With the holidays, we still feel like we're catching up on iPhone games from the past few weeks. Here are a few releases we skipped for various reasons, though each game seems to have their own following in our forums.

Two of the games (Trenches and Shaun White Snowboarding) have also seen price drops since their release to $0.99, adding to their appeal.

Trenches

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Trenches by ThunderWorks Games has drawn comparisons to Flash game Warfare 1917. The game was original released on Christmas Eve at $2.99. Early reactions were mixed due to a short campaign and some early bugs. One of our writers also felt that any strategy in the game could be overcome easily by building an overwhelming number of basic infantry.

The game has since been updated to 1.0.1 addressing various bug fixes, and also dropping the price to $0.99 which should make it a better value.

App Store Link: Trenches, $0.99


Paperboy

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The revival of the classic Paperboy also arrived right before Christmas. Perhaps we weren't hardcore enough fans of the original Paperboy, but we couldn't get very comfortable with the supplied control schemes. There are three modes to choose from.

The default mode is D-pad and speed bar, where there are touch areas for left / right in the lower left of the game screen, with a vertical slider control to the right for speed control. Full D-Pad mode presents a 4-directional control in the lower right, while D-Pad and Tilt Speed mode puts left / right controls at the far edges of the screen with forward / backward tilt for speed control (at three sensitivity settings).

Early adopters seemed to have little issue with the controls, but certainly represent long time Paperboy fans.

App Store Link: Paperboy, $4.99


Shaun White Snowboarding Origins

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Shaun White Snowboarding first appeared in early December, and has since gained a following in our forums.

The game features only four slopes, but each is impressively long as compared to other such games in the App Store. As well, the trick control system feels surprisingly "free," providing a feeling of particular control during stunts. Graphics aren't particularly great, however, and overall, it's still a far cry from snowboard staples found on other platforms.

But the game has recently dropped to only $0.99 and offers enough fun. For the time being, it seems to offer one of the better snowboarding experiences in the App Store.

App Store Link: Shaun White Snowboarding: Origins, $0.99

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    I'm glad you guys put Shaun White up! I think it's a great game! I left a comment on the one article about the holiday sales. Some people thought I was suggesting it should be on the front page because it's Shaun White and it's from Ubisoft. That wasn't the case.

    I understand it probably sounded that way. What I meant was I think it's a fun game and deserves some attention! I payed full price for it, so I think It's absolutely worth the 99 cents!

    • rich_952000

      I agree. At this point I could care less if others pick up Shaun White Snowboarding though, because I got it for a buck and it's already a great game. There are appearantly no shortage of people who've bought it as there are literally thousands of players logged into Openfeint.

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    I'm glad you guys put Shaun White up! I think it's a great game! I left a comment on the one article about the holiday sales. Some people thought I was suggesting it should be on the front page because it's Shaun White and it's from Ubisoft. That wasn't the case.

    I understand it probably sounded that way. What I meant was I think it's a fun game and deserves some attention! I payed full price for it, so I think It's absolutely worth the 99 cents!

    • rich_952000

      I agree. At this point I could care less if others pick up Shaun White Snowboarding though, because I got it for a buck and it's already a great game. There are appearantly no shortage of people who've bought it as there are literally thousands of players logged into Openfeint.

  • Bobby

    As a 30-something gamer who played the original Paperboy a time or two, let me just say that I never got comfortable with the original game's controls either. I always found the game hard to control, so its possible that a hard-to-control iPhone port actually nailed the controls completely. :-)

  • Bobby

    As a 30-something gamer who played the original Paperboy a time or two, let me just say that I never got comfortable with the original game's controls either. I always found the game hard to control, so its possible that a hard-to-control iPhone port actually nailed the controls completely. :-)

  • araczynski

    I'm still trying to catch up to games released from well over a year ago, let alone all the sale stuff I've gotten just recently.

    at the rate i'm going i'll grab dungeon hunter when it hits 0.99, and then still have to wait a year to play it...

    • Deewin

      I know exactly how you feel. The app store is like being in a candy store and I buy up so many apps because they're cheap, under-priced and fun :) I don't blindly buy indie apps anymore unless they get a lot hype from the forums or get on the top 25 paid apps list.

      • araczynski

        candy store is right, at 0.99 i can't help myself :) with a glut of quality games, its easy to put anything that doesn't start with a 0 in the wait list.

        as for the top 25, i don't ever check it anymore. as the few times i did in the past i saw a lot of games with low ratings in there, so not sure what was so 'top' anything about them, i'm guessing there's some funny business going on, so i don't trust any 'top' list form apple.

        besides, most of my favorites are games that'll never make it to any top lists, since i'm not into 'me too crowd' of gaming preferences.

  • araczynski

    I'm still trying to catch up to games released from well over a year ago, let alone all the sale stuff I've gotten just recently.

    at the rate i'm going i'll grab dungeon hunter when it hits 0.99, and then still have to wait a year to play it...

    • Deewin

      I know exactly how you feel. The app store is like being in a candy store and I buy up so many apps because they're cheap, under-priced and fun :) I don't blindly buy indie apps anymore unless they get a lot hype from the forums or get on the top 25 paid apps list.

      • araczynski

        candy store is right, at 0.99 i can't help myself :) with a glut of quality games, its easy to put anything that doesn't start with a 0 in the wait list.

        as for the top 25, i don't ever check it anymore. as the few times i did in the past i saw a lot of games with low ratings in there, so not sure what was so 'top' anything about them, i'm guessing there's some funny business going on, so i don't trust any 'top' list form apple.

        besides, most of my favorites are games that'll never make it to any top lists, since i'm not into 'me too crowd' of gaming preferences.

  • Maniacfive

    I picked up shaun white only about a fortnight ago, when it was £2.99, and i wish I'd waited longer and it was 59p, because its completely unplayable on my 3G, I never get better than 5fps, if I've had the cheek to to try playing it without first restarting I'll be lucky to get 1fps. If it wasn't for the fact that games like Nova and Ravensword play fine i would seriously think my iPhone was broken. I'm surprised nobody else has mentioned it in the reviews.

    Not all bad though, my girlfriend plays it now on her 3GS and its perfect. At least she's getting value for my money

    • Yahoo

      Whoa, the performance is that bad? I was thinking about getting it, but I'm hesitant now. Can anyone with a 2nd gen. iPod Touch comment on the performance issue?

      • http://monteboyd.com/sloperider/ Monte Boyd

        I haven't played it too much but had no problems with speed on my iPod touch 2nd G.

      • Bruce

        Geez, I have a 3rd gen iPod Touch and I notice the frame rate has a definite stutter - I'm surprised because most games have a smoother frame rate than this game. I imagine it must be quite noticeable on slower iDevices!

  • Maniacfive

    I picked up shaun white only about a fortnight ago, when it was £2.99, and i wish I'd waited longer and it was 59p, because its completely unplayable on my 3G, I never get better than 5fps, if I've had the cheek to to try playing it without first restarting I'll be lucky to get 1fps. If it wasn't for the fact that games like Nova and Ravensword play fine i would seriously think my iPhone was broken. I'm surprised nobody else has mentioned it in the reviews.

    Not all bad though, my girlfriend plays it now on her 3GS and its perfect. At least she's getting value for my money

    • Yahoo

      Whoa, the performance is that bad? I was thinking about getting it, but I'm hesitant now. Can anyone with a 2nd gen. iPod Touch comment on the performance issue?

      • http://monteboyd.com/sloperider/ Monte Boyd

        I haven't played it too much but had no problems with speed on my iPod touch 2nd G.

      • Bruce

        Geez, I have a 3rd gen iPod Touch and I notice the frame rate has a definite stutter - I'm surprised because most games have a smoother frame rate than this game. I imagine it must be quite noticeable on slower iDevices!

  • dumas1000

    I've got 156 games on the ipod touch. I've deleted between 50-100 more, I would say. You think you've got problems catching up. And that's not even counting the fact that that All-in-one Gamebox is up to 22 games.

    Needless to say, I will be passing up all three of these games. I wouldn't have bought paper boy anyway. It's a classic, sure. But there's no fun factor to be had there. Paper Boy wasn't even "fun" back when it first came out.

    The others seem decent, but it's not like I'd have time to play them, because I wouldn't.

    And I wouldn't depend on a 3G iphone for gaming anymore. I have a 3G iphone, but I don't play games on it anymore. If you want to treat you idevice primarily as a phone, that's fine. But if you're truly interested in gaming, then buy a ipod. The ipod touch 3g costs the same exact price as a 3gs iphone, minus the contract. Since my contract likely won't expire before the 4g iphone comes out, and since I know that I won't be buying the 3gs iphone at all, then might as well just buy the 3g ipod touch instead. Because if I could get a 3gs iphone for the same price as the 3g ipod touch, I'd buy the phone. I think most people would.

    The way I see it, there's not much difference then in owning both devices then. Granted, you have to carry around 2 devices instead of one, but they're both incredibly small and easily fit into your pocket with no problems. You can fit both of them in the same pocket. I don't really see the issue there. And you don't have to worry about phone calls interupting your gaming.

    • Dark NRG

      Great points! I just went from 1st gen touch to an iPhone 3G, and have the option to go to 3GS for $150, but the only two games I can play online 3G is Eliminate and Freak Fiesta. So bummed NOVA needs wifi.

    • araczynski

      i've got about 347 as of this morning on my ipod. this is after deleting all the demos over xmas break.

      i wouldn't mind having an iphone some days, but after getting a droid from work and being able to surf at high resolution, i would never go back to the low/standard res of the iphone. i don't even bother surfing wifi with my itouch anymore either, it just doesn't compare for that functionality.

      my itouch is all about gaming, period.

  • dumas1000

    I've got 156 games on the ipod touch. I've deleted between 50-100 more, I would say. You think you've got problems catching up. And that's not even counting the fact that that All-in-one Gamebox is up to 22 games.

    Needless to say, I will be passing up all three of these games. I wouldn't have bought paper boy anyway. It's a classic, sure. But there's no fun factor to be had there. Paper Boy wasn't even "fun" back when it first came out.

    The others seem decent, but it's not like I'd have time to play them, because I wouldn't.

    And I wouldn't depend on a 3G iphone for gaming anymore. I have a 3G iphone, but I don't play games on it anymore. If you want to treat you idevice primarily as a phone, that's fine. But if you're truly interested in gaming, then buy a ipod. The ipod touch 3g costs the same exact price as a 3gs iphone, minus the contract. Since my contract likely won't expire before the 4g iphone comes out, and since I know that I won't be buying the 3gs iphone at all, then might as well just buy the 3g ipod touch instead. Because if I could get a 3gs iphone for the same price as the 3g ipod touch, I'd buy the phone. I think most people would.

    The way I see it, there's not much difference then in owning both devices then. Granted, you have to carry around 2 devices instead of one, but they're both incredibly small and easily fit into your pocket with no problems. You can fit both of them in the same pocket. I don't really see the issue there. And you don't have to worry about phone calls interupting your gaming.

    • Dark NRG

      Great points! I just went from 1st gen touch to an iPhone 3G, and have the option to go to 3GS for $150, but the only two games I can play online 3G is Eliminate and Freak Fiesta. So bummed NOVA needs wifi.

    • araczynski

      i've got about 347 as of this morning on my ipod. this is after deleting all the demos over xmas break.

      i wouldn't mind having an iphone some days, but after getting a droid from work and being able to surf at high resolution, i would never go back to the low/standard res of the iphone. i don't even bother surfing wifi with my itouch anymore either, it just doesn't compare for that functionality.

      my itouch is all about gaming, period.

  • Dark NRG

    The game you need RIGHT NOW is Trenches!!!
    It's a steal, very fun ESP when you unlock the hidden Nazi zombie mode, and the very active dev in the forums has LOTS of cool stuff updates soon incl multiplayer. Get it now!!!

  • Dark NRG

    The game you need RIGHT NOW is Trenches!!!
    It's a steal, very fun ESP when you unlock the hidden Nazi zombie mode, and the very active dev in the forums has LOTS of cool stuff updates soon incl multiplayer. Get it now!!!

  • http://quantumpotato.wordpress.com Xeno

    How do you unlock Nazi Zombies?
    I found Trenches to be pretty much a clone of the Flash game, and the gameplay's shallow. Waste of my 99c.. would be worth it with multiplayer.

  • http://quantumpotato.wordpress.com Xeno

    How do you unlock Nazi Zombies?
    I found Trenches to be pretty much a clone of the Flash game, and the gameplay's shallow. Waste of my 99c.. would be worth it with multiplayer.