Category Archives: Drawing

These days, developer 5th Cell is most famous for their huge break-out hit series, Scribblenauts. Although that series started on the Nintendo DS, it saw an iOS release more than two years ago in the form of Scribblenauts Remix [$0.99], which still regularly hangs in the top selling paid apps. Offering players a great deal of personal input into solving the game's levels, it's easy to see why it appeals to so many. However, that wasn't 5th Cell's first foray into games that allow players a way to express their creativity. That honor goes to Drawn To Life [$4.99], released in 2007 for Nintendo DS, a platformer that asks the player to draw various objects into the world, not the least of which being your main character. While it wasn't the mega-hit Scribblenauts would become, it was a very successful game that kicked off its own series, and it's now available on iOS courtesy of publisher 505 Games (Terraria [$4.99]) and developer WayForward (Shantae: Risky's Revenge [Free])...

Like many games bearing the RPG genre tag on the App Store, Elementalist [Free] isn't what you would consider a traditional RPG. There's not much in the way of questing, exploring, or party-building. Instead, the game focuses on the combat, giving you control of a mage who has to cast his or her spells in turn-based battles to take down the monsters threatening the world. The main hook of the game is in the spell-casting itself. Each spell is represented by a symbol, and how well you trace it determines both its power and effects. It's a fun mechanic seen infrequently enough in games that, combined with some decent character building options, makes Elementalist an interesting and enjoyable game, if a little repetitive...

Surely everyone remembers Draw Something [$2.99 / Free] and its weird lifecycle of appearing out of nowhere, getting red hot, being bought by Zynga, then almost immediately falling into obscurity. If you were spending your time on the moon with your eyes closed and fingers in your ears during those few weeks, you can check out our almost-a-review here that explains how it all works/worked. In a nutshell, you got a prompt, you had to draw something, and if your opponent guesses what it is correctly you win...

'Draw Something' Gets Retina iPad Update, But Everyone Should Download This Game

Alright, I'll come clean. When I saw OMGPOP's Draw Something [99¢ / Free] glued to the #1 positions on both the free and paid charts I assumed it was yet another flavor of the week flash in the pan freemium game. Then I tried it, and wow is this game good. I'm not quite sure how they did it, but Draw Something is a perfect witch's brew of Facebook integration, word scrambling, and asynchronous two-player Pictionary...

Ship management and pseudo line-drawing make an appearance in Kavcom Limited’s The Lighthouse HD [$4.99]. Offering a different take on the classic genre, The Lighthouse HD’s great visuals and variety offset some choice design decisions holding the game back from loftier heights...

Now here's something I was never expecting. As part of the EA Daily Deals program this holiday season, Flight Control [Free] and Flight Control HD [Free] have had their prices slashed to zero dollars...

Fall 2011 is the unofficial season of anthropomorphized penguins. Don’t believe me? Between the penguin sweater craze and the release of Happy Feet 2, adorable penguins are everywhere. Now, a third entry into fall’s penguin lineup is here in the form of BulkyPix’s super-cute new game, Crazy Escape [99¢]. And this one answers the question on everybody’s mind: Can penguins drive tiny penguin cars, and if so, is it extra-adorable?..

Simply put, Rescue City [Free] is a worthy addition to the line-drawing genre that has long since been dominated by the prowess of Flight Control. Rather than directly mimicking the open-world environment of the flight-landing title, Rescue City succeeds at implementing a more structured approach to vehicle management that not only still requires strategy and management, but also manages to simplify the core gameplay experience.  A tough difficulty curve and a lack of variety in environments are the only significant obstacles that hold Rescue City back...

'Art Penguin' Review – It’s The Gesture That Counts

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August 12th, 2011 6:00 PM EST by Sean Carey in $0.99, 3.5 stars, Drawing, iPhone games, Reviews
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From the Wii, to the DS, to Kinect, to iOS, developers continue to leverage non-traditional input methods to create gesture based gameplay. So far, their efforts have been met with varying success. For every pile of flailing shovelware or visionary title in the genre that just didn’t pass muster, there’s an Okami or Max and the Magic Marker out there to restore balance to the Force. The concept works...

The hardest thing about reviewing Pigs in Trees [99c / HD] is deciding which part to praise first, because there's just so many things I like about it. Launching the app leads into a delightful animated trailer which introduces the family of pigs who reside in a tree and the woodpeckers, who (obviously) like to peck on wood.  Did you spot the tension there? (Hint: They both want the tree.) This game from PAN Vision and Tactile Entertainment represents a role reversal from Angry Birds [99c / Lite] as the pigs are the good guys and the aggressive birds are the nasty villains...

The line-drawing genre has long been dominated by Firemint's outstanding Flight Control [$0.99 / HD]. It is the standard by which all similar games are inevitably judged, and with good reason -- it's the granddaddy of the genre. But maybe there's room for new games in the market, and in our hearts. It's been over two years since Flight Control was released. Could it be time for a break, time to see other line-drawing games?..

Upcoming 'DrawRace 2: Racing Evolved' Looks SICK

I thought the original DrawRace [Free] was super cool when it was first released. It combined the familiar drawing mechanic that everyone at the time was going nuts over with a racing game. Playing the game amounted to drawing your path on the track, and the speed of your car was controlled by how fast you moved your finger on a particular segment of the racing line. It's a slick little setup, although it does seem to have a considerable learning curve since you need to draw your whole racing line at once...

Long-time TouchArcade favorite Harbor Master [$1.99 / Free] was recently updated to add complete Game Center support, transitioning away from Imangi Studio's own proprietary scoring system. Online scoring mostly remains the same, aside from being piped through Game Center now. What Harbor Master didn't have before is achievements, and now there are 38 in all for achievement fanatics to farm up. These achievements range from being simply score based to difficult challenges such as reaching a certain score on Pirate Passage without killing any pirates...

Firemint has just temporarily dropped the price on the iPad version of their highly popular, feature-filled chaos management title Flight Control. For just 24 hours, Flight Control HD [App Store] will be available at an 80% discount for $0.99, down from its regular price of $4.99...

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