+jgkspsx Posted January 2, 2022 Share Posted January 2, 2022 I couldn’t find a thread for iOS games so I figured I’d start one. I rarely play games on my phone myself, but I spent some time today checking out pinball games and have some recommendations (including two non pinball games) and two anti-recommendation. I don’t recommend The Pinball Wizard, a game I should love. It’s a fusion of dungeon crawler and pinball, and it’s so close to being good. The art style is cute, the enemies are interesting, and the tradeoffs in approaching levels are somewhat thoughtful. Because the titular wizard is running after being hit by the flippers, the game feel is just off. The game seems to recognize this by giving you all kinds of bullet time options to mitigate the fact that it does not work as pinball, but you have to grind for an hour plus to get far enough to do so, and it doesn’t make it more of a pinball game, it makes it more of an Angry Birds game. Some may enjoy it, as there is a lot that’s good here, and it’s free with Arcade subscription, but it’s not for me. Inks is also not a winner for me. It’s “pinball inspired”: and while it looks nice it is just too vacuous and empty for me to stick with. Okay, on to the positives, starting with pinball. I wasn’t sure what to make of Pinball Deluxe Reloaded when I first looked at it, but it is a very solid 2D pinball game in the tradition of Epic Pinball. It plays VERY well and some of the tables are fantastic. It also has a brilliant pinball-Breakout fusion game and a decent Bagatelle table. It is also on Android and Steam. If you miss 2D pinball, give it a try on whatever platform you can. On the other end of the pinball spectrum is an endless (?) climber game that plays… middling. The physics, particularly for the flippers, are terrible. But you can get the hang of how they behave even if it’s wrong, and the audiovisual experience is amazing. The visuals are Tron neon ripoffs done very well, and the synthwave soundtrack is good enough I’d buy it on physical media. There are even real songs with vocals! The next game, Konami Pixel Puzzle Collection, is a traditional Picross/nonogram puzzle game featuring Konami artwork and more importantly music. @Tanooki turned me this summer/fall and it ate a LOT of hours in 2021. There are a ton of puzzles, it’s free, and the only ads are for Konami’s other mobile games. If you like Picross and Konami you should download this ASAP. Finally, and best of all, a really tremendous driving game that is driven by a hilarious and rather sordid-appearing story, Does Not Commute. You learn the story line by line and character by character as you pilot car after car through the same few seconds of commute time, route after route piling up until you have a real mess on your hands. The trailer explains it very well: But story aside the mayhem you generate through your own choices is really remarkable, and the physics are really solid and funny. Each level is essentially a puzzle to be solved, with a dozen plus big hunks of metal on rubber. The music and graphics are sublime and there is really nothing to complain about except the fact that I would rather play it on a system with a real controller. (I really hate screen controls in general, which is why I don’t play more mobile games and prefer games with touch inputs or only two inputs when I do.) In looking for reviews of the game, I found this hilariously naive review: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/does-not-commute which states the game is kid-friendly. It’s kid-friendly to the extent that the constant innuendoes and subtle plot points are likely to go over kids’ heads, but canny kids will immediately realize there’s something off. I wouldn’t let young kids play it unless I was ready to explain to them what furries are and why some people drive naked. Anything that you play on your iPhone (or other mobile devices as long as it’s available on iPhone) that others might enjoy? 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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