixelbite on creating a really fun game. My only hope is that they expand the game, so that we can keep riding new tracks. But even without that, this has great replay value.

– David B. Harrington

App Review: Angry Birds Star Wars (iOS)

Apple has a lot of great apps to offer in their very popular App Store. I have played a wide range of games, and have really narrowed my favorites down to a select few in each app category. In the case of games, “Angry Birds” is right at the top. Rovio’s newest Birds release brings us into the world of Star Wars, which we are all very familiar with. What I loved about “Angry Birds” from the beginning was that it is a very fun, and very simple game to navigate. That being said, there are a lot of very challenging levels. It’s one of those games like “Super Mario Bros.” that looks innocent, and then as you make your way deeper into the game, you want to throw your iPhone (or console) across the room because the game is so tough. So, the challenge factor definitely exists, even for hardcore gamers.

They do a very good job on bringing the world of Star Wars to iOS. I appreciate how creative they got in assigning the Birds and Pigs we are used to playing with, to different Star Wars characters. Above, we see Luke Skywalker as the bird that we start out with in the game. Aside from Luke, we have really every character that should be in the game. We have Luke, Han, Leia, Chewy, C-3PO, R2-D2, and then on the dark side we have Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Tie Fighters, X-Wings, and we get to play in various locations such as Tatooine, the Death Star, and soon they will be updating the app to bring us the ice planet of Hoth.

 

One aspect that I find challenging that we do also find in the Space version of “Angry Birds” is where you are slinging the birds into different bubbles that carry their own gravity. You really have to aim just right to get the job done. It can get frustrating, but that is part of the challenge of the game that users enjoy.

I have always enjoyed the design of the characters as well. These are what I would call “time waster” games, but they are very addicting. So, user beware! It is also a big battery drainer. I have taken my battery down from full charge to 50% in one sitting of playing this game. Ya, it is that fun. And this latest installment is not exception.

 

It’s fun to see all the different ways Star Wars manifests itself in the retail market. It seems that Star Wars products are available in every direction we look. This game is a great addition to the vast collection of Star Wars related material, and should be downloaded without hesitation, even for the most casual of gamer.

 

-David B. Harrington