updated 08:30 pm EDT, Thu July 10, 2008
More games for iPhone 2.0
From the explosion of announcements over the past few days, it's clear game developers see a solid opportunity in the iTunes AppStore. Among the dozens of new games: MotionX Poker, Bullfrog Touch, Chimps Ahoy!, Griffin Poker and 3 new games from Hudson Entertainment. Those who like outdoor sports can choose from personal training software and a golf-scoring application.
MotionX Poker uses the iPhone's accelerometer and Multi-Touch features to simulate the rolling of dice. Instead of a dealer, users get their "hands" by shaking their iphones as if they were dice. Each player gets three rolls, and the one with the best hand at the end wins. MotionX Poker is available for an "introductory price" of $5.
Those who prefer a more traditional poker game might try Griffin's 5 Card Touch, a 3D poker game that stakes each player with $1000 in virtual money and keeps track of winnings and scores. Griffin says 5 Card Touch is available for $2 at the iTunes AppStore,
Outer Level has brought a souped-up version of the classic arcade game BullFrog Touch to the AppStore. The game allows players to "tilt, flick, and touch" their way through 50 levels. The bullfrog tries to eat six unique bugs on 13 animated, obstacle-filled maps. Bullfrog Touch costs $8.
Griptonite is offering another arcade-style game: Chimps Ahoy!. The object of the $10 game is to stop the ninjas who stole the chimp's bananas. There are 50 levels of chases, pirates and lots of chimps and coconuts.
Hudson Entertainment is launching three games for the new iPhone. Bomberman Touch: The Legend of Mystic Bomb, Aqua Forest and the classic puzzle game Soduku. 'Bomberman" uses the Multi-Touch interface, allowing users to bring up a directional control pad by touching anywhere on the screen. Aqua Forest is a puzzle game with two modes. Users can choose from five levels of puzzles, or in the "free mode," draw their own shapes using the "OcataveEngine Casual" 2D multi-physics engine. The company says it worked with Soduku inventor Nikoli to bring that puzzle game to the iPhone. Soduku is available for $6, "BomberMan" and Aqua Forest sell for $8.
For those who would rather play outside, Pleasant Software has the golf scoring application, Birdie. The program can count up to four players' strokes, calculate scores according to different rules like "Stroke Play," and "Match Play," and includes a built-in "range-finder." The $19 application even e-mails scores.
Finally, Whagaa Software has released a suite of programs for those who'd rather work out than play games. The company says its GoLearn Fitness appications are like a personal trainer for users at any fitness level. GoLearn FItness: Gym Edition, Home Edition and GoLearn Hiking, Cycling and Running are each available for $10. A bundle of GoLearn products sells for $20.