The Lighthouse HD is a seafaring path-drawing game that pits the player against whirlpools, giant squids and his or her ability to multitask. The second iPad game produced by indie company Kavcom Limited, The Lighthouse HD is a well-designed and exciting game that doesn’t bog the player down with convoluted plot devices or logic.
In fact, the mission is simple: Save some ships and get points.
LostWinds for iPad, originally a 2008 WiiWare release for the Nintendo Wii, is now available on mobile platforms. Despite the game’s appearance, music and otherwise gorgeous presentation, it appears to be more successful for the Wii than the iPad – primarily in terms of how difficult the controls are on the mobile version.
Let me start this review by saying I am not a fan of horror or gore. Seriously. I have such a sensitive constitution, there is literally a medical term for it: vasovagal syncope. If I see too much gore, violence or scary things, I pass out.
It’s happened several times; once when I was watching Pan’s Labyrinth in a crowded movie theater while on a first date. Not my best moment, I’ll admit.
So why then did I volunteer to check out Apple’s 2011 Gorefest … oh, I’m sorry … Game of the Year, Dead Space for iPad?
Infinity Blade II, the newest offering from Epic Games and ChAIR Entertainment, is a fascinating look into the future of the iPad as a gaming platform. It combines amazing graphics with player speed and accuracy, putting it on par with many of the $40 games currently on store shelves.
That being said, it isn’t perfect. It may be a glimpse into the iPad’s crystal ball, but it’s not a game I can’t live without playing in the here and now. I think of this game more like a new iPhone: It’s exciting and you want it, but in the end it only makes you wonder how much better the next one is going to be.
Race of Champions (ROC) Official Game is a moto racing game based on a real-life competition. The true Race of Champions, created in 1988, prides itself on being an international extreme race tournament which leaves motorists “free to battle, head-to-head, on the very same track in the very same car,” spectators watching every piece of the action in a large stadium surrounding the racetrack.
In order to get people excited about December’s upcoming Race of Champions in Dusseldorf, Germany, the company has created an iPad game that lets fans leave the stadium seats and get behind the wheel of this no-holds-barred racing competition.
Does it work? Not really.
Scribblenauts Remix is a fantastic word-based puzzle game for anybody with a few extra minutes in the day and an active imagination. Originally released for the Nintendo DS in 2009, the remixed version of the award-winning game is now on the iPad, and I can’t get enough.
For those like me who enjoy the when-the-mood-strikes gaming style of Angry Birds, but can’t stand actually playing it, Scribblenauts Remix is perfect. It’s great for the casual gamer, especially those who enjoy crossword puzzles and word-based games, such as Scrabble or Words With Friends.