Games

Where’s My Perry?!

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.

 

 

Help Perry Get Through

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.

The Bottom Line

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!

Get Where’s My Perry? for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad from the iTunes store for $.99 here: iTunes

WordsWithFriends

Words With Friends is Scrabble to go!

 

Do you like playing Scrabble when you're gathered with friends? Okay, honestly who really has time to sit around at home and play Scrabble for hours? The solution is Words With Friends! Words With Friends is a Scrabble like game that is played on not only iPhone, iPad, iPod touch but also many other popular mobile phone platforms including Blackberry and Android so you can play with just about any friend.

How does it work

The rules are just like with Scrabble (at least what I can remember of it). The first player starts off by creating a word in the middle of the board. One letter must cover the "star" on the center of the board. Words can be made top to bottom and left to right. No words made backwards or from the bottom to the top. Multiple letters from a word can be used (look at "QUIZ" in the example photo above to see what I'm talking about). Each letter is worth a set amount of points and all of the pieces within a word are added up to get your total score for your particular play. There are special squares that will give you extra points on the board when you place pieces on top of them. For example TL stands for triple letters. This means that whatever letter you put on it you get triple the points listed on the piece. For a complete rundown of what these abbreviations mean, see the in game instructions.

 

Why Words With Friends is a must have game

If you're anything like me, you are at least semi competitive and enjoy competing with friends. But if you're like me, you also don't have time to sit down for hours at a time and play a board game. Words With Friends lets you fulfill your need for competition and allows you to do it at your leisure. Play a word, then wait for the other person to play one back. Don't have time to play today? No problem, there is no time limit so you play when you're ready.

 

Free VS Paid

There is a paid version of this App, however if you don't mind a quick ad after you play a word, the free version has all of the same features so I recommend the free version.

 

Bottom Line

If you like interacting and competing with friends but don't have a large chunk of time to dedicate to it, Words With Friends is for you. I (along with many of my friends) are addicted to Words With Friends and my bet is that you will be too!

 

You can get Words With Friends free for the iPhone from iTunes for free here:  iTunes
You can get Words With Friends HD Free for the iPad from iTunes for free here:   iTunes

DoodleJump

Doodle Jump for iPad

There are games and there are addictive games. Doodle Jump falls into the second category. The world went crazy playing Angry Birds. I was up til 2AM the first night myself. However, before there was Angry Birds there was Doodle Jump. Up until recently Doodle Jump as only for the iPhone/iPod touch. In other words they hadn't come out with full size iPad version yet. Well now they have and I gotta say that although I had my doubts about an accelerometer based iPad game like this one, it actually works well. 

Don't fall

The premise behind Doodle Jump is that your character (Doodle) is always jumping. That part you don't have to worry about. What you have to do is use your iPad and tilt it to guide him from floating ledge to floating ledge. The higher you go, the more points you make. Some ledges are made of straw/branches and will break with Doodle's weight. You can see them easily as they are brown in color. However, if there is something good right below one on a solid ledge such as a spring, jet pack or propeller cap then it's usually worth the risk. If you miss a ledge and there is nothing below (on screen) then your Doodle will fall all the way down and game over. There are also aliens flying around and you can either avoid them or shoot them from Doodle's hat. The higher you go the more obstacles will be in your path. 

This game is fun! It's actually even more fun on the iPad! If you've got an iPad, $2.99 and some time to kill, I highly recommend it.

You can get Doodle Jump for iPad here from the iTunes

You can get Doodle Jump for $0.99 for iPhone or iPod touch here from the iTunes

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World of Goo: Perfect iPad Gaming Experience

World of Goo

Sure it is right in the middle of the week but I think it is time for a little fun. World of Goo is a game that I used to enjoy on the Mac a year or two ago when I got it as part of a bundle. A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to find that it is also available on the iPad.

In short, World of Goo consists of a number of different levels where you are building structures from different species of “Goo-balls” to guide as many of these balls into a pipe. It may not sound very difficult but consider the laws of physics and you have a challenging game, that is also truly fun to play.

Normally, games in the app store are of varying quality. World of Goo as I wrote, debuted on the Mac and PC platforms first and the game is essentially ported over to the iPad. Interestingly enough, having played it on both my Mac and my iPad, I would without hesitation say that the iPad experience is far superior. It is one of these games that are made for the touch interface. Building the structures with your finger just magically works.

The game offers a solid challenge. Some levels are naturally easier than others and some are very tough. The game developers have taken an interesting approach to levels however, giving you the option of skipping any level at any time, with no restriction on the amount of skipped levels. Should you get stuck, you can always move on and go back later. Personally, I applaud this approach as you may just have a harder time with a certain type of level.

To sum this up, I very much like World of Goo in many ways. The graphics are stellar along with perfect matching audio that rises to the occasion (grandeur, sadness) of the game. If you would like to spend some time having fun and challenging yourself just enough, World of Goo is the game to look at, and at $4.99, it is a no-brainer.

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5 Good Game Center Ready Apps

With the release of iOS 4.1, Apple added Game Center, an online service that lets you hook up with friends or “random people” to play games against each other. Ask a true gamer (I am not one) and he or she will say that the best way to game is with and against other, real, people. Even though I myself am not a big gamer, I still like to have some games around to relax with now and then. Here are five of my favorite games on the iPhone/iPod Touch that have now been updated to support Game Center.

Labyrinth 2

Labyrinth 2The classic game which goal is to guide a metal ball from start to finish in a labyrinth with wooden walls by avoiding holes. As though holes were not enough, the developers of this labyrinth game have decided to throw a modern touch with other obstacles and fun additions.

You can get the game from the app store priced at $4.99.

Labyrinth

Flight Control

Flight ControlYou don’t need to be interested in aviation to find this game highly addictive. The goal of the game is to guide the aircraft that appear on the screen down on the ground. Sounds easy? Maybe, but there are four different types of aircraft with different colors that need to go down onto different runways and if that was not enough, you need to land two aircraft with different speeds on the same aircraft.

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