I'm suprised nobody here is gaming on the iPhone. Sure, there aren't perhaps any serious games you can get down and dirty for a longer period in, but since you often game on the go lots of games are perfectly suited for that.
Let me kick this off:
Ok, so the game doesn't look like much, but this was the first app with motion controlled steering, and basically still is only a tech demo (and free), but with additional level packs
, it's actually pretty fun for a quick spin. The motion controls work pretty smoothly (sometimes too smooth for quick turns). Slap some Wipeout or Star Wars graphics on this one and it could probably be a great commercial hit!
Again one of the first games released for the iPhone (ported from other mobile devices), but it's extremely bloody well made! It's just a mash up of Tetris/Puzzle Bobble (ie a match-three-colors game) but I find it entertaining, especially since they introduce new gameplay elements for almost every level. And the graphics are absolutely gorgeous and comes with quite a big dose of cute overload!
I held off buying this game for a long time because frankly it looks like crap on the screenshots. But here's something rather new: Not only can't screenshots justify this game, movies can't either! You have to play it in person to get it. This is one of the most polished titles on the iPhone once you get to try it! It's a physics based puzzle game, with basically no gameplay features, and yet it is fun. All you do is rotate your iPhone to try to roll/drop your thingys into a hole without having bad thingys roll/drop on top of you. There's a free demo out, but the thing that sold me was that even the text in the menus rotate. Great detail!
Great graphics, great innovation, crap game, but it's free. Let me explain: The developers who did this game had a great idea, a great artist, but no idea how to do a game. Again, it's a standard Tetris/Bejeweled clone but with a twist. A twist that's mentioned briefly in the game "oh, and you might try this". Morons! The fact that you can rotate the iPhone affect how pieces drop should be the central part of the game, yet there is no gameplay elements that revolve around this. In fact, there doesn't seem to be any special gameplay elements at all, just the same colors on every level. Apparently, you do "level up" and get skills in some sort of MMO part of the game, but it's so porly put together that you don't get half of it, and you don't want to either, because even though the game has good framerate, the menus somehow have horrible
framerate. Well, at least it's free.
Alphalt 4 Elite Racing
Oh, Gameloft. Just like the title, they try to cram too much into this little game and they fall short on almost every mark (like they usually do). They have licensed cars, car upgrades, unlockable girls (wait, what?), take downs, helicopters flying around, nitro, money pick ups, a "wanted" level indicator, cop chases, three different control methods, portrait mode, landscape mode (including menus), glowing lights, projected shadows... the list is bloody endless! And because of that, not one single feature feels polished. The skid marks are lighter than the asphalt, the lens flares don't match the light source at all, the tire smoke due to skidding looks like it's coming from the exhaust, the mini (and maxi) map is completely useless and unecessary, and the motion blur streak thingys are barely noticeable. Sorry Gameloft, but I can smell the "casual" despite your efforts (but Brain Challenge for the DS is really professional, so they can if they want to). If you want to buy this for the graphics, go ahead. It's quite smooth, 25fps I'd say (if you turn off sound), but it's just good textures, not a high poly count, and the controls are sluggish.
I'd be interested in hearing how the heck this works, because it's one of the most advanced flight sims ever made and I have no idea how they crammed that into an iPhone...
Ehm... what? Uh, que? I'm getting a headache just by watching that!
I really, really want this. I remember the first game from... I don't know... 1995? It was very entertaining in multi-player, if I remember correctly.
Well, those are the games I felt like posting about right now (I don't think Brain Challenge deserves more exposure, the DS version is superior anyway, and Koi Pond isn't really a game, even though it's completely awesome). If you want to pimp a good game, knock yourself out!
Oh, and someone I guess should post impressions of Spore Origins if they bought it...