Koi Pond smacks me of that old acronym, WYSIWUG. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce that an application named Koi Pond is specifically about a small pond inhabited by fish. Imagine my surprise if it featured giant transforming robots and pachinko machines? Regardless, Koi Pond is most definitely, “What You See Is What You Get.” I find it odd that I have penned numerous reviews on games for just about every console imaginable yet this is the first time I’ve had to focus on….a screensaver. Yes, that’s exactly what Koi Pond is. Those expecting some dextrous fish racing better look elsewhere.
One of the side effects that has arisen with the release of both the Nintendo DS and the Apple iPhone is the re-emergence of the long lost adventure game. Not since the heady days of Sierra’s Quest game catalogue have there been so many games released in this genre. That is not to say that the quality is there yet but at least adventure gaming has made a comeback.
Stone of Destiny is yet another one of those “hidden object” offerings that seem so prevalent in casual gaming. The concept whereby the player finds certain items that have been skillfully superimposed onto a drawn or digital piece of art is harmless enough but there comes a point when one wonders if this constitutes more than a rudimentary level of gaming.
As one of the highest profile titles to be released on the iPhone, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, has been subjected to much scrutiny. Will this be the iPhone’s killer app? The pedigree of the license cannot be called into question although there have also been many games based on this franchise that have suspect quality.
It is admittedly sometimes really awkward to write reviews about any entertainment vehicle, be it video games or movies, which are so obviously not geared to your particular age group or demographic.Parents see this all the time with their kids.You always wonder what is going on in their minds as they see Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana bouncing around or Pikachu blasting lightning in the newest Pokemon cartoon.What about those husbands that have been dragged on dates to see their spouses’ latest chick flick like Sex in the City?Conversely, what about wives who go and see their husbands rolling on the floor laughing at Harold and Kumar: Escape from Guantanomo Bay?
One of the surprising aspects of the new Apple 3G iPhone is just how robust the game selection is. Traditionally, Macs have lagged far behind PCs in this area with most gaming companies totally ignoring bringing their games to OSX. Those that do sometimes release ports of their wares months, even years, after the PC release. Therefore, it’s a joy to see Apple beginning to come around and noticing that the gaming market is incredibly lucrative and, if the reports are correct, the bulk of iPhone APP store purchases are indeed from video games. The biggest problem for consumers though is trying to wade through the copious amount of below par software that is available on iTunes to try and find the gems. Confounding this even more is the severe lack of online reviews and articles about the available software. Relying on comments in iTunes is just about useless as most are nothing more than knee-jerk reactions praising the game as the best thing since sliced bread or the worst piece of garbage ever to be coded. Hopefully, in the future, some of the bigger video game sites will see that iPhone/cell phone gaming is going to boom.
I remember many moons ago visiting my favorite local video game store and entering into a discussion with one of the sales people about what he was currently playing. He answered that his life was filled with so many things at the moment that he found that he was spending less and less time playing with video games and when he did find the time, the only thing he could play was anything related to Street Fighter II in short thirty minute playing sessions. I pitied the guy back then thinking it would never happen to me. Of course, I was wrong.
Chocolate Shop Frenzy by developer Digital Chocolate Inc is a time management simulation which puts the player in newfound chocolatier Emma’s shoes. As the story goes she’s quit her job and opened her dream chocolate store. It’s up to you to make sure she either succeeds or goes bankrupt. You wouldn’t want to her to end up on the street do you?