iPad Games that get better over time

Discussion in 'iPhone and iPad Games' started by ianlow32, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. ianlow32

    ianlow32 Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2008
    I thought might be a good place to discuss about some iphone games that didnt really grab you initially, and u left it one side after the 1st time u played it, but later when you really understand the game, you really got hooked.

    2 games i would like to mention ...

    clusterball arcade

    initially, like what most reviewers said, the game was very hard to get into, and having only 10 levels seem like a small game to pay for the price at that time. but when i bought it at 0.99, it seems like a steal for the great 3d graphics.

    and yes, i had a hard time getting past the 1st level, but coming back to it 3 weeks after i initially bought it and gave it another shot when i was bored of other games, i found that it could be really fun once you get the hang of collecting balls and scoring them thru the hoops.

    suddenly, i was enjoying this and i realise 10 levels aint tat bad, considering that iphone games like these are never meant for long play. more like arcade coin-op experiences we used to remember from the 80s.

    samurai puzzle battle

    this was another game that had a horrendous learning curve. i gave up 2 times before i finally got it. and i think the developers should have come up with a more intuitive way of getting the 1st time player to learn the rules.

    but once u got it, i found that this is the deepest game i have played on the iphone, and the best strategy game for it. a campaign would take me at least a week to go thru it, and there is so much replay value. it is just one of those games that once you get it, u dun wanna put down.

    reason i am mentioning these is that i think sometimes, reviews of iphone gaming sites can be misleading. sometimes games need more time to get into, and only then will you get the most out of it.

    on the other hand, i was so impressed with the first few mins of payback, i thought it was THE iphone game to have, but after reaching chapter 5, i began to get tired of the similar gameplay, and worse, the various aspects of the game like controls really got to me.

    just my 5 cents worth
  2. coconutbowling

    coconutbowling Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2008

    I bought this at $0.99. At first I didn't really get into it, but later I was having a blast.
  3. 1337brian

    1337brian Well-Known Member

    Oct 12, 2008
    In My Head
    I'll second that, and add one more,
    Final fantasy Crystal defenders, The night it came out I felt ripped off, now it is by far my #1 game... :cool:
  4. Donburns99

    Donburns99 Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2008
    ColdFusion Web Developer
    Rhode Island
    #4 Donburns99, Feb 9, 2009
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2009
    Bounce Trap Tilt
    I was about to boot it off my device, but decided to give it one more go.

    Steep leaning curve, but I decided to take some time to learn the rules and now love it.

    Dactyl / TargetTap
    Thought they was too simple, but they grew on me.

    It's still on the verge of being booted off my device, as I don't like games that play themselves. But there is some strategy involved and it's slowly growing on me.

    Not my type of puzzler at all, it gets more stressful as you go. Will probably get the boot soon, but I'm slowly beginning to like it more.

    Still can't beat the damned computer (Buzzy); every once in awhile, I try though.

    Internal Force
    Not usually into shooters of this difficulty, but the music keeps me going. Its still growing on me.

    Samurai Puzzle Battle
    See original post.
  5. Wegmans

    Wegmans Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    MD, USA
    ugg and i thought Clusterball was worth it at 10 bucks... i mean it really wasn't but for a couple weeks there i really liked it and was like #3 or something... i'm sure that's long gone, but it was great to finally get to the last level and stuff...

    I think a game that gets good over time is Safari.. i mean you get started and go to google news or whatever, but if you really spend some time (you have to make a time commitment) you can get to like touch arcade, or gizmodo, or honestly any website you'd like! it's really fun and um free
  6. NotYou

    NotYou Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2008
    Orions gets much better over time. It actually to be such an addicting game that I deleted it from my phone.:p That's never happened before.
  7. ianlow32

    ianlow32 Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2008
    judging by the games listed so far, almost none of these are so-called bestsellers, though one or 2 might have been quite high up at some time.

    which comes to question, how do we get the games that are really deserving some attention in the appstore? writing reviews doesnt seem to help and when week in week out you see ishoot and monopoly/bejeweled dominating the game charts ... man, lots of iphone users are missing out on the good stuff.

    used to remind me of similar mobile charts few yrs back when tetris was just no.1 for an entire year!
  8. appreviewer

    appreviewer Well-Known Member

    Feb 1, 2009
    Bike or Die 2. The physics were just so messed up when I first starting playing, but I got used to them.
  9. wh00kah

    wh00kah Member

    Feb 8, 2009
    Hey, keep the faith! Look at Blocked, which was released in August 2008 and just now is #4 in the app store. Granted it helps that it became a staff favorite, but usually that means the Apple staff thought it was a good game, and it usually is!

    And, arn just recommended "Big Fun Racing" yesterday, and the developer says he's averaging around 8-900 downloads a day! So, it pays to get featured somewhere. Arn is always on, and I bet if enough people talk about a title on this forum, he features it.

    Also, us fans can only take things so far for our favorite games. For example, I like Downhill Bowling like nobody's business, and I think it should get featured. In the meantime, I've been telling and showing everybody the game and have gotten some people to download at least the Lite version.

    But, since it got front page on TA, it's been climbing up the charts according to mobclix. I think that if you bring some good polish (doesn't have to be PSP-quality million dollar knockout stuff, but good eye-catching graphics with fluid gameplay that's not too complicated or difficult to just pick up and play in line at the DMV or bank teller, it will get attention SOMEWHERE eventually.

    Cream rises, and all that.
  10. ianlow32

    ianlow32 Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2008
    agree with u 100 percent. but thing is ... i feel sometimes apple staff are biased towards certain developers like pangea, which is a very frustrating company.

    i love enigmo and thinks its one of the best iphone games around, but they have so much potential in other games like nanosaur 2(one of the best 3d graphics i hv seen) and billy frontier, but is spoilt by poor or missing gameplay.

    and cro-mag rally got advertised in apple's iphone page! its a fun racing game, but its crippled by lack of proper racing tournments and features. i wonder if apple staff are aware of the above games at all! and like u say, their word goes a long way in getting a game eyeballs.
  11. Kamazar

    Kamazar Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2008
    The games in the commercials were mostly eye-candy (and boy did it were for me :D). And most people go off the assumptions that if it's "from" apple, it good. Combine that with relatively low standards (it's an mp3 player, it can be that great a gaming platform, right? riiight?) and the most slipshod games make it to the top.

    Getting back on topic (because the one above has been going on since june):

    Tanzen: It slowly builds up momentum.

    Cube: First few levels are a bore, then it gets really exciting.

    Dactyl: 373 BABY!

    Slotz: I didn't really like it to begin with. Then WOW!

    Pocket God: Well, the updates (which are AWESOME!)

    Rolando: Beginning levels, blegh.
  12. yankjenets

    yankjenets Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Reign of Swords. I started off with just the lite version, which frankly just sucked. But after awhile I decided to get the full version since I love turn-based strategy games so much, and it is now my favorite game.
  13. ianlow32

    ianlow32 Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2008
    slotz? hmmm .. there u go ... its still on my iphone ... but neglecting it since the 1st couple of days ... maybe i should go back

    as for rolando, first few levels were tutorials so yeah, they were kinda simple. but trust me, the later levels design are challenging without getting overly difficult. coming back every few days to the same level usually solves it ....
  14. CBraun53

    CBraun53 Well-Known Member

    Jul 14, 2008
    I was not a huge fan of Blue Defense when I first got it, but now I can not put it down.
  15. ianlow32

    ianlow32 Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2008
    On a separate but related line here ...

    how about games that impressed you initially, but faded away ....

    My obvious ones :

    I was so impressed by the first few minutes and the cinematics and the voice overs ... but as I got further into the game, i really had an issue with the turning controls, the same missions, the difficult shooting and my biggest peeve, the stick men animation and blockish cars ... GTA it's not

    Diamond Twister
    On first couple of rounds, it seems like the perfect bejeweled game, better than the original. then i realise i beat it in less than 2 hrs, and it was the same game. Nice graphics, music and voice overs, but the game was the same ... and too easy!

    Wow graphics again, but same game ... in 9 short levels? Nuff said.

    Again, developers need to know that iphone gaming is not just about casual 2 mins games if the above are applied. All are games capable of more and fuller implementation and scope and challenge.

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