One of the more addictive games available for the iOS, Flight Control HD is now available for the Mac by way of the Mac App Store and Valve's Steam service. While Flight Control HD has been garnering buzz for a while now, it’s relatively new to the Mac platform—first coming to the Mac via Steam's digital download service weeks ago. Since the game has already achieved acclaim, I looked forward to playing it on the new platform. Although its graphics and unique interface look great on a larger screen, ultimately, the game doesn’t soar without touch screen controls.
In Flight Control, players direct air traffic in a busy airport, trying to land a variety of planes and helicopters safely. You land the aircraft by drawing a path from the plane to its color-coordinated runway. When the incoming traffic becomes denser, it can be hard to manage upwards of twenty crafts without crashing any of them (which results in game over). Levels range in difficulty and higher levels throw more planes your way, much faster. There are also various obstacles such as changing winds to avoid. Having a finely tuned sense of multitasking is the key to success in Flight Control HD.
Are you hardcore gamer and need that extra boost in communication to boost your performance when pounding away at the keyboard? If so, you may want to check out the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega Wireless Gaming Headset. Creative's new headset works with a variety of games like World of Warcraft and other role playing games, as well as for listening to music, Netflix, or chatting on Skype.
With the Mac App Store now open for business, gamers can download ports of iOS games, games previously only appearing on the Steam online gaming service, and ports to the Mac platform that had received little fanfare up until now. And that’s one of the Mac App Store’s greatest advantages—in one place, you can find and download almost 200 games.
Though other titles and their release dates have yet to be confirmed, currently three of the company’s more successful games are already up and ready for purchase: Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, a first person role-playing shooter game ($50), action game Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 ($40), and Rome: Total War Gold Edition, an epic classical-period strategy game ($30) are all available on Direct2Drive, GamersGate, and MacGameStore.
An invention firm started by Priceline.com founder Jay Walker has filed a lawsuit against two large computer gaming companies, Activision Blizzard and Zynga, alleging that some of their most popular games infringe on an online tournament patent.
Walker Digital, in a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, alleged that a number of games offered by the two companies infringe a July 2002 patent related to online tournaments. Patent No. 6,425,828 is for a database-driven online distributed tournament system.
The Activision Blizzard games that infringe the patent, according to the complaint, include World of Warcraft and three add-on games—Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and DJ Hero 2.
With over 50 million versions of Jenga sold since it was released over 25 years ago, there is a huge audience of fans wanting to know if NaturalMotion Games'Jenga for iPad stacks up.
Just like the physical block game, you begin with 54 wooden blocks stacked in a tower of 18 levels of three blocks each. The objective is to systematically remove blocks from lower levels and add those blocks to the top to see how high you can build the tower. You can play alone or pass-and-play. Once the tower starts to topple and blocks hit the table, the game is over. Jenga for iPad also includes an arcade mode in which the blocks are different colors, and you race against a countdown clock to match colors or place blocks quickly to score additional points. Share scores via e-mail, online scoreboards, Facebook, or through Game Center integration.
For a game like Jenga, a virtual touch-screen version will never completely replace the original. Unlike the physical game, you get no immediate feedback as you probe for loose blocks, and there isn’t quite the drama of a toppling tower when only a press of the screen cleans up and stacks the blocks for you. However, the iPad version does an excellent job despite being trapped behind a screen. Navigating around the tower is extremely smooth with intuitive pinch-to-zoom controls, taps to bump blocks, and drags to pull on them. Color highlights indicate how loose or tight a block is positioned in the tower—replacing what you would otherwise feel in the physical game. Most importantly, the physics are very well done. You really get a good sense of how the blocks are interacting with one another.
Classic puzzle game Bejweled gets a makeover in PopCap’s newest version of the game, Bejeweled 3. The original game, which was released in 2001, was also followed up by Bejeweled 2, Bejeweled Twist, and Bejeweled Blitz. This latest addition to the casual series brings fresh graphics, sounds, and all new modes of play.
For those not familiar with the million-seller franchise, the game couldn't be easier to pick up: the screen is filled with a board stacked in rows of multicolored gems. You can swap two adjacent jewels’ positions by clicking on them in order to make a row or column of three or more jewels of the same color. This makes them disappear and awards you points. Aligning a large number of gems earns extra points and bonuses. There’s not much in Bejeweled 3 that’s a huge departure from this core "match-3" concept. The game is basically a variety of modes that use the same basic concept with small tweaks for added difficulty or strategic maneuvering.