Author Archives: Karl Burnett


Right, I don't care that Garfield's Wild Ride [Free] is "just another endless runner"… it has Garfield! When I was a wee tyke, I had Garfield everything. I had a Garfield pillowcase, a Garfield ruler, Garfield stuffed toys, a multitude of Garfield books, hell, I even had a Garfield stapler. So yeah, I'm a bit of a fan. Jim Davis' fat orange cat has provided me with many a warm fuzzy over the years and I still to this day enjoy reading about his antics...

Now this was a heck of a surprise when I jumped on to the forums the other day and saw that Colin McRae Rally [$2.99] was available on iOS. I rubbed my eyes and stared at the screen, thinking that the information was too good to be true and that someone must have spiked my cereal but no, it was right there, App Store link and all...

In 1991, a game named Street Fighter II came along and it started off a whole new genre. Okay, the one-on-one fighting game had already been around for a fair while but with its multiple punch and kick buttons, super moves and large range of characters, Capcom's flagship arcade game redefined the genre and spawned a relentless swarm of clones. Arguably the largest contributor to the "Street Fighter clone" market was SNK...

Top down racers are a dime a dozen. Whether you've played Supercars on Amiga or Super Off-Road on the Commodore 64, the genre is hardly new, and for the most part is full of mediocrity, especially in the iOS world. There are the odd gems like Reckless Racing 2 [$1.99] but for every shiny jewel there is an equally unpolished turd. Enter GP Retro [Free / Free], a pixelated top-down racing game from Small Thing...

'Impossible Road' Review - The Game that Lives Up to its Name

It's not hard to find a game that you hate. It's also not particularly hard to find a game that you love. However, it's not often that you find a game that you both love and hate in equal measures. For me, Impossible Road [$1.99] is that game...

Okay, yes, you're right, if there is one genre that has been flogged to death, it is probably the endless runner. Ever since the likes of Canabalt, every man and his dog, pet goldfish and best friend Barry have been trying to add something new to the scene. Many have tried, many have failed and many, many more will continue to do so...

After releasing Runaway: A Twist of Fate on the app store in two parts, distributor Bulkypix has seen fit to step back in time and release Runaway: A Road Adventure [$4.99], the first of the series, only this time a single download. I'm not quite sure why they decided to mess with the space-time continuum in releasing the games in this backwards way, but at least you can now start from the beginning...

'Maximus' Review - Arcade Hack 'n Slash Action with More than a Few Nods to the Greats

Hack'n slash beat'em ups aren't exactly a new thing on any platform, and since the arrival (and success) of Castle Crashers many have tried and many have failed to recapture the essence of the genre...

I was originally going to start this review as though I knew what I was talking about in the world of hip hop. I was going to use words like 'swag' and 'fo' shizzle' but then I realized that I am an overweight, middle-aged, white New Zealander, which gives me about as much street cred as Mitt Romney. So, all I'm going to do is talk about the game...

So, whilst trawling for interesting stuff to write about right here in the very hallowed virtual halls of Touch Arcade, I stumbled across this small gem of a game that I just couldn't let fly below the radar...

I'm going to come straight out and say it. Don't read any further unless you love a challenge and by a challenge I mean one hell of a challenge. Jet Point [Free] from YoRooster Studios is a game that makes the task of dragging yourself up Mt. Everest with your tongue seem like a pleasant day trip. It makes beating the world record for a 100m sprint, without the use of your legs, appear to be a reasonable achievement and, I dare say, this game would make Chuck Norris's eye-holes leak like fountains and draw girl noises from his mouth. Calling this game hard is like saying Jessica Alba is "okay looking". Difficulty aside, Jet Point has certain qualities that make it worth giving the time to review...

"Wow". That's pretty much what I said when I saw the screenshots and the dodgy icon for Reckless Hero [Free] over in the forums. I'm a bit of a sucker for eye candy and from those few glimpses of polished pixels, I was sold. Off I headed to the app store, where I was met again by quite possibly the strangest choice for an icon that I have ever seen in an iOS game. You see, Reckless Hero is an endless driving game in which the goal is to avoid burnt out wrecks, whilst turning as many zombies as possible into red mist. Why the developer decided that a grinning cartoon guy, giving the thumbs up, made for an appropriate icon choice, I'll never know. It certainly doesn't represent the game and I fear a load of people are going to overlook this otherwise solid title...

Alchemists [$0.99 (HD)] by C&C Studio is an interesting and original board game for up to four players for iPad. To be honest, this is the first board style game I have played on the iPad and now I'm beginning to wonder why I haven't done this before. Board games are fun, hence being called games. Before I got immersed in the world of digital gaming, I used to play the likes of Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit with friends and family. Heck, some of my fondest childhood memories are of sitting inside on a rainy day chucking the dice at the Snakes and Ladders board or even playing a game of Solitaire on the magnetic travel game gadget that my father bought me for my birthday. I still have that toy, that reddish brown box with bright blue knobs that you twist to rotate the vinyl scroll game board. Wait, where was I going with this? Oh, yeah.....

'Shiny The Firefly' Review - No, it Has Nothing to Do with Joss Whedon

I have to admit, I'm a sucker for graphics. Sure, gameplay may be the most important aspect of any videogame, but you simply don't want to play with it if it looks like the back end of a dump truck...

'Little Luca' Review - A Charming Puzzler that Fires on All Cylinders

Now I'm not usually one to pick up a puzzle game, partly because there are so many of them crowding the App Store that are simply below average, but mostly because my brain is as good at solving problems as a goat is at knitting a car. But when I saw the pixel art screen shots, I had to download Little Luca [$2.99], as being a '70s baby I am a sucker for anything 8-bit. Luckily, the cutesy low-fi images aren't the only good thing about this game... far from it...