JSmith here doing a guest review of Pudding Monsters for iOS. It’s easier to show you this game than explain it. Check out this video:
Sometimes the games that are the most fun, and most addicting are also the seemingly simplest. When I first looked at Throw ‘Em Balls I didn’t think that it would hold my attention much more than a few minutes tops. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Throw ‘Em Balls is one of the most addictive games I think I’ve ever played on the iPhone. It keeps you saying “1 more time, I know that I can beat that level with one more try”. It reminds me of the old claw games where you try to win the stuffed animal but invariably you never do. You always come “so close”… Close enough to make you want to give it just one more try. That’s what Throw ‘Em Balls does to you. It hooks you in and before you know it you’ve spent an hour throwing a virtual basketball, tennis ball, etc. at a virtual target. It’s so addicting and I can’t get enough of it!
The basic premise is deceptively easy. You pull the ball (whatever type it may be) back like you would a slingshot (think Angry Birds) and “shoot” the ball towards the goal. Some levels have baskets for the basketball themes, some have tennis balls, some have cups and ping pong balls for beer pong but there is always a target and always a ball. That’s it. Sounds like it would get boring quickly right? I would have said the same thing 4 hours ago when I started playing it…
Some of the key features of this App are the simple yet elegant graphics. It doesn’t fill the screen with flashing lights or anything to distract your eye, rather it does a really good job of placing what would actually be at the depicted scene. While we’re talking about the graphics, I should note that it supports retina display so the balls will be shown and thrown in high res. So Easy you say right? Wrong! The developer used a really good algorithm to simulate how you would expect the balls to travel in real life. I was pleasantly surprised to find that trajectory changes equally effected bounce angles etc. In Short, it’s like real life.
To unlock higher levels you have to get a certain score just like with any game. As you progress through the levels you will find that the game gets harder and harder (as it should) and the misses closer and closer. The game is on a timer however every time you score you extend the clock by a few seconds so it’s all up to you how much time you have! Hitting a target, or making a ball in whatever the target may be, adds points to your running total. Missed balls are scattered throughout the floor/surface to remind you of all of the failed attempts and close calls but it keeps it fun!
If you’re looking for a fun, deceptively challenging game that will have you entertained for hours, Throw ‘Em Balls is for you! Just remember to keep track of the time or you’ll look up and a few hours will have gone by!
If you’re an Angry Birds fan and a Star Wars fan then you probably already have been playing this game Angry Birds Star Wars is here. What does that mean? It means we get the highly addictive Angry Birds game with a Star Wars theme on top of it. That’s pretty much it. Yes, the developers got the chance to add some additional characters, but in a nutshell this is Angry Birds and that’s not a bad thing. You’ll get some new challenges as you always do with a new version of this game, but you get to re-live your Star Wars fantasies while you’re playing a fun game too. Here’s a first look video from yesterday when I launched the game for the 1st time:
There really isn’t anything not to like about this version of Angry Birds, but if you were looking for a radically different game with you swinging a light saber, then you may be a little disappointed. With that said you will be able to Use the Force (Push) and have your Angry Birds swing their light sabers, taking out pigs and deflecting blaster fire as you progress through the levels. Also if you liked Angry Birds in Space you’ll be happy to know that there are some levels that incorporate the space/gravity themes in them too. It’s fun! I’m a geek! Enough said.
The Force is strong with this one…
I enjoy games, but I just don’t have a ton of time to play them. However, every now and then I get addicted to a game and that has happened once again. One of my iPhone buddies turned me on to Flow Free and I find myself launching it every time I get a minute or I’m standing in a line. The Game is basically a maze puzzle where you use your finger to connect the two like color dots. As you progress through the levels the paths to success aren’t as clear and you really have to think your way through the entire board. You also don’t have an indefinite amount of time to play. So you have to think fast as the game gets harder. While the game is free to download there is an in-app purchase available to turn off the ads. Rather than continue to talk about it, I recorded the video below to show you how it works. Check it out:
If you have children under the age of 12 you undoubtedly recognize the lovable little silent super hero above. For those that don’t know, Perry the Platypus is a secondary character in a Disney Kids show called Phineas and Ferb. The show follows two step brothers (Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher) through their summer vacation. Along the way these two boys have grand adventures and build outrageous contraptions. Simultaneously, their pet platypus Perry is secretly part of an all animal secret agent group that fights evil doers. Perry’s part in the show was originally intended to be a “b-plot” but has quickly become as important if not more important than the boys’ adventures. Because of this level of success and following, Disney has launched Where’s My Perry (a tagline from the show) for the iOS platform. The Game follows Perry (agent “P”) through multiple levels of physics based puzzles to defeat the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz. What I really love about this game is that beyond the game and graphics that your kids will be familiar with, it really teaches the child about the properties of water in all forms (liquid, ice, steam). It’s not only fun, but very informative and a great teaching tool for children.
The basic plot of the game is that perry needs to get through the many levels where some form of water helps him achieve that and solves the puzzle. You cut dirt to guide the water in the direction to solve the “puzzle” or achieve the goal. Also positioned throughout the game are lasers or “crazy-inators” the the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz has left to change water from one form to another to complete the puzzle and help Perry.
Also positioned throughout the game are gnomes (another item from the tv show) that act as prizes or collectables. Think golden eggs from Angry Birds. Collect all of the gnomes that you can and gain hidden collectables and secret levels. The game gets (as expected) progressively harder but still remains easy enough that the average child can figure out the puzzles and have fun.
This fun, easy to play game is a great way to teach children about the dynamics of water. With it’s familiar characters and well thought out graphics your child will have fun and learn at the same time!