In this week’s iPhone, iPad and Android app round-up: AT-AT’s, brought down; Android input, Palm Pilot Graffiti-fied; Dracula, vanquished; calculations, beautified; Starfleet communiques, transmitted; deers, hunted; Firefox, synced; trains, conducted chaotically and more!
Here’s the deal: If you like tower defence games and love Star Wars, Star Wars: Battle for Hoth at $3.99 is a great buy. There’s 15 levels, two different game modes and gameplay just lasts forever. Plus, you get to play as part of the Rebel Alliance and see clips of The Empire Strikes Back.
There’s also a few fresh control options that make Battle for Hoth feel a little different than other tower defence games, like being able to dictate which defence units can attack what and having to manually collect points.
My only problem is that the icons, text and graphics just don’t display well on the iPhone 4’s screen. It’s not a complete deal breaker, just a sorta underwhelming visual experience. Other than that, the gameplay and controls are fine (once you get used to them).
The game puts you in the wing-tipped shoes of Professor Helsing, who, along with his helpful assistant Raffton, is charged with banishing Dracula and his minions to the netherworld. To do so, he/you must strategically place a torch amidst a screen full of blocks and barricades, casting its righteous, vampire-killing light on whatever baddies may lurk nearby. It’s not the most action-packed game play, but the light-puzzle dynamic is unique enough to hold one’s interest.
But where the game really shines is in the world it creates. New enemies introduce themselves with hilarious verve and the game is punctuated by reliably clever Victorian-era shit-talking. The puzzle-solving itself is captivating, but it’s the writing of Helsing’s Fire that really steals the show. All in all, it’s the rare game that stands out in more ways than one, and for that it’s well worth your $1.19.
It’s been a while since we first heard about Firefox Home, an app which allows you to sync your desktop browsing session to your iPhone, but it’s been approved by Apple and is available in the iTunes store now.
The app is free and basically means that your iPhone will show your “Firefox history, bookmarks and open tabs, just as you had left them on your desktop computer.
If you’ve ever played Flight Control, Harbor Master or the original Train Conductor, you’ll love Train Conductor 2. If you haven’t played any of those, you’ll still probably love Train Conductor 2. It’s a fast-paced, time management game.
Train Conductor 2 is in America (instead of the original’s Australia). The five levels in the game include New York City, Miami Beach, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon and Nashville, with improvements from the original being a new HUD and iPhone 4/iPad graphics. The goal is still the same: direct trains with your finger to avoid Amtravesties. These type of games are so easily digestible that they get incredibly addicting. I’d say it’s definitely worth the $1.19.
Also works on the iPad.
We are so crazy about apps right now you wouldn’t believe it. If you have recommendations, tips or just want to let us know about your own app, drop a note in the comments or shoot me an email.