Two well known iPhone developers came out with new games yesterday.

Phil Hassey's Cosmic Nitro

Phil Hassey released his third iPhone game to the App Store yesterday: Cosmic Nitro [App Store]. Hassey is best known for his fast-paced strategy game Galcon [App Store] which won the IGF award for best mobile game design.

Hassey shared his thoughts about the game design:

I really wanted a cool feeling retro game that didn't require me to think hard .. Galcon is sort of a thinking arcade-strategy game, and I wanted to try something that was more just mindless eye candy. The big thing I was going for is - the instant reward of touching the screen and having stuff explode and have it feel good I find it fun to just blast stuff .. makes me feel happy.

The developer's gameplay video is provided:

Forum Thread: Discussion
App Store Link: Cosmic Nitro, $0.99

Nimblebit's Sky Burger

Nimblebit (formerly Ian Marsh) is perhaps best known for their simple accelerometer game Scoops [App Store] and their leisurely word game Textropolis [App Store].

Their latest release is a refinement on the Scoops formula which involves the use of an accelerometer to capture falling items (in this case, burger ingredients) but with specific goals. The game has already generated quite a following in our forums.

Gameplay video:


[ Full HD version | Low Bandwidth version ]

Forum Thread: Discussion
App Store Link: Sky Burger, $0.99

  • http://trioco.webs.com IBITF

    sky burger is the greatest! i have logged 1/3 of my past 12 hours playing this game
    please do a full review
    i need some challenge on the leaderboards!
    not like im in the top anyways...........

  • http://trioco.webs.com IBITF

    sky burger is the greatest! i have logged 1/3 of my past 12 hours playing this game
    please do a full review
    i need some challenge on the leaderboards!
    not like im in the top anyways...........

  • drunknbass

    too bad... TA has sold out and (im not knocking these games at all) seems to publish new reviews on games that just happen to be a sponsor. Very obvious by the skyburger ad right under this post on the homescreen.

    • http://www.starscenesoftware.com Eric5h5

      You're suggesting that TA should never review apps that have bought ads, then? Or else they get accused of "selling out"? Hardly seems fair. TA has reviewed loads of games that haven't bought ads.

    • arn

      there are no sky burger ads on this site. you talking about cosmic nitro?

      this is old overdone topic. If you believe coverage is only reserved for advertisers, then you shouldn't visit the site.

      advertisers pay for ads here because we're the biggest iPhone gaming site by a large margin. It's also no surprise that games developers are willing to put out money to advertise sometimes happen to be games worth mentioning.

      There will be ads on this site. There will be stories about apps that have been or will be advertisers. There is no causality.

      arn

      • Kris Jones

        You stick it to 'em, arn!

        I plan on purchasing advertisement space here for my upcoming titles, but I doubt *that* will be the reason my games get reviewed. People come here for the content, and seeing that there are quite a few people here, they like the way things are done.

    • Jim

      TA is, essentially, nothing more than advertising. The articles don't demonstrate journalistic integrity: they are designed to push product. In fact, the only characteristics TA articles share with most journalistic publications is the poor grammar and punctuation. So I wouldn't consider the sponsor reviews a conflict of interest because it is very much in line with the TA mission statement.

      But I also have to point out that, in this case, I have not noticed any ad space rented to Ian Marsh/Nimblebit for Sky Burger.

  • drunknbass

    too bad... TA has sold out and (im not knocking these games at all) seems to publish new reviews on games that just happen to be a sponsor. Very obvious by the skyburger ad right under this post on the homescreen.

    • http://www.starscenesoftware.com Eric5h5

      You're suggesting that TA should never review apps that have bought ads, then? Or else they get accused of "selling out"? Hardly seems fair. TA has reviewed loads of games that haven't bought ads.

    • arn

      there are no sky burger ads on this site. you talking about cosmic nitro?

      this is old overdone topic. If you believe coverage is only reserved for advertisers, then you shouldn't visit the site.

      advertisers pay for ads here because we're the biggest iPhone gaming site by a large margin. It's also no surprise that games developers are willing to put out money to advertise sometimes happen to be games worth mentioning.

      There will be ads on this site. There will be stories about apps that have been or will be advertisers. There is no causality.

      arn

      • Kris Jones

        You stick it to 'em, arn!

        I plan on purchasing advertisement space here for my upcoming titles, but I doubt *that* will be the reason my games get reviewed. People come here for the content, and seeing that there are quite a few people here, they like the way things are done.

    • Jim

      TA is, essentially, nothing more than advertising. The articles don't demonstrate journalistic integrity: they are designed to push product. In fact, the only characteristics TA articles share with most journalistic publications is the poor grammar and punctuation. So I wouldn't consider the sponsor reviews a conflict of interest because it is very much in line with the TA mission statement.

      But I also have to point out that, in this case, I have not noticed any ad space rented to Ian Marsh/Nimblebit for Sky Burger.

  • Adams Immersive

    TA is clearly not just pushing product, since they do criticize games.

    They also apparently prefer to review games that have something good to recommend, and ignore the rest. Which is what I prefer to read too :) And so of course on average they have more praise than criticism.

  • Adams Immersive

    TA is clearly not just pushing product, since they do criticize games.

    They also apparently prefer to review games that have something good to recommend, and ignore the rest. Which is what I prefer to read too :) And so of course on average they have more praise than criticism.

  • http://jessewonderclark.com Lankershim

    I gravitated to this site because the reviews had an honest feel to me. I like that they don't use a star-ranking system, and I feel like I can tell whether or not I'll like a game from the review, irrespective of the reviewer's opinion.

    Shilling for sponsors? Who knows. But I trust the reviews to help me decide what to buy, and I haven't felt burned yet.

  • http://jessewonderclark.com Lankershim

    I gravitated to this site because the reviews had an honest feel to me. I like that they don't use a star-ranking system, and I feel like I can tell whether or not I'll like a game from the review, irrespective of the reviewer's opinion.

    Shilling for sponsors? Who knows. But I trust the reviews to help me decide what to buy, and I haven't felt burned yet.