After a few laps around Asphalt 5's track, you’ll find it very difficult returning to racing games on the iPhone’s smaller screen.
Touch Carrom by Zentity brings the tabletop game of carrom to the iPhone or iPod touch. Carrom is a cross between billiards and shuffleboard that has gained popularity throughout the world. Now Zentity hopes to translate the game's popularity to a new market of gamers.
Rafter by Emantras is a beautifully drawn physics-based puzzle game inspired by Da Vinci. The point of the game is to strike a red mine. To get there, you'll need to draw circular or rectangular shapes that bounce through the maze-like levels. Rafter may sound easy, but the increasingly difficult 31 levels are a constant trial of geometry, physics, and sketching ability.
Tank Raider is a retro tank arcade game by Sunday Solutions that puts you at the controls of an arcade tank pitted against three crafty computer-controlled tanks. Your mission is to capture and hold more gems than the other tanks.
Battle for Vesta from Insight Industries is a first-person 3D space combat game with smooth gameplay but little frills. You pilot your spacecraft while mining for crystals, avoiding asteroids, and fighting off enemy spacecraft in a sci-fi adventure not yet seen on the iPhone.
In Jacques & Stella's Mystery Files Club by Maxmars, you join the game's title characters as they help the police solve a murder mystery. You'll need skills, but not your typical detective skills.
Resolution Interactive succeeds in creating a unique racing game in Snow Moto Racing. This arcade game puts you in the seat of a snowmobile to race against seven computer-controlled opponents across six snow covered tracks.
Spank A Monkey stars Sugar, the monkey. The game's objective is to make Sugar happy by following her four simple commands: lift, shake, pinch, or spank. Do so enough times in sequence without error and you earn a banana and advance to the next level where it is more of the same.
In Firefly Night by Frozen Giant, colorful fireflies dance across your screen, and the objective is to get them into the matching colored jars.
Rabbids are maniacal rabbits and the stars of the "Rayman Raving Rabbids" series of video games. In Ubisoft's Rabbids Go Phone, you can manipulate and customize your bunny-like Rabbid or simply watch it dance to your soundtrack.
Articles by James Savage