Licenses, original games and a lot of new releases on the iPhone were seen in November. Smartphones have also seen that game developers aren’t left out. We have therefore decided to particularly look at the new releases from Gameloft, who have done a lot of work with the iPhone at the end of this year. We are also disappointed to see Vivendi Mobile Games disappear after a merger.
Mobile Games, November 2008
Among the games being launched this month by Gameloft, many of them directly concern the iPhone platform, on which the editor has seen some very good sales results, demonstrating that their games are quality releases.
No less then five releases were announced directly for the iPhone at the beginning of the month, with others then announced over time. These were often games that were successful on the Java platform which have now been adapted to take advantage of the iPhone platform. Almost all of them are available on iPod Touch.
Guitar Rock Tour
The first of these will bring back good memories for fans of the console version of Guitar Rock Tour, which will allow you to interpret the biggest musical hits without having to know anything about music.
To become a Rock Star, you will have to know how to handle the instruments and, as curious as it may sound, the tactile screen on the iPhone will help you to make your way from private shows in your garage to the worlds largest stadiums by playing hits like Beat It, In the Shadows, Girlfriend, Message in a Bottle, Rock you like a Hurricane and Smoke on the Water.
Gameloft provides us with 3D graphics in this game, and sound that are the equivalent to those on the console version. With this release, offered for 8.5$, we really will see who is the Rock Star of the future...
TV Show King
For those that want to stand out on the small screen, Gameloft is offering TV Show King, a questions/answers game that will remind you of the a certain game shows you see on TV. Here you will have to answer questions on a diverse range of subjects: history, geography, literature, science, sport and entertainment to be able to make your way to the final.
3000 questions are on offer, and with some luck and correct answers you will be able to win money up to the semi-final. While playable in solo mode, the multiplayer mode reinforces t he interest of the game and allows you to take on your friends.
TV Show King is available for 5.65$.
Taken from the Midnight sports game series by Gameloft, Midnight Pool is a billiards game which takes the player through a series of competitions in the United States, confronting the 7 best players of today from Travis the Country music fan to the biologist Alison and John the sheriff.
The tactile screen on the iPhone is particularly good, making it easy for the player to aim and shoot with their finger. 7 different bars, with 3D graphics will be where you hang out, with a Challenge mode to improve your special shots and a Dual mode to challenge your friends with on three different game formats: American pool, English pool and 9 ball. All for 5.65$.
Also from the sports series, Midnight Bowling calls on an optimised engine allowing you to be able to easily launch the ball with the tactile interface of the iPhone. The integrated accelerometer also allows you to put on different effects.
Once again, the 3D graphics use the power of the handset, and a multiplayer mode will allow you to play against your friends (its not called Fiesta mode for nothing). For the more perseverant, a career mode will give you the occasion of becoming the best player in your area via challenges in 5 different areas.
And to make things m ore interesting, it is possible to customise your bowling ball as well as the appearance of the character you choose. Midnight Bowling is available on the App Store for 5.65$.
For fans of the investigation series CSI Miami, this mobile adapted version of the game has been adapted to the iPhone. You will find all of the same characters and key moments from the television series.
It is also possible to go to the crime scenes and start your search for clues, with the help of a range of instruments so that you can analyse (which gives you the occasion of playing mini-games) and put together different pieces to get an idea of the crime scene.
The sounds and characters voices are the same as those in the series, giving you a good atmosphere, while clever players will be able to unblock the unseen video bonuses that come from the last two seasons.
We can only hope that Gameloft will think of developing the game a little more when compared to their Java mobile version as, while it was surprising, its life of game wasn’t very good. To discover this release, you will have to spend 8.5$ at the App Store.
Yes, UNO, the society game has made its way to the iPhone and iPod Touch. You can either play by yourself against the computer or as a group on the same console or via the WiFi. You also have the possibility of playing online against anyone else in the world, which means you will have no excuse for not getting this game.
In this card game which has different colours and numbers, as well as special cards which can completely change the situation, you will find the iPhone has 9 different rules that can vary depending on your mood.
In tournament mode, prizes are offered at each level and, since the iPhone allows it, the battery life has been worked so that the tactile screen is very easy to use. To be (re)discovered at the App Store for 8.5$.
Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes
Here is a game that all owners of the iPhone and iPod Touch should be looking at. While the mobile Java version in 2D was quite successful, here we have an elaborate 3D version. Gameloft presented this during the platform launch of their mobile games on the Nokia N-Gage, which gave us a good idea of the difference in quality between the classic Java games and those designed for the smartphone.
The iPhone version was therefore highly awaited so that we could take advantage of this evolution which will be available in December at the App Store. The adaptation of Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes promises some epic battles set in the Second World War with 3D surroundings.
The introduction scene to the game is quite promising and is very good to look at. Either by foot or on armoured vehicles, the player will be able to make their way through the varied and explosive missions, with a varied arsenal and surroundings to help protect themselves.
The quality of the game and the fluidity of the scenes seem to be up to standard, which means we should find an exceptional game. Time to get stuck into it!
Hero of Sparta
Another release that should be right in front of your eyes is Hero of Sparta, which will be release in December on the iPhone. This was previously a Java game which has been converted for the iPhone, with an emphasis on graphics and large creatures and characters which jump from platform to platform with a vast range of movements and fighting techniques.
With the iPhone, it is possible to go even further with the quality of this kind of game and editor giving us a lot of enjoyment through the creatures and implementation on the screen of these 3D environments.
The characters have numerous weapons allowing you to take on the hordes of enemies in their fantasy style, and impressive bosses as seen in the games trailer.
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