Infinity Control iPhone Game : Space Traffic Control

Although the following is a sponsored review, as always I strive to provide an honest opinion of the product reviewed.

I love my iPhone games. With my busy lifestyle, I rarely have time to get a game loaded up on my WII or XBox and just a few minutes of game play is all I’m looking for at a time. So many games on the iPhone meet my basic gaming criteria and Infinity Control is no exception.

Infinity Control iPhone Game

Game Play

The game’s creator offers this introduction to Infinity Control:

Welcome Recruit! You have just joined the Federation of International Space Marines! You start on earth where you learn the basics managing incoming craft while avoiding passing by satellites, then you will help the researchers maneuver craft around the dense asteroids of Saturn. Keep ahead of satellites orbiting around earth while docking ships! Watch out! The random appearance of black holes is possible!

Playing the game is as simple as drawing lines with your finger… but the lines are flight paths… for space ships. The screen shot below should give you a pretty good idea of what it takes to become a flight controller in space.

Infinity Control iPhone Game

Over all, the game play is pretty straight forward and very easy to get the hang of.

Strategy and Features

The strategy of the game is just as simple as the controls. You have a red space station and a blue one on the screen. Entering the screen from all sides will be red and blue space ships. Your goal is to get each ship to dock safely to its matching colored space port. To do this, you swipe your finger along the screen to draw a flight path. As with any flight control, you need to make sure that you don’t direct your space ships into each other or other objects. The video below demonstrates this.

The game starts out incredibly easy and gradually increases in complexity as you play. Having to think about the colliding paths and plan ahead is critical to getting a good score, often involving re-thinking your ship’s path a couple times to avert disasters.

Conclusion

This was a fun game, but very simple. With limited goals and no enemies or weapons, it’s more of a test of coordination than it is a battle or puzzle game. At $0.99, it’s as cheap as it gets (other than free) and it does offer the ability to just play forever, unlike games with levels that get beaten. For a buck, it’s a good game that will remain unbeatable for as long as you play it, which is always good. Get your own copy and let me know how long it takes to beat my high score of 77.

Sand Slides – A Simple But Addicting iPhone Game

Although the following is a sponsored review, as always I strive to provide an honest opinion of the product reviewed.

With a $1.99 price tag in the App Store, Sand Slides, a physics-wielding original game runs the risk of being overlooked in a sea of flashy games with thousands of downloads, but when you dig deeper, sometimes you find gems.

Sand Slides

First Impressions

I have to come right out and admit that I judge a book by its cover, occasionally, and that’s true with software more than anything. When I first saw Sand Slides, I thought it had some potential, but the graphics didn’t draw me in. They weren’t bad, but I’ve been spoiled with some of the more popular games, I guess. At first glance, this looks like a simple game without a lot of depth, but looks can be deceiving. To be fair, I’m not sure how much you can dress up sand.

How To Play

This is where simple comes in. The basic premise of the game is to get the sand to flow in to the correct bins by color. Blue sand goes in the blue bin, yellow in the yellow, etc. Sometimes you get lucky and it can fall straight in, but usually, it’s up to you to create a slide by drawing a line. The slides help guide the sand to its proper destination.

At the start of the game, you get a kind of bank of 30,000 grains of sand and every grain that goes into the wrong colored bin deducts from your bank and every grain that you get into the proper bins adds to your score. Below is a video showing how the game play works.

It looks easier than it is to keep all your grains, though. In the harder modes, you can easily lose with one simple mistake.

Hard To Put Down

This game was surprisingly addictive. You could spend hours just trying to beat your own personal best score, and when you do, there are several other difficulty levels to try. This is also one of those games that generally only lasts a few minutes, opening the door to that “just one more game before bed” mentality. Losing track of time with Sand Slides was not hard to do.

Conclusions

At $1.99, Sand Slides doesn’t stand out as a deal that you can’t pass up. There are plenty of well-polished games in the App Store that I could easily spend money on, instead. That said, beauty is not just skin deep. The addictive nature and smooth play of this game are features even some of the best dressed apps forget about. If I’m playing this game months from now, it’s $1.99 well spent.

Just Pop Bubbles To Win This iPhone Game

If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you’ve probably played plenty of games with zombies, castles that need destroying or defending, or unhappy birds flinging themselves at pigs. The game I’m reviewing today has none of that. What it does have is bubbles that you have to pop, and it’s called Just Pop It from Zoltán Kovács.

Just Pop It iPhone App

Game Play

Unlike most games, this one is surprisingly simple. It starts with an empty grid and a set of four teal colored bubbles, each with the number 3 in them. You get a bubble on the grid by aiming and releasing your finger on the screen. The number inside a bubble indicates how many times you must hit it with another bubble of the same color before it pops. Each time you pop a bubble, you get another bubble to throw at the grid. When you run out of bubbles, the game is over. A bubble can be bounced off the virtual walls and top, but not the bottom. If a bubble touches the bottom, the game ends. It’s as simple as that.

The grid includes an overlay with the level, number of total bubbles popped, and number of bubbles to pop until the next level in large numbers, making it easy to read while playing.

Addiction Factor And Longevity

This game is addicting, and that caught me off guard. It doesn’t look very exciting, and frankly, it isn’t, but after I started playing I had a hard time putting it down. I attribute this partly to the fact that you just want to keep going until you beat your high score and partly to the fact that by time the game has ended, you’ve already put in a lot of work to get that far. Unfortunately, I don’t feel like this game will remain addictive to me for very long. I’ve been playing for a few days and it’s still fun, but it starts the same way every time and I don’t know if there’s enough variation to keep me interested. If this game follows the path of some other games and introduces updates with new ways to play, it will renew my excitement.

Everything Else

The graphics are done about as well as I might expect for a game this simple and I actually prefer that they’re not over the top. This is like playing pool, in a sense, so I’m happy to not be distracted with too much while I’m angling my shot. It starts and runs smoothly, but has a bug that prevents you from continuing an interrupted game. If you exit the game for any reason, it will crash right after you re-enter the game, forcing you to start it again from scratch.

All things considered, I like the simplicity of Just Pop It, but I think it needs some variations in levels to justify the cost for the full version. Grab the Lite version and generate your own conclusions.