Nintendo World is one of my favorite places in New York City. I was in the neighborhood today, so I thought I’d checkout the new Nintendo 3DS. It’s the latest portable gaming system from Nintendo. The main feature is that it has three-dimensional effects, but without the need for special glasses. This is not something that can be photographed or recorded by conventional means. I had to see the device with my own eyes. After having done so, I’m surprisingly disappointed. The 3DS just wasn’t that impressive to me.
Fruit Ninja is one of the most popular iOS apps, but there was something a little odd about this game. Why do ninjas hate fruit? That’s basically the entire premise of the game’s lore. You play as a ninja that slices fruit in half — in a seemingly violent fashion. If you’re looking for a rich plot, filled with detailed character development, this game will not satisfy your search. You can play through the entire game without ever seeing a ninja. Perhaps this is a video game about the best ninja ever.
This is a family friendly puzzle game from Chillingo and ZeptoLab. The concept is to feed a monster called “Om Nom”. It likes candy. This sugary sustenance is delivered by slicing ropes in a strategic fashion. One of the first things that popped into my head while playing this game was… why… why am I feeding this monster? This mysterious creature just shows up at my door and I’m supposed to feed it? How is this not the start of an alien invasion? What is Om Nom going to be when it grows up? With a steady diet of candy, I don’t think it’s going to be good.
With owning an iOS device, it’s almost obligatory to play some type of tower defense game. There are lots to choose from, but I decided to pick up iBomber Defense first. The app’s feature set is pretty robust. It has Game Center, Retina Display graphics and universal binary support. After viewing the professional looking graphics, I decided to try the app out. It was only 99¢, so I didn’t see it as a big loss. Plus, Chillingo seems to know what they’re doing.
Osmos plays like an adventure in biology or astronomy. You control a bluish life-form known as a “mote”. To grow, you must consume other motes. You can eat these other life-forms by bumping into them. However, if you are the smaller life-form, you will be consumed. If that wasn’t concerning enough, changing your velocity will cause you to shrink. Tapping the screen causes the bluish life-form to shoot out a small piece of itself, propelling the mote in the opposite direction.