updated 03:35 pm EDT, Tue August 25, 2009
Four new EA iPhone games
EA's Mobile division has released four new iPhone games: Clue, Life, Snood and Mass Effect Galaxy. The first two are recreations of their respective boardgames, with modern revisions. Clue brings in new weapons and suspects, along with built-in notetaking capabilities. Life is rendered in 3D, and supports pass-around multiplayer for up to three people. Clue is $3 at the App Store, while Life is $5.
Snood is a port of the popular desktop game, in which players clear groups of critters from the top of the screen by matching them with ones fired from the bottom. New or old character designs can be used, and competition is possible either through Wi-Fi or Facebook hooks. Challenge notifications can be sent using push technology. The title is selling for $4, and includes 100 levels playable under five difficulty settings.
Mass Effect Galaxy is loosely based on the original Mass Effect RPG for PCs and consoles, and tells a separate story in which players attempt to halt a biological terrorist attack. Combat switches to a top-down perspective, and conversations rely on a new comic book style, retaining their interactivity. The game is selling for $3.
[Mass Effect Galaxy]