It may seem somewhat of a simple budget game on the outside, but Apache Air Assault is anything but simple. It’s almost refreshing to say that it isn’t even difficult because of its overall quality, but from some unforgiving and more realistic controls. As someone who grew up on a steady diet of authentic flight sims and less arcade-oriented games, it’s a blast from the past to see this type of game springing up again, though I do with it were a lot more forgiving. I’d rather not break a controller.
Archive for December, 2010
The NeoGeo was home to many memorable adventures, many of which are still obviously revered today. Today some of the most remarkable heroes are immortalized in NeoGeo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting for another handheld of our time, the PSP. It places some of the most memorable characters of the mega-shock era into a completely different environment than their native games – a top-down “bullet hell” shooter that places you in control of one of these said heroes rather than a more conventional spaceship or super-powered craft. Interesting that a game based on franchises and featuring characters best known for their fighting game and platform appearances would appear in a shooter, but hey, whatever works.
Sometimes, you just have to bust out the mini-games, and for the money, functionality, and appeal to both core and casual gamers, you usually can’t go wrong with a Raving Rabbids adventure. The latest offering, Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time is no different, serving up some zany and scatterbrained fun that’s appropriate for the whole family. They may not be boosting the genre to new heights, but they will “BWAAH!” their way into your heart.
Top Gun the video game (and not the classic one – the 2010 release available on Steam and PSN) is almost as good as watching the actual movie. You get some of the memorable one-liners, familiar characters, and even multiple trips into the Danger Zone. Okay, more than a few, as this anthemic fan-favorite tune plays more than a little frequently during play. But you won’t get Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, or anything like that in this adaptation of one of the 80s most popular movies. All you really need are some good buddies to watch your six as you make your way through this action-packed (yet admittedly shallow) arcade-style flight sim.
Platformers are tricky, and that’s especially true on the iOS platform, which includes the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad. Virtual controls are iffy, and to make a workable platform control scheme, you need to ensure onscreen navigation is precise down to every movement. In the case of Pixeline and the Jungle Treasure, a family-friendly, accessible little adventure, aside from a little awkward thumb placement, it actually works quite well. It may be a little silly and pandering, but for another decent title that further legitimized handheld gaming, I’ll take it.